December 07, 2007

The Genuine Article

Recall the early days of the first Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. "They were too divided in religious sentiment", what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics.

Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God, they founded this great nation.

And 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 freedom's holy light.

God bless this great land, the United States of America.

-Mitt Romney


Kent said...

I'm sensing a trend here. Do you like Mitt Romney?

American Patriot said...

Romney is afraid to stand up to the Mexicans. He said you shouldn't kick someone out of the country becuase they have a funny accent. That sounds like "liberal tolerance" to me and its what's going to let the Mexicans overrun America. If we are going to save our country from the Mexican invaion we need to get tough and Romney just doesn't have the backbone like Tancredo

commentator 1 said...

What is your reaction to this speech?

Jaz said...

My reaction to the speech is that it was quite simply the most presidential political moment that has occurred thus far in the 2008 election cycle. Rather than discuss the latest squabblings about past revelations and tit for tat charges of flip flopping, the speech was uplifting, positive, forward looking, and demonstrated the true leadership that those of us who have been following Romney for years knew he was capable of.

In one brilliantly delivered speech, he turned what was perceived to be his main liability into a patriotic and constitutional talking point that all Americans should be able to agree with. That the idea of religious tolerance and the right of freedom of religion are quintessentially American.

It is nothing short of Anti-American to imagine that one's religious faith disqualifies them from holding public office.

Look, the battle lines have been drawn within the Republican electorate. On one side you have those reasonable conservatives who agree with Romney on this matter and don't see his religion as a disqualification, and on the other side you have the born-again hard core religious zealots who care more about approving of the way someone worships than they do about their own patriotism.

Sometimes we wonder why the Shiites and the Sunni can't get along because they both worship Allah in a slightly different way. How silly they are we say, as they mindlessly slaughter each other. Well, Republican hard core Christians who don't approve of Romney because of his religion are (in concept) no different.

So, to any Republican voter considering letting Romney's religion disqualify from being President I would say: If you believe that, you are an anti-American religious wacko and you can take your vote and shove it where the sun don't shine.

american patriot said...

This is a Christian nation. Only Christians should be allowed to hold office. What's next do you want another Muslim in Congress

Jaz said...

So I take it you are Antisemitic then? Should we be marching Jews into ovens like Hitler did? Where do you draw the line on Jews? None should ever be elected to office? What about Israel? Should we let the Muslims wipe the country off the face of the earth?

I'm not an active member of any church, so therefor you imagine I have no right to seek public office? That's so misguided, it's painful.

It's religiosos like you who give conservatives a bad name. Your lack of tolerance and close mindedness fits right in with the left leaning description of the religious right.

Congratulations, you're making lefties everywhere who criticize the religious look smart.

american patriot said...

No, the Jews are better then the Muslims. Israel is better then the Muslims. We Christian Conservative are at the top definitly in terms of civilization, but that doesn't mean everyone else is the same. Israel is only one step below us so we should be their friend as long as they don't send their people to live with us.

american patriot said...

You don't got anything to beat that one fo you jazzy boy!

Jaz said...

No, I now understand your hierarchy of religions. In your world Christians are superior to Jews who are superior to Muslims. Unfortunately, your hierarchy is distinctly un-american.

perhaps you've heard this quote before: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Sounds like you were at church when you should have been studying American History. I'll go with what Thomas Jefferson said over what you think any day of the week.

american patriot said...

America is a Christian nation. Anything that is not Baptist, which is the only true Christian Churh, is un-American. People like jazzy-boy who reject Christ so blatantly are a threat to our national security. People like you sing God Bless America, but why should he Bless your America! God is going to get angry at America becuase of people like you and bad things are going to happen becuase of it. Its already started with that hurricane and its going to get worse if people like you continue to disrespect Christian values.