Utah District 4 congressional candidate and Sarasota Springs Mayor Mia Love got about four minutes on the stage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa Tuesday evening to make her case for the power of the individual. A child of Haitian immigrants who came to America with $10 in their pockets, Love said her parents told her you will “never take a handout” and “you will give back.”
Love explained that being an American is all about choice and self-reliance. If your life isn’t what you think it should be, you need to stand up and strive for more. She said we are “the last best hope on Earth” and we must be united in that belief.
Love condemned the Obama administration, saying the president has divided the country by race, gender, and economic and social status. She said we are not better off than we were four years ago, and that no amount of “hype” will change that. Love said Americans “are not buying what you (President Obama) are selling in 2012.”
Love referred to two prominent African-Americans: Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King. She did not refer to them by name, but as “a woman on bus” and “a man with a dream.” Without those two, she never would have been standing on that stage.
Love, like many of us, has overcome many obstacles to reach the point she is at today. But if she believes she did this on her own, she is kidding herself. If she believes the Republican National Committee asked her to speak because she is a candidate in the fourth district in Utah, she is kidding herself. She was asked to speak because she is unique: A charismatic, successful, attractive, intelligent black woman who has accomplished a great deal in a short time through hard work, luck, and tenacity. She may attract others like her. She talks strong conservative talk, and walks the budget balancing walk.
Love is right – we all need to be the best we can be. However, you add to your success by helping other individuals. As Secretary of State Hilary Clinton once wrote, “It takes a village.” No one is in this alone.
You can watch a video of Love’s speech with this article.
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Source: Republican National Convention