As you know I was front and center at the Republican Party of Virginia Convention this weekend. While I went in with limited expectations, I found myself rejuvenated in my fellow citizens and my Party, but nothing inspired me as much as a speech that was given late on Saturday afternoon, by a speaker whose name I had never heard before.
It was at least a thousand degrees in the Coliseum by 3 o'clock, and we were awaiting the results of the first round of voting, we had heard from everyone that had ever held a title in the Commonwealth. People were tired, hot and weary for the wear, but then a young man took the stage and in just 16 minutes he inspired those previously too exhausted to even go buy a $4 water, to leap to their feet and remain standing for most of his speech.
I am proud to say I was one of them, standing, clapping and admittedly crying as Cadet Colonel Adnan Barqawi shared his story of a young Palestinian boy raised in Kuwait, a man without a country, to his journey to Virginia Tech where he became commander of the Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech then on April 17th of this year, he became an American citizen. A Man without a Country no longer...Cadet Col. Barqawi reminded all those within the sound of his voice.. that in America "Impossible is Nothing".
Special Thanks to Rick Sincere for sharing his video of this amazing moment....