Reader Input: Sobering what America let slip away

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It has been said in a democracy that the leader we have is the one we deserve. What a sobering thing to ponder what we have let slip away from us this week.

Thank you, Mitt Romney, for sacrificing several years of your life for the desire to help a dying republic. We will miss not having someone who built numerous successful businesses, who understands the economics of debt, investment, liberty and prosperity.

Mitt’s success at running Massachusetts as governor was an exemplary demonstration of bipartisanship and statesmanship. His pulling the Olympics out of the fire of debt and dysfunction was stellar.

Ann Romney gave perhaps even more with less-than-perfect health. What she had on display at the end of each debate and the convention was a husband, children and grandchildren modeling for us the ideal and functional extended family.

These have been lives of consistency at every level: family, charity, business and government.

Mitt didn’t need the money, the fame or the power. But America will miss his steady, reliable and virtuous character to lead us back to economic and moral prosperity.

What is now left is picking up the pieces of a bitterly divided country. We can only hope that, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

It will take a lot of these better men like Lincoln and Romney and the angels of our nature to fix this republic. May God bless America.

Dean Foman, Ph.D., Meadow Vista