Ed Martin says he totally meant what he said on Monday regarding everyone needing to be "very, very aware" of moves by Barack Obama and Russ Carnahan to "take away..the ultimate freedom to find your salvation." It's just that everyone completely misunderstood what he said by reading and listening to his words. Oh, and this site has been "misrepresenting his comments" by posting a transcript and audio of what he said.
Martin says his allegedly misrepresented comments came as part of a larger conversation about religion "being pushed out of the public square." And to back up the claims, Martin says there is "some room for doubt" about whether the new health care reform law will pay for abortions (read: I can't back up the claim). "I don't know that today we're going to see hospitals forced to do abortions, but I think the government takeover of health care is going to head us down that path," he explained on KTRS this morning. Listen:
In a statement posted last night by TPM, Martin also pointed to the TARP bailout (negotiated by Roy Blunt and passed when George W. Bush was president), the "Chrysler Bailout" (which included a $4 billion bridge loan given while Bush was president), the Wall Street Bailout (supported at this point by at least three Republican Senators) and the "growing the number of people on welfare" as examples of policies that foreshow the blocking of the freedom "to find your salvation."
And therefore.... "We have to be very, very aware of that the Obama Administration and Congressman Carnahan are doing to us" when they take away "the freedom -- the ultimate freedom, to find your salvation." Remember, this is what he said:
When you take a government and you impose, and take away all your choices, one of the choices you take away is to find the Lord. And find your savior.
And that's one of the things that's most destructive about the growth of government. It's this taking away that freedom. The freedom -- the ultimate freedom, to find your salvation, to get your salvation. And to find Christ, for me and you.
And I think that's one of the things that we have to be very, very aware of that the Obama Administration and Congressman Carnahan are doing to us.
Make sense? Of course it does.
Oh, and Martin is already trying to raise money claiming that he's being persecuted by "limousine liberals" who want to "marginalize normal Americans." Of course he is.
To be fair to Martin, there really isn't a reasonable defense of his remarks, except to say, "I was cynically trying gin up the conservative base with a manufactured conspiracy about how Obama and Carnahan are trying to persecute Christians." But does anyone expect him to actually say that? Of course not.
Image credit: Missouri Lawyers Media