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Published on October 11th, 2012 | by James Schlarmann

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How Do You Sleep At Night, Mitt Romney?

Anyone who buys Mitt Romney’s pivot to the center as being genuine is a fucking idiot.

Let me repeat that.

Anyone who buys Mitt Romney’s pivot to the center as being genuine is a fucking idiot.

This is not making any excuses for President Obama’s lethargy in the first debate, but how can you go after a guy for his stated positions if he a) flatly denies them in front of 67 million people and b) changes them every chance he gets to pander to the middle? The latest “Holy shit, did he just say that?” moment for Mitt Romney has come in the form of his complete and total abandonment of his stance on abortion…again. To be totally fair to Mittens, when he ran for Senate against Super-Liberal Ted Kennedy he was Pro-Choice…as was his mother when she ran for office. Since he decided to try and nab the Republican nomination and started his seeming ten year march to the White House though, he’s had to move harder and harder Right on the issue.

But let’s focus on the here and the now, because apparently that’s the only thing that matters to Romney, saying what he needs to be heard saying in the moment. So at the moment, Mitt is insisting that he has no plans to push for any new legislation when it comes to abortion. But let me type out now, what I just exclaimed at the top of my lungs when I went to the “Values” section of Mitt Romney’s website. (Those who are sensitive to swear words can look away now)

“Oh you disgusting, disingenuous fucking asshole!”

I certainly do not intend to add the already systemic coarsening of language in our political dialogue these days, but when you read what I’m about to paste, directly from the candidate’s website you’ll see what I’m so upset about. Keep in mind, as you read the quoted passage that Romney has just told the nation he has no plans to introduce new legislation on abortion, which is him trying to imply that he wouldn’t do anything about abortion, because you know, he’s Mr. Moderate now.

Mitt believes that life begins at conception and wishes that the laws of our nation reflected that view. But while the nation remains so divided, he believes that the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade – a case of blatant judicial activism that took a decision that should be left to the people and placed it in the hands of unelected judges. With Roe overturned, states will be empowered through the democratic process to determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate.

I can’t square it, I simply cannot square up his recently stated opinions on abortion and the very words on his website. Of course I can’t. Because the two statements are very clearly exclusionary of one another. That said, Mitt did leave himself some wiggle room to say something along the lines of the following, “Sure, I want Roe V. Wade overturned, but I’m not going to ask Congress to write up the bill that outlaws abortion for me to sign. I just won’t veto it if hits my desk.” The audacity of this man is absolutely astounding, and the only thing more astounding is that we have people in this country foolish enough to believe him.

Here’s a free clue for you all, courtesy of me: Mitt doesn’t have to do anything to overturn Roe V. Wade except appoint a couple more Conservative justices. Congress doesn’t need to write a bill to outlaw abortion because they can’t. Roe V. Wade establishes that it is unconstitutional to block access to abortions for women before the agreed upon mark of viability. So of course Mitt doesn’t support any new legislation on the matter, he just wants to put in a couple more hardcore Conservative jobs and then SCOTUS can do the rest for him.

And then let’s not also forget that his running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, co-wrote a bill with Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin that would have legally established the beginning of life as being conception and that any fertilized egg would then therefore have the same rights as the mother and father who mated to create the zygote. For Romney to run full-bore away from his and Ryan’s stance on abortion and the so-called “sanctity of life” goes beyond the pale to me. If you’re going to be a religious zealot who’d rather see young girls die in back-alley abortions than to get one in a safe, clean, monitored environment, then fucking own it, Mitt.

Think you can’t trust his own website as evidence of what a massive reversal of his stated opinions on abortion are? Okay. How about the fact that last year Mitt told Mike Huckabee, the Right Wing’s new czar of bat shit crazy religious sycophants, that he “absolutely” supported the personhood bill Ryan and Akin authored. Or the fact that he said he’d cut off Federal funding to Planned Parenthood, even though abortion services are a very small percentage of what that invaluable institution provides to young women. 

Or you know, since this is the Internet, I can just drop this clip right here, and let you all decide whether he can be trusted or not.

Mitt Romney Explains His Changed Position on Abortion

“I always opposed abortion, but when I ran for office I thought ‘Well, uh, I can say and understand leaving the law the way it is. The Supreme Court has made its decision, I’m just gonna say I support the law and preserve the law as it exists.”

 

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About the Author

James is the founding contributor and editor-in-chief of The Political Garbage Chute, a left-leaning satire and commentary site, which can be found on Facebook as well. You definitely should not give that much a shit about his opinions.



  • BOBBY YOUNCE

    Women are more than half the voters. Why would more than 47% (men) of the population have the right to decree things that 51% can’t do with equipment not pertaining to the idiot men? It seems to change your view when you have fathered the embryo, but those things have an under the table tradition. That is the exact reason women must have options and freedoms to deal with irresponsible men and the consequences of their interactions. -bobby99

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