Monday, October 10, 2011

Governor Mitt Romney & Mormonism

Governor Mitt Romney is a Mormon, or otherwise known as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  No traditional Christian denomination, including Roman Catholics, recognize Mormonism as a traditional Christian denomination.   That is not to say that Mormonism is a "cult" with all of its negative connotations.  The reason most Christians do not recognize Mormonism is that traditional Christians believe that the sole word of God resides in the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.   Catholics also have the teachings of their church in their Catechism.   In any case, Mormons believe that the angel Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith, their leader, in upstate New York, the first time on September 21, 1823 to provide him what was to become the Book of Mormon, an overlay to the Holy Bible.    This is one reason that you will usually see the angel Moroni on the top of major Mormon Temples, rather than a cross.  In fact, Mormons do not usually place a cross on top of any their meeting halls. 

Mormons believe that Christian prophets, including Jesus Christ, walked and preached among the native inhabits of the Americas.   There is absolutely no historical proof of this happening; but it is none the less a key tenet of the Mormon Church.   If by definition any one who believes in Jesus is a Christian, then most certainly Mormons have to be Christians since they believe in the both the old and new testaments along with the Book of Mormon, that clearly adds to the story. 

Mormons have great family values; though they do tend to be a little bit cliquish.  That is probably the case because during the first 50 years of establishing the Mormon Church, which ended up headquartered in Salt Lake City after the Great Mormon Trek in 1848,  Mormons, that practiced polygamy in the early years, were persecuted and even killed by Christians.   The polygamy went away as a condition of Utah statehood; but much of the prejudice remained.   Over the years, this prejudice probably caused Mormons to associate with their own believers, rather than reach out to others.   This is pretty understandable; though unnecessary today. 

This Blogger will not vote for Governor Mitt Romney in the Nevada Caucus on January 14; but not because he is a Mormon; rather I fear Romney is a RINO and a flip flopper.    At least during the primary, I cannot forgive Romney for once being Pro-Choice and therefore supporting abortion and for signing RomneyCare in Massachusetts, which was the model for ObamaCare.   Mitt Romney is a born again Conservative, not a life long Conservative, which makes me nervous.   

While I am not happy about it, I can forgive Governor Rick Perry for his support of in-state tuition for illegal aliens in Texas because until we have a comprehensive solution to deal with the illegal alien problem, which must include securing our border and a Constitutional Amendment to better define American citizenship,  Perry was just dealing with the facts on the ground.  It is what it is at least for now.

Based on past history, it appears that Governor Mitt Romney will do anything, or say anything to be elected.   Romney is not Ronald Reagan.  Romney knows he cannot win the Republican nomination for President unless he is Pro-Life, so now Romney is Pro-Life.  Romney knows that he cannot win the Republican nomination for President unless he vows to repeal ObamaCare, even though he signed the bill to enact RomneyCare in Massachusetts, the model for ObamaCare.   Romney governed as a liberal in Massachusetts, which though understandable given the state's left wing tendencies, is troubling.  And, while this Blogger will support Romney if he gets the Republican nomination because under all circumstances Romney would be preferable to Socialist President Obama,  my fear is that once elected, Romney will revert to his liberal tendencies and or reach across the aisle to win a second term.   In doing so, Romney will destroy the Conservative Republican Party, which will not work for me.  

The Republican Party must be the Conservative Party of America.   The Democrat Party is the Socialist Party of America.   We need to give the American people a clear choice.   Conservatives support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, real education, energy, health care and entitlement reform,  a strong national defense, including securing our border and fighting Terrorism, the sanctity of life, the right to bear arms and family values that are the foundation of our nation.   President Obama and his Socialist pals in government are opposed to all of these tenets.   Governor Mitt Romney has been on various sides of some of these critical issues.   So the question is can Romney be trusted to implement our Conservative values.   Given his record,  I don't think so.  

So forget about the Mormon issue.  It is not consequential.   Mormons are Christians that happen to believe in an additional story as written in the Book of Mormon.   The story is certainly not evil; though there is no historical evidence to support it.  Some Christians, including Catholics, believe that Communion is the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ, once consecrated on the altar.  Other Christians believe that Communion is just symbolic.   This difference of opinion does not make anyone less Christian.  Voting for, or against Governor Romney should have nothing to do with his Mormon religion. 

There are bigger issues to consider in choosing the Republican nominee for the Presidency.   And, if Romney wins the nomination, get over it because we must focus on making Socialist President Obama a one term President, above all else.   If Romney does make it to the Presidency, we will have to hold his feet to the fire and constantly remind him how he got there, or he will end up as a one term President too.    The base of the Republican Party will never tolerate left wing policies no matter who is in office.   Our goal is to roll back 100 years of Socialist creep and that will not change no matter who is in the White House.     

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