Saturday, September 15, 2012

Romney Defends US While Obama Campaigns

Romney Defends US While Obama Campaigns
Commentary by Sanford D. Horn
September 15, 2012

Critics of Mitt Romney Ruth Marcus (Romney owes an apology) and Andy Pike of Indianapolis (Romney should not have made statements) simply do not understand that the GOP presidential nominee was defending the First Amendment of the Constitution as well the honor of the United States.  Printing of both the Marcus column and Pike letter to the editor demonstrate the left leanings of The Indianapolis Star.

Simultaneously, Barack Obama was both apologizing for something needing no apology and continuing to campaign for reelection instead of returning to the White House to do the job for which he was elected. Continuing to campaign shows Obama to be insensitive regarding the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his colleagues – even if unintentional. However, this is not the first time Obama has demonstrated a lack of a sense of urgency.

Marcus’ column reiterates the embassy statement from Cairo condemning “the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” emanating from a film produced independently by a person with no affiliation to the US government.

That this statement was supported by the Obama administration at home is not tantamount to an apology, but exactly that – and one that was not then, nor is not now, necessary. While the film may have been depraved and disrespectful it still falls under the purview of the First Amendment where “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…”

Romney aptly defended the Constitution and rightly condemned the administration for an unnecessary apology that also made the US look weak in the eyes of people who only seem to respect strength and force. It is Romney’s timing that Mr. Pike took to task when Romney should be applauded for his statements demonstrating a decisive individual who defends his nation and its Constitution.

Mr. Pike compared this crisis to that of the attacks on 09/11/01 and that “everyone needs to stand behind the United States.” In defending the Constitution and the honor of the United States, that is precisely what Gov. Romney did.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and educator living in Westfield, IN.

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