Douglas MacKinnon

Support him or not, by all accounts, Mitt Romney is an incredibly decent person and a loving husband and father. In this instance, he deserves better, his family deserves better, and Republicans know better.

As Paul Weyrich recently pointed out, Romney is not running to be the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, but to be President of the United States. Weyrich believes that Romney’s “experience, vision and values” makes him eminently qualified for the job. Some will agree with that assessment, others will not. The American people will make the final call.

But, to cast the most informed vote in the most important election in our lifetimes, it is essential that we are spared the politics of personal destruction practiced by those more interested in lining their pockets or victory at any cost.

On September 11, 2001, our nation was attacked by extremists who had no respect for their faith and hoped to vanquish ours. An attack on a candidate’s religion should be off the table. Surely we are better than that.

Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of The Secessionist States of America. (Skyhorse Publishing, 2014)

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