Posts Tagged ‘Whisper Campaign’

Here we are a couple days out of the Iowa fiasco. Mitt Romney came in a distant second to Mike Huckabee. News on the ground explains that Evangelicals were aflame because the big news Huckabee’s subliminal floating cross raised their ire. So, in defense, they came out in droves. They came out to make sure the Latter-day Saint faith was “illegitimized” and the defense of their “faith” succeeded. What I see is a legacy of mobs burning Mormons at the stake continued into this century. I saw a mob come out to “crucify” Mitt Romney.

I am Christian. I am Mormon. I was offended by Mike Huckabee’s ad. This comes after some of the ugliest weeks of attempted destruction and “illegitimizing” of my faith. Had Evangelicals, in particular Mike Huckabee and his garbage bag of worshippers actually done “what Jesus would have done”, this race could be oh so different. And let’s not leave out John McCain and both candidates disgusting, bottom-feeding shadow campaigns. No change in policy that Mitt Romney has ever made justifies or qualifies the virtual “burning at the stake” these professed “Christians” have attempted at the Latter-day Saint faith (Mormons) or to the candidate Mitt Romney.

I am full aware of Mitt Romney’s changes in stance on some issues. I am not naive in this regard at all. If Harry Reid – also a Mormon – were running for this election, I would do everything in my power to keep him from office. I say this to qualify that I would not vote for a member of my faith simply because we attend the same world-wide church.

What I find shocking is that our nation would be hard pressed to find any Evangelical who has accomplished the same level of success in all areas of life the way Mitt Romney has. He has been blessed with the phenomenal combination of “hard work” meeting “opportunity” in just about every area of his life. I would like to see any candidate or “Evangelical” who can make these kinds of claims.

Mitt Romney and his family have accomplished success in business, family and poltics that in all regards, populist Evangelicals and non-conservatives can only greedily hope to ever attain. What I suspect is that the Evangelicals are mainly a poor to middle-class religion. The ones who make it to the top are the ones who have exploited the collection plate as keepers of “ministries” or “congregations”. It’s just a suspicion of mine, but I’d venture to say that any religion willing to pay $25,000 for a guest speaker let alone $100 is just out of their minds. The premise that you get “paid” to prosper doing any of the Lord’s work is absurd – just saying. It’s really all about what’s in it for themselves.

So in order to justify their many ethical, political, social, and familial failures, they (these Mormon-hating Evangelicals) must do everything they can to degrade and defame the one candidate who has accomplished so many of the goals these other groups “claim” to want for our country. They profess to want stronger families, success in employment, less dependence on government, clean political stances – in other words, the rugged individual’s American dream. But their candidate, Mike Huckabee is anything but that. His success only comes from the mastery of manipulation of people and their pocketbooks.

Mitt Romney exemplifies the honor and privilege of achieving and accomplishing most, if not all, of those dreams. Yes he is a convert to “life”. Isn’t that we all want? Everyone has made this case ad nauseum. I, too, am a convert. There was a time when I wanted young women to choose life of their own volition, through “long suffering and persuasion”. Times have changed. Our culture is not what it used to be. The moral fiber of our country is disintegrating by the second. There are no fences or guardrails to keep the self-destruction of our nation anymore. Just look to Britany Spears and family to see the model of this. And so the time has come for organized matter dissolve into its unorganized state, the time has also come to put the brakes in place for protecting life.

In the last few weeks, more hangings at traffic lights and cranes took place in Iran . See for yourself if you have the guts. Warning: one is a video of living people dying by hanging at a main intersection by traffic lights. The other are the photos.

Do these populist voters have any idea of the “fences and guardrails” that would be imposed upon us if we continue to take our freedom for granted and hand the GOP over to people that make us “feel good”. Can anyone see what is at stake? Want another shocker? Watch how the Chinese feed live animals to crowds of lions for fun at their local zoos to desensitize their children to the sport and leisure of voracious killing. And by the way, they hang people for adultery. How many people in this country, including Britany Spears, would even be left – let alone a couple of presidential candidates, if Sharia law were to be in effect in this country?

This is not anything about bass guitar playing, Jay Leno schmoozing. This is about voting a candidate who has the experience of sometimes tough, heart wrenching life decisions. This is NOT a game. This is not about fun. This is about voting an executive leader into the greatest office of the greatest nation on this planet. Our voting is about issues.

Mitt Romney is the man with the experience and ethics to carry this nation forward. It is time to set aside jealousy for success, class envy, and liberal antics. Mitt Romney is the best candidate for President of the United States.

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Mark Hemmingway at NRO has made an excellent case as to why we NEED “voter education ads” otherwise known as “negative ads” or “contrast ads”. I can’t even begin to capture the essence of this the way Mark does, so let me highlight the best of this article. But it’s one that needs to be read in it’s entirety when you have a chance.

It’s hard to determine what kind of stunt Mike Huckabee was trying to pull when he unveiled his proposed negative ad against Mitt Romney for the assembled media on Monday. He did so not, of course, before he oh-so-magnanimously explained to the assembled press that he was above negative campaign tactics and had pulled the proposed ad from Iowa TV stations.

Was this dissembling a disingenuous tactic proposed by Huckabee’s occasionally shifty campaign manager Ed Rollins? Or was it the Baptist preacher evincing a sincere desire to not be pushed into running a dirty campaign? The media was certainly credulous about the stunt, though I think Mike Huckabee’s motivations are almost beside the point…

…As far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with them. And yet, the stigma is so bad that the Romney campaign has insisted on referring to their Huckabee attacks as “contrast ads.” That’s a fairly cowardly description. Make no mistake, the impetus of the ads that Romney has been running recently in Iowa is to tear Huckabee down rather than build Romney up. The better euphemism would be that they are “voter education ads.” However off-putting the aesthetics of such ads are — with their unflattering black and white photos and dissonant piano chords — negative campaign ads are just about the only occasion voters are offered any real facts or substantive information about a candidate…

…However, somewhere along the line, the media and the electorate at large have become comfortable with the idea that people interviewing for the toughest job in the world should not be judged in relative terms. Instead, elections have become rather like pageants — candidates are allowed to make their case individually, but are not permitted by the rules of etiquette to go after one another. It’s as if they think they can sashay down the catwalk, hoping that guest judge Erik Estrada is impressed enough by the interview segment in which they rattled off their five-point plan to partition Iraq and share oil revenues, to overcome the lackluster score from their trumpet rendition of the theme from Star Wars in the talent competition. That last bit may seem like a joke, but Huckabee showed up on Leno the night before the Iowa caucuses playing his bass with The Tonight Show band. Bootsy he is not, but it was still a shrewd move. Remember when Bill Clinton went on Arsenio and played saxophone and George W. Bush started speaking Spanish on the campaign trail? The media astonishment was comparable to coming home and discovering the family dog was in the middle of weatherproofing the deck…

The coarseness of American culture, manifested by even its cable news programs, is a topic of substantial commentary. Yet somehow the media has also accepted as axiomatic, the idea that negative ads somehow are offensive to the electorate at large, and especially the genteel Midwestern dispositions of Iowa voters.

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If Huckabee won because Iowans are easily off-put by Romney’s negativity, we really need to do something about the primary schedule such that we aren’t stuck with Hawkeyes’ delicate sensibilities determining the leader of the free world in every election. Perhaps the national parties could be convinced with the right ad campaign: “Iowa … wrong on corn subsidies… wrong on winter weather… wrong on the Byzantine electoral selection process… WRONG FOR AMERICA!”

But obviously, Iowans — and others — can handle the truth that comes with negative ads. Otherwise they wouldn’t be so darn effective and politicians wouldn’t use them. That’s why, like clockwork, we turn on the TV every November and find ourselves staring at grainy photos of some schmuck in a suit angrily pointing his finger at us while randomly selected pejorative adjectives from local newspapers dissolve slowly on and off the screen.

More than anything, we say we want politicians to be honest. And yet, we make them smile through their teeth and pretend to like the other guy every election. Let them be honest about why they don’t like the other guy and we might get better leaders. But before we can demand honest politicians, perhaps we need to be honest with ourselves — about the fact we like and need negative campaign ads.

And let’s not forget, there is a hideous encouragement that somehow it is even remotely acceptable to declare open season by unethical or unconstitutional push-polling or other below-the-belt shadow campaigning. The sick attacks on Mitt Romney’s religion reveal a bottom-feeding baseness of the other candidates and their advisers, namely Mike Huckabee, Dick Morris, Ed Rollins, and John McCain that reveal the most disgusting enterprise of this country. This sadly has existed since the first religionists landed on the shore of this country. You would think this country has stopped burning people at the stake, but there is no doubt the practice continues virtually.

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