The authenticity of the picture, now circulating widely on the Internet, hasn’t been verified. In fact, aside from a brief concession speech in the early morning hours of Nov. 7 we've seen or heard little from the former Massachusetts governor.
Romney’s only other comments after the election, made via a telephone conference call to wealthy campaign donors that was later leaked to the media, blamed his loss on ‘‘gifts’’ President Obama gave to African-Americans, Hispanics, women and young voters.
He was quoted as saying, ‘‘With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. Free contraceptives were very big with young, college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.’’
Meanwhile, distraught voters in a number of red states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, are circulating petitions calling for secession from the union.
Even though the United States just re-elected its first African-American president, it’s as if we’re getting ready to fight the Civil War again.
This nation already faces far too many immediate challenges — solving the debt crisis to avoid plunging off the fiscal cliff; trying to broker a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians; the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — to remain so sharply divided.
It’s time for Romney and his followers to show some leadership and some class.
Extend a hand, if not in friendship, at least in acknowledgement that we are all Americans, and we can either stand as one or all fall together.