I’ve been BFF’s with my brainiac friend, Jen, since 5th grade. She knows who has directed and starred in every movie and kicks butt at trivia games. She is undefeated at Friends Scene It. She practically memorized every text book she ever opened and breezed through school with a 4.something. So, how come after graduating from nursing school, she couldn’t get a job? What is wrong with this picture? A smart, qualified, college graduate unable to get a job? She spent a year as a waitress with a nursing degree.
Glued to my TV during last night’s RNC, I felt the whole range of emotions -patriotism, gratitude, appreciation, passion. I thought to myself, how could anyone watching this not vote for Romney?
A big theme last night was our current state of joblessness and inexcusable national debt that has increased with this administration. I pictured my Jen, who finally did get a job, fist pumping in her living room for Romney – a president who would keep her nephews from experiencing the let downs and road blocks that she did when she first attempted to enter the workforce during this devastating economic crisis.
What had me fist pumping in my living room wasn’t only his history of business success or even his sound policies. It was the kind of dude he is. I mean, look at him! He’s the man!
His speech was filled with phrases that drew support and excitement from Republicans as well as disillusioned Obama supporters. But, what struck me most, were the speeches leading up to his that were delivered by members of his church and friends who have known him personally throughout his life. Mormons make up a small percentage of Americans, but the way someone lives out their faith says a lot about their character. Mitt Romney’s practical way of living his faith put me to shame. I grew up in Baptist churches my whole life, but there are very few people I can think of whose lives are obvious reflections of their faith. Romney may not share my religion, but he lives and leads by a set of Biblical values – loving his neighbors and his family, being a man of integrity. These are the values that our country was built on.
An elderly couple from Romney’s church spoke poignantly about Romney’s influence on their dying son, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. Romney didn’t throw money at the family. He took time out of his busy schedule to visit the hospital and spend time with the boy. The boy, only 14, wanted to write out a will for his most prized toys that Romney helped him write, at his request. He also wanted Romney to deliver his Eulogy, a request he also honored.
We were shown home videos of Romney with his sons and his wife and account after account of his humble, quiet, loving service to the people in his life.
The left has been making him out to be an out-of-touch, crazy rich robot of some sort, but you can’t hear accounts of his character like those that were shared last night and have anything but respect and admiration for the guy.
His big zinger that struck a chord with everyone was when he said, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans… And to heal the planet… My promise is to help you and your family.”
I believe him. Not just because of his delivery, but because of the testimonies, the home videos, the stories from his friends and business partners, the whole package. Not only do we have the chance to elect a president who will get us out of this economic crisis, but he’s also just a really good dude!