Saturday, December 22, 2007

It depends on what your definition of "saw" is.

You gotta love Slick Romney, not only does the guy have a mug for central casting, but apparently he has the acting skills to fit right into Hollywood as well.

Did you catch the latest from the Mitt Romney Phony Tour? I did. I saw Mitt tell Tim Russert that his civil rights cred is in tact because he saw his dad march with Dr. King. And then, like any great actor, he cried right on cue.

Of course there is one little problem; Mitt's daddy, George, never actually marched with Dr. King, so there is no way that Mitt could have seen what he claimed to have seen. There has to be something seriously pathological about a man who can go on national television and tell such an obvious lie. I mean Bubba was good, but I think this guy is better. At least Bubba was trying to save his marriage. (What man in his right mid would want Hillary mad at him?)

"If you look at the literature, if you look at the dictionary, the term 'saw' includes being aware of in the sense I've described,... it's a figure of speech and very familiar, and it's very common. And I saw my dad march with Martin Luther King. I did not see it with my own eyes, but I saw him in the sense of being aware of his participation in that great effort." Huh?

Poor Mitt, he is trying his best to spin this one. He claims that when he says he "saw" his dad march with King, he meant it in a figurative and not a literal way. He says that his daddy told him that he had marched with King when he was growing up . (My god man have you no shame?) Mitt, you said you "saw" your daddy march with King. I mean how can you spin that shit? When I say that I sat through a sound check with Bob Marley, I literally mean that I sat through a sound check with Bob Marley. I don't mean that I sat through a sound check listening to Bob Marley. I meant that I was actually sitting with Bob Marley at that sound check. You don't forget shit like that, just like you wouldn't forget watching your dad march with Dr. King.

Now this makes me wonder about Mitt's little story about pulling to the side of the road and crying when he heard that his church was going to start treating blacks as equals. In fact, it makes me wonder about a lot of things Mitt has said and done. Mitt strikes me as the kind of guy who would say that his daddy owned slaves if he thought that's what A-merry-cans wanted to hear.

But such is the life of a politician; always being slick, always prevaricating, and always saying what they think people want to hear. We have come to expect this, it's just that Mitt seems so much better at it than all the others.

***I want to thank rikyrah for commenting in the fields and bringing this story to the forefront of my consciousness****


Anonymous said...

Someone recently explained to me that it all makes sense because Mitt got his start as a management consultant, and those guys basically make their bread being everything to everyone. So Mitt takes his business way of doing things into the political sphere, not realizing that "re-inventing" himself to be "new and improved Mitt 2.0" doesn't work in politics. People like consistency here, and ol' Mitt doesn't get that as he runs around, trying to make everyone happy.

The only thing Mitt really believes in is Mitt, period.


rikyrah said...


He was for abortion rights before he was against them.

He was for gay rights before he was against them.

He was for gun control before he became an expert hunter and defender of the NRA who rewarded him with a national award (nothing in this sentence is true beginning with the expert hunter)

Now, in order to weasel out of the valid and serious questions about the deep racist DOCTRINES of the Mormon faith, he pimps MLK.

I tell you, he gives snakeoil salesmen a bad name. Gives me the serious heebie jeebies.

He still didn't come up with an agreeable explanation as to why he broke with what, at least a 100 year tradition of symbolically handing over the state from One Governor to the Next...oh, did I mention that his successor was a BLACK MAN? Could THAT have anything to do with it?

I've already told you that I can't vote for the Mormon, specifically because of the racist doctrines that are a part of the fundamental core of the church doctrine. If that makes me a religious bigot, then so be it.

I also find it fascinating that the papers who know him best; those that spent the most time watching him up close and personal - NOT ONE has endorsed him.

Unknown said...

Why Football is Better Than Jesus.
And Mitt Can't Possible like Black People

"Every major Protestant denomination in history has taught that blacks are descendants of Cain and Ham," he said.

Yet teachings that "died a natural death" over time among Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians and others, he said, have lingered in Mormonism as indicated by books published as recently as 10 years ago.

Lawrence Mamiya, s at Vassar College, agreed in a telephone interview with most of the assessment. "All white denominations" at some time have used the curse of Ham to justify slavery or racist attitudes,
This "mythology has never really disappeared. It resurfaced during the unrest of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s and "is still alive today, particularly among many fundamentalist groups."

Mormon arguments over race come at a time when church membership is blossoming in Africa and other developing areas that have predominantly nonwhite populations.

David Sullivan said...

No one trusted Mitt here is Mass. He is full of shit as the day is long.

John B. said...

I was riding with my brother-in-law on the road from Owerri to Aba in eastern Nigeria when lo and behold! What do I see at the side of the road but a Mormon mission (understand that in this part of Nigeria every other building is a little church but this caught my eye). I had to pull aside and see what was going on. I knocked on the door but no one answered. I suppose if someone had opened the door it would have been a couple of pasty-looking white kids in their white starched shirts and skinny ties.

Maybe I'm biased (about half my relatives are Mormons but I certainly don't subscribe to their silly doctrines), but even when the LDS Church still had its infamous policy your average member seemed more embarassed about it than anything else - they weren't so much "anti-black" as just plain oblivious, and at the time & place I knew them (the sixties in Phoenix, AZ) there weren't a lot of black people around anyway.

They do seem to be trying to make amends. A few years back some Mormon missionaries set up a storefront in one of our worst crack-infested neighborhoods here in Milwaukee. I'd drive by and see them wandering around like they'd just come down from Mars. I don't think they got one recruit.

Anonymous said...

BUt he's a good representative of America, because whenever a subliminal racist (or overt racist for that matter) wants to act like they're down, they reference Martin (never Malcolm btw). They reference the Dream speech and act like they were right there getting rocks thrown at them on the march on the capital. Yet, if they knew anything about the history of MLK, they'd realize that he was starting to "meet" Malcolm on many issues, and that's the King people never really highlight. They've McDonaldized Martin and Mitt is the perfect customer to that. Now he's also trying to become its salesman. Amen.

field negro said...

"BUt he's a good representative of America, because whenever a subliminal racist (or overt racist for that matter) wants to act like they're down, they reference Martin (never Malcolm btw). They reference the Dream speech and act like they were right there getting rocks thrown at them on the march on the capital"

True true Jose. They know damn good and well they were calling him "Martin Luther Coon" with the rest of them.

".. He is full of shit as the day is long."

David, I bet that's a long day:)

John b, thanks for that little insight about my LDS brothers and sisters....

Anonymous said...

jusus said...
... "Every major Protestant denomination in history has taught that blacks are descendants of Cain and Ham," he said. ...
8:26 AM

While true, at least the Mormons have tried to invalidate their feces about black folk.

The Ham story, from the Babylonian Talmud and its derivative, the Canaan story are still in the Bible and have not been revoked. These anti-Negroe stories will never be rescinded because the Bible is the word of the Judeo-Christian God.

Slavery is still condoned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament of the so-called Holy Bible.

Mes Deux Cents said...

Hi FN,

I sent Mitt an e-mail about 6 months ago asking him to talk about the Mormon doctrine (prior to 1978) that held that Black men could not be Mormon priests and that Blacks were the representatives of the Devil on earth, as opposed to Whites being God's representatives.

I'm still waiting for a response.

Anonymous said...

The man is a shit salesman with a mouth full of samples. He takes pandering to a new level.

field negro said...

willis said: "The man is a shit salesman with a mouth full of samples"

I honeslty need to write a book with these quotes from my comments section. LOL!

mes deux cents, I hope you are not holding your breath :)

Anonymous said...

Romney should not be the next president
If you were building a Republican presidential candidate from a kit, imagine what pieces you might use: an athletic build, ramrod posture, Reaganesque hair, a charismatic speaking style and a crisp dark suit. You'd add a beautiful wife and family, a wildly successful business career and just enough executive government experience. You'd pour in some old GOP bromides - spending cuts and lower taxes - plus some new positions for 2008: anti-immigrant rhetoric and a focus on faith.

Add it all up and you get Mitt Romney, a disquieting figure who sure looks like the next president and most surely must be stopped.

Concord Monitor: ‘Not Romney’

A New Hampshire paper’s anti-endorsement called the candidate a “phony.”

-=Topper=- said...

I love how whites, especially the repugnant conservative types latch onto MLK like they own him.

Truth is, and the proof is in the Martin Luther King recordings, especially the Massey Lecture in Canada, that MLK's main care was his fellow blacks. He wasn't everyone's man as so many whites claim today. that isn't the truth.

I would rather think that MLK couldn't have given a flying fuck about any of us whites.

I really do hate it when they claim rights to MLK, I don't think he would honestly claim many of them.

I don't agree with the jury in the Cicciaro case, had these white kids not been hopped up on hate, I think the site of the gun would have persuaded them to flee. Was it a case of defense? I would say yes.

AAPP said...

Great Post Field. Being from Boston (although not living there when he was Gov), my folks tell me that Romney was not a Gov. for all the people. He was Gov.Fee Fee. Taxing through fee increases for all services in Massachusetts. Particularly those fees paid by the poor, working poor, and low-moderate income people of Massachusetts. He was not at all respected in Boston's black communities of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. He even stopped the construction of the state of Massachusetts, Department of Social Services from being headquartered in Boston's black neighborhood. Some in the black community said it was because of his racism. His track record with blacks in Boston is archived in the Bay State Banner Newspaper (black community Newspaper).

Christopher said...

I blogged about this on Dec. 21st.

Romney has a lot of nerve lying about his daddy and Dr. Martin Luther King.

Does he really think people are so stupid, so lame, that they can't verify the veracity of such claims?

Sadly, most national political figures have difficulty telling the truth. Some fib a little, while others tell bald faced lies and both Democrats and Repugs alike seem to have challenges with the truth.

Maybe it's just me but, Romney creeps me the hell out: the perfectly coiffed hair, the plucked eye brows and the pancake foundation, all make him look like a practice corpse at a mortician school.

Anonymous said...

nothing that comes out of the mouth of a republican fools me. romney is no different than any other republican candidate who's running.

Woozie said...

Reason number 12,856,938,665,764 not to vote for Mitt Romney. Alarming how he's still got a good chance at the nomination, huh?

Or maybe Romney did really cry upon having this spiritual vision (or whatever). I'm sure it was a sad day for the church he grew up with :)

Anonymous said...

"They've McDonaldized Martin and Mitt is the perfect customer to that."


And, Field, I have a question. . . Is "prevaricating" a nice way to call "the man" a damn lie?

Sounds a lot like "I did not have sexual relations" to me!

Jonne Austin said...

Good post FN. I have had major concerns about that man from jump but seeing him bumblef*ck his response CERTAINLY confirmed my deep rooted loathing and disdain for him.

I swear Mitt Romney for me is like the poster boy, mascot even, for white male entitlement and aversive racism.........

MartiniCocoa said...

If Mitt is saying that he saw his father march with MLK, Jr. and cried on cue, who exactly is he attempting to pander to?

Which Americans is he trying to convince that they should vote for him?


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