At one time I thought that I was OK with Mitt Romney becoming the next president of the US — if that is what the people wanted. It wouldn’t have been what I wanted. The more I see and hear of him, the more frightened I become.
For those of you who saw Evita, do you remember when Evita made a trip to Italy — right after World War II — and faced the wrath of the Italian public? She thought that she would be treated as some sort of royalty. After all, she was the wife of Juan Peron, the dictator of Argentina. She was treated as something less than that! This reminds me of the fate of Mitt Romney. He probably thought that by virtue of his soon-to-be crowning as head of the Republican Party he would be treated as royalty. Well, by virtue of his stupid comments he has fallen a few notches (or maybe A LOT of notches). It seems that he doesn’t know how to say the right thing. Even his support staff doesn’t. I was amused by one of the staff members alluding to the fact that an Anglo-Saxon (such as Mitt, I presume) would better understand the “special relationship” between England and the US — as opposed to a Kansan born in Hawaii (or was that Kenya).
Really now. Who does that “advisor” think that we fought in 1776? What about the burning of the White House in the War of 1812, and let us not forget the attack on Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor. The British sided with the South during the Civil War (though they did not commit troops). In World War I, during the years before we committed troops, most Americans were reluctant to trust anything that the British said because of their past history with us. In the years between World War I, and World War II, whenever the US Navy did military exercises they practiced against an “Enemy” who was using Royal Navy tactics. What does that tell you?
During World War II, thanks to the great leadership and personal friendship of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill, we overcame our differences and formed a great alliance. The trust that we have developed between England and the US (as well as the other English-speaking nations) have served us well during World War II as well as during the Cold War. This alliance may have had something to do with the fact that we are all English-speakers. There is certainly no indication that we all needed to be Anglo-Saxons. The only requirement is that we and the Brits have a knowledge and appreciation of our own history. Obama has it, Mitt doesn’t.
Who would have thought that a visit to England by Mitt Romney would have been compared with the visit of Sarah Palin four years ago — but that is exactly what the Brits are doing. If my memory serves me correctly, Sarah was treated as a very slow person with no real interest in anything (fair enough). Mitt, on the other hand is being ridiculed and laughed at. Mitt was even mocked by the British prime minister – a fellow conservative.
One of the British commentators described Romney as, “Apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humor, or sincerity.” Another described him as, “A total car wreck.” Well, OK, we all knew that. I personally can live with that, but what I am scared of is the possibility of another George W Bush running our government.
Nine-time US Gold Medalist Carl Lewis was interviewed by “The Independent” regarding the comments by Mitt Romney. Lewis’ comment was, “I swear, sometimes I think some Americans shouldn’t leave the country. Are you kidding me, stay home if you don’t know what to say.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself, Carl. Please, Mitt, come home NOW. Not tomorrow, NOW!