The Edge of the Waters
When I was growing up and taking citizenship classes in school, we were
always taught that "Politics stops at the water's edge", and that "We
only have one President at a time".
I guess all of that went out the window on Wednesday morning when
Mitt Romney, with less than cautious abandonment, dove into the
precarious political waters of middle eastern uncertainty to heap scorn
on the President of the United States at a time when unity of purpose ,
resolve, and response, would have made much more sense.
Clearly, for whatever reason, Mitt Romney jumped the gun to inject
himself into an ongoing crisis, when prudence would have dictated that
he hold his fire, and shut his mouth, in the face of the death of an
American diplomat, at least until the dust settles, and it becomes clear
what has happened, and is still happening.
Romney sounded almost as if he were the pseudo President, speaking
in a manner as if he represented America, and attempting to undercut the
credibility of our one and only President at a time when standing
together in the face of attacks against our embassies and our personnel
should be soundly, and roundly condemned. He is not elected to any
office, and has no right to speak on behalf of the American people. He
is simply a candidate for office. Nothing more...nothing less. Nor does
he "represent" us, or anyone, at least not yet, and with this type of
performance, hopefully he never will.
This move by Romney is nothing short of a knee jerk reaction, and a
bone headed attempt to cash in and capitalize on a very volatile
situation which should call for a demonstration of American resolve, and
unity in the face of a common enemy: Intolerance, ignorance, and
extremism in the guise of religious zealotry.
If Romney had simply said, "We stand by the President and
Secretary of State in this hour of peril, and are united in support of
their efforts to see that justice is done, and that American values will
be protected and defended." it would have better served him. Instead,
he showed himself to be much smaller a man than his opponent, the
President of the United States.