• Keyden Smith-Herold

Sen. Mitt Romney is Right

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On January 1st, past presidential candidate and incoming Senator Mitt Romney released an op-Ed on The Washington Post discussing the Trump Presidency and where it falls short.

Romney stated that “[Trump’s] early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, [Trump’s] conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

The incoming Senator also noted that many of the president’s policies including the lowering of the corporate taxes, stripping excess regulations, appointing conservative judges, cracking down on China, and reforming criminal justice are all good for the country— but that these policies “are only a part of a presidency”.

Romney correctly states that “to a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect.”

He also rightly warned of a world that is ruled significantly by the influences of China and Russia— a world and an America with “less prosperity, less freedom, [and] less peace.”

Lastly, Romney concluded with where he would stand on the policies of the Trump Administration; “furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not.”

Romney was bashed in a surprising manner by a majority of Republicans and conservatives all around. Republicans all over the internet typed profane, inappropriate, and unbecoming comments toward the incoming Senator— simply because he spoke in a critical manner of the President.

Don’t we all want a president who correctly shapes the public character? Don’t we all want a president who should demonstrate qualities of honesty and integrity? Well it surely doesn’t seem like the majority of Republicans bashing Romney want that.

Let me further explain: these comments the incoming Senator made simply make a call for morality, decency, and truth. These are the same sentiments Romney echoed during the 2012 Presidential campaign— the same sentiments that caused the majority of Republicans to love Romney and make him the Republican presidential nominee.

But now, many Republicans seem to hate Romney, falsely calling him a “globalist”, a “big government conservative”, and another “Jeff Flake”. Romney is no Jeff Flake— he is and will always be Mitt Romney.

So why are these mainstream statements and calls for truth and decency being bashed now when they were once praised? I thought any moral and decent individual wants what is right for the country?

Is it because deep down some Republicans know the President has done some deeply immoral things and they are too weak to allow him to receive justified criticism? Is it because they’re afraid Romney is going to become too strong and cause Republican Senators to pick a side?

Stop trying to defend the President at every turn. Yes, President Trump has done a lot of good for this country, but he is neither God nor perfect. If you want to be morally honest, you need to allow for constructive criticism— especially justified condemnation.

We need to return to an era where bad decisions are condemned and good decisions are praised. No one is perfect, and acting like President Trump can do no wrong does not help the public discourse, and it simply feeds into the dangerous doctrine of confirmation bias— only accepting and giving attention to news and decisions that reaffirm one’s own pre-existing viewpoints, and ignoring those which do not make you feel good.

Stop bashing anyone and everyone that says anything that can be interpreted as a criticism of the President. Using profane words and trying to shut down someone in or outside of your own party from speaking simply because they say something you don’t like is a horrible reflection on your own character.

It is blatant hypocrisy to cheer when the President unbefittingly bashes people on Twitter, but to allow yourself to personally spew inappropriate profanity towards Senator Romney for rightly calling out the president on both moral and political grounds.

Remember, the Senator is not completely anti-Trump— no one should be. He is simply pointing out where the President falls short in his opinion— and he has the complete right to do so. Republicans who are angry and disappointed at Romney for speaking his mind need to re-evaluate their own moral stances.

In terms of policy, we should absolutely support any policy the Trump administration puts forth that betters the country like: the tax cuts, job and economic growth, deregulation, ending the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, record oil production, correcting certain aspects of healthcare policy, conservative judicial appointments, enforcing law and order, raising the military budget, and the other 200+ accomplishments put together here.

But, we need to allow ourselves and other people (especially people of our own party) to rightly criticize the president or any other politician when they do wrong. Mitt Romney did just that, and he will make a remarkable Senator.


Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Subscribe to this publication today.