I voted for Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012. He was well-spoken, successful in business, and had State executive experience. Romney didn’t hide his background. He cared about the economic future of America. His sound personal character was unassailable (the press failed in their attempt to make him appear to be an animal-abuser). In short, Romney looked and acted presidential.
I was, however, suspicious of his “conservative” credentials. In my opinion, true conservatives cannot carry out limited government and fiscal restraints in strongly liberal States; witness Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare program a reported prototype for “Obamacare”—and Ohio Governor John Kasich with his “compassionate” big government programs in that State; and Jeb Bush’s affinity for welcoming “undocumented” familia into this country.
But, of course, Romney would have been vastly superior to the current occupant of the White House—a Marxist, Islamist sympathizer who has disdain for American laws, culture and a majority of its people.
Again, in 2016, Mr. Romney entered the presidential contest where, after many bitter words between some of the candidates, he lost—along with 15 other Republicans— to Mr. Donald Trump. The others in this field moved on to greener pastures. But Romney couldn’t let go of his hatred for Trump (I wonder if Mormons embrace the Christian ‘forgiveness’ principle?). He came back with a nasty attack on Trump.
Monica Langley, writing in the weekend edition (May 28-29, 2016) of the Wall Street Journal recounts the chronology of “Romney’s Lonely Challenge to Trump.” Ms. Langley cites Romney’s motivation for the attack on Trump with his quote: “I wanted my grandkids to see that I simply couldn’t ignore what Mr. Trump was saying and doing, which revealed a character and temperament unfit for the leader of the free world.”
This begs the question: Why didn’t Romney warn the American people about candidate Obama in 2012 for his Marxist revolutionary threats to “fundamentally transform” America into a socialist-Islamist state? Certainly, he was unfit to be an American president. Trump wants to restore America, not continue to tear it into pieces as Obama is doing—incidentally, with virtually no resistance from Republicans, including Romney.
Too many Republicans have a suicidal tendency to attack other, especially conservative, Republicans rather than going after their avowed socialist-Democrat enemies. Whether they are simply inherently feckless or actually subversive they fail to oppose Democrat enemies and sometimes seem to support their causes.
That alone accounts for why Mr. Trump is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Party.
Of course, Trump took Romney’s attack personally (which it was) saying, “It has to do with me.”
Romney’s performance against Obama in 2012 was a great disappointment to conservative Republicans. His civil, gentlemanly approach was no match for the slick, deceptive Obama who has evil intentions toward America. He not only lost to Obama, but Republicans lost the Senate as well. That should not surprise us.
Senator Ted Cruz in his book, “A Time for Truth” reminds us that “Beltway consultants” continue to insist that “moderate, establishment candidates” should be nominated for federal offices. All those senatorial candidates lost elections in November 2012, along with presidential candidate Romney. (Conservative Cruz and two others supported by the “tea party” were the only new members to win Senate seats that year.)
Lessons were not learned. Bob Dole was another presidential loser in 1996 followed by John McCain in 2008. No wonder conservative Republicans have had it with weak candidates. They are no match for the vicious socialist-Democrats who will do and say anything knowing they won’t be challenged by the American media.
It’s difficult to believe that Romney was willfully ignorant about Obama, but he did not confront him on his known Marxist background and agenda. Most radio analysts, a few objective investigative reporters and independent journalists knew and tried to warn the public. Even Obama’s biography gave clues to the foreign, subversive and family influences that led to his hatred of America.
In his 2015 book, “The Snapping of the American Mind,” independent journalist David Kupelian documents how Obama is destroying our nation—whether intentionally or through incompetence and “mind-numbing ideological blindness.” Romney should have known about this and warned his campaign and debate audiences about Obama’s subversive activities:
Romney has some responsibility for not exposing and opposing Obama’s destructive agenda. While claiming his “first priority” is that “principles come first” Romney’s attack on Trump is to demand that he release his tax records. As Newt Gingrich said, that is “pathetic.”
Mr. Romney and his established ruling-class don’t seem to have any principles; at least none that have priority with most Americans. Of course, they do want to retain power permitted by the press as long as they go along with the Democrats. They have been more than a disappointment to conservatives. These people have been undermining the America that most of us want to preserve.
It’s time for them to be pushed aside. Trump may not be the best candidate that we could pick, but it appears that he is the only guy able to confront the establishment Republicans and protect America from any more damage by our political enemies on the left.
That remains to be seen. But we have been deceived too often by Republicans who we expected to defend our traditions and our Constitution. Now we know who our real enemies are and Mr. Trump seems to be the only presidential candidate that stands against them—and who will no longer tolerate Republicans who work with them.