Why We Should Fear Romney–and American Exceptionalism
December 8, 2011 § 7 Comments
There are several reasons to fear the majority of the GOP candidates but Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, plays the lead character Boogeyman. Romney is a flip flop, a warhawk, and a warmonger.
He rolls around in the American flag. Professes he is the sole interpreter of patriotism. Blabs lies like, “In Barack Obama’s profoundly mistaken view, there is nothing unique about the United States.”
Romney (and truthfully majority of Americans citizens and politicians) has a warped meaning of “American exceptionalism.” This common (mis)understanding of American exceptionalism has been dooming. In fact, American exceptionalism is downright arrogance.
American exceptionalism does not mean brute force. American exceptionalism does not grant us a “skip card” to ignore international laws.
Here are pieces of Romney’s near-belligerent speech given at the Republican Jewish Coalition (12/7/2011):
President Obama’s troop withdrawals in Iraq and Afghanistan were based upon electoral expediency, not military requirement.
He has bowed to foreign dictators. And when the opportunity arose to defend freedom, he’s either been late to the game or failed to show up at all.
President Obama rushed to apologize for America, but he has hesitated to speak up for democracy and freedom.
He has visited Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iraq. He even offered to meet with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Yet in three years, he has not found it in his interest to visit Israel, our ally, our friend, the sole Middle East nation that fully shares our values, the nation in President Truman’s words, that is an “embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization.”
I am convinced that this is where President Obama’s “fundamental change” is leading America. And it informs aspects of his foreign policy. Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. Appeasement betrays a lack of faith in America, in American strength, and in America’s future.
Like others among the Washington elite, he believes that America’s role as the leader of the world is a thing of the past; that this will be a post-American century, perhaps an Asian century. American strength, he imagines, will eventually or possibly be eclipsed. And so, President Obama seeks to appease those he believes will balance us or challenge our leadership.
This appeasement by this Administration has taken many forms. It includes offers to engage with the world’s most despicable dictators. It consists of concessions to Russia to remove our missile defense sites from Poland and to exclude tactical nuclear weapons from the new, remarkably one-sided, New START treaty. President Obama even looks the other way as China employs unfair trade tactics that endanger our economy and kill jobs.
This President appears more generous to our enemies than he is to our friends. Such is the natural tendency of someone who is unsure of America’s strength – or of America’s rightful place in the world. The course of appeasement and accommodation has long been the path chosen by the weak and the timid. And history shows it is a path that nation’s choose at their own peril.
(Romney is a liar and the President has never apologized to any nation. Romney even has a book titled “No Apology.” He is an obsessive liar)
This speech is the epitome and misinterpration of American exceptionalism–to never be humble and to turn your back on your enemies completely.
Romney spent his whole speech attacking the President for his attempt to mend the multiple relationships which we have screwed up in the past. Didn’t the President speak up for Syria, Egypt, and Lybia? Where has Romney been? In the case of Iran, is the President not allowed to sitdown with a terrorist nation the international community hates and greatly wants to stop from developing nuclear weapons?
Negotiations and diplomacy translate to “appeasement” for Romney who would rather lead with an aggressive edge; Romney said he believes in “peace through strength,” a term popularized by Ronald Reagan, also used Herman Cain.
I guess we should not be too surprised after being reminded his team of foreign policy and national security advisers features an array of Bush administration veterans and former lawmakers; does anyone want another 8 years of Bush Jr’s foreign policy?
I am not attacking Romney in this particular post but I am attacking his theory of American exceptionalism, which sadly happens to mirror the general public’s.
We must completely obliterate this haughty attitude and instead believe we are the most fortunate, free, and prosperous nation. By respecting international laws and other nation’s sovereignty, and not by “peace through strength,” maybe other nation’s will then follow our lead and we can be that “shining city on a hill” Romney believes in.
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