It’s hard not to like Mitt Romney as a brilliant technocrat and a savvy businessman, but easy to dislike him as a change agent on the order of Pres. Trump. For that reason, his column in the Washington Post reads like a lot of wine (whine) in need of pairing with an appropriate cheese.
Romney may have forgotten that as a Republican presidential change agent, he did not do very well. America elected Trump because they needed a change agent, not because he was the nicest guy on the block. Americans were tired of getting run over by nearly everybody. They wanted someone who would fight for America; they found it in Donald Trump.
Trump knew that America was in trouble when no one else talked about it and most denied it. There were areas of the economy, like the aluminum and steel industries, that were on their death bed. That’s why we elected him.
Romney compliments Trump in a backhanded way: he agrees with lowering the corporate tax rates, getting rid of excessive regulations, reforming criminal justice, appointing conservative judges and cracking down on China’s unfair trade practices.
The question is whether, if Romney were president, he would be able to accomplish all five of the things he listed in the first two years of his presidency. Not likely. In fact, it’s doubtful that any of the Republican candidates who ran against him would have been able to accomplish what Trump has done either.
Romney claims that we have abandoned allies. The United States has actually engaged more with NATO countries by simply pointing out that they were not paying enough for NATO defense of their own countries. Trump alone has been able to negotiate a cease fire of missile launches with North Korea. Some say he should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
He mentions a Pew Research Center poll: 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president would “do the right thing in world affairs.” One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.
Two of those countries, Germany and Sweden created home grown terrorism disasters by allowing unvetted Muslim immigrants to invade their countries by the millions. Their poor decisions have wreaked havoc on normally safe public areas for women. Rape of normally safe women has become a problem in both Germany and Sweden. The perpetrators are typically young Muslim immigrant men. Whole cities of European countries, including Sweden, have become no go zones for police, because even they are not safe.
Foreign policy under Pres. Obama was an unmitigated disaster. Hillary Clinton is responsible for much of the disaster in Libya. Russia and China have had trouble with human rights for decades. They certainly did under the Obama administration. Yes, the world is watching. That’s why we should thank God that Pres. Trump is in the White House.
While being united can produce strength, there is no doubt that many diplomats, representatives in the European Parliament are having a destructive impact on Europe and the U.S. EU policies make it easier for potential terrorists to freely travel to all EU countries. It’s important for any president to deal with the reality of destructive elements everywhere, not act like they don’t exist. Trump has done this like few presidents. For that reasons, many compare him with Winston Churchill.
Pres. Trump’s better angels are for American’s to be given more opportunities and more credit for who they are as Americans, how they help the entire world be better and more civilized. While many presidents have surely been more diplomatic that Pres. Trump, none have fought for and worked as hard for the American people as Trump has.
Many liberals and politicians regularly sneer at songs like, “I’m Proud To Be An American.” Trump embraced it and did all along, as he still does at his campaign rallies. The moniker Make America Great Again is not just some campaign slogan. Our president believes that we have every reason to be proud of America. He hasn’t abandoned the better angel, or the idea of a better America.
The real question is whether Romney will take his sour grapes with him to Washington, and become a replacement for Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker. In any case, let’s hope that Romney does not have Trump Derangement Syndrome. But if he does, let’s hope he finds a good counselor or an antidote before he reaches Washington, D.C.
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