We’re a patriotic nation. We love those who serve and we love this great country. There’s another verse. I hope we don’t forget it. Oh beautiful for patriots’ dream that sees beyond the years. The idea of the patriots and the Founders was not temporary. It was enduring. Those who would change America—the president said “fundamentally transform” America—are going in the wrong direction. The right course is to bring America back to the principles that made us who we are. Our love of freedom. Our passion for the Constitution. The patriotism we have for this land. And our conviction that this land should be a land of opportunity.
The crowd applauds heartily as Romney storms to the big finish. It’s another perfectly competent performance. The moment he’s done speaking, people head for the doors.