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Editorial: The speech I never heard




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Put out the lights, the party’s over...

The conventions for the Democrat and Republican parties have been staged with much fanfare, and we’ve heard the presidential candidate from each side accept his party’s nomination. I must admit to complete disappointment, because I never heard the speech I wanted to hear, the speech the American people deserve.

Regardless of party affiliation, stature, or status, this is the acceptance speech I’d like to hear from a candidate, as he or she is presented as the nominee to run for president. Speeches of accomplishments, qualifications, and experience, or those that malign other candidates’ efforts, qualifications, or past are pointless. The job of president demands that the person filling the role put their past behind them and take on the mantle of responsibility, humility, and dignity that the job entails.

I’d like to hear the candidate say:

“I am humbled to stand before you today -- no, to kneel before you today -- and accept your decision. I vow to fufill to the very best of my ability the job you ask of me, with the help of every man, woman, and child in our nation, and those who depend on us as friends, allies, and neighbors -- for it is only with your help and God’s that this work can be done.

“Pray for me, for yourselves, and for our nation.

“Thank you, and God bless each and every one of us and our efforts to ensure this nation remains one of liberty and justice for all, where everyone -- regardless of social status, color, race, gender, or religion -- has the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

There should be no balloons, ribbons, or confetti. The convention should end in solemn and respectful silence, as everyone contemplates the sobering job ahead of this individual, and the burden of responsibility each of us will bear to support and encourage the candidate if he or she is successful in attaining the office of president.

Being named the party’s candidate is not something to cheer about. It is a burden we must pray the person -- and our nation -- can bear.

That’s how I feel about it.
 

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