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Condoleezza Rice RNC Full Speech 2012, Brings Crowd To Its Feet With Stirring Foreign Policy Speech

Former Sec.of State Condoleezza Rice appeared at the RNC on Wed. where, abandoning the apolitical role she maintained as a Bush administration official, she took on President Obama's foreign policy. Her impassioned speech drew several ovations, particularly when she discussed her background, America's role in the world and when she asserted that the US did not have the liberty to "lead from behind."

Rice recounted her experience on the morning of 9/11. She transitioned to the economic crisis America faced in September, 2008, which she says America still suffers from the effects of due to economic policies stifling the recovery.

She went on to detail the foreign policy challenges facing the nation today, including revolutions in the Middle East forcing bloody civil wars on their populations. She noted that Syria, Iran, Russia and China all present real security challenges.

"Where does America stand," Rice asked. "When friends or foes alike don't know the answer to that question unambiguously and clearly, the world is likely to be a more dangerous and chaotic place." "Since World War II, the US has had an answer to that question," said Rice. "We stand for free peoples and free markets."

"The burdens of leadership have been heavy," Rice continued, noting the sacrifices of America's men and women in the armed services have made since 2001. Rice drew a standing ovation for saying that they are owed "our eternal gratitude."

Rice pivoted to human rights, saying that America has also stood up for "the human rights activist in China" and the "AIDS orphan in Uganda."

"I know, too, that there is a weariness, I know it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough. But, we can only know that there is no choice because one of two things well happen if we don't lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values." Rice drew another standing ovation when she said America "cannot lead from behind."

"Peace really does come through strength," Rice said. "Our military capability and our technological advantage will be safe in Mitt Romney's hands."

Rice said that the U.S. had ratified only three trade agreements under Obama, and those were negotiated under Bush. China had put in place 15 free trade agreements in that time and is negotiating 18 more. "Sadly, we are abandoning the field of free and fair trade and it will come back to haunt us," she said.

Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other's success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle - long and hard to extend the benefits of the American dream to all - without regard to circumstances of birth.
But the American ideal is indeed endangered today. There is no country, no not even a rising China, that can do more harm to us than we can do to ourselves if we fail to accomplish the tasks before us here at home.
Rice called education a "crisis" and said that she could tell by zip code whether or not a good education was in the offing for the residents. "Self-esteem comes from achievement, not from lax standards and false praise," said Rice, outlining the trouble in education. "This is the civil rights issue of our day."

Rice closed with a personal note -- she talked about her background and her family. She talked about her experience growing up in segregated Alabama and growing up to be one of the nation's most powerful civil servants.

A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham -- the most segregated big city in America -- her parents can't take her to a movie theater or a restaurant -- but they make her believe that even though she can't have a hamburger at the Woolworth's lunch counter -she can be President of the United States and she becomes the Secretary of State.


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Comment by sharon cecil on February 28, 2013 at 12:11pm

I wonder why Condoleezza Rice isn't mentioned during black history month?

Comment by Gil Payne on August 31, 2012 at 5:48pm

I think the former Sec. of State is a very inteligent and eloquent person. I hope that she woudl consider being the Sec. of State once again in Romeys' administration.

Comment by Marc Jeric on August 31, 2012 at 1:02am

I admit that I underestimated Ms. Rice - mainly because she tried to "negotiate" with th N.Korean mass murderers. But her speech was superb!

Comment by Don D. on August 30, 2012 at 6:25pm

I hope she helps Romney more than she did G.W. Bush.  Speech's won't save the Country.  More Action and Less Talk-AFTER the election!

Comment by Joseph A. Vargas on August 30, 2012 at 1:10pm

Condi's speech was truely insperational and should be broadcasted throughout the entrire school system, sadly, it won't because of who their teachers are.  They are the worst of the worst, progressive liberals who don't give a damn about their pupils, but care only about their pensions and benefits.  When Romney DOES get elected, I hope Condi's name will be on the top of list for educational reform.  GOD BLESS Condi, and all Tea Party Patriots!

Comment by Valerie Eggers on August 30, 2012 at 11:18am

The place America has held in the world is one of stabilizer. Condi knows that. Not sure how many Americans do. We have seen more global chaos in these time of diminishing American influence. Other countries don't know which way to jump.  They cannot be confident of our positions. The total/continued loss of American influence is immeasurable.

Comment by Stacey Bernier on August 30, 2012 at 10:56am

Dennis, that is true because that line is fed to them every day.  Sadly, the lady in the hospital bed next to me yesterday was a white morphine addict who tried to preach to me about how Obama can save the country.  Unfortunately, we are dealing with the weak minded people who fell for Obama's charm in 08' and want to remain on Government assistance.

Comment by DENNIS YOUNG on August 30, 2012 at 10:42am


Comment by Joanhc13 on August 30, 2012 at 10:15am

All Republican speeches have been excellent - I am proud and always have been to be an American - we need good leaders and Romney and Ryan are here to lead us. God Bless this country.

Another note - most do not like obamacare - they just want to get rid of it - why doesn't someone take a paragraph from obamacare and expand on the lies to let American's know the truth.

Comment by valerie ruth george on August 30, 2012 at 10:15am

Ann Romney, Susana Martinez and Condoleeza Rice all brought it and taught it, these are the faces of strong American women who know of what they speak, it doesn't matter what party they are they are American patriots

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