By Pat Shannan
Amidst the media muckraking, Mitt Romney still seems to be “anointed” by the hidden powers, the South Carolina surge by Newt Gingrich notwithstanding, causing many to examine the constant flip-flopping of the former liberal Massachusetts governor now posing as a conservative presidential candidate.
TV comic Stephen Colbert made a direct hit when he quipped the day before the Palmetto State primary that “The only difference between Mitt Romney and a statue of Mitt Romney is that a statue never changes its position.” One New York newspaper said, “Romney cannot decide who he is.”
Both summations are accurate. An outspoken “pro-lifer,” Romney and his wife have been financial supporters of the pro-choice Planned Parenthood that supports abortion clinics nationwide.
When he ran for the Senate against Ted Kennedy in 1994, Romney supported “full equality” for gays and lesbians, a pledge that won him support from homosexual Republicans. But 12 years later, when going up against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for the Republican presidential nomination, Romney’s record was clear on the subject: He had become an opponent of gay marriage. In 1994, Romney had opposed the federal marriage amendment but in 2007 supported it.
Romney supported “assault weapon” bans and the Brady Bill, and as late as 2002 was in favor of gun confiscation laws in Massachusetts. But in 2011, obviously romancing America’s conservative vote, Mitt joined the NRA prior to announcing his current candidacy.
In the case of illegal immigration, Romney has spoken both “for” and “against” it so often that news commentators realized his drift was determined by that day’s podium location.
Similar to the attitude of Democrats who want to scream “racist” whenever one points out Barack Obama’s shortcomings, Romney backers are quick to say that anyone who doesn’t like Romney must be “anti-Mormon.”
The Salt Lake City connection to the president that should concern all Americans the most is the blood oath vows taken by devout Mormons such as Romney professes to be. These are of a higher priority than the presidential oaths (or any other) because the taker has sworn to follow the instructions of his church leaders under penalty of death, according to a former high-ranking Latter Day Saints member now a Christian minister.
A vocal critic of the “cesspool of pornography,” Romney did nothing for the nine years he sat on the board of directors while Marriott Hotels made millions from showing porno movies on hotel TVs.
Here Romney’s cagey reticence could be tied to his relationship to Chicago’s billionaire Crown family, which became rich as “war profiteers” in WWII and every war since. The Crown family is also reported to have earned a large part of its fortune in recent years from the pornography industry. Notorious for supporting both opposing party candidates, Susan Crown, granddaughter of the company’s founder, has been supporting Barack Obama since 2003 and is now investing in Romney because of his willingness to wage war in the Middle East for Israel.
All of these facts and rumors aside, Romney’s appointment of Michael Chertoff as head of his Counterterrorism and Intelligence Advisory Committee should be all the information Americans need, to be aware of this candidate’s loyalty to the New World Order. Chertoff, as head of the criminal division of the Department of Justice, oversaw the FBI cover-up of 9-11 and the disposal of evidence refuting the government’s false version of what happened on 9-11.
Pat Shannan is a contributing editor of American Free Press. He is also the author of several videos and books including One in a Million: An IRS Travesty, I Rode With Tupper and Everything They* Ever Told Me Was a Lie. All are available from FIRST AMENDMENT BOOKS. Call 1-888-699-6397 toll free to charge.
Letters to the Editor
FEBRUARY 27, 2012 • ISSUE 9
I make reference to the article in the Feb. 6, 2012 issue of AMERICAN FREE PRESS on page 6 written by Pat Shannan entitled “Mitt Romney: Chameleon in a Three Piece Suit.” I am not a supporter of Romney. However, I do share common beliefs in religious principles and doctrine in being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commonly referred to as Mormons, a nickname given to us based on our belief in the Book of Mormon.
Unfortunately, in your writing you allowed yourself to be misinformed by a former high-ranking “Latter Day Saint” member, now a Christian minister.
Your tone of speech as a journalist identifies you as one who espouses the belief that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are not Christian. You believed a lie and are a disseminater of a lie, from an unreliable source, and make it a fact that Latter Day Saints take a blood oath vow to follow the instructions of church leaders under penalty of death. Neither I, nor the other 15 million members of the church have ever made such a vow.
Your description of Romney’s connection to Salt Lake City and blood oath vows is totally false and disgraces your intelligence.
It also brings into question your ability to be unbiased and objective by thoroughly researching the issues from reliable truthful sources before presenting them in literary form to the public. It creates distrust in any of your previous writings and books, of which I have purchased in the past, but will not be purchasing in the future.
My subscription to AFP also expires in April of which I’ve been a seven-year loyal subscriber, but will not continue that loyalty.
Shannan discredited himself and AFP, reducing you to typical establishment media journalism. Unless AFP retracts and apologizes for Shannan’s smearing and blatant false reporting of Mormons in general, I will use all persuasion within my circle of influence to discontinue readership of all of your publications. Thank you for your time.
Dear Mr. Hill,
In response to your bashing of me & AFP re. the Mitt Romney article: I suggest you research your own books.
While our Editorial Department prefers not to get involved in a “religious debate,” this really is no debate at all and is only about what you have stirred up re. your own lack of knowledge of your own religion.
However, I personally did not want you to be ignored and can tell you (while I certainly am not any expert on the subject) following further research, that I stand by my report about the “Blood Oaths” supplied to me by Pastor Dan Gibson. There are many former Mormons who left the church because of these and other rituals that conflict with Bible scripture. I was not aware at the time of writing that the “Blood Oaths” in question were evidently removed in 1990, but even if true, this would have been long after Mitt Romney would have sworn to them in his younger days. Many other various oaths are still taken by all who enter the Temple, and Pastor Gibson tells me that you have to be “either in denial or have never been to the Temple.”
There are numbers of books out there on the subject, the best known of which in recent years is The God Makers by Dave Hunt and Ed Decker. Mr. Decker has reams of evidence of the oaths at his website www.saintsalive.com where we learn that Mormon instruction includes: “When the Mormon leaders speak, we are to obey and believe, even if our scientific knowledge says otherwise.” This appears to refute and dispel your claim, Mr. Hill, that “any connection [by a Mormon politician] to Salt Lake City is totally false.”
One of the best known Mormons in the 20th century political arena was Ezra Taft Benson who told us, “The [Mormon] Prophet is above all humanity, above all scripture, above all the other prophets, above scientific knowledge and Must Be Obeyed.” Hmmmmmmmmm.
As far as the “tone of speech” that you say identifies me as “one who espouses the belief that [Mormons] are not Christian,” if you want to prove that you are, you might begin wrestling with the words that your own former Mormon president Joseph Fielding Smith wrote explaining the Mormon doctrine of Blood Atonement:
“Man may commit certain grievous sins – according to his light and knowledge – that will place him beyond the reach of the atoning blood of Christ. If then he would be saved, he must make sacrifice of his own life to atone – so far as in his power lies – for that sin, for the blood of Christ alone under certain circumstances will not avail . . . Joseph Smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of Christ. If these offenses are committed, then the blood of Christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. Therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their behalf.” (Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp. 133-138).
Please tell me: how can Mormons consider themselves “Christian,” if your own doctrine teaches that Jesus Christ is inferior to Joseph Smith? The Christians I know consider this to be blasphemy. Are they wrong? Is John 14:6 really saying, “Mormonism is the way, the truth and the life, and no man get to the father except by Joseph Smith?” Please help me here, as I am only seeking to publish the Truth and will consider your input.
Looking forward to your reply,
Romney Is Wall Street’s Ace in the Hole
By Ralph Forbes
Mitt Romney, the iconic symbol of “American capitalism,” has proved to be nothing but a Barbie’s blow-up Ken doll for the perverted plutocrats on Wall Street. Romney is a disciple of the “Greed is Good Gurus.” He followed in the footsteps of the infamous Ivan Boesky, the Wall Street crook who plundered U.S. free enterprises in the 1970s and 1980s. “Ivan the Terrible” was a role model, not only for Romney, but the fictional corporate raider Gordon Gekko, who said: “I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator.”
Mitt needed $300 million to take over two Texas department-store chains, Bealls and Palais Royal, to form Specialty Retailers, Inc. Bain Capital made a $175 million profit. Romney sold out just before disaster struck. The Bain-“rescued” department-store company went bankrupt—drowning in $600 million of debt.
GS Industries Inc. is another Romney “success.” The steel manufacturer had been solid for a century, employing generations of Americans—until Bain cut more than 1,750 jobs—and sank it into bankruptcy. When Bain took it over, it had $1 billion in revenue and employed 3,800 people worldwide as the largest producer of carbon wire rods in North America. Bain Capital used $24.5 million to get GS Industries. In seven years Bain took $58.4million profits and annual management fees of about $900,000—plus multimillion-dollar dividends.
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower warned America to beware of the military-industrial complex—but the internationalists who hijacked the Republican Party want untold billions for $400 toilet seats—but not one cent to protect American workers.
No wonder the Wall Street banksters are Romney’s top donors: Goldman Sachs—$367,200; Credit Suisse Group—$203,750; Morgan Stanley—$199,800; HIG Capital—$186,500; Barclays—$157,750; Kirkland & Ellis—$132,100; Bank of America—$126,500; PriceWaterhouseCoopers—$118,250; EMC Corp.—$117,300; JPMorgan Chase & Co.—$112,250; Bain Capital—$74,500; UBS AG—$73,750; Wells Fargo—$61,500; Blackstone Group—$59,800; Citigroup Inc.—$57,050; as of last report Romney filed with the FEC.
This is just chickenfeed for Romney and his ilk, who dismiss $374,327 in speaking fees as “not very much.” The real money is hidden in “super-PACs” because corporations have more rights than people—“of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations.” Orwell was right. The pigs are rewriting the law of the land.
Ralph Forbes is a freelance writer based in Arkansas. He is also a member of AFP’s Southern Bureau. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org