Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Keith A Fournier

7/15/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

I was disappointed by the slanted coverage this solid speech received from many in the media


I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color - and families of any color - more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president. The opposition charges that I and people in my party are running for office to help the rich. Nonsense. The rich will do just fine whether I am elected or not. The President wants to make this a campaign about blaming the rich. I want to make this a campaign about helping the middle class.

Mitt Romney addressing the NAACP

Mitt Romney addressing the NAACP

Highlights

By Keith A Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/15/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: NAACP, Mitt Romney, Boos, Republican, Democrat, Campaign 2012, African American, Keith A Fournier


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - I write this article without any title. I write as a private citizen deeply concerned about a presidential campaign which I have concluded is the most important in my lifetime. I write for an integrated media network named Catholic Online which, seeing the ominous clouds of hostility toward people of faith gathering years ago, prudently structured itself as a for profit company so that it would not be restricted in speaking out in the political arena. However, what I am writing is my personal position.  It will also not be my last article of this type. The stakes in the upcoming US Presidential election are just too great. 

Those who have read my articles over the last year know I was a strong supporter of the former Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, during the primary campaign for the Republican nomination. I still follow the Senator's work and am glad that this gifted public servant is still assisting the Nation he loves through Patriot Voices. Patriot Voices is a grassroots and online community of Americans from across the country committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity in accordance with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 

Rick Santorum is my friend. I know his gifted wife Karen. I have been deeply inspired by their family. I know he would become an outstanding President at this time in his life. He has matured well with time, allowing it to become the tutor it is meant to be. I am glad the Senator is still young and I sincerely hope he appears again on the National Political scene. When he does, no matter how old I am, I will do all I can to assist him. Our Nation needs men of courage and conviction like him in public office.

The Republican Party now has a nominee, the former Governor of my home State as a boy, Massachusetts. I must vote to discharge my duty as a faithful Catholic citizen. I will not waste my vote. I cannot vote for the current President. I will do everything I can to see he is not reelected. His leadership in the White House has demonstrated he is no friend of life, marriage and the Family and the society founded upon it, Religious Liberty and many other foundational causes to which I have dedicated my life. In fact, I worry for the future of our Nation, and the freedom of my Church, if he is reelected. So, I have been following Mitt Romney very closely since his nomination became a foregone conclusion.

In May, I wrote about Mitt Romney's commencement address at Liberty University in an article entitled Mitt Romney: Mormon Candidate at Baptist Liberty University Moves Catholic Editor I noted my pleasure at the quality of his speech. I wrote the "fact that a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would be the commencement speaker at the Baptist University founded by Dr Jerry Falwell speaks to the urgency of the hour. Add to this the fact that this Catholic Editor in Chief of Catholic Online would consider the speech important enough to make it the lead article, and the point is made even clearer."

Then in June, I wrote again about Governor Romney's superb address to the Latino Coalition which gathered at the end of May in Washington, DC. The article was  entitled "Romney is Right, Time to Parentize Not Privatize Education through School Choice" The speech  was based upon a larger policy statement contained in a white paper which explains the reforms Romney will implement if elected entitled "A Chance for Every Child" which can be read in its entirety here. It is an excellent proposal  for a major overhaul in our Nations educational policy. It should be read by anyone concerned about authentic educational reform.

It is July and I am back again; this time to commend the courage of Mitt Romney. I write about Mitt Romney's address to the NAACP on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. If you have read many media reports you were fed propaganda posing as journalism. Before the speech could even be digested, the usual sources were panning, mocking, and berating the candidate. They accurately noted that his comments opposing the Affordable Care Act met with boos. However, they did not mention the applause he received at other points of the address, or at the end. Though I normally only post short portions of video clips before my articles, I am posting the entire address for my readers. Listen to it; it will be worth your while.

Mitt Romney showed courage, poise, and grace in both accepting the invitation to speak before this historically important association and in not backing away from his convictions or watering down his policy positions during the speech. After introductory remarks, he said: "With 90 percent of African-Americans voting for Democrats, some of you may wonder why a Republican would bother to campaign in the African American community, and to address the NAACP. Of course, one reason is that I hope to represent all Americans, of every race, creed or sexual orientation, from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between."

"But there is another reason: I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African American families, you would vote for me for president. I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color - and families of any color - more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I would not be running for president."

"The opposition charges that I and people in my party are running for office to help the rich. Nonsense. The rich will do just fine whether I am elected or not. The President wants to make this a campaign about blaming the rich. I want to make this a campaign about helping the middle class."
"I am running for president because I know that my policies and vision will help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races, will lift people from poverty, and will help prevent people from becoming poor. My campaign is about helping the people who need help. The course the President has set has not done that - and will not do that. My course will."

Romney affirmed the importance of genuine marriage and the family, contended that significant and structural educational reform can best be accomplished by giving parents a choice, called for expanding participation in a truly free market and gave a clear, intelligent, well delivered and sincere policy speech to this convention. I was disappointed by the slanted coverage this solid speech received from many in the media. I wondered as I listened to the speech and then read the transcript, if many reporting on it had actually done the same. They seemed to be simply following propaganda talking points.

To disagree with Mitt Romney's policy positions is fair game. However, to report that he had no core values or to insinuate he showed insensitivity to the realities faced by the African American community - based upon this speech - constitutes journalistic malpractice. Worse yet, it reveals the descent by some in the media into the abyss of becoming propagandists. One of the accurate reports I read was written for the Daily Caller by Fred Eckert and entitled "Mitt Romney walks on water at NAACP, media proclaims him a lousy swimmer". Eckert is a former Congressman and US Ambassador. Here is an excerpt:

"One line that received applause any objective reporting would label enthusiastic rather than subdued: "As president, I will promote strong families - and I will defend traditional marriage." Why didn't the headlines - or some sub-heads - read, "NAACP Delegates Cheer as Romney Contrasts with Obama on Gay Marriage"? Why didn't the reports cover both the cheers and the jeers? Take a wild guess. Today's media is not only biased, but incompetent. Often, what the media describes is not even close to reality. A few people in an audience made up largely of Barack Obama supporters booed the man running against Obama a few times. So? That should be tangential rather than nearly the whole story."

"You wouldn't know it from the media reports, but what happened Wednesday is that the Republican presidential candidate gave a great speech covering a wide range of important issues before an audience overwhelmingly stacked against him and came across as a strong leader who is extraordinarily intelligent, knowledgeable, reasonable, sensible, serious, polite, respectful, gracious - and tenacious. You also wouldn't know it from the media reports, but the overwhelming majority of the audience was polite and respectful."

Mitt Romney's speech to the NAACP Convention was another good speech given by a candidate whom, though I do not know him personally, is beginning to give me hope for the November elections. His demeanor and response, even when the crowd disagreed with him, spoke of character, decency and courage under fire, much needed attributes in a leader. Finally, Romney managed to once again inspire me as he ended with these words:

"Every good cause on this earth relies in the end on a plan bigger than ours" said Governor Romney. He continued. "Without dependence on God," as Dr. King said, "our efforts turn to ashes and our sunrises into darkest night. Unless his spirit pervades our lives, we find only what G. K. Chesterton called 'cures that don't cure, blessings that don't bless, and solutions that don't solve.'"

"Of all that you bring to the work of today's civil rights cause, no advantage counts for more than this abiding confidence in the name above every name. Against cruelty, arrogance, and all the foolishness of man, this spirit has carried the NAACP to many victories. More still are up ahead, and with each one we will be a better nation. Thank you, and God bless you all."

Mitt Romney's courage, conviction and coolness under fire in His NAACP address was missed by most of the media.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Alabama Supreme court recognizes same-sex adoption Watch

Image of The Alabama Supreme Court has decided to recognize lesbian adoption (Wikimedia Commons).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Alabama Supreme Court has made a decision many same-sex couples have been hoping for: The state of Alabama now recognizes same-sex adoptions. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It all began when a lesbian woman demanded visitation rights for the three children she ... continue reading


How much did Goldman Sachs' CEO invest in hedge fund?: Hillary Clinton's bond with Goldman Sachs tightens Watch

Image of Clinton refuses to share investment numbers (Mother Jones).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hillary Clinton continues to dodge questions concerning the family's relationship with Goldman Sachs. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to <a ... continue reading


'The threat of terrorism remains high': Senate uses fear to allow FBI free access to all passwords, internet history and email information Watch

Image of Senate bill attempts to allow FBI access to 'electronic communication transaction records' (Stock Photo).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Personal privacy is one of the greatest rights any citizen of the free world enjoys but soon the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have legal access to everything from passwords and personal emails to banking information and search history - all without your ... continue reading


States revolt, 11 sue to block disruptive Obama restroom edict, protect kids Watch

Image of Obama's policy opens restrooms to perverts who want access to victims in restrooms.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Eleven states are challenging the Obama edict that schools should allow kids to use whatever bathroom they choose, regardless of their gender. Obama issued the edict last week as a means of joining the "transgender" bandwagon that is sweeping the nation. Unfortunately, ... continue reading


LOL! Clinton chief upset about what happens when a public servant breaks the law, begs judge to save her from criticism Watch

Image of Cheryl Mills is unhappy that her deposition might become the source of criticism.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff from the State Department, Cheryl Mills, has asked a court to shield her from conservatives who are seeking the transcripts and recordings of her deposition scheduled for Friday. Mills is worried she will be taken out of context ... continue reading


REVEALED: China has an army of paid trolls, guess who else has one? Watch

Image of Don't feed the trolls.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The next time you encounter an internet troll, be warned, he could be getting paid to fan the flames, or to douse your conversation. A new study our of Harvard reveals that China is using an army of 448 million fake troll accounts to influence public opinion. And China ... continue reading


REPORT: Inspector General SLAMS Hillary Clinton for BREAKING LAW, was WARNED by staffer, whom she PUNISHED! Watch

Image of Audit: Hillary Clinton broke the law.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The State Department Inspector General has ruled that Hillary Clinton broke department rules for using a private email server and for deleting emails she sent and received during her tenure. The report was released on Capitol Hill today. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


You won't believe who buys the most weapons from the US! Watch

Image of The United States provides the most weapons to which country (NATO)?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The United States provides 33 percent of the world's arms such as fighter jet aircraft, tanks and more - so which countries are buying? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the number one country purchasing ... continue reading


Obama risking national security to meet political obligation? Watch

Image of Is the Obama administration sacrificing national security in favor of meeting quotas (Reuters)?

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With many Senate Democrats calling for a faster processing, the Obama Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) have drastically increased the number of Syrian refugees admitted into the United States. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


FBI investigating Gov. McAuliffe, Clinton Foundation for Chinese ties Watch

Image of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is under FBI investigation for accepting illegal campaign contributions.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the grounds that he accepted illegal campaign contributions. There is overlap between his donors and donors to the Clinton campaign. Investigators have discovered that a Chinese politician made a particularly ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Advent Prayer HD Video
  • 100k Americans work for China as China continues to purchase major US ...
  • Daily Reading for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Monday, May 30, 2016
  • How much did Goldman Sachs' CEO invest in hedge fund?: Hillary ...
  • Alabama Supreme court recognizes same-sex adoption
  • St. Joan of Arc: Saint of the Day for Monday, May 30, 2016

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:41-43
41 'Even the foreigner, not belonging to your people Israel but coming ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, all ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 7:1-10
1 When he had come to the end of all he wanted the people to hear, he ... Read More

Reading 2, Galatians 1:1-2, 6-10
1 From Paul, an apostle appointed not by human beings nor through any ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 29th, 2016 Image

St. Maximinus of Trier
May 29: Bishop of Trier, Germany, from 332, and a miracle ... Read More