RNC Day One: All Lives Matter

Faith and family were the core themes in the first day of the Convention, and the importance that all lives really do matter to people who are a part of the Republican Party, even those of the unborn.

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By Monica Morrill | July 18, 2016

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CLEVELAND – There was a mix of excitement and apprehension for some people amidst the backdrop of national and international tragedy. It seems as though the American and State flags have been permanently flown at half-staff the past week to honor the innocent people who were murdered. Even so, there was an outpouring of support from other police officers, some of which flew in from California to serve as security for the people attending the Republican National Convention hosted by Cleveland, Ohio. As Mayor Rudy Giuliani boldly put it in his speech, which received the most standing ovations on the first day, “All lives matter!”

This week is my first time attending the RNC, and I’m a delegate for Pennsylvania. I am ready for whatever will happen, from pleasant surprises to paid protesters my approach is ‘bring it on, I relish any political battle.’

The opening day commenced unofficially with a large opening reception the day prior at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Touring the museum transported the viewer back in time, listening to and watching performances that began as a fusion of American music styles from blues, gospel and rhythm, country, folk and bluegrass. However two core themes were: that God was originally part of the music; and it “spoke to the more disenfranchised [people] of American society.” About 100 years before Rock N’ Roll was born, in 1854 that was precisely the aim of the Republican Party, to reach out to the less privileged people and offer them greater freedoms under the existing constitutional law. Music sought similar expressions of freedom never before seen.

But in the quest for greater liberties, God seems to have been edged out of the dialogue even in politics, until this year. In the Phyllis Schlafly Briefing sent out to the delegates on July 16th, it’s written that, “the 112 members of the 2016 Platform Committee produced a fantastic document – the most conservative we have probably seen.”

The Convention speakers on the first day included a Presentation of the Colors from the Cuyahoga County Veterans, a prayer from a Rabbi, a prayer from a Christian, the testimonies from Veterans, the families of the fallen, and even a noteworthy remark from actor Antonio Sabato, Jr., who broke with the Hollywood tradition of distancing themselves from Republican politics and said, “My faith in Jesus Christ compelled me to speak right now. Trump shares my beliefs, my faith…” Jamiel Shaw who lost his son to street violence by an illegal immigrant said several times over the past year, “Trump is sent by God.”

Billy Vaughn, with whom I co-authored BETRAYED: The Shocking True Story as Told by a Navy SEAL’s Father, waited for his wife, Karen Vaughn, in the Green Room while she shared the tragedy of the loss of their son Aaron, who was a tremendous man of Christian faith.

Melania Trump, with great poise, summarized the evening flawlessly by sharing her personal family story of being raised in a Communist country, yet having the love and support within her home that transcended politics. The Trumps have carried that love of family within their own home, essential to their pursuit of happiness.

Faith and family were the core themes in the first day of the Convention, and the importance that all lives really do matter to people who are a part of the Republican Party, even those of the unborn.


Monica Morrill is a Geographer focusing on government regulation and policies. She co-authored the book BETRAYED: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father. Ms. Morrill is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.

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