Finally, Romney’s speech also contained some multi-layered items that seemed to speak simultaneously at disparate audiences. Just consider these lines and what they mean to you, and how they might mean different things to others. Like the old hag who is also a beautiful woman illusion, Romney’s speech had a complexity that was both stinging and soaring. It contained velvet gloves concealing iron fists. The gloves introduce a warm, personable candidate, and to those who may have read Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza, they also pack the punch of an iron fist:
* My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all. The gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be and much less about what we would do. Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to to pass on to our sons and now to our children. All the laws and legislation is in the world will never heal the world like the loving hearts and arms of loving mothers and fathers. You know, if every child could go to sleep feeling the love of their family and God’s love, this world would be a far more gentle place. My mom and dad were married for 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist.
* Those days were the these were tough days on Ann, particularly. She was heroic through it all. Five boys with our families a long way away. I had to travel a lot for my job then, and I’d call and try to offer support. But every mom knows that that does not help did the homework done or get the kids out the door to school. I knew that her job as a mom was harder than mine. I knew without question that her job as a mom was a lot more important than mine.
* We had remarkably vibrant endeavors congregations from all walks of life, and many who were new to America. We prayed together, our kids played together, and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways. That’s how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families, for our joy and support, in good times and bad. It’s both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, and our faiths.
No G-Damning America in Romney’s background. And perhaps one of the most devastating contrasts of the night:
* The president has not disappointed you because he wanted to. The president has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction. He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have, and one that was essential to the task at hand. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government. I learned the real lessons from how America works from experience.
In 2012, the Romney campaign recognizes what it is up against, and last night made it clear they know how to fight.