‘We Built It’ Resounds at RNC’s First Night

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After postponing the event for a day due to Hurricane Isaac, the Republican Convention commenced Tuesday, introducing Ann Romney to America and hammering away at a quote from President Obama that he probably wishes he had never made. There were no fireworks from the stage, but Republicans more than managed to get their point across, while left-wing media answered with petty attacks.

The first day of the GOP Convention of 2012 was mostly uneventful, and Republicans can be thankful for that. The weather could have been much worse, and apart from a handful of Occupy protestors throwing things at convention buses, a dozen Code Pink fanatics attempting to “arrest” Condoleezza Rice for “war crimes,” and some vocal Ron Paul supporters, everything went rather smoothly.

At about 7:30 pm Eastern, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) took to the stage, wasting little time going after the President. His message: Throw Barack Obama out of office. As he provided example after example of wrongdoing, Boehner ended each by stating emphatically, “We’d throw him out!” with an obvious eye towards Obama. These were the harshest words any of the speakers seemed to have for the President.

The main message of the night revolved around a quote that the President recently made, concerning Americans building businesses. “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” These were the words Obama told Virginians at a campaign stop in July. Republicans, Boehner included, capitalized on these words all night long, and every speaker played to the theme.

“We built it! We built it!” chanted the crowd on a number of occasions. Country singer Lane Turner sang his song, “I Built It.” Between speeches, commercials were shown depicting small businessmen hard at work, as President Obama’s inflammatory words played in the background. It was very effective, as it was a way to attack the President in an extremely positive manner, and it worked well with GOP issues, such as doing away with overregulation.

As Congressman Boehner targeted the President, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus went after Vice President Joe Biden. During his praise of VP candidate Paul Ryan, Priebus took a shot at Biden, stating that Ryan “can do more than just prying his foot out of his mouth” – a reference to Biden’s many embarrassing statements made whilst giving speeches.

Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and a candidate for U.S. Congress, took to the stage following Priebus and gave a very dynamic speech. She stated that it’s not the government’s responsibility to restore our country. “It’s up to us to restore our country.” Love, a first generation Haitian-America, spoke of her love for the U.S. and ended her speech on the following note: “This is our time. We are truly the best last hope on earth.”

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), who mentioned how 9/11 changed her and her husband’s lives, discussed how businesses are buried with “rules, regulation and red tape.” She used the term “success tax” to describe President Obama’s targeting of businesses with higher taxes. Ted Cruz, a senatorial candidate from Texas and Tea Party favorite, continued with that theme and stated, “This administration has waged a war on small businesses.”

Governor John Kasich (R-OH) then spoke, stressing many of the achievements his state has realized since he took office. He discussed how Ohio now has 122,000 new jobs, how he helped kill the Death Tax, and how Ohio now has a better credit outlook. For him to make a point of these things is vital, given the important role Ohio will play in the November presidential election.

Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), referring to the huge electoral victory he recently had over the public sector unions in his state, proclaimed, “On June 5th, the hardworking taxpayers won.” He mentioned, during his speech, that there have been 42 consecutive months of unemployment above eight percent. He stated that “now more than ever, we need reformers” and said that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are those reformers.

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  • ★FALCON★

    President Downgrade built a 5 trillion dollar deficit. President Downgrade created the Muslim Brotherhood. President Downgrade created the Occutards. President Downgrade bowed to America's stated enemies.

    One and Done.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      I hope Obama joins Dhimmi Carter so they can tour the world in a "I Hate America" tour of the Turd World.

  • Elizabeth

    Ann is a beautiful, intelligent, classy lady who actually likes, LOVES America!
    Let-them-eat cake Michelle and Barack can go back to Chicago, the capital of crime, corruption, cronyism and incompetence. …in others words " THEY built that".

  • Steve Chavez

    Rick Santorum's "I shook the hands" segment was the best since he met the people that built America.

    I WAS HOPING HE ALSO LOOKED AT A HAND WITH THE PALM UP LOOKING FOR A HANDOUT which is how Obama is building his America!

    Christie didn't deliver. Ann was good but the best of the night was FORMER DEMOCRAT ARTUR DAVIS who was a speaker at the Democrat Convention four years ago.

    HE SWITCHED which is a plan that is the only way to win this election. He cited a poll, on the CNN panel after his speech, that 9% of Obama voters WERE SWITCHING AND THAT'S SIX MILLION PEOPLE. WE NEED TWENTY MILLION TO COUNTER THE VOTER FRAUD THAT IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE!

    "25 REASONS: TIME FOR A SWITCH!”

    Below is my list to counter the Slogan "Time for a Change" used by the Democrats and Barack Obama. If these are repeated on radio, TV, or on stage, then the audience can say "TIME FOR A SWITCH!" together. You don't have to agree with every one but if you agree with a majority, and you want to be in the majority, then it's "TIME FOR A SWITCH!"

    Hispanics, Blacks, and minorities are born Democrats just like most Hispanics are born Catholics who are a very conservative people. Now the Democrats are the leading anti-every religion force as they excuse and legitimize every type of immorality which is opposite Catholic values. Democrats take their vote for granted and any one of these groups that defects to the Republicans is ridiculed and called “Oreo’s, Uncle Tom’s” and all types of names making those people stay in the Republican closet. Now that Obama, Hollywood, and the Democrats are coming out of the numerous closets they were hiding in, it is time for Closet Republicans and Moderate Democrats to come out too. HOW? HERE IT IS!!!

    1. If you think your Party has been taken over by Far-Left Progressives, and beyond, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH! (Reagan did!)
    2. If your moderate views are not being heard by those who have closed their ears, but they're still wanting you to open your wallets, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
    3. If you were fooled and tricked by empty promises, fancy language, and catchy slogans repeated so many times that you actually believed them, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
    4. If all the “Change” you have left in your pockets are Abe Lincolns, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
    5. If your vote is taken for granted because of your race and/or gender, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
    8. If you're tired of those who normalize and moralize immorality, then it's TIME FOR A SWITCH!
    10. If you're tired of being taxed here, taxed there, taxed everywhere, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!

    14. If you feel your race is continuously, and purposefully, kept in a perpetual cycle of poverty and government dependability, as they are addicting you to themselves therefore requiring you to vote for them in order to get your fix, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!

    16. If your moderate and traditional moral and family values are now the extreme, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!

    REAGAN SWITCHED AND HE TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE BEST PRESIDENTS EVER.

    REPLY WILL HAVE ALL "25 REASONS."

    • Steve Chavez

      25 REASONS: TIME FOR A SWITCH!” A PATH TO VICTORY!

      1. If you think your Party has been taken over by Far-Left Progressives, and beyond, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH! (Reagan did!)
      2. If your moderate views are not being heard by those who have closed their ears, but they're still wanting you to open your wallets, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      3. If you were fooled and tricked by empty promises, fancy language, and catchy slogans repeated so many times that you actually believed them, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      4. If all the “Change” you have left in your pockets are Abe Lincolns, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      5. If your vote is taken for granted because of your race and/or gender, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      6. If you think America is being forced, slowly but surely and in the dark of night, into the proven failure of Socialism/Communism, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      7. If you're afraid of losing your 2nd Amendment right to protect your home, family, and yourself, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      8. If you're tired of those who normalize and moralize immorality, then it's TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      9. If you are too feminine for feminists, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      10. If you're tired of being taxed here, taxed there, taxed everywhere, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      11. If your centuries old Constitution is called “outdated,” as its freedoms are now being used to overthrow it by the decades old Rules for Radicals and the Communist Manifesto, and if Washington is thrown under the bus for Alinsky and Marx, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      12. If you’re tired of our soldiers getting spit on, even as those very soldiers put their lives on the line in order to protect our right to spit on them, then it's TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      13. If you’re tired of going in the Red filling up your car, blackmailed by the oil dictators who hate us, and by hypocrites who fill up their gas tanks to drive, or to fly in their private jet, to a Green protest against oil and gas, and you want to “Drill Here, Drill Now” instead of imposing moratoriums, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      14. If you feel your race is continuously, and purposefully, kept in a perpetual cycle of poverty and government dependability, as they are addicting you to themselves therefore requiring you to vote for them in order to get your fix, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      15. If you feel jobs are being lost because of the anti-Capitalist “Workers of the World Unite” and if you are passed over for a job, raise, or promotion due to your political beliefs, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      16. If your moderate and traditional moral and family values are now the extreme, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      17. If they say and think “The World First” instead of “Country First,” then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      18. If you’re tired of “Blame America and Apology Tours,” then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      19. If you’re tired of Leftist indoctrination and brainwashing in our schools, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      20. If you’re tired of the P.C. Police handcuffing your rights, your way of life, your thoughts and words, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      21. If you’re tired of being ridiculed for trying to be, or being, successful, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      22. If you’re tired of feeling guilty for the car you drive, the toys you own, the home you live in, the food you eat, and the amount of money you make, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      23. If you want a secure border and all immigration laws, that are on the books now, to be enforced, then it's TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      24. If you’re tired of “Do as I say, not as I do,“ hypocrites controlling your life, then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!
      25. If you’re afraid and ridiculed for believing in, and for writing or saying “God” or “Christmas,” then it’s TIME FOR A SWITCH!

  • Mik

    how will the Democrats explain to the Imams who will lead the Jumah celebration that they are support gay marriage, that they support removing any mention of God from the public square, and that they fight tooth and nail against any attempt to restrict abortions in any way?

    I don't understand the lockstep commitment of religious people of color to the Democrat Party.

    • dennis x

      Why not ask the Blackwoman camera person for CNN, who was called an animal and hit with peanuts by repubs delagates!! Sorry , I guess this site won't be reporting that.

      • wsk

        Total libtard fantasy

        • trickyblain

          That's weird, the RNC kicked them out and released a statement about it. Wonder why they did that if nothing happened.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        dennis x, Present your evidence to support your claim.

    • Joe Ordinary

      Simple, they're both evil.

  • oldtimer

    And for Ann Romney, I'm sure, this isn't the first time she was proud of her country.

  • BLJ

    I think the whole night was a success. Ann Romney has more class in her pinkie than the current First Lady. Christie's speech was a smart move. He was appealing to the Reagan Dems and Independents and having an adult conversation.

    Making it an Obama bashing event is a waste of time and counterproductive. People are looking for solutions to our nation's problems. Let the immature idiots show their true colors in Charlotte.

    I think Paul Ryan will hit a home run and then Mitt Romney will show America who he really is. The Dear Leader is toast. He is stockpiling campaign funds for his own personal use when he gets the boot in November.

  • ObamaforDictator2012

    I'm sorry, but "We built It" is a terrible slogan for Republicans. It is actually the Leftists' response to Obama's "You didn't build that ! " WE implies a collective effort…Republicans extoll the Individual's effort.
    Republicans should be championing the American Dream…That every citizen has the opportunity to achieve success
    by using their ability, ingenuity and determination. How about "We are the American Dream" or "Restoring the American Dream"

  • knar

    Due to the fraud that was perpetrated on Ron Paul, I and many of his supporters, will not be voting Republican. Had the primaries been clean, the fair winner would've got my vote. The RNC has lost many supporters by one of the worst, dishonest, fraudulent primaries anywhere on any planet!

    • Guest

      Who cares

      • wsk

        Ditto

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Who? MORON Paul?

      Who gives a SH*T.

    • Omar

      What fraud? There was no fraud in the GOP primary. Romney won fair and square. Also, Ron Paul's foreign policy is a leftist's foreign policy. Paul falsely believes that America is an aggressor in the international arena Meanwhile, Romney believe that America needs to lead the world in democracy and freedom, much like Reagan and the two Bushes. Due to the different views in foreign policy, it is no wonder that Ron Paul is supported by leftist groups like Occupy Wall Street.

  • Andy

    Ann brought tears to my eyes. Her speech was beautiful. If that doesn't get Mitt the women's vote then we should deport the creatures in America who call themselves women. Mitt, in spite of his accomplishments, is a shy man. Obama is a glad-hander, a natural born actor and phony totally lacking character. Through her love for Mitt, Ann brought out his character and decency. The difference between Mitt and Obama is greater than the difference between any competing candidates for the presidency of America has ever been in history. Night and day! If we can bring Mitt in, we will see a difference in the general mood and spirit of nation within six months. My gut, which has never failed me, tells me so.

    • fightwarnotwars

      ok dude…. yeah.

  • BS77

    Ann Romney was inspirational, wonderful and truthful….this is the first time I have heard her speak….and I was very impressed. Far from being "privileged rich", the Romneys come from humble backgrounds and are committed hard working people. It was nice to get a personal view of their family histories and know what decent, patriotic and modest people they really are. If you listen to the Democrat propaganda you would get a very distorted picture.
    Chris Christie was a bull in a china shop…the Democrat china shop…so good for him.

  • cynthia curran

    Actually, blacks and whites are more active in church than Hispanics and Asians. Its a myth that Hispanics are that much more social conservative. The Hispanics that are social conservative are more likely to be protestant.

  • cynthia curran

    Last time Van Tran from Orange County was at the convention. Vietnamese because of anti-communism tend to favor Republicans better than most Asian groups or Hispanic groups. Vietnamese are more socially conservative than Hispanics when they are Catholic and about 30 percent are.

  • Asher

    Ann Romney united us all. She said, "I've heard your voices, I'm running in place and just can't get ahead, referring to moms. Its the moms who have always had to work a little harder. You are the best of America, you are the hope of America. We salute you and sing your praises. Its time to congratulate Americans for achievements, not penalize and persecute them. Loved Chris Christie known for his boldness and ability to connect to people. "Never underestimate the will of the people. We have never been victims of destiny, we have been masters of our own. Real leaders don't follow polls, real leaders change polls." So many of the governors Scott Walker, Bob McDonnell, Bobby Jindal, John Kasick just to name a few cut taxes and went from a budget deficit to a budget surplus…Great Blockbuster night for the RNC, values, and substand..the Debt Clock ticking away.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm beginning to think that President Obama is right now wishing that he never said "You didn't build that!" The other side is using it to beat him up and for good reason. His policies haven't worked and we need better leadership. Although,I doubt Ron Paul would be better than Obama. Both of them live in a fantasy world. We need leaders who live in the real world.

    • trickyblain

      You should be wondering why Republican's are using the slogan in an out-of-content, misleading way.

      "There are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that."

      He's talking about the roads and bridges, which the evil gov't funds.

      • johnnywoods

        Not really. He hates capitalism and American economic success because he is a Communist.

        • trickyblain

          Oh, ok. Sorry. I forgot.

      • Steeloak

        Here's the full quote, including the damning first paragraph which does indeed show Obama's true feelings about entrepreneurs:

        "There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there."

        • Steeloak

          "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
          The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires."
          —President Barack Obama

          • Steeloak

            Tell me again how he is being quoted out of context? If anything, leaving off the first paragraph is quoting him out of context to spin the meaning of his remarks.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    I think of all of my family and friends that have passed on and the accomplisments of their lives,
    the present Democrats and Obama are and insult to their lives as well as and insult to
    America itself. We must throw off all who defame and destroy what has been so worthily
    built to uphold our Nation and lives through great personal sacrafice, effort and love.
    Tollerating such trechery as flouted by Obama and his ilk must end with a reformation
    that declares a new day and refurbished future………………………….William

  • Freida Drucker

    So many of us could not attend the RNC. We appreciate Joe Kaufman's coverage of the events and his candid remarks. Joe Kaufman is a lifelong Republican and he's dedicated his life to the security of our great nation. Looking forward to Joe's next article bringing us up-to-date on the RNC. The Romney/Ryan ticket is the way to vote. Anxious to hear Mitt Romney tonight and the mysterious guest speaker. Listen well, Joe, we appreciate your comments.