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New Romney Ad Accuses Obama Of 'War On Religion,' Features Legendary Labor Leader: VIDEO


Mitt Romney's latest campaign ad is doing a lot. Entitled "Be Not Afraid," the 30-second spot opens with the question "Who shares your values?" before accusing President Obama of using his marquee health care law to "declare war on religion." Yes, it's the contraception debate rearing its head again.

Hoping to make absolutely clear where their candidate stands on the matter, Romney's editing team then take the viewer to Poland, where Romney recently celebrated one of their own, Pope John Paul II.

"In 1979, a son of Poland, Pope John Paul II, spoke words that would bring down an empire: 'Be not afraid,'" Romney says before the commercial wraps up with an image of the Republican presidential candidate shaking hands with a supporter, legendary Polish labor leader-turned-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. It's worth noting that Walesa, a symbol to many of capitalism triumphing over communism, also backed Ronald Reagan, the beloved GOP president whose distinctive voice Romney seems to be imitating in the video's obligatory approval message.

Watch it and see if you agree AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Lech Walesa is a hypocrite because, as union leader, he fought for the rights of union members. Now he's supporting the Republicans, the least union-friendly political party.

    Interestingly, the Republicans will have a speaker at their convention by the name of Scott Walker, the Governor who absolutely hates unions. It somehow seems incongruous that the Republicans are using the union leader Lech Walesa in their PR and the union-hater Scott Walker as a speaker at their convention.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 9, 2012 8:30:10 AM

  2. Another ad saying giving people the freedom of choice to not follow right wing conservative Christianists is just like communism.

    Posted by: Gus | Aug 9, 2012 8:42:22 AM

  3. This seems to be a deliberately misleading ad, because...

    "Regretfully, [Solidarity has] learned from our friends in the American trade union central AFL-CIO representing over 12 million workers about Mitt Romney's support for the attacks against trade unions and labor rights," Andrzej Adamczyk, the head of the union's international department, wrote. "In this respect, I wish to express... our solidarity with American workers and trade unions. [Solidarity] will always support the AFL-CIO in their struggle for the right of workers to organize and bargain collectively."


    It seems that Walesa and Obama are engaging in a tit for tat:


    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 9, 2012 8:55:39 AM

  4. Mittens doesn't want to play the theology card because the Xtian fundies don't want to a crash course on the cult that is Mormonism. Does Williard want to pull up his big boy magic underwear and tell the fundies what Mormon dogma really is? The fundie Xtians already don't care too much for Catholics and "their" bible- imagine if they knew what the Mormons believed and what was contained in the Book of Mormon?

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 9, 2012 8:56:57 AM

  5. 1st sentence of previous post should read Xtian fundies don't want to "take" a crash course....

    Posted by: Nick | Aug 9, 2012 8:58:27 AM

  6. @Nick I agree wholeheartedly with your post. I, too, have wondered how Roman Catholics and (especially) evangelicals can possibly vote for Romney in good conscience. I have sadly decided that this has to be an "I hate Obama" vote, rather than anything to do with Romney.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 9, 2012 9:15:13 AM

  7. OH NO1 Women will have access to birth control! The Vatican is doomed, I tell you! DOOOOOOOOOOOMED!

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Aug 9, 2012 9:17:14 AM

  8. Religion again playing the victim card. It is religion which is waging war on the LGBT community.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 9, 2012 9:27:43 AM

  9. Doesnt this ad support what obama is quoted as saying? Im so confused. Ball admits she didnt build the business alone. She credits her drivers and all the other workers.

    Posted by: Smrtdawg | Aug 9, 2012 10:16:19 AM

  10. I saw Walesa speak during college, and when asked about Poland's current problems with homophobic violence, unemployment, and racism, he was in COMPLETE denial. He seems very out of touch and nationalistic to a fault.
    Luckily, there are maybe 5 Romney voters who have any idea who he is.

    Posted by: scientitian | Aug 9, 2012 10:20:39 AM

  11. Let's not forget that Walesa also supported the death penalty for homosexuality.

    Posted by: dh | Aug 9, 2012 1:02:40 PM

  12. Lech Walesa and John Paul II were fast friends. John Paul II was a homophobe of the first order.

    I have always thought John Paul II had his own secrets that he was hiding. He was in the theater. His favorite poet was Walt Whitman and he loved the work of Michelangelo. He wrote his doctrinal dissertation on the mystical writings of John of the Cross (who wrote one of the most homoerotic poems about the soul and Jesus that I have ever read). John Paul II ordered Ratzinger to publish a document on homosexuality that was full of ignorant assertions. And when an international gathering of LGBT people met in Rome during one of his self declared "Holy Year" celebrations, he went ballistic making wild statements about their gathering, accusing them of all sorts of things for daring to meet in Rome, and daring to call for civil rights during the Holy Year and daring to indict the Roman Catholic Church for its crimes against LGBT people.

    Posted by: john patrick | Aug 9, 2012 1:33:18 PM

  13. I think it's time to drop the tiresome "War on Religion" phrase and replace it with the "War OF Religion" anytime some conservative crybaby starts to whine.

    Posted by: kiki | Aug 9, 2012 1:39:59 PM

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