A French-American perspective on politics, culture, current events, religion, languages, and education
Monday, February 26, 2007
Romney - Abortion
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has come out as a stanchly pro-life candidate. This was not, however, always the case. In 2002 he campaigned for the MA governship as adamently pro-choice. Where does he actually stand? It seems to depend on the wind. Here he is in a 2002 debate with his Democratic rival, Shannon O'Brien.
This is the man who now claims to be pro-life. What's scary is that I saw this debate in 2002 and thought that he came off better than his opponent. But I was wrong. O'Brien, in fact, saw the deception and made note of it. Romney's gift is his ability to cause just enough fog so that people listen to his voice instead of looking at the facts. Nice voice.
Somewhere beneath all the inane clichés that politicians and the media bandy about, there lies a true Franco-American relationship that stems from a deep appreciation and fascination with each other's language, culture and society. This is where we live, below the radar, exploring the mundane, finding pleasure in the details, and sharing our passion for another culture with our students. We are educators, teaching English in Paris and French in Boston. Trained and training at the Sorbonne and Harvard, respectively, we choose here to let our café conversation spill out onto the sidewalk. Others should feel free to eavesdrop or join the conversation through comments.