Like father, like son

The quality of Republican leaders has fallen off a cliff. Formerly, GOP leaders were educated men and women of principle and character. That is no longer true.

3 examples:

George HW Bush fathered George W Bush, our worst President.

George Romney fathered Mitt Romney, a terrible candidate,

Ron Paul fathered Rand Paul, a TEA Party favorite and a man of immense ignorance.

Fathers and sons

Romney

Romney (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Mitt’s father, George Romney, failed to win the GOP nomination in 1968 for two main reasons: he did not endorse Goldwater in 1964 and he said that he had been “brainwashed” about Vietnam. In 1964, Romney was a stronger supporter of civil rights than Goldwater was and that led to his refusal to endorse Goldwater. It was a standing joke in Washington during the LBJ presidency that LBJ was “brainwashing” everyone about Vietnam. The brainwashing comment was not meant seriously, but it haunted the Romney candidacy.

George Romney was a moderate-to-liberal member of the GOP, and he was somewhat to the left of where President Obama is now.The Democratic Party then contained a wide variety of political views, but the dominant view then was further to the left of George Romney. If he had been elected in 1968, I think that George would have been a good president, certainly much better than Richard Nixon.

Mitt Romney shares few, if any, of his father’s political strengths, and he lacks his father’s honesty and decency. Like many father/son rivalries of the past, Mitt wanted to equal or surpass his father’s achievements, but lacked his father’s abilities. We have just lived through eight years produced by the father/son rivalry between George H W Bush and George W Bush. George H W Bush was an average president; George W was a terrible president. With the results of their example still affecting millions around the world, we must avoid repeating it with the Romney father and son rivalry.

Death and taxes

English: Protester seen at Chicago Tax Day Tea...

English: Protester seen at Chicago Tax Day Tea Party protest with sign reading “I am John Galt”. Edited to protect protester’s identity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By coincidence, on the same day I wrote about death and taxes in my post Uncertainty, I happened upon this in Atlas Shrugged. Please note 12 years of tax returnsDo you suppose that George Romney got the idea from Ayn Rand? Atlas Strugged was published in 1957 and George ran for the GOP nomination in 1968.

This is part of a conversation between the pirate  Ragnar Danneskjold and Hank Rearden when Danneskjold attempts to refund a portion of Rearden’s income tax in gold.

“‘What is that?’
‘Your income tax, Mr. Rearden.’
‘What?’
‘Your income tax for the last twelve years.’
‘You intend to refund that?’
‘In full and in gold, Mr. Rearden
….
“‘The looters are not the only ones who have kept records on you, Mr. Rearden. So have I. I have, in my files, copies of all your income tax returns for the last twelve years, as well as the returns of all my other clients. …'”

Now if he just had access to Mitt‘s returns. According to Ayn Rand, looters are people like government officials who do not produce any goods, but live on tax revenue or other people’s work.

Why Mitt is running

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This quotation is from Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72 by Hunter S. Thompson. When I saw it, I said to myself that may be why Mitt will say and do almost anything to be elected. His father, George Romney, lost the 1968 nomination to Richard Nixon because George had offended the Goldwater wing of the GOP in 1964. Mitt is taking pains this year not to lose the support of the GOP base.

“A career politician finally smelling the White House is not much different from a bull moose in the rut. He will stop at nothing, trashing anything that gets in his way; and anything he can’t handle personally he will hire out–or, failing that, make a deal. It is a difficult syndrome for most people to understand, because few of us ever come close to the kind of Ultimate Power and Achievement that the White House represents to a career politician.

“The presidency is as far as he can go. There is no more. The currency of politics is power, and once you’ve been the Most Powerful Man in the World for four years, everything else is downhill–except four more years on the same trip.”

George W. was right.

George Washington

George Washington (Photo credit: Joye~)

Yes, George Washington was right when he refused to allow himself to be crowned king of the US. He recognized that the ability to rule as king or president is not automatically passed from one generation to another. That is why he agreed to serve as president, not king, and why he stepped down after two terms having served his country almost his entire life.

We have two recent and ongoing examples of why he was correct. If you compare the presidencies of George H W Bush, an average president, and George W Bush, a very poor president, you can readily see that ability to be president is not a genetic trait.

We also have the example of  George Romney and Mitt Romney. While reading George Romney, Mormon in Politics by Clark R. Mollenhoff, I was planning to compare George and Mitt by abilities and accomplishments. Unfortunately for the US, George Romney would win that comparison hands-down. At this time in our history, the GOP should be offering us a candidate with George Romney’s qualifications. They and we are burdened with Mitt Romney. I think that George, Washington, Bush 41 and Romney, would be ashamed.