OK, I've been holding back on this one, but I can't stand it any longer. Mitt Romney is an idiot. I naturally suspected it right away when I learned he was an admitted Mormon. Then came his "null set" answer to whether he would have supported the Iraq war if he knew then what he knew now. But after his speech addressing his religion and the role it would play, or not play, in his presidency, there can no longer be any doubt. Clearly the man who claimed the Iraq question was a null set had no comprehension of the meaning of those big words he had been told to say. We have another smiling, dressed up empty suit approaching the White House, and we can't take 4 more years of that.
Consider this claim from his speech:
"Freedom requires religion just as religion requires freedom. Freedom opens the windows of the soul so that man can discover his most profound beliefs and commune with God. Freedom and religion endure together, or perish alone."
That isn't just wrong, it borders on deranged. One might as well say freedom requires jails, or perhaps slavery. It requires a complete redefinition of the words "freedom" and "religion" to make any sense at all. After all, all those theocracies like Iran have so much more freedom than relatively atheistic nations like Sweden. It fits right in with the rest of 1984's slogans: War is Peace; Freedom is Religion; Ignorance is Strength. The more absurd the lie, the more persuasive I guess.
That someone who could utter such nonsense could be in serious running for the highest office in the land is more frightening than 100 terrorists. That otherwise intelligent people could treat it as anything other than the fantasy it is, is equally so. Are we as a nation so afraid to call bullshit on anything wearing a religious cloak that this sort of nonsense is considered acceptable in what should be the most serious of arenas? Apparently so. The rest of Romney's speech was the usual claptrap: religions all share a moral compass (which of course is why some of the pious think the others deserve death for their views), freedom of religion only applies to the religious, and of course how the founders envisioned this as a Christian nation.
In practically any other civilized nation, this man would be laughed off the stage and be finished as a serious candidate. America better wake up, before it elects another clown and becomes an even bigger laughing stock to the educated world.