CLEVELAND – There was a mix of excitement and apprehension for some people amidst the backdrop of national and international tragedy. It seems as though the American and State flags have been permanently flown at half-staff the past week to honor the innocent people who were murdered. Even so, there was an outpouring of support from other police officers, some of which flew in from California to serve as security for the people attending the Republican National Convention hosted by Cleveland, Ohio. As Mayor Rudy Giuliani boldly put it in his speech, which received the most standing ovations on the first day, “All lives matter!”

This week is my first time attending the RNC, and I’m a delegate for Pennsylvania. I am ready for whatever will happen, from pleasant surprises to paid protesters my approach is ‘bring it on, I relish any political battle.’

The opening day commenced unofficially with a large opening reception the day prior at the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Touring the museum transported the viewer back in time, listening to and watching performances that began as a fusion of American music styles from blues, gospel and rhythm, country, folk and bluegrass. However two core themes were: that God was originally part of the music; and it “spoke to the more disenfranchised [people] of American society.” About 100 years before Rock N’ Roll was born, in 1854 that was precisely the aim of the Republican Party, to reach out to the less privileged people and offer them greater freedoms under the existing constitutional law. Music sought similar expressions of freedom never before seen.

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Author: Monica Morrill is a member of the Pennsylvania Delegation. She is a Geographer focusing on government regulation and policies. She co-authored the book BETRAYED: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father. Ms. Morrill is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.