I saw four speeches at the Republican National Convention last night given by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Susana Martinez, former Secretary of State Condoleezzee Rice and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. All paid homage to their parents.
The speakers didn’t whine about being forced to finish their homework. They did not take advantage of the national spotlight to grind an ax about parents limiting their screen time. Instead, they expressed their gratitude. They said they were glad their parents encouraged them to be the best they could be, taught them the value of hard work and told them to dream big. I know a lot of you don’t want your babies growing up to be Republicans, and a lot of you don't want your babies growing up to be Democrats, but it never hurts to remember that today’s tweens are leaders of tomorrow, for both parties. Fear not, I'll compile the great quotes about parents from the DNC, too.
Here are my four favorite quotes from last night's speakers about their parents:
1. “And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they have convinced that even if she cannot have it hamburger at Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the Secretary of State.” – Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
2. “As a kid growing up in a household, my dad never finished high school. I grew up in a family in which no male upstream from me had ever finished high school, much less gone to college. But I was taught that even though there was nothing I could do about what was behind me, I could change everything about what was in front of me. My working poor parents told me that I could do better. They taught me that I was as good as anybody else.” – Former AR Gov. Mike Huckabee
3. "My parents taught me to never give up and to always believe that my future could be whatever I dreamt it to be. Success, they taught me is built on the foundation of courage, hard work and individual responsibility.” – NM Gov. Susana Martinez
4. “My Dad used to say to me: 'Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.''' – VP Candidate Paul Ryan
Which one is your favorite?