Last night I was reminded why I am a Democrat. When I looked out onto the sea of diversity sprawled throughout the convention floor, my heart filled with pride—this is America! America isn’t the monolithic, homogenous, picture that the Republicans tried to feed us last week. We are young, old, black, white, straight, gay, Muslim and Christian.
So, why Republicans would claim to love America and clearly hate the diversity that makes America great is beyond me.
From our speakers to the delegates—Democrats understand the value of diversity, we may not always be perfect, but then again progress never is. Where we seek to increase capacity under our tent, Republicans choose to put out a velvet rope—casting people of color, the poor and young aside.
Deval Patrick told us last night to grow a backbone and stand up for what we believe in—that every American should have access to the American dream.
But it was Michelle Obama, with pure ease and elegance, which encapsulated and delivered the beauty of America to us last night.
She began her speech with talk of the love she has for her husband and family and ended with their collective love and passion for this country.
If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores…if women could be dragged to jail for seeking the vote…if a generation could defeat a depression, and define greatness for all time…if a young preacher could lift us to the mountaintop with his righteous dream…and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.
Michelle Obama wasn’t a saleswoman last night, she didn’t need to “humanize” her husband, because he is human—and their dreams are our dreams. It isn’t possible to compare and contrast Ann Romney’s speech to the First Lady, because they aren’t playing in the same league.
The Obama’s are self-made people who recognize that although they had the intellect and ambition to reach the top, there were and still are a team of people whose support got them there.
Michelle said “We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.” What the First Lady outlined here is the fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans—we believe in everyone’s contribution while the Republicans only want to reward the few.
Last night the First Lady did something I didn’t think was possible, through my tears I felt my cynicism wash away. There is no doubt that there is an impossible feat before us. With voter suppression laws and being outspent by Super PACs—my hope was waning, but then she said this:
So today, when the challenges we face start to seem overwhelming – or even impossible – let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation…it’s who we are as Americans…it’s how this country was built.
And that it is the truth of America—we do the impossible! #VOTE
Just in case you need a recap of Michelle Obama’s awesomeness check out her full speech below: