Friday, December 9, 2011

Iowa attacks Romney on religion, Obama on being socialist

Outwardly, social conservatives in Iowa have labeled Mitt Romney as a “flip-flopper,” while others challenge his Mormon faith.  These people are scrambling for a candidate they can endorse that will beat Romney in the upcoming first-in-the-nation caucus on January 3, 2012.  So far it looks like Newt Gingrich is in the lead with Ron Paul following and Romney coming in third.  Perry, Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman pretty much out of the race.  So what are they worried about?

Actually this was all happening before Gingrich’s recent surge in the polls that many wonder if it is for real or just another phase in the republican race of candidates no one really wants.  There was skepticism, however, whether or not the Iowa social conservatives could support any of the candidates.  These include groups like the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, The Family Leader, the group Iowa Right to Life, and a representative for the Iowa chapter of Concerned Women for America.

This anti-Romney movement appears to be located only in Iowa, which is known for having its religious preferences.  What is most disturbing is the fact that having the first election in 2012 on January 3 draws a lot of attention to the state, and so far all we are hearing is a religious bias toward the Mormon Church.  This sounds very similar to the critics of John F. Kennedy running for president in 1960 when they questioned whether a Catholic should be elected to the office.

There was also an official cloak of secrecy over the meeting with participants agreeing not to divulge what took place.  A Marshalltown church minister claims social conservatives are really not sure of Mitt Romney’s positions on marriage between the same sex and abortion.  Same-sex marriage in Iowa became legal on April 3, 2009.  The latest year I could find a record for abortions, 2007, there were 6,637.  Either the social conservatives are not keeping up with the facts or they are fighting a losing battle.

And then there’s the radical, in another world, Iowa Tea Party and their continued fight against President Obama.  Hey you lunatics, he won in 2008 and he’ll win again in 2012.  Ryan Rhodes, a member of the Iowa Tea Party Revolution, and from Decorah, complained to Mr. Obama that the Democrats have accused the Tea Party of being terrorists.  As far as I am concerned TPers are just simple minded people with double-digit IQs, no matter what part of the country they come from.

As the President was leaving the event, Rhodes was quoted as saying he believes Obama is a Socialist.  I am surprised this fruitcake didn’t ask him for his birth certificate.  Pathetic.

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