He has no skin in the American game. Neither a soldier nor a protester, Mitt Romney was disengaged in the 1960s from the three great issues of his generation–the Vietnam War, black liberation, and women’s liberation. He lived as if the war in Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement touched him not. When people his age were being drafted, dying in war, resisting the draft, going to jail, marching in the streets, or not paying taxes for a good reason (as acts of conscience), Romney was bicycling around France for over 30 months promoting an overtly racist and patriarchal religion (his missionary work began in 1966). Then, when he entered the corporate world, he set up overseas bank accounts and generally avoided taxes to the furthest extent that he could manage.
The culmination of Mitt Romney’s habit of distancing himself from the fate of other Americans culminated in his selection of an enthusiast of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Paul Ryan. Atlas Shrugged is an escape fantasy in which the rich disengage from the rest of humanity, starting a gated community called “Galt’s Gulch.”
This is where Mitt Romney would take us: to Galt’s Gulch, to two Americas. The circle of national concern, entanglement, and inclusion would narrow, not widen under Romney. It’s why he should not be President.