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Romney's Speech

December 6, 2007 11:15 AM

Spectacular.

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Oh you're so open minded

Anonymous   ·  December 6, 2007 10:14 PM

Every student of American history should read that speech. It was fantastic. I am absolutely dumbfounded that any of the candidates are willing to articulate a firm, steadfast faith in anything beyond political expediency. If he speaks like that, in thirty years, people will be looking for the next Romney-esque communicator.

AKL   ·  December 6, 2007 11:25 PM

I'm not so sure. For once I'll agree with David Brooks. In his column today he argues that Romney's speech plays too strongly into the current culture war dynamic. The language Romney used to group all people of faith together, while ignoring those who don't observe, casts his target audience into a homogeneous "tribe" featuring, "... a shared sense of victimization and all the other markers of identity politics." Oooh, Snap! Couple that with Camp Mitt's (so far) refusal to state a position on religiously nonobservant folk in light of the speech today, and I see his point.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/07/opinion/07brooks.html?ref=opinion&pagewanted=print

west bay einstein   ·  December 7, 2007 03:52 PM

One thing to keep in mind, Pat Robertson won in Iowa in 1988. Pat FREAKING Robertson.

Anonymous   ·  December 7, 2007 05:07 PM

West Bay Einstein,
Rest assured, the faithful are totally on the defensive. Not on the attack. The Culture War is a defensive battle, brought on only by the hyper-secularization of American culture.

The faithful believe (and they are right) that they are the ones who want to live and let live, but they are not being allowed to do so.

NBS   ·  December 7, 2007 05:47 PM

West Bay Einstein- You are right on one thing- Romney's speech had no appeal for a person without faith in anything, but even skeptical agnostics like to see someone stand up for what they believe.

AKL   ·  December 7, 2007 08:45 PM

Romney's speech had appeal which made it all the more disappointing. People of faith have a lot to be proud of. They can and do set a good example for individuals, families and society. And folks who aren't observant display many of these same characteristics. They just don't worship regularly, or ascribe it to Christ. It's a shame that gets lost in our dialogue. Romney blew a chance for a lot of folks to say, "You know what, he's my kind of people."

I find the Christian Right antagonizing, myself. Our country was founded by a bunch of agnostics and doubters, who understood the need for spiritual and religious diversity. Not a Christian nation, but a nation with a place for people with different ideas of how to celebrate Christ to feel free. Call me a Goldwater/T. Roosevelt Rebublican.

Nice to see Romney finally express a belief that's been constant. Cause his record sure is all over the place.

West Bay Einstein   ·  December 9, 2007 10:07 PM

WestBay Einstein- Doubtless, people who aren't observant display many of the same good, positive characteristics of observant people, but how many hospitals have atheists built? It is people of faith who care for the sick and the ill. Look at the list here in Cincinnati: Christ Hospital, Good Samaritan, Deaconness, Jewish, St. Elizabeth, Bethesda, St. Luke's, to name a few. Love of God (and perhaps some denominational rivalry) built those hospitals .

AKL   ·  December 13, 2007 09:51 PM