Romney believes in equality, but he understands that equality is not the ultimate aim of liberty. After all, too much equality — as opposed to equal opportunity — quashes ambition, and ambition is the fundamental drive of the American spirit.
The Republican Party’s backtracking sounds painfully similar to Senator John Kerry’s inconsistent message on the Iraq War, which led to his 2004 election defeat.
Kerry famously responded to a question about his contradictory positions on a military supplemental appropriation bill by saying, “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.”
In 2008, Kerry’s Democratic primary Senate challenger Ed O’Reilly accurately portrayed Kerry’s “change of heart” about the war when he said, “John Kerry changed to become an anti-war vote when the political climate changed in this country.”
That’s exactly what the Republican Party is doing now — changing its message to satisfy the current political climate instead of fighting to change it. If anything, it’s no secret that if the Republicans need to change any part of their message, it’s not their economics — it’s getting with the times on social issues. Turning its back on capitalism and distancing itself from its leaders is the wrong approach.
In this world, there is right and there is wrong, and there is no honor in kicking someone when they’re down.
Those of us who truly believe in Governor Romney’s message that America is about earning things, not getting them for free, continue to proudly stand by him with conviction.
Those who care more about politics and winning have shown their cowardice, a pathetic display of desperation and disloyalty to their values and their leader that will stain the Republican Party for years to come.
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro is a lawyer who served on Gov. Romney’s presidential election legal team.