It All Adds Up

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The Anti-Romney crowd is screaming that they aren’t bigots against Mormons. Really? Have you lost your way and gone so far off the deep end that you actually have to tell people you’re not a bigot? Sorry, Eric Erickson, you’re bigotry is just too apparent. If you oppose Romney because of who he is or what he does, just say so. If you are judging him with a different measuring stick than other, non-Mormon candidates, then we’ll be able to see your true colors without you trying to tell us one way or the other.

Someone dropped McCain’s opposition research on Romney. Apparently, they could only come up with about 16 pages of material that can be used against him politically. If you’ve lived your life for more than half a century, and the politically elite can only come up with 16 pages of material that can be used against you politically, you are as good as it can possibly get.

My view on the candidates:

  • Rick Perry: If you knew how to keep your mouth shut and stick to the talking points, you could’ve been the next presidential nominee. Apparently you’re not intelligent enough to do that, or your team is incompetent. Or likely both.
  • Newt Gingrich: I see why people really, really don’t like you. You will never be president. You’ll never be dogcatcher, unless you file at the last minute in an unopposed race in some dark corner of our country. Even then, someone would likely run a write-in campaign against you and win.
  • Ron Paul: People genuinely like you and a lot of people wish you would win. That means you have to stop shooting yourself in the foot by boldly declaring allegiance to ideas and principles the vast majority of the country disagrees with. The fact that you can’t do this means you will never ever be elected president, and even if you were, you’d be the worst president we’ve ever had. With Obama in the ranking, that’s saying a lot.

I wish as much as the next guy we had a really awesome candidate that everyone likes and that was super-brilliant and politically savvy and fought to defend conservative ideals I agree with. Such a person doesn’t exist. Trust me, everyone’s looked for better candidates than the group we have here today. Millions upon millions of dollars have been spent searching. Mitt Romney is as good as it is going to get.

Let’s go over, one more time, for those at home, all of Mitt’s negatives.

  • He’s a Mormon. I know a lot of people don’t like Mormons, particularly because we are so good at taking away your few worshipers and making them into true-blue Mormons for life. I get that. Get over it, because the rest of the country loves us because we are not insane and we genuinely like people for who they are. Our church gets a bad rap, but our members are loved all around.
  • He’s rich. I know a lot of people think we should have poor people be presidents. I don’t agree. I believe politics is a sport that only the rich and established can participate in. The rest of us have more important things to worry about, namely, how to secure our own economic future for ourselves and our families.
  • He’s very handsome. I don’t know why this is a negative, but apparently it makes a lot of people very mad.
  • He has redefined what “honor” and “fidelity” mean in private life. A whole lot of people hate Romney because he has lead the “perfect” life, morally speaking. If Romney is elected, the new low bar candidates must meet to run for high office means a good 90% of the elected people out there will never advance in their career in politics. If Romney hadn’t been absolutely morally perfect, Herman Cain would still be running and Newt would be doing far better than he is.
  • He’s right on most of the issues, probably more issues than the other candidates. This makes people who oppose freedom and liberty very, very upset with Romney.
  • He’s a political outsider. That’s right, you idiots out there who think Romney is the “establishment” candidate don’t even know the meaning of the word, nor do you understand what the “establishment” is. Tell me, when did Romney join the “inner circle” of the Republican political elite? Answer: He never did. He’s always been an outsider. He built up his own political network and brought people in to build his own new establishment. Gingrich is the “establishment” if there ever was one. He’s in it to make sure all the retirement plans of former congressmen are preserved, and that people who are not in congress cannot dictate what our national political strategy is.
  • He’s got the best political network and financing the Republican Party has ever seen. Romney did something after his 2008 run that a lot of other candidates did and do. Except he was exceptionally successful at it. Palin and Huckabee and many others probably envy him a great deal for capitalizing on what little political capital he had, and converting that into a majority of the US.

I can’t say what motivates every detractor of Romney, and to be honest, I don’t care.

A lot of you are religious bigots. Religious bigotry says far more about the bigot than their targets. Mormons know and understand and actually take great pleasure in being the subject of bigoted religious attacks. It reinforces our belief system, and it shows why we are morally superior to your pathetic attempts at true Christianity. (If you feel a shiver running up your spine, it’s because you’re probably a bigot.) We have endured far worse bigotry than you can imagine, from the Mormon Extermination Order in Missouri, having our church leaders murdered at the hands of a mob of “Christians”, and watching as the Republican Party seized the assets of our church and hunted our leaders down as criminals in an extra-constitutional witch hunt. We grew up with bigotry, from the kid who can’t play with us because his mom thinks we’re of the devil, to the guys who think it’s fun to make fun of the most sacred elements of our religion, to the business associate who finds out what church we go to and whose last word to us was “Oh.” We’re comfortable with the bigotry, it’s a cross we are more than willing to bear, and I believe it is a critical component to our religion. If there were no religious bigotry against our religion, then I would probably be questioning whether our church is even true. In a paradoxical twist, by being bigoted against the LDS church, you’ve only reinforced our beliefs. If you really wanted to harm us, then you and the rest of the world would find us tolerable or even preferable. Call us the ultimate religious hipsters, because we probably are.

A lot of you are envious of Romney’s success. I get that. I worked my butt off in startups of one sort or another, and all I have to show for it is grey hair and good stories. I wonder why I can’t enjoy success at the same level of Romney. But to be honest, this kind of envy doesn’t belong in conservative politics. It isn’t healthy. It won’t make us happy or rich. We should be happy that someone is successful, and we should see it as motivation to do our best. We should learn from the successful, not make them our enemies.

Some of you are just politically ignorant. You are being played like a fiddle by your political masters whom you probably don’t even know. I hope one day you’ll learn to question everything, and you’ll mature in your understanding of what politics is and how it is really played, and how to really win big. Maybe you never will, and that’s fine, just don’t be surprised when a new person starts calling the tune and you suddenly start jumping to his beat.

The rest of you who are above all this are probably ready to get this election season over with, to move on to the generals, and see Obama shuffling out of the White House as the biggest disgrace to American politics since the beginning of American politics. We’ll be working busily to get someone elected who will represent our views, who will bring honor and respect to the sacred offices of trust, and who will simply lead the country the way we need to be lead.

One more note: Romney’s political rallies are very different than the rallies you’re used to seeing. A lot of people show up. Maybe some of them clap or whoop and holler. But most of them sit quietly. It’s called reverence and respect, and it’s completely foreign to American politics. You who do not enjoy the blessings of reverent and respectful moments cannot appreciate the emotions that run through your heart during a quiet testimony or sermon. If you want to understand where this culture comes from, all you have to do is attend more than a few LDS church meetings.

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