Watching Governor Mitt Romney on Meet the Press today it dawned on me that the only thing greasier than what he puts in his hair is what he puts on his words. Russert, in typical Russert fashion, confronted Romney with example after example of Romney flip-flops on abortion, gun control and stem cell research along with a hideous response to Russert’s query about Romney’s view of the Mormon Church’s late-to-the-table 1978 repudiation of racism against blacksin the church.
Asked if his church was wrong to have what many considered a racist policy well into the 1970s, Romney did what most politicians do these days, he skirted the question which, in my book, is simply a wordier way of saying he lied. Romney launched into how his father marched with Dr. King and how he, young Romney, has always believed all people are equal. Asked again if he didn’t think his church was wrong, Romney said what he said earier in the interview, “I stand by my faith.” Kind of like belonging to a white’s only club, going out of the club’s headquarters, pretending to be for equal rights, then retreating behind the club’s “lily-white” doors again to mull things over, in the company of, well, white people.
Then Russert asked Romney about his flip-flopping on gun control. Years ago Romney was in full support of the Brady Bill, a bill I helped fight for and a bill that is, needless to say, dear to my heart, as are Jim and Sarah Brady, by the way. Asked if he still supported the Brady Bill, Romney immediately…well, you know where this sentence is going – twisted and turned and, when all is said and done, lied. Romney said the Brady Bill, which in part called for a five-day waiting period allowing for a background check to go through before the sale of a handgun, had changed over the years and he now supports an instant check system. Asked again if he stood by his support of the Brady Bill, Romney simply repeated his affection for the instant check and his just-in-time-for-the-election membership in the NRA.
As one who fought for the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, signed into law in 1993, let me offer a few facts for the Gov. When it was passed into law the Brady Bill had a provision that allowed the five-day waiting periond to be waived the moment a state had an instant background check system in place. Moreover, on November 30, 1998, the five-day waiting period was replaced by the NICS (National Instant Check System) managed by the FBI.
In its 2002 report the NICS said since its inception there have been more than 563,000 handgun denials. I’d say some lives have been saved. Hey, didn’t Romney say he was pro life?