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Mitt Romney Gently Upbraids Totalitarian Madman at Value Voters Summit: VIDEO

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Mitt Romney spoke this morning at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit, the Nuremberg Rally of the religious right. The speaker following Romney was Bryan Fischer, the conservative radio host who believes that all Muslims must be deported and that the First Amendment doesn't apply to Mormons - or to anyone who isn't a Christian fundamentalist. 

That Fischer is even speaking at this mammoth conservative event signals that the Republicans are veering toward totalitarianism faster than they can scream "commie-Nazis!" at the left.

What did Romney have to say about Fischer, who would strip Romney and all his fellow Mormons of their constitutional rights?

We should remember that decency and civility are values too. One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line I think. Poisonous language does not advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. The task before us is to focus on the conservative beliefs and the values that unite us – let no agenda, narrow our vision or drive us apart.

Fischer has "crossed the line, I think." Really, ya think?

Fischer didn't seem much fazed by this most flaccid of bitch-slaps. Taking to the lectern after Romney, he declared homosexuals, more than Islamic terrorists, "the greatest immediate threat to every freedom and right that is enshrined in the First Amendment" (he's talking about protecting the First Amendment - how Goebbels of him!). The line got a hearty applause.

Romney has given us the definition of milquetoast. He gets less than zero credit for meekly complaining about the totalitarian ringleader feted in his midst.

Watch clips from both speeches, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. Of course the only freedom that will be curtailed by equality will be the freedom to bully, harrass, fire, discriminate, kill, maim, torture, and oppress. May he and everyone who applauded him rot for eternity in the very hell that their diseased imaginations and deeply violent natures have dreamed up.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 8, 2011 1:45:12 PM

  2. "less than zero credit" - really?

    Would he have some gotten credit if he called him names or screamed at him?

    I think the best way to root out these wackos (like Fischer) is through consistent and mature reason, not hyperbole. I'm not Romney's biggest fan, but let's give credit where credit's due.

    Posted by: DVDINORL | Oct 8, 2011 1:46:35 PM

  3. Oh, Penn, stop it with this over the top rhetoric. Just give me the facts. This is a news site, not some amateur opinion blog.

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 8, 2011 1:58:41 PM

  4. @DVDINORL ... Really? You think Romney has provided "consistent and mature reason"?

    Romney should have used the term "wackos" - or would that have been considered hyperbole and not mature?

    Posted by: RJ | Oct 8, 2011 2:02:32 PM

  5. "Oh, Penn, stop it with this over the top rhetoric. Just give me the facts. This is a news site, not some amateur opinion blog."

    ... says yet another bitter, jealous "amateur" with yet another what?

    Oh yeah. An "opinion."

    Please: all you Professional Penn Haters that constantly pollute this blog every weekend, just go away, or at least shut up. You are all becoming ever-so tiring. Indeed.

    Posted by: dave02657 | Oct 8, 2011 2:12:00 PM

  6. I'm sorry, I thought this a blog, not a news service. Don't like commentary, ignore it. If you are so mentally incapacitated that you are unable to discern facts from color, that is your own issue.

    Posted by: LiamB | Oct 8, 2011 2:25:56 PM

  7. @RJ - Actually I don't think Romney has been consistent - that comment was aimed at larger audience.

    Posted by: DVDINORL | Oct 8, 2011 2:33:20 PM

  8. Any person including all the candidates for president that attends an event like this has tarnished and in fact zero creditability. It's a hate rally, plain and simple. No self-respecting person would attend something like that. Mitt Romney is a shameless panderer!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Oct 8, 2011 3:02:51 PM

  9. Speaking of totalitarianism, where do the following fall under:

    1) Concerted efforts to micro-manage and control speech and thought, i.e. Political Correctness.

    2) Concerted efforts to demonize others, i.e. white males [and males in general, including black, Hispanic, Asian,etc.], Jews, Christians [ALL Christians], ANYONE who doesn't kowtow the party line, etc.

    3) Excessive government intrusions into a citizens life, i.e. where, when, if you can smoke [or buy tobacco products, even though they're perfectly legal], where, when, if you can buy alcohol [even though it's a perfectly legal product for adults], what food is and isn't permissible [is it 'fattening', too much salt, etc., The banning of plastic bags, plastic water bottles,etc.

    The above is a VERY partial list.

    Just asking.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 8, 2011 3:02:52 PM

  10. @NY2.0,

    I agree. It's a pretty hateful group. So aren't many leftist / 'Progressive' groups, events, etc.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 8, 2011 3:05:36 PM

  11. I do come here for the news AND for commentary, and have for over 5 years, but when the commentary is so over the top that it sensationalizes the entire story and distorts what was actually said... it's not useful. Please stick to what was said—this isn't dlisted for a reason.

    Posted by: shaun | Oct 8, 2011 3:30:56 PM

  12. I can't stand these kooks either, but less of the Nazi references, please. It's lazy, predictable, and disrespectful to what the world endured with the real thing.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Oct 8, 2011 3:33:02 PM

  13. Well look at that, someone has a pineapple up his butt again. It's sad that some people have nothing in their lives except complaints.

    Posted by: Dev | Oct 8, 2011 3:39:09 PM

  14. I miss tank. Ratbastard just doesnt troll it for me as well as he did. Now don't get me wrong, tank was an ass but he had that "who hurt you baby, i wanna fix you" vibe going on. Ratbastard is just shrill. And ignorant. And shrill.

    Posted by: JC | Oct 8, 2011 3:46:16 PM

  15. That mild statement by Romney will probably make waves on other political commentary shows. "What a renegade, how daring!" they will exclaim, "putting his candidacy on the line!"

    Yeah, coming out publicly against someone who makes no sense is a big Republican primary no-no.

    Posted by: sad to say | Oct 8, 2011 3:52:37 PM

  16. I'll note that Romney isn't necessarily referring to Fischer's beliefs on homosexuality. He could just as easily be referring to Fischer's beliefs on the Mormon church. Fischer has said that Mormons are not Christians and that the First Amendment doesn't apply to them.

    Posted by: Kenster999 | Oct 8, 2011 3:53:23 PM

  17. @Ratbastard, name the leftist groups and who are the presidential candidates attending these kind of events?

    The hate is coming from the right!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Oct 8, 2011 4:33:07 PM

  18. when did the christian right become the law of the land and the voice of who can or can't live in this country or what people can and can't do. the framers of the constitution prevented establishing a nation religion and this includes the christian right.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 8, 2011 4:40:10 PM

  19. At least he said something. He could have easily ignored Fischer's comments. Considering the audience I think he deserves credit.

    Posted by: Doug | Oct 8, 2011 5:19:14 PM

  20. I know that was barely anything, but frankly it was more than I was expecting.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Oct 8, 2011 6:26:07 PM

  21. The "voice of reason" in the Republican primary season so far has been the other Mormon: Huntsman. But he's polling just above 0%. Why? He doesn't tell people what they want to hear and Romney does (or fakes it, or whatever). We can blame Nixon for the rise of the Baptist right wing of the Republican party, who didn't want another Wallace coming at him from the right in 1972, for Bush II getting all these groups federal funding. How many of these church groups now get a majority of their funding from the feds now? It immediately goes back into politics, despite what the law says.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 8, 2011 6:57:40 PM

  22. All that was missing from this "conference" were the white sheets usually worn by the Cu Clux Christians!

    Posted by: wayne | Oct 9, 2011 12:38:59 PM

  23. The burning crosses were also missing. The EPA really has made some lives more difficult! Permits for everything nowadays

    Posted by: too much regulation | Oct 9, 2011 1:53:34 PM

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