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An unexpectedly strong speech

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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Jul 29, 2012 at 17:00

I am no admirer of Mitt Romney, but I have to agree this is a very strong and welcome speech.

The Democratic party has for some time lost touch with the Henry Jackson aspect of its identity (and for that matter, its FDR, Harry Truman, and JFK support for a muscular and clear-headed foreign policy) and the Republican party has lost touch with the Eisenhower, George Romney and Richard Nixon aspect of its identity - the part that was willing to put its 19th century Social Darwinist impulses behind it and accept some amelioration of economic unfairness rather than calling for yet more inequality, as Romney now does.

Now if only he could bring his domestic policy impulses in line with the 21st rather than the 19th century, he might become a really formidable candidate. Also, he would be far more in line with the historic Jewish quest for social justice than he can possibly be at present.

Still, some very impressive remarks regarding the alliance of interests and values between what are probably the two most interesting and important countries on the planet regarding the existential threat that faces all humanity, including the adherents of the totalitarian ideology of Islam that governs the policies and actions of its leaders.

Ron Thompson

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