Why This Liberal Loves The Republican Convention
Beyond “God bless America,” I am unlikely to agree with anything that is said at the Republican Convention. That said, I love it. I loath what the speakers stand for and advocate, but I love the pageantry of the convention procedures, the platform wrangling, the presentations, the roll call votes, and the nominating and acceptance speeches.
Both major party conventions are uniquely American gatherings we should appreciate as citizens. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding the cynicism or apathy directed towards these events. I am a first generation American. My family emigrated here in the mid 1970s, so perhaps my eyes are just fresher on these topics. I love it.
I disagree with Mitt Romney, and I don’t want him to be president, but I like the idea that he’ll stand up in front of his party and the world and accept the nomination that makes him head of the Republican Party. I think the moment is bigger than the person, even if it only lasts for an instant.
Certainly I’ll have more personally invested when President Obama accepts his nomination next week (seeing him accept it in person in Denver in 2008 still ranks as one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen), but here we are — the greatest country ever, and we have these great gatherings to nominate the two candidates who will lead us. It’s filled with all manner of ludicrous sights. People in odd hats, bad singing, poorly delivered speeches.
And it’s great. It’s big, loud, crazy, and important. It’s very American.