Randy McDonald (rfmcdpei) wrote,
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[FISKING] A brief look at Mitt Romney

I was so struck by the BBC report of the content of Mitt Romney's concession speech, delivered topday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, that I Googled the Associated Press-sanctioned speech transcript. It's interesting. After saying that "unless America changes course, we could become the France of the 21st century," he goes on to talk about Europe and population.

Europe -- Europe is facing a demographic disaster.

ROMNEY: That's the inevitable product of weakened faith in the Creator, failed families, disrespect for the sanctity of human life, and eroded morality.

Some reason that culture is merely an accessory to America's vitality. We know that it's the source of our strength. And we will not be dissuaded by the snickers and knowing glances when we stand up for family values and morality and culture. We will...


Conservatives here and conservatives across the country will always be honored to stand on principle and to stand for principles.

1. The casual slam at France is unsurprising. It's equally unsurprising that a politically unified and internally integrated demi-continent of three hundred million people that has been spared the direct ravages of war could be more powerful than a country with a fifth the population and less than a tenth of the land area. Oh well. Maybe Romney's just bitter that he made two converts during his two-and-a-half years in France as a Mormon missionary.

2. The "China and India will dominate us" meme is amusing, given the United States' aforementioned size, its very significant economic lead in per capita terms over those two countries, and the meme's tacit assumption that economic growth in these two countries will continue in the high single digits for the next two decades. If. Anyway, all this assumes that anything can break the unstoppable dominance of the Japanese.

3. It's really annoying how so many conservatives have felt free to take the word "family" and limit it to only the sorts of families that they want. In any case, to the extent that there are demographic issues in Europe, countries like Italy where traditional families are strong aren't faring nearly as well as countries like France where, at latest report, 43% of children are born out of wedlock.

I could go into more detail, but I won't bother. Why should I devote more time to political losers if I have better things to do?
Tags: clash of ideologies, demographics, europe, european union, france, italy, politics, united states
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