Fringe Right to Religious Conservatives: Not Romney!
A number of figures from the fringe right have put their names to a letter that warns religious conservatives against supporting Mitt Romney’s campaign, a July 13 posting at People for the American Way says.
The letter, which is addressed to "Conservative, Catholic and Evangelical Leaders," was composed by a former California state lawmaker named Steve Baldwin, the posting said. The appeared at the website RomneyExposed.com on June 20, attributed merely to "Editor."
The letter makes a number of arguments against Romney as a candidate for the presidency in 2012. One section is headed, "Romney’s Business Management Experience Does Not Guarantee He Will Govern As A Conservative," while another declares, "Romney Raised Taxes And Destroyed Job Creation In Massachusetts."
The letter also credits Romney with ushering marriage equality into Massachusetts during his tenure as governor. The first legal same-sex weddings in America took place in Massachusetts in 2004.
"When Romney first ran for President, he declared himself to be a social conservative but as governor he did great damage to America by unilaterally ordering homosexual marriage to be instituted in Massachusetts," the letter reads.
"The Massachusetts Constitution clearly prohibits the judicial branch from specifically changing marriage statutes so when the court issued the Goodridge opinion favoring homosexual marriage, all Romney had to do was to declare the court had no jurisdiction and ignore it.... but Romney, instead of ignoring the illegal decision, asserted the opinion was now the law and then ordered his town clerks and Justices of the Peace to marry homosexuals," the letter continues.
"Thus, Romney violated his oath to uphold the state constitution. Indeed, the Massachusetts legislature has never changed the marriage statute, which, continues to this day to prohibit same sex marriages. The flatly illegal charade of ’gay’ marriage exists solely in Massachusetts due to Governor Romney’s illegal actions. By ordering town clerks to participate in the solemnization of illegal marriages, Romney committed a felony."
The letter decried an array of laws, bills, and policies intended to counter anti-gay discrimination, and attempts to link Romney to them in various ways.
"As Governor, Romney implemented a Executive Order that created a vast ’diversity’ agency to make sure those of all races and ’sexual orientations’ be hired throughout state government," the letter states.
Subsequently, the letter’s text condemns the Employment Non-Discrimination Act as "a full assault upon religious freedom." Romney, the letter says, lent his support to the measure, which has been approved almost every legislative session for decades but never been approved by U.S. lawmakers.
The letter took aim at Romney’s much-publicized flip-flops on a number of issues that are dear to conservatives.
" ...Romney has also been both in favor and against minimum wage legislation, capital gains taxes, gun control, amnesty for illegal aliens, campaign finance reform, the Kyoto agreement, gambling, gun control, and many other issues."
The letter also took aim at the health care plan introduced to Massachusetts under Romney, calling the plan "RomneyCare, a mini-version of ObamaCare that Romney continues to defend to this day.
"It forces everyone to buy health insurance and massively regulates the market, just like ObamaCare. And RomneyCare is bankrupting the state, creating sharp premium increases and destroying the quality of health care, just like ObamaCare will do if it survives.