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Yes, that struck me as well. Romney would never go against authority - whether it's the authority of the Mormon Church or that of his father.

He deplored the anti-war protests of the "dirty hippie" students, but was perfectly able to change his views on Vietnam when his father told him to...

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by DowneastDem (david.vickrey (at) post.harvard.edu) on Sun Nov 18th, 2007 at 12:50:58 PM EST
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It's interesting the importance given to Vietnam in the Romney camp accounts. Though it's true Vietnam loomed fairly large in student consciousness in 1968, it wasn't central to the revolt. And I'm having a job seeing all those French doors slamming in the missionaries' faces on the grounds they were American and should get out of Vietnam. I suggest a more authentically French reason for shutting the door was that people selling religion on the doorstep just don't go down well here...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Nov 18th, 2007 at 02:41:08 PM EST
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Well, it works pretty well in Britain, as I understand it, and you know how the conservatives in America can see Europeans a bit like how Reagan saw trees:  Seen one, seen'em all.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Nov 18th, 2007 at 05:05:55 PM EST
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Yes, there is a difference between France and Britain on this (perhaps even more so 40 years ago).

But the use of Vietnam in Romney's story is above all self-serving, since it shows him being rejected as an American (European anti-Americanism, anyone?), not just because he was a drooling missionary idiot who was pissing people off.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Nov 19th, 2007 at 02:19:38 AM EST
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