Mitt Romney and Authoritarianism

A forthcoming biography of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) reportedly includes the former presidential candidate’s view that his party is sliding toward “authoritarianism.” The book, “Romney: A Reckoning,” is scheduled for publication in October. The Guardian has published a story about its contents.

In the story, author McKay Coppins is quoted as telling Axios he was surprised by Romney’s “candor” and his sharing of personal emails and texts which tell of what he considers the party’s wrong direction.

Romney lost the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama. Should Republicans now take advice from him about what he perceives as the GOP’s “authoritarian” image?

Let’s start with a definition of authoritarian. Among them is this brief one: “favoring complete obedience or subjection to authority as opposed to individual freedom.” Is that what Romney thinks Republicans favor? The last I checked the position of the GOP is advancing and protecting individual liberty, while the philosophy of the Democratic Party is sliding toward bigger government, ever-higher taxes and increased spending. That sounds more authoritarian to me.

The Romney criticism is part of an ongoing requirement by the left and their media allies for Republicans to prove a negative. These include allegations of racism from a party with

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