How Governor Romney Lost and Set Back Republicanism

November 12, 2012

In the eve of the 2010 mid-term elections in the United States, Finfinne Times published a historical analysis about why republicanism should take back America. The analysis tried to draw a “trajectory of humanity’s yearning for equality from the start of the earliest known practice of egalitarian value to the iconic democratic experiment in the United States in the recent few hundred years.” The analysis went on to suggest that “the contributions of this trajectory to humanity’s collective project for progress are the guiding lights that should be guarded and defended by a collective civic virtue.”

About a year later, during the republican primary campaign, Finfinne Times published another historical analysis about the Newt Gingrich factor in the game of the brains. This subsequent analysis suggested that “while the passions of the other republican candidates to solve the problem the U.S. has faced are admirable, the depth of Mr. Gingrich’s understanding of the problem appears unsurpassed in the identified field.” It went on to hypothesize that a “debate between President Obama and Speaker Gingrich may well prepare the electorate for a referendum about the direction in which the U.S. and the world are headed politically.”

As both President Obama and former presidential candidate Governor Romney indicated in their recent presidential debates, the United States and the world, to the extent that the former is an exemplary democratic experiment for the latter, faced a historical political juncture on November 6, 2012. By a small margin, the United States electorate chose to take one of the forks that may be fundamentally different from the alternative, which we call republicanism.

This election result doesn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, fathom the philosophical debate about the role of a government. The pigment of imagination about this role, which was started elsewhere and crystallized in the United States, will continue to live on and most likely gravitate towards the societal virtue that we call republicanism. It would be in the interest of global virtue that this crystallization is not blurred as humanity’s collective progress marches into the future.

The three presidential debates are likely to be some of the important historical events for which this election will be remembered. It has been judged by many political analysts that the first debate was won by Mr. Romney over president Obama. President Obama held his ground in the subsequent debates.

What will not make to history books is a presidential debate between President Obama and Speaker Gingirch because it never happened. Had it happened, it would have likely elucidated more the two fundamentally different directions the United States and the world faced on November 6, 2012, and led to a different outcome. With his background in history and firmly grounded in republicanism, Mr. Gingrich appeared more formidable during his campaign to lead the electorate toward republicanism.

That formidability, despite his personal baggage, was short-lived partly because of negative attacks against Mr. Gingrich by Governor Romney and his supporters that, it is quiet perceivable, took him in the wrong direction by way of negative attacks on Mr. Gingrich. As much as he may be passionate about his republican values, Governor Romney may have taken a slippery ride in the republican primary campaigns to the detriment of the defense of republicanism. To the extent that there is a grain of truth in this argument, his attachment to republicanism may be more sentimental than it is organic, as are those of the O’Reillys, the Van Susterens, and the Hannitys.

While there is hope that the attachment of these independent analysts to republicanism is likely to deepen, the hoped for debate between President Obama and Speaker Gingrich to deepen this attachment hasn’t come to pass. Yet, even if it may have faced a setback, republicanism is likely to thrive in the years to come, especially if the alternative path taken on November 6, 2012, proves to be less realistic than promised. Its tenets of inclusiveness, liberty, honesty, integrity, hard work, and justice are likely to make republicanism a more sought after societal value by any conscious society.

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