Archive for May, 2012

          Romney gave a commencement speech at the conservative Liberty University this past weekend, where he made sure to speak about religion for half the allotted time available to him. In a moment that was not uncharacteristic of his inability to take a solid position, he advocated for protection for religious beliefs, and against gay marriage, in the same breath. If we truly have religious protection, and Separation of Church and State, then why is a presidential candidate speaking at a nationally known religiously conservative institution during his campaign?

  “For those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and marry before they have their first child, the probability that they will be poor is 2%.  But, if those things are absent, 76% will be poor.” 

        Firstly, why is he telling college students about the benefits of a high school degree? At this point it’s safe to assume they understand that point. Also, why reinforce the benefits of waiting to have children if you publicly denounce birth control and Planned Parenthood funding. Are you suggesting, dare I say, abstinence? Because we KNOW how well THAT works. I should also point out the ambiguity of the word “poor”, especially when used by someone of Romney’s out-of-touch stature.

     “Marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman.”

        OK, and many people (Liberty University included) feel that Mormonism isn’t really Christianity. What does any of this crap have to do with college graduation?  Shouldn’t we be focusing on jobs and the economy? You know, the “important stuff”, as coined by Mitt, himself.

But from the beginning, this nation trusted in God, not man. Religious liberty is the first freedom in our Constitution. And whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action. “

      Why is he speaking about religious freedom, if he doesn’t believe it in for people outside of his faith? Religious freedom is essential for those who practice Christianity, but for the rest of us, guess we’re on our own. Don’t believe that the Bible condemns homosexuality? Too bad, you have to follow our Christian-based laws. Don’t believe that the Bible’s words should dictate our laws?  Too, bad. See above rule. Freedom of religion only applies to Christians, according to Romney. “Religious liberty” should protect his right to enforce his beliefs on me.  No, you are forbidden by (secular?) law to marry who you love! We demand religious freedom!  The hypocrisy is blinding.

Religious freedom opens a door for Americans that is closed to too many others around the world”

America is better than every other country. This just reminds me of that Planet Fitness commercial where the big muscular guy can only say dumb things like “I lift things up and I put them down“.  Hopefully Mitt will remember how much he enjoys talking about social issues the next time he sees a reporter, instead of falling back on his usual flip-flop fueled position of “let’s focus on the important issues!”


Romney the bully

A recent article published in the Washington Post tells the story of some of Romney’s classmates at his prestigious prep school, Cranbrook School. Several of his peers have come forward, recounting acts of abuse they endured or witnessed from Mitt. In one instance, he actually held down a fellow student and cut his hair. This same student, among others, was made fun of by Romney for potentially being gay.

Aside from the fact that he did this at an elite private high-school (can we say, out of touch with real-life?) his attempt at an apology is even more shocking.  On Fox News, he referred to the incident as a “prank”, and used the fact that “homosexuality wasn’t discussed back then” as an excuse for his discriminatory and abusive behavior.

Yes, he was young. But the his half-assed apology took the place of a missed opportunity for him to speak out against bullying.  In light of the LGBT issues in political news, he could have taken a stand against bullying gay students. Because he didn’t, its obvious he doesn’t care. His reaction foreshadows his treatment of the LGBT population if elected.

 Yet, his supporters will find a way to excuse his behavior. It’s really a shame.

…that’s really about all that needs to be said.

On a more positive note, Obama’s support of marriage equality has provoked some hilarious bigoted comments from extremists.