In the past, you have been our warrior princess of conservatism. It’s what drew millions of us to fall in love with you so many years ago….ah young love…(sigh)….where was I? OH YES! I must admit it has been mostly a long and blissful marriage dear Ann. Listening to your sweet sarcastic voice on the evening programs, cuddling in front of the fireplace with your latest book excoriating the ethically vacuous left, fighting the good fight together (you the Ann of Arc up there swinging your sword at all comers and us adulating grunts doing our best to let political blood in the trenches and buying your latest war bond for the cause.) I’m afraid, however, that we have hit a very rocky place and have somehow…how do I say this? We’ve well… “grown apart.” You see Ann, my stance for protecting the life of every unborn person is not contingent upon political winds. I’m not saying you no longer care Ann, but pragmatism is often the bane of honor.
Sadly, in your willingness to buy into the push poll induced delirium that Mitt Romney can somehow inspire voters and defeat Obama, with nothing more than simultaneously appearing to be “moderate” to moderates and “conservative” to conservatives, you have now traded your own stellar pro-life credentials to falsify Mitt’s at the expense of your credibility. So now, dear Ann, due to this and recent “progressive” dalliances, I must set you free to find your own happiness (wipes tear). In the spirit of Ronaldus Magnus, “You left me Ann, I didn’t leave you.” It sure was great while it lasted.” – John Q Republic
Humor aside, Ann no doubt shares the legitimate concern of many over the threat Obama is to individual liberty and has every right to calculate whom she believes is the best candidate to stem the Alinsky tide (despite Romney’s record). I respect that, of course. However, by having this sordid love affair with the so called “pro-life” aspect of Mitt Romney’s campaign, she is subjugating the principle of protecting the unborn to a tactical political expediency with nothing more than the “hope” it turns out well. This became rather apparent when Coulter sought to assuage her fears by saying to Romney, point blank:
“You owe me and you better be as right-wing a president as I’m telling everybody you’re going to be.”
Note: Romney’s response was apparently as tepid as Coulter’s confidence since she was unable to remember or was unwilling to share the content of his response “or words to that effect.”
Now one may think that I’m judging Romney on his positions prior to his “Road to Damascus” experience. Not so. His utterly abysmal record prior to a November 2004 meeting with a Harvard stem cell researcher, which he later referred to as the moment of his epiphany, is well known. Yet, his post epiphany actions (speaking louder than his words) are erratic at best.
Post Nov ’04, it is clear that Romney began pivoting to the right from his staunch pro-abortion position. This cannot be denied. Was it evidence of an awakening? Or was it all just preparations for 08′? To sensibly judge if he is truly pro-life, one must judge him for his known actions (not just his words) from the moment of his claimed conversion. While “progressively” speaking pro-life words from November ’04 forward as Governor and vetoing an embryonic stem cell research bill (worthy of note), he nevertheless vacillated. While Mitt did veto the Mengelean-like science known as human cloning, he simultaneously praised efforts in Congress to publicly fund embryonic stem cell research and was an investor in such research:
“The United States House of Representatives voted for a bill that was identical to what I proposed…They voted to provide for surplus embryos from in vitro fertilization processes to be used for research and experimentation. That’s what I have said I support. That’s what they have just supported.”-Mitt Romney, May 2005
Furthermore, Mitt’s signature health care program known lovingly as “RomneyCare” began mandating policies violating the pro-life stance of the Catholic and Protestant Churches in violation of their freedom of religion. (This Obamanation sounds oddly familiar.)
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