Senator John McCain concluded the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN last night with his acceptance Speech. Townhall.com has the transcript.
Just as Barack Obama has consistently played the race card, McCain has cornered the market when it comes to appealing to patriotism. In Obama's speeches, phrases such as "The Lord has been good to me" or "Only in America can a man born into a despised minority be nominated by a major political party as its candidate for President" are noticeably absent. In contrast, there is this excerpt from last night's speech:
"I’m not running for president because I think I’m blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.
"If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.
"I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your President. I’m going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank Him: that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on earth, and with hard work, strong faith and a little courage, great things are always within our reach. Fight with me. Fight with me."