Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Mitt Romney Impresses South Florida

(The guys in scrubs are me and some fellow dental students)

Governor Romney spoke at my school, Nova Southeastern University, yesterday. It was AWESOME! Finally, I got to see and shake hands with the man who has inspired me to get involved in the future of our nation.

First impression of Mitt Romney in person:
Commanding presence. Exudes intelligence. Crisp.

Things that Romney said that impressed me.....allow me to paraphrase:
Unelected judges should be there to uphold the constitution not to make it! The Supreme Court should be like the umpire, not the batter.

The best way to stop illegal immigration is to turn of the magnets--that is, the sanctuary cities and employers. Compared to our healthcare situation, global jihad, and government overspending, this is an easy problem to fix.

Those issues that can be managed at the state level, should be left to the states to handle. One reason that Mitt Romney takes exception with same-sex marriage is because marriage is a status--if it is legal in one state, it is essentially legal in all states because married couples don't lose their status based on where they live.

One fundamental belief of our judeo-christian heritage is that we are quite literally the children of God, and as such, we realize that we all belong to the same family. In this respect, our judeo-christian culture is something the government should protect.

News Coverage of the Event...........

Romney also took on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and what he called her diverging attempts at health care reform. Romney, as Massachusetts governor, passed a state-mandated health care plan considered highly successful.
"I know when we debate I'll be asked, 'What's the biggest difference between the two plans?' And one thing I'll say is, 'Mine passed,'" Romney said to laughs and applause.
National polls show Romney trailing Republican contenders former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Arizona Sen. John McCain and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson. But Romney handily wins polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the first votes of the election season will be cast in less than two months.
Nova-Southeastern student Matt Thomas liked what Romney had to say.
"I'm married. I have kids. I like how he speaks about family," said Thomas.
His thoughts were echoed by student Jennifer Roque, who said she thinks Romney is the Republican who could beat Clinton.
"He's so polar opposite to her. I think that's what we're looking at," said Roque.

Sun Sentinal
By Anthony Mann

Davie - America's families and their future are under attack, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Monday. The threats: gay marriage, Internet pornography and out-of-wedlock births."The foundation of society, which is the family, is under stress," Romney told an audience at Nova Southeastern University. Judges are making decisions that "threaten the fundamental values and the culture that has made America successful."

Romney said he didn't think gays and lesbians should be subject to discrimination. The Constitution, he said, provides "equal rights for people of all races and genders whether they're gay or straight."But he said marriage deserves special status. "Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman."Gay marriage was one of several "attacks on the family" he highlighted before the mostly student crowd at Nova. He said children must be taught "that marriage comes before babies." He wants to thwart pornography by requiring easy-to-engage filters to be installed on every computer sold.

It was during Romney's governorship in 2004 that the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that laws banning same-sex marriage violated the state constitution. Romney cited the ruling as an example of the judiciary's overstepping its bounds.
In contrast, he said Monday, he favored appointing judges like conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. These justices, Romney said, "believe that their job is to follow the law and the Constitution, not to make the law."
Later, in response to a question about a school board's approving the distribution of contraceptives for elementary school children, Romney said he opposed such actions but did not believe the federal government should intervene.
Marriage is a "status" and not an activity that occurs within the borders of a state, he said. Therefore, a federal definition of marriage is needed.

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