Skip to comments.Is Mitt Romney’s love for America a Mormon thing?
Posted on 05/13/2012 6:30:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
When it comes to American exceptionalism, Mitt Romney is going all in.
His book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness is a love song to the idea that this country merits the protection of Providence and has a singular calling to be a beacon for freedom. A major theme for him on the campaign trail is the nations divine destiny, a heritage Romney said has made him stand a little taller, a little straighter when overseas.
But what Romney doesnt say is that, for followers of his made-in-America religion, Mormonism, exceptionalism isnt political metaphor. Its theology.
The faiths sacred text, the Book of Mormon, describes the United States as a land of promise . . . a land which is choice above all other lands. It describes Jesus coming down from heaven, to America, and teaching to people there. Joseph Smith, Mormonisms founder and prophet, quotes God as saying that he established the U.S. Constitution. Mormons Garden of Eden is in Missouri. Their version of the hajj begins in Upstate New York and ends in Illinois.
Other post-Reagan candidates may passionately preach beliefs like Romneys, but hes the only one who can say American exceptionalism is his religion.
Except he doesnt.
.........Romneys reticence on the subject of God and country makes him a typical Mormon. Persecuted by the government in the 1800s, Mormons grew wary of how to merge their faith with their love for the land it blesses....
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Is Barack Hussein Obama's hate for America a muslim thing?
The bright line in the political landscape sand?
How come not a single member of Willard’s immediate family going back who knows how long has NEVER put on the uniform ? All those healthy sons of his... not a one. And he claimed their working on his campaign was the EQUIVALENT of serving their country.
Dump this Socialist asshat before its too late.
No, it is the “think” that most American kids had in the 1950s, who leaned love of country from parents, families, and schools. The communists who infliltrated society and colleges got to the American college students in the 60s and started teaching their communist ideology and leading a rebellion against American society and beliefs. That has lead us to today’s nation where those who believe in American Exceptionalism are, in HBOs words: “those bitter enders who cling to their Bibles and guns.”
>>Is Mitt Romneys love for America a Mormon thing?
Was the state of Deseret’s attempt to secede and appoint itself a king an expression of its love for America?
When Thomas Jefferson penned the words “TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS”, I expect he had mind religious frauds like Myth Romney and his merry band of Reformed Egyptian Kolobians — from which, the rights of Individuals need to be secured.
“FALLIBLE AND UNINSPIRED MEN HAVE ASSUMED DOMINION OVER THE FAITH OF OTHERS”
...oh look, it’s a Doctrine of Blood Atonement Duck.
Clever hit piece anything comming out of WAPO justs boosts up Romney’s %
He followed her to school each day,
T'wasn't even in the rule.
It made the children laugh and play,
To have a Lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day,
illegal it became;
To bring the Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak His Name.
Every day got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard gun shots and tears.
What must we do to stop the crime,
That's in our schools today?
Let's let the Lamb come back to school,
And teach our kids to pray!
His residence in Belmont, MA from the late 1960's - 1970's is particularly coincidental. The John Birch Society, founded by Robert Welch, was at the time based in Belmont, MA.
From 1963 - 1974, every 4th of July holiday, the John Birch Society together with other conservative groups at the time held the equivalent of the "CPAC" of its day at what was then known as The Statler Hilton (now the Park plaza) in Boston. This was called "The New England Rally for God, Family, and Country." (chairman of which was JBS's Col. Lawrence Bunker of Wellesley Hills, MA)
It was an annual gathering of "conservatism in the wilderness" of the post-Kennedy assassination era, and 1964 Goldwater election rout, where one could hear speeches of conservative authors (e.g., Taylor Caldwell, W. Cleon Skousen, George Schuyler) politicians (e.g. John Ashbrook, John Schmitz, etc.), ex-gov't conservatives (e.g., Dan Smoot, ex-FBI),Hollywood actors (e.g. Walter Brennan), musicians, academics, WFBuckley's "Young Americans for Freedom," The Bible-Science Association, and "Liberty Lobby." Featured also were religious schools and institutions (e.g., Bob Jones U, Shelton College), "Christian Crusade" (i.e., Billy James Hargis)and a significant presense of Mormons -- Christian and Mormon "End-timers," predominantly.
The JBS slogan, "Will you be free in '73?" was everywhere.
We evangelical Christians had great fun debating the Mormon Missionaries sent to this event to promote that book written by Joseph Smith.
A bumper sticker booth at "The Rally", 1970 (no, that's not a picture of me)
Bible Science Association
I mentioned W. Cleon Skousen, author of the exposé-itory conservative tome: The Naked Communist, and a book widely advertised and promoted not only by JBS in their American Opinion and Review of the News publications but also prompted widely by Liberty Lobby and other alternative conservative publications sources.
A little history on Skousen from Wiki: by the way that is Willard Cleon Skousen for all those pointing up that aspect of Mitt's name,
"He was also a prolific popularizer among Latter-day Saints (Mormons) of their theology. A notable anti-communist and supporter of the John Birch Society, Skousen's works involved a wide range of subjects including the Six-Day War, Mormon eschatology, New World Order conspiracies, and parenting. His most popular works are The 5,000 Year Leap and The Naked Communist. A book by Skousen on end times prophecy, The Cleansing of America, was published by Valor Publishing Group in 2010, four years after his death.
"In 1926, Skousen went to the Mormon colony, Colonia Juarez, Mexico for two years to help his seriously ill grandmother. While there, he attended the Juarez Academy. Skousen then returned to California, graduating from high school in 1930. At the age of 17 he traveled to Great Britain as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
Recall Mitt's father, Gov. George Romney. Wiki on George:
"Romney was born to American parents living in the Mormon colonies in Mexico; events during the Mexican Revolution forced his family to flee back to the United States when he was a child. The family lived in several states and ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they struggled during the Great Depression. Romney worked in a number of jobs, served as a Mormon missionary in England and Scotland, and attended several colleges in the U.S. but did not graduate from any.
The JBS/Skousen - Romney - Mexico - UK/Scotland Mormon Mission stuff is coincidental in a forensic sense and though short of absolute, definitive connection, one has to wonder what influences and interactions Mitt Romney of Belmont MA had with pre-Reagan conservatism.
Granted, even if there was a Skousen - George Romney connection going back to Mexico Mormonism and UK Mormon Missions, George tended to tack to the "moderate" wing as opposed to the Goldwater wing. He did serve as Nixon's HUD Sec'y for a time.
That said, if someone like me was able to meet W. Cleon Skousen, is there a chance that Mitt Romney actually knew him and not just casually? By many accounts Mitt Romney was a leader in his Mormon faith walk - a church whose faith in many ways (some correct and some incorrect) affirms American supremacy? In many ways he was an active, not a casual participant in promoting what at its core espouses political and social conservatism.
So, I have written all that history not to say that I remember seeing Mitt Romney at the God Family and Country Rallies of the '60's and '70's almost all of which I attended for 11 years, but it is my guess that Mitt Romney should he rise to the US Presidency will be looked at by the American left as one who was a Trojan Horse in their midst.
Let me be very clear again: I am an evangelical Christian and staunch conservative from way back. This is not in any way an endorsement in any way of Mormonism as religion. Where conservatism and American supremacy is the issue we are allied with their conservative positions, though most of us are not aligned with them on religious terms. I knew that 40 years ago.
What I am saying is that if Mitt Romney is given the freedom to tack toward what is his core, and not placed in the position of doing only what he can with a 90% (D) legislature like he had as Governor of Massachusetts, I think we might all be surprised to see how much of a core conservatism might actually reside there.
If the actions of one in the past color someone in the future, then all Catholics are as dirty as hell. Just sayin'.
” Is Barack Obama’s hate for America a communist thing?
Is Barack Hussein Obama’s hate for America a muslim thing? “
Therrrre ya go!
How does the Mexican chicken ranch fit into this narrative again? Or is that edited out along with the Marriott porno flicks?
“How come not a single member of Willards immediate family going back who knows how long has NEVER put on the uniform?”
Dunno. Willard’s daddy was too busy pimping Saul Alinsky. That accounts for one I guess. The other two generations were busy little roosters at the Mexican chicken ranch I believe.
300,000,000 million people in the country and the two Washington parties come up with the weirdest fringe freaks in our history, and at the same time.
Things that make you go, "Hmmmm..." Now, I don't want to claim a 'bipartisan' big gubmint cabal is to blame... that'd be about as obvious as claiming the sky is blue.
What you are saying is that he has no principles whatsoever.
Mitt Romney, his father and his mother, all were liberals (even pro-abortion) at their core, patriotism as we see it is not part of their make-up, they don’t even like us, the Romneys were and are anti-middle America, anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-serving in the military, anti-Reagan.
Nixon wanted George to run for that Senate seat to get him out of his administration.