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OPINION

Romney on Foreign Policy, American Exceptionalism

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Full disclosure; I'm a Mitt Romney fan. 

I endorsed and worked for him in 2008, and I am doing so again. 

The sorry state of our economy and the disastrous results of Barack Obama's policies will be the overwhelming issue dominating the Presidential campaign, but the next President will also inherit a much more dangerous world. 

Yesterday, at the Citadel in South Carolina, Romney delivered a major foreign policy address.  Whether you are already a Romney supporter or a not, I think you'll find it an uplifting, hopeful message that harkens back to eras when our leaders really did have a clear vision, a grasp of reality, and believed in the greatness of America and her people. 

Following are a few excerpts and a link to the entire speech:

"God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers.  America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place, and liberty and prosperity would surely be among the first casualties." ……

"I will not surrender America’s role in the world. This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President." 

 "You have that President today." 

"The 21st century can and must be an American century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity. My hope is that our grandchildren will remember us in the same way that we remember the past generations of Americans who overcame adversity, the generations that fought in world wars, that came through the Great Depression, and that gained victory in the Cold War. Let future generations look back on us and say, they rose to the occasion, they embraced their duty, and they led our nation to safety and to greatness."  

"The Greatest Generation is passing. But as their light fades, we must seize the torch they carried so gallantly at such sacrifice. It is an eternal torch of decency, freedom and hope. It is not America’s torch alone. But it is America’s duty – and honor – to hold it high enough that all the world can see its light."   

Full speech here.


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