Can’t this damn Romney campaign stand for anything? Anything at all? Ann Romney was scheduled to speak at the Values Voter Summit, along with hubby Mitt and veep pick Paul Ryan – her name was on the schedule and everything. Then she wasn’t. It would appear the campaign yanked Ann back because of the high number of hate group members at the Summit. Grant you, having Ann rub shoulders with drooling, snarling hatemongers might not humanize Mitt quite as much as she’d like, but at least the damn campaign would stand for something, even if it is homophobia, Islamophobia and abortionphobia.
This Values Voter Summit – well, look, anyone can attend, provided you throw out your contraceptives, bleach your mind of anything resembling equality, toss all that happy horseshit about diversity in the dumpster, forget choice, and, yes, dress modestly. Modest attire; it’s a value, unlike the slutwear we libs throw on which just forces men into lustful behavior.
So, as I was saying, let’s take a look at the VVS roster (in part) of crazy people who Mitt, Paul Ryan and – were it not for the flippy-floppy campaign – Ann Romney – are happy to rub elbows with . . . .
Arthur Ally, Founder and President of the Timothy Fund, runs an investment vehicle that “will invest in no firm he feels is involved in promoting or financing abortion, pornography or ‘the homosexual agenda.’” We can thank Mr. Ally for mens’ magazines flying off the shelves at Wal-Mart.
David Azzerad of the Heritage Foundation has some tips and tools for those conservatives who are [understandably] “wary of equality.”
Michele Bachmann flexes her anti-Muslim, anti-gay street creds to a sympathetic and adoring crowd at the “Values” Voter Summit. She’s still crazy, but so is this pack of yahoos.
Joseph Backholm, Executive Director of Preserve Marriage Washington, is gleefully involved in multiple hate groups, including Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, and the Alliance Defense Fund. Joseph’s his name, gay-bashing’s his game.
Gary Bauer, President of American “Values,” called on “evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox Christians not to comply with rules and laws which they claim would compel participation in or blessing of abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their religious consciences.” Let me guess: American Values doesn’t provide contraceptive coverage to its female employees under their healthcare policies.
Glenn Beck, proof positive that in right wingnut land, no standards are required.
Dr. Bill Bennett, who in 2005 commented that “. . . [I]t’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could, if that were your sole purpose, you cold abort every black baby in this country and your crime rate would go down…that would be an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.”
David Bereit, Founder of 40 Days for Life, whose life changing event was apparently the belief that a former abortion clinic was in the grip of demonic possession. Yes. Seriously. Turned that sucker into an anti-choice cathedral, and the scary spirits fled.
Ryan Bomberger, a black guy (one of a handful at the Summit) who supports Todd Akin’s position on rape, referring to Akin’s comments as ” . . . A few ill-chosen words expressing a more-common-than-acknowledged misunderstanding of a woman’s biological response to rape . . . .”
David Christensen of the Family Research Council, a group designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and host of this stellar event with a line-up of hate-mongering celebrities. But remember: They don’t hate homosexuals, they just pray for them.
Star Parker, who, as Down With Tyranny noted, “went from being the archetypal Republican nightmare– an African-American unemployed single mother who got abortions the way normal people use tissues and who was arrested multiple times on multiple charges . . . .” Parker is now an anti-choice, gay-hating fool for Republican propaganda; she was even endorsed by Sarah Palin a couple of years back in her run for Congress. Agreed, nothing further needs to be said.
Lila Rose, a Breitbart-channeling videographer, flirting a little bit here and there with illegality in the name of the cause, who uses deception to burst into Planned Parenthood clinics all across the country, hoping to catch them in, well, anything. Did I mention she also considers herself a modern-day Martin Luther King? Sure, except for the deception part. And the illegal stuff. And the integrity.
Tony Perkins, very bitter, very very bitter, about the Family Research Council, his baby, being referred to by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group for its rabidly anti-gay propaganda. Come on, now, people - gay-rights activists really are vile, hateful, pawns of Satan, and what in blazes could President Obama possibly have against Uganda’s kill-the-gays bill?
Connie Mackey, of the Family Research Council’s gals group. She backs – no, make that enthusiastically backs – Todd Akin’s rape comments, claiming he’s a stalwart support system, a rock even, of women and children. According to Mackey, the backlash against Akin was nothing more than “gotcha politics.”
Kamal Saleem, claims that he used to be a terrorist (not to be confused with President Obama palling around with terrorists, mind you) but he retired now, and is now a christ-loving right-wing zealot, assuring the faithful at the VVS that Hillary Clinton is working with Islamic countries to make sure that Americans are thrown in jail and their religious establishments closed. Yup, it’s gonna happen in just a few short months. You can’t make this stuff up.
Assorted Heritage Foundation lackeys, Todd Akin sympathizers, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, Eric Cantor, Laura Ingraham, Mike Huckabee, and, of course, a willing representative or two from Fox News will also grace the stage.
Might be important to note that every GOP candidate (except Jon Huntsman, who chose sanity over batshit crazy and sat this one out) spoke at the Summit. Mitt Romney may have no plans for the economy, foreign policy, Medicare, Social Security, healthcare reform or job creation, but rest assured, he’ll be on his game to ensure that gays never, ever can marry.