Mitt Romney warns U.S democracy is facing dire 'threats' to its survival
The MAGA movement continues to resent Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah deeply for acknowledging that President Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election and voting “guilty” in former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Regardless, the 75-year-old conservative Republican senator is still speaking his mind about the threat that Trumpism poses to U.S. democracy, and he addresses that threat in a sobering essay/think piece published by The Atlantic on July 4.
In his article, headlined “America Is in Denial,” Romney explains, “When entire countries fail to confront serious challenges, it doesn't end well. During the past half century, we Americans have lived in a very forgiving time, and seeing the world through rose-colored glasses had limited consequences. The climate was stable, our economy dwarfed the competition, democracy was on the rise, and our military strength made the U.S. the sole global hyperpower. Today, every one of those things has changed. If we continue to ignore the real threats we face, America will inevitably suffer serious consequences.”
\u201cA grim but spot-on read from \u2066@MittRomney\u2069 https://t.co/X8m6grKpwm\u201d— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1656942405
Romney goes on to write that while Biden is “a genuinely good man,” he “has yet been unable to break through our national malady of denial, deceit and distrust.”
“A return of Donald Trump would feed the sickness, probably rendering it incurable,” Romney warns. “Congress is particularly disappointing: Our elected officials put a finger in the wind more frequently than they show backbone against it. Too often, Washington demonstrates the maxim that for evil to thrive only requires good men to do nothing.”
Romney emphasizes that when former Appellate Judge J. Michael Luttig warns that American democracy is facing an existential crisis, his words shouldn’t be ignored.
“What accounts for the blithe dismissal of potentially cataclysmic threats?” Romney writes. “The left thinks the right is at fault for ignoring climate change and the attacks on our political system. The right thinks the left is the problem for ignoring illegal immigration and the national debt. But wishful thinking happens across the political spectrum. More and more, we are a nation in denial.”
Romney’s article is receiving a lot of feedback on social media. Here are some of the comments:
\u201c@TheRickWilson @MittRomney Much of what Sen. Romney says is true, but there is zero chance the Republican Party in 2024 will nominate the person he says we need. \n\nIs he prepared to endorse and fight to elect the Democrat or independent who will save us? Or is this just talk?\u201d— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1656942405
\u201cDear @SenatorRomney ,\n\nThe problem is NOT that America is in denial. It is that decent Republicans like YOU are in denial.\n\nhttps://t.co/lrerh4VkV7\u201d— Tami Burages (@Tami Burages) 1656952658
\u201c@TheRickWilson @MittRomney Good piece, but where is @MittRomney when it comes to taking decisive action on the #ClimateCrisis or the creeping authoritarianism and rejection of democracy that is dominating his party?\u201d— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1656942405
\u201c@TheRickWilson @MittRomney Good reminder that Lincoln Project shares goals but are dead wrong about key things. Ronald Reagan did nothing good. He started the nonsense trickle down and destruction of the tax system that partially created our middle class. Climate is a crisis. Deficit spending is not equal.\u201d— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1656942405
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