Hier soir, Ann Romney et Chris Christie prononçaient tous deux un discours à la Convention des Républicains. L’épouse du candidat républicain à la présidence, Mitt Romney, et le gouverneur du New Jersey étaient en feu.
Tous deux à leur façon, se sont adressés à leurs militants, Madame Romney tout particulièrement à toutes les femmes américaines et Christie à ceux qui espèrent un nouveau type de leadership à la Maison Blanche.
Voici quelques extraits. Ah oui! Je vous laisse le soin de comparer ses propos avec ce qu’on entend au cours de la présente campagne électorale, ici au Québec.
We’re too smart to know there aren’t easy answers. But we’re not dumb enough to accept that there aren’t better answers.
Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. And we’re no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don’t do it so that others will think more of them.They do it because there is no greater joy.
QUELQUES PASSAGES DU DISCOURS DE CRIS CHRISTIE, GOUVERNEUR DU NEW JERSEY
Sur l’importance d’une gouvernance qui mérite le respect vs une gouvernance émotionnelle
The greatest lesson Mom ever taught me, though, was this one: she told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting — but that respect could grow into real, lasting love.
Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity is fleeting and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and emotions of the times.
Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say “yes,” rather than to say no when “no” is what’s required.
I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.
Sur la différence entre les Républicains et les Démocrates
We believe in telling hard working families the truth about our country’s fiscal realities. Telling them what they already know – the math of federal spending doesn’t add up. With $5 trillion in debt added over the last four years, we have no other option but to make the hard choices, cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.
They believe that the American people don’t want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties and need to be coddled by big government. They believe the American people are content to live the lie with them.
We believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete. Teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children. We believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what’s best for our nation’s future – demanding accountability, higher standards and the best teacher in every classroom.
They believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense. They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children.
They believe in teacher’s unions. We believe in teachers.
We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something.
Leadership delivers. Leadership counts. Leadership matters.
Real leaders don’t follow polls. Real leaders change polls. That’s what we need to do now. Change polls through the power of our principles. Change polls through the strength of our convictions.
Sur la responsabilité de dire la vérité au peuple américain
Tonight, our duty is to tell the American people the truth.
Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth.
Sur le devoir de laisser un héritage aux générations qui suivent
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children and grandchildren to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an American century.
I don’t want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship. I want them to live in a second American century.
A second American century of strong economic growth where those who are willing to work hard will have good paying jobs to support their families and reach their dreams. A second American century where real American exceptionalism is not a political punch line, but is evident to everyone in the world just by watching the way our government conducts its business and everyday Americans live their lives.
Sur l’attitude de gagnants
We have never been victims of destiny. We have always been masters of our own. I won’t be part of the generation that fails that test and neither will you. It’s now time to stand up. There’s no time left to waste.