On Friday June 13th, I had the pleasure of attending the Larimer County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner as a guest of Judy Kob, a member of the advisory group to the LCGOP. The energy in the room was electric with patriotism and optimism, and the floor to ceiling windows on the west wall of the Lory Student Center provided a stunning mountain sunset backdrop.
Denver based radio host Randy Corporon was the master of ceremonies; he conveyed a sentiment that the GOP needs to belong to the people of the party, and “not the Karl Roves” and consultants who mastermind and manipulate the party away from the desires of the party base.
The highlight of the evening was the keynote address delivered by Benghazi survivor Kris “Tanto” Paranto. His account of the evening of September 11, 2012 was thorough, captivating, and gasp-endusing on more than one occasion. The minute-by-minute version is chronicled in 13 Hours in Benghazi. The consensus of the reviewers, both on Amazon and people with whom I’ve directly spoken, is that the book is as compelling and addictive to read as the best of Tom Clancey’s works. There is no doubt that our government lied to us in the immediate aftermath of the attack (which had NOTHING to do with a YouTube video) and continues to lie to us today.
Tanto concluded his retelling (he’s a self-described story teller, not a speech giver) by thanking the room for supporting the armed forces. The current leadership and rules of engagement have all but handcuffed our men and women in uniform, but they go on us, not the politicians, and not the political appointees. So keep supporting the troops, he entreated to the room, don’t let the fatigue of national debate ever discourage you from showing support to the troops. Well Sir, I got your message and you can count on me.
**Thanks again to Judy Kob for having me at her table.