It started late last week when a homosexual adviser to Romney resigned – perhaps in a set-up. Obama turned up the volume on the gay agenda when he endorsed same sex marriage yesterday. The narrative came to fruition this morning with the “in-depth expose’” concerning Romney’s high school years in the Washington Post. The WaPo story tell a couple of interesting tales. The lede:
Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t having it.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann’s recollection. Mitt, the teenaged son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber’s look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school’s collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber’s hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.
and a few pages later:
But Friedemann and several people closest to Romney in those formative years say there was a sharp edge to him. In an English class, Gary Hummel, who was a closeted gay student at the time, recalled that his efforts to speak out in class were punctuated with Romney shouting, “Atta girl!” In the culture of that time and place, that was not entirely out of the norm. Hummel recalled some teachers using similar language.
And there you have it – Romney painted as bully, and specifically a bully that aims himself at homosexuals.
“Anti-bullying” campaigns have been springing up all over the nation in the last few years, and I have wondered if they weren’t just a new cover for the homosexual agenda. This seems to make it transparently so. Make no mistake, behind the development of this “Romney as bully” narrative is anti-Mormon fervor – a grudge that has been nursed and coddled and matured to incredibly vile levels within the LGBT community since the passage, with significant help from the Mormon community, of Prop 8 in California.
I personally think it is a huge mistake for Obama to dance this dance with this constituency - the man has plenty of skeletons in his youthful closet; one’s that involve actually illegalities and self-admission. Reports of the Romney events are however, hearsay at best. (“While the Post reports White as having “long been bothered” by the haircutting incident,” he told ABC News he was not present for the prank,….) Daniel Foster said at the Corner:
It reminded me that I spent my youth first getting incessantly picked on — mostly fatso stuff, but also some nerd stuff and poor kid stuff — and then, as soon as I got physically strong and clever enough, returning the favor with gusto. (I recall middle school in rural Florida mostly as a series of fistfights of mixed result.) It wasn’t until sometime later in high school that the question of how to be a Man, much less a Good Man, even occurred to me, and I’m still trying to sort out the answer.
The point is that kids — especially teenage boys — are %#&!s. If we’re to be judged by the people we were at 14, then I’m doomed. I don’t suspect I’m alone, either.
My point would be that is Obama is to be forgiven his rather extensive drug use, then what is the big deal here.
But let’s examine this for what it really is. For Team Obama this is a much needed distraction. For the LGBT community this is an opportunity to paint religion, and especially the Mormon faith, not just as wrong, but evil.
Obama cannot talk about the economy, national security or foreign policy. In those places he is a known loser – there is his entire administration to date to prove it. Social issues are all he has, and he knows they are Romney’s weak point.
Obama welcomes any opportunity to talk about anything other than his record. The more he can make this election about anything besides those big three, the economy, national security, and foreign policy, the better off he will be. That’s just politics, but what is truly said is that he is willing to sacrifice religion to that effect. Such reminds me the the separation of church and state was devised more to save religion from the state than vice versa. Obama seems more than willing to throw church under the bus; not for his agenda (given how fast and complete his turn has been on this issue how can he be represented as having an agenda at all?) but for his mere reelection.
Because I do not tread such places readily, I do not know what the left-wing blogosphere is saying, but I am fairly certain that they are saying Romney was prone to such things because of the teachings of his faith, and if they are not, they will soon enough. It has long been a meme of the left that religion, being so “intractable” inevitably leads to conflict. And yet, in the wake of the passage of Prop 8, it was the LGBT incarnation of the left that took to violence in the form of vandalism committed on Mormon houses of worship, the ruination of businesses via boycott, and threats upon the life and safety of leaders of the pro-Prop 8 forces.
It appears these stories concerning Romney’s youth are true, if suspiciously and conveniently timed, but they are due to the misjudgement of youth, not the workings of his faith. We all made mistakes in our youth, some worse than others, but we share this in common. Religion does not cause such mistakes, but rather helps us overcome them. Hence the pro-Prop 8 forces used civil argument and the ballot box to win the day and those in opposition took to the streets.
Religion is a force for good in our society.