RNC Day Two: A Republican Renaissance

As our constitutional liberties hang by tattered threads, the Republican Party or the GOP, will now be known as the Grand Opportunity Party for a Stronger America. Life-long to newly converted Republicans have woven a tapestry that has extended the political boundaries at a frontiersman’s pace, revisiting old ideas that worked, while exploring new ideas and perspectives.

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By Monica Morrill | July 20, 2016

Republican Renaissance

CLEVELAND – Yesterday, on Day Two of the Republican National Convention, Delegates, Alternate Delegates, their guests, and the media personally witnessed the rebirth of the Republican Party.

I was interviewed by a journalist from Switzerland’s RTI who asked me if I was concerned that the Bush and Romney families were absent from the Convention. I explained that the shift we are witnessing represents a changing of the guard, and the invitation is always open to Republican families like the Bushes. Republicans are expanding the tent in a political movement that many are calling ‘Trumped.’

What we are really watching unfold is what I am calling a much wider Republican Renaissance that began in 2010, and I’m even more delighted that it began politically at the most local level possible, which is precisely how the Republican Party began in Wisconsin in 1854.

But prior to that confirmation at the convention, at breakfast for the Pennsylvania Delegation, we received a special unanticipated visit from Donald Trump, Jr., who shared his childhood memories of attending a boarding school in Pennsylvania, attending the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and even suggested that he probably spent more time in Pennsylvania in his youth than in New York.

Our Delegation was also visited by Senator Jeff Sessions, who had provided the first endorsement of Donald Trump from a sitting Member of Congress. He expressed his concern about America’s manufacturing industry and that of its parallel in Alabama’s Birmingham, which he described endearingly as “the Pittsburgh of the South.” The multiple bonds with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania run deep across state lines. We all want to make America wealthy again. The theme of day two at the Convention was “Make America Work Again.”

After the nominating speeches were given, a Roll Call of the States was held, whereby the Delegates’ votes are tallied by each state. It was Pennsylvania’s moment in convention history; rather than announcing our delegates, we chose to defer back to New York (having previously passed on their turn) when it came time for New York to add the delegates that finally put Donald Trump over the top. It was a brilliant political toss that even Big Ben, the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, would envy. The official stamp of the Republican Renaissance was sealed.

Donald Trump’s newest book, Crippled America, is about how our country has lost its way, and how he wants all Americans to revisit the spirit of greatness that built our nation through what I call the greatest Republican Renaissance the world has ever seen. The excellent speeches by RNC Co-Chair Sharon Day, Governor Christie, and Donald Trump, Jr. reflected those sentiments.

As our constitutional liberties hang by tattered threads, the Republican Party or the GOP, will now be known as the Grand Opportunity Party for a Stronger America. Life-long to newly converted Republicans have woven a tapestry that has extended the political boundaries at a frontiersman’s pace, revisiting old ideas that worked, while exploring new ideas and perspectives.


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.