Iowa GOP Thanksgiving Family Forum: Some Thoughts

Posted on November 22, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Thought for the day: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~George Santayana

This seems to be the case in America, as a presidential candidate’s religious views appears to a viable measuring stick for eligibility to lead. Latest example: These 6 GOP hopeful participating in last night’s “Thanksgiving Family Forum” in Iowa.

From all accounts, it appears to have been quite the sob-fest, as many of the candidates got quite emotional and copiously turned on the waterworks, in a blubbery display that would have made John Boehner envious.

(What a bunch of turkeys…)

Candidates for the Republican nomination for president shed tears and traded heart-rending personal stories in the sanctuary of the First Federated Church of Des Moines, at an event dubbed a Thanksgiving Family Forum. Neither of the two Mormon candidates, the front-runner Mitt Romney nor the back-of-the-pack John Huntsman, took part.The forum, sponsored by The Family Leader and livestreamed by the political arm of Focus on the Family, featured right-wing pollster Frank Luntz in the role of a tear-jerking talk-show host, played with the sort of aplomb that would give Barbara Walters a run for her money.

Video links of each individual candidate here and for the entire event here, for those who can stomach it.

How far America has come since the days of 1960, when candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) assured the Greater Houston Ministerial Association that his Catholic faith would not interfere with his duties as Commander in Chief. Some important portions of that address:

While the so-called religious issue is necessarily and properly the chief topic here tonight, I want to emphasize from the outset that we have far more critical issues to face in the 1960 election: the spread of Communist influence, until it now festers 90 miles off the coast of Florida; the humiliating treatment of our president and vice president by those who no longer respect our power; the hungry children I saw in West Virginia; the old people who cannot pay their doctor bills; thefamilies forced to give up their farms; an America with too many slums, with too few schools.These are the real issues which should decide this campaign. And they are not religious issues – for war and hunger and ignorance and despair know no religious barriers.

But because I am a Catholic, and no Catholic has ever been elected president, the real issues in this campaign have been obscured – perhaps deliberately, in some quarters less responsible than this. So it is apparently necessary for me to state once again not what kind of church I believe in – for that should be important only to me – but what kind of America I believe in.

I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference; and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish; where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials; and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all.

For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be again, a Jew- or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist.  Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you – until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.

I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as a condition to holding that office.

I would not look with favor upon a president working to subvert the First Amendment’s guarantees of religious liberty. Nor would our system of checks and balances permit him to do so. And neither do I look with favor upon those who would work to subvert Article VI of the Constitution by requiring a religious test – even by indirection – for it.

This is the kind of America I believe in, and this is the kind I fought for in the South Pacific, and the kind my brother died for in Europe. No one suggested then that we may have a “divided loyalty,” that we did “not believe in liberty,” or that we belonged to a disloyal group that threatened the “freedoms for which our forefathers died.”

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Herman Cain: Taliban Are Taking Over in Libya

Posted on November 18, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Sigh. I have seen smarter bowls of oatmeal than this year’s crop of GOP contenders.

Roll the film…



Do I agree with siding with the opposition?
Do I agree with saying that [Qaddafi] should go?

Do I agree that they now have a country where you’ve got Taliban and Al Qaeda that’s going to be part of the government?

Do I agree with not knowing the government was going to- which part was he asking me about?

I was trying to get him to be specific and he wouldn’t be specific.”

Waitaminute, I do not remember Cain asking the interviewer to be more specific, and that wasn’t what he said yesterday- he told us “we need a leader, not a reader”.

Let’s review the original clip:


Cain’s camp appears to be equally inept, blaming either the candidate’s exhaustion or possibly editing of the clip.


“He was on about four hours of sleep after flying from Atlanta to Wisconsin. He just took a moment to get his bearings. He just had to take a moment to articulate his ideas,” Cain spokesman J.D. Gordon said. “He didn’t say anything wrong. He didn’t say anything inconsistent with his beliefs. It may be how the video was edited.

Yup. Oatmeal.

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Cain and Perry: More Fun than Martin and Lewis!

Posted on November 11, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

picture is indeed “worth a thousand words”!

You know, when thrice married/serial adulterer Newt Gingrich manages to pull himself out of Tiffany’s long enough to criticize Herman’s “Anita Hill endorsement” joke, you know the clock is ticking for Cain’s chances for winning the GOP nomination.

Meanwhile, Rick Perry’s debate trainwreck left the Texas governor scrambling for a way to get back on his horse. So he tried to utilize a maneuver similar to “Comeback Kid” Bill Clinton’s 1988 move:




Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a cameo on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ to read the Top 10 List, which pokes fun at his famous flub during the CNBC Republican presidential debate.

So he can’t count to three- but Perry can count to ten? To misquote his fellow Texan, the late Lloyd Bentsen, Rick Perry is no Bill Clinton.

Oh man, is this fun to watch.

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Sunday GOP Presidential Round-Up and Open Thread

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

First, let’s start with “also ran” Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), who “wouldn’t do anything” for the children of undocumented immigrants. 

At a campaign stop in Iowa, a Latino college student asked the presidential hopeful what she would do to the children of undocumented immigrants. Bachmann reiterated her hard-line stance that the federal government should not grant them citizenship and said she “would not do anything” for them.”Their parents are the ones who brought them here … they did not have the legal right to come to the United States,” she said. “We do not owe people who broke our laws to come into the country. We don’t owe them anything.”

When the subject turned to immigration at another campaign stop that day, Bachmann suggested passing a law that would bar citizenship to children born in the U.S. to parents who are undocumented immigrants. “We’ve got to end this anchor baby program,” she said.

Next up, a Mitt Romney pile-on.

Ron Paul: ‘Time will tell’ if Romney is the next Dukakis.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace: “Mitt Romney is ducking our invitation”.

Wallace had to settle for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (another dismal “also ran” at this point), who told Fox News Sunday today that “unlike Romney, I am a consistent Conservative”.


As one could guess, Mitt Romney is leading the latest GOP polls in Iowa, along with Herman Cain, who is reported to have said that Planned Parenthood is “Planned Genocide”, targeting black communities

The New York Sun reported on one of the ads that focused on abortion:“Black babies are terminated at triple the rate of white babies,” a female announcer in one of the ads says, as rain, thunder, and a crying infant are heard in the background. “The Democratic Party supports these abortion laws that are decimating our people, but the individual’s right to life is protected in the Republican platform. Democrats say they want our vote. Why don’t they want our lives?”

Another similar ad featured Herman Cain’s voice:

“If you make a little mistake with one of your ‘hos,’ you’ll want to dispose of that problem tout suite, no questions asked,” one of the men says.

“That’s too cold. I don’t snuff my own seed,” the other replies.

“Maybe you do have a reason to vote Republican,” the first man says.

This morning, Herman Cain appeared on CBS’s “Face The Nation”, where he clarified his position on abortion and discouraged smoking. Host and cancer survivor Bob Schieffer tore hard into Cain over his most recent ad, featuring campaign manager Mark Block smoking a cigarette.


For those who haven’t seen it, this might well be one of the weirdest and creepiest political ads ever: 


Perry speaking in New Hampshire yesterday 
At the Conservative group “Cornerstone Action Dinner”

Oh my.


Remember the Alamo… 
…was fought in part to defend Texans’ right to own slaves.

Perry: Ending Iraq War “Irresponsible, Puts Our Kids’ Live in Jeopardy” (0.00 / 0)
Yeah. Because our soldiers are far safer thousands of miles from home fighting an illegal war.

Pat Buchanan spouting off
“OWS is going to end very, very badly”, states that the protesters are going to start getting violent and attacking police.

Cain and sexual harrassment.
Reported this evening by Politico.

This story will get bigger
Nothing MSM loves more, than letting themselves get distracted away from policy issues by the shiny, rattling keys of any sort of sexually-toned scandal.
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