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The National Republican Party (RNC) has been a popular whipping post lately, after losing the Presidential election. Indeed heads will probably roll at their annual meeting in Charlotte, which KCC will cover for you. KCC enjoyed covering the RNC convention in Tampa hopes to bring you more such action.
Meanwhile, here in North Carolina, the state Republican Party certainly did its job and more during the last election cycle.
The Party helped elect, another Republican General Assembly and this time added on a Republican Governor. Good times have returned to Raleigh for the GOP.
There will be the old battles between the moderate and conservative wings of the Party as the libertarian wing, the tea party, moves along. No one knows if they will join their own, more fitting Libertarian Party, or continue to try to win (and fail) as a branch of NC Republicans.
Robin Hayes, chairman of the NCGOP, is up for re-election at this Spring’s state party convention. That three-day-event, will be held in Charlotte and KCC will have the dates for you soon.
Meanwhile, consider these accomplishments of the Republicans and other groups, as presented by the NCGOP:
- Historic dominance of all three branches of state government
- Landslide Republican gubernatorial win: McCrory 55%; Dalton 43%; Howe 2%
- Enabled Pat McCrory to be only the second statewide Republican to win Early Voting in NCSuper majorities in NC Senate (33/17) and NC House (77/43)
- Republican Lt. Governor to preside over GOP Senate (Dan Forest)
- Gained 3 US House seats to make a Republican majority congressional delegation (9/4)
- Landslide passage of Marriage Amendment in May
- Maintained Conservative Republican majority on NC Supreme Court
- Progress in County Commissioners: 54 GOP County Boards; 44 Democratic; 2 Non-Partisan
- Only “Swing” state not carried by President Obama in 2012 Presidential race. Yes, North Carolina did its party as the state voted for Mitt Romney in November. There was nothing else it could have done.
Editor’s Note: Conservatives, please make plans to attend the State Republican Convention in Charlotte and vote to keep Robin Hayes your state Chairman.
TAMPA High atop the Republican National Convention on a Wednesday evening, this blogger has a fantastic view of everything. The delegates are milling about on the floor, media rushes about to get interviews, and speakers struggle to keep the attention of the audience.
Again, Wednesday evening, the Texas delegation is dressed alike, this time, with light blue shirts and cowboy hats. The North Carolina delegation, for photo day, chose to wear seersucker suits to stand out on the floor. This blogger has loaned her jacket out to a cold neighbor, here in the Tampa Times Forum. The Forum is the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team.
This convention has been as fun as advertised, though a bad back has slowed your blogger. She rented a scooter for the week and the RNC sent over a special Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) van that travels back and forth to the convention each day.
As regular readers may know, this blogger travels quite often to hear political speakers and has been active in politics since the age of six. After becoming seriously involved in the GOP and in the conservative movement at age 18, this 45-year-old no longer gets too excited at political speeches. It seems like after nearly 30 years in politics, we’ve seen and heard it all. KCC just doesn’t get too excited about it anymore.
However, something remarkable happened last night. Ann Romney happened.
She spoke about her life as a a wife, as a daughter of a Welsh coal miner, and the mother of five sons. Mrs. Romney discussed how it all started. How she went to a dance with Mitt. How they dated and fell in love.
They were married way too young because they were “crazy in love”, and at 22 she found herself the mother of their first son. She had no clue what to do. We’ve heard that story before.
Mrs. Romney told the crowd that things weren’t always easy, but she and Mitt could depend on one another and they knew they could clear every obstacle. She talked about how her husband, despite the demands of his work, always made time for his family. Mostly she showed his human side. If there were any doubts in this blogger’s mind about Mitt, Ann Romney’s speech took care of them.
Wednesday night’s theme was “We Can Change It”. Your blogger thinks a better theme would be “We Can Change It BACK” or “We Can Change if FORWARD”. Change is now a scary word after Mr. Obama came into office and raped & pillaged our nation.
The liberal media keeps writing about Romney’s “problem with women”. Polls are showing however, that among married women, Romney has a huge lead! Romney does not have a “women problem”.
He has a “liberal women problem” and there is simply nothing that can be done about that!
More to come….
TAMPA Here are Rand Paul’s official remarks to the Republican National Convention. It was streamed live on Katy’s Conservative Corner, but we provide the text of his speech in case you missed it.
When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional!
The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said — can’t you pleeeease count to ten before you speak?
So, I’ve had time now to count to ten and, you know what? I still think it’s unconstitutional!
Do you think Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas have changed their minds?
I think if James Madison himself — the father of the Constitution — were here today, he would agree with me: The whole damn thing is still unconstitutional!
This debate is not new and it’s not over. Hamilton and Madison fought from the beginning about how government would be limited by the enumerated powers.
Madison was unequivocal. The powers of the federal government are few and defined. The power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers.
So, how do we fix this travesty of justice? There’s only one option left.
We have to have a new president!
When I heard the current president say, “You didn’t build that,” I was first insulted, then I was angered, then I was saddened that anyone in our country, much less the President of the United States, believes that roads create business success and not the other way around.
Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation.
The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the Cold War, is that the engine of capitalism — the individual — is mightier than any collective.
American inventiveness and desire to build developed because we were guaranteed the right to own our success. For most of our history, no one dared tell Americans: “You didn’t build that!”
In Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Taing family owns the Great American Donut shop. Their family fled war-torn Cambodia to come to this country. My kids and I love to eat doughnuts, so we go there frequently.
The Taings work long hours. Mrs. Taing told us that the family works through the night to make doughnuts. The Taing children have become valedictorians and National Merit Scholars.
The Taings from Cambodia are an American success story. So Mr. President, don’t you go telling the Taings: “You didn’t build that.”
When you say they didn’t build it, you insult each and every American who ever got up at the crack of dawn. You insult any American who ever put on overalls or a suit.
You insult any American who ever studied late into the night to become a doctor or a lawyer. You insult the dishwasher, the cook, the waitress.
You insult anyone who has ever dragged themselves out of bed to strive for something better for themselves or their children.
My great grandfather, like many, came to this country in search of the American Dream. No sooner had he stepped off the boat than his father died.
He arrived in Pittsburgh as a teenager with nothing, not a penny. He found the American Dream: not great wealth, but a bit of property in a new land that gave him hope for his children.
In America, as opposed to the old country, success was based on merit. Probably America’s greatest asset was that for the first time success was not based on who you were, but on what you did.
My grandfather would live to see his children become doctors, ministers, accountants and professors. He would even live to see one of his sons, a certain congressman from Texas, run for President of the United States of America.
Immigrants have flocked to our shores seeking freedom. Our forbearers came full of hopes and dreams. So consistent and prevalent were these aspirations that they crystallized into a national yearning we call the American Dream.
No other country has a Dream so inextricably associated with the spirit of its people.
In 1982, an American sailor, John Mooney, wrote a letter to his parents that captures the essence of the American Dream:
“Dear Mom and Dad, today we spotted a boat in the water, and we rendered assistance. We picked up 65 Vietnamese refugees. As they approached the ship, they were all waving and trying as best they could to say, ‘Hello America sailor! Hello Freedom man!’ It’s hard to see a boat full of people like that and not get a lump somewhere between chin and bellybutton. And it really makes one proud and glad to be an American. It reminds us all of what America has always been — a place a man or woman can come to for freedom.”
Hung and Thuan Tringh are brothers and friends of mine. They came to America on one of those leaky, overcrowded boats. They were attacked at sea by pirates. Their family’s wealth was stolen. Thuan spent a year on a South Pacific island existing on one cup of rice and water each day until he was allowed to come to America. Now both of these men and their families are proud Americans. Hung owns his own business and Thuan manages a large company. They are the American Dream.
So, Mr. President, don’t go telling the Tringh family: “You didn’t build that!”
When the president says, “You didn’t build that,” he is flat out wrong. Businessmen and women did build that. Businessmen and women did earn their success. Without the success of American business, we wouldn’t have any roads, or bridges, or schools.
Mr. President, you say the rich must pay their fair share. When you seek to punish the rich, the jobs that are lost are those of the poor and middle class.
When you seek to punish Mr. Exxon Mobil, you punish the secretary who owns Exxon Mobil stock.
When you block the Keystone Pipeline, you punish the welder who works on the pipeline.
Our nation faces a crisis. America wavers. Unfortunately, we are one of a select group of countries whose debt equals their gross domestic product.
The republic of Washington and Jefferson is now in danger of becoming the democracy of debt and despair. Our great nation is coming apart at the seams and the President seems to point fingers and blame others.
President Obama’s administration will add nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in just one term.
This explosion of debt is unconscionable and unsustainable. Mr. President, we will not let you bankrupt this great nation!
Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.
Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents.
We have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is naturally ours, our God-given rights. We have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women.
To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never — never — trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security.
Author Paul Kengor writes of a brisk evening in small-town Illinois. Returning home from a basketball game at the YMCA, an 11 year old boy is stunned by the sight of his father sprawled out in the snow on the front porch. “He was drunk,” his son later remembered. “Dead to the world, crucified.” The dad’s hair was soaked with melted snow, matted unevenly against the side of his reddened face.
The boy stood over his father for a minute or two. He simply wanted to let himself in the door and pretend his dad wasn’t there. Instead, he grabbed a fistful of overcoat and heaved his dad to the bedroom, away from the weather’s harm and neighbors’ attention.
This young boy became the man – Ronald Reagan – whose sunny optimism and charisma shined so brightly that it cured the malaise of the late seventies, a confidence that beamed so broadly that it pulled us through a serious recession, and a faith that tugged so happily at all hearts that a generation of Democrats became Republicans.
The American Dream is that any among us could become the next Thomas Edison, the next Henry Ford, the next Ronald Reagan.
To lead us forward, away from the looming debt crisis, it will take someone who believes in America’s greatness, who believes in and can articulate the American dream, someone who has created jobs, someone who understands and appreciates what makes America great, someone who will lead our party and our nation forward.
I believe that someone is our nominee: Governor Mitt Romney.
As Reagan said, our freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. If our freedom is taken, the American Dream will wither and die.
To lead, we must transform the coldness of austerity into the warm, vibrant embrace of prosperity.
To overcome the current crisis, we must appreciate and applaud American success. We must step forward, unabashedly and proclaim: You did build that. You earned that. You worked hard. You studied. You labored. You did build that. And you deserve America’s undying gratitude. For you, the individual, are the engine of America’s greatness.
TAMPA Live, KCC brings you gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Republican National Convention. We have what is being shown on closed circuit television inside the Tampa Bay Forum, and produced by the Republican National Committee.
This post will remain at the top of our blog throughout the convention, with other blog posts appearing beneath. Thank you for reading KCC and we hope you get as much out of the 2012 National Convention as we are.
Between the breaks, the G.E. Smith Band plays, a bluesy-rock band formerly of Saturday Night Live, the Blues Brothers, and others. This blogger is a huge fan and is thrilled to see them.
Your faithful blogger is heading to Tropicana Field (home of the Tampa Bay Rays*) shortly with the North Carolina delegation to attend a “Welcome Event” for all Republican attendees of the Convention. We plan to bring you photos of your NC delegation as they interact with members of those of other states. KCC will be covering all the action.
Kim Gernado, the senior political reporter with NBC-17 in the Triangle, is here at the NC convention hotel and your blogger looks forward to working with her. You could just might see an interview with your blogger, as happened earlier at the baggage claim area in the Tampa airport. If not, watch them anyway, as they have the most fair coverage anywhere in the Triangle.
KCC will let you know about TV stations from other parts of the state later.
The major network are all but ignoring this convention. Only hosting it in Charlotte would be a better way to get attention, it seems. WRAL-TV in Raleigh couldn’t get enough of the now disgraced Johnny Edwards (his birth name) and now they are over-reporting Democratic activities in Charlotte. This is despite the fact that the Charlotte DNC convention may be the most poorly attended in years.
The local citizenry has been extremely nice to this blogger. KCC just went to Publix, a large Florida grocery chain, and the staff and other shoppers were extremely helpful. I told them I was one of their convention visitors and they bent over backwards to make sure we had a great shopping experience. Kudos to the locals here in St Pete. and to the staff of Publix at Bay Pointe Plaza (Store #00259).
Further, the police are everywhere. Most are dressed in brown and heavily armed (take that you protestors). KCC has thanked every one of them that she has seen. Even the Publix had a private, armed security guard. Kudos to St. Pete and the Tampa Bay area!
Finally, it is with sad news that we at KCC report that the revolution will not be televised. That means that very little of the convention will be on network TV. You can catch it gavel-to-gavel on C-SPAN or with commentary on Fox News Network. We hope you do tune in. America deserves better than the huge Federal Government that Barack Obama has given us. It’s time to give the government back to the people and downsize, like we do with our own finances.
If a new team defunds Planned Parenthood, and it’s your favorite charity, then donate to them!
More to come, so keep checking back!
ST PETERSBURG FL Schools are closed for Monday, the Port of Tampa closes on Sunday, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect. Yet the 40th Republican National Convention will go on as planned, albet a day late.
Kyle Downey, spokesman for the Republican National Committee told media that Monday had been planned to highlight President Barack Obama’s failures. Now that will be spread over the remaining evenings, he stated.
This blogger had quite the day traveling to Tampa International Airport. There were several people on the connection from Atlanta who were convention bound, but not all of them were happy and excited about making the trip.
As KCC was awaiting her van share ride to the North Carolina delegation hotel, a woman asked her why she was here.
KCC thought that to be a very odd question and replied “to attend and write about the Republican convention.” The other lady made it clear that she and her large group were all here to protest.
With all the talk of bad weather on the way, the local news media is actually WORRIED about the protesters. Apparently, they are all staying in tents, which could blow away, forcing shelters to open to accommodate the opposition.
Oddly, the protesters this blogger saw were worried about jobs and they were from union states like Wisconsin. She wanted badly to educate them that unions were preventing new jobs, and in fact destroyed jobs. Additionally, the best way for government to “create jobs” is to reduce regulations and then get out of the way. Those people have no need to be so mean, as it’s a simple difference of ideology.
Saturday night, downtown Tampa is completely blocked off and the police presence is heavy. Meanwhile, here in St. Petersburg seems to be the fun place to be. We look forward to getting out and exploring, rain or not. Unfortunately for this blogger, her back is acting up and has left her in a great deal of pain.
Sunday, we also look forward to dipping our toes in the Gulf for the first time. Growing up at a beach, KCC’s parents didn’t exactly take vacations to other beaches. So this will be a first for her.
Finally, we’d like to thank Rob Benningfield for all the love and support. Without him, none of this would be possible. I love you honey.
Back to the fun and more Sunday…
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA The Republican National Committee has announced that impending severe weather will push the GOP convention to Tuesday.
GOP officials are delaying the start of the Republican National Convention in Tampa to at least Tuesday due to Tropical Storm Isaac, according to a memo released by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
The convention will officially convene Monday, and then immediately recess until Tuesday, to accommodate travelers expected to encounter “severe transportation difficulties.”
Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to strike the Tampa Bay region Monday, bringing with it sustained rain and high winds.
Priebus said decisions about how the schedule will be affected could come as soon as Sunday.
Your blogger moved her arrival into Tampa ahead to Saturday, rather than Sunday. Sunday was the originally projected date of arrival of the storm. Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) has declared a State of Emergency here, so that the area will be eligible for Federal funds, should disaster strike. The local news stations are full of weather talk and nothing else.
More reports to come later.