Skip to comments.Is Mitt Romney Conservative? (Gov Romney Supported Abortion & Gay Agenda with Judges & Boy Scouts)
Posted on 01/07/2008 6:18:49 AM PST by xzins
Is Mitt Romney Conservative?
by Gary Glenn Chairman, Campaign for Michigan Families
The Washington, D.C. conservative weekly Human Events last year listed Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in its Top Ten list of RINOs (Republicans in Name Only), ranking him at number 8 in the nation with the following entry:
"Has said, I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. Supports (homosexual) civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the citys aesthetics, saying, This is what happens when you dont have zoning." (Human Events)
Romney should have ranked even higher on the list of RINOs. He famously likes to tell conservative audiences in Iowa and South Carolina that being a conservative Republican in Massachusetts is like being a cattle rancher at a vegetarian convention.
I attended last falls GOP conference in Michigan, where Romney continued his masquerade as a "conservative," even daring to tell the assembled activists: "I am pro-life" -- knowing full well that he does not mean by that term what those listening would think he meant.
Romneys ten-year political career has occurred from his late 40s to his late 50s, yet he asks pro-family conservatives to naively believe that hes just now figuring out his core beliefs.
During that decade, he has insistently supported legal abortion-on-demand. In a televised 1994 campaign debate, Romney said: "I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. I have since the time when my Mom took that position when she ran in 1970 as a U.S. Senate candidate. I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years that we should sustain and support it, and I sustain and support that law and the right of a woman to make that choice. ...Since that time, my mother and my family have been committed to the belief that we can believe as we want, but we will not force our beliefs on others on that matter, and you will not see my wavering on that." (Boston Globe)
His 2002 gubernatorial campaign web site stated: "As Governor, Mitt Romney would protect the current pro-choice status quo in Massachusetts. No law would change. The choice to have an abortion is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not the governments." (Archive)
Romneys response to the National Abortion Rights Action Leagues 2002 candidate survery: I respect and will protect a womans right to choose. This choice is a deeply personal one. Women should be free to choose based on their own beliefs, not mine and not the governments. The truth is, no candidate in the governors race in either party would deny women abortion rights." (Notably, Romney refused to answer Massachusetts Citizens for Lifes candidate questionnaire.) (Boston Globe)
Not surprisingly, Romneys clearly stated support for Roe and "a womans right to choose" -- i.e., abortion on demand -- earned him the endorsement of the pro-abortion Republican Majority for Choice PAC.
He was also endorsed, twice, by the homosexual "Log Cabin Republicans," the same group that in 2004 spent $1 million attacking President Bush for his support of a Marriage Protection Amendment.
Romney believes the Boy Scouts should allow openly homosexual Scoutmasters: "I feel that all people should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation." (Web today)
He endorses Ted Kennedys federal "gay rights" legislation. He endorses taxpayer-financed same-sex benefits for the homosexual partners of state employees, and even attacked some Democratic legislators for not supporting such government benefits.
According to the Associated Press, he has appointed at least two openly homosexual lawyers to state judgeships, one a board member of the Lesbian & Gay Bar Association. Imagine how that will fly in Republican presidential primaries in the South, the prospect of a president with a record of appointing homosexual activists to the bench. (See copy of gubernatorial news release below.)
In 2002, before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court legalized so-called homosexual "marriage," Romney denounced a preemptive state Marriage Protection Amendment prohibiting homosexual "marriage," civil unions, or same-sex public employee benefits as "too extreme," even after being advised by the media that his own wife and son had just signed a petition to place it on the ballot. (Boston Phoenix)
Now, as he postures to run for president, Romney travels to Iowa and Michigan and South Carolina to claim hes "pro-life" and brag about fighting homosexual "marriage," saying that at age 59, his position on such issues has "evolved."
(No flip-flop so far, however, on his stated support for homosexual Scoutmasters, forcing taxpayers to fund spousal benefits for the "partners" of state employees involved in homosexual relationships, or Kennedys federal "gay rights" legislation.)
Regardless, most pro-family voters dont believe in the theory of evolution -- including as it applies to politicians, and especially when the alleged "evolution" seems so conveniently timed to produce political benefit.
Gov. Romney can tell all the cattle-rancher-at-a-vegetarian-convention jokes he wants about Massachusetts. But theyre going to fall flat when social conservatives learn -- and they will -- that his long-term record on abortion and elements of homosexual activists political agenda has been that of Vegetarian in Chief.
Human Events Top 10 Rinos
1. Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.)
Once approached by Democratic Leader Harry Reid to switch parties, Chafee has long supported liberal policies. He backs legal abortion, gay rights, federal-funded health care, strict environmental protections and a higher minimum wage. Opposes ANWR drilling. Also was the only Republican in Congress not to endorse the Presidents reelection and one of three who tried to gut Bushs tax cuts.
8. Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
Has said, I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country. Supports civil unions and stringent gun laws. After visiting Houston, he criticized the citys aesthetics, saying, This is what happens when you dont have zoning.
Speaking of flip-flops, whenever someone tells me they have just found Jesus, I tell them, "Go to Hell you flip-flopper!"
I snorted when he boasted about not raising taxes, just fees.
He also wrote a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans stating he was FOR gays serving in the military.
Well you know the rest. Romney is NOT a conservative, nor Huckabee, nor "Give 'em Amnesty" McCain and certainly not Guilliani, even Thompson is NOT a conservative but closer to one.
Hunter is the most conservative and the poor guy can't get arrested!
Americans have turned the corner on conservatism and now embrace socialism lite until they get it full bore, I fear.
Everybody seems to want something that they haven't worked for or spent their own money for -- step in Nanny State to "fix the problem" and take away more of our freedoms.
I certainly don't have any desire to live in a Socialist State.
Culturally he has shown no signs of overt conservatism. He was never in the Marine Corps, wouldn’t know a revolver from an automatic. Never until running for President, about two years ago, wrote one conservative article or book or gave a speech.
And now, supposedly, he’s a conservative.
He needs to earn a bit. Take one for the Gipper. He’s not even on Conservative probation. He’s just a pledge that wants to run the Frat house. Ah, I don’t think so.
I hadn’t known about the Boy Scout thing. I’d like to see a cite for that, but if it’s true he’s pretty much off the table for me.
Of course, when it comes to the Illinois primary I’m voting for Fred if he hasn’t tanked, so I guess it doesn’t matter to me what a RINO Romney is.
Thanks for adding yet another Mittwitt club to an already bodacious arsenal.
Here’s one: http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/200024.aspx
The fact that anybody claiming to be in the least bit conservative can vote for this out and out fraud amazes me.
Somebody should print this article on a bill board in Charleston and Columbia this weekend.
it's too bad that Fred just cannot get anybody inspired....including me. What a bore. He is gonna lose to Huckabee in SC...... GO HUCKABEE!
Straight from the RINO's mouth.
I wouldn’t expect John Kerry’s GOP equal to be a real conservative. As a matter of fact, I don’t think Mitt Romney is real and genuine about anything other than saying whatever he needs to get elected.
His father, George Romney, was CEO of American Motors, was governor of Michigan, and even ran for President, but interestingly was born in Mexico. His family (grandparents, I think) had gone to Mexico because of persecution of polygamists in the US. George was a Mexican.
George Romney lost his presidential bid when he returned from a trip to Vietnam during the war and claimed that he had been “brainwashed.”
Thereafter, he became anti-war.
I guess they got that from this debate
It is 1:32 in.
Explains how Romney supports illegal amnesty and hired illegals, doesn’t it?
To be or not to be, that is the question...Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous LIES I TELL ABOUT MY RECORD, Or to take UP VICIOUS ATTACK ADS against a sea of troubles FROM HUCK, FRED AND JOHN, And by opposing end them? To SEE MY CAMPAIGN die: to SEE IT sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end IT AFTER MICHIGAN. The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to MY OLD MAN'S BRAINWASHED LOINS, 'tis a consummation. Devoutly to be wish'd THAT MY COWARDICE DURING 'NAM WOULD To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream AS IN MLK'S DREAM THAT I LIED ABOUT: ay, there's the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come PERHAPS THAT MY DAD DID INDEED MARCH WITH MLK. When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life THEN GO OFF TO A PLANET NEAR ELOHIM; For who would bear the whips and scorns of SUCH FLIP-FLOPPING LIES, My oppressor's RIGHT, the proud men ARE BETTER THAN I, The pangs of despised LIES I HAVE TOD, the law's delay IN PROCECUTING THEM, The insolence of office I LIBERALLY HELD IN M'CHUSETTS and the spurns THAT CONSERVATIVES NO GIVE MET. That patient merit of the unworthy (ME) takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life OF FLIPS AND FLOPS, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have BROUGHT UPON OURSELVES! Than fly to others that we know not of: DUNCAN, FRED, MACAIN AND HUCK? Thus conscience OF ESCAPE TO PARIS does make cowards of ME; And thus the native hue of RUNNING FROM DUTY Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of ;OES, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry FROM ME, And lose the name of action. - Soft you now! The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons Be all my sins remember'd.
There are stupid narrow-minded “conservatives”(the fake ones) and sensible intelligent conservatives(the true ones).
Seems that Fred T. belongs to the second category ie the category of tough free conservatives even if one can disagree on accessory issues...
Hope D.HUNTER and supporters belong to the same category...
But i didn’t understand clearly why some HUNTER’s supporters claim that Fred THOMSON is NOT a conservative.
I didn’t find their arguments! Probably they have no arguments....
Some liberal/demonrat trolls trying to divide conservatives?...
A Navy Vet should have some email addresses for Charleston.
See if you can send it to someone who can spread it around.
He inspired enough in Iowa to get third and would have even had a higher percentage except for the last minute sleazy rumour. He also inspired enough to get second in Wyoming.
As far as boring goes, there is nothing more pathetic and boring than Mittwits constantly claiming their liberal candidate is a conservative in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Mitt Romney is not a conservative.
Ditto. Insert ‘Captain of the obvious’ picture here.
Thanks for posting.
As a matter of fact, I dont think Mitt Romney is real and genuine about anything other than saying whatever he needs to get elected.
Right! But the Romulan of course "longed to be in Vietnam" while he was yucking it up on the LEFT bank of Paris during that time...and got a student deferment to finish college after his almost 3-year "ministerial deferment" ran out (the same kind denied to Muhammad Ali)!
I guess a little technicality like the Constitution is not going to get in the way of a Romney who is bent on becoming president.
It's insanity to consider this man a conservative. He's worse than a Rino
Unfortunately, the couple of folks I still know in Charleston are flaming libs and would see this as a reason to actually consider voting Republican.
I joined in 1970 out of High School. It was still hot in Vietnam.
Romney was more than eligible and is about the age of my uncle who was killed in ‘Nam during Tet in ‘68.
He was hiding behind a “ministerial deferment” at that time, even though his “mission” was past and there are no such things as “graduate seminaries” in his religion.
None of his sons has seen the military. His father did not join with the war of the greatest generation. All sons could have participated at some point in defending this nation.
I would not trust Romney with our military.
Mitt Romneys magical transformation, Oh I running in a Republican primary, I must re-brand myself a conservative is as phony as chocolate covered deer dropppings. Mitt Romney is not real and genuine about anything other than saying whatever he needs to get elected.
As a Christian, I'm all for conversions but I am going to be skeptical if someone changes - 1) a large number of previously held opinions seemingly all at once, and 2) goes from strong, bed-rock support of one thing and is now saying the exact opposite. The other thing that causes me concern about Mitt is the robotic answers. He learns lines to say and recites them like an actor. This Boy Scout answer is a classic example.
A Huckabee contribution of value was his one-liner about conversions: Conversions are supposed to be made on the road to Damascus, not just the road to Des Moines.
Rotflol! What an image!
My little mini-farm here has lots of the major ingredient. Now I just need the chocolate.
Will send to Romney Campaign HQ. :>)
ten year political career? He was governor for only four years. Why isn’t Romney allowed to change his mind on abortion rights?
What I have been saying all along (nor do I trust this guy to be a core conservative on issues that matter if he gets the chance to be in the white house) becuase of his lack of stance on all kinds of issues. Mitt Romney is Kerryesque to me?? Is flip-flopping a MA thing? Maybe some of you can tell me..?
“He also wrote a letter to the Log Cabin Republicans stating he was FOR gays serving in the military.”
Do you have a link to that letter?
I look at it like this.
I award points for categories like abortion, gay agenda, etc.
You get 10 points for being a consistent conservative.
Romney is questionable throughout the vast majority of his career. While Giuliani would get zero points in that category, I would award Romney 1.
On abortion, Hunter gets 10, Thompson gets 8, McCain gets 6, Huckabee gets 10, Keyes gets 10, Paul gets 8, Giuliani gets 0, and Romney gets 1.
This way he gets points for conversion.
Me thinks some may be ‘paid’..
williard is not even close to being Conservative!
Exactly, not under my support (I’ll vote Constitutionalist first)!
Should we award points to a chameleon simply because he changes colors to mask what he really is?
He's not a convert to anything. He will say whatever it takes to get elected. He has no political compass. He is driven only by ambition.
Romney gets a 0 on everything.
Did you see my matrix the other day?
Just 2 points when ni am not american but an european(french) “conservative”.
1/Illegal alliens FROM CUBA and NICARAGUA in 1997 were not the same illegal aliens you have today...Seems that Fred was right on that point
2/About the right for abortion.As christian myself(catholic education)i don’t think one can completly ban abortion shamefully.The first big job would be on education and the fight against moral relativism...
So much for that Log Cabin endorsement.
There are no such things as "narrow minded" conservatives (fake ones) and "sensible intelligent" conservatives (the true one). There are only conservatives, semi-conservatives, non-conservatives.
I assume by your term "sensible intelligent conservatives" you would lump yourself in that category - no comment.
There are may others that are attempting to hijack the term "conservative" and as in pc America, that is done everywhere.
The so-called "sensible intelligent" conservatives are also called "pragmatic" and mean "since we can't get the votes on conservative ideas, let's split the difference with liberals.
That, my friend is NOT conservative, that is cowardice in the face of the enemy -- and liberalism is the enemy, make no mistake here.
Liberals are out to destroy the U.S., one election at a time!
Out of the bunch, Thompson's record is NOT conservative but does come much closer than the ones on stage last night and Sunday night, since Duncan Hunter was disallowed (why should any candidate be silenced - unless the media doesn't want the American electorate to learn of them and their ideas.
Thompson's own record in the U.S. Senate was NOT conservative but was MORE conservative than John McCain, who is a pro-life, pro-military (sometimes) LIBERAL!
You may speek of "sensible" and "intelligent" as others speak of "pragmatic" but these are code words for giving liberals half of what they want. They love it because today it's half, tomorrow the other half or at least one-third, and before long - it's the whole thing.
Why do you think that they have small splinter groups called "Baby Steps?" Those groups work to attain liberalism one bite at a time.
Sorry to completely disagree with you here in this friendly forum.
It would appear that you have chosen your candidate and regardless of the facts, prefer to call him a "conservative" - more conservative than others in front of the cameras, yes but has voted with liberals on McCain Feingold and not toally against illegal alien hires by corporationos.
You can be born in another country and still an American citizen if both parents are American citizens. As in the case of Army brats, for example.