Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah and the GOP candidate for Congress in Utah's 4th District, made the most of her four minutes at the Republican Convention last night.
The theme of Love's remarks was "The America I know." She spoke of how her parents came to the United States from Haiti with $10 in their pockets:
When tough times came, they didn't look to Washington; they looked within. So the America I grew up knowing was centered in self-reliance and filled with the possibilities of living the American Dream.
Love also contrasted the America she knows with one presented by President Obama:
President Obama's version of America is a divided one often pitting us against each other based on income levels, gender and social status. His policies have failed us. We're not better off than we were four years ago and no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywood campaign ad can change that.
I would add that President Obama also pits us against each other where it concerns race. It would have made Love's remarks even more powerful had she added that single word to her remarks. Nevertheless, she was direct and to the point. The image of a young black woman criticizing President Obama tells all Americans that it's OK to criticize a black President.
As for Mia Love, she is going places. Even if she is not going to Washington in the new year, this won't be the last we hear from her.
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