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The opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention was just what America needed as it provided a fresh reminder of the nation’s blessings.
Amid a gloomy drumbeat of doom presented by Democrats last week and after months of anti-American attacks by the left, Republicans kicked off the first of a four-day event in Charlotte, North Carolina with a vision of hope for this one nation under God.
“We come together tonight to imagine a future determined by the shining light of our hopes, values and faith,” the narrator said in the opening video of the RNC.
Set amid a backdrop of images from across America and of its historic monuments and documents, the narrator spoke of a nation that holds the “belief that all are created equal, that lives matter irrespective of race, creed or color.”
Touting “rugged individualism and American exceptionalism,” the opening minutes of the video set the tone for the night ahead and of the promise the country holds for Americans, despite the somber journey many have been on for months amid a global pandemic and civil unrest.
“When we see injustice to one, we act to fix it for all. This is our story, we journey together,” the video continued before taking a look back at 2016 when America faced “a historic crossroad” as career politicians “delivered emptiness” despite years of sweeping promises.
Trump was celebrated as someone who was “not a politician,” who “cares” and “loves America and all Americans.” Despite progress, jobs, and hope for the nation, “politicians spun their deceptions and obstructed progress,” the narrator said as images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats were shown.
The video ended with a rousing celebration of the nation and its people who “work together to overcome challenges and write our own stories.”
“America. Land of promise, land of opportunity, land of heroes, land of greatness,” the narrator concluded. “Join us over the next four nights as we write the next chapter of our journey and share our vision of the greatest country with the greatest citizens that attain the greatest achievements.”
The focus on reigniting the passion for America was a much needed breath of air for the nation gripped in turmoil after months off coronavirus lockdowns, economic uncertainty and ongoing violence amid racial tensions and anti-police sentiments.
And while Democrats delivered their non-message last week during the Democratic National Convention, which was focused on bashing Trump and his administration, the RNC delivered a night filled with hope and a reminder of possibilities. Speakers included everyday Americans telling their own stories as well as notable supporters, including former South Carolina governor and ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, longtime Trump friend and NFL great Herschel Walker as well as Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.
As Democrats managed to insult the faith of Americans, altering the Pledge of Allegiance to omit “under God,” the RNC event did not shy away from acknowledging religion. The opening prayer by Cardinal Timothy Dolan provided one of the highlights of the RNC’s first day.
“Let us pray. And pray we must, as grateful citizens of a country we boldly claim to be one nation under God,” the Archbishop of New York began. “Pray we must, praising the Lord for a country where freedom of religion is so cherished.”
He referred to those dealing with COVID-19, front-line healthcare workers, the U.S. military, law enforcement, immigrants and refugees as well as the unborn and seniors, adding that “all lives may be protected and respected, in our troubled cities .”
“Pray we must in Thanksgiving, in Thanksgiving, dear God for democracy,” he said, praying for the “convention and the nominees of both parties. “Pray we do, for we dare claim: In God we Trust.”
And while CNN published an op-ed declaring that Dolan was making a “mistake” with his RNC prayer, many others saw the glaring difference in the America portrayed by the GOP versus the one presented by Democrats.
One lifelong Democrat from Ohio called in to C-SPAN to declare that he was “definitely changing my vote to Republican.”
“They put the Democrat Party to shame. I’m going to file with the Republican Party now,” the caller said, citing the emotional appeal to everyday Americans and the open embrace of God.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 25, 2020
“If Trump can turn this election around, it will be because these ideas resonate with the Americans the media have lost the power to hear and to whom they no longer even attempt to speak,” New York Post columnist John Podhoretz wrote in op-ed published by Fox News.
“And the Democratic message — that cops are bad and rioters are good — plays right into Trump’s hands,” he added. “The Democrats also may have done Trump a favor in spending four days last week talking about America’s supposed grave sins — structural racism, polluting, and the like. Speaker after speaker Monday night hammered them with tried-and-true Republican patriotism.”