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When an anti-Islam movie prompted angry Egyptians to attack the U.S. embassy in
Cairo, Romney called the embassy's statement condemning religious intolerance
"akin to an apology" and "disgraceful." He also accused the Obama administration
of "sympathizing" with the attackers. But the Americans inside the embassy were
in severe danger. Four ended up dying, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Was it in any way wrong for them to try to calm the waters by pointing out that
the U.S. stands for religious freedom and tolerance? After all, diplomats are
paid to be diplomatic. How many Americans other than Romney and the lunatic
fringe would condemn what the embattled embassy said: "Respect for religious
beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by
those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs
Even staunch conservatives were appalled at Romney's attempt to further his
political aspirations in such a reckless, inappropriate, sleazy way. Mark
Salter, the longtime speechwriter and senior aide to Republican Senator John
McCain, wrote that to condemn President Obama "for policies they claim helped
precipitate the attacks is as tortured in its reasoning as it is unseemly in its
timing." Even Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, departed from his petty
politics. Speaking in Wisconsin, Ryan described the killings as "disturbing,"
but didn’t criticize President Obama and said it was "a time for healing." Peggy
Noonan, who made waves with her criticism of Romney on Fox News, had an even
more withering assessment for the normally conservative
Wall Street Journal: "Romney looked weak today. At one point, he had a
certain slight grimace on his face when he was taking tough questions from the
reporters, and I thought, 'He looks like Richard Nixon.'"
I, too, have been thinking recently that Romney seems like a
somewhat-more-attractive but even-more-wooden-and-alien Richard Nixon.
Joe Scarborough, a stalwart conservative, said he was "absolutely flabbergasted"
by Romney's response. Even the arch-conservative Bill O'Reilly questioned
Romney's sanity: "The embassy was trying to head off the violence. Being
conciliatory in that kind of a situation seems logical."
As John Cassidy wrote in an article for The New Yorker, "the search for
senior Republicans willing to repeat his suggestion that the President is
providing succor to America’s enemies continues. So far, just about the only
statements of support Romney has managed to elicit have come from discredited
neocons (Bill Kristol, Liz Cheney), paleo-cons (Donald Rumsfeld, John Bolton),
and nutty-cons (Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint). Meanwhile, John McCain and Condoleezza
Rice, arguably the G.O.P.’s two most influential voices on foreign policy, have
conspicuously failed to criticize Obama, while paying tribute to Ambassador
Chris Stevens, the longtime foreign-service officer who was killed."
Palin once again managed to sound like a complete and utter moron, saying that
President Obama "can’t see Egypt and Libya from his house" and needs to "grow" a
"big stick," which sounds weirdly sexual and ignores the fact that the use of
force does not change people's religious beliefs, but only strengthens them.
"It almost feels like Sarah Palin is his foreign policy adviser," said Matthew
Dowd, a former political adviser to President George W. Bush, "It’s just a huge
mistake on the Romney campaign’s part—huge mistake." And indeed it seems that
Romney is being advised by people as lacking in wisdom as Palin. According to
the Washington Post, Romney acted on the "unanimous recommendation of
his foreign policy and political advisers." I think Cassidy hit the nail on the
head when he said, "Think about that for a moment ... all of them thought it was
a capital idea, solely on the basis of statements from the Embassy in Cairo, to
accuse Obama and his Administration of expressing sympathy 'with those who waged
the attacks.' ... Why? Well, it is widely thought that Romney’s political
advisers aren’t the brightest bulbs—his entire campaign has been a litany of
errors. What has been less remarked upon is the makeup of Romney’s
foreign-policy team. For a former businessman who claims to willing to hire the
best and smartest regardless of background, it is a remarkably unimpressive and
ideologically driven group, consisting largely of washed up neocons and Cold
Warriors, many of whom served in the Administration of George W. Bush."
Newspapers blasted Romney's response as well. The Washington Post
called it "a discredit to his campaign" and the
Los Angeles Times said it was an "outrageous exercise in opportunism."
The Boston Globe labeled it "offensive on many other levels" beyond the
timing of his remarks. The fact-checking brigades also had their knives out for
Romney. The Associated Press, for instance, said he had "seriously
mischaracterized what had happened in a statement accusing President Barack
Obama of "disgraceful" handling of violence there and at the U.S. Embassy in
Romney has frequently accused Obama of apologizing for America, and titled his
2010 book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness. However,
Romney's accusation that Barack Obama "began his presidency with an apology
tour" earned him a "Pants on Fire" rating from PolitFact (its lowest ranking for
And while Romney is invariably quick to criticize President Obama, he refuses to
say what he will do differently. Romney seems to believe that we should trust
that his august presence in the White House will somehow magically change the
laws of cause and effect. But for those of us who don't believe Romney has a
magic wand, his long list of goofs and gaffes put him at the bottom of the
political class along with mental lightweights George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and
Hillary Clinton, speaking for the State Department and the Obama administration,
stated the proper American position succinctly: "The United States deplores any
intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment
to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me
be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind."
That is diplomacy ... something Romney and the Romulans seem to be incapable of.
Mitt 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 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 working folks.
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
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
"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 value."
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 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.
Arthur J. Gonzalez, the federal judge who presided over Chrysler’s bankruptcy
case, told ABC News that if Mitt Romney’s advice had been followed, the auto
giant would be dead with thousands of jobs lost because there "were no other
sources of lending" besides the federal government.
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 "Bailout Baloney."
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
installed 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 laws."
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 overseer telling us what we can do with our free time, in the
privacy of our own homes and bedrooms.
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!"
In another disturbing incident, Romney caused an English teacher, Carl G.
Wonnberger (nicknamed "the Bat" for his diminished eyesight) to walk into a
closed door he pretended to have opened for him. When Wonnberger walked into the
door, according to another student, Pierce Getsinger, Romney "giggled
The first incident was recalled similarly by five students, who gave their
accounts independently. Four of them — Matthew Friedemann, now a dentist;
Phillip Maxwell, a lawyer; Thomas Buford, a retired prosecutor; and David Seed,
a retired principal — spoke on the record. Another former student who witnessed
the incident asked not to be identified. Buford said Lauber was "terrified," and
that the attack was "a senseless, stupid, idiotic thing to do." Maxwell called
it "vicious" a "hack job" and "assault and battery" that he deeply regrets not
stopping and has carried as a "black mark" on his character for many years.
Friedemann also expressed remorse for not intervening. Seed apologized to Lauber
years later when he met him at an airport. A sixth classmate, Stu White, later
said that he was "disturbed" by Romney's "prank."
White, a close friend Romney, told ABC that the Romney campaign had approached
him and several other classmates to defend Romney's behavior in the wake of the
article. It's interesting and probably significant that none of them have
stepped forward to defend Romney. So far, everyone has sided with, sympathized
with and defended the victim, John Lauber.
The deep and lasting remorse the other participants and witnesses have expressed
proves that this was no light-hearted schoolboy prank. Only Romney claims to be
unable to remember what happened, even though he planned and led the attack and
did the shearing.
According to ABC News, another "former classmate and old friend of Romney’s" who
declined to be identified said there are "a lot of guys" who went to Cranbrook
who have "really negative memories" of Romney’s behavior in the dorms, behavior
this classmate describes as being "like Lord of the Flies." The classmate
believes Romney is lying when he claims to not remember the attack: "It makes
these fellows [who have confessed] very remorseful. For [Romney] not to remember
it? It doesn’t ring true. How could the fellow with the scissors forget it?"
Josh Marshall, editor and publisher of Talking Points Memo, noted:
"What strikes me most about this story is Romney’s intense equivocation. First
he didn’t remember the incidents. Then he apologized to anyone who was offended
but without saying he remembered anything specific. Then he said that he
definitely didn’t know or think the kid they attacked was gay, even though he
apparently didn’t remember the attack."
Lou Vierling, a scholarship student was struck by questions Romney asked when
they first met: "He wanted to know what my father did for a living. He wanted to
know if my mother worked. He wanted to know what town I lived in." As Vierling
explained that his father taught school and that he commuted from east Detroit,
he noticed a "souring" of Romney’s demeanor.
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.
I find the caption of a yearbook photo of Romney interesting and hopefully
prophetic: "Give a guy enough rope and he'll hang himself." In the photo a young
Mitt Romney is about to shoot himself in the head with a toy pistol.
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.)
Bishop Romney, Part II
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 constitutional rights.
"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 rights.
"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: "Governor, 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 need it."
"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
Later, 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
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 is 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.
The 13% Solution
When asked to disclose his tax returns, Willard Mitt Romney replied, "I
am not a business." But he famously (or infamously) said that "corporations are
people." Mitt the Flopple changes political positions the way Imelda Marcos
changes shoes. But he is remarkably consistent about his taxes. Mitt the Omitter
consistently makes up excuses not to explain why he seems to be one of the
biggest tax evaders in American history. Perhaps we should call him Darth
Romney claims that he paid at least 13% in taxes for the last decade, while
being careful not to specify federal income taxes. And did he pay 13%
of everything he made or only of the money that he didn't shelter from
taxes? It seems obvious that Romney has a LOT of money in Bermuda and Cayman
Island tax shelters. Major new services like the New York Times, Wall Street
Journal, TIME, Reuters and CBS News have reported that he
may have up to $100 million, or close to half his estimated net worth, in
esoteric Caribbean investments. In fact, it seems he may have placed entire
Bain Capital holdings in offshore "IRAs." So suppose Romney made $20 million one
year, sheltered $19.9 million in offshore "IRAs," then paid taxes on only
$100,000 in earnings? Yes, he might have paid 13% in taxes on the $100,000 and
that might be commensurate with what other Americans pay after deducting
personal exemptions, charitable contributions, etc. But his real effective
tax rate might be closer to 1.3%, or zero, depending on how much money he made,
and how much of that money was sheltered. The only way for anyone to know
Romney's real tax rate is for him to release his tax returns. The fact that he
refuses to release any of his returns prior to 2010 suggests that there are
major problems with his older returns. Do we want a commander-in-chief who
expects American soldiers to risk their lives in battle, when he's too cowardly
to pay his fair share of taxes to help provide them with the best possible
equipment and training?
The proposed Romney-Ryan budget plan would eliminate taxes on interest,
dividends and capital gains, making it possible for millionaires and
billionaires to reduce their effective tax rates to 1% or less. (According to
Romney's 2010 tax return, under the new Romney-Ryan plan he would have paid
slightly less than one percent on $21 million in earnings.) In order to fund
this lavish bounty for the super-rich, less wealthy Americans will have to pay
thousands more in taxes per year. Then, finally, Willard Mitt Romney can legally
avoid paying taxes, since you and I will be covering for him!
Mitt Rotney's Art of "Creative Destruction"
During Romney's years as CEO of Bain Capital, he did
not specialize in creating jobs, but in "creative destruction," a
term he employed twelve times in his book No Apology (but which he now
avoids during his race for the American presidency). Mitt Romney did not create
jobs ... that was Myth Romney. Here is how Rigger Mortis's business associates
described the actual process they employed: creative destruction is like a
"forest fire" that "clears out the detritus even if you lose some animals [i.e.,
human beings] in the short run."
Or, as Romney's Bain Capital partner James McCurry put it, "When the momma bird
shows up with a worm, all those little open beaks are down there sending the
signal, 'Give the worm to me!'" But what vulture capitalists do in such
situations is like the poppa bird greedily gulping down the worm itself, after
flinging the fledglings from the nest before they're able to fly.
Mitt Romney became one of the world's wealthiest men by firing American workers,
outsourcing their jobs to China and other Asian countries, then pocketing the
"savings" himself. But this larceny was inconvenient for his political
aspirations. When Mitt the Ripper was running against Ted Kennedy for a
Massachusetts senate seat in 1994, while Bain was closing plants and firing
hundreds of workers, he was quoted as saying, "Aw, jeez, do we really need to
fire these guys right away?"
The King of Bain didn't have any problem firing American workers; his only
remorse was for the impact their firings had on his campaign.
Is Mitt the Omitter a sociopath unable to empathize with the suffering of people
he doesn't know?
Wrong Way Romney's Aversion to Risk
Mitt Romney made his fortune by forcing other people to assume all risk for his
speculations. When Bill Bain offered Romney the lead role at the then-new Bain
Capital private equity firm, Romney refused the job until the salary was
guaranteed and he was promised his old job back if the new venture didn't pan
out. This led Bill Bain to say that "all the risk and investment was basically
on my side."
Romney would go on to do something similar with the companies he "invested" in.
He would put up relatively small amounts of money, then load the companies he
purchased with massive debt, which he would then pay to himself and and Bain in
the form of "dividends" and consulting/management fees. At that point, he had no
risk. If the company failed and all its employees lost their jobs, he still
profited. No wonder he's called Mittler by the LGBT community.
The Gospel according to Mitt "Rigger Mortis" Romney: Tax cheats shall inherit
the earth, while the poor inherit their taxes!
As reported by Bloomberg, the New York Times, Boston
Globe, Washington Post and other reputable news services, on
August 23, 2012, Willard Mitt Romney told a group of wealthy donors, "Big
business is doing fine ... They know how to find ways to get through the tax
code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are
low tax havens around the world for their businesses."
Romney, who has been accused of sheltering up to $100 million of his own money
in Cayman Island "IRAs," obviously sees avoiding taxes as a good thing, at least
when speaking to his rich cronies and benefactors. But this presents a huge
problem for the 99% of Americans who are forced to pay taxes, rain or shine,
through automatic payroll deductions, since we end up paying the taxes of the
wealthiest Americans and corporations, while they laugh to their Cayman Island
banks. Even worse, if Romney is elected president, he plans to reduce the taxes
of the wealthiest 1% to less than 1%, by eliminating income taxes on the main
sources of their income: capital gains, interest and dividends. If the
Romney-Ryan budget plan had been in effect, Romney would have paid federal
income tax of less than 1% on his 2010 income of $21 million. Who is going to
make up the difference? Obviously, we the little people. Experts have calculated
that when Romney cuts his taxes to almost nothing, each average American's taxes
will go up by around $2,000.
So when Romney promises to "fix" our economy, what he really means that he is
going to geld everyone who isn't super-rich, like himself.
Meanwhile, the Wikileaks-like website Gawker has released more than 950 pages of
information about Romney's finances, which it calls a "black hole" full of
"tax-dodging tricks available to the hyper-rich." Gawker describes the net
effect of the documents as follows: "Together, they reveal the mind-numbing,
maze-like, and deeply opaque complexity with which Romney has handled his
wealth, the exotic tax-avoidance schemes available only to the preposterously
wealthy that benefit him, the unlikely (for a right-wing religious Mormon)
places that his money has ended up, and the deeply hypocritical distance between
his own criticisms of Obama's fiscal approach and his money managers' embrace of
those same policies. They also show that some of the investments that Romney has
always described as part of his retirement package at Bain weren't made until
years after he left the company." (When Romney wants to brag about his
accomplishments at Bain, he ran the whole show, but after Bain became a pioneer
of outsourcing American jobs to China, Romney "wasn't there" even though his
name appears over and over again as the CEO of Bain Capital, years after he
The bottom line? Romney's comments above, his personal $100 million Cayman
Island "IRA" and his track record as a corporate raider, vulture capitalist and
outsourcer of American jobs speak for themselves. If he wants to prove me and
his other critics wrong, all he has to do is disclose how he and Bain made so
much money in non-parasitical ways. But he's not going to do that, because the
evidence would support our claims, not his.
Here's how Romney described his business career himself: "I spent 25 years
balancing budgets, eliminating waste and keeping as far away from the government
as humanly possible." But by "eliminating waste" he seems to mean American jobs
and workers. And his main avoidance of the government seems to have been tax
Romney's main claim to business fame is as a bean-counting number cruncher. Tom
Stemberg, the founder of Staples, said that the idea of saving money on paper
clips "really resonated" with Romney, whom he called "one of the cheapest sons
of guns I ever met in my life." But the problem for Americans is that Romney had
the same attitude toward jobs. He closed factories, crushed unions and
was one of the pioneers of outsourcing American jobs to low-wage countries like
China. Remorseless cost cutting made Romney richer than Midas, but he was doing
the opposite of creating jobs.
And of course when incredibly wealthy men like Mitt Romney choose to avoid their
taxes, less-well off Americans are forced to make up the difference. His
longtime Bain Capital partner Marc Wolpaw was recently quoted in TIME
as saying, "I think he believed, and I do believe, that as a businessperson, you
have the right to push the tax law into the gray area ..."
The TIME article concludes that Romney's unwillingness to disclose his tax
returns stems from the "political reaction" he will receive if "the creativity
of his accounting becomes fully known."
White House or Waffle House?
Romney has earned nicknames like Flip Flopney, Mitt the Flopple and Multiple
Choice Mitt by waffling on important subjects. Today he tries to project himself
as a staunch conservative, but his term as governor of Massachusetts featured
state-mandated healthcare, gun control and legalized abortion. He recently had
much more liberal stances on stem cell research and climate change as well.
Romney has also been called Pander Bear for being willing to say anything to
anyone in search of votes. When pandering for the votes of NRA members, Romney
now pretends to be a hunting enthusiast. But business associates of his say
Romney wanted nothing to do with guns, which he equated with tobacco and
gambling, presumably for ethical reasons. For instance, his longtime partner
Marc Wolpaw was quoted in TIME
as saying Romney was "adamant" about not making investments in tobacco and
firearms and that there was "no way" Bain Capital could invest in weapons
manufacturers. Another Bain associate, Geoffrey Rehnert, agreed that tobacco,
guns and gambling had a "personal yuck factor" with the partners.
But it seems Romney's values must have been discarded when he entered the
presidential race, as his biggest financial contributor is Sheldon Adelson, a
billionaire casino mogul who has pledged to invest a startling $100 million in
what seems like a blatant attempt to buy the presidency and move the US embassy
from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thereby putting the US stamp of approval on the
liquidation of any hope of a Palestinian state, which would probably result in
more events like 911, and thus cost Americans thousands of lives and trillions
Adelson is under investigation by the state of Nevada, the U.S. Department of
Justice, and the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible money
laundering and bribery of Chinese officials, which would be in violation of the
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has also been accused of ties to prostitution;
more than 100 prostitutes were recently arrested in one of his Chinese casinos.
Adelson obviously doesn't care who gets elected president, as long as
he gets what he wants, since much of the $16 million he spent on Newt Gingrich's
presidential campaign was used to attack Romney. Now Adelson has made a $10
million donation to the pro-Romney "Restore Our Future" Super PAC, with the
promise of more to come. When Paul Ryan was selected as Romney's running mate,
one of his first official acts was as pilgrimage to Las Vegas to pay obeisance
to Sheldon Adelson.
I think this except from a Democratic Underground article succinctly
sums up what we know about the candidacy of Mitt the Ripper: "that Mitt Romney's
qualification for the presidency consists of a career at Bain Capital about
which we know essentially nothing; that his economic plan is the most massive
transfer of wealth to the rich from the rest in the history of the country; that
he arrogantly, petulantly and suspiciously refuses to play by the same financial
disclosure rules that have applied to presidential candidates since his father
ran; that his foreign policy team is a reunion of the neocon club that gave us
[the invasion of] Iraq; that the health care reform he championed in
Massachusetts is virtually identical to the Affordable Care Act ["Obamacare"] he
promises to repeal; that he has changed sides on climate change, gun control, a
woman's right to choose and so many other issues that the only consistent theme
in his record is the urgency of pandering to the right, a spinelessness he is
unlikely to abjure as president; and that Republican efforts to suppress voter
turnout may well send him to the White House."
If a robot, android or space alien was running for president, just think of some
of the strange things it might say in its attempts to connect with real human
beings ... but these are all things actually said by Willard Mitt Romney, a man
even stranger than his name and nicknames (Matinee Mitt, Mitt the Twitt, Mitt
Inappropriate, the Romneybot):
I love this state. The trees are the right height. The streets are just right.
I had catfish for the second time. It was delicious, just like the first time.
I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and ... strange things are
happening to me.
Morning, ya'll. I got started this morning right with a biscuit and some cheesy
grits. (No one calls them "cheesy" grits.)
I was going to suggest to you that you serve your eggs with hollandaise sauce
and hubcaps. Because there's no plates like chrome for the hollandaise.
These pancakes are about as large as my win in Puerto Rico last night, I must
admit. The margin is just about as good.
Look at us in here! We are all nice together, all nice and wet, you know, like a
can of sardines. ("Nice"?)
That's a big lava lamp, congratulations!
Davy, Davy Crockett. King of the wild frontier!
I'm an unofficial southerner.
Please give us a big hug, that's the girls. I've been getting hugs from the
Southern girls ... from 12, to well, a lot more than 12.
I never imagined I'd be up here like Larry the Cable guy!
I love the hymns of America, by the way.
The Romneybot expresses empathy for other heartless, soulless entities
Corporations are people, my friend ... of course they are ... human beings, my
Banks aren't bad people. They're just overwhelmed right now ... scared to death
... feeling the same thing that you're feeling.
The Romneybot however fails miserably in its attempts to empathize with
warm-blooded human beings
We should double Guantanamo!
Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that.
Let Detroit go bankrupt.
I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back.
(Referring to the auto industry he wanted to go bankrupt.)
I'm in this race because I care about Americans.
I'm not concerned about the very poor.
I should tell my story. I'm also unemployed. (Quite a story, indeed!)
I know what it's like to worry whether you're gonna get fired. There were a
couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.
I've got a lot of good friends, the owner of the Miami Dolphins and the New York
Jets, both owners are friends of mine.
I'm running for office, for Pete's sake, I can't have illegals. (Presumably when
he wasn't running for office, it was okay to have illegals.)
I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. ("Like"?)
The Romneybot waxes romantic, sorta
I introduce to you the heavyweight champion of my life. Wait, that didn't come
out right. (Referring to his wife Ann.)
Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. (Is that one of her alien
In one of his more bizarre flip-flops, Romney went from strongly supporting
federal funding for stem cell research that might cure his wife's multiple
sclerosis, to opposing such funding. This strange bit of waffling was pointed
out by fellow Republican John McCain and his staff during the last presidential
The Romneybot fails to compute and emits static
[Russia] is without question our number one geopolitical foe. (Not true since
the fall of the Iron Curtain and end of the Cold War.)
I must admit, I can’t imagine anything more awful than polygamy. (Not rape,
incest, murder, infanticide, matricide or genocide?)
I like the Twilight series. I thought that was fun.(We assume he thinks the Cold
Ones are comedians; well, perhaps compared to him, they are.)
Who let the dogs out? Who, who? (During an awkward photo op with a
group of African American kids.)
The Romneybot's CPU cannot compute basic science
Conservatism has had from its inception vigorously positive, intellectually
rigorous agenda and thinking. (Oh, really?)
I am in favor of stem-cell research. (Romney later changed his stance on federal
funding of stem cell research.)
My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. (The
scientific consensus is that excessive carbon dioxide is the primary cause.)
The Romneybot doing its best George W. Bush and Sarah Palin impressions
I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that's
the America millions of Americans believe in. That's the America I love.
I'm not familiar precisely with what I said, but I'll stand by what I said,
whatever it was.
I'm Mitt Romney—and yes Wolf, that's also my first name.
(Romney's first name is Willard; Mitt is his middle
I am a big believer in getting money where the money is. The money
is in Washington.—Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney would have us believe that he favors a smaller, leaner
federal government. But when the Salt Lake City Olympics was on the financial
rocks, what did he do? He relied on a huge taxpayer-funded bailout that exceeded
all federal spending on
all previous Olympics combined. John McCain called the bailout
a "boondoggle" and a "ripoff" of American taxpayers" for "an incredible
pork-barrel project" that was "outrageous" and a "national disgrace." Romney,
however, bragged about the huge sums of money he procured from Uncle Sam. Later
he flip-flopped and said that Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich
(not-so-coincidentally his main rivals for the Republican presidential
nomination) must be "held accountable" for seeking earmarks. But when Romney
addressed the New Bedford Industrial Foundation in October 2002, his advice in a
Power Point presentation was to "boost federal involvement." (Romney is also
obviously a big believer in telling gullible people whatever they want to hear.)
In any case, the real credit for saving the Olympics should go to the American
public. Romney's main contribution, really, was that he was an effective
lobbyist for federal government assistance (i.e., welfare). So when he attacks
poor people for requesting government assistance and accuses the government of
what he calls "crony capitalism," he's denouncing what he bragged about when he
was leader of the welfare pack. And he seems especially hypocritical when he
calls it "immoral" to borrow money to help flood victims, when he had no problem
with the federal government borrowing billions to bail out the Olympic games and
his rich Wall Street cronies. Nor does he have any problem proposing a budget
that will force the federal government to borrow $8 trillion dollars over the
next ten years to further increase spending on an already-bloated military.
Romney also waffles on the subject of abortion. Sometimes he claims to want to
abolish abortion completely, when trying to convince pro-life conservatives that
he believes life begins at conception. But when speaking to more moderate and
liberal Americans, he says that he favors exemptions for rape, incest and cases
where a pregnant woman's life is in danger. He also constantly waffles on gay
marriage. When speaking to a group of gay Republicans, Romney promised to be a
stronger advocate of gay rights than Ted Kennedy, who espoused gay marriage.
When speaking to more conservative Americans, Romney claims to oppose gay
marriage. But when his friends the Cathys were under fire for publicly opposing
gay marriage through their management of Chick-fil-A, Romney refused to take a
public stance. So he gives friends and foes alike the impression that he would
rather sit on the political fence than definitively explain what he really
I believe that God designed the universe and created the universe, and I
believe evolution is most likely the process he used to create the human body.—Mitt
Mitt Romney claims to be a Christian, but his belief in human evolution
completely contradicts the salvation gospel of Saint Paul, which Paul said he
received directly from God. According to Paul, Adam was created perfect and
immortal by God, and was only condemned to suffer and die when he disobeyed God.
Thus it was Adam's disobedience that required Jesus Christ to be born, live a
perfect life and die, thus atoning for and redeeming Adam and his descendents.
But if Romney is correct and imperfect human beings evolved in an imperfect
world where trillions of animals suffered and died before man was capable of
understanding the will and word of God, there could have been no fall or
original sin. That would place the onus of suffering and death on the Creator,
not man. So it seems that Romney is attacking the core belief of most
Christians: that man is fallen and must be redeemed by God (because if human
beings evolved, it would be the other way around). During his discussion of his
belief in evolution, Romney pointed out that evolution is taught at B.Y.U., the
private Mormon university named after Brigham Young, a prophet of the Mormon
church. On April 9, 1852 speaking before the Salt Lake Tabernacle, Brigham Young
taught that Adam was "our Father and our God, and the only God with whom we have
to do." He also taught that Eve was only one of Adam's wives (meaning that God
is a polygamist) and that Jesus Christ "was not begotten by the Holy Ghost."
Brigham Young's teachings were later confirmed in writing by major figures of
the Mormon church, such as Heber C. Kimball and Wilford Woodruff. Just four
years before his death, Brigham Young declared that it was God who gave him the
Adam-God doctrine. And Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism and its first
prophet, also said that Adam was the Ancient of Days, or God. But if Adam was
God, then God is responsible for all suffering and death, and thus for all evil.
And it seems these sins of God are connected to polygamy, since Brigham Young
said: "The only men who become Gods, even the sons of God, are those who enter
into polygamy" (Journal of Discourses 11:269). This would mean that
Jesus must have been a polygamist, even though the Bible does not mention Jesus
being married. And Mormon prophets have said that human beings can become gods
and "have jurisdiction over worlds" as Joseph Smith put it. So it seems this
process of God sinning and creating fallen worlds where creatures have to suffer
and die and evolve will continue ...?
We have a president, who I think is is a nice guy, but he spent too much
time at Harvard, perhaps.—Mitt Romney
But Willard Mitt Romney is a child of privilege with two Harvard degrees!
It's not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just
trying to catch one person.—Mitt Romney
Romney constantly speaks with a forked tongue, out of both sides of his mouth.
As long as Osama bin Laden was at large, Republicans criticized President Obama
for not doing enough to bring him to justice. And despite the quote above,
Romney called the decision to send a team of Navy SEALs to Pakistan to kill bin
Laden an easy decision that "even Jimmy Carter" would have made. While speaking
to New York firefighters, he said:
Of course I would have ordered taking out Osama bin Laden.—Mitt Romney
But in 2007 he said that it was not worth spending billions of dollars to catch
one person and he criticized President Obama for suggesting that such an attack
might be launched in Pakistan, saying in his best imitation of George W. Bush:
I do not concur in the words [sic] of Barack Obama in a plan [sic] to enter
an ally of ours.—Mitt Romney
So it seems obvious that Mitt Romney would not have launched the attack on Osama
bin Laden, because (1) he thought it wasn't worth the money it would cost and
(2) he didn't think the United States had the right to stage such an attack in