Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) says that “America is in denial.” We know there are tremendous problems facing our great nation with Republicans trying to turn democracy into an autocracy and the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) trying to turn it into a theocracy. But it seems Romney means something beyond that.
He said that we are facing cataclysmic threats and listed the biggest ones in his opinion piece in The Atlantic. He pointed to the “reservoirs and lakes of the West” drying up as we “keep watering our lawns, soaking our golf courses, and growing water-thirsty crops.”
Then the former Massachusetts governor got around to a “former appellate judge” testifying that the “war for our democracy,” and Donald Trump’s failed January 6, 2021 coup were “genuine constitutional crises.”
‘MAGA loyalists snicker that he speaks slowly and celebrate that most people weren’t watching.’
So what is Romney’s answer to the “blithe dismissal of potentially cataclysmic threats?” He said:
‘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.’
The Utah senator gave a few examples of drought and democracy denial. He even went after Trump, which can be deadly for Republicans, and said according to The Washington Post:
‘A classic example of denial comes from Donald Trump: “I won in a landslide.” Perhaps this is a branch of the same delusion that leads people to feed money into slot machines: Because I really want to win, I believe that I will win.’
Romney blamed “the usual gang of sophists, grifters, and truth-deniers,” sophists (philosophers or those with fake arguments) is not exactly the word most of us throw around the takeout pizza:
‘[But] If we continue to ignore the real threats we face, America will inevitably suffer serious consequences.’
He said we should emulate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:
‘[His] stunning display of courage—“I need ammunition, not a ride”—showed us what real character looks like.’
Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ top aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony in the midst of Republican potshots was stunningly courageous, too. The rest of the former top White House Republicans have not displayed that same courage. Romney struggles on to relate to Americans:
‘President Joe Biden is a genuinely good man, but 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.’
And Romney also spoke about Congress:
‘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.’
The man who does not drink coffee may not be relating to most Americans.
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