There was a lot of talk tonight from many other important or up-and-coming personalities. The major theme was "Peace" and most of the early evening speakers were focused on John McCain's experience and proven sound judgment on military and defense matters. They made a compelling case. It was a case most were quite familiar with. I had been able to work in a side trip to the Walker Museum of Art earlier in the day, and recalling the resistance I have continually noted to the basic fact that McCain has been proven correct time and again on defense issues, I couldn't help but remember a quote from one of the artworks that I had seen this morning. It read, "It takes a while before you can step over inert bodies and go ahead with what you were trying to do." I wish I had made a note of the name of the artist. His insight was profound.
Several of the sub-themes from earlier evenings carried through to today as well, particularly the notion that John McCain is the candidate more thoroughly associated with true political reform whose real achievements are legendary. Many of the speakers pointed out clearly and emphatically the tremendous political price John McCain has paid over the years for being a "maverick" who fought to change things in Washington and to bring reform to government.
In addition, this evening each of us received a copy of a book about a half-inch thick outlining in detail John McCain's policy proposals for nearly every problem and issue facing America today. It is literally his blueprint for America, and will be one of the guiding documents of his Administration after the election. I wondered, of course, if Mr. Obama also distributed such a detailed plan for the future to his supporters, and if so, why we have not heard of it.
The highlight of the evening of course was Senator McCain's acceptance speech. It was one of the best that I have heard him deliver. I needn't describe it, because either you heard it yourself or you will see it in re-runs on TV or read of it in detail in the newspaper. Suffice it to say that in it John McCain clearly made the case for his election to the Presidency. One of the most important aspects of it for me was his humility, and his openness and receptivity to good or better ideas from anyone willing to bring them forward in the best interests of the nation, including Mr. Obama and the Democrats. That's what a real President does!