Google+
Close
For a revved-up Mitt, &c.

Mitt Romney speaks in Houston, July 11, 2012.

Text  


In yesterday’s Impromptus, I gave the Romney campaign some free advice. And you know what they say about free advice. Well, here’s some more.

Obama and his team are talking nonsense about outsourcing and other economic matters. Romney should say, more or less straightforwardly, “These people are total ignoramuses when it comes to business. They know nothing. They wouldn’t know a real payroll if it bit them in the butt. Free enterprise is completely foreign to them. They know ACORN, they know lawsuits, they know ‘community organizing,’ whatever that is. But they know nothing about an economy, and this is the knowledge we desperately need now.”

What’s more, “they have no sympathy for the employer — for the job-creator or wealth-creator. More than anything, we need the boot of government off the employer’s throat. Government cannot employ and provide for everyone under the sun. We need a private sector. The Obama people have no respect for that. Indeed, they seem to regard businessmen and entrepreneurs as the enemy.”

Advertisement
Obama, you may remember, worked for a brief time in the “corporate world” — and said he felt like “a spy behind enemy lines.” Is he still of the same mindset?

In general, I think Romney should be utterly unapologetic in this campaign. He wrote a book called No Apology. He should be good at it. What should he be unapologetic about? Everything, basically: his views, his life, his business career, his church, his wealth — everything.

The country is in dire straits. I think it would welcome frank talk and clear thinking. A “return to basics,” a re-embrace of fundamentals.

And about race, Romney should be absolutely fearless, or as fearless as possible. They’ll call him a racist. So, what else is new? It’s what the Left does, as other people breathe. Every conservative worth his salt should be used to it — and proceed undeterred.

Okay, then, Mittster.

I can see it now: Romney turns to Obama in debate and says, “We need businessmen, Mr. President. If we didn’t have them — whom would you lawyers sue?”

John Dos Passos published a collection called The Theme Is Freedom. That could well be the Romney theme for 2012. I have a suggestion — something fairly audacious, a little weird: I think Romney should use his convention speech to dissect The Life of Julia, the little film, or whatever it was, that the Obama campaign put out.

Julia is a woman who is sort of married to the government. The federal government partners with her at every stage. For example, when she is 31, “Julia decides to have a child.” Just like that. There is no husband, apparently. The government seems to be her true husband.

Democrats and Republicans now have starkly different views of life in America — of what it should be. Romney should use his speech to talk about them. And he could take The Life of Julia as his text. What sort of country do Republicans want Julia to live in? How does that contrast with the Democrats’ vision?

A little strange, as I said, but one could do worse . . .

This is a little strange, too: An interviewer asked me last week what Romney should say in his inaugural address. That is getting ahead of ourselves, way ahead of ourselves. But I answered the question anyway.

I think he should say, something like, “Decline is a choice. We don’t have to be weaker, poorer — of less consequence in the world. We can decide to be those things. But we don’t have to be. Our future is something for us to determine. We are not at the mercy of impersonal, inevitable, historical forces. We can shape our destiny. If we want to be a social-welfare state, with a shrunken military, we can be that. The point is, we have choices to make. What kind of America do we want?”

You get my drift.

I also think that Romney should say that America’s principles and values are God-derived. Who was it who said, “Liberal democracy is but a political reading of the Bible”? I can’t remember, but there is truth to it. Romney should talk about this openly — and if the New York Times and others have cows, let them. Most people, I think, would sit still for such talk, and even nod along with it.

You don’t like these ideas for an inaugural address? Okay, Romney can air them in his convention speech — if you don’t like my Life of Julia lark. I have plenty of ideas. And little responsibility for action . . .



Text  


Sign up for free NRO e-mails today:

NRO Polls on LockerDome

Subscribe to National Review