Indiana candidate sorry about rape comment; Romney stands by him

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flashrooster wrote:

Jeez, how did the United States go from having the smartest people to having the dumbest? How on earth did this clown get in the running to become a senator of the United States? What is it with these people? That’s the same as saying that God intended the rape. What an idiot. And he’ll probably win.

Oct 23, 2012 12:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Speaker2 wrote:

What sick, twisted person and people vote for people like this?

Oct 23, 2012 12:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Geng wrote:

You know some people will say:”if the God doesn’t like it, he wouldn’t let it happen.” And YES! That’s why he created Artificial Abortion.

Oct 24, 2012 2:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

Soooooooooo ‘god’ intended:-
WW1
WW2
Catholics to murder Protestants
Protestants to murder Catholics
Shites to kill Sunnis
Sunnis to kill Shites
Racism
Ignorance

And this idiot is one of the fools running the US – which portrays itself as Ruler of the World???

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CRAP!

Well????

Oct 24, 2012 3:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

Just when you think the Republicans have hit bottom…

Oct 24, 2012 3:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Caspary wrote:

More reasons why we need to continue the leadership of Obama so that ALL Americans can benefit from more opportunities to meet their expectations. Women above all must have the same opportunities as men. Obama has shown he is a defender of women’s rights.

Oct 24, 2012 4:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
gordo53 wrote:

This is precisely the kind of nonsense that has no place in politics. I respect religion and the beliefs of individuals, but to bring God into a discussion about pregnancy resulting from rape is, as Mourdock so aptly put it “absurd and sick”.

Oct 24, 2012 5:31am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

Are these guys Democrats on a long-term deep-cover infiltration & sabotage mission to bring down the Republican Party? If so, they’re doing an excellent job! PLEASE Indiana, vote for Donnelly in this local senate race.

People are PARTNERS with God in the creation of life. And sometimes, people break their part of the partnership agreement.

Rape has nothing to do with God. Take away a woman’s right to choose whether to get pregnant, and you’ve got to give her a right to choose whether to carry it through to term… There’s no other way to reconcile basic human rights with this situation. People should only be made to take responsibility for the consequences they choose through their own actions.

Mourdock’s radical views have nothing to do with Romney/Ryan either:
http://www.mittromney.com/blogs/mitts-view/2011/06/my-pro-life-pledge
— No wonder Romney’s campaign is distancing themselves from these abhorrent remarks.

Oct 24, 2012 5:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:

Is Indiana on the dark side of the moon?

Oct 24, 2012 8:11am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

As a lifelong Conservative, I cringe every time a Republican candidate, with roots planted firmly in far right religious doctrine, opens there mouth and utters such pure claptrap. The thing that bothers me the most, there are so many ways you can say that you don’t support abortion without identifying yourself as a total idiot.

Oct 24, 2012 9:10am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

randburg100 (above), presents the perfect argument to this idiot’s thought process.

Oct 24, 2012 9:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eisen3 wrote:

God never intends rape, because that would mean he is going against his own statutes and is breaking them. Humans have free will and they have sin, so rape does not come from God, is not endorsed by God. God HATES it! The problem is we too often blame on God our own faults, and expect him to fix everything when all we’ve ever done is spit him in the face and run from him, what kind of hypocrites are we? I dont believe Mr. Mourdock meant that God intended rape. I think he meant to say that the life that is formed afterwards still matters, is still precious. Dont jump to all these sick conclusions without even using your heads. America, wil you for once decide to THINK, instead of jump to false conlcusions. God gave you a mind, use it!

Oct 24, 2012 9:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ofilha wrote:

This is America for you nowdays. Idiots, stupid people like tea party activists are hell bent on destroying this country and put it back in the 1700s. With people like this we needed not to worry about the Soviet Union or even the Taliban, we have our Taliban gaining ground. When Republicans voted out Lugar, a distinguished knowledgeable senator, just because he believed in compromises, you know the country is in trouble and it is not from the left wing libies.

Oct 24, 2012 9:34am EDT  --  Report as abuse
USARealist wrote:

@JamVee. You are right. A tough issue to resolve in a soundbite to be sure. The rape exception is a sensitive one. Hard Pro-life side: Should we “punish” the innocent unborn child for the sins of his/her father? Soft Pro-life/Pro-abortion side: Should we “punish” a woman victim to carry a child of rape?
Then on top of that, he throws in theology. Christians (theologically conservative ones) know God as both good and sovereign. In other words, why worship a God who is not good and powerless? He allows free-will, but He can also make good things come out of terrible situations. God certainly does not want rape, but he does allow it in the context of free will. We are not robots. Good luck covering all that in a short politcal debate!

Oct 24, 2012 9:35am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ofilha wrote:

This guy is a symbol of what is wrong with the republican party. Here we have a president in a recession, a black president which many people seem to find it abhorrent, and yet because of these nut jobs, Mitt had to go so far to the right that he is barely competing with the president.

Oct 24, 2012 9:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Libicz wrote:

What a pathetic man to be running for a political post. A child born of rape may be a gift from God – Really? – but this Mourdock was not given the gift of much intelligence! How does this man know that it is God’s plan to have a child conceived of rape born into this world?

To cite my favorite 20th C thinker, H.L. Mencken, “By what route do otherwise sane men come to believe such palpable nonsense? How is it possible for a human brain to be so divided into two insulated halves, one functioning normally, naturally and even brilliantly, and the other capable of such ghastly balderdash which issues from the minds of Baptist evangelists?”

Oct 24, 2012 9:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
canadianeh65 wrote:

Following his logic, does God condone rape too? You can justify pretty much anything with that line of thought!

Oct 24, 2012 10:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
aknos wrote:

Hey Republican’s I have an idea for you.If it’s your GOD’S intent that a woman becomes pregnant from being raped,then how can the rape be a crime,as it too was approved by your GOD!Which means,how can murder,and child abuse be a crime if GOD is calling the shots.
I do believe it’s time to get your religious beliefs out of the our lives and the government.Stop shoving your GOD down our throats!

Oct 24, 2012 10:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
4ngry4merican wrote:

To be sure, there is ignorance on both sides of the political spectrum. The major difference is, when progressives see this type of ignorance, they condemn it. When conservatives see it, they elect it.

Oct 24, 2012 10:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Tuscar wrote:

The reason this is happening, is because the Koch brothers, and their ilk, have taken the Republican party hostage. If you say anything they don’t approve of, they will run a tea party puppet, against their own incumbent, and take the seat with obscene spending and lies.

Oct 24, 2012 10:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hoxfan wrote:

let’s just hope this moron’s God also intended for him to lose

Oct 24, 2012 10:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
mlcopines wrote:

Republicans – WAKE UP!!! You no longer have “your own kind” running your show! I am a lifelong Democrat and I miss the REAL Repubs of old – the ones that kept us in check while we did the same with them!! What happened to you? Have you become such sheep that you will allow these nutcases who as ‘ofilha’ correctly stated above, to destroy the democratic principles our country were built on?

Take back you Party… PLEASE!!!!

Oct 24, 2012 10:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
CMEBARK wrote:

Is there anything like a moderate Republican anymore or has it been completely taken over by right wing Tea party wackos??? These people are DANGEROUS!!!

Oct 24, 2012 11:22am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

These republicans are batting a thousand. It’s always some creepy old man who is a self-professed expert on vaginas and gestation.

And they wonder why the next generation of voters is choosing the Democratic party 2:1 over the Republican party. Keep up the ignorant santorum ideology and maybe you guys can make it 3:1. Maybe change the name of the GOP to ‘Texas Instruments.’ Good times.

Oct 24, 2012 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SeoKungFu wrote:

I guess this person is a product of such a divine act, no ?

Oct 24, 2012 11:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

New low-cost Democratic strategy: Get a teaparty hillbilly to run for office against you. Hand him a microphone.

Oct 24, 2012 12:16pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

Indiana Senate candidate says he spoke from the heart on abortion

I rather think he spoke from another organ….one that he sits on!!

Oct 24, 2012 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bradnaksuthin wrote:

If a woman disagrees with abortion and gets raped, she certainly should be able to decide if she wants to bear the child.

But if a woman gets raped and gets pregnant the horrible tragedy of her assault and the loathing to rid her body of any traces of the assailant may go far beyond taking a shower.

Why not do the democratic thing.
Why not let the WOMAN make the decision what is best for her life.
Who best to decide what she should do: a panel of religious extremist (Taliban Christians), or the woman herself
Are we now going to be living under Christian Shariah law?
Why are a bunch of Religious Extremist in America (the Taliban Christians) forcing everyone to live under their interpretation of God’s law?

This is not Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Let’s get out from under the law of a bunch of religious extremists and get back to the concept of religious liberty and freedom from priests and popes.

Oct 24, 2012 12:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bradnaksuthin wrote:

If a woman disagrees with abortion and gets raped, she certainly should be able to decide if she wants to bear the child.

But if a woman gets raped and gets pregnant the horrible tragedy of her assault and the loathing to rid her body of any traces of the assailant may go far beyond taking a shower.

Why not do the democratic thing.
Why not let the WOMAN make the decision what is best for her life.
Who best to decide what she should do: a panel of religious extremist (Taliban Christians), or the woman herself
Are we now going to be living under Christian Shariah law?
Why are a bunch of Religious Extremist in America (the Taliban Christians) forcing everyone to live under their interpretation of God’s law?

This is not Pakistan or Afghanistan.

Let’s get out from under the law of a bunch of religious extremists and get back to the concept of religious liberty and freedom from priests and popes.

Oct 24, 2012 12:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
diluded0000 wrote:

Take away the pandering to the fear of uncertainty, pandering to the weak who are so easily persuaded by a message of hate, pandering to those blinded by extremism, and pandering to the greedy: there isn’t much of a party left.

Oct 24, 2012 12:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
tomwinans wrote:

God did not intend rape. But God does no like murder. Two wrongs do not make a right.

Oct 24, 2012 12:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ScouterT wrote:

How stupid can someone be? Very! Speaking from the “heart” is even worse and he know as much about the “will of God” as he does about justice. NOTHING

Oct 24, 2012 1:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mcoleman wrote:

Aaah, those Republicans sure are a bunch of silver tongued foxes, aren’t they? And, to those readers who can’t believe how a fool like this could even get out of bed in the morning, much less run for high political office, I invite you to spend some time in Indiana. Having lived there for 30 years, I can attest that what you are seeing in this idiot is only the tip of the iceberg.

Oct 24, 2012 1:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Indiana has plenty of smart people, mcoleman. I know none of them who will be voting for this republican weirdo.

“God intended it to be” is exactly what those taleban foot soldiers said when they shot the 14-year-old Pakistani girl in the head for her general impurities and irreverence. The evangelical movement is currently gutting the GOP. But it’s the GOP’s own fault becuase they pander to these nut cases and accept their donations.

Oct 24, 2012 1:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JLWR wrote:

That is not only the most ignorant but also most offensive idiot remark I’ve ever heard. God does not want rape but does want a pregnancy from a rape – are you out of your luny bin? How ignorant can these GOP be? This man should be promptly emascuated to ensure he does not try to make good on his idiotic theory.

Oct 24, 2012 1:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:

How special that Mitt Romney has endorsed Senator Mourdock, and done commercials for him. And, Paul Ryan is a major donor to Mourdock.
We don’t need any of these three extremists in leadership positions in this country. Out-of-touch, and bad news for women, in particular.

Oct 24, 2012 1:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Saywhaaaaa wrote:

I just don’t get the Republican platform. Anti abortion but also anti social services and pro death penalty. What is the logic behind this.The government is going to make you have this child, have him grow up hungry and wanting,so much that he/she commits a violent crime and the government gets to execute them even though one of the big ten commandments is though shall not kill. Someone referred to Christian Sharia law which is very apt term as these religious Christian Taliban want to remake this country in their image. And Obama is supposedly totalitarian.

Oct 24, 2012 2:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mlcopines wrote:

Brilliant Saywhaaaaa, brilliant!

Oct 24, 2012 2:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dashan wrote:

May God save the U.S from its politicians!

Oct 24, 2012 3:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Sanity-Monger wrote:

Remember that a vote for Romney is a vote for these nutcases too. Repugs stick together, not matter what the consequences.

Oct 24, 2012 4:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Romney clarifies: “What my friend from Indiana meant was…. in the case of legitimate rape, it is God’s will that the woman bear a child. That’s all he was saying.”

This is getting awesome. Romney, keep talking.

Oct 24, 2012 6:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

The GOP is waging a war on women. This election in particular has seen the worst attacks on women in decades. Why is this? I believe it is because bigotry of any type is found in people who are more likely to be bigoted about many things. This year, the racists of the GOP are the most vocal, and they also happen to be the most likely ones to burst out with some blatantly anti-woman statements like these in this article.

bigots will be bigots, as it were.

the amazing thing is how the racism of the GOP base prompts even their women to continue to support Mitt Romney. I guess their personal value s less important to them than their hatred and fear of black people.

Oct 24, 2012 6:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarkSW wrote:

What a pig! And now he’s trying to back peddle by saying people “misinterpreted” him. No, you foul evil man, we heard you very CLEARLY. You are sick and demented. I can’t believe that Romney is “standing by him”. Birds of a feather. It goes to show what the Republican party and Tea baggers really think about women. Disgusting.

Oct 24, 2012 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
MarkSW wrote:

What a pig! And now he’s trying to back peddle by saying people “misinterpreted” him. No, you foul evil man, we heard you very CLEARLY. You are sick and demented. I can’t believe that Romney is “standing by him”. Birds of a feather. It goes to show what the Republican party and Tea baggers really think about women. Disgusting.

Oct 24, 2012 6:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
QuietTwo wrote:

This is not an apology. No one misunderstood him. As a senator, he would misunderstand more than half of his constituency – women.

Oct 24, 2012 6:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jrp77 wrote:

God IS in control of all, so actually he uses the sin of the world for his purpose, yes even the purpose of a new life. It is awful the world is full of these horrors but to end a life because of the process that made it come about is a horror as well.

Oct 24, 2012 6:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Yukon51 wrote:

The issue of continuing any pregnancy should be in the hands of the woman her physician and her family. Government shouldn’t even be a part of this discussion or any of us who are not involved. Some people just don’t seem to understand that there opinion is not required in every situation. My grandmother taught me a valuable lesson. In some situations you mind your own business. Good advice.

Oct 24, 2012 7:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Romney stands by his man: “tea party candidates are people too, my friend! Tea party candidates are people too!”

Oct 24, 2012 7:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Realaskan wrote:

No misunderstanding.

If your wife, daughter, niece…were raped and became pregnant, he would want the government to intrude on the heartwrenching decision your family would be facing. Is that the place any of us want the government dictating things?

Note that Paul Ryan has exactly the same position.

Oct 24, 2012 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
neahkahnie wrote:

This shows Romney’s real feelings about women. He is standing by a man who might turn the tide on Obama’s medical program even if it takes a Senator who thinks that the victim of rape and made pregnant is receiving a gift from God. Wow! These are Romney’s associates?

Oct 24, 2012 8:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
neahkahnie wrote:

THIS “thing” is what replaced Richard Lugar? May the Good Lord help us all.

Oct 24, 2012 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
americanguy wrote:

One thing Romney does not flip flop on, his hate for women, and his view they have no rights. Is Romney Taliban? Sure sounds like it.

Oct 24, 2012 8:23pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Progression wrote:

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.”

I don’t see how anyone can misinterpret that. He said God intended for the rape to happen. I think Christians should find that as insulting as the Pro Choice group. He should be finished.

Oct 24, 2012 8:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
explorer08 wrote:

Pathetic how these retro-geezers stick together. Idiots abound in the Republican party. And, yes, this fool will probably win. A classic example of the “uninformed electorate.”

Oct 24, 2012 8:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mjp1958 wrote:

Another reason why any American woman would have to be masochistic to vote for Romney! He is too extreme and wants to take women’s rights back to the 1950s.

Oct 24, 2012 9:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
IntoTheTardis wrote:

I thought rape was Satan’s doing. But babies are a gift from God. Right? So, if I understand this correctly, Satan can manipulate one of God’s great gifts to his own ends, but it’s still a gift even though it’s the result of an evil crime, so Satan has his way and so does God? Does this mean Satan and God are working together? Out of evil comes good? But, the woman has no say in all of this? Either I’m crazy or the world I live in is.

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Realaskan wrote:

So if I rob a bank and give the loot to a church, it’s a gift from god?

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joenikolaou wrote:

If the Tea Party wanted to make it illegal for girls to go to school and get an education like they do in Afghanistan(it’s Gods will) how many so called Republicans would still support their party.

Oct 24, 2012 12:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

matthewslyman: “— No wonder Romney’s campaign is distancing themselves from these abhorrent remarks.”

No, Matthew, actually they’re not. In fact, Mourdock is the only senate candidate who Romney has actually made an ad for and he’s refused to pull the ad after Mourdock’s mindless remarks. This is the party of fools that you support. So Romney is supporting an idiot who wants to ban all abortions, and there are a lot of Republicans who feel the same way.

And here’s the problem. In a televised debate, Romney was asked “If Roe vs. Wade was overturned and Congress passed a federal ban on all abortions and it came to your desk, would you sign it, yes or no?”

“I would welcome a circumstance where there was such a consensus in this country that we said, we don’t want to have abortion in this country at all, period,” Romney said. “That would be wonderful. I’d be delighted.”

The moderator pressed Romney and asked if he would sign such a bill.

“Let me say it. I’d be delighted to sign that bill,” Romney said.

You can’t be like Romney and try to have it both ways.

Oct 24, 2012 12:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
LloydCornell wrote:

What would Mr. Mourdock and I use that word Mr. lightly, do if one of his daughters if he has any was raped by a black man or a Muslim which I have the utmost respect for both and all races. I would just like to know if he would have the same opinion. These Republicans are like wolves in sheep clothing. They sure like to have control over a womans rights.

Oct 24, 2012 12:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

Personally, I never thought in the first place that this man was condoning rape itself — just defending the right of the innocent unborn baby to live. Only, he was doing so in a somewhat unsophisticated manner, failing to recognize how in the case he cites (which is an extreme example, but which I have witnessed the aftermath of on one occasion), the baby’s right to live is directly opposed to the right of a woman to choose what happens to her body and her entire life — whether to live with a whole series of other consequences that she didn’t choose, which could in many cases the rest of her entire life to an even greater degree than it would do so to terminate the unwanted pregnancy early (horrific and abhorrent in itself). In this case it is the woman’s prerogative to choose according to her conscience which is the lesser evil. Rape is all about the power to choose. It is therefore an essential part of the woman’s rehabilitation, to allow her this prerogative, either before or after conception, but not both.

We need a sensitive and humble approach to these knotty issues, and others like it. We need to genuinely feel for our fellows. Can Mourdock repair the damage? Was he more generally misunderstood?

Oct 25, 2012 1:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

@flashrooster: I’m not voting in your election. I’m not an American citizen. I have visited the United States and I do care about the hard-working people of North America, and the beautiful land and wildlife you have there. But I don’t support/oppose any US political party, candidate etc.; except insofar as I perceive the positions of some candidates to be for/against sound reason. (You say I support the Republican Party, but as you will remember, I have written articles that would make uncomfortable reading for most Republicans. See also my first comment here, where I’m personally recommending for people to vote for a Democrat – Donnelly – in one particular race; based on my limited knowledge of that race as far as I have read about it here on Reuters.)

Romney’s ACTUAL position on rape and abortion? He’s made it very clear. See the link I posted in the first place. His position on most subjects is nuanced, which is part of the reason why he sometimes comes across as saying different things to different people.

I’m not planning to say anything else about this AMERICAN election. I’ve been deliberately taking a back seat, leaving it mainly to US CITIZENS to discuss and decide this; which is why you haven’t been reading much from me lately. Only, on this subject (clearly, a moral issue) I felt it proper to argue my case for a nuanced position that might help bring both sides of this polarized debate together on more sensible ground. I hope you can support my position.

Oct 25, 2012 1:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

…Some might ask, what’s the problem with being a little unsophisticated? After all, this is a rare edge-case we’re talking about: victims of rape usually have access to strong treatments (powerful medicines that I understand can play havoc with a woman’s hormones) to block most sexually transmitted diseases and help prevent the rape from resulting in pregnancy. Technically, the problem here is that rape reporting rates are low (perhaps the victims have too little confidence in themselves and the justice system, and too little confidence in their peers not to be judgemental). But getting back to the point…
The problem is that EVERY LAW HAS EDGE CASES. So if we’re going to elect people to be lawmakers, then we ought to elect those with the good sense to understand how to write the edge-cases into the laws so that the law won’t simply end up being a giant gavel to smash more innocent people’s lives.
They say,
“The law is an ass”; but it shouldn’t be…

Oct 25, 2012 2:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

@flashrooster: To tackle your point head-on… I’ve been contemplating the format of our democratic contests. If you quote him correctly (as I presume you do); Romney should have been a more nuanced in those comments you quote, since his actual position is quite nuanced and sensible. He ought to be a little less inclined to apologize to political extremists on either side of the political debate, and a little more willing to stand proud for the intelligent positions he actually espouses and articulates when given a free and fair chance to do so.

The problem with staged debates like the one you’re apparently quoting is that journalists like to create a sensation, because they know that’s what the public likes to see. It’s gladiatorial ENTERTAINMENT, more than what might properly be called reasoned “debate”. So in order to manufacture a media sensation, they offer the politicians false binary choices between two extreme positions: “say yes or no to this gotcha question”. They make them choose between two unacceptable extreme positions, at pain of appearing “evasive” if they take the sensible middle ground.

And then after all these primary “debates”, the voters are offered a binary choice between the polarized candidates who emerge most unscathed from that polarizing process…

Somehow I am inclined to think that this is not the ideal system, or, that the system as it currently stands should not have the last word. Personally I am inclined to feel that we need some moderating influences in our political processes, in Britain and the United States (whose system is ultimately derived from the British system). My favored method of introducing that moderation is via AV (Alternative Vote, or Instant Run-off Voting) or STV (Single Transferable Vote)… If added to the current process, it would force both parties to elect more sensible centrist candidates who can compete to secure a consensus of votes, and who will be most likely to rule by consensus rather than by “divide and conquer”. Unfortunately, the British were persuaded by the propaganda of a pre-polarized political establishment into protecting the polarized interests of that establishment. Fortunately however, some American states have been more sensible in their domestic electoral arrangements, and are leading the way toward a better system.

Perhaps the right answer to these questions is to give Romney what he is apparently wishing for, in his sincerest moments: a Republican presidency and a Democratic Congress. This is the only way we can evade both potential horrors:
• The President will never be presented with a bill totally abolishing the right to abortion, even in the case of rape or mortal danger to the life of the mother;
• The American public will never be forced against their conscience to support elective abortions of viable unborn children, via the confiscation by taxation of their hard-earned money.

We must avoid both of these horrors, if America is to remain a land of liberty, responsibility and human rights for all. The way I see it, there’s only one way to achieve this…

Oct 25, 2012 4:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
matthewslyman wrote:

@AlkalineState:
> “New low-cost Democratic strategy: Get a teaparty hillbilly to run for office against you. Hand him a microphone.” — Brilliant! Except, the Republicans are doing that to themselves…

Oct 25, 2012 5:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
caliguy55 wrote:

This moron knew exactly what he was saying, when he made his comment so typical of Republicans and their beliefs. And, the fact that Mitt Romney continues to support him should alone disqualify Romney from being President. These extremist are trying to grab the reins of power so they can force everyone else to either adopt their beliefs of become marginalized in society. Well, it isn’t goimg to happen because President Obama will serve the second term he deserves, and we need, to get this country back on the right track.

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