Is Mitt Romney trying to get rid of Martin Luther King Day?
Is Bishop Willard Mitt Romney trying to get rid of Martin Luther King Day? To be honest, while
I've heard this claim, I haven't found any firm evidence that it is true.
However, I think it's safe to say that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a champion of
equality for all human beings, would not approve of the way Mitt Romney speaks
to, and about, people less fortunate than himself ...
As Hurricane Sandy threatens 50 million American with devastating floods, I am
reminded of Mitt Romney's statement that it is "immoral" to borrow money to help
flood victims. Romney, a former Mormon Bishop and therefore someone who should
presumably understand the term, didn't call it "immoral" for the federal
government to borrow billions to bail out the Olympic games, or his rich Wall
Street cronies. He obviously doesn't consider it "immoral" to borrow the better
part of $7 trillion dollars to rescue the super-rich and increase defense
spending for things the Pentagon hasn't even requested. According to Bishop
Romney, it seems the only people it's "immoral" to
help are the 47% of Americans who need help the most, including flood victims,
distressed auto workers, and poor girls and women who need Planned Parenthood’s
help with contraceptives, family planning and preventive healthcare.
Is Healthcare for Babies, Children, the Elderly, the Sick and the
Poor nothing more than "Free Stuff"?
For instance, here's what Romney said recently about
less wealthy Americans who understandably want affordable healthcare, referring to his speech
before the NAACP:
When I mentioned [that] I am going to get rid of Obamacare they [the NAACP] weren’t
happy ... That’s okay. I want people to know what I stand for, and if I don’t
stand for what they want, go vote for someone else; that’s just fine … But I
hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of
this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other
guy — more free stuff.
But Romney seems to be all about "free stuff" ... for himself and his
super-rich friends. Even if it's somehow "wrong" for less well-off
Americans to want affordable
healthcare for their children and aging parents, isn't it vastly worse from
someone richer than Midas to insult them while ripping apart their safety nets,
so that he can become even richer? (As I wrote this paragraph, I had a vision of
Ebenezer Scrooge denying raises to Bob Cratchit while Tiny Tim wasted away
for want of an operation.)
How can someone who gets away with highway robbery turn around and condemn
less-advantaged Americans for requesting a much smaller break?
Mitt Romney served on the board of Damon
Clinical Laboratories, which pled guilty to charges of defrauding Medicare and
agreed to pay the largest health care criminal fraud fine
in history at the time, over $119 million altogether. Corporate Crime Reporter put it like
this: "As manager and board member of Damon Corp, Mitt Romney sits at the center
of one of the top 15 corporate crimes of the 1990’s." Romney never reported
Damon's fraud to the proper authorities. When Corning bought Damon, it
discovered the fraud and reported it. Bain and Romney earned millions from their
investment in Damon, but conveniently never noticed that Damon was obtaining
"free stuff" from our cash-strapped federal government. According to a
Boston Globe report, Romney claimed that he and fellow board
members uncovered what was later determined to be a criminal
scheme to defraud Medicare in 1993, yet acknowledged that the directors did not turn
over their findings to federal authorities who were then investigating the medical
testing industry. While Damon went bankrupt, with
thousands of employees losing their jobs, Bain Capital enjoyed a $12 million profit,
over $450,000 of that money going to Romney personally.
Is it fair that Romney made so much money from
what appears to be healthcare fraud, then turned around and mocked members of
the NAACP for only wanting
healthcare they can afford?
Please don't get me wrong: I don't begrudge Romney his success or his wealth.
But if it's true that he paid virtually no taxes for more than a decade, while
amassing a fortune estimated at $250 million or more, that seems
terribly unfair to the 99% of Americans who pay their fair share of taxes,
rain or shine. When he mocks and criticizes them, that only adds insult to
injury and makes him seem like a hypocrite.
Romney strikes me as a hypocrite for three reasons: (1)
he blasts Obamacare, but his Romneycare was
obviously the model for Obamacare; (2) he favors bailing out Wall Street
billionaires yet denies average Americans what he imperiously calls
"entitlements;" and (3) he has no compunction about taking "free stuff" himself,
by evading taxes despite his fabulous personal wealth.
Mr. "Free Stuff"
Obviously, there is something terribly wrong when a rich, imperious white tax dodger lectures
hard-working American black taxpayers about not asking for "free stuff" when, in reality, all they want
is a fair shake. I seriously doubt that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would
Romney's hypocrisy about American healthcare seems to know no bounds. When he
traveled to Poland, he praised Poland for its economic success, but Poland
provides free medical care to all its citizens despite having less that half the
per-capita income of the U.S. When Romney traveled to Israel, he praised Israel
for its superior economy, which he attributed to a superior culture. But in
Israel, healthcare is universal and medical insurance is compulsory. As a
result, Israel has the fourth-highest life expectancy among
earth's nations, at 82 years. And of course Romney has no problem giving
"free stuff" to his rich friends in Israel. (He and Israeli Prime Minister
Benyamin "Bibi" Netanyahu are pals.) According to the Washington Report on
Middle Eastern Affairs, since 1949 the U.S. government has given Israel more
than $134 billion in financial aid. That's more than $23,000 per Israeli
citizen. So American taxpayers who struggle to afford healthcare for themselves
have probably paid for every Israeli citizen to enjoy superior healthcare,
either in whole or in part.
Before Romney lectures Americans, I think he should listen to a
Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and
giving it to the rich people of a poor country.—Ron Paul
Why does Romney want to give "free stuff" to his rich friends in Israel, why
denying affordable healthcare to Americans? Is it because Romney is getting
"free stuff" from his rich, powerful friends in Israel,
in return for Romney selling his fellow
citizens down the river?
Willard Mitt Romney scornfully accuses ordinary Americans of wanting
"free stuff" when they request affordable healthcare, and
seems he may have paid
virtually no federal income taxes for years, despite being one of the
world's wealthiest men, which would make him the King of Free Stuff.
Does he really believe in American exceptionalism, or just his own "exceptions"
(i.e., evaded income taxes)? And if Romney believes in American exceptionalism, why
did he stash
so much of his vast fortune in Swiss bank accounts and
Bermuda and Cayman Island shell corporations? He drives high quality American-made cars, so why does he trust so much of his
obscure banks on tiny, insecure islands? Why did a fabulously
man like Mitt Romney choose the Yugo of banks?
The answer seems obvious. A multi-million-dollar offshore "IRA" is a rich man's
way of fleecing the 99% of American workers who have to pay their
taxes, rain or shine, via automatic payroll deductions. That Romney would scam other Americans calls
his character into question: whatever happened to leading by example? That he would
mock middle-class Americans by saying they want
"free stuff," after he seemingly used
every trick in the book to avoid paying taxes, is simply beyond the pale.
Romney was a Mormon bishop and claims to be a Christian, but Jesus Christ saved nearly all his sternest
criticism for hypocrites and clearly said that the rich should help the poor,
rather than take advantage of them. It makes my blood boil to hear a
prospective American president condemning less advantaged Americans for wanting
a fair shake, when the whole system is tilted so wildly in his favor and he doesn't
even have the good grace to pocket his windfall millions without insulting honest
And why did Romney say that the government should let Detroit go bankrupt, after
he used a federal agency and its money to bail out his sugar daddy,
Bain & Company? When Bain was told to go through bankruptcy by a Goldman Sachs
advisor, why did Mitt Romney refuse, choosing instead to rely on dirty tricks
and fiscal blackmail?
As Rolling Stone pointed out in "The Federal Bailout That Saved
Mitt Romney," government documents indicate that
Mitt Romney's personal mythology is just that: a wild fantasy. He didn't save
Bain or the Olympics; we bailed them out. One reason Romney is so rich today is that "we the
people" bailed out Bain to the tune of millions of dollars written off by
the FDIC. But did
Willard Mitt Romney ever have the good grace to tell us "Thanks" for
saving Bain? No, of course not.
According to Rolling Stone, "Federal records, obtained under the
Freedom of Information Act, reveal that Romney's initial rescue attempt at Bain
& Company was actually a disaster—leaving the firm so financially strapped
that it had 'no value as a going concern.' Even worse, the federal bailout
ultimately engineered by Romney screwed the FDIC—the bank insurance system
backed by taxpayers—out of at least $10 million. And in an added insult,
Romney rewarded top executives at Bain with hefty bonuses at the very moment
that he was demanding his handout from the feds."
Romney paid 30 cents on the
dollar to retire Bain's debt, and we covered the rest. Now, rather than thanking us
for our generosity, Romney wants to take all the credit. What a hypocrite! How
did he pull off this stupendous feat? Rather than going through bankruptcy the
way he advised Detroit automakers, Romney threatened to take all the cash out of
Bain by giving it to Bain's highest-earners as bonuses,
unless the FDIC agreed to let Bain avoid paying the bulk of its debts.
This is like me owing you $1,000 and saying that you can take $300
and call things even, or I'll give all my money to hookers and pay you nothing!
So you tell me ... does Willard Mitt Romney have any reason to accuse ordinary
Americans of wanting "free stuff," when he blackmailed the FDIC into
giving Bain millions in free stuff? And then, after we bailed him out, he insisted that we let Detroit go
bankrupt, which could have cost more than a million Americans their jobs. Why
does Willard Mitt Romney demand that we bail him out, and his rich Wall Street
cronies, only to insist that we let American
autoworkers bite the dust?
"None of us wanted to see Bain be the laughingstock of the business world,"
recalls a longtime Romney lieutenant who asked not to be identified. "But Mitt's
reputation was on the line." It seems to me that Mitt Romney cares a lot more
about his reputation and his money and power, than he does about us, the
Mr. Creative Destruction
Romney used the term "creative destruction" repeatedly in his book No
Apology, calling for government "to stand aside and allow the creative
destruction inherent in a free economy." He acknowledged that
such "creative destruction" is "unquestionably
stressful—on workers, managers, owners, bankers, suppliers, customers, and the
communities that surround the affected businesses." During a photo shoot for a
brochure to attract investors, Romney and his Bain Capital partners gleefully
clutched $10 and $20 bills, stuffed them into their pockets, and even clenched
them in their grinning teeth. But while they romped in piles of money, thousands
of American workers at companies owned by Bain were being fired as their jobs
were being outsourced to China and other low-wage countries.
I have a very hard time imagining Jesus Christ taking such shark-like delight in
"creative destruction" and other people's misfortunes. Jesus, after all, said
that a man cannot serve two masters, and so had to choose either God or Mammon.
But destroying jobs is how corporate raiders make
their money. Marc Wolpow, a former Bain partner who worked with Romney
on many deals, once pointed out that discussions with buyout companies typically
do not focus on how jobs will be created. "It’s the opposite—what jobs we can
cut ... because you had to document how you were going to create
It takes an unusual type of person to suggest that destroying American jobs
"creates value," but Romney and the Romulans seem to be such cold-blooded creatures,
unfortunately. How do vulture capitalists like Mitt Romney
make huge amounts of money, while the hardworking, honest people go broke? By transferring wealth from workers to "investors." As we will see
together, if you continue reading this page, this is exactly what the
Romney-Ryan budget plan will do the the American middle class, if we elect them.
The Romney-Ryan "rescue plan" would virtually eliminate all
federal income taxes on the wealthiest 1% of Americans by making capital gains,
interest and dividends tax free. If this plan had been in effect in 2010, Mitt
Romney would have paid less than 1% (.0082, to be exact) on earnings of $21
If you're ready to swim with the real sharks, these cold-blooded predators
("investors") will be only too happy to oblige.
Mitt Romney, the ultimate cold-blooded predator, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times
entitled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt." In this article, Romney
confidently predicted that "If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout
that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American
automotive industry goodbye." But today the U.S. automotive industry is much
healthier than before the federal government intervened. General Motors just had
the most profitable year in its 103-year history and surpassed Toyota as the
world's best-selling auto company. According to estimates, over a million jobs
were saved by the bailout, the auto industry has since added 240,000 new jobs,
and the Big Three were all profitable for the first time in seven years.
Romney opposed a federal bailout for auto manufacturers but
favored a much larger bailout for his super-rich Wall Street
cronies and banker buddies. Then, after Romney said that the federal
government should let the auto companies go bankrupt, he tried to take credit
for their later resurgence, saying: "I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that
this industry’s come back." But as FactCheck.org puts it, Romney is full of
During his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Romney, not
just a devout Mormon but a missionary
and bishop who oversaw a Mormon diocese
for eight years,
promised that if elected he would attempt to have a pornography filter
in every new computer sold in the United Sates!
Patrick Trueman, the head of ominous-sounding Morality in Media,
told the conservative Daily Caller that he was promised that fighting
porn will be a top priority for a Romney
administration. Trueman said he and another anti-porn prosecutor from the 1980s
Justice Department, Bob Flores, met earlier this year with Alex Wong, Romney's
foreign and legal policy director. "Wong assured us that Romney is very
concerned with this, and that if he’s elected these laws will be enforced. They
promised to vigorously enforce federal adult obscenity
Like Rick Santorum, another would-be Big Brother, Mitt Romney is a
prude who doesn't trust American adults to make their own decisions about sex.
Romney thinks it's a "sin" to drink a beer, smoke a cigarette, or look
at racy pictures, thanks to his religion's puritanism. He
has called pornography a "home invasion" of "unwanted filth." But the
simple truth is that most Americans are much more relaxed about sex than the
straight-laced Mormon Bishop, and we don't want a domineering
us what we can do with our free time, in the privacy of our own homes and
Et tu, Brute?
Classmates of Romney's say that he tackled a gay classmate, John Lauber, pinned
him to the ground, then cut off his long, bleached-blonde hair. "He can't look
like that," an "incensed" Romney told one of his friends, "That's wrong. Just
look at him!"
Gary Hummel, a closeted gay student at the time,
recalled that his efforts to speak out in class were punctuated by Romney
shouting, "Atta girl!"
Another classmate compared Romney to "The Lord of the Flies."
As you will see if you continue reading this page, Romney's behavior as an adult
continues to display remarkable insensitivity, at best, and brutish boorishness
at worst. He seems to be clueless when dealing with women, gays and other people
who aren't rich, lily-white Grand Old Patriarchs.
Mitt Romney's attempts to return women's rights to the Stone Age have been well
documented. Is his male chauvinism related to his faith? Let's take a look ...
Romney was no layman, but a bishop and president of the Boston Stake (diocese) of the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. If he wins in November, he will be the first
high-ranking religious official to become president of the U.S. in modern times.
Perhaps his alpha male chauvinism is related to the Mormon church's legendary
chauvinism, which includes polygamy, female submission, male-only administration, crusading to
repeal gay marriage in California (Proposition 8), and working to defeat the
Equal Rights Amendment. Mormons who supported the ERA received threatening
letters from church officials warning them about their spiritual fates; some
were censured, denied church sacraments or excommunicated (which means being
denied salvation). Sonia Johnson was
excommunicated after she delivered a speech entitled "Patriarchal
Panic: Sexual Politics in the Mormon Church" in which she denounced the church's
allegedly immoral and illegal nationwide lobbying efforts to defeat the ERA.
(The Mormon church seems not to believe in equality for women and gays, or in
separation of church and state.)
Was Bishop Romney a male chauvinist? Here's a revealing excerpt from
"The Mind of Mitt" in Vanity Fair:
As both bishop and stake president, he at times clashed with women he felt
strayed too far from church beliefs and practice. To them, he lacked the empathy
and courage that they had known in other leaders, putting the church first even
at times of great personal vulnerability. Peggie Hayes had joined the church as
a teenager along with her mother and siblings ... As a teenager, Hayes babysat
for Mitt and Ann Romney and other couples in the ward. Then Hayes’s mother
abruptly moved the family to Salt Lake City for Hayes’s senior year of high
school. Restless and unhappy, Hayes moved to Los Angeles once she turned 18. She
got married, had a daughter, and then got divorced shortly after. But she
remained part of the church. By 1983, Hayes was 23 and back in the Boston area,
raising a 3-year-old daughter on her own and working as a nurse’s aide. Then she
got pregnant again. Single motherhood was no picnic, but Hayes said she had
wanted a second child and wasn’t upset at the news. "I kind of felt like I could
do it," she said. "And I wanted to." By that point Mitt Romney, the man whose
kids Hayes used to watch, was, as bishop of her ward, her church leader ... Then
Romney called Hayes one winter day and said he wanted to come over and talk. He
arrived at her apartment in Somerville, a dense, largely working-class city just
north of Boston. They chitchatted for a few minutes. Then Romney said something
about the church’s adoption agency. Hayes initially thought she must have
misunderstood. But Romney’s intent became apparent: he was urging her to give up
her soon-to-be-born son for adoption, saying that was what the church wanted.
Indeed, the church encourages adoption in cases where "a successful marriage is
unlikely." Hayes was deeply insulted. She told him she would never surrender her
child. Sure, her life wasn’t exactly the picture of Rockwellian harmony, but she
felt she was on a path to stability. In that moment, she also felt intimidated.
Here was Romney, who held great power as her church leader and was the head of a
wealthy, prominent Belmont family, sitting in her gritty apartment making grave
demands. "And then he says, ‘Well, this is what the church wants you to do, and
if you don’t, then you could be excommunicated for failing to follow the
leadership of the church,’" Hayes recalled. It was a serious threat. At that
point Hayes still valued her place within the Mormon Church. "This is not
playing around," she said. "This is not like ‘You don’t get to take Communion.’
This is like ‘You will not be saved. You will never see the face of
God.’" Romney would later deny that he had threatened Hayes with
excommunication, but Hayes said his message was crystal clear: "Give up your son
or give up your God." Not long after, Hayes gave birth to a son. She named him
Dane. At nine months old, Dane needed serious, and risky, surgery. The bones in
his head were fused together, restricting the growth of his brain, and would
need to be separated. Hayes was scared. She sought emotional and spiritual
support from the church once again. Looking past their uncomfortable
conversation before Dane’s birth, she called Romney and asked him to come to the
hospital to confer a blessing on her baby. Hayes was expecting him. Instead, two
people she didn’t know showed up. She was crushed. "I needed him," she said. "It
was very significant that he didn’t come." Sitting there in the hospital, Hayes
decided she was finished with the Mormon Church. The decision was easy, yet she
made it with a heavy heart. To this day, she remains grateful to Romney and
others in the church for all they did for her family. But she shudders at what
they were asking her to do in return, especially when she pulls out pictures of
Dane, now a 27-year-old electrician in Salt Lake City. "There’s my baby," she
Here is a disturbing excerpt from a Huffington Post article:
A 1994 article in the Boston Phoenix told the story of an anonymous
woman (who has since been identified) who wrote an article in a feminist Mormon
magazine claiming Romney, as bishop, discouraged her from having an abortion
even though her health was at stake. Romney later said he could not remember the
The episode above was also reported by Vanity Fair. Here is how the
second woman, also a mother of five, described her
experience with Bishop Romney after being told by her doctors that she had a
serious blood clot in her pelvis and that even if she risked her life to give
birth, the baby's chance of survival would be only 50 percent:
"As your bishop," she said that he told her, "my concern is with the child." The
woman wrote, "Here I—a baptized, endowed, dedicated worker, and tithe-payer in
the church—lay helpless, hurt, and frightened, trying to maintain my
psychological equilibrium, and his concern was for the eight-week possibility in
my uterus—not for me!"
Romney would later contend that he couldn’t recall the incident, saying, "I
don’t have any memory of what she is referring to, although I certainly can’t
say it could not have been me." Romney did however acknowledge having counseled
Mormon women not to have abortions except in exceptional cases, in accordance
with church rules. The woman told Romney that her stake president, a
doctor, had already told her, "Of course, you should have this
abortion and then recover from the blood clot and take care of the healthy
children you already have." Romney, she said, fired back, "I don’t believe you.
He wouldn’t say that. I’m going to call him." And then he left. The woman said
that she went on to have the abortion and never regretted it. "What I do feel
bad about," she wrote, "is that at a time when I would have appreciated
nurturing and support from spiritual leaders and friends, I got judgment,
criticism, prejudicial advice, and rejection."
That Romney claims not to remember giving advice that could have killed a woman
or endangered her health, especially when she had five children to care for, is troubling. He has also claimed not to remember
tackling a gay classmate, pinning him to the ground, and cutting off his hair,
even though students who watched the event remember it vividly many years later.
Most of us would remember such things vividly, with tremendous remorse, if we
were ever capable of such callous behavior. But we don't remember ants we
crushed by accident. Is that how Willard Mitt Romney thinks of females outside
his family circle, and gays? Here's another revealing excerpt from the Huffington Post
In July 1994, during Romney's U.S. Senate campaign, the Boston Globe
published a story saying that Romney, in a speech to a congregation of single
Mormons, said he found homosexuality "perverse and reprehensible." The story
cited one named and three unnamed sources. Romney denied the comments. "I
specifically said they should avoid homosexuality and they should avoid
heterosexual relations outside of marriage," Romney told the Globe
then. "I did not use the words perverse or perversion. I just said it was wrong.
... That is what my church believes."
So if his church believes something, it seems Romney believes it too. But the
Mormon church has any number of strange beliefs: ... that Jesus was a
polygamist, that God is an exalted man who lives as a physical being with
multiple wives on the planet Kolob, that only men with multiple wives can reach
the highest heaven (making polygamy a prerequisite for salvation), that in
heaven the wives of polygamists will remain eternally pregnant and have billions
of spirit children, that there are multiple gods, that human beings can become
gods, and that magical underwear required and sold by the Mormon church can
protect Mormons from lust and attacks by supernatural entities.
Is it possible that some of these beliefs are incorrect and should not be used
to deny women and gays fully equal rights? Has the Mormon church, perhaps, been
wildly wrong before?
Until 1978 the Mormon church taught that black people were the children of Cain
and were black because they had been cursed by God, making them unfit to serve
as ministers. The Mormon prophet Brigham Young said that if a white man has sex
with a black woman the "law of God" is "death on the spot." (This despite the
fact that according to the Bible it seems that the greatest prophet,
Moses, and the wisest man, Solomon, both had black wives.) Brigham Young
told the Utah Territorial Legislature that "any man having one drop of
the seed of [Cain] ... in him cannot hold the priesthood and if no other Prophet
ever spake it before I will say it now in the name of Jesus Christ I know it is
true and others know it." John Taylor a president and prophet of the Mormon
church, taught that God is a segregationist who discriminates against blacks,
who "represent" the Devil. Mormon apostle Mark E. Petersen said that if a child
had a single drop of negro blood, he would "receive the curse" and that the best
such a cursed child could hope for, if he was "faithful all his days," was to be
a "servant" (slave) in heaven. But then in 1978 one of the "prophets" of the
church had a "revelation" that the curse had somehow mysteriously been lifted.
But in the church's official notice, the prophet went oddly unnamed, as if no
one wanted to take credit for the prophecy.
When the Mormon church was so obviously wrong about racism and segregation, and
attempted to correct its obvious mistake in such a contrived and clumsy manner,
can it be trusted to hand down edicts on the rights (or lack of rights) of women
and gays? Should a potential president like Willard Mitt Romney withhold (or
attempt to withhold) basic human rights from women and gays because his church
teaches that women are supposed to submit to men in all things, and that God
discriminates against non-heterosexuals, the way he used to discriminate against
"the children of Cain?
Or are the Mormon church's current teachings about women and gays as absurd and
laughable (albeit not funny) as its former teachings about blacks?
Did Romney call homosexuality "perverse"? Isn't that a teaching of most
conservative Christian churches, including the Roman Catholics, the Southern
Baptists and the Mormons? Romney’s alleged comments on homosexual practices were
part of a 20-minute address he delivered on November 14 to the Cambridge
University Ward, which numbers about 250 to 300 single Mormons. "He said he was
appalled at the incidence of homosexuals in the congregation," said Rick
Rawlins, a 32-year-old Mormon who had previously served as a counselor to the
ward’s bishop. "He went on to say that he found homosexuality both perverse and
reprehensible." Romney denied the veracity of the comments but, as the Globe
noted, the account was confirmed by three other attendees: "I believe that his
general message was that sex outside of marriage is immoral, but on the other
hand, I do remember that there was a specific remark that he was appalled at the
incidence of homosexuality in the ward and he termed it perverse," said one. "It
was specific enough that I wanted to go see Bishop [Steven] Wheelwright right
after that talk." Another person present offered this account. "During the talk,
President Romney began talking about families and family values, and he
mentioned homosexuality as a perversity. He went on for some time." This person
didn’t recall the exact term Romney used to express his dismay at report of
homosexual conduct, but said: "He certainly was conveying that he was appalled."
Said a fourth person: "He started going on about being upset about homosexuality
in this ward. I remember him calling it a sickness and a perversion."
It seems to me that Romney and the Mormon church, like other fundamentalist
sects of Christianity, are now wrestling with intolerance against homosexuality
the way they once wrestled with intolerance against "the children of Cain."
Obviously, the churches are wrong and their prehistoric teachings do not come
from a loving, wise, just, enlightened God.
Can we afford to have a president who refuses to admit that his church's
"prophets" are wrong and that their teachings are relics of a stone age past?
Should millions of Americans be denied full equality because someone like Mitt
Romney believes that God is a sexist and a homophobe?
Why does Mitt Romney deny gay veterans their constitutional rights?
While other American men his age were fighting and dying in Vietnam, young
Willard Mitt Romney took two and a half years off to vacation in France as a
Mormon missionary, receiving a deferment from military service as a "minister of
religion" despite being barely out of high school. While vacationing in France,
Romney encouraged his fellow missionaries to read Think and Grow Rich!
by Napoleon Hill, so it seems Romney was evangelizing Mammon along with God and
magical underpants. Nor did he wish to serve his country as a soldier. As a
Massachusetts Senate candidate in 1994, Romney told the Boston Herald:
"It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam." But when he met an
American veteran of the Vietnam War recently, Romney had the audacity to deny him his
"You can’t trust him," said Bob Garon, a gay 63-year-old vet, after
meeting Romney, looking him in the eye, and calling him out for his bigotry.
While Garon was risking his neck in Vietnam, Mitt Romney was tooling around Le
Havre and Paris. But Romney, acting in his usual cold-blooded style, had no
problem telling Garon that he is a persona non grata, despite his
service to his country.
Asked by reporters to assess Romney’s chances for the nomination after
their encounter, Garon replied: "I did a
little research on Mitt Romney and, by golly, you reporters are right. The guy
ain’t going to make it. Because you can’t trust him. I just saw it
in his eyes. I judge a man by his eyes."
Ironically, Romney met Garon during a campaign stop at
Chez Vachon, a French cafe in Manchester, N.H.
While working the room, Romney spotted Garon wearing a flannel shirt and a
Vietnam Veteran hat, then slid into his booth for a quick photo op. But to his
consternation, as the cameras rolled, Garon confronted Romney with a blunt
question: "New Hampshire right now has some legislation kicking around about a
repeal for the same-sex marriage. And all I need is a yes or a no. Do you
support the repeal?"
"I support the repeal of the New Hampshire law," Romney said, confirming that he
denies equality to gay Americans, even if they risked their lives in service to
their country while he vacationed in France, incubating his get-rich-quick
Garon, who was eating breakfast with his male husband,
pointed out correctly: "If two men get married, apparently a veteran’s spouse
would not be entitled to any burial benefits or medical benefits or anything
that the serviceman has devoted his time and effort to his country, and you just
don’t support equality in terms of same-sex marriage?"
Romney confirmed that he not only denies gay veterans the right to marry,
but that he also denies their partners having the
same rights and benefits as heterosexual partners of other veterans. This is
consistent with what Romney has said about denying gays the right to marry
or to enter into civil unions, thus leaving them bereft of essential human
"It's good to know how you feel, that you do not believe everyone is entitled to
their constitutional rights," Garon replied dismissively.
When Romney started to argue that the Constitution is a homophobic document, a
desperate-sounding aide urged him to wrap up the conversation:
we’ve got to get on with Fox News right now!" Was Romney saved from a
knockout blow by the ding-dong bell
of likeminded bigots?
"Oh, I guess the question was too hot," Garon remarked.
"No, I gave you the answer," Romney replied. "You said you had a yes-or-no
[question]. I gave you the answer."
"You did," Garon agreed, although quite understandably not pleased or impressed. "And I appreciate your answer. And you know, I also
learned something, and New Hampshire is right: You have to look a man in the eye
to get a good answer. And you know what, governor? Good luck ... You’re going to
"You are right about that," Romney said, unintentionally acknowledging that his
bigotry against gay vets would come back to haunt him.
As reporters swarmed around his booth, Garon, an independent, said that he would not support Romney.
"I was undecided," Garon said. But "I’m totally convinced today that he’s not
going to be my president—at least in my book. At least Obama will entertain the
idea. This man is ‘No way, Jose.’ Well, take that ‘No way, Jose’ back to
Garon spoke to MSNBC about the exchange. "Well, quite frankly I'm not a
professor of the Constitution but I don't believe it says anything about a man
and a woman defining marriage," he said. "I didn't expect the answer that I
got—I thought he'd be a little more diplomatic in his answer. But I did ask
for a yes-or-no question and I've got to respect that that he did give me a
But shouldn't we expect a prospective president and commander-in-chief to give the right
answer, the fair answer, the just answer, the equitable
Garon continued, "What I didn't expect from Mr.
Romney is how confrontational he was and argumentative ... my question was
really hoping that if he did get into the White House that he'd be in support of
the benefits entitled to veterans and their spouses. Currently, they're not ...
It just makes no sense to me."
Asked by reporters after Romney left why he feels so strongly about the issue,
Garon responded passionately: "Because I’m gay, all right? And I happen
to love a man just like you probably love your wife. I went and fought
for my country and I think my spouse should be entitled to the same benefits as if I were married to a woman.
What the hell is the difference?"
A very good question, indeed.
Garon said there is one aspect of Romney’s candidacy he supports: "I kind of
liked his health care plan in Massachusetts." But of course Romney now
castigates President Obama for Obamacare, even though it was clearly modeled
on his own Romneycare. Romney has also waffled on climate change, women's
reproductive rights, gun control and other issues. Take invasions of other
countries, for example. His father, George Romney, who had once supported the Vietnam war,
famously claimed that he had been brainwashed, possibly costing him the
presidency. Mitt Romney agreed with his father and was quoted in a 1970 Boston Globe article as saying: "We
were brainwashed. If it wasn’t a political blunder to move into Vietnam, I don’t
know what is." But today Romney is a right-wing war hawk. He supported the
invasion of Iraq and the troop surge. He supported the invasion of Afghanistan. He sealed his
political marriage to Paul Ryan in the shadow of a battleship, after "America's
Comeback Teamn" ran
down to the podium from the battleship, laughing and waving. And in his speech to
the Citadel in October 2011, Romney seemed to be the one brainwashing young
American cadets to pursue wars of preemptive retaliation (i.e., offensive wars). If you continue reading this page, you can hear Romney sounding
like the second coming of Hitler ...
Mitt Romney strikes me as a fascist who believes that might is right and will say or do
almost anything to achieve his
personal goals of acquiring money, fame and power. It seems the only position that he hasn't changed
his belief in his money, his power and his budding godhood. Like
Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon and Hitler, this endlessly strange
creature named Willard Mitt Romney seems to see the rest of us a pawns in his
game of cosmic chess. He claims that his Mormon faith is very important to him,
and perhaps that's part of the problem, because Mormonism teaches that human
beings can become gods and rule worlds. Romney and the Romulans seem to be
cold-blooded conquerors intent on ruling ours.