February 27, 2020

Thanks, Mr. Romney

Posted on 08. Nov, 2012 by Stephan Helgesen in Politics

Last night I was ready to embrace you as our next president. Then, the Electoral College reared its ugly head and in a brief moment you became a part of presidential campaign history when President Barrack Obama was re-elected. When I went to bed, the popular vote difference between the two of you was only 665,000 votes, hardly enough for what they’re now calling a clear mandate to lead.

Governor, I just wanted you to know that for running a spirited yet civil and serious campaign you deserve the thanks of all Americans – even those who didn’t vote for you. Your campaign stood in stark contrast to that of the President’s that employed all manner of class and gender warfare as well as personal attacks that severely cheapened and demeaned the election process.

To your credit, you didn’t condone or use what some might call, Chicago-style tactics. I suspect that your conscience and respect for the process was the reason you chose a different path. Sadly, that was not the path that our country is on these days. That path takes us through the muddy fields of personal disparagement and ridicule.

You did your best, but if there was one mistake you made, Governor, it was being too nice to the President.  You gave him a back door to escape his responsibility by not calling him out on his willful ignorance and selective application of our laws like the deportation slowdown of illegal aliens. You never mentioned the scandalous, Fast and Furious gun-walking program that ended in the tragic death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent or the September 11th attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four brave Americans.

You never gave us any reason to doubt your personal integrity, Mr. Romney, and, perhaps it’s that integrity and respect for the office of the President that kept you from advancing those issues. I can only say that political campaigns are a crucible as well as a contest in which the mettle and decency of the contestants are tested, and you passed with flying colors.  Sadly, the winner didn’t.

This long campaign must have exacted quite a toll on your family, and we, the American people owe your lovely wife, Ann, and your sons a thank you too for their dedication. Through them we gained new and important insight into your character, and the more we learned, the easier it became to picture you in the Oval Office.

Though that will not happen in January 2013, we have hopes that your enthusiasm will not be dampened by the coming four years. May God bless you and your family and keep you well.

- Editor

Stephan J. Helgesen

 

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