The Republican National Convention - parting shots

Partings shots from the Republican National Convention.

Taking my departure from Tampa Bay I'd like to take one more shot to mention some memorable moments.

Thanks to a most gracious city who welcomed us despite the fact that most of their elected officials are Democrats.  They treated us with affection and deep respect.  Their police and military protected us as well as their fine citizens.  They maintained a high profile and a professional attitude at all times.  The Tradewinds Hotel staff and the California Delegation planning committee deserve special kudos.  Kathy Tavoularis, Jasmine Megrabyan and Anthony Kuo -- you deserve medals.  Special thanks to you. 

Unsung hero of all Republicans -- Chairman Darrell Issa.  There was more praise accorded him than any other person serving us.

Code Pinkers who disrupted Paul Ryan's speech by shouting, "Vagina -- Can't Say It?  Don't legislate it!"

Congressman Arthur Davis reminding us of the styrofoam Greek columns chosen by the President Obama team as a backdrop for one of his important speeches.

Dr. Condoleezza Rice remarking about the three great shocks we have endured in the recent past: 9/11, the financial and economic crisis and the Arab Spring.

Governor Chris Christie telling us to "Speak from the heart".

If I had one small criticism to make about this architecturally splendid city with the most gorgeous beaches in the country I'd advise them to build their bridges a little higher.  Other than that Tampa, 'You Rock!'

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James Davis September 06, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Another link for you, A New Republic: The Progressive Assault on the Founders’ Principles http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles.aspx?article=1809
Irene DeBlasio September 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Dear James Davis, I have seen the results of slavery all over the world -- from the most magnificent ruins in Greece, Rome, Paestum, Pompeii and Sicily to the mosques and churches in Istanbul. Slaves were shopkeepers, domestics, cooks and they were employed in every imaginable field. They were the original working class and took pride in their accomplishments. (No, I'm NOT saying that slavery was good -- just that it existed centuries ago.) I appreciate all the effort you've put into your comments. Sadly there are too many Americans who have not traveled the world and have a rigid idea and limited knowledge of how other cultures and societies have functioned in the long-ago past. Blessings and Hugs to you.
James Davis September 06, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Great to be of help, however small it may be, I generally do not waste time debating someone who is so obviously just being argumentative, think they know everything and are attacking you, no matter how intelligently they are doing it! They are still wrong, and those of us who have truly lived and studied history, know this. Slavery is NEVER good, there are far too many forms of it these days, including government welfare. Democrat, liberal, progressive policies have done nothing but hurt the people they claim to help. We know this, it is easier to see in this time in history than at any other, what these same policies have done around the world. Again, great to see you, God bless and be with you and yours!
Leigh Datzker September 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
We do not need to revist the Framers or the institution of slavery and the terrible history of that instiution. What we do need to do is get onto the track of economic recovery and to force the engineers of our economic engine to work together for the sake of the nation. Standing on your hind legs and throwing out words such as "socialism," or "nationalization," really does not create a positive atmoshpere for compromise. Repubicans seem so mired in dogma and slogans, they seem to overlook the bigger picture. Do we hold our great country back because of petty agendas? Or, do we surmount those differences and build a greater nation? We need to address legislative gridlock and the role(s) of the big banks and Wall Street in our economic future, otherwise no one will be able to progress. Aiming to defeat Obama by the GOP leadership really is defeating the purpose of a legislature that works together. So, off with tangental discussion and onto ways to make our country stronger for everyone's benefit.
Irene DeBlasio September 07, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Leigh, One of the most admired Democrats in the history of our great country said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." As I explained, I have sent my suggestions about solutions for economic progress to the Romney campaign. I hope you are doing the same to help us back on the road to recovery. The status quo has got to go.


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