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Here a flip, there a flop, everywhere a flip flop!

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posted on May, 11 2012 @ 07:56 PM
This Election season is off to a roaring start. In one corner, we have Mitt Romney. In the other we have Barrack Obama. They are very different. Or...are they? Well, if I stand today and listen to one and then the other, they are absolutely different and there is a clear choice to make between them.

What happens if I look back at the records of them both and how they have 'Evolved' their thinking on just one issue as an example? For this example, I've chosen the Gay and Lesbian marriage/military issue. Why? Well, it's the most recent and current issue the two camps have chosen to fight, primarily. Second though, it's one of the more stark contrasts in showing how these two really are peas in a pod and simply APPEAR different. Lets look at tone of what is in the public record here.

In fairness and given my personal bias in this election cycle, I'll start with who is "on my side", as I'm supposed to believe. Mitt Romney. So, Mitt, how do you feel about the matter?

First, the Romney who doesn't mind Gay rights...or even claims to Champion them. Heya Mitt!

Nice photo, even if it is a bit dated. There is a flyer for a Gay Rights event being touted by Senator John Kerry and then Governor Mitt Romney. I'm leaving that off because origin is questionable. It seems nothing about it was out of character to him at the time though.

Gay Pride Weekend Flyer (Mitt now disavows)

His own words are informative though. (Uh oh... once out there, out there forever. His gun position on that page is also notable, but off the scope of my topic)

On Gay Rights All citizens deserve equal rights, regardless of their sexual orientation. While he does not support gay marriage, Mitt Romney believes domestic partnership status should be recognized in a way that includes the potential for health benefits and rights of survivorship.
(This just won't link for some reason. Source is Internet Archive: WaybackMachine, October 30, 2002 for romney2002 . com)

So.. we have one more item to consider on the Support -> kinda -> w/qualifications

Mitt's 1994 letter out to the Log Cabin Club of the Republican Party.

Well, that was an interesting look at Mitt Romney. Wait, though? Whats this? I don't believe I've been quite fair here. It seems I missed the other Mitt Romney. Well, hello Mitt!


Civil union law sought
Romney says move would satisfy the SJC

Under pressure to respond to the Supreme Judicial Court's decision on gay marriage, Governor Mitt Romney and a top House lawmaker said yesterday that they believe the justices would be satisfied if lawmakers craft a civil union statute that grants many of the benefits of marriage but does not legally sanction same-sex marriage. Romney and state Representative Eugene L. O'Flaherty, the House chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, said separately that they do not support legislation to allow gays to marry and believe the justices signaled that a parallel system of civil unions for gays would meet state constitutional muster.


Romney Wants Gay-Marriage Ban on Mass. Ballot

BOSTON, Nov. 19 -- Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) said Sunday that he will ask the state's highest court this week to order a ballot question on same-sex marriage if legislators fail to vote on the matter when they reconvene in January. Romney said he will ask a justice of the state's Supreme Judicial Court to direct the secretary of state to place the question on the ballot if lawmakers do not vote directly on the question Jan. 2, the final day of the current session. Romney's term as governor expires Jan. 4.

..and finally, May 10, 2012:

Unlike Obama, Romney says he hasn't changed at all. "I have the same view that I've had since running for office," he said.

But that could depend on which office he means. Back when Romney was running for the U.S. Senate in 1994, he promised to be a champion for "full equality" for gays and lesbians — which many understood to include even gay marriage.

"His campaign distributed at the gay pride parade pink flyers that asserted that he would be a better and a stronger advocate than Ted Kennedy," recalls lobbyist Arlene Isaacson.

Well, this has been an interesting look at one Candidates "Evolution" Ahem...BS...Ahem...journey from wildly supporting to outshine even Ted Kennedy to being a wishy washy politician to now, absolutely and 100% being against it and, he always has been!

But....There are two in this race, aren't there? I wouldn't want to leave the President out of the discussion. Obama is also addicted to cameras and he's a real Ham when he this part is more appealing for the eye candy folks.

Let's start by going back a year or to and see how he felt about matters in the 90's

Well, now that seems clear and easy to understand. He was given straight questions and there, in black and white, are his straight answers. Agreement isn't important if a man takes a stand and can keep it. Just taking a stand these days is rare enough to be remarkable. In 1996, it appears, he did.

Here he is, in his debate for the Senate seat in Illinois, 2004.

OBAMA: Well, to answer the original question, I would love that child and seek to support them. I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman but I detest the bashing and vilifying of gays and lesbians. Most gays and lesbians are seeking basic recognition of their rights so they’re not discriminated against in employment or renting a house, so they can see their partner in a hospital. These are rights for everybody, not just some people.

Here is another take on the same event and a bit more quoted:

OBAMA: What I believe, in my faith, is that, a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God. And it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting. But that doesn’t mean that that necessarily translates into a position on public policy, or with respect to civil unions.

Obama articulates a very traditional view of marriage that aligned with the position of then President Bush, but no one blasted Obama as a hater for it. Put Obama’s exact words in the mouth of any Republican and the loving, tolerant left will aim to wipe that person off the political map.

Interesting when Illinois was the market being pitched to. Hmmm

posted on May, 11 2012 @ 07:56 PM
Continued . . .

Now lets see where Obama is at in 2012. First, this is an issue that kinda exploded out of nowhere for the timing. It's a major issue, but it's been a back burner issue until just this past week or so. Now suddenly, it's far more important than war in the Middle East, Gas prices rising while supplies drop and even the GOP's war on Women? A second place. Why the rush?

(Reuters) - Two big cases addressing marriage rights for gays and lesbians are on track to reach the U.S. Supreme Court as soon as this year, keeping the focus on an issue President Barack Obama reignited with his endorsement this week.

Obama got both sides of the marriage debate fired up on Wednesday when he said he believes gays and lesbians should be able to marry. The comments to ABC News completed the president's self-described evolution on the subject and thrust the issue into his 2012 re-election campaign.

and of course, where there is urgency in a politician, there must be money involved. That is no exception here.

Obama's Store for LGBT items
(are we looking at a President or a CEO of marketing? Is that the White House or the latest style for a Wal-mart outlet??)

And finally, Barack Obama at a fundraiser with George Clooney. In full campaign mode. Now, Gay Marriage and rights are as American as Apple Pie and it's a moral imperative, it seems, to see this through.

Los Angeles – President Barack Obama wasted little time casting his historic embrace of same-sex marriage as a political wedge issue Thursday, telling a Hollywood fundraising crowd that it shows how his vision of the country differs from Republicans.

Speaking at a dinner at the home of George Clooney, Obama raised the issue gay marriage obliquely, saying simply to enthusiastic applause: "Obviously, yesterday we made some news."

"It was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be," he said. "It grew directly out of this difference in visions: Are we a country that includes everybody and give everybody a shot and treats everybody fairly?"

Now, I know many will disregard everything I said in opening the thread and using the Gay Marriage/Rights issue as an example for a variety of reasons. It's an example, it's not the purpose, core meaning or veiled message of the thread. It is an example, but the best right now.

This is an example of the duplicity and the outright corrupt nature of the Politicians we have to choose from. Romney and Obama have both declared one thing, then another, then another. I have brought but a few examples of each. The assortment online for Each man, with sourcing and documented instance is truly staggering on just this one issue.

Both of these men would present this as evolving, if called on it. Romney won't even admit that much right now though, by saying his position simply hasn't changed at all. For outright lie of the day on this issue, Romney takes 1st Prize with that one.

Others may take great comfort and joy that THEIR specific issue happens to be the center of the current political fight. Oh Goody! ...Some may think. Change at last!! I'd note for the record, people surely thought the same thing in 2008, 2000 and 1992 on many other similar campaign issues. Change came, but not much and never in ways people hope or wanted. Change from a politician must be a matter of benefit for votes. If change stops being beneficial, it seems, so does the support. Both of these men have lived that example.

Obama, in particular, cites his Christian Faith and Deeply held beliefs based on that Faith. My examples don't simply cover one instance in one year, but he's heard to say this twice. In reality, he's said it countless times. Now, how many of those who have TRUE Religious Faith and DEEPLY held values based on that Religion also have "evolving" views on basic concept in doctrine and values?.....when the Church sure as heck hasn't budged. A couple denominations have, but Obama wasn 't non-denominational was he? Indeed...He loyally attended one Church for 20 years.

Romney, on this situation as well, as some real problem. He's a Mormon and I understand, he considers himself to be devout. Fair enough to ask the same question then. How do beliefs evolve or even shift on the core, fundamental and absolute values taught by the Church?

I didn't cite religion. They did. Each of them and repeatedly for that, too. Religion, once brought into it, should make ANY issue one looks at an issue for stability and consistency of message. After all, that is the steady factor in society that generally doesn't change every 4-8 years. However, both of these men, who claim this issue as their own and both have used the shield of 'Religious Faith' to cover the unpopular nature of their beliefs have as quickly looked elsewhere when that wasn't a popular point to make.

So....... You've seen the examples, as limited as this selection is. You've surely seen far more from each candidate yourself. I have one question to ask as we look at not one, but 4 choices for President.

Which Candidate are you voting for, and which version? They each have 2 to choose from. Personally? I'd love a man to support who just had one. Even if I couldn't agree with that one, the fact it didn't change means more.

edit on 11-5-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 11 2012 @ 08:10 PM
Maybe they both did what Obama says he did. Perhaps they simply "evolved" into their new positions. Obama is already President, and running for his lame duck session, so he wants that Hollywood money. Romney, however, wants the religious right to rally behind him. Funny thing is, Obama could say he's 100% against gay marriage, and Hollywood would still support him, and Romney could say he supports gay marriage, and the religious right would vote for him. It's quite silly in the end.

posted on May, 11 2012 @ 08:23 PM
reply to post by navy_vet_stg3

I wish I could disagree, but I can't even if I have to chuckle at your way of putting it. People probably would still vote for each of them if they literally swapped positions on this or a number of other issues. I believe that's a pretty stark statement on how it's devolved into voting for party, ideology and sheer personality over substance and actual policy positions.

How else could both men in this race have Evolving and RE-evolving positions, yet both are blamed for flip flopping by the camp of the other and all without the slightest trace of irony? lol.. It is a wild election cycle!

posted on May, 11 2012 @ 08:35 PM
But when the chips were down, Obama backed same-sex marriage, whatever his personal tastes or views on the matter - which is all anyone can ask for.

Romney not only flip-flopped but is letting either his pandering to the hard-right or his religious views dictate his policy, which means denying an entire demographic of the population the same rights enjoyed by the rest.

posted on May, 11 2012 @ 09:11 PM
reply to post by Blackmarketeer

Lol... Gotcha. You vote for Mr Flip, I'll vote for Mr. Flop and lets see, in 4 more years, if things really got anywhere either of us wanted or hoped.

Personally, with all partisan hate and obsession this year aside for a moment, we'll get to the same place. Disappointment, disillusionment and ready to vote for the next Bozo that swears it'll all be different. After all, that pattern has held for at least 25 years now. Why think anyone we see now breaks the pattern by their own choice?

posted on May, 11 2012 @ 10:19 PM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000

You can't really call Obama a flip-flopper on this one, based just on his list of accomplishments for LGBT community, not the least of which is realing 'don't ask don't tell':
Gay Rights: President Obama’s 37 Accomplishments For LGBT Americans

The thing about this while LGBT equality issue is that it coheres with many libertarian ideals of less government. Arch-conservatives want to create laws to ban certain things like same-sex marriage, like the one recently passed in NC. More laws and more legislation to ban or outlaw something one group of people are intolerant of.

posted on May, 11 2012 @ 11:56 PM
I said in my OP and I said in the one following it... Someone would come and miss the whole point.

Of course, I don't own my thread any more than anyone else owns theirs. It's always a little disheartening though when I've either done such a poor job of communicating my thoughts that the first replies are clear off into a direction never intended (A few fit that over time...err... my bad twice over) or, despite multiple efforts to ask it not become an Obama Vs. Romney partisan bash fest, it only takes 2 replies on the thread to get there.

For the last note..and (sigh) probably what kills my own thread for further interest.. I'll just say again, I put over an hour and a half into collecting things, dumping most of what I found for a dozen different reasons and finally arriving at what I put together here. It was intended to show *BOTH MEN ARE POLITICIANS*. Not one over the other, and I didn't even mentioned the 3rd man out there.

It's one of my first tries with a OP post across multiple pages and with a very long word count planned right from the idea phase. Hell with it... It may be my last too. Why spend so much time, and this isn't the first one, when it all amounts to is this? Kinda leaves a guy thinking the 1 paragraph or even 2-3 line OP's are just as good when no one really seems to care much recently about which class of thread someone makes. Short and easy, or long and time consuming.

Of course, maybe starting threads just isn't my strong point. Oh well. Whatever the case, to thy own thread be true, apparently.

Yup.. Definitely night night for the bunny... (hops off)

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 12:36 AM

Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
More laws and more legislation to ban or outlaw something one group of people are intolerant of.

Let me know how you feel about smokers, drinkers, fat people, gun owners, video games, people who watch TV, etc......
edit on 12-5-2012 by navy_vet_stg3 because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 12:39 AM

Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
Of course, maybe starting threads just isn't my strong point. Oh well. Whatever the case, to thy own thread be true, apparently.

Yup.. Definitely night night for the bunny... (hops off)

I thought it was a good thread, exposing the hypocrisy, which is why it didn't take off. You needed to say something like "all Democrats" or "all Republicans" and then you'd start the fire storm of the partisan fools. Unfortunately for you, only one of the partisan hacks arrived and tried to defend Obama with their "yes we can" blinders on.

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 12:50 AM
the only guy running who hasn't changed positions in 30 years is Ron Paul. Just saying cause you asked if there was such a guy.

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 12:51 AM
reply to post by Blackmarketeer

What you can call Obama,is a Pandering Voter Whore......Romney also.

Really,do you expect the American Public,to overlook EVERYTHING Obama says,because he did something he should have said,4 years ago ? You want the American public to just be this mindless addicted sheep,and to continue to play the game,a game that has set up EVERY American to fail ?

Obama and Romney are EVIL. Period.

Deny Ignorance.

Edit to add: Star and Flag for OP at exposing the stupidity.
edit on 12-5-2012 by sonnny1 because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 12:53 AM

Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I said in my OP...

tl;dr *yawn*
s&f anyways

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 01:11 AM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000

Of course, maybe starting threads just isn't my strong point. Oh well. Whatever the case, to thy own thread be true, apparently.

Never stopped me

All any of us are doing when we create a thread is trying to create awareness we don't have to reach everyone but just getting one to see your point of view makes it all worth it.

evolution=flip flopping one of these things is not like the other but wait they are.
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posted on May, 12 2012 @ 01:16 AM
I've probably changed my view on gay marriage 2-3 times in the last 8 years. Don't see why Obama or Romney couldn't change theirs also, especially in 16 years.

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 01:18 AM
reply to post by Wrabbit2000

You came up with a contrite theory and then tried to shoehorn reality to fit it. Unfortunately the voting and legislative record of one of your candidates has been consistently in favor of extending and protecting the rights of those who identify as LGBT. You can make up your own opinions but you can't make up your own facts.

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 01:21 AM
Defense of Marriage Act (1996)

Does this need to be repealed to make any "progress" ?

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (Pub.L. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419, enacted September 21, 1996, 1 U.S.C. § 7 and 28 U.S.C. § 1738C) is a United States federal law that defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. The law passed both houses of Congress by large majorities and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996.

Under the law, no state or other political subdivision of the U.S. may be required to recognize as a marriage a same-sex relationship considered a marriage in another state. Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriage for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors' benefits, and the filing of joint tax returns. This section has been found unconstitutional in two Massachusetts court cases and a California bankruptcy court case, all of which are under appeal. The Obama administration announced in 2011 that it had determined that Section 3 was unconstitutional and, though it would continue to enforce the law, it would no longer defend it in court. In response, the House of Representatives undertook the defense of the law on behalf of the federal government in place of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Congress might need to "flip" this away ?

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 01:21 AM

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 01:26 AM

Originally posted by snusfanatic
I've probably changed my view on gay marriage 2-3 times in the last 8 years. Don't see why Obama or Romney couldn't change theirs also, especially in 16 years.

There is no problem with changing your view.

The problem that I see is changing a viewpoint for VOTES !

I see EVERYTHING wrong with that.

Disingenuous ,at best.

If Obama truly cared,he would have stated, I don't want money,or your vote,based on my "opinion".
He did the TOTAL opposite. His website,his pandering,its sickening.........


posted on May, 12 2012 @ 01:28 AM
reply to post by sonnny1

Yea, I agree with you on that completely. The t-shirts is what did it for me on Obama. Plus, come on, he had a standing policy that he was 'evolving' on an issue. I've never heard anything like that in my life. He literally got away for 3 years with saying 'well my view is x, but expect it to be y in the future.' Did anyone really think he was 'evolving' the other way?

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