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5.0 out of 5 stars Can Mitt Romney Save America?, March 2, 2010
This review is from: No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (Hardcover)
The answer to that question is why most readers will bother buying, borrowing or reading this book by the former Massachusetts Governor and 2008 Presidential primary candidate. In this time of national and international recession the voters and affected non-voters around the world are looking for a leader who can actually solve the major emergencies facing America, Freedom and Capitalism itself.
As the grandson of American Immigrants whose family was run out of Mexico by Mexican revolutionaries angry with American Expatriates, Mitt grew up as part of a family that worked themselves up from desperate poverty to live the American Dream. His father worked as a wall plasterer while he supported his family and worked his way through college. He eventually earned his way into the presidency of American Motor Corporation (AMC) and bet his house (or at least the money he'd made from selling his home) on the successful development of the Rambler compact car. He later became three-time governor of Michigan.
Mitt grew up in a family that had strong core values and he discusses those core values throughout this book. This reviewer actually met most of Mitt's family including Gov. George Romney when Mitt ran an unsuccessful campaign for Senate in Massachusetts. The whole family was part of that campaign and the lessons they learned with that loss served Mitt well a few years when he successfully won election for the Governorship of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Romney managed to do a good job managing that state even though he didn't have enough Republican legislative votes to uphold a veto and therefore had to reach across the aisle to the Democrats controlling the State House in order to accomplish his agenda.
Romney believes that if America becomes a victim of socialism that freedom throughout the world will be lost. If the nation is not careful, it will become a second rate world country--still strong enough to survive, but not strong enough to defend freedom anywhere else in the world.
"There are three pillars that sustain a free and strong America:
l. A Strong Economy
2. A Strong Military
3. A free and Strong People."
Romney then provides an agenda for a free and strong America. His list of goals includes 64 separate items and even Romney admits that his is not a complete list of changes needed. Studying that agenda will provide the reader with a decent idea of how Romney would tackle the nation's problems.
The book's second chapter "Why Nations Decline" is also instructive. Mitt briefly examines the reasons the Ottomans, the Spanish, the Portuguese, the Chinese, the British, the Soviets--these were all super-powers of their respective eras "and they were all surpassed." The reasons for these nation's failures were eerily similar to much of what is occurring in the USA and Western Europe.
The book examines many of the reasons for today's problems and provides some pretty decent ideas about how to solve them. Romney also describes why many people prefer to live in denial of the facts and why in past civilizations that failure to face undeniable facts led to the destruction of those great civilizations.
In the book's eleventh and last chapter this reader was surprised by some personal
stories that brought tears to my eyes. Since I was reading while seated at the Prudential Center Food Court Terrace, it was a little embarrassing to suddenly finding my eyes tearing up and salty streams trickling down my cheeks. That anything in this volume might require having tissues available was a total shock. Surprise, surprise, because the previous 99% of the book had been straight-forward logic and business-like explanations of Romney's beliefs and ideas on how to solve the nation's rapidly expanding and very dangerous problems, this ability to bring forth tears in an audience was enlightening.
The text was not boring and there was a little humor such as Mitt's description of the fall his wife Ann experienced when the stage they were speaking from in Dubuque, Iowa, collapsed. When she got up, "dusted herself off, and later ad-libbed, `Well, I fell on de butt in Dubuque.'" The man obvious isn't just a cool headed, unflappable, maybe sometimes seemingly unfeeling man; he is an experienced leader and well schooled in the workings of Capitalism, industrial production and job producing economics He is also amazingly well spoken and as Bostonians know, he used to sometimes substitute as a host on a popular conservative talk show in order to keep in touch with the Massachusetts public. He wasn't afraid to talk to the general public, but he relished the opportunity that only talk radio provides for contact with typical voters. He loved that form of give and take communication.
This is a good read for this political genre. It will provide the information that many people will need to decide if years of leadership experience should triumph over hope.
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Initial post: Mar 3, 2010, 5:54:54 AM PST
Robert Busko says:
Good review. I would add one more pillar to the list and that is an educated people. One of threats to our freedoms, as is pointed out in the book, is our lack of a good educational system. We need local control of the schools and give teachers the power to educate by disciplining students who miss behave and to hold parents responsible for the non performance of their children. Those actions will begin to fix education.

Posted on Apr 16, 2010, 6:09:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2010, 6:12:01 PM PDT
Classic95 says:
What is going to be a problem for Mitt Romney to run for President is that he is a Mormon. There is no way around that. The next problem is that Romney flip floped on the right to an abortion. He was Pro Choice, then changed his mind and became Pro Life. and finally, he is knowledgeable about the economy and is a great business man, but the attitude of this country right now is in the direction of Socialism, where the government takes care of everyone. No one is responsible for their own life. They want the government to solve everything for them. The country of Greece right now is having money problems, and the government is about to collaspe because the country does not have enough money to take care of everyone. As long as this country continues to spend, tax, and print money it does not have, the possibility of a Romney run is not in the cards or the tea leaves.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2010, 10:56:22 AM PDT
Good points. However, I started out prochoice & switched to prolife. So I can more easily understand the switch to prolife, rather than Gore's switch to prochoice. One can start out as prochoice, because one's heart goes out to any woman in an unplanned pregnancy. It's a horrible place. But when one sees how the fetus develops, one has to be very close minded to say it's not a baby with a heartbeat & its own DNA.

I wrote Romney off after 2008 election. I don't see how the Republican party can campaign against the democrat health care system when Romney got the whole thing started in MA. He does a decent job of defending this. I do agree that his Mormon religion will be a problem for some voters. But given that Harry Reid is Mormon & not much has been said about it, gives me hope this might be the case with Romney.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010, 9:11:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 16, 2010, 9:30:52 AM PDT
wmbshaw says:
I just read how Romney cheated himself to the top of the NY Times Bestseller list by requiring institutions to buy thousands of copies of this book in exchange for his speeches.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1010/How_Romney_made_a_bestseller.html?showall

This is the kind of deceitful practice that really provides a wake-up call for the rest of us when we learn the truth about how many of these politicians are simply out there for their own personal glorification.

Also, don't forget how Romney made it all about his own personal glorification when he was asked (during the 2008 campaign) why none of his sons serve/d in the military,
Romney exclaimed,

"My sons are all adults and they've made decisions about their careers and they've chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard. One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president. I respect that and respect all those and the way they serve this great country."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 2, 2011, 10:43:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2011, 12:34:36 PM PST
KP says:
my storyville: Went to your link. The author of this column says, "Asking that hosts buy books is also a standard feature of book tours. But Romney's total price - $50,000 - was on the high end, and his publisher, according to the document from the book tour - provided on the condition it not be described in detail - asked institutions to pay at least $25,000, and up to the full $50,000 price, in bulk purchases of the book."

Then so what? It's not cheating if everyone does it (which of course includes politicians from both parties). It sounds like he knew what price he could command since they agreed to pay him his asking price. It's also a smart move since getting his book out there also gets his message out there. My conclusion is Romney is both a smart businessman and a skilled strategist. I'll take both qualities in my next president.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2011, 9:51:18 AM PST
Ret Army MSG says:
Did you read the comments below that article? It appears this is not an unusual practice for book selling. $50,000 a speech via book purchases is a lot less than the amounts collected by Palin and Clinton for speeches. I have only read the first chapter of his book via Amazon.com but so far I am impressed and intend on reading the rest. He needs to be heard so people can make a wise choice. After researching all potential candidates, make your choice. To those who would make superficial judgements, shame on you and what you are getting America into.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011, 8:50:19 AM PDT
DAVID JOHNS says:
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Posted on Oct 14, 2011, 3:02:40 PM PDT
Ah, yes, Mitt: the man who wants to be elected so badly he will take whatever positions necessary to become governor of Massachusetts, and then reverse these positions to please the GOP base when he runs for the presidential nomination. What a guy!

Posted on Oct 24, 2011, 2:43:54 PM PDT
Scott says:
"There are three pillars that sustain a free and strong America:
l. A Strong Economy
2. A Strong Military
3. A free and Strong People."

I am going to disagree with you here. America has had a Strong Military and having it has only put America into a grave financial disaster. Think of all the trillions of dollars which could be used to boost the education system and other sectors if America would stop fighting these pointless wars.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2011, 7:28:10 PM PST
alan says:
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