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Romney's Remarks At The MA Citizens For Life Mother's Day Pioneer Valley Dinner (May 10)
MittRomney.com ^ | May 10, 2007

Posted on 05/20/2007 6:37:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

It's a honor to be with you and be with people who exemplify the pro-life values throughout their lives.

"I believe it's an honor to receive this award, as you can imagine.

"I recognize that it is awarded for where I am on the issue of life, not for where I've been.

"And I respect the fact that you arrived at this place of principle a long, long time ago.

"And I appreciate the fact that you're inclined to honor someone who arrived here only a few years ago.

"I'm evidence that your work, that your relentless campaign to promote the sanctity of human life, bears fruit.

"And I do follow, as Kevin indicated, a long line of converts - George Herbert Walker Bush, Henry Hyde, Ronald Reagan. Each of them made meaningful contributions to this cause.

"It is instructive to see the double standard at work here. When a pro-life figure changes to pro-choice, it hardly gets a mention. But when someone becomes pro-life, the pundits go into high dudgeon.

(Excerpt) Read more at mittromney.com ...


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1 posted on 05/20/2007 6:38:01 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Unmarked Package; Reaganesque; Swordfished; wagglebee

This goes back a little over a week, but still bears reading.


2 posted on 05/20/2007 6:38:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: Clintonfatigued; EternalVigilance
But when someone becomes pro-life, the pundits go into high dudgeon.

Don't forget self-important, preening, ersatz pro-lifers like Eternal Vigilance.

Oh, they love to talk about how much they revere the life of the unborn. But they will not allow anyone to convert to the cause. They don't want allies, I guess. The fewer, the better. Ideally, only they and a few of their friends would be allowed to profess pro-life beliefs.

Pretty selective "reverence" if you ask me.

3 posted on 05/20/2007 6:43:32 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: JCEccles; CheyennePress; AKSurprise; restornu

Many people have turned their backs on pro-abort views over the past fifteen years.


4 posted on 05/20/2007 6:53:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Some more good news on Romney to brighten your day.


5 posted on 05/20/2007 6:53:52 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: JCEccles

You’re really in a gloating mood, it appears.


6 posted on 05/20/2007 6:55:39 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: Clintonfatigued; EternalVigilance
Many people have turned their backs on pro-abort views over the past fifteen years.

Don't tell EV. He doesn't want any allies or friends in the cause.

7 posted on 05/20/2007 6:56:39 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Bttt!


8 posted on 05/20/2007 6:58:52 PM PDT by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just spreading cheer and good news among those who revere and seek to protect the life of the unborn. Happy to have a good man like Mitt counted among our number!


9 posted on 05/20/2007 6:59:25 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: JCEccles

Come back when Precious actually helps us expand the party. Y’know, what he FAILED 100% to do in Ratsachusetts. No cut and run RINO flipfloppers for President.


10 posted on 05/20/2007 7:03:59 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: JCEccles; EternalVigilance; JohnnyZ; Clemenza
"Just spreading cheer and good news among those who revere and seek to protect the life of the unborn."

If Precious had to lose his position du jour to win the Presidency, he'd dump it in the trash faster than a fetus in an abortionist clinic.

11 posted on 05/20/2007 7:05:52 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: JCEccles

Anyone who wants can “convert” to the pro-life cause. Just don’t expect them to be made the leader of it after a 35 year public record as an abortion supporter. The rest of your personal attack doesn’t merit a response.


12 posted on 05/20/2007 7:09:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I used to think you were more intelligent than that . Maybe I was wrong . Do you really think that you can Govern Mass like a staunch Conservative with an overwhelmingly Liberal legislature ?


13 posted on 05/20/2007 7:11:39 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (The Romney Revolution is coming ..... You In ....?)
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To: Clintonfatigued; All
"This goes back a little over a week, but still bears reading."

It's a very fine speech. The award referred to at the beginning of the speech is the 2007 Mullins Award for Outstanding Political Leadership given to Gov. Romney by Massachusetts Citizens for Life.

Romney's remarks at the end of the speech are especially important:

[...]

"Make no mistake: abortion and same-sex marriage are not rights to be discovered in the Constitution.

"I think Chief Justice John Roberts put it best at his confirmation hearing. He described the role of a judge. He said, 'Judges and Justices are servants of the law, not the other way around. Judges are like umpires,' he said. 'Umpires don't make the rules, they apply the rules...and I will remember that it's my job,' he said, 'to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.'

"That's my kind of judge and that's the kind I'd appoint.

"On the tenth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Ronald Reagan observed that the Court's decision had not yet settled the abortion debate. It had become as he said, 'a continuing prod to the conscience of a nation.'

"And now, more than thirty years later, that is still the case. Honored court decisions haven't settled this question, but have further divided the nation. And Roe v. Wade continues to work its destructive logic throughout our society.

"This can't continue.

"At the heart of American democracy is the principle that the most fundamental decisions should ultimately be decided by the people themselves.

"We're a decent people who have a commitment to the worth and dignity of every person, ingrained in our hearts and etched in our national purpose.

"So these are the challenges that face the next President: strengthening our country and our families, protecting marriage and human life and preserving for our children the true blessings of liberty.

"These are noble purposes, worthy of a great people.


14 posted on 05/20/2007 7:12:13 PM PDT by Unmarked Package (<<<< Click to learn more about the conservative record and platform of Governor Mitt Romney)
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To: EternalVigilance; TAdams8591; nowandlater; Reaganesque

Oh wow , so now nobody can come around to the good side ? You won’t even accept someone who is willing to embrace your point of view ? Self defeatist ....


15 posted on 05/20/2007 7:13:54 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (The Romney Revolution is coming ..... You In ....?)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

You guys are really desparate, aren’t you.

No one has said that radical pro-abort former Governors like Romney can’t see the light.

We’re saying that:

A) His “conversion” is too darned convenient for words, and

B) Even if he were sincere, he’s far from qualified to lead our movement, our party, or be President of the United States. Newbies don’t go straight into top leadership. It ain’t the way the world works.


16 posted on 05/20/2007 7:17:46 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: Unmarked Package

How much money did Mitt Romney give to that particular pro-life organization?


17 posted on 05/20/2007 7:18:31 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: EternalVigilance; TAdams8591; nowandlater; Reaganesque; Unmarked Package

Romney is the only movement Conservative out there . He is the only one willing to advance the Conservative Reagan philosophy , and he will energetically do it like no other ...

Get used to it ....THE ROMNEY REVOLUTION ....YOU IN ... ?


18 posted on 05/20/2007 7:23:01 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (The Romney Revolution is coming ..... You In ....?)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
Romney is the only movement Conservative out there.

Quck Question: What is a "movement Conservative?"

19 posted on 05/20/2007 7:27:59 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications)
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To: EternalVigilance; All
"How much money did Mitt Romney give to that particular pro-life organization?"

From my homepage section on Abortion and Sanctity of Life:

Gov. Romney made a $15,000 contribution in 2006 to the pro-life group Massachusetts Citizens for Life from the Tyler Charitable Foundation, a joint family trust of Mitt and Ann Romney. They also donated $10,000 to the Massachusetts Family Institute during the same time period.

Massachusetts Citizens for Life recently gave Gov. Romney their 2007 Mullins Award for Outstanding Political Leadership presented at the Mother's Day Pioneer Valley Dinner where Romney delivered the keynote speech.

Ann Romney serves as co-chairman of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life capital campaign.

The Tyler Charitable Foundation has donated more than $2.9 million to more than 40 healthcare groups, schools, and other charitable organizations since 1999.


20 posted on 05/20/2007 7:28:12 PM PDT by Unmarked Package (<<<< Click to learn more about the conservative record and platform of Governor Mitt Romney)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
Romney is the only movement Conservative out there .

Thanks. I haven't laughed that loud in a long time.

21 posted on 05/20/2007 7:29:01 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: Neu Pragmatist

When did he ever govern ?


22 posted on 05/20/2007 7:29:29 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: Unmarked Package

Yeah.


23 posted on 05/20/2007 7:29:40 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: Neu Pragmatist
He is the only one willing to advance the Conservative Reagan philosophy

Ridiculous on its face...on any number of levels.

24 posted on 05/20/2007 7:32:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: EternalVigilance

This stuff just keeps getting sillier. Precious would advance any agenda to get him to the White House. He’d put both an unborn fetus and an abortionist in a blender in front of different audiences to get himself votes. I remember back in ‘94 when he defiantly called himself a Weld Republican. Kind of like proclaiming proudly you have AIDS and intend on screwing every living human being.


25 posted on 05/20/2007 7:39:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: EternalVigilance; fieldmarshaldj
"As you know, when I first ran for office, I considered whether this should be a personal decision or whether it should be a societal or governmental decision. I concluded, wrongly, that I would support the law as it was in place - effectively, a pro-choice position.

"And I was wrong.

"The Roe v. Wade mentality has so cheapened the value of human life that rational people saw human life as mere research material to be used, and then destroyed. The slippery slope could soon lead to racks and racks of living human embryos, Brave New World-like, awaiting termination.

"What some see as a mere clump of cells is actually a human life. Human life has identity. Human life has the capacity to love and to be loved. Human life has profound dignity, dignity undiminished by age or infirmity.

"And so I publicly acknowledged my error, and joined with you to promote the sanctity of human life.

"And you know that my words were matched with my actions. As you know, every time I faced a decision as the Governor that related to human life, I came down on the side of the sanctity of life.

"I fought to ban cloning.

"I fought to ban embryo farming.

"I fought to define life as beginning at conception rather than at implantation.

"I fought for abstinence education in our schools.

"I vetoed a so-called emergency contraception bill that gave young girls drugs without prescription, drugs that could be abortive and not just contraceptive.

"That's my record as your Governor."

There's eloquence, decency,and dignity on grand display.

So much better than the nasty, mean-spirited, cramped, niggling self-righteouness that fill these threads courtesy of the self-appointed arbiters of all that is holy and good.

26 posted on 05/20/2007 7:47:46 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: Pan_Yan

Someone who is able to sucessfully articulate the Conservative message and utilize the Coservative philosophy to defeat the Leftist agenda .


27 posted on 05/20/2007 7:51:18 PM PDT by Neu Pragmatist (The Romney Revolution is coming ..... You In ....?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Agreed


28 posted on 05/20/2007 7:52:37 PM PDT by tiger-one (The night has a thousand eyes)
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To: JCEccles

Tell me, do you always take politicians at their word ?


29 posted on 05/20/2007 7:55:01 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
"One, of course, was the state was in a fiscal crisis. A meltdown, of sorts. Beacon Hill couldn't get budgets done on time. Another big tax hike looked like it was on the way. And I promised that I would balance the budget without raising taxes. And, as you know, together with the legislature, that's what we did. We eliminated a $3 billion shortfall. And by the time I left, our surpluses had replenished the rainy-day fund to over $2 billion."

He's a good man, that Romney.

Have you ever balanced a state budget, fieldmarshaldj?

30 posted on 05/20/2007 7:57:42 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: EternalVigilance
One thing I notice about Mitt Romney is that he not only makes the statement that he is pro-life, but his level of reasoning in his support is dramatic. I can think of no other person in the political world, who has made such a strong commitment to the sanctity of life. Mr. Romney does not sit on the fence, like most other politicians, even the stated pro-life politicians. He says he was wrong, he has put his money where his mouth is. Mr. Romney comes from the Northeast, where it is wrong to be Republican, unless you are a liberal Republican. I think he shows a great deal of fortitude to swim against the stream.

Mr. Romney is going to anger many pro-choice people. Most politicians by sitting on the fence do not anger anyone. They may make a statement saying they are one way or another but then they never support it or say any more about it. I think it is refreshing that Mr. Romney has come out so strong for those things that many of us believe in, even if he was wrong in the past.

I have not met Mr. Romney, I have not seen him in person, but I have seen videos, and I have read some of his speeches, they are inspiring. I believe that many Democrats would be willing to vote for such a man. I am an old man, a staunch conservative, I do not like what I see in our society in the way that it’s headed. Mr. Romney may not stand for 100% of what I believe in, but I can vote for him. Given the opportunity I will.

31 posted on 05/20/2007 7:59:32 PM PDT by JAKraig (Joseph Kraig)
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To: JAKraig
I can think of no other person in the political world, who has made such a strong commitment to the sanctity of life.

I'm sorry, but that's ridiculous.

This was Mitt Romney before he wanted pro-life votes in a presidential race:

Mitt Romney, three decade-long supporter of abortion on demand, in his own words

32 posted on 05/20/2007 8:04:08 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: JCEccles; EternalVigilance

“I’m the only candidate in this race who has ever balanced a budget.” — Michael Dukakis, 1988

Looks like Mike is qualified to be the Republican candidate for President, no ?


33 posted on 05/20/2007 8:04:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: JCEccles

And, after all that, he still supports destroying human embryos for experimentation, and is still taking money from those who stand to make fortunes doing it.


34 posted on 05/20/2007 8:06:10 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: EternalVigilance
"[This year's budget] whacked out human services. It decimated the arts. More cuts are going to be needed next year. The only 'discretionary' spending left to target is education. On Tuesday, Speaker Tom Finneran told the State House News Service that he is open to cutting education funding next year, if need be. He also said he’d hate to see additional taxes raised over those hiked this year. Bottom line? Expect massive layoffs in public-school systems across the state. Something like what we saw after Proposition 2-1/2 was passed in 1980. Think Governor Romney’s going to be able to stop Finneran? Think he wants to?"

LOL!

Romney pulled a Reagan on the liberals and left them crying in their granola.

You have to admire a man like that, don't you think EV?

By the way, have you ever balanced a state budget?

Didn't think so.

35 posted on 05/20/2007 8:06:47 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

heh...


36 posted on 05/20/2007 8:07:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: JAKraig

Interesting that he “changed his position” just as he was deciding to run for President. At least Rudy is being intellectually honest about being a pro-abort. Romney’s just saying whatever needs to be said to get the nomination.


37 posted on 05/20/2007 8:07:39 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: JCEccles

Like I said, folks like Romney end up being hated by both sides.

RINOs never learn that Democrats are never going to love them. They’re Charlie Browns to the liberal Lucys with their football - with much more serious consequences than a perpetually sore butt.


38 posted on 05/20/2007 8:09:29 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: EternalVigilance

I guess Ronald Reagan shouldn’t have been president then...how many years was he ok with legalized abortions?


39 posted on 05/20/2007 8:10:14 PM PDT by fabian
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To: EternalVigilance; JohnnyZ; Clemenza
But wait ! There's more !

"I'm the only candidate in this race who has ever balanced a budget." -- Howard Dean, 2003

Looks like he's qualified to be the Republican nominee, too ! Dean-Dukakis, a Republican ticket than can win !

YEARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!


40 posted on 05/20/2007 8:10:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Would you vote for President a guy who married his cousin? Me, neither. Accept no RINOs. Fred in '08)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Interesting that he “changed his position” just as he was deciding to run for President.

On almost everything. That's the real kicker.

Of course, he hasn't Mitt-flopped on everything: He still openly supports an assault weapons ban, the Department of Education, and killing human embryos, to name a few things.

41 posted on 05/20/2007 8:11:27 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: EternalVigilance
"The Court said that traditional marriage as we have known it, and I quote here, 'is rooted in persistent prejudices,' that's marriage, it's rooted in persistent prejudices, and 'works a deep and scarring hardship ... for no rational reason.' "'For no rational reason' they said. How about children? Isn't marriage about the development and nurturing of children? And isn't a child's development enhanced by access to both genders, by having both a mom and a dad."

You do agree with Mitt, don't you EV?

Of course you do. You may be petty and self-righteous, but you're not stupid.

42 posted on 05/20/2007 8:11:42 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

ROFL...


43 posted on 05/20/2007 8:12:00 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: JCEccles

Is that why his administration declared a gay “couple”...two gay men...”adoptive parents of the year”? Bleh.


44 posted on 05/20/2007 8:13:21 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: JCEccles
You may be petty and self-righteous, but you're not stupid.

Go pound sand, Eccles. Your liberal former Governor of Massachusetts is leading you to act in ways I certainly never thought you would ever act.

45 posted on 05/20/2007 8:14:36 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: EternalVigilance; Unmarked Package

I wonder how much over the years the Romeny’s have geven to LDS adoption center! Many give anonymous so you may never know.

http://directory.adoption.com/agencies-professionals/LDS+Family+Services.html


46 posted on 05/20/2007 8:16:50 PM PDT by restornu (Seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. "Mitt-? 08")
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To: fabian; Reagan Man
I guess Ronald Reagan shouldn’t have been president then...how many years was he ok with legalized abortions?

Go back and read the Giuliani threads and I think you'll find the answers to that question, and how badly it worked out for those who tried to play that phony card.

47 posted on 05/20/2007 8:17:24 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: EternalVigilance
"I can tell by your applause that many of you joined the effort to stop, or block or to slow down this very unprecedented Court decision. We took every step we could think of, within the law.

"First, we pushed for a stay - that was denied.

"Then, we fought for an amendment limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman - that lost in the legislature by only two votes.

"We upheld the 1913 law that prohibited out of state couples from coming to Massachusetts and getting married here. That prevented us from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage.

"And in the final analysis, as you know, we went to work to secure a vote of the citizens, and that's a battle that took us all the way to Court, we got a win there. And now we're just one step away from putting it back on the ballot. And I'm sure this Representative and this Senator will get the job done.

"Of course, the issue now is whether a single vote majority of our Supreme Judicial Court will be allowed to trump the voice of the people in a democracy. If it is, then John Adams would truly be astonished."

They applauded Mitt, EV. They applauded him because he fought the good fight.

Have you ever fought to keep homosexual marriage from being foisted in the rest of us? Did you succeed?

Didn't think so.

Of course your own puny efforts and sad failures won't keep you from hypocritically straining at some gnat as you strive mightily to find--or fabricate--fault with Romney's heroic efforts on this vital issue.

Don't disappoint us, petty critic. Puke out your red-lettered talking points for the eleventy-thousandth and third time.

48 posted on 05/20/2007 8:21:44 PM PDT by JCEccles (“Politics ain’t beanbag” Finley Peter Dunne)
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To: restornu
I wonder how much over the years the Romeny’s have geven to LDS adoption center! Many give anonymous so you may never know.

Are you saying that giving money to an adoption service (even though you're not really providing any evidence that Romney gave) makes up for the fact that Romney was one of the politicians in this country who has provided political cover for the NARAL ghouls for more than 35 years - and who have thereby contributed to the butchery of 40 to 50 million American babes in the womb?

49 posted on 05/20/2007 8:21:56 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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To: JCEccles
We upheld the 1913 law that prohibited out of state couples from coming to Massachusetts and getting married here. That prevented us from becoming the Las Vegas of gay marriage.

Sure. That's why the first "couple" that asked for a "divorce" were from a neighboring state. LOL...

50 posted on 05/20/2007 8:23:01 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Any politician who supports amnesty is deader politically than Teddy Kennedy's liver...)
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