Mitt Romney is being looked at seriously as the Republican challenger for President Barack Obama in 2012, but as Romney is part of that father-son combination in politics, he does not walk in the footsteps of his father.
Romney, as Governor of Masachussets, made many inroads in politics, especially with what was then considered a revolutionary concept with health care that provided for health care needs in a much wider way than before. But he has backed off from the concept, according to critics these days.
Mitt Romney has been on that road towards becoming President since the 2008 election when he ran for office in the Republican primaries and was defeated by John McCain. While McCain seemed to believe the Presidency was his due, with all of the sacrifices he had made in Vietnam, another entitlement venture might be the path Romney might take, as the heir to his father’s legacy as a man apart from others. Romney Jr, however, lacks the lustrous image that his father gave to the nation during very critical times. Too that extent, he is that quintessential representative of how sons might differ from their fathers depicted in the book, Like Father, Like Son, Like Hell, where the son set his own course in life. That book, which may now be out of print, was one this journalist used to teach reading, as young men saw themselves in that book.
Mitt Romney looks at the political landscape, seems to put a finger in the wind, than moves in that direction. Or so it seems to many who have written about him. He was for the health care plan he helped to implement before he seems now against it. His attitudes on social programs have also wavered sufficiently, there’s little to recognize from the man who seemed to be his own as once Governor of Michigan.
The senior Romney, a Democrat, on the other hand, stepped forward at the height of the civil rights conflict, praising the efforts of civil rights workers and declaring a day of recognition and mourning for those who died in the effort to register black voters in the South. He did this in the early and mid 60’s at a time when many other politicians either sat on their hands or were afraid to speak, except for the ones in the South who universally seemed to turn thumbs down on integration and civil rights efforts in general. George Romney, Mormon like his son, was a man ahead of his time in social movements and seemed to bypass his church teachings at the time on the African American’s mark of Cain said to be a punishment from God. For if he favored those Mormon teachings in those years, it wasn’t something he seemed to use when acting as Michigan’s Governor. But he did not march with Martin Luther King as his son Mitt has claimed.
The path that George Romney the elder set is not the path of his son, it seems, who looks to win in an effort again, after spending a great deal of money in losing the first time around. It may be that he believes he’s entitled with the family dynasty name, and the money he is able to spend; but given the parameters of history like hell the son is like his father.
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