Watching from a distance, it’s curious to see how the leftists are working their side of the campaign. It has been some time since anyone has attacked anything to do with Mitt Romney besides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I can understand why.
When people on the other side of the political spectrum have attacked Romney, they tried to go for his credibility, his compassion, or his capability. These are legitimate attack vectors. If his credibility, compassion, or capability were in doubt, I’d question whether he was qualified to be president as well.
On the credibility side, the only thing that seems to work is saying, “Romney is a liar.” Of course, when you dig down deep into what specific lies they claim he has said, it turns out that the liars are the ones who have tried to frame Romney as a liar. If you don’t trust me, try to find the specific things people claimed Romney has lied about. Then locate the full context of where he was speaking, and see if there was truly a lie, or simply the quote taken out of context. You don’t have to work very hard to show that Romney is hardly a liar. That’s why claims of Romney’s dishonesty are hardly ever accompanied by something to substantiate that claim.
On the compassion issue, stories are already coming out about how Romney was a community leader in the truest sense of the word. Despite being worth well over a million dollars, he would still take his time and energy and spend it helping people around him, people that are close and people that are not. He could’ve easily saved himself the trouble by hiring people far more qualified to help with his millions, but he chose, instead, to personally interact with the people he cares about. At the end of the day, if this becomes the deciding factor for Romney, Romney will cruise to victory.
For his capability, we don’t have to look very far. He took control of Massachusetts when it was spiraling out of control. Things were so bad, they elected a republican, of all things, to lead the state. Despite the fact that he faced a legislature wholly opposed to everything Romney stood for, he was still able to move the state in a positive direction, and keep it from falling off the cliff. I cannot think of any other living political figure that has done anything comparable. We expected Obama to do this, but he, of course, has failed miserably. We need someone who can lead an organization in a dangerous position plagued by internal strife, which is the state of affairs in these so-called United States today.
The only attack vector left is guilt by association. Using Bain Capital is fruitless. It is run largely by Obama supporters. All the bad things it has done have been done after Romney left, anyway. Romney’s close friends are of similar unimpeachable character. His donors tend to be vastly superior in morality and ethics than Obama’s. So that leaves the church. It should make an easy target, seeing as how it has been under constant assault since before its founding in 1830.
Unfortunately, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has anticipated this and is well-prepared. The church has experience in publicity campaigns almost since its founding. All forms of attacks have been used, and all have failed. Despite the ink and spittle that has been sprayed in hopes of stopping the work, it has carried on, successfully, exponentially, and will carry on in the future. As our scriptures say, “How long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.” (D&C 121:33)
Those of you who think the Mormon church is anything but what it claims to be are ignorant. When you take the time to see for yourself, you will come to understand why I say this confidently. I don’t think it’s possible for an honest person to seriously assess the veracity of the church’s claims and remain a passive bystander. That’s why there aren’t many who are. You pretty much fall into one of two camps, becoming an advocate and likely member of the church, or joining the increasingly marginalized and frantic opposition that has been with us since before day 1 of the church’s history. They will be with us for quite some time, but their story is increasingly losing any popular support.
If Mitt Romney’s opponents, if the opponents of freedom and liberty and individual responsibility, want to make the church the primary issue of this campaign, I, for one, will gladly celebrate it. If that’s what you want America talking about, whether Joseph Smith was a fraud or the most important prophet since the beginning of time, I’d love to discuss it. I believe we are the religion that all people are looking for, especially those who have grown weary of religion or have grown to hate religion as they see it. I would love to have an opportunity to explain to people more about what we truly practice and believe, and why I believe our beliefs and practices are superior in every way.
However, in sake of honesty and fairness, I must warn people who would take this foolish step. If you’re going to try and win 2012 by attacking the LDS church, you’re going to be hurting yourself more than if you had simply given up. You’re going to be helping the LDS church more than if you had ignored it. In other words, you will achieve exactly the opposite result, in every conceivable way. I do this because I do sincerely care about you, like good Christians should.