By Charles Perosino
TOLLAND, Conn., U.S.A. – Following the Republican National Convention last week in Tampa, Florida, the Democrats this week produced a much more well-rounded vision for the country when they gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Whether the Republicans are trying to hide the mess they created in the last decade or simply cannot offer a plausible platform is debatable.
While Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney didn’t mention our troops in Afghanistan even once, the Democrats grasped their commitment for serving those who serve us.
Every single speaker at the Democratic convention told us what they thought, and never veered away from the truth.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri wholeheartedly told us what it meant to him to be a liberal.
Congressman John Lewis of Georgia told us about his past fighting for civil rights and how he forgave a man who was violent towards him many years ago. Now they both look forward to together.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent and former Republican, explained to the entire country why his old party is no longer for him.
Being a native of Connecticut, a surreal moment occurred when Gov. Dannel Malloy, a man I once shook hands with in my home state, spoke to thousands of enthusiastic supporters about a president who will go down in history.
When the Obama campaign’s senior strategist, David Axelrod, was first approached by then-Senator Barack Obama, Axelrod considered his run for the presidency a long shot. But Obama won the Democratic nomination in 2008 and went on to become the first African-American president.
Four years later, historical healthcare reform has been signed into law, the economy is on the road to recovery, and the war in Iraq, one of the longest in our history, is over.
The war in Afghanistan has a timetable for bringing our troops home. And all soldiers can serve without being secretive about whom they love.
The 2012 Democratic National Convention may have adjourned, but President Obama hasn’t.