|Source: Liberty Pen- George W. Romney-|
The more I hear George Romney, the more I know that he wouldn't fit into today's Republican Party. Because he would be seen as a Moderate-Liberal. And in today's neoconservative and Tea Party GOP, Conservatives look like Moderate-Liberals, because George Romney wasn't interesting in telling Americans how to live their lives. "This is the moral way to live and so forth", which is what you hear from a lot of Republicans today. George Romney was interested in economic and fiscal policy and probably foreign policy as well. He did run for President in 1968, but not by telling Americans how to live their lives. His son Mitt is the same way, the difference being that Mitt feels the need to convince Neoconservatives and the Christian-Right that he's one of them. And if you watch this video of George and then watch his son Mitt, except for George being much older, its like listening to the same person talk. They look and sound so much alike and sound very similar on policy as well. The difference being that with George, what you see is what you get. He's not interested in trying to convince people he's something he's not.
George Romney was right in this sense, the United Sates is not a democracy in the sense, that if a majority of Americans even if they vote for something on ballot, doesn't automatically mean we get it. Which is why legislation that Congress passes gets thrown out and why ballot measures get thrown out, if they are ruled as unconstitutional. The U.S. Constitution is almost impossible to amend and even if you are successful in doing it, it could take ten years to accomplish that. If we were a majoritarian democracy, we might not even have a Constitution and even if we did, it could probably be amended through majority rule. And things like free speech could either be amended or thrown out. As well as the Equal Protection Clause, the right to bare arms, property rights, just go down the line, could be either amended or eliminated by majority vote.
So Americans can't force other Americans to live their lives the way they want them to or deny them of things, because they feel like it. Or don't like them or don't like how they live their lives. Which is why these same-sex marriage bans have been thrown out by courts. We are a constitutional republic in the form of a liberal democracy. That we all have the right to live our own lives and live independently. As long as we are not hurting innocent people with what we are doing. That we elect our leaders generally by majority vote (except the President) but we have guaranteed constitutional and individual rights. That are almost impossible for us to lose, short of hurting innocent people and then going to jail for our crimes. But even American prison inmates have basic constitutional and individual rights that they can't lose by a simple majority vote.