The Republican National Convention, though distracted by a guy named Isaac (our hearts and prayers go out to all those in the path of that horrible storm), had an ending worthy of Clint Eastwood's famous line, "Make my day."
I don't know about you, but I came away from the convention feeling Mitt Romney is the kind of leader who will truly make the day for millions of Americans who are disappointed that things didn't work out for President Barack Obama.
As Sen. Marco Rubio and Mitt Romney both explained, it's not that Barack Obama is a bad person, it's that he is a bad president.
Tea Party members have been saying that since his first broken promise (Gitmo) and subsequent broken promises during his four years in office. The biggie was his promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term. Instead, he ran up more debt in less than four years than all our other presidents combined. And to this day, Obama blames it on others and extenuating circumstances.
"Hope and "change" has become excuses and blame, but I doubt that will be the theme of this week's Democratic National Convention. Democrats are going with "Forward," which is an oxymoron, because Obama has taken our country backward over the past four years.
The Republican convention and Romney did what they had to do. The goal was to energize Americans who have been downtrodden for so many years under Obama's leadership. Every American has felt the effect of the misdirection he has taken our country.
And it's not just about the things that are obvious, like massive debt and government overreach. It's the fact Obama just doesn't get it and remains so out of touch with ordinary Americans. I knew his "you didn't build that" line would come back to haunt him and it will be fun to see how he tries to wiggle out of it at the Democrat convention.
As for Romney's closing speech, it was masterful. One line summed up the Obama presidency perfectly: "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise ... is to help you and your family."
And that sums up what the next election is all about. Obama would have you believe he can be all things to all people, even to the point of being superhuman by altering the course of natural events. Maybe he could move the earth a little further from the sun in order to cool down our overheated planet.
The only thing overheated is his political rhetoric and broken promises. Contrast this with Romney's promises to get to the heart of what ails America. He will focus on jobs and the economy.
As we enter the campaign's final days, I urge all of our Naples Tea Party members to remain focused more than ever on jobs and the economy, and rightfully depict Obama as a well-meaning man but an inept president who must be replaced. As Romney said, "America has been patient. Americans have supported this president in good faith. But today, the time has come to turn the page."
Do this, and come next January, President Mitt Romney will address the nation during his inauguration and we can begin the process towards a commitment of prosperity and freedom in America. And once again, as Cardinal Dolan emphasized in his benediction, may God bless America.