The Left Already Talks About Mormons and Whatever Else They Want – Why Can’t We?
There’s a post over at Politico today entitled “When will we talk about Mormonism?” In it, the author states in no uncertain terms that Mitt Romney’s faith will be discussed during this election:
Mormonism is going to be an issue this election season. It’s only a question of when.
Even if Mitt Romney doesn’t address it, even if President Obama doesn’t address it, even if the DNC and the Super PACs don’t address it, the media will. And when they do it is almost certain to drive the news cycle.
I’m not talking about Romney’s personal history — or his family’s history — in the Mormon Church, which is something that has already come up in various stories on cable news and made the front page of a few papers. I’m talking about a national conversation about the Mormon faith, including its past practice of polygamy (which was renounced by the church in the 19th century) and its exclusion of African Americans from the priesthood (until 1978).. That sort of thing.
Shocker, right? And you notice how it states even if no one else brings it up, the media will and it will drive the news cycle. Why would the media bring that up? If no one else thought to make it an issue why would they? We find our answer in the very next paragraph:
On CNN yesterday, political analyst Roland Martin said that if the GOP wanted to bring back the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy, they would be “putting Mormonism on the table… putting on the table how African Americans were treated by the Mormon religion.”
How exactly is the “GOP bringing back the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy?” Here’s a hint: They didn’t. And he didn’t get brought back by a GOP Super PAC either. You know who brought Rev. Wright back into the news? Rev. Wright and and his big fat mouth. From the NY Post:
When sermons of Obama’s Chicago pastor, Jeremiah Wright, surfaced during the Iowa primaries, it threatened to derail Obama’s campaign. ABC aired one where Wright screamed, “Goddamn America!” Edward Klein interviewed Wright, who told him Obama’s team tried to buy his silence.
‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.
“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”
“He offered you money?”
“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”
“How much money did he offer you?”
“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.
“Did Obama himself ever make an effort to see you?”
“Yes,” Wright said. “Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, ‘You’re used to coming to my home, you’ve been here countless times, so what’s wrong with coming to my home?’ So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, at South Pleasant Avenue right off 95th Street, just Barack and me. I don’t know if he had a wire on him. His security was outside somewhere.
“And one of the first things Barack said was, ‘I really wish you wouldn’t do any more public speaking until after the November election.’ He knew I had some speaking engagements lined up, and he said, ‘I wish you wouldn’t speak. It’s gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.’
That’s how Wright became an issue again. From his own words. Not from the GOP, not from Mitt Romney, but by the accusations he’s made against the Obama Campaign and President Obama himself. Things we didn’t didn’t know about in 2008. But you won’t find that anywhere in Politico post. Not a peep.
But what Roland Martin and the rest of the lefty media are trying to do is make it look like it was just the GOP that brought him up so they have an excuse to do what they were planning on doing anyway. Go after Mormonism and play the race card.
Also, remember that article says that if no one else brings it up, the media will. Of course they will. Wanna guess why? From BuzzFeed:
Americans still know virtually nothing about Romney’s faith — and for many, their opinions of the religion remain highly maleable.
According to the study, a full 82 percent of respondents said they knew “little” or “nothing” about Mormonism, and researchers found that feeding them even a couple sentences of basic information about the church’s beliefs had the ability to swing wide swaths of the electorate in terms of their support for Romney.
In the case of this particular survey, the headline-ready finding is that — among conservatives at least — such information actually increased support for the candidate. But the fact that it has any notable effect at all should be enough to give Romney’s campaign pause. After all, the electoral consequences of Romney’s religion could ultimately be determined by what voters learn about Mormonism in the coming months. And so far, Romney has remained largely unwilling to engage on that topic — leaving others to define his religion.
Over the next six months, Americans are going to receive a widely-amplified education on Mormonism, and the curriculum — along with the few tidbits of information that penetrate the public consciousness — will depend largely on the teachers: Namely, the news media.
Ah, yes. The news media. Our teachers. You know, the same people that brought us the Romney dog on the roof deal, and Romney was mean in high school, the arrest non-arrest? Yeah, those people. I bet they’d LOVE to teach Americans about the Mormon faith. I’m sure they’d be real fair about it, too. I mean, why else would they bring it up if no one else saw fit to do so? Why interject it? Maleable. That’s why. They want to use it against Romney.
Oh, and by the way? They’ve slowly started this education already. Here’s a nugget from MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell:
Mormonism was an invented religion started by a guy in upstate New York who got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it.
Even Chris ‘Tingles’ Matthews got in on the fun when he said Republicans are willing to outsource the election to a Mormon in order to win the presidency. Matthews also compared it to calling India or another third-world country to get your computer fixed. On top of that, Matthews called Romney a cultist along with his two opponents who are Catholics.
Then today, a NC State Legislator got in the act. Democrat Rep. Alma Adams shared this bit of wisdom today:
If they look at that awful ballot amendment, and they compare that with his faith, I don’t think people will be OK with it. From what I understand about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. That’s sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue.
So all this talk about “When we will discuss Mormonism?” and “if you bring X issue up it opens the door on Mormonism” or some other issue is a joke. They’re gonna do it anyway. And when they do? It’s gonna be on a much larger scale than they’re doing it now. Oh, and her statement about there “being questions about who Romney is?” Yeah, try saying that about President Obama. We know how that goes, right?
These same people that are going use anything they can find about Romney to attack him and deflect any criticism or questioning of their beloved President Obama. They’ll bring up dogs, high school, anything else they can find from years and years ago, but they’ll be damned if anything, past or present, can be used against Obama. If you bring any of it up? They’ll take it, write Obama’s best defense for him, call you an intolerant bigot or some other name, and then use it a lame excuse for whatever ridiculous line of attack they wanna run that day or cry about some fake ‘War” they’ll claim the GOP is waging on some group.
Here’s a recap of some of what they’ve done in the last weeks:
Romney uses an ‘Obama’s Not Working’ campaign banner? It invoked racial stereotypes.
Reverend Wright makes new claims that he met with Obama secretly was offered a payoff by someone to shut up during the 2008 election cycle? We get threatened with Mormonism and the race-card.
Someone finds a booklet with Obama’s name in it that no one’s ever seen before? They scream racist birthers!! Even though his birth was never challenged in the article.
President Obama does yet another cowardly, politically-motivated flip-flop on Gay Marriage the day after he could have endorsed it in NC? He’s ”evolved’ and now we’re intolerant bigots again, even thought he holds essentially the same position as Rick Perry on the issue: States can decide.
A twitter hashtag called #RomneyYachtNames to highlight his wealth. That nonsense? Started by Obama Super PAC Co-Founder Bill Burton, who worked for John Kerry’s 2004 Campaign.
Right at this very moment, Roland Martin and the left are trying to use bringing up a guy has now claimed he had a secret meeting with then-candidate Obama in 2008, in which he was asked to shut up for the good of the campaign, and was then offered money to do the same from a source close to Obama, as a reason to discuss Mitt Romney’s personal faith. Folks, that’s not even in the same universe.
You know why they’re doing it? Because they don’t want anyone looking at anything that might be damaging to the Obama Campaign. What they want is for everything about Romney to be fair game but nothing about Obama to be.
When we bring anything up, and I mean bring anything at all up?, we’re gonna be racists, bigots, birthers, impatient, ungrateful, stupid, Bush’s fault. etc. and whatever else they wanna throw at us. When they do that, we can’t let them. I get that Romney may want to stay above the fray on this stuff, but if everyone who’s not an official part of that campaign just sits by and lets the left do what they want we’re gonna be in trouble when they really start coming after us. And believe me, they’re coming.