Mitt Romney’s Faith in America Speech (re-written)

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As prepared for Delivery at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, December 6, 2007

Thank you, Mr. President, for your kind introduction.

It is an honor to be here today. This is an inspiring place because of you and the First Lady and because of the exaggerated film propping up your fragile ego exhibited across the way in the Presidential library. For those who have not seen it, it shows the President as a young pilot in a segregated unit, shot down during the Second World War, being rescued from his life-raft by the crew of an American submarine.

It is a moving reminder that when America has faced challenge and peril, Americans rise to the occasion, willing to risk their very lives to defend white anglo-saxon protestant privilege and preserve our economic and political supremacy. We are in your debt. Thank you, Mr. President.

Mr. President, your generation rose to the occasion, first to defeat Fascism, and first to incorporate its ruthless cruelty and amoral ideology to unapologetically crush European style democratic socialism. You left us, your children, an ignorant, strong, and jingoistic America. It is why we call yours the greatest generation. It is now my generation’s turn. How we respond to today’s challenge to defend white anglo-saxon protestant privilege will define our generation. And it will determine what kind of America we will leave our children, and theirs.

America faces a new generation of challenges. Radical violent Islamofascists seek to destroy us. An emerging yellow peril in China endeavors to surpass our economic leadership. And we are troubled at home by government overspending on unproductive black welfare cheats, overuse of foreign oil, and the invasion of our borders by illegal aliens.

Over the last year, we have embarked on a national debate on how best to preserve white anglo-saxon privilege. Today, I wish to address a topic, which I believe is fundamental to America’s greatness: our shallow religiosity. I will also offer perspectives on how I would use faith to pander to and trick bigoted, anti-Morman evangelicals into giving me the Presidency. 

There are some who may feel that religion is not a matter to be seriously considered in the context of the weighty threats that face us. If so, they are at odds with the nation’s founders, for they, when our nation faced its greatest peril, sought the blessings of the Creator to enslave the African and kill the Indian. And further, they discovered the essential connection between the survival of white supremacy and the promotion of theocracy.

Fascism requires the complicity of religious zealots just as religious zealotry requires fascism. Fascism opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs in communion with a God that validates his evil. Fascism and religious zealotry endure together, or perish alone. Given our grand tradition of religiosity and faux liberty, some wonder whether there are any questions regarding an aspiring candidate’s religion that are appropriate. I believe there are. And I will answer them today.

Almost 50 years ago another candidate from Massachusetts explained that he was a right-wing anti-communist war hawk running for President, not a Catholic running for President. Like him, I am right-wing anti-communist war hawk running for President. Unlike him, I define my candidacy by a phony profession of religiosity. A person should not be elected unless he is willing to shamelessly pander to right-wing people of faith.

Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert visible influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, exercised secretly within the nefarious province of religious institutional back channels, and it ends wherever the limitations of their imaginations begin.

As Governor, I tried to position myself to run for President as best I knew how, serving my ambition and subverting the Constitution. I openly comingled the particular teachings of my church with the obligations of the office and of the Constitution – and of course, I would unapologetically do so as President. I am not above using any doctrine of any church to obtain the plain power of the office to subvert the sovereign authority of the law.

As a young man, Karl Rove described what he called America’s ‘political religion’ – God, Guns, and Gays. When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my ticket to unlimited power. If I am fortunate to become your President, I will serve no one religion, no one group, and no one cause, except white anglo-saxon protestant privilege. A President must serve only the common cause of the white people of the United States.

There are some for whom these commitments are not enough. They would prefer it if I would simply distance myself from my religion, say that it is more a tradition than my personal conviction, or disavow one or another of its precepts. That I will not do. I believe in my Mormon faith and I sometimes endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers – I will be as true to them and to my beliefs as the political expediency of this campaign will allow.

Some believe that such a confession of my faith will sink my candidacy. If they are right, they can kiss my grits. But I think they underestimate the shallow stupidity of the American people. Americans claim not to respect believers of convenience but never seem to tire of voting for those who would jettison their beliefs, even to gain the world.

There is one fundamental question about which I often am asked. What do I believe about Jesus Christ? The answer that I am required to give to be elected is that I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. I say that to distract you about the fact that my church’s beliefs about Christ may not be the same as those of other faiths.  I will then appeal to our country’s fake tradition of religious tolerance after reassuring you that what I believe isn’t all that different from the theology of the evangelical rubes I need to win the nomination.

There are some who would have a Republican presidential candidate describe and explain his church’s distinctive doctrines, which enables the very religious test the founders prohibited in the Constitution. However, the reality is that no non-believer will ever be nominated by the Republican Party.  And if the besotted wingnut we eventually nominate ever becomes President, you all better get on your knees and pray.  

I believe that every GOP candidate I have encountered claims to be closer to God than me. And in every candidate in my party I have come to know, there are features in each I wish were in my own: I love the profound and shameless hypocrisy of the Catholic adulterer Giuliani, the slick Willie approachability of the Evangelical Huckabee, the lazy spirit of the Pentecostal Thompson, the confident fanaticism of the libertarian Ron Paul, the ancient Episcopalian McCain, unchanged through the ages, and the endless commitment to the frequent, fruitless prayer to God for the miracle it will take to elect Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter or any one of us for that matter.

As I travel across the country and see our towns and cities, I am always moved by the many houses of worship with their steeples, all pointing to heaven, reminding us of the source of our electoral bread and butter.It is important to recognize that while differences in theology exist between the Republicans in America, we share a common creed of amoral religiosity. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it’s usually a sound rule to focus on the latter – on the vacuous religious principles that urge us all on a common course.

Whether it was the cause of abolishing Affirmative Action, or denying America’s racist holocaust, no movement of false conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the racial delusions of white people.

We separate church and state affairs in this country, and for no good reason. Religion should dictate to the state and no state should interfere with the free practice of theocracy. The secular humanists are intent on driving religion from the public square and they are wrong. The founders proscribed the establishment of a state religion, but they did not countenance the elimination of religion from the public square.  

We are one nation ‘Under a greedy capitalist God’ and in God, we do indeed trust. We should begrudgingly acknowledge the Creator as did the Founders – in word but not in deed. God should remain on our currency, in our pledge, in the teaching of historical propaganda, and during the holiday season, nativity scenes and menorahs should be welcome in our public places.  

Our greatness would not long endure without the respect earned by our cluster bombing warmongering, upon which our political power as a nation rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any non-white Christians, but I will not separate us from ‘the God who’s blind to our tyranny.’ Nor would I separate us from our religious heritage.

Perhaps the most important question to ask a person of faith who seeks a political office, is this: does he share these American values: a fealty to helping the rich escape taxation, the obligation to serve the fascist power structure, and a steadfast commitment to white supremacy?  They are not unique to any one conservative. They belong to the great amoral indifference we hold in common. They are the firm ground on which Republicans of different faiths meet and stand as a fascist theocracy, united.

We believe that every single white human being is a child of God – we are all part of God’s chosen people.  The conviction of the inherent and inalienable worth of every white life is still the most elementary political proposition ever advanced.  Trent Lott put it, “I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”   

White Americans acknowledge that white privilege is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government. No people in the history of the world have sacrificed so many for privilege. The lives of hundreds of thousands of America’s sons and daughters were laid down during the last century to preserve white supremacy, for us and for freedom loving Europeans throughout the world.

America obviously learned nothing from that Century’s terrible wars. –Which is probably why we let the ignorant patrician in the White House lie us into a quagmire in Iraq. America‘s resolve in the defense of false religiosity has been tested time and again. It has not been found wanting, nor must it ever be. America must never falter in holding high the banner of fascist theocracy.

These American values, this great amoral heritage, is shared and lived in my religion as it is in yours. I was taught in my home to honor God and love my neighbors. I ignored my father marching with Martin Luther King. I forgot my parents provide compassionate care to others, in personal ways to people nearby, and in just as consequential ways in leading national volunteer movements. Totally ignoring my parents noblesse oblige, I am now deeply moved by George Herbert Walker Bush’s broken pledge:  Read my lips: No new Taxes.     

My faith is grounded on these truths. You can witness them in Ann and my sickening “Father Knows Best” marriage and in our family. We are a long way from perfect, I don’t think Ann has ever had an orgasm, and we have surely stumbled along the way, but our aspirations, our values, are the self-same as those Republicans from the other faiths that stand upon this common, porous foundation of phony religiosity. And these convictions will indeed deform my presidency.

Today’s generations of Republicans have always known of a Bush in the White House. Perhaps we forget the long and arduous path the Bushes took to achieve it. They came here to Texas from Connecticut to seek freedom from patrician obligation. Upon finding it for themselves, they ran for office in the longest quest for dynastic power in the nation’s history.  

After twelve years of supply-side mismanagement, they found themselves out of power. Eager to get back in the game and repulsed by her liberal beliefs, Ann Richards was destroyed to make way for Dubya and she was exiled from Texas so the fortunate son could propel himself from Austin to D.C.   As a former governor of Massachusetts and the father of five sons, perhaps I can install one of my boys in the White House just like the ignorant patrician’s daddy did for him.   

It was in Houston that founding father Bush defined a revolutionary vision of dynastic power, grounded in self evident truths about the supremacy of oil, and the inalienable right to plunder the world in search of it, which is endowed by the Creator.  We cherish these sacred rights, and secure them by shredding the Constitutional order.In such a fluid campaign, I am deeply thankful that we live in a land where hypocrisy and religiosity are friends and allies in the cause of fascist theocracy, joined against the evils and dangers of another Clinton presidency.

And you can be certain of this: Any believer in religious freedom, any person who has knelt in prayer to the Almighty, had better do it with one eye open because I am liable to say or do anything to win this race. In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine ‘author of liberty.’ And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed with a nuclear arsenal capable of annihilating our enemies.  

God bless the United States of Hypocrisy. 

 

10 thoughts on “Mitt Romney’s Faith in America Speech (re-written)

  1. His real speech should be scaring the shyt out of everyone, including this Christian woman. He basically said that in his Administration, if you didn’t practice any religion, he will have license to lock you up and beat you down, period. An athiest is SOL in a Romney Administration for he will turn the United States into the United States of Mormon.

    I wonder how well that would sit with Catholics sitting on the Supreme Court bench like Scalia and Thomas – if Romney outlawed their religion? Cause his entire speech was the height of bigotry and I’m not surprised that the MSM is convenietly ignoring it, unless it serves to distract us from the fact that a former Governor pardoned a rapist (and he went on to rape and kill two other women) {Huckabee} and a serial adulterer who got the city of New York to pay for his trysts with his mistress (Giuliani) are running for POTUS.

    But, Romney clearly showed in his speech that he is bat-shyt crazy and should not even be considered for national dog-catcher, let alone POTUS; not to mention what this country would be in for if he wins.

  2. I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who interpreted his speech that way, TPJ.

    Of course, I told you, I’m not voting for him. And, yes,it’s because he’s a Mormon. I’ll have nothing to do with anyone who grew up in a religion that said, in its creed, IN MY LIFETIME, that I couldn’t get into heaven as ANYTHING OTHER THAN A SLAVE.

    That’s the beginning, middle and end for me. Whatever the others say, they didn’t grow up with THAT being an official part of their religion.

    And, also, him being introduced by Bush 41 should also disqualify him. Blech. No thank you for anyone being backed by Bush’s backers.

  3. OT’s:
    1. Did you read that Jane Harmon of CA approved of the CIA destroying the interrogation/torture videos?

    2. Did you read Handkerchief Heads for Hillary Club Member Andy Young’s reasons for not supporting Obama? I was too thru. Once you read it, you’ll know what line just made me throw up my hands in disgust.

  4. I just heard a conflicting report on Harmon..don’t know which one is true or not.

    Another OT to relate to the OT #2 – Shelby Steele on Hardball Today- repeated the same line that made Andy Young into Handkerchief Head.

  5. OG

    There are some good Clips about Mormans on u-tube it is a very white doctrine. Just like evrything else in the western world that dosent have a history they have evented one, and it is some very weard S%#T.I drive a truck and everytime I went to Salt Lake and had to use the shower at the truck stop, always got shower number three. (So did every other Black driver. ?? What fiath do all the Supremist nuts practice up in Utah? Take a guess.

  6. Cliff

    “White Americans acknowledge that white privilege is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government. No people in the history of the world have sacrificed so many for privilege. The lives of hundreds of thousands of America’s sons and daughters were laid down during the last century to preserve white supremacy, for us and for freedom loving Europeans throughout the world.”

    I hear you, and feel you SB.

    I was having a conversation with a black revolutionary, who has more experience than myself, and I was asking him about what would we have to do, to have the enemy declare war on us, and spend every minute of his life to destroy us or our organizations. He said…“They are only concerned about attacking you, unless you become a threat to their money.” “Once you become a threat to their finance, then you will become a target.”

    This statement had me thinking, because my brain was able to intake the truth, chemically giving me an arousal, and appreciation. Since they worship money, which is the foundation of their power, then the power of the majority of the people is a direct threat to the government ruled by white supremacy

    Privileged White Americans do not give a damn whether or not you know that they are privileged. They are just concerned whether your knowledge of their wicked ways will somehow effect their [GNP] Gross National Product, (The Incarceration and Deaths of Black People). Let’s just say for instance that the underclass’s knowledge of the wickedness of white supremacy effected the sales and distribution of illegal drugs that America imports for profit to finance the ongoing efforts to systematically destroy the urban/black community. You know, just a little over a million incarcerations a year, a little employment for district attorney’s, prosecutors, judges, here and there, a few prison guards, sheriff’s, wardens, if we make there, but if we don’t, maybe a couple detectives, forensic specialists, coroners, embalmers, and funeral arrangers.

    HMMMMM, I’m just wondering to myself, will the widely accepted knowledge of the ways and patterns of the wicked, decrease their profits and sales and their bankroll of deaths of the poor and oppressed people?

    If the knowledge of the “wicked privileged”, does not decrease their bankroll of systematic terrorism, employment, and profit margin of incarceration and deaths , then the knowledge becomes useless to the person or people in whom knowledge is given.

    The premier finance of “The Privileged” is tied into the deaths and incarceration of the black man and woman, which matriculates to the overall oppressed people of all colors, races or cultures.

    Mitt Romney may be concerned with whether the masses of the people are becoming knowledgeable about “the privileged #1 GNP”, and whether or not it will effect their sales and distribution from 2008 and beyond.

  7. He has absolutely no moral compass, hence he is a successful politician. The big question is whether the wingnuts are finally growing old of the same old opium? If this is the Republican base he is talking to, and it is an important voting bloc, and this stuff still appeals to them… then “God help us all”.

  8. Today, I wish to address a topic, which I believe is fundamental to America’s greatness: our shallow religiosity.

    Hilariously true!

    Let me assure you that no authorities of my church, or of any other church for that matter, will ever exert visible influence on presidential decisions. Their authority is theirs, exercised secretly within the nefarious province of religious institutional back channels, and it ends wherever the limitations of their imaginations begin.

    Rings hilariously true again!

    “God bless the United States of hypocrisy!”

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