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Mitt Romney: Idiot?

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So at the Tennesse straw poll this weekend, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney offered this gem:

“Every child in America,” he said, “has a right to a mother and a father.”

What in the hell does that mean? Sure, he’s pandering to the religious right in a not so thinly veiled attack on gay marriage, but a right to a father and mother?

Gay marriage, abortion, immigration. Good to see the the Republicans are moving away from right wing social values.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

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5 Comments

  • It sounds to me like he’s finally standing up for the rights of zombie-americans. For too long, parents who have risen from the dead have been denied visiting rights to their children.

  • I’ll use small words…it means he is against same sex parenting….get it? The children deserve a “Father” and a “Mother”. Still having trouble? He means the “Father” should be a man and the “Mother” should be a woman..(or womyn in your world). This would be consistant with his Morman faith. This is also what is called an “opinion”, which even if it goes against your own is still allowed,unless of course you are a “Progressive”, then you are allowed to heap scorn on those with differing opinions because they are not in lockstep with the facist….oops…Progressive mono-opinion that you all must embrace in order to be “diverse”…..see Matt Singer for a fine example of this.

  • I understood his difficult concept. It seems like asserting that children have a right to a mother and father is absurd. Where is that one in the Constitution, again? I know conservatives favor a strict interpretation of the Constitution–so clearly this right must be enumerated somewhere.

    And my father passed away when I was 9. Did I have a right to petition the government for a new one?

    If Mitt and the other Republicans are morally sure about this, why couch it in euphemism? Just say, “Faggots shouldn’t be able to have kids.” That’s what they are thinking. It’s because as long as they couch their bigotry in reasonable sounding terms, the middle of America will support them. If the truth of their hatred and intolerance were exposed, that would change.

  • Jerry,

    I guess I don’t get it. How are Progressives fascists? Do you even know what a fascist is?

    I don’t really understand your criticism of “heap[ing] scorn” on others when that’s exactly what you are doing when you refer to someone as a Stalinist when they express an opinion anything left of whacko-right.

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