Just this morning, an op-ed by Mitt Romney started making the rounds. It’s about standing firm with our allies, especially Israel. It is a marvelous piece and very much speaks for itself. There is just one brief comment I want to make. Consider these pull quotes:
Keeping our word to our allies is a matter of honor, but it is also a matter of self-interest. The United States needs allies for economic, political and national security reasons. Good allies and strong alliances allow us to share the burdens we carry, complement and supplement our efforts and present a united front against those who wish us harm.
Whenever or wherever America steps away from one of its friends and allies, or shrinks in the face of belligerent tyrants, those who are allied with us may understandably or inevitably step closer to our foes. The advance of human rights and the defense of liberty demand that America stands firm with its allies — all of them.
Note that Romney stands in defense of the promise of our nation as matter of honor.
I am currently hip deep in writing the next installment of our Telling the Story series on the narrative of religion and Romney in Campaign ’08. In that forthcoming piece we will be looking at the “Mormons lie” meme, and how it transmogrified into the whole flip-flop thing, which one study showed was simply code for religious bias. When a man stands behind the word of our nation in this fashion, how can we accuse him of being disingenuous?
Unlike the current administration for which there is no intellectual/philosophical bedrock, and therefore no meter by which to measure such honor – Romney clearly understands the importance of one’s “yes” being “yes” and “no” meaning “no.”
So much for “Mormons lie,” “flip-flop,” or any other formulation of that apparent mistrust. If you have a problem with Romney’s faith, face and deal with it – but do not hide it behind things that are simply untrue.
BTW, be sure and read the whole thing. It is vitally important for reasons far beyond the point I have made here.