Mitt(wit) Romney Caves To Religious Intolerance

Romney Supporters

Former Massachusetts Governor and once and future Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney either has a very short memory or he is flip-flopping once again (and as usual). Although he has not yet announced that he will run for President in 2012, he is making public appearances in many early primary states and he is leading in many recent polls which have analyzed G.O.P. member preference for president. Nonetheless his Achilles Heal, the “flip-flop” is rearing its ugly head yet again.

There is an old saying about the weather in New England; “If you don’t like it today, stick around because it will change tomorrow”. They same can be said about Mitt Romney. If you do not like his position on a particular issue today, stick around because he will change his position tomorrow. He is, without doubt, the biggest flip-flopper in politics.

While running for the US Senate against Ted Kennedy in 1994 (by the way, Romney got shellacked) and later while running for Governor of Massachusetts, the Mittwit was firmly pro-choice. While running for President in 2008 however, he claimed that he has always been pro-life. While Governor of Massachusetts, Romney signed strict gun control legislation into law. Later, while running for President, he actually became a member of the NRA and said he has always believed in the sanctity of the right to bear arms. Most recently, he has railed against the newly enacted health care reform law despite the fact that while Governor of Massachusetts, he signed into law the Commonwealth’s far more left leaning health reform law. Mittwit Romney is truly a Flipper.

Romney’s newest flip-flop is on the issue of religious tolerance. Wednesday’s Boston Globe informed us that there is, in this country, an “essential connection between the survival of a free land and the protection of religious freedom.’’ Indeed, “religious tolerance would be a shallow principle indeed if it were reserved only for faiths with which we agree.’’ We know this because former Governor Mitt Romney reminded us of it when, during his presidential campaign, some fundamentalist Christians started raising objections to his Mormon faith. But such is not the case in RomneyWorld any longer.

The editorial went on to explain that this week a Romney spokesman said the former governor opposes the construction of the New York City mosque on the grounds that it could be used as a recruitment tool for radicals (thereby pandering to all the falsehoods about the mosque being somehow related to 9/11) and that its presence offends some relatives of 9/11 victims. But there are plenty of relatives of 9/11 victims, among them some Muslims, who support the mosque. In any case, Romney’s flip-flop sets a terrible precedent to curb freedom of religion on the grounds that other people are uncomfortable. After all, the mere presence of Romney’s great-grandparents offended non-Mormon settlers in Utah, whose prejudices eventually drove the Romneys to seek a freer environment to practice their religion in Mexico.

His is a sad show of prejudice with dire implications not just for freedom of religion, but for national security. Radical Islamists play on the idea that Americans are at war with the Muslim faith to win new recruits. That’s all the more reason for someone who wants to be president to stand up and fight on behalf of Constitutionally protected religious freedom.

Romney’s intolerant and misguided position casts an unflattering light on a man who, just two and a half years ago, said,

“You can be certain of this: Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, has a friend and ally in me. And so it is for hundreds of millions of our countrymen: we do not insist on a single strain of religion — rather, we welcome our nation’s symphony of faith.’’

But then, what should we expect from Flipper?

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody. Please enjoy!

The Great Pretender song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1oJuwkXr0E

MITT IS THE GREAT PRETENDER

(sung to The Platters song “The Great Pretender”)

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Pretending that he is so swell
His needs are such; he pretends too much
The truth he simply cannot tell

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Romney’s true beliefs are unknown
Mitt plays the game; flip-flops without shame
With no firm beliefs of his own

He was pro-choice he had us all believe
But when he faced strife, he switched up to pro-life

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
His opinion changes by town
Mitt claims to be what he’s not; you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

In Mass., health reform was what he achieved
He now says he feels health reform needs repeal

Yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Just switching positions around
Ol’ Mitt Romney is not what you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody. Please enjoy!

The Great Pretender song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riFR_UxRwaQ

MITT IS THE GREAT PRETENDER

(sung to The Platters song “The Great Pretender”)

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Pretending that he is so swell
His needs are such; he pretends too much
The truth he simply cannot tell

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Romney’s true beliefs are unknown
Mitt plays the game; flip-flops without shame
With no firm beliefs of his own

He was pro-choice he had us all believe
But when he faced strife, he switched up to pro-life

Oh yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
His opinion changes by town
Mitt claims to be what he’s not; you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

In Mass., health reform was what he achieved
He now says he feels health reform needs repeal

Yes, Mitt’s the great pretender
Just switching positions around
Ol’ Mitt Romney is not what you see
He wears his deceit like a crown
Romney is a flip-flopping clown

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Posted on August 28, 2010, in Mitt Romney, Songs and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. The Rs went after Kerry with flip flops at the 2004 convention. If Romney wins the nomination, I see such shoes in his future.

    Does he really think people aren’t going to call BS on him?

  2. The difference between Romney and Kerry is Romney has the knowledge and fortitude to get us out of this economic crisis, where Kerry would have sunk us even further down the rabbit hole. As far as the article on religious intolerance, what a waste of space.

    • BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA
      Tell that to every town he has ever purchased a business in and then GUTTED the hell out of it to line his pockets. We remember his sorry ass here in Indiana, oh yes we do. He is predatory just like the banks and wall street minions who are the real reasons this country is sinking to the level of a third world nation.

      • Do you mean the banks that extend you credit & pay you interest? Do you mean Wall Street that increases your retirement savings through the stocks you’re invested in through mutual funds? Do you mean the financial sector that employs millions of Americans? Do you really have so much contempt for your fellow Americans as to dismiss and blame their entire industry?

      • Oh, those ever generous banks have more than learned how to make it up in overcharging you on fees, etc.

        http://www.truth-out.org/jp-morgan-ceo-fesses-up-monopolistic-pricing61486
        “This would seem to be a victory for consumers over the banks, but J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon was quick to say that it ain’t so, telling us that the banks will just raise their fees for other services:

        ‘If you’re a restaurant and you can’t charge for the soda, you’re going to charge more for the burger. … Over time, it will all be repriced into the business.’ ”

        From the Associated Press:
        NEW YORK (AP, Eileen Aj Connelly) — A federal judge in California ordered Wells Fargo & Co. to change what he called “unfair and deceptive business practices” that led customers into paying multiple overdraft fees, and to pay $203 million back to customers.

        In a decision handed down late Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup accused Wells Fargo of “profiteering” by changing its policies to process checks, debit card transactions and bill payments from the highest dollar amount to the lowest, rather than in the order the transactions took place. That helped drain customer bank accounts faster and drive up overdraft fees, a policy Alsup referred to as “gouging and profiteering.”

        The ruling detailed the experiences of two Wells Fargo customers who used their debit cards for multiple small purchases, and were then charged hundreds in overdraft fees because the order the purchases were cleared by the bank depended on the amounts. The judge found the customers, who were part of a class action, were not properly informed of the bank’s policies on processing payments and were unaware the bank would allow debit purchases to go through when their accounts were overdrawn.

        “Internal bank memos and e-mails leave no doubt that, overdraft revenue being a big profit center, the bank’s dominant, indeed sole, motive was to maximize the number of overdrafts,” Alsup wrote. That policy would “squeeze as much as possible” from customers with overdrafts, in particular from the 4 percent of customers who paid what he called “a whopping 40 percent of its total overdraft and returned-item revenue.”

        See the WilliamBanzai7 Blog (http://williambanzai7.blogspot.com/ in the links above)for a little more about the entire financial system that has been corrupted, taking us and a lot of the world down with it. That blog is a delight for someone with real familiarity with the American financial system.

      • Do you really mean the banks/Wall St firms that decimated real estate and retirement portfolios by creating and then exploding the asset bubbles?

        http://m.ft.com/cms/s/0/918d099e-b1fb-11df-b2d9-00144feabdc0.html

        Yeah, let’s privatize Social Security since the professionals are so great at sucking 98% of the general public dry.

      • Okay, so stuff your cash in a mayonnaise jar and bury it the back yard. Hypocrites.

      • Bottom line. The only position that Romney has not flip-flopped on is his steadfast opposition to financial regulation. There is no question that financial regulation is required to prevent big banks from once again making bad decisions that threaten the entire economy and cost taxpayers. Romney is wrong.

  3. American Taliban

    You can’t really blame a reactionary politician for demonizing minorities in order to stir things up things and get some free publicity. Romney, after all, is going to need the intolerant Fundamentalist Christian vote-no easy feat for a cultish, minority Mormon with a Mexican-born father!

  4. I thought George W. Bush’s policies were supposed to bring an “era of unprecedented” prosperity to America. They didn’t. How Romney will be able to “lead” this country anywhere using the failed policies of the past leaves me unconvinced that he’d be any different than GWB.

    Since Romney is flip flopping all over the place on various issues, I wouldn’t want him anywhere near the WH. What is needed in any political candidate is someone who has a good grasp of the issues, tells citizens the truth instead of what they want to hear, and works on behalf of the citizens, not Big Oil and Big Business. Romney offers none of these qualities.

    I think the tendency of some politicians to lie constantly to their constituents is what led to our present set of circumstances. Furthermore, I immediately dismiss any candidate who changes his/her position on an issue because it’s no longer politically expedient to stick to one’s principles. To me, this says that for a candidate of this sort, occupying the office of POTUS is more highly valued than the American people and doing what is right, rather than what is popular.

    That Romney does not support the right of Muslims in NYC to build their cultural center at Park 51 should disqualify him for the presidency. Why? Because in taking the oath of office, all American presidents swear to defend the Constitution. It’s impossible for any president to defend the Constitution if he is willing to abandon it based poll results.

  5. Lively debate. Keep it up. I’m impressed. Nevertheless, should Romney run again, the nation will reject him once again for his lack of sticking to a position or his principles.

  6. As always, a great analysis. However, there will be those who will vote for him just for the sake of trying to take back the White House.

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