|Aren\'t You Embarrassed?||
14 September 2023
Cogito Ergo Non Serviam
Mitt Romney announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election to the US Senate at the end of his term. He is in his mid-70s and wishes to spend more time with his family. For most politicians, that is the excuse they use when resigning in disgrace. Mr. Romney is an exception; his Mormon faith and his personal history suggest that family really is the reason. In announcing his retirement, he slammed the current Republican Party for abandoning the Constitution and the American people. If there were another 15 Republican Senators with his character, the Trump nightmare would be over. While this journal opposes most of what Mr. Romney supports, he deserves the thanks of a grateful nation.
Mr. Romney was born into the Republican nobility. His father was Governor George Romney of Michigan who ran against Richard Nixon in 1968. While he did not do well against the Nixon campaign, he left behind a tradition that held until Donald Trump. He was the first presidential candidate to release his tax returns.
The younger Mr. Romney has been Governor of Massachusetts, the Republican nominee for President and now US Senator for Utah. He salvaged the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Although there is a whiff of corruption about the people involved, Mr. Romney did everything properly.
"I have spent my last 25 years in public service of one kind or another. At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid-eighties," Mr. Romney said in a press release. "Frankly, it\'s time for a new generation of leaders. They\'re the ones that need to make the decisions that will shape the world they will be living in." So, he put his subtantial amounts of money where his mouth is and is quitting.
He added, "It would be a great thing if both President Biden and former President Trump would stand aside," Mr. Romney told reporters later on Capitol Hill. This journal agrees but realizes that is not going to happen.McKay Coppins, who writes for The Atlantic, has crafted a biography of Mr. Romney, with the subject\'s cooperation. Mr. Romney held back little if anything.
He said of Josh Hawley (R-MO.) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) that he thought were too smart to believe Trump won the 2020 election but "put politics above the interests of liberal democracy and the Constitution."
Of Ohio GOP Senator JD Vance, he said, "I don\'t know that I can disrespect someone more than J. D. Vance."
"A very large portion of my party really doesn\'t believe in the Constitution," he told Coppins a few months after January 6.
Finally he stated "I represent a small wing . . . I call it the \'wise wing\'" of the Republican Party.
While one does not share Mr. Romney\'s political views, it is easy to sympathize with a man who gave much of his adult life to public service under the banner of a political party that now stands against much of what he worked to achieve.
In 2021 at the Utah Republican Convention, he was booed by members of the crowd. He was called a communist and a traitor. “You can boo all you like,” Romney told a crowd the Tribune said spat insults “like so many poison darts”.“I’ve been a Republican all my life. My dad was the governor of Michigan and I was the Republican nominee for president in 2012.”
He departed from his script to ask the ill-behaved crowd, "Aren\'t you embarrassed?"
Decent people would be. Most of the Republican Party was not.
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