In the last weeks of the 2012 elections, I am flummoxed at the new Mitt and the way many of my smart, educated, caring friends have eagerly bough into the latest form of Mitt.
For months Mitt ran as severely conservative. When asked by Governor Huckabee about personhood, he declared he was in favor of and would support a personhood amendment which says life begins at conception. From the moment the sperm hits the egg, it is a life with rights to property, life and any liberties guarateed under the 14th amendment. During debates he proclaimed he was pro-life with no exceptions. And then when the winds shifted, when women became the next group to help his march to the Presidency. Now he says that he knows of no legislation against abortion that would require anything of him. And what about personhood? HR 358 (known as the "Let Women Die" Act), HR 3, HR 1? Ahhh, those pesky laws passed by the House in the last session but not even heard in the Senate. In the last few weeks, he moved in favor of abortion in the case of rape, incest or the mother's life. How does he reconcile that with personhood? With his earlier statements? Oh, just trust what he is now saying to appear moderate. How did that work out in Massachusetts where he ran as pro-choice and then vetoed stem cell legislation?
In the early days of running for office in Massachusetts, he was for Planned Parenthood. Now he is against it - he says on Day 1 he will defund it. Moderate Mitt, he may be, but he is not for women's health.
Now my friends tell me they think he will not overturn Roe v Wade. Even thought he still says that he will appoint Supreme Court Justices who will overturn Roe v Wade and send it back to the States. Currently 30 states have laws restricting abortion, in some it is impossible to have a legal abortion. Women's health, reproductive rights and medical privacy hang in the balance. How can anyone trust someone who has no core? Romney will say something one day and the next day his handlers or he change it. The only thing that is certain is that he will change his beliefs and say anything to gain power.
The Mitt that I watched though every Republican debate, listened to in many interviews and read about is not the person that I want to be the leader of America. He is not a man with a core belief system except in the power of his dollar and in his arrogant belief that just because he says it, we should trust him. I don't trust him to deal with China, with Iran, with our friends, with our allies, with Israel, with the UN. Whenever he ventures into foreign policy, he offends even our friends. He talks before he thinks and does not seem to understand the language of diplomacy.
I just hope that my friends will believe their ears and rethink the "Moderate Mitt" before voting. Women and America need another four years of Obama, not a shape-changer in chief.