A Super-Pac supporting Mitt Romney for President is contemplating a new attack ad on President Obama, one again tossing out the name of the controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Republican strategists, including Fred Davis who worked for MCain in 2008, want to "do exactly what John McCain would not let us do"--run TV ads linking Obama to provocative comments made by Write at the same time then-Sen. Obama attended his church. The Super PAC is funded by Joe Rickets, found of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade.
The proposed ad campaign is referred to as, "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama:The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good." According to the leaders of this Super-Pac, this will "show the world" how President Obama's views of America were formed and how it has "brought this country to its knees."
Both Romney and McCain have indicated they do not support this proposed ad campaign. McCain said he is "proud of the campaign he ran in 2008 and he stands by the decisions he made." Romney's campaign said they were running a "campaign based on jobs" and that Obama was the one who was running a "campaign of character assassination."
Conservative author Ed Klein recently interviewed Rev. Wright . Of the Obamas, Wright said, "Church is not their thing. It was never their thing." Apparently Klein was shocked that Rev. Wright was calm and polite and very soft spoken. "He was nothing like I have seen on the videotapes," he told Sean Hannity. "...There was no sense that this guy could go off the deep end."
One reason Romney is downplaying the idea of such ads is that he, himself, would end up having to face questioning about being a Mormon. Romney has very carefully not mentioned his religion, and non-Mormons are not allowed inside the Temple to hear what the church Elders are saying, like the press was able to do with Rev. Wright.
We know Romney would be loathe to having the press question him about polygymy, or how Joseph Smith was arrested numerous times for conning people out of their money in the days before he "found" the "Golden Tablets" that explained to him how he would be the mighty leader of an enormous religious movement. (Oh, and, how these Golden Tablets happened to be destroyed and disappeared.) Or how Smith put a seer stone in a hat to reveal what God was telling him..inside the hat. Or how Mormon's believe that when a man dies, he will be made a god on his own planet and be given 100 wives, or that when Jesus returns, it will be in Missouri.
"The separation of church and state" is a phrase used by Thomas Jefferson in his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists, who were concerned about the threat to their religious liberty in the State of Connecticut. These Baptists were concerned that there was no protection in the state Constitution from legislation about religious matters. " It is a term used often by the Supreme Court when dealing with the collision of someone's religion and the government.
America is a country of many religions, including atheism. We have enough challenges to solving our nation's problems without the added burden of a varying set of beliefs.