After the awful bile of the Republican National Committee (RNC) convention last week, expected gasps of fresh air are already incoming from Michelle Obmama’s Convention speech:

“…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.”

Everyone. From the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson et al:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I strongly believe in this virtue of our country, and it is a foundation upon which our country was built.

While I made the decision to move out of DC in June, I wanted to stay at my job until September to complete a solid four years at my job. I also stayed in DC until this week to be part of a marriage recognition ceremony of a friend’s union with his partner. Tonight he responded to Michelle Obama’s speech:

“I’m proud of my country and my president. And I’m extremely proud that marriage equality is something worth mentioning in a major party platform and on the stage at a national convention, over and over again, especially on my 18th anniversary with the best partner I could have ever asked for.”

This is what our country is about. The other party, the other candidate, are not part of this ideal. I hope you support 18 years, 2 years, or 40 years of these unions in the Pursuit of Happiness for everyone.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial

4 Comments

  1. homer says:

    The Democratic Party represents the future of America. The Republicans, some version of the past. I prefer to go boldly forward, where no one has gone before, than watch a stale rerun of a show that I never liked in the first place.

  2. Cubby says:

    Her speech was inspirational. Along with the Party’s high-profile addition of gay marriage to the platform, I’m thinking for the first time in my life of leaving my Independent status behind and signing up as a Democrat. The Republicans have so lost their way, especially in the last decade.

  3. Sean says:

    I got choked up watching Michelle speak last night. She was devastatingly effective without ever once showing the ugly sneers we saw in Tampa. Truly a class act.

  4. Tip says:

    Yes, great speeches–all inspirational, but I’m still shocked the Democratic National Convention is being held in North Carolina, a state that actively bans same-sex marriage.