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And I will have to be brief, because for some reason that now escapes me, I agreed to go to a 7 a.m. breakfast on a Saturday!
1. Governor Romney’s speech was a very Romney speech. It was not 20 minutes of red meat designed to get the crowd on its feet constantly. (I am a hothead, and that is probably the kind of speech I would have tried to give.) Instead, he laid out numerous specific ways he will govern in a pro-life, pro-family kind of way if he is president. And of course, that did get the crowd to its feet. But it did so in a substantive way–not in a pointless, I’m-going-to-get-you-angry kind of way. We see a lot of that in our movement–partially due to, um, direct-mail writers like me–and the unfortunate fact is that anger doesn’t solve problems. Solutions do. Governor Romney offered the latter, not the former, to his credit.
2. I suspect the way in which he argued for pro-family policies will be underappreciated in the press, but so be it. I’d recommend reading his remarks. He laid out in a very nuanced way why everyone should be concerned about the family and why it is the building block of our society. Unlike many folks often do, he didn’t just assert that–he documented it with data, including economic data. I would love to see this kind of case made from the Oval Office. I think it has the potential to reach a lot of folks who don’t get what this “family-issue fuss” is all about.
3. Please vote in the straw poll.
4. I used to be a bit of a troublemaker in college, and I’ve run a few events in my day. The rule I learned was this: Get a room two thirds the size of the crowd. I understand the recent Americans for Prosperity conference followed that rule. This one doesn’t. We’re in a massive room and it is not full. I’m not sure, but I think it is affecting the vibe. No matter how excited people get, the room isn’t shaking.
5. Please vote in the straw poll.
6. Most importantly, I’d just ask your continued prayer for the French family. David is deploying very soon (see our Featured Posts on the right if you don’t know what I’m talking about) and they are in the midst of a very busy, fairly stressful weekend. Please pray that they (all of us, really) would be God’s servants this weekend–as you know, discussions about religion and politics can get kind of heated, and we need help not getting sucked in to things like that–as well as that this weekend would be a blessing to their family and that He would prepare them over the next week for the year to come. Thanks.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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