GREENWOOD, S.C., Oct. 23 Barack Obama rallying a global terror movement? Mitt Romney might have still been a bit bleary-eyed on Tuesday morning when he twice confused Mr. Obama with Osama bin Laden when referring to the latterâ€™s new recorded message for jihadists to fight in Iraq.
Mr. Romney should stop using those Gideon Bibles to fall asleep after a hard day of campaigning. The Bible is too darned stimulating. He should read the Book of Mormon instead. It rambles on for endless pages of King Jamesese that make the Bible seem like a racy page-turner. I know, because I tried to read the Book of Mormon once. Not a waste of time though — I came across this interesting passage from 2 Nephi 5, verses 21-24:
â€œWherefore, as they were white, and exceeding fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.
22. And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people save they shall repent of their iniquities.
23. And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. And the Lord spake it, and it was done.
–Book of Mormon Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1977
Although Sen. Joe Biden once got in trouble for calling Barack Obama â€˜articulateâ€™ I have to say that Sen. Obama has managed to run his campaign without making embarrassing verbal slips or reckless statements that he has to disown. When he was running for the Senate against Alan Keyes all he had to do was make sense and he came across as a statesman. Keyes was not above race-baiting either, accusing his opponent of taking â€œthe slaveholderâ€™s positionâ€? among other crazy, spit-spraying statements.
Seeing as politics is ruthless, and Obama, at least, manages to get his opponentâ€™s names straight, I canâ€™t rule out the possibility that Mitt Romney deliberately took a verbal jab — a little cut at Obamaâ€™s race, ancestry and family — just to test him.
More likely, it was a â€˜Barney Fagâ€™ kind of mistake. A private joke coming out in public. A moment of confusion because Mr. Romney has a mental file drawer for terrorists, Democrats, and dark-skinned guys with ethnic names. Heâ€™s going to win one for the values people and everyone else had better take a step back.
Politics is ruthless. I think itâ€™s fair to ask Mitt Romney how he interprets that passage from the Book of Mormon. And itâ€™s fair to ask him what in his record he can show to assure us that if elected he will respect every American as an equal citizen.