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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
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