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Romney’s ‘No Apology’ Excels in Quality, Depth

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 10:21 AM

Mitt Romney’s book “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” will debut Sunday in the No. 1 spot on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list.

That is hardly surprising. Polls consistently rate Romney the No. 1 choice among Republicans as a presidential candidate. But the book’s popularity also comes from its quality and depth.

The typical book by a potential presidential candidate consists of a few chapters on the politician’s childhood, followed by warmed-over speeches. Both a Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School graduate, Romney wrote the book himself from scratch.

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Romney spares us the expected how-I-grew-up chapters. Instead, he weaves in anecdotes from his youth when they are relevant to a point he is making. In contrast to his restrained remarks during his presidential campaign, he takes on President Obama, launching stinging criticism of his domestic and foreign policies.

Two qualities make the book stand out: First, because of Romney’s background as one of the country’s most successful businessmen, the former Massachusetts governor injects real-life examples from his own experience of how free-market principles work and can be applied to bolster the U.S. economy and improve the way government works.

Second, Romney brings a candid, thoughtful approach to many of the most sensitive issues. For example, on the subject of abortion, Romney writes, “The debate over abortion puts two of our fundamental values in conflict: our respect for life and our love of personal freedom. Arguments in support of abortion generally revolve around the right of a mother to make decisions about her own body. But in any decision about whether to end a pregnancy, we must remember that two lives are involved, and on this point, courts have been long and conspicuously silent. Because the fact is that two lives, not one, are involved, I am unapologetically pro-life. Both mother and child are human beings, but only one does not yet have a voice to defend itself.”

Romney adds, “There are, of course, heartfelt and passionate convictions on both sides of the abortion question. Many women considering abortions face terrible pressures, hurts, and fears, and we should come to their aid with all the resourcefulness and empathy we can offer. At the same time, the starting point should be the innocence and vulnerability of the child waiting to be born. For all the conflicting views on this issue, it speaks well of our country that we recognize abortion as a problem. The law may call it a right, but no one ever called it good, and in the quiet of conscience, people of both political parties know that more than a million abortions a year cannot be squared with the good heart of America.”

When it comes to campaign finance laws, Romney writes, “In the past, campaigns themselves received and spent the lion’s share of the contributions made on their behalf. But under campaign finance reform, contributors are limited to $2,400 to an individual campaign, while they are permitted to donate unlimited amounts to so-called independent expenditure committees. What this means is that the big money now isn’t controlled by an individual campaign or candidate, but rather by an ‘independent’ group. Ugly attack ads can readily be launched by the independent committee and the candidate can wash his hands of any responsibility. Campaign finance reform didn’t get money out of politics. It simply made that money less transparent and more difficult to trace, strengthened the hand of union bosses, and put financiers and ideologues like George Soros in the driver’s seat of many contests.”

Romney continues, “I wish there were a good, workable way to utterly remove the influence of money from politics. Instead of the current laws on the books, I’d much rather let people contribute the full amount they choose to whomever they want and simply require those contributions to be posted on the Internet for everyone to see. No organization — unions included — should be allowed to assess its members or collect dues for political campaigns or causes. Period.”

In contrast to Obama, who constantly knocks America, Romney sees only greatness in this country. That refreshing outlook alone is worth the price of the book.

Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.

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