Thursday, December 20, 2007

I just wish you weren't a liar

In his ridiculous speech on religion (that I've been meaning to freak out about for a long time) Mitt Romney said, "I saw my father march with Martin Luther King, Jr." He's made this claim a few other times as well and it all sounds really cool except for the fact that it isn't true.

Not only was Mitt actually in France when this was supposed to occur but it never actually occurred at all. After being called on this BS here's what the campaign came up with:
A spokesperson for Mitt Romney now tells the Phoenix that George W. Romney and Martin Luther King Jr. marched together in June, 1963 -- although possibly not on the same day or in the same city.

Oh, so, it wasn't actually the same day or even the same city but one thing we're fairly confident about is that they both marched somewhere in 1963.

I really don't have the energy to actually go line by line in this speech because it's just too much for me. In fact, you're probably better off just reading Christopher Hitchens' dismantling of it.

However, the line that really pissed me off was when he said, "Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom." What the fuck does that even mean other than to make idiots say, "huh..I like religion and I damn sure like freedom and that feller likes 'em both"? I honestly don't get it. It's just possibly one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard. He may as well have said something like "Bananas require tacos just as tacos require bananas."

What about religions where people are forced to obey ridiculous dogmas like, I don't know, Mormanism? What about dictatorships in the Middle East where the huge majority of people practice Islam? I mean, you could go on and on with counterexamples.

Speaking of religion there's been a lot hand-wringing by Republicans due to the surging Mike Huckabee campaign. Apparently the religious right who has been used and abused by the Republican elite has thrown off the chains like Frankenstein's monster and are running amok through the village. These elites don't want this type of creationist whackjob running the country anymore than the rest of us. Sure, they'll let people like Bush spout his nonsense but that's only to get votes and they know that his first priority is to make the rich even richer. Huckabee won't play that game so that's why you see guys like George Will and Robert Novak, among many others, trying desperately to tear him down. Meanwhile Huckabee has gone all out complete with campaign ads featuring "Silent Night" and a white cross behind him. Apparently subtlety is not his strong point. He may as well just say, "Hey, Iowa! I love Jesus just like you, not like those other abortion loving pretenders and that cult guy!"

Giuliani has completely bombed, Fred Thompson is still asleep, and Mitt Romney is falling behind and could be screwed if he doesn't win Iowa. So, that might leave Huckabee and the old man, John McCain, who is making a slight comeback as Republican voters survey the field and decide that at least he seems somewhat qualified to have the job no matter how much they really don't like him. Personally, I'm enjoying this. McCain could cause some trouble and Huckabee might too but I think he's too much of a religious guy for a lot of independents. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

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