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Romney Confronting Threats to American Culture Values and Freedoms

Romney Confronting Threats to American Culture Values and Freedoms

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Mitt Romney's plan to confront threats to American culture, values and freedoms
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Promoting A Culture Of Life
CHALLENGE:The American values that have been at the
heart of our historic rise to world leadership are being
challenged everyday. These include, among others, the

institution of marriage, respect for life, and the protection of
our children. To remain a superpower in the world we must
continuously and vigorously reaffirm these key components
that have led to America\u2019s greatness as a country.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cLast year the Massachusetts

Supreme Judicial Court struck a blow against the family, as
I\u2019m sure you know. The court forgot that [traditional]
marriage is first and foremost about nurturing and
developing children. Its ruling meant that our society is
supposed to be indifferent about whether children have a
mother and a father.\u201d (Governor Mitt Romney,Boston

Globe, 3/2/05)
GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cAmerica cannot continue to lead the
family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse
of the family here at home.\u201d (Governor Mitt Romney,
Remarks At UPI, 2/26/05)
GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cWhat became clear during the

cloning debate is how the harsh logic of an absolute right
to abortion had cheapened the value of human life to the
point that rational people saw a human embryo as nothing
more than mere research material to be used, and

then destroyed.

\u201cMy experience as Governor taught me firsthand that the
threat to our culture is real and those in a position to do so
must take action to defend it.\u201d (Governor Mitt Romney,

Remarks At The National Right To Life Convention Forum,
Supporting And Protecting America\u2019s Children
CHALLENGE:Following the Columbine shootings, Peggy

Noonan described our world as \u2018the ocean in which our
children now swim.\u2019 Noonan described the ocean as a
cesspool of violence, and sex, and drugs, and indolence,
and perversions. She said that the boys who did the
shooting had \u2018inhaled too deeply in the oceans in which

they swam.\u2019

At the same time that our children are being exposed to
adult material at an alarming pace on television, through
the Internet and on the radio, many communities have fewer

and fewer people and places where parents and children
can find refuge. We\u2019ve seen the tremendous outpouring of
support when tragedy strikes, but the number of people
engaging in regular volunteer activities seems to be
stagnant. According to 2006 data from the Bureau of Labor
Statistics and the Corporation for National and Community
Service, volunteer rates fell two percent from the previous
year and were slightly lower than 2002, when data was first
collected. This is a trend we cannot afford to continue.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cI\u2019m concerned about the drug

culture, concerned about the pornography, the violence, the sex, the perversions that they [children] see day-in day-out.\u201d (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Iowa Republican

Party Straw Poll, 8/11/07)
Erosion Of America\u2019s Basic Freedoms
CHALLENGE:America\u2019s basic freedoms \u2013 including those

guaranteed by the Bill of Rights \u2013 are under constant
assault from activist judges and Congressional interference.
Eviscerating our core freedoms and Constitutional rights
in the name of amorphous principles sets a
dangerous precedent.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cI have not spent a career in politics,

but I know enough about the laws of this country, and the
way Washington works, to understand that the McCain-
Feingold law is riddled with shortcomings. Let\u2019s start with
something basic: the American people should be free to
advocate for their candidates and their positions without
burdensome limitations.\u201d (Governor Mitt Romney, \u201cThe
Fundamental Flaws in the McCain-Feingold Law\u201d,

Townhall.com, 4/25/07)
GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cI believe the Second Amendment is

about more than just self-defense or sport; it\u2019s about the
basic freedom of lawful citizens to live their lives \u2013 to engage
in the normal pursuits of society without the interference of
the heavy hand of government.\u201d

Confronting Threats To American
Culture, Values, And Freedoms
Promoting A Culture Of Life
IPromote A Culture Of Life.As President, Governor

Romney will promote a culture of life. Governor Romney
believes thatRoe v. Wade should be overturned so that
the issue of abortion can be returned to the American
people and their elected representatives at the state
and federal level.

ITraditional Marriage.Governor Romney supports a
Federal Marriage Amendment defining marriage as
between one man and one woman.
IAppoint Conservative Justices Who Abide By The
Constitution.Governor Romney will appoint judges who
respect the Constitution and the rule of law, and will not
legislate from the bench.
GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cI am pro-life. I believe that abortion

is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to
save the life of the mother. I wish the people of America
agreed, and that the laws of our nation could reflect that
view. But while the nation remains so divided over abortion,
I believe that the states, through the democratic process,
should determine their own abortion laws and not have
them dictated by judicial mandate.\u201d (Governor Mitt Romney,

Boston Globe, Op-Ed, 7/26/05)
GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cI stood at the center of the

battlefield on every major social issue. I fought to preserve
our traditional values and to protect the sanctity of human
life. I vetoed bills. I filed new bills. I enforced the law that
banned out-of-state same-sex couples from coming to
Massachusetts to get married. I went to the court again and
again. I testified here before Congress for the Federal
Marriage Amendment. And I championed our successful
petition drive that collected a record 170,000 signatures for
a citizen ballot initiative to protect marriage.\u201d (Governor Mitt

Romney, Remarks At The Conservative Political Action
Conference, 3/2/07)
GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cIf a judge substitutes his or her

values for those values that were placed in the constitution,
they do so at great peril to the culture of our entire land.\u201d
(Scott Helman, \u201cRomney Rips SJC\u2019s Justices On Values,\u201dThe

Boston Globe, 11/11/05)
IProtecting And Supporting America\u2019s Children
I\u201cOne-Strike And You\u2019re Ours\u201d.As President, Governor
Romney will propose new, tougher federal penalties for

first-time offenders who use the Internet to sexually
assault children, including stiff mandatory jail time to
be followed by lifetime tracking by Global Positioning
Satellite (GPS).

ISoftware Filters To Guard Children From Online
Pornography.Governor Romney will work with computer

and software companies to make sure all new
computers have optional parental control software
filters that are ready and easy to use during setup.
Governor Romney will also promote and increase
awareness of available parental control filtering
products for existing computers.

IEnforce Our Nation\u2019s Obscenity Laws.To protect our

children, Governor Romney will require the Department
of Justice to enforce our existing federal obscenity
laws. Even though the interstate trafficking of obscenity
is illegal, federal obscenity laws have not been
adequately enforced.

ISupport And Strengthen Community And Faith-Based
Volunteer Efforts.Strong families need strong

communities to help support their efforts to keep
children safe from dangerous outside influences.
Organizations like United Way, Little League and faith-
based groups can play an important role in the positive
mental, physical, and spiritual development of a
child\u2019s life.

The Bush Administration deserves tremendous credit for
promoting volunteer initiatives. These efforts should be
continued and strengthened. For instance, the
Corporation for National and Community Service aims
to expand the number of Americans who currently
volunteer from 65.4 million in 2005 to 75 million by
2010. Governor Romney believes this is a worthwhile
goal that can be met through leveraging both public
and private charitable efforts.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY:\u201cI\u2019d like to see us clean up the water

in which our kids are swimming. I\u2019d like to keep pornography
from coming up on their computers. I\u2019d like to keep drugs off
the streets. I\u2019d like to see less violence and sex on TV and in
video games and in movies. And if we get serious about this,
we can actually do a great deal to clean up the water in
which our kids and our grandkids are swimming.\u201d (Governor
Mitt Romney, Remarks At The Frontiers Of Freedom Ronald

Reagan Gala, 4/18/07)
Confronting Threats To American Culture,
Values, And Freedoms:THE ROMNEYPlan

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