QQOTD: Mitt Romney
“The historic meaning of the words High Crimes and Misdemeanors, the writings of The Founders and my own reasoned judgment convinced me that a President can indeed commit acts against the public trust that are so egregious that while they are not statutory crimes, they would demand removal from office.”
~ Mitt Romney, a Republican Senate juror, speaking before the Senate on February 5, 2020, as he delivers his decision to convict the President of the United States. His full speech begins 4:32:30. (C-SPAN)
Romney is an American politician and businessman who has served as the junior United States senator from Utah since January 2019. He previously served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007 and was the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
What part of Senator Romney’s decision has been driven by his own sense of ethics and his faith?
How might have Rear Admiral Barry Black’s, the Senate chaplain, daily opening prayers helped guide Senator Romney?
How has Senator Romney’s decision rocked the political world? (The actual outcome of the trial is not yet known as of this writing, but it is assumed that the Senate will not convict.)
What personal and political price might Romney pay for his decision to go against his own party?
Historical queries (To be determined in the near or far future):
How has history viewed Mitt Romney’s momentous decision?
Has he paid a steep price for breaking ranks with his party? If so, how?