Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday DNC convention speeches reinforce why common sense dictates that Hillary Clinton is the best and only choice for president
When the Republican National Committee’s convention ended last week, the event solidified the tone and sentiment of the Donald Trump presidential campaign with the lies, hypocrisy, fear, gloom and doom and lack of party unity associated with that event.
The RNC event set up a highly anticipated event with this week’s Democratic National Committee convention designed to showcase the advantage of a Hillary Clinton presidency and improve voters’ view of her overall character with its impressive list of speakers.
All the DNC event had to do was move forward and avoid the negative distractions that dominated the RNC event.
When the DNC email controversy broke on the eve of the DNC convention, where hackers made public in-house DNC emails that were designed to undermine Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, I shook my head and said to myself “what the…..” But here is the difference between Democrats, the Trump campaign and its Republican followers.
The RNC convention started with Melania Trump’s speech that included plagiarism of a 2008 Michelle Obama speech.
When the Melania Trump fiasco took place, Trump, his surrogates and many Republicans vehemently and publicly denied that any plagiarism was involved with their typical holier-than-thou attitude. There were 24 hours of denials, lies and silly explanations from the likes of RNC communications director Sean Spicer and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The denials were ultimately followed by the admission from a Trump staffer that about two paragraphs were lifted from an Obama speech.
When the DNC controversy took place, Democrats did not hesitate to react and rectify the situation. Embattled DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down, she removed herself as a convention speaker and DNC vice chairman Donna Brazile took over as interim DNC chairman. Brazile’s first move as interim DNC chair was to put forth a press release publicly apologizing to Bernie Sanders for the disparaging emails.
By Monday night at 11:30 p.m., the DNC email controversy was a secondary news item following compelling and moving speeches by Michelle Obama, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Sanders.
Monday night’s speeches set the tone for the rest of the week. Booker gave an emotional, patriotic speech boasting “we will rise” under a Hillary presidency. Obama gave an emotional and touching speech on why she trusts Hillary and how she is best suited to ensure a better life for our children and future generations. Warren did her attack-dog routine and reminded us about all the negatives of Trump. Sanders did his job with his rousing “Hillary understands” speech focused to pull in his millions of followers and giving them reasons to switch over to the Hillary camp.
Following Monday's moving speeches were many rousing speeches on Tuesday, including from members of The Mothers of the Movement who gave rousing speeches of support for Hillary Clinton including Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, Lezley McSpadden, the mom of Michael Brown and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner. Highlighting the night was former President Bill Clinton giving America a close-up and personal view of his wife Hillary Clinton and why she would be a great asset and positive influence on all our lives. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama brought down the house with his rousing speech.
While a percentage of Sanders’ supporters likely still need to get on board and vote for Hillary, Monday’s and Tuesday's primetime lineup of speakers showcased another major difference between Democrats and Republicans- unity of the Democrats’ political movers and shakers. And there are more high-profile Democrats to hear from through Thursday culminating with Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech as the Democrat's nominee for president.
Republican leaders like former President George W. Bush, former President George H.W. Bush and presidential nominees Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain and Ohio Governor John Kasich stayed away from the RNC event. Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz was a key note speaker and was the antithesis of Sanders. Cruz never endorsed Trump and instead told delegates to vote their conscience.
Moving forward, and I am sure this will continue to be reinforced at the DNC convention as we approach Thursday night, the bottom line is common sense dictates that the only way to vote in November is to vote for Hillary Clinton.
It’s not even a question of voting for the lesser of two evils, as some people I have talked to have suggested. While Trump excels in the business world and reality TV, his political temperament, ideas and rhetoric scare a lot of people. Clinton, considered one of the best persons to ever be politically prepared to become president, is the safe bet.
Prime time speeches at the DNC convention have hit a home run in sending that message to all Americans.
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter at the New Haven Register for 36 years.