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The Greatest Lie -- The Moral Right

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Looking at the number of presidential hopefuls, America seems to be overwhelmed with a lack of choices. The "moral" right seems duty bound to find the right candidate, yet there seems to be a lack of morals among those running.

Mitt Romney

Romney is the front runner, even if someone else is leading the polls at any given time. This is due to the fact that he is the only one with lasting appeal. The Conservative Christians do not like him due to his Mormon religion. Some have said that he is a good moral person, but because he is not a Protestant or more specifically an Evangelical, they do not count him as a Christian and do not like the idea of voting for him.

It is sad that they take the least relevant path to discredit his candidacy. One would think that his flip-flopping on abortion or his outright dishonest campaign ad that takes a quote from President Obama out of context would be enough to morally discredit him. This makes the Christian right seem more interested in religious bigotry than actual values.

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Newt Gingrich

After taking the blame for the government shutdown in the 90's that helped keep Clinton in office, Gingrich is trying to make a comeback. The moral right is once again looking away from indiscretions they would point at if he were with the opposing party. He had 84 ethics charges filed against him, resulting in $300,000 in sanctions. He tried to force the courts to dismiss complaints against him, violated federal tax law, and lied to the ethics panel.

The moral right in this country are not asking the tough moral questions about his personal life -- namely his marriages -- that they would if he were not a Republican. In regards to his first wife, Gingrich was quoted as saying, "She's not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer." He cheated on his second wife with a staffer, now his third wife. This is not exactly the type of morals one would think the Christian right would see as president material, yet he is still doing well in the polls.

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Rick Perry

In an election filled with gaffs, Rick Perry is king. Coming across as G.W. Bush on steroids, he will be unelectable to anyone who remembers life during the disastrous eight years with our last president from Texas. His morals are questionable, as the nation looks into the money making scheme embracing a very grey area favoring potential corporate and self-interests over the interests of the voters who elected him.

Perry's moral indiscretions include some shady property transactions he has allegedly made behind closed doors. He allegedly accepted campaign donations from the manufacturer of the HPV vaccine after supporting laws making it mandatory for young girls. Modern Republicans have turned this into an issue questioning the morality of the government protecting citizens from preventable diseases, when there seem to be other, more financial benefits to this decision.

There have been unsubstantiated rumors of infidelity, and Perry is suspected of playing dirty by raising the Mormon issue with Romney and opening the can of worms on Cain's sex scandals. While Perry may be seen as a gaff machine, his morals should be examined carefully by the Christian right that prefer this man over "Mormon Mitt."

Herman Cain

Pizza man and 9-9-9 pusher, Cain seems to has numerous sex scandal skeletons in his closet. How the Conservative Christians on the right can support a man with so many sexual harassment charges after using Bill Clinton's indiscretions as an excuse to attempt impeachment is a mystery.

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Not only is the 9-9-9 plan not doable, but his gaffs and lack of answers on how he would run the country should exclude him. For a party that is looking hard for an upstanding citizen to take the White House, one accused of taking advantage of a woman looking for honest work shouldn't be the best fit.

Michelle Bachmann

An early frontrunner that burned bright and then out as quickly as a flare, Bachmann may not be in the best state of mind to run the country. Not only does she lack a basic knowledge of American history, she seeks to rewrite history, rather than take the moral high ground and just admit she made a mistake.

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