Mitt Romney (R-Utah) sounded the alarm in a powerful essay Monday in The Atlantic Warning that the nation is “in denial,” and that we are ignoring the grave threats that could be “devastating” to its very existence.
“When a well-known conservative former federal appellate judge testified that we are already at a war for our democracy and that January 6, 2021, there was a real constitutional crisis, MAGA loyalists said he spoke slowly and Celebrate that most people weren’t watching,” wrote the disappointed senator.
Romney appeared before a January 6 House panel last month with retired Judge J.J. Michael was referring to the powerful testimony given by Luttig. He called Trump and his supporters “a clear and present threat to American democracy” for their efforts to toss out the results of a presidential election they don’t like, adding that “our democracy is on a knife’s edge today.”
Romney pointed to the damage already caused by global warming, rising government debt and a lack of action on illegal immigration in a dangerous drought.
Yet little is being done to address these grave threats, he wrote.
The “blasphemous dismissal of potentially cataclysmic threats” is fueled by denial and “a powerful impulse to believe what we expect to happen” that occurs “in the political spectrum”.
“At most, we are a nation in denial,” warned Romney. “A classic example of denial comes from Donald Trump: ‘I won in a landslide,'” he quoted the former president as saying.
“Bolstering” that fallacy are “carefully constructed, bias-affirming arguments from a gang of ordinary sophists, grifters, and truth-deniers.”
Romney noted how Americans have lived in “very unforgiving times” for decades, with a stable climate and a generally strong economy and democracy, but no margin for major error now.
He is convinced that the answer is good leadership. (He has no plans to run for the White House again, he told HuffPost in April.)
He hopes for a president who “can rise above the noise to unite us behind the truth.”
“President Joe Biden is a really good man, but he has so far been unable to break our national disease of denial, deceit and mistrust.”
“The return of Donald Trump will feed the disease, perhaps making it incurable,” he warned.
Meanwhile, Romney said it is up to “father and mother, teacher and nurse, priest and rabbi, businessman and businesswoman, journalist and pundit” to rise above our “complaints and outrage” and “lead our nation”. Understand the mantra of “bad need”.
View full essay here,