NO APOLOGY: THE CASE FOR AMERICAN GREATNESS - MITT ROMNEY - Jim Colyer

April 16, 2010
NO APOLOGY: THE CASE FOR AMERICAN GREATNESS - MITT ROMNEY
Mitt Romney was the governor of Massachusetts. His father, George Romney, was the governor of Michigan. Mitt worked in the private sector. He made his fortune at Bain Capital. He also invested in Staples Office Supply.

If Mitt gets the Republican nomination in 2012, I will vote for him. If he is elected and runs again in 2016, I will vote for him a second time.

Mitt Romney's premise is that the United States must remain a superpower for its own good and for the good of the rest of the world. He puts forth strategies for maintaining global power. He sees Russia, China and jihadists as threats.

He apparently does not feel threatened by illegal Mexicans the way Pat Buchanan does. Nor does he decry Jewish extremism as does David Duke. Duke cites a Jewish matrix of power consisting of their hold on American media, finance and politics. He believes that Zionism, the political wing of Judaism, is racist and contrary to American values.

Mitt Romney touts freedom, freedom from religion on one hand and freedom to express religious views on the other. I question his desire to "free" Afghanistan, however, at the cost of the lives of our young men. Afghanistan is a hell-hole, free or otherwise. The original idea was to get Bin Laden, dead or alive. Romney is a Republican and will not be too critical of George W. Bush.

His harshest criticism is aimed at the Obama administration for breaking with six decades of American involvement and leadership in the world. He laments Obama's apologies for American greatness when that greatness has been a source of global stability. Like Reagan, Romney sees America as the hope of all mankind.

What I like about Romney is that he is a businessman. He believes in a strong economy. He boasts of America's GDP.

A strong economy is essential to security. It is the foundation of prosperity and defense. It is connected to productivity. Romney discusses how Japanese automakers outstripped American competitors in the 1970s, then built plants in the U.S. to create jobs for Americans.

Romney looks at why nations decline. He concludes that they lose their lead because they consume rather than create wealth. They close their minds to innovation and technology in favor of isolationism. Romney stresses the importance of vision. He believes America has the qualities needed to meet its current challenges. Its economy reflects a wide range of industries, and it is blessed with abundant natural resources.

Finally, Romney sees nuclear energy as a win-win. He sees it as an alternative to foreign oil and does not understand why environmental groups still oppose it. Nuclear energy is used to produce electricity, and the United Stated has 65 plants.


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