Nomination through character assassination 1

By Tom Quiner

Mitt Romney and the Republican Establishment wage war on the Tea Party wing of the GOP

Mitt Romney's multimillion dollar smear campaign against Newt Gingrich is dividing the party

Mitt Romney and the Republican Establishment (RE) are doing grave damage to the Grand Old Party.

Mr. Romney has spent $17 million in Florida alone with a single thrust: to smear Newt Gingrich. Gingrich has spent about $5 million to defend himself and counterpunch against the Romney assault, an assault joined by John McCain, Bob Dole and other members of the RE. These are the guys who lose elections by running as moderates.

Newt Gingrich is a guy who won elections by running as a conservative.

Newt Gingrich is the guy who helped Republicans regain the House in 1994 by promoting a bold, conservative agenda.

Newt Gingrich is the guy who helped balance the budget through conservative fiscal policies.

This is the guy the RE wants to destroy.

Mr. Romney and the RE tell us Gingrich questioned Ronald Reagan’s foreign policies and doubted they would work against the Soviet Union. This is old hat. It was all in the Congressional Record. But for the record, only two men in the world believed at that time that the Evil Empire could be defeated: Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.

I remember reading Dinesh D’Souza’s wonderful book, “Ronald Reagan, How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader.” He recalled a meeting Reagan had with the RE intelligentsia which included George Will. Mr. Will could be seen rolling his eyes when Reagan suggested that the Soviet Union would fall.

Here’s the point: Mr. Gingrich and most of the party believed that the Soviet Union could be contained, but not defeated. Gingrich was no different than anyone else in the party on this score.

And yet Romney and the RE are spending millions to promote Gingrich’s so-called apostasy as if this is some new revelation. It’s not.

This concocted smear can work for the uninformed who revere Ronald Reagan, as I do, but don’t know the back story.

Romney and the RE continually drudge up the ethics violations levied against Mr. Gingrich. Romney bellows for Gingrich to release “all the records.” The suggestion, of course, is that Gingrich is still hiding something.

Mr. Romney, Mr. Dole, and Mr. McCain all know, and the Wall Street Journal has reported, that all 1280 pages of the records are available online.

The smear works, because most people don’t realize this is all old news; that it’s all out there on the public record and has been for nearly fifteen years; that Gingrich was exonerated of 83 of the 84 charges while still in the House, and was later exonerated on the final charge by the IRS after he left office.

Mr. Romney’s path to the nomination seems to be through the character assassination of his chief rival, regardless of the cost to his own integrity.

The Massachusetts Moderate is doing grave damage in his assault on the standard bearer for The Tea Party, Newt Gingrich,

A party divided cannot win elections, and Mitt Romney and the RE are dividing the GOP.


Is this poster libelous? 4

By Tom Quiner

Hitler, Obama, Lenin.I ran across this poster on Facebook today with this question:  “Is this poster libelous?”

In other words, is it false, and does it bring President Obama into disrepute?

You may think that former President Bush was subjected to much worse. But he had a much healthier respect for the First Amendment than Barack Obama.

You tell me:  is this poster libelous?


Why Obama just shot himself in the foot 4

By Tom Quiner

Freedom of religion issues may decide the next presidential election.

Prior to last week, this year’s presidential sweepstakes was going to pivot on two issues: the economy and fairness.

President Obama cannot run on his record, because the economy is not recovering from the recession in a normal way. Although the economy is growing, it is growing at a snail’s pace. And unemployment remains very high.

Some economists are concerned about a “double dip” recession.

To counteract the failure of his economic policies, the president must make the case that the root problem in our economy is the structural unfairness imbedded in our system. The solution is higher taxes on our most productive workers (aka “the rich”) and bigger government to “level the playing field” (more socialism).

These two issues must now share the spotlight with a third: “religious liberty.”

As Quiner’s Diner has reported, the Obama administration is mandating that faith-based organizations such as Catholic hospitals, Catholic charities, Lutheran Social Services, faith-based universities, etc., MUST provide FREE sterilization, abortifacients, and contraception to their employees in their health care coverage.

What a mistake.

A large number of Catholics are receptive to the Democratic Party’s desire to spread the social welfare state to more people, including the middle class. So many Catholics view the Democratic Party as the party of the little guy, that they are willing to look past the Dem’s promotion of abortion as a social good.

The president has now moved the policy beyond choice to mandate.

He has galvanized the Catholic community against this policy. Don’t get me wrong, there are Catholics who will always vote Democrat. But we are going to see Catholic swing voters moving into the Republican camp on this single issue.

Catholics are taught that life begins at conception.

Obama says it begins at birth. Not only is there nothing wrong ending fledgling life with abortifacients, goes the president’s thinking, it is actually a fundamental right to women to have it paid for by someone else.

The President of the United States has declared war on the First Amendment.

If Mr. Obama loses the election this November, this is the issue that does him in.


The price of inhumanity 5

By Tom Quiner

From 1980 to 1988, there were 1 million deaths due to the Iran/Iraq war.

From 1980 to 1988, there were 14 million deaths in the U.S. due to abortion.

Before the U.S./Iraq war began, there were an estimated 270 mass graves in Iraq.

It is estimated that those graves hold the bodies of 400,000 people.

In the U.S., our mass graves are found in the dumpsters behind Planned Parenthood. Millions of bodies have been disposed there.

In 2006, 846 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq. Thirty-four thousand Iraqi civilians died. One million, two-hundred fifty thousand babies were aborted in the U.S.

By 2010, the number of U.S. soldiers who died in Iraq had dropped to sixty. The number of Iraqi citizen fatalities dropped to twenty-four hundred. The number of abortion fatalities in the U.S. “dropped” to a mere one million, two-hundred thousand.

In the entire 236 year history of the United States of America, we have lost 1.3 million people to war.

We lose that many to abortion in a single year.

Interestingly, the incidence of civilian casualties in Iraq dropped dramatically with our intervention and the ouster of Saddam Hussein, one of the 20th century’s more prolific mass murderers.

In the U.S., Planned Parenthood is the most prolific agent of death. They are supported with taxpayer money with our president’s blessing.

Even more, the president requires taxpayers to fund the killings.

Even more, the president now requires Catholics and other faith-based organizations to provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception for free to their employees in their health care plans.

Inhumanity takes a tremendous toll on civilization. Often, the killing is done in the name of hate.

In the U.S., it is a little different. It is far worse. It is done in the name of apathy and greed, for Planned Parenthood makes billions on the little backs of their victims.

What is the price of all of this carnage? Civilization decays, one life at a time.

What is the solution? That is simple: God. We must remember we were made in His image.

Anything else? Yes, we must elect pro-life politicians.

And in the name of humanity, Barack Obama must go.