This post may come as a surprise to a lot of my readers, given the fact that I am not a big fan of Mitt Romney. Over the past several days, I have been hearing a lot about the speech he made recently at the Heritage Foundation and have read excerpts of the speech that looked very well done. Given that fact, I decided to watch the speech and to be honest, I was a bit impressed by the former Governor of Massachusetts and what he had to say.This is not to say that I would choose to support him over someone like Mike Huckabee, but I do believe what he had to say has merit and bears listening to.
There is one part of the speech that really stands out to me. Speaking about the comment President Obama made about America dictating to other countries, Romney had this to say.
Just a few days from now, we will mark the 65th anniversary of D-Day. I’m sure many of you have been to Normandy. I have. I saw the beaches. I saw the acre upon acre of crosses and stars that mark the resting place of those who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country’s cause. They were sent by an awakened American nation to liberate a continent. In the shadow of World War II’s desolation, they resolutely shouldered the burden of defending freedom.
That burden did not end with that war. Since that time, American soldiers have fought in remote places. America sacrificed the blood of its sons and daughters and sent treasure abroad, helping nurture democracy and human rights all over the world. We sustained a network of alliances and built military prowess that at first contained and then defeated Soviet communism.
Because of what America did in the 20th century, there are hundreds of millions of people around the world who now live in freedom – who, but for the price paid by the United States, would have lived in despair. I know of no other such example of national selflessness in the history of mankind. That is why America is the hope of the earth.
That is also why, with all due respect, I take issue with President Obama’s recent tour of apology. It’s not because America hasn’t made mistakes-we have-but because America’s mistakes are overwhelmed by what America has meant to the hopes and aspirations of people throughout the world.
The President also claimed on Arabic TV that America has dictated to other nations. No, America has sacrificed to free other nations from dictators.
Take a few minutes to listen to his speech and let me know what you think. If you would rather read the text of the speech, it can be found here.