What a rude awakening.
Globe article here
In his campaign , Romney hasn't entirely avoided his support for embryonic stem cell research, mentioning it briefly, for example, in an address to a conference on conservatism put on by National Review magazine in Washington two weeks ago. But he doesn't dwell on it, either, instead tending to highlight his opposition to creating cloned embryos.
Alas - we have to read from the Boston Globe that Romney, did in fact, talk about stem cell support at the NRO Summit. Why did National Review Online hide this from prolifers?
Instead of supporting authentic prolife candidates, our own people cover up, lie, distort and deceive more than the Globe. This is why Congress and Legislature is loaded with politicians who vote against our agenda.
Look, I find it impossible to believe that Robbie George could embrace Mitt Romney's sound byte that he became prolife as a result of conversation about killing embryos for stem cell research, but Romney walked away from the conversation supporting the killing of embryos for stem cell research.
Putting aside that the Harvard scientist says the conversation with Romney never happened, the very fact that Romney can't instinctually recognize the absurdity of his own position that embryos should have the opportunity to be adopted before they are killed in sacrifice is all anyone needs to know about his prolife convictions. For prolifers, there is no distinction between children in orphanages and embryos in laboratories. Either you get it or you don't. Romney doesn't.
"Romney's views on stem cell research, which have drawn little public scrutiny"
"Romney, in an illustration of his delicate maneuvering on the issue, supports the principle at the heart of the bill -- that it's ethical to use excess embryos for research -
The fact that Romney is evasive and delicately maneuvering, only goes to prove that he is deliberately deceiving.
- but opposes the bill itself, in part because he objects to any expansion of taxpayer-funded human embryonic stem cell research.
Here's something you won't read in the Thornbirds Maggie Gallagher and K-Lo's Romney informercials: Romney and his crony rich Republican philanthropists and Jim Bopp, putting millions of dollars to get him elected, will privately fund Romney's stem cell agenda.
Romney does not believe the public should pay for research that is "ethically troublesome."
Romney knows it's ethically wrong to kill the embryos - just as he knew all this time that it was ethically wrong to support abortion. It's all in how you spin it to get elected.
Jim DeMint , who, in a letter to Republicans announcing his endorsement of Romney, assured conservatives Romney would keep "the ban on federal funding of research that involves the killing of human embryos."
Say just enough to make it appear as though he's against stem cell research and hope and pray that people don't do any digging to find out the real story.
"Any position that throws open the door to using the frozen embryos is going to be a position that Catholics and many other Christians will not be able to stand behind in any way," said the Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk , an ethicist with the National Catholic
Center in Philadelphia who has consulted with Romney's campaign.
Fr. Tad can not be bought. I would imagine he called the go to guy and told them their position was inconsistent with Catholic and Christian ethics.
Here's a glimpse of an interview that clearly demonstrates Romney's willful intention to deceive:
After hearing Esiason make his case, Wallace turned to Romney.
"Let's talk first of all about the fact that you support the idea of using these embryos that are left over in fertility clinics and that would otherwise simply be thrown away," Wallace said.
Romney didn't directly address the point, saying that he draws the ethical line "in a very similar place" to that of Bush.
Wallace tried again: "But if I may ask you, governor, specifically, you don't see, as I understand it, the use of these leftover embryos in fertility clinics as destroying life?"
"That's right," Romney responded, later adding that he feels "very much like Boomer Esiason does."
But, that is not at all where Bush is.
A few conservatives have questioned whether Romney and his supporters are trying to muddy his views.
"Mitt Romney's position on embryonic stem cell research is not pro-life, and no one should say that it is," the Republican National Coalition for Life, a group founded by conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, said in a weekly e-mail.
Schlafly cannot be bought.
"If his main competition turns out to be someone who is even more pro-life, then this is going to be really problematic," Land said. "If his main competition is [former New York mayor] Rudy Giuliani, it won't matter."
That's the point. At the end of the day, that's why it's imperative for every single prolife leader to get behind the right candidate at this stage of the game.
The Thornbirds have to stop deceiving prolifers with their support of Romney. When Robbie George is mischaracterized, he's got to say so. If Ralph Reed gets on board Romney's operation, then he can never be trusted again by prolifers. National Review Online has to be more forthright.
If we want a candidate whose actions are consistent with our ethics, then we have to support the right one at this stage of the game. Romney isn't it.