Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Civic republicanism and 2008 (part 2)

After Democrats trot out the language, if not the actions, so says Gov. Mitt Romney:
"Hillary Clinton just gave a speech the other day about her view on the economy. She said we have been an on-your-own society. She said it's time to get rid of that and replace that with shared responsibility and we're-in-it-together society," Romney told the crowd. "That's out with Adam Smith and in with Karl Marx."
I have to admit, for someone who has been blogging about one candidate in particular, I've paid very little attention to what's been going on on the other side of the aisle in terms of rhetoric (short of the Ron Paul/Gualani dust-up). My impression had been that of any of the GOP candidates, that Romney was the one that would seem to stand out as a... pragmatist. Someone not willing to say really harsh things to win votes.

So, I was surprised that he basically said "Yes, we really are in this by ourselves. You can't trust your neighbor, you can't trust your government, you can't trust anyone."

For a republican, not very civic republican.

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