Vote Mormon or Die, Gentile Scum

The short answer to that interrogetory is, "They will if they know what's good for them."

The brouhaha surrounding the candidacy of Mitt Romney has provided a lot of grist for the Anti-Mormon mill. Nary a week goes by that some pundit pontificates that America will never elect a Mormon, a religion so exceedingly strange that they have their own scriptures, living prophets, multiple wives, and magic underwear. Surely a candidate that subscribes to these strange doctrines can never be taken seriously on the national stage.

While it would be tempting here to examine these strange beliefs one by one and compare them to equally strange Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or virtually any other religious tenet, I would like to focus on just one doctrine that, heretofor, has garnered virtually no national notice: i.e., The Doctrine of the Sacred Nature of the Constitution.

As I noted previously, the LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) are unique in the world in declaring that the Constitution and other founding documents of the Republic are holy writ, on par with the Bible or other sacred texts. The Doctrine and Covenants, one of the LDS books of scripture, believed by them to be spoken by the mouth of God, is unequivocal in its support of the U.S. Constitution.

" And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.
And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;
And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.
I, the Lord God, make you afree, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.
Nevertheless, when the wicked brule the people mourn.
Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil. " (Doctrine and Covenants 98: 4-10)

And again.

" According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles;
That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own sins in the day of judgment.
Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood. (Doctrine and Covenants 101:77-80 )

Most Mormons clearly believe that the Constitution and the ideas embodied there and in the Declaration of Independence were inspired directly by God, Himself and therefore must be defended even to death. Another scripture reads:

" For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant; wherefore he receiveth no reward.
Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;
For the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.
But he that doeth not anything until he is commanded, and receiveth a commandment with doubtful heart, and keepeth it with slothfulness, the same is damned." (Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-29 )

These scriptures have led many a Saint from Harry Reid (D-NV)to Mitt Romney to devote large portions of their lives to public service, and I have no doubt that Romney has prayerfully considered them, as well.

Will America ever elect a Mormon president? .... If they know what's good for them.

Steve Mitton

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Happy Birthday Mitt

Cross-posted from the Buckeye State Blog because I just had to share that picture.

It'd be nice if Gramps, Mitt, and Rudy would get together to celebrate Romney's 60th birthday today. Romney's big 6-0 got me thinking...

For kicks, this morning I went through the list of prezzies grabbing birthdates. I wanted to get a handle on the age range of the folks running for the WH, where they're coming, their capability to execute the office later down the road, that sorta thing, yadda yadda yadda. I've posted numbers for candidates' age at the time of the election, and when they might exit office following their potential 2nd term. Without further ado, on the GOP side:

CandidateBirthdateAge '08/ '17
GuilianiMay 28. 194464, 72
BrownbackSept. 12, 195652, 60
RomneyMarch 12, 194761, 69
HuckabeeAugust 24, 195553, 61
HunterMay 31, 194860, 68
HagelOct. 4, 194662, 70
PaulAugust 20, 193573, 81
TancredoDec. 20, 194562, 70
ThompsonNov. 19, 194167, 75
McCainAug. 29, 193672, 80

Between Gramps, Romney, and Guiliani the average age for GOP contenders at the end of a potential 2nd term comes to 73.5 years young.

On the Dem side of things:

CandidateBirthdateAge '08/ '17
ObamaAug. 4, 196147, 55
EdwardsJune 10, 195355, 63
ClintonOct. 26, 194761, 69
RichardsonNov. 15, 194760, 68
DoddMay 27, 194464, 67
KucinichOct. 8, 194662, 70
BidenNov. 20, 194265, 73
ClarkDec. 23 194463, 71
The average age for DEM contenders at the end of a potential 2nd term comes to 62 years young.

While I was looking up ages, a couple surprises hit me. First, I never realized that Dennis was one of the older candidates on our side of the primary. I was also surprised that the Dems didn't have any candidates from the 30's (the GOP has two, McCain and Paul). Also, I was intrigued by how old Guiliani is compared to the rest of the field. Maybe it's just me, but I think he's played his age down well...I've never thought of him as one of the older candidates in the field.

CPAC Gives Up

Um, long-time listener, first-time caller.  I've been reading since the jerome days, and have checked four or five times a days since '04.  So there's about 38 cents of ad revenue with my name on them.

The Boston Globe's article ...

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Prominent Republicans Cannot Win Presidential Race

    This is an extraordinary situation; The top 4 Republicans cannot either win the nomination or win the general election.  
    McCain, with his new hawkish stances, cannot possibly hope to win the general election if Iraq is still an issue; and James Dobson said he would "under no circumstances" support McCain, so there is little hope of  him winning the primary, especially in such a crowded field.
    Guliani's only hope of winning the primary is that every other candidate splits the party just so thathe wins it with 20-30 percent support - exactly what he has now.  There is a small chance of a conservative 3rd party splitting the general - the Democrats wet dream - and a better chance of them boycotting the election.  Plus that entire sex-with-your-2nd-cousin thing is really weird.  Americans have a tendency to get hung up on those things. Whenever some moderate person is talking about Guliani, some liberal is going to speak up and say "Gosh, you know he had intercourse with his cousin?" Which will either leave them in a "Say it aint so!" situation, or have them trying to make it sound not as bad as it is, which will only make it worse. Being pro-choice and pro-civil union will eat him alive; there is no way that pundits like Coulter can support him after her personal rant against people who say they are pro-choice but against abortion.  Guliani can't win.
    Mitt Romney has little hope of winning the nomination, or the general.  I know its early, but the top three democrats statistically stomp him into the dust in preliminary polling.  He is a "flip-flopper" when it comes to abortion and gay rights, which primary opponents will roast him alive on.  And some prodestants who make up a big voting block in the primary beilieve that Mormonism is a cult, and thus do not respect his religious choices.  Unless Romney gets born again into an Evangelical, his presidential campaign is DOA.
    That leaves us with Newt.  Ah, Newt.  Reliable old Newt. Newtie, Newtie, Fresh and Fruity. He can win the primary.  Republicans will forgive his marital infidelity, but rivals could make an interesting issue over how he served his wife with a divorce while she was hospitalized with cancer.  They love him for trying to impeach Bill Clinton. He can't win the general, however; he is a generic Republican, a leftover piece of cold meatloaf from the 94 shift.  No matter how much mold you brush off, its the same old Newt.  Newt the Divider. Newt the Crybaby.  Newt the Ali G interviewee.  For Christ's sake, his name is Newt.
Hillary beats him, Edwards pounds him, and Obama makes it a race; but he still loses by a solid determinable margin.
    Out of these candidates, there is no one whom the christian right can support.  Everyone in the top 4 either cannot be trusted to support their policies, or has committed sin in the eyes of those who cast stones all too quickly (having a candidate being called a hypocrite adulterer/cousin-fucker isnt a good thing to have to run with). Watch out for a dark horse.  They will get the rights money and support, and can run away with the primary, and since they are a relative unknown, do not have the baggage that all these figures have.

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Bush Yoyos While the U.S. Burns: An Interview With Economist Jared Bernstein

The diary below was originally posted earlier today in the Intrepid Liberal Journal.

The conservative shift in American politics undermined the economic security of working people. Increasingly, individuals are absorbing more risks, working longer hours and earning less. Meanwhile, corporations and government benefit from less accountability to tax payers, consumers and employees. Renowned economist Jared Bernstein proposes in his new book, All Together Now: Common Sense For A Fair Economy, (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.) that we're ensnared in a "YOYO economy". The acronym YOYO means, "You're On Your Own." Bernstein's book illustrates how the "YOYOists" have schemed to transfer the burden of economic risk onto individuals and their families.

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