Taking America Back to Greatness

Bonnie Jo Mount WASHINGTON POST Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on August 30 … Continued

Bonnie Jo Mount


Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on August 30 during the 2012 Republican National Convention.

As an attendee to my fifth Republican National Convention (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012), my new iPhone cover sums up 2012 – “We Built America.” When all was said and done and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a leader many of us have been working to get to this point for five years, finished his remarks there was a sense of urgency among the delegates, attendees and conservative leaders inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. What many thought would be impossible in 2008 is now very a real goal. President Obama can be a one-term president thanks to the Romney-Ryan ticket and the American people taking a stand against, as Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said, the “central planners.”

While the main focus of the convention was clearly “jobs—lots of jobs,” the overarching theme was restoring America’s greatness.

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie put it, “We are taking our country back because we are the great grandchildren of men and women who broke their backs in the name of American ingenuity.”

View Photo Gallery: Washington Post photographer Melina Mara has been following Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, on the campaign trail. Here are some of the images she has captured.

The GOP made the case that this election is about a clear contrast. It is not about who will make you feel good, but who will get the job done. Romney, in what was probably the most memorable line from the entire convention 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.”

The concept is simple. President Obama is a president of soaring rhetoric; his promises of hope and change exhilarated millions; but what really matters is results. And the president’s record is abysmal. As Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell put it, “This president’s policies simply haven’t worked. Washington today has a surplus of rhetoric and a deficit of leadership and results.” As a thread woven through the tapestry of the convention, the point was made that the American people need a leader – a president of action and results, not of words. Ann Romney made the point clear: “No one will work harder. No one will care more. No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live!”

The convention also touched on other key issues that cannot, although I believe have been, ignored by the leader of the free world. On foreign policy, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, asked: “[T]he promise of the Arab Spring is engulfed in uncertainty; internal strife and hostile neighbors are challenging the young fragile democracy in Iraq; dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their people and threaten regional security; Russia and China prevent a response; and everyone asks, ‘Where does America stand?’”

Romney chided President Obama over his policies toward Iran and Israel: “Every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat. In his first TV interview as President he said we should ‘talk to Iran.’ We’re still talking and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning . . . President Obama has thrown allies like Israel under the bus.” Evangelicals want a leader who stands with Israel and there is a complete lack of trust in President Obama in our current relations with the Jewish state. After declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel on a recent visit there and drawing the contrast with the current administration, there is no doubt that Romney is the only pro-Israel candidate in this race.

The GOP made clear that religious freedom must be protected. Ryan stated, “Sometimes even presidents need reminding that our rights come from nature and God and not from government.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also made one of the most poignant arguments for why our religious heritage is not just some phrase on a coin, but a guiding principle that keeps us a free people. He said, “We are special because we have never made the mistake of believing we are so smart that we can rely solely on our leaders or on our government. Our national motto, ‘In God we trust,’ – reminding us that faith in our creator is the most important American value of them all.”

Ryan reiterated, “Our faiths come together in the same moral creed. We believe that in every life there is goodness; for every person there is hope. Each one of us was made for a reason, bearing the image and likeness of the lord of life.”

Romney himself made his positions clear: “As president, I’ll protect the sanctity of life; I’ll honor the institution of marriage; and I will guarantee America’s first liberty—the freedom of religion.” President Obama has done exactly the opposite by embracing pro-abortion organizations and imposing the HHS mandate on religious organizations.

The next two months will be a long battle between two very different views of what America should be at home and abroad. Romney summed up his vision for America as he closed the GOP convention, and his words bear repeating:

As a social conservative who understands that the economy is the number one issue all Americans are concerned about going into this election, who agrees with Romney-Ryan that debt, deficits and the solvency of programs like Medicare and Social Security are moral issues too, I am thrilled with the success of the Republican National Convention and excited about repeating this narrative as we work towards victory in November.

View Photo Gallery: Strong spiritual beliefs were on display during prayers, forums and speeches delivered by some of the nation’s top religious, political and social leaders.



Jordan Sekulow and Matthew Clark Jordan Sekulow is executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Matthew Clark is an attorney at the ACLJ. Follow them on Twitter: @JordanSekulow and @_MatthewClark.
Comments are closed.

Read More Articles

Valle Header Art
My Life Depended on the Very Act of Writing

How I was saved by writing about God and cancer.

Sociologist: Religion Can Predict Sexual Behavior

“Religion and sex are tracking each other like never before,” says sociologist Mark Regnerus.

The Internet Is Not Killing Religion. So What Is?

Why is religion in decline in the modern world? And what can save it?

river dusk
Cleaner, Lighter, Closer

What’s a fella got to do to be baptized?

Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

An Ayatollah’s Gift to Baha’is, Iran’s Largest Religious Minority

An ayatollah offers a beautiful symbolic gesture against a backdrop of violent persecution.

Screenshot 2014-04-23 11.40.54
Atheists Bad, Christians Good: A Review of “God’s Not Dead”

A smug Christian movie about smug atheists leads to an inevitable happy ending.

Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

The author of the Church of England’s autism guidelines shares advice any church can follow.

Pope Francis: Stop the Culture of Waste

What is the human cost of our tendency to throw away?

chapel door
“Sometimes You Find Something Quiet and Holy”: A New York Story

In a hidden, underground sanctuary, we were all together for a few minutes in this sweet and holy mystery.

Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

From Passover to Easter: Why I’m Grateful to be Jewish, Christian, and Alive

Passover with friends. Easter with family. It’s almost enough to make you believe in God.

Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.