On Monday night, the opening night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, former Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich made a guest appearance by way of a prerecorded video. In the video, Kasich stood at a country crossroads, a symbol that featured heavily in his address. He spoke to fellow Republicans, encouraging them to vote Democrat in the upcoming election, giving an endorsement of Joe Biden while also criticizing various aspects of the Trump administration.
Needless to say, even as many Democrats welcomed Kasich’s presence with open arms, many Republicans viewed this as a betrayal of his party, and criticism abounded following his appearance.
Here at FreedomWire, we wrote several articles on the subject, analyzing the various points that Kasich made and the criticisms leveled against him, as well the speeches from Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders. We even dedicated an episode of our FreedomWire podcast to discussing what was said (which you can watch HERE).
But before getting into any of that, we highly recommend that you read the speech for yourself. Form your own opinions before hearing what any media outlet—FreedomWire included—has to say on the subject.
That’s the best and only way that we Americans can stay informed and, more importantly, stay free.
John Kasich’s DNC Speech
(Transcript provided prior to delivery courtesy of CNN)
“America is at a crossroads. Sometimes elections represent a real choice, a choice we make as individuals and as a nation about which path we want to take when we’ve come to challenging times. America is at that crossroads today. The stakes in this election are greater than any in modern times.
Many of us have been deeply concerned about the current path we’ve been following for the past four years. It’s a path that’s led to division, dysfunction, irresponsibility, and growing vitriol between our citizens. Continuing to follow that path will have terrible consequences for America’s soul because we’re being taken down the wrong road by a president who has pitted one against the other. He’s unlike all of our best leaders before him, who worked to unite us, to bridge our differences, and lead us to a united America.
I’m a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country. That’s why I’ve chosen to appear at this convention. In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times.
I’m proud of my Republican heritage. It’s the party of Lincoln, who reflected its founding principles of unity and a higher purpose. But what I have witnessed these past four years belies those principles.
Many of us can’t imagine four more years going down this path, and that’s why I’m asking you to join with me in choosing a better way forward. I believe the best of America lies ahead, but only when we rediscover our shared belief in the United States of America, for our children’s future, which can be bright, hopeful, and inspired if we choose to make it so.
I’ve known Joe Biden for 30 years. I know his story of profound grief that has so deeply affected his character. I know Joe is a good man, a man of faith, a unifier, someone who understands the hopes and dreams of the common man and the common woman, a man who can help us to see the humanity in each other. He knows that the path to a restored and rejuvenated America lies in respect and unity and a common purpose for everyone.
Yes, there are areas where Joe and I absolutely disagree. But that’s OK because that’s America.
Because whatever our differences, we respect one another as human beings, each of us searching for justice and for purpose.
We can all see what’s going on in our country today and all the questions that are facing us, and no one person or party has all the answers. But what we do know is that we can do better than what we’ve been seeing today, for sure. And I know that Joe Biden, with his experience and his wisdom and his decency, can bring us together to help us find that better way.
I’m sure there are Republicans and Independents who couldn’t imagine crossing over to support a Democrat. They fear Joe may turn sharp left and leave them behind. I don’t believe that because I know the measure of the man. It’s reasonable, faithful, respectful, and, you know, no one pushes Joe around.
Joe Biden is a man for our times, times that call for all of us to take off our partisan hats and put our nation first for ourselves and, of course, for our children.
When America chooses the right path and pulls together, like we’ve done so many times before, we can dream big dreams and we can see the top of the mountain as a United States of America, with a soul that is a beacon of freedom to the entire world.