CLEVELAND, July 18, 2016 — The opening night of the 2016 Republican convention had one common theme: Security.
With the exception of the one from Donald Trump’s wife Melania, every speech revolved around security in one form or another. Mrs. Trump was there to show the softer side of her husband and to introduce herself to the many people who do not know anything about her.
Her speech was warm, kind and uplifting.
It was also the exception to the rule.
Except for Melania, the speakers at Quicken Loans Arena were there to remind Americans that we are all in grave danger from various threats. They also emphasized that Democrats, led by President Barack Obama and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are utterly incapable of protecting Americans from those threats.
The first ode to security came in powerful remarks about Benghazi. Pat Smith had the crowd in tears when she spoke about the death of her son Sean Smith on September 11, 2012. To many Americans, Benghazi is just a partisan buzzword Republicans use to hurt Hillary Clinton. Smith told the world why Benghazi matters. Clinton left her son to die in Libya, then lied about the Islamists who killed Smith’s son, blaming a YouTube video nobody saw. Pat Smith is not a partisan gunslinger.
She is an ordinary mom grieving over the death of her son. She has every right to demand the truth from Mrs. Clinton.
After Pat Smith came two of the Benghazi heroes, Mark Geist and John Tiegen. They took the audience through their harrowing ordeal trying in vain to save the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and others. For 13 hours, rescue help never came. Someone in the Obama administration ordered rescuers to stand down and let American soldiers die.
The identity of the person who gave the stand down order remains a question the White House refuses to answer.
The next plea for security shifted the conversation from Benghazi to illegal immigration. Three different ordinary Americans told heartbreaking tales of having loved ones murdered by illegal aliens.
The left wants this to be a racial and ethnic issue. The GOP clearly showed illegal immigration to be an issue of law and order and, of course, security.
A father of one of the victims is a black man proud to support Trump because Trump wants to reduce illegal immigration while Clinton vows to increase it.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke called out the leftist thugs who make America less safe. If black lives truly matter, then we must listen to Sheriff Clarke. He is black, and his words matter. America is descending into anarchy, and it is long past time to restore law and order.
A convention night dedicated to security had to include former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. America’s Mayor became a national hero after the original September 11 attacks in 2001. Before that day of fire, he had already turned around Gotham City due to tough and necessary policing measures.
Giuliani did not mention 9/11 even once. He did not have to. His heroism on that day and in the weeks that followed is well known. He passionately talked about the need to call out radical Islam by name. He also lambasted the Iran deal.
He made it clear that Trump will do for America what he did for New York. Leftists referred to Giuliani’s speech as “unhinged,” which is further evidence that he is as right as right can be. Giuliani’s leftist critics hated him ever since he devoted his mayoralty to citizens rather than to coddle criminals and terrorists.
While there were brief moments of levity on Monday night courtesy of Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, the overall mood was very serious. Trump himself only made a very brief appearance to introduce his wife. He then did what his critics insisted he could not do. He faded into the background and let the evening’s narrative take hold.
Monday night was powerful and a heart-wrenching reminder of the many dangers America faces on multiple fronts. Democrats have failed miserably to keep us safe. Republicans began their 2016 convention reminding everyone watching why they were the only major political party capable of improving our national security.