Tucker gives Mittens a schooling.
Newly-elected Utah senator Mitt Romney kicked off 2019 with an op-ed in the Washington Post that savaged Donald Trump’s character and leadership. Romney’s attack and Trump’s response Wednesday morning on Twitter are the latest salvos in a longstanding personal feud between the two men. It’s even possible that Romney is planning to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. We’ll see.
But for now, Romney’s piece is fascinating on its own terms. It’s well-worth reading. It’s a window into how the people in charge, in both parties, see our country.
Corporate tax cuts are also popular in Washington, and Romney is strongly on board with those, too. His piece throws a rare compliment to Trump for cutting the corporate rate a year ago.
That’s not surprising. Romney spent the bulk of his business career at a firm called Bain Capital. Bain Capital all but invented what is now a familiar business strategy: Take over an existing company for a short period of time, cut costs by firing employees, run up the debt, extract the wealth, and move on, sometimes leaving retirees without their earned pensions. Romney became fantastically rich doing this.
Mitt Romney refers to unwavering support for a finance-based economy and an internationalist foreign policy as the “mainstream Republican” view. And he’s right about that. For generations, Republicans have considered it their duty to make the world safe for banking, while simultaneously prosecuting ever more foreign wars. Modern Democrats generally support those goals enthusiastically.
There are signs, however, that most people do not support this, and not just in America. In countries around the world — France, Brazil, Sweden, the Philippines, Germany, and many others — voters are suddenly backing candidates and ideas that would have been unimaginable just a decade ago. These are not isolated events. What you’re watching is entire populations revolting against leaders who refuse to improve their lives.
Mittens Romneycare is as old-guard as old-guard comes; he represents nothing more nor less than a return to Big Government business-as-usual, careful maintenance of the DC Swamp to forestall any meaningful attempt at draining it. Incredibly, enough Americans wanted this to vote him in, along with a slew of his Democrat-Marxist colleagues. There’s no fathoming it, especially after Trump miraculously revived a moribund economy with astonishing rapidity. But as Mencken had it: in a democracy, the people get the government they deserve—good and hard. So be it; it’s just too bad the stupes and dupes have to take the rest of down with ’em.
The Mittens slams are entertaining, but Tucker is after much bigger fish in this long-ish piece, not all of which I can quite agree with completely. This part, though, is mostly on point:
The goal for America is both simpler and more elusive than mere prosperity. It’s happiness. There are a lot of ingredients in being happy: Dignity. Purpose. Self-control. Independence. Above all, deep relationships with other people. Those are the things that you want for your children. They’re what our leaders should want for us, and would want if they cared.
But our leaders don’t care. We are ruled by mercenaries who feel no long-term obligation to the people they rule. They’re day traders. Substitute teachers. They’re just passing through. They have no skin in this game, and it shows. They can’t solve our problems. They don’t even bother to understand our problems.
If America was what it ought to be, and Americans who and what they ought to be, they wouldn’t be looking to government to solve their problems for them in the first place. They’d be looking to government to pave the roads, build the prisons, defend the borders, and otherwise mostly stay out of the damned way. But we’re a long, long way from anything remotely like that, with no clear path back to it.