Romney betrays supporters to the left and to the right

Sarah of Montoursville, Pennsylvania asks on her Myspace web log: IS MITT ROMNEY GOING TO FLIP FLOP ON MINIMUM WAGE [All-caps in the original]

WHEN MITT ROMNEY WAS GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUESETTS HE CAMPAIGED ON A PLATFORM OF AUTOMATIC INCREASES IN THE STATE MINIMUM WAGE.

TODAY, AS ROMNEY IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT HE IS SHYING AWAY FROM THE MINIMUM WAGE INDEXING AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

ROMNEY SAID, I HAVE NOT LOOKED AT THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE PROCESS. I’LL LOOK AT THAT. I DON’T HAVE A –I HAVEN’T TAKEN A POSITION ON THAT AT THIS STAGE.

ROMNEY MADE THIS STATEMENT DAYS BEFORE THE MINIMUM WAGE WAS SET TO RISE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE.

IT LOOKS LOOK MITT ROMNEY IS A FLIP-FLOPER ON THE ISSUE OF MINIMUM WAGE. ROMNEY IS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PRO-BUSINESS SIDE OF THE POLITICS OF THIS ISSUE … more [All-caps in the original]

Sarah of Montoursville, Pennsylvania poses a question that those of us who stand to the right of her should also ask.

  • consider those who favour abortion on demand
  • consider those who favour gun control
  • consider our gay brothers and sisters with whom we disagree about marriage and whether sexual practices should be considered civil rights

-OR-

In sum: Consider all of those constituencies that Romney cultivated with perks, promises, and policy, only to abandon them, only to betray them.

Whether you agree with these constituencies or not–and we don’t–you must admit: Romney betrayed them, as these were all positions that Romney once held! See:

Romney reversed positions on guns, gays, marriage, and the war

So now Romney poses as a conservative.

The question then becomes: What makes those of us who are conservative–who were conservative all along–who never had to experience a “conversion” to become conservative but rather relied on reason and the witness of tradition–think that we are so special that Romney will not betray us too?

Has Romney changed his mind–reversed himself completely–for the last time?

How can we know that? What guarantee could Willard Milton Romney ever offer us as a surety against any future reversals? Our point: trust has everything to do with consistency, with constancy, with a personal history of commitment and resolve, and this sense of consistency is precisely what Romney cannot offer us or any constituency.

Here is all we really know about Romney, that he will say anything, to anyone, to achieve his goal, which at the moment is the White House:

Alter of MSNBC: Romney bashes Mexican immigrants at one stop, praises Hispanic group at another

Say that we concede that Romney is now a conservative. The question then becomes: Since when do we trust new converts with leadership positions?

Has Romney “converted”–OK, fine, since we enjoy no privileged access to the heart of Willard Milton Romney, we are forced to concede that he may well have “converted” as he puts it. So let him run for a local school board. Let him work his way up through the ranks building a long and lasting record of conservative politics and policy. But please let us not make this new convert our president now. The man has much to learn, and his every gaff, pratfall, and stupid mistake only confirms it.

yours &c.
dr. d.g.

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