Is it just me, or are conservatives throwing conservatism under the bus for Mitt Romney? Many troubling revelations have been coming out lately about Romney that should disqualify him from being the Republican nominee, but there is a lot of yawning going on in the conservative blogosphere. “Anybody but Obama” is looking more and more to me like “a milky white Obama will do, as long as he has an ‘R’ after his name.”
The number one attack on freedom at the moment is the HHS mandate wherein the Obama Administration is trying to force the Catholic Church to pay for contraception. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air has written on this topic here and here, noting that Cardinal George has explained that this mandate, if not rescinded, would mean the end — yes, the end — of Catholic social services. Good for him for writing about this, but other conservative blogs have not done as much to point this out, let alone the depth of the impact of the Church being driven out of social services. Ed touched on that impact in his articles.
What is not being pointed out is that Mitt Romney did the same thing in Massachusetts, thus both Obama and Romney are disqualified from receiving any thinking Catholic voter’s support. How many Catholics will bolt from Romney and Obama? Consider that a letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops was read in all the churches nationwide stating that this action is an attack on the Church. See homilies here and here and take note of the reaction from the people in the pews. Catholics in the pews have been starving for the bishops to take a stand. Now that they have taken a stand, there has been positive reaction from the pews that the Church is once again open about what it is to be Catholic, but word has not really gotten out yet, nationwide, that Mitt Romney did the same thing that Obama is now doing. Those who make their living being the equivalent of town crier would do well to get the news out now about Romney’s attack on the Church in Massachusetts. It will come out sooner or later, and I know of no Catholic worth his stuff who would support either Romney or Obama on election day. The current political landscape is nothing like it was in 2008. Romney has the added distinction of lying about a Cardinal in a debate.
We also now know that Mitt Romney actively and publicly lobbied Obama to mandate health coverage. If this is not a disqualifier for the Republican nomination, I don’t know what is.
Yesterday, video emerged of Mitt Romney promising corporate welfare to a number of businesses while he was on the campaign trail for governor in Massachusetts. One would think that Sarah Palin, at least, would warn people away from Romney, but in an appearance with Greta Van Susteren last night, it was “Anybody But Obama” for Palin.
No. I will not accept a nominee with a record of attacking the freedom of the Catholic Church. I will not accept a nominee who lies about a Cardinal. I will not accept a nominee who laid the groundwork for Obamacare. I will not accept a nominee who has trouble accepting Man’s dominion over the Earth. I will not accept a nominee who supports bailouts and who promises corporate welfare on the campaign trail.
I will not vote for a white Obama. I am a conservative and I will vote for a conservative for president. Rick Santorum. If Rick Santorum is not the nominee, I will write in the name of a conservative for president. White Obama does not work for me.