October 17, 2011

We needed a giant, and are getting a pygmy...


...So far, Romney is, in fact, the best candidate actually in the race. I'm sorry, but there is something to be said for realism when you're dealing with, you know, reality.

But he's still not the guy. And just for the record, just to explain, the problem is not that he's a moderate per se.  It's not that he has changed his mind from time to time.  It's not even his failure to renounce Romneycare, so similar to the disastrous Obamacare.  (After all, what's Obama's argument going to be on that?  "His plan stinks as much as mine?")  The problem is that Romney doesn't understand that we — America — the west — are in crisis:  a crisis of debt, a crisis of confidence, a crisis of identity and ignorance wherein journalists, professors, politicians, and priests have become one with the moral idiots occupying Wall Street.

Go on Romney's website.  Look at his proposals.  There's nothing wrong with them, for the most part.  They seem intended to repeal the Obama administration and set us back on the path we were on before.  That would be fine if Obama were the cause of the crisis, but he's the symptom of the crisis, its incarnation as it were.  Obama and his ideas are the creation of 40 years of moral error and political failure drip-drip-dripped into the consciousness of the country through our schools, news media, and culture.  He could never have won our highest office if the electorate had not been bred by that error to foolishness, and then spurred to an act of panicked stupidity by a crisis that had already come. It's not Obama's presidency that needs to be repealed — not just Obama's presidency — but all the ideas that made Obama's presidency possible.

To do that, we need a man not just of policies but of vision, not just of proposals but of high ideals. A mere Romney might — might — take us back from the brink to which Obama has sped us, but that would only delay the fatal catastrophe. Worse, it would perforce recreate the exact same set of circumstances that got us into this mess in the first place....

I don't want to "set us back on the path we were on before." Because that puts the train-wreck back in our future.

Posted by John Weidner at October 17, 2011 5:26 PM

Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ( a book more referred to than read, I'm afraid) had as its thesis the notion that the Roman Empire was so delicately balanced between the needs of its army and its people that it took an extraordinarily skilled leader to manage it. History showed that there were "good" emperors who produced stability and even growth, followed by decay as "bad" emperors had a run at it. The end came because the Empire stopped producing potential "good" emperors.
I fear that these days the US is producing more Romneys than Reagans.

Posted by: Terry at October 17, 2011 9:09 PM

OK - I don't know who this Klavan guy is, but I love him.

Obama and his ideas are the creation of 40 years of moral error and political failure drip-drip-dripped into the consciousness of the country through our schools, news media, and culture.

I have spent paragraphs (likely on this blog) trying to say what he nailed in one sentence.

Wonderful post. Thanks for pointing it out.

Posted by: Mike Plaiss at October 18, 2011 4:15 PM

Klavan spends most of his time at PajamasMedia. I guess you don't waste enough time on the Internet like the rest of us.

As for Romney, well, he does have great hair. And it doesn't move!

Posted by: David at October 18, 2011 5:03 PM

Klavan also writes great thrillers. Try Empire of Lies.

Posted by: John Weidner at October 18, 2011 7:17 PM

What has Obama done that Republicans had not done?
He waged the war more forcefully than Bush, he bailed out more forcefully than Bush again, and he reformed medical sector more forcefully than Romney (likely to get Republican nomination).

On all counts, he has been a forceful president.

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