Saturday, January 12, 2008

Monaghan Endorses Mitt Money Romney: FOX is SHADY

I've made up my mind/you've got to be all mine all mine/
Foxy Lady

–from the song Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix

‘I betrayed him.’

‘But all men betray.’

‘I don't want to betray! I want to believe ... like him. From now on, I will never fight on the
wrong side

–Scottish Lord, talking about how he will now support the revolutionary William Wallace from the movie Braveheart

While anti-Huckabeeism has been rampant lately, two things struck me as so horrible this week that they stuck with me, and forced Fighting Irish Thomas into further investigation. The first was Domino's Pizza founder (and current chancellor of Ave Maria University), Tom Monaghan, endorsing not Michael Huckabee, a man whose strong Christian pro-life values echo his own Catholic convictions, but the Mormon Mitt Romney, whose pro-life stances have been dubious at best. The second was when FOX News, not only aired a slanderous attack ad on Huckabee but aired it during the Republican debate—the only candidate who was commercially slammed.

Of course, Monaghan, a strict observer of Catholic dogma, who got out of the pizza business and founded Ave Maria University (and its surrounding village) precisely for the reason he felt most Catholic universities, including Notre Dame, weren't Catholic enough, may not be the first of the One Holy and Apostolic Faith to endorse Mitt, but he probably has the highest profile. And while FOX News, especially its lapsed-Catholic Irishmen Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, have knocked Huck almost from the start, running an attack ad against only one candidate during a debate may be a new low.

But it all became "Bain"fully clear when I realized that Bain Capital, the Boston investment fund founded by none other than Mitt "The Mormon Money Machine" Romney himself, not only bought the majority interest in Monaghan's Domino's Pizza back in 1998, but had reached a leveraged 19.5 billion buyout agreement with Clear Channel Communications (the largest radio station owner in the country), home of not only Rush Limbaugh, but Sean Hannity.

But, first, let's examine the attack ad. In it, Lois Davidson, mother of murdered Carol Sue Shields, blames the crime solely on Huckabee. Her killer, Wayne DuMond, was released from prison during Huckabee's 10-1/2 year tenure as governor, but Mike neither commuted DuMond's life sentence (Mike's predecessor Governor Jim Guy Tucker did that), nor signed DuMond's release (done by the Arkansas Parole Board). Huckabee DID write a letter indicating, based on reports from both the prison and the parole board, that DuMond was reformed enough to be considered. Indeed, not only had DuMond become a born-again Christian, but while on trial for the rape that he was convicted of, DuMond had had his testicles cut off by masked assailants, and they ended up in a jar on display on the Arkansas sheriff's desk. Perhaps, Mike, not to mention the parole board, took DuMond's ill treatment as well as his good behavior into account, but some of the board later showed no balls themselves by blaming Huckabee for a decision that was theirs alone. As Huckabee said later, "if that was true (as Erma Pondexter claims in the commercial), if they did something against their conscience, that says as much about them as it would about me."

And so once again, Huckabee, the only candidate who promised not to run attack ads, is attacked by a group, Victims Voice, that doesn't have the guts to say which candidate's campaign is behind them.

Meanwhile, something in Monaghan's endorsement statement, "As someone who values the importance of faith in one's life, I recognize in Mitt deep religious convictions that will serve him well in facing the critical moral issues (including) pro-life and family values facing our society," is missing. For Monaghan, the man who founded his own Catholic university because he didn't like the way the Faith was being taught, now not only endorsed ANOTHER faith, but one whose "family values" originally endorsed polygamy, whose morals until recently included no black members, and whose doctrines on the Trinity is considered by the Roman Catholic Church to be heretical, just doesn't jive. That is, of course, unless you consider just how money works. Romney's group buys Monaghan's, Monaghan supports Romney's presidency, Romney donates money to Ave Maria ... and so it goes.

So the endorsement that at first makes no sense at all, makes all the sense in the world, for as either Tom (Monaghan or O'Toole) could tell you, no man can serve two masters. And while it may be true that Romney is no longer actively involved in the woeful Bain group (and some claim it was McCain's men, not Mitt's who were responsible for the ad), it doesn't really matter. Mitt's money, not his morals, are still calling the shots aimed at Huckabee, for not only is Mike the only true pro-life candidate, he is the only Republican not part of what Right Smart calls the "Washington-Wall St. Axis" and thus must be taken out.

"Domers for Huckabee" vs. "Ave Marians for Romney"—sadly it has come down to this. While Our Lady would certainly be comfortable with Mike's pro-life stance (with one death penalty exception), I can't imagine Mary being happy with the shifting life issue stances of either Mitt or the Mormon Church. But just as in Braveheart (a movie very apropos to the Huckabee campaign) in which the Irish peasants supported the great Scotchman William Wallace before the Scottish Lords did in his heroic fight against English oppression, so do the working class Christians follow the lead of Huckabee before their rich Catholic counterparts. But most Scottish royalty eventually joined Wallace, so I ask you Mr. Monaghan, in the name of the Lady atop both our universities, UNITE! Join the cause of the only true Christian candidate and leave the corporate compromiser behind. William Wallace proclaimed "FREEDOM!" while Michael Huckabee professes "Faith. Family. Freedom.," but in the end, their message, purchased not with the gold of kings or the cash of corporations but with the blood of patriots, remains the same. And who knows? Maybe even Hannity, (O'Reilly), and Colmes will find their way back home too.


Anonymous said...

What Romney lacks for me is that he is not authentic. He does not represent the American family values that he claims to. That is what bothers me...he is a fake.

Family leaders call Romney 'disaster'
A coalition of leaders on family issues has released a letter warning about what they describe as the deception being assembled around former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
…the letter says. "But we are troubled by the unethical and Orwellian cover-up of Mitt Romney's role in catastrophic events in Massachusetts, once the cradle of American liberty.

Tom O'Toole said...

Dear Anonymous,

Well said. What amazes me is that stong Christians like Tom Mon still support him!
Go Huck!