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Friday, February 24, 2012


1994 was almost 20 years ago.  Is it possible that Willard, who was a grown, adult man at the time he said he would be better on gay rights than Ted Kennedy--is it possible for him to have a 180 degree change in that period of time? 

If someone had a change in thinking on gay rights, it would be logical that a mature person would change in the direction of being pro-civil rights for gays.  Normal, thinking people understand that equal protection under our Constitution is guaranteed.  How could Willard go from believing in a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution for everyone to NOT believing in it?

Here's what Willard said after a California judge determined that Prop 8, voted on in 2008, was unConstitutional:

"Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage," Romney said following the decision. "This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. That prospect underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to preserve our values. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own policies and prejudices."
February 7, 2012 4:46 PM

Could Willard's change of heart have anything to do with pandering to the koo-koo barley crazies on the right?  The people who want the government to force girls and women to carry pregnancies under all circumstances? 

The people who approve of state sponsored penetration of girls and women's vaginas? 

The people who think prayer [Christian prayer, of course] in school should be reinstated? 

The people who believe President Obama wants to make it easier for students to get a college education so that they will attend university and lose their religon? 

The people who believe torture is a lawful and all-American way to get captives to give up information? 

The people who want to shut down poor and underinsured girls' and women's access to medical screenings for life-threatening diseases? 

The people who won't buy Girl Scout cookies because they promote abortions, homosexuality, and Communism? 

Those people? 

And anyone who reads this litany of conservative beliefs only has to do a little research on the internet to find out--to their jaw-dropping horror--that large numbers of conservatives are hoping to vote President Obama out of office in order to place in the White House a guy who will help them reach conservative boiled-brain nirvana by depriving whole populations of Americans their right to live as equals with their fellow citizens and by inserting the government into the most private and personal decisions Americans make in their lifetimes. 

In the year of 2012 C.E., a large number of people who vote believe all of the above, support people like Willard, Ricky, Newt, [and, at one time, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and Palin], and those same people believe any of them would make or would have made a terrific preznit.

That is the modern GOP--the party that has embraced not just mold-warped policies and beef-witted ideas, but a  culture of paranoia, victimhood, and anti-intellectualism. 

The trifecta of Loserdom!


Anonymous said...

It's pretty evident by the way the wingers keep falling in love with one jerk after another, hoping the newest jerk will lead them to victory in November, that they haven't a clue about governing or what sort of candidate could beat Obama.

It must suck to be a conservative these days.

Rational Nation USA said...

Victimhood is a banner worn by both. Pseudo intellectualism is in long supply, and paranoia is no stranger to the elite.

Dave Miller said...

RN... stop will ya?

Yes we know there are scoundrels on both sides, but even the established GOP leaders see a problem here with their party.

The GOP is in danger of becoming a lost party.

If you ask a GOP Tea Party Hyperpartisan how they plan to appeal to the quickest growing voter bloc in the nation, Hispanics, they ask what has Obama done for them and dismiss Hispanic people as illegals.

Somehow the GOP has made the decision to cast its lot with the one demographic group that is steadily shrinking, older white people.

What we are seeing is nothing less that a race to be the standard bearer to the group that cannot, demographically speaking, continue to elect candidates on a national level.

Unless and until the GOP decides to stand up to people who will not approve a budget that has 10 dollars in real spending cuts for every dollar in revenue increases, what are reasonable people to do?

Can you cite one example, just one, of a national democratic leader, who spouts this kind of idiocy about any issue?

Can you cite one national democratic leader, who opposes something like birth control like Santorum? Really, birth control?

Can you cite one national democratic leader who would not be pilloried by the right if he said in a debate that he was against something he voted for in Congress? Why is the right not going apes#*t over that comment from Santorum? Was he against birth control before he was against it?

Sorry RN, there are no parallels in the Democratic Party for the idiocy we are seeing from the GOP this year.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Thanks for that, Dave. I wanted to answer RN's equivalency comment, but was just too tired. I've been answering that for years and no one who believes it can be persuaded to drop that falsity.


I just read a piece by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone that covers that subject. Here's an excerpt:

" was while watching the debates last night that it finally hit me: This is justice. What we have here are chickens coming home to roost. It's as if all of the American public's bad habits and perverse obsessions are all coming back to haunt Republican voters in this race: The lack of attention span, the constant demand for instant gratification, the abject hunger for negativity, the utter lack of backbone or constancy (we change our loyalties at the drop of a hat, all it takes is a clever TV ad): these things are all major factors in the spiraling Republican disaster.

Most importantly, though, the conservative passion for divisive, partisan, bomb-tossing politics is threatening to permanently cripple the Republican party. They long ago became more about pointing fingers than about ideology, and it's finally ruining them."

Rational Nation USA said...

Dave - Failure to recognize the failures of both parties is to wear rose colored glasses and to march to the beat of the power base in both.

I am not condoning, nor do I support the present day republican party and its agenda. With the exception of Ron Paul all the party candidates are clowns without a coherent act.

Democrats are little better and the Obama administration is as far from classical liberalism (my home) as you can get.

Living in a singular world where all agree with ones own basic premises results only in stunting ones own growth. In fact I closed a recent post with the following:

"Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others of what they know"

I leave it to you to decide.

The above quote was Aristotle, the father of logic and reason.

Rational Nation USA said...

Shaw - And I tire too.