Mitt Romney ♥’s The Cold War
I wouldn’t be the first to comment on the backwards-looking, nostalgic framing of Mitt Romney’s RNC acceptance speech. In a lot of ways, Mitt really seems to pine for the “better times” of the mid-20th century. Of course, he’s not alone — many Americans long for those days, especially in the age group most likely to vote Republican. (Although minorities, the LGBT community, self-respecting women and a few other groups may not share that enthusiasm.)
Still, for many, those days represent an idyllic time of prosperity. (Sure, it was fueled by a burgeoning middle-class expansion, brought about by progressive government programs and investment. And, sure, life was less stressful when families could easily get by on one income, and when even those income earners were less stressed because they had job security — and because the press for ever-greater productivity hadn’t yet necessitated hours and hours of unpaid overtime work for most workers.) Yes, they truly were the good ol’ days… …
(Let’s not worry our pretty little heads about the source of that prosperity; or the tax rates at the time; or the government’s investment in infrastructure…)
What concerns me in today’s post is another aspect of that bygone era that Mitt seems to yearn for: the Cold War. What else can explain Mitt’s claim that Russia is America’s “number one geopolitical foe“? Or his insistence that the New START nuclear arms reduction deal is Obama’s “worst foreign-policy mistake“? Or his calling out of Putin in his RNC acceptance speech for a lot less “flexibility” when he’s President?
He has said that Vladimir Putin is hell-bent on rebuilding the “Soviet Empire“. Now understand that I am no fan of Vladimir Putin, and for all I know, it may truly be Putin’s heart’s desire to do just that — but it ain’t gonna happen.
In other words, there’s no way in hell that a new “Soviet Empire” is an actual threat. But I’m pretty sure that it is indeed Mitt’s heart’s desire to see Putin do just that: rebuild the Soviet empire. It would be a foe he’s equipped to understand, and would free the genius of the Republican “red scare” machine to rise again. (Not that they haven’t been trying to keep it stoked all this time.)
Of course, none of this would be good for US– Russia relations. But then again, a Romney presidency is already set to massively damage that. Russia has already taken great offense at Romney. The funny part? At least one Russian media outlet sees Romney in much the say way I do:
The thought processes of Romney, 65, strongly suggest that the Mormon from Michigan has been time-warped back to the Soviet era, behind an Iron Curtain and inside of a 1950s black-and-white television set. (Russian Times – RT.com)
But here’s the thing: the threat of a red menace would finally align Romney with his most dangerous opponent: the Tea Party.