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From the Floor: From Fallujah to St. Paul

Sam White
Sam White is a Maryland alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Maryland Moment. He is from Odenton in Anne Arundel County.


I just left the delegation breakfast where we were greeted by a state legislator from Minnesota. She was very articulate and well-spoken as she talked about some different issues facing the people of her state as well as the nation as a whole.

After she was done, we were briefed on the platform of the party as well as different rules of the convention. With all the hooplah surrounding conventions it is easy to miss the fact that this is a political process in which the party writes, amends and ratifies the platform that states the goals, wishes, and direction of the Republican Party.

We also heard from our national committeewoman and man who really drove home to us all the work that the advance party did in preparation for our arrival.

It is amazing to be here. When you think about how time runs its course and we find ourselves in different situations. I had the honor of meeting and talking with Mike Cronin who was a POW with McCain and is a Maryland Delegate. It is because of people like him, Delegate [Everett] Alvarez and the men and women of the armed services that we are able to congregate, Republican and Democrat, and really embrace the democratic process.

As for myself, I watched the last convention from Fallujah right before my unit moved in for the battle that ensued there in November of 2007! With that said, I want to extend a thought to that service woman or man who is watching America from afar.

Thank you for your service.

Next, we go to a luncheon and then on the convention. I am so very excited to walk into that hall and just take it all in. I feel like the kid us about to walk in to Oriole field for the first time!!!

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 1, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
 
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Sam,

Awesome stuff, thank you for your service but thank you for your honest and real commentary.
This is what we need more of!! Maryland should be proud of a Delegate as brave and Honest as you, keep it up!!

Posted by: Carl | September 2, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

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