Update: Please also see Breaking Down the Hedge (#5), which is entirely devoted to Mitt Romney!
The purpose of this page is to address the issues that surround presidential candidate Mitt Romney and the moral issues that voting for him raises. I do not support Barack Obama in any way. I was originally a Romney supporter. But, it is my opinion, after much study, that there is currently no viable option for president in 2012. I know Romney supporters have good intentions, but the road to Hades is paved with such. Because this is such an important issue, I hope you will take the time to study these issues yourself and come to your own prayerful and educated decision.
The majority of my positions below are supported by LDS (Latter-day Saint, or “Mormon”) scripture. Non-Mormons may not recognize the passages, but the messages will resound as Biblical.
It is my hope that the reader will have the courage to do what is right, even though it may not be popular; to cling to the word of God before the words of men. If ever in your life you have felt to “to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death” (Mosiah 18:9), I would remind you that this is surely one of those time, and definitely one of those places.
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The Anti-Evil Approach
And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God. (D&C 98:11)
Most Romney supporters I talk to recognize that he has some undesirable traits (If not, there’s the rest of this article for you to consider.), so they tell me that they are choosing him because he is the “lesser of two evils.” The problem with this approach is that you are still choosing evil! If you are okay with this, knock yourself out, but I don’t reckon the Lord approves, as evidenced by the passage above, and pretty much everything else in the scriptures. Therefore, I recommend the “Anti-Evil Approach.” Don’t vote for evil. It’s that simple. You may not be popular, but you’ll always be right.
Honest, Good, and Wise
Nevertheless, when the wicked rule 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. (D&C 98:10)
In these verses, the Lord lays out a few basic guidelines for democratically selecting our “rulers.” They should be good, wise, and honest. Many LDS Romney supporters feel that Mitt Romney is trustworthy because he has served in “positions of responsibility”1 within the LDS church. As a Latter-day Saint, I can respect any man who has served in the kinds of Church positions that Mitt Romney has. As long as he served with goodness, wisdom, and honesty. But I have no idea because I wasn’t there. The truth is, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23; see also D&C 38:11) and that includes Mormons of all stripes and titles. People do their sinning in private, it should be remembered (see D&C 58:60), and try to hide them even from the Lord, hence the name “works of darkness.” Titles and positions are outward manifestations, and can be deceiving. Yes, there are secret sins even among “our brethren;” we know because the Lord said so (see Alma 37:23), and so did a modern prophet.
Unfortunately, the wickedness of human nature has been displayed for us both in modern LDS Church history and in the Primitive Church of Christ’s time. Latter-day Saints may recall the shenanigans chronicled throughout the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history where people were being excommunicated right and left for apostasy, including “men in high positions,” some of whom were Apostles. Jesus had followers turn their backs on him in droves, too, and one of his own Apostles sold him to his murderers!
It is therefore irresponsible – not to mention dangerous! – to assume righteousness on the part of any individual because of the position they hold in the Church.
How then do we determine if a candidate is “honest, good, and wise?”
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. (Matthew 7:15-20)
The Lord is telling us here that we can tell whether a person is worthy of our trust by examining his “fruits” or works. What are some of the fruits of Mitt Romney’s political career? While he served as governor of Massachusetts, the very first “gay marriages” were performed, causing the snowball effect that has seen gay marriage forced on state after state, and on the military, and caused the erosion of both freedom of speech and freedom of religion. What was Governor Romney’s part in all this? Read “The Mitt Romney Report” at the MassResistance website and find out! The argument from supporters is that Gov. Romney had nothing to do with passing “gay marriage;” however, the facts (and photos and documents) show that he was very much involved. The entire country has suffered, not only because their freedoms are being taken away, but because homosexuality is abominable to the Lord, as the Bible makes clear, and He ceases to bless a nation that pursues wickedness.
And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.
For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.
And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.
Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written. (Ether 2:9-12)
One other prominent work that can be attributed to Mitt Romney is mandatory healthcare, which also did not exist in America, pre-Romney. To begin with, this is a Socialist program, from start to finish. Karl Marx wrote, “the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”1 When the government controls your money, by taking it forcefully, and using it for something against your will, your private property has been abolished.
Some have argued that since “Romneycare” was instituted on a state level, it was/is legal, and is therefore acceptable. I have one thing to say to that: the legality of a thing does not prove its correctness! Latter-day Saints should be particularly appalled that a fellow “Mormon” would implement such a thing, considering the strongly held belief that the agency of man – the freedom to choose for oneself – is the most important and central tenet of God’s plan for us, His children (see Abraham 3:25), and that none other than Satan, the Devil, fought against God to take that freedom from us, which was the impetus for the War in Heaven! All things considered, then, Mitt Romney’s current posturing against “ObamaCare” is little comfort.
The War in Heaven was fought after Satan said that he would force everyone to obey his ideas. That was rejected. As a result, we have our moral agency and the freedom to choose our course in this life…
In the Church, stewardship is not limited to a temporal trust or responsibility. President Spencer W. Kimball taught: “We are stewards over our bodies, minds, families, and properties.”
(Stewardship—a Sacred Trust, by Quentin L. Cook, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, General Conference, Oct. 2009.)
I have discussed other issues of concern I have with Mitt Romney here, here, and here, but those listed above are of most grave concern to me. If you agree with my assessments, you are probably asking yourself…
What Do We Do Now?
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent…
And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (Acts 2:37-38, 40)
Indeed, the first thing we must do is to repent of our former allegiances to evil men, and turn our faces to God. The Lord has given us the Constitution, as He tells us in D&C 101:77, 80, and He intends that we follow it:
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. (D&C 98:5-7)
Mitt Romney says that his “blueprint is the Constitution of the United States.”1 Can’t we trust that? Well, Mitt Romney has demonstrated very little knowledge of the Constitution (see here), shown an appalling lack of concern for violations of the Constitution, as well as express his own intent to continue violating the Constitution since Obama has gotten away with it (read here), and expressed the intent to let lawyers, of all people, be the ones to determine what is Constitutional and what’s not, despite its short and concise terminology (see here). He also expressed his support for two of the most egregious laws to ever have passed: the PATRIOT ACT, and the NDAA, both of which have served to not only greatly remove the freedoms of American citizens, but which also have given the American president the ability to imprison us for no reason, with no explanation, for an indefinite length of time, and even to torture and kill us. Do you see a problem or twelve here? Is this a man who understands and upholds the Constitution?
The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner
A modern-day prophet of the Lord has declared that the Constitution is like scripture, since it was inspired by God. He said:
I reverence the Constitution of the United States as a sacred document. To me its words are akin to the revelations of God, for God has placed His stamp of approval upon it.
(Our Divine Constitution, by President Ezra Taft Benson. General Conference, Saturday Morning Session, 3 October 1987.)
That same man also said that we must seek for and support candidates who not only believe in the Constitution, but who take a specific view of it:
The First Presidency… gave us the guideline a few years ago of supporting political candidates “who are truly dedicated to the Constitution in the tradition of our Founding Fathers.” (Deseret News, November 2, 1964.)
(As quoted in Vote for Principles Over Party, Politics and Pocketbook, by Brian Mecham at Latter-day Conservative)
This means that we must learn how the Founders viewed the Constitution, and discover what their intentions were behind the things they wrote in it. This is quite easily done nowadays, as their writings are freely available through wonderful organizations such as the National Center for Constitutional Studies. I have also created The School of Freedom, to enable interested citizens to study the Constitution, free of charge, from the comfort of their own home. It doesn’t get any easier!
Before we leave off Romney, however, we must address a final matter, the one that prompted me to write this article in the first place…
The Elephant In Another Room: Guantanamo
Five years ago, during the 2008 presidential debates, Mitt Romney gave a speech in which he stated that he is not only opposed to closing Guantanamo, but that he wants to “double Guantanamo.” If you are unfamiliar with the subject, our government has placed certain “enemy combatants” in that location precisely because they have no legal standing, and therefore can be tortured and killed without recourse.
As I considered his words, I thought back on the actions of Captain Moroni from The Book of Mormon, a man about whom we are told, “if all men… were… like unto Moroni, behold the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” Our family has been reading about Captain Moroni recently, and I recalled the numerous times we are told how he commanded his men to stop fighting their enemies whenever they had the upper hand, in order to give the enemy an opportunity to end the battle peacefully, because he “did not delight in the shedding of blood.” (See Alma 48:23.) Not only did Captain Moroni shed as little blood as possible, he also fed the “enemy combatants” that he had taken prisoner upon provisions that were scarce at the time. (See Alma 54:2.)
Prior to the story of Captain Moroni, we are also told about the great king Mosiah, who was so well-beloved by his people in part because “neither had he delighted in the shedding of blood.” (See Mosiah 29:40.)
After pondering these two examples, I wondered if there was any mention of torture in The Book of Mormon. In fact, there is one, right at the end. Another Moroni (not Captain Moroni), was writing as the final prophet, as he watched the demise of his people. Both major groups of people, the Nephites and Lamanites, had descended into gross wickedness, and become the most horribly Satanic individuals imaginable:
And notwithstanding this great abomination of the Lamanites, it doth not exceed that of our people in Moriantum. For behold, many of the daughters of the Lamanites have they taken prisoners; and after depriving them of that which was most dear and precious above all things, which is chastity and virtue—
And after they had done this thing, they did murder them in a most cruel manner, torturing their bodies even unto death; and after they have done this, they devour their flesh like unto wild beasts, because of the hardness of their hearts; and they do it for a token of bravery. (Moroni 9:10)
Note that the victims were sexually abused prior to being otherwise tortured to death. In several U.S. detention facilities, the following acts have been reported:
Detainees in US custody in Abu Ghraib, Kandahar and Bagram (where many were taken to before Guantanamo) have reported being sodomised with broomsticks, a ‘chemical light’ or rifles. Other forms of sexual humiliation reported have been; parading men naked in front of female soldiers, forcing them to wear women’s underwear and dance with other men, forcing them to undress in front of female interrogators and guards, touching their genitals or provoking them in a ‘humiliating’ way and forcing them to watch pornography. Most detainees in U.S. custody have alleged that they were either raped, threatened with rape, or anally probed.
Is this the way we maintain our status as a nation in the eyes of the Lord? The Lord has given us the following ultimatum, which should be familiar to all Latter-day Saints:
Wherefore, this land is consecrated [made sacred] unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever… inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.
But behold, when the time cometh that they shall dwindle in unbelief, after they have received so great blessings from the hand of the Lord…behold, I say, if the day shall come that they will reject the Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah, their Redeemer and their God, behold, the judgments of him that is just shall rest upon them.
Yea, he will bring other nations unto them, and he will give unto them power, and he will take away from them the lands of their possessions, and he will cause them to be scattered and smitten.
Yea, as one generation passeth to another there shall be bloodsheds, and great visitations among them; wherefore, my sons, I would that ye would remember; yea, I would that ye would hearken unto my words. (2 Nephi 1:7-12)
The prophet-king Mosiah, also said:
Yea, and moreover I say unto you, that if this highly favored people of the Lord should fall into transgression, and become a wicked and an adulterous people, that the Lord will deliver them up, that thereby they become weak like unto their brethren; and he will no more preserve them by his matchless and marvelous power, as he has hitherto preserved our fathers.
Do we really want to “double Guantanamo?”
The Answer Is, There Is No Answer
By now, you have probably realized that there is no justification for voting for either of the two presidential candidates currently being held as our “only choices,” lest we offend God and contribute to our own ruin.
Who should we vote for, then? I will be writing in Ron Paul. You can do what you like. It probably does not matter, as the “secret combinations” have already gotten above us, and currently control so many of our judges, lawyers, high priests, and government leaders (just as they did prior to destroying the Book of Mormon civilizations), that we can do little but repent and put our trust in God. If you know of a commandment you are not keeping, I would suggest you make a change. Food storage is a commandment to Latter-day Saints, but few have the year’s supply that they have been instructed to get.
Is it okay to vote third party? Would the Lord approve? Aren’t we just throwing our vote away?
Joseph Smith said:
“Under existing circumstances we have no other alternative, and if we can accomplish our object well, if not we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that we have acted conscientiously and have used our best judgment; and if we have to throw away our votes, we had better do so upon a worthy, rather than upon an unworthy individual, who might make use of the weapon we put in his hand to destroy us with.”
Suggested Further Reading:
Open Letter to Mormons Regarding Ron Paul, by Robert Higgins (Latter-day Conservative)
What Do the Scriptures Teach Us About War? by Brian Mecham (Latter-day Conservative)
Christ and the Constitution, Ezra Taft Benson (Latter-day Conservative)
The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner, Ezra Taft Benson (Latter-day Conservative)
1. There is a fallacy that has crept into LDS culture from other cultures and religions, which is the belief that a person is somehow more important or more worthy than others if he holds certain leadership positions. Nowhere should this fallacy be more obvious than among Latter-day Saints, for the Lord tells us that he is “no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34; D&C 38:16), and “one being is as precious in his sight as the other.” (Jacob 2:21) For this reason, almost all positions in the LDS Church are held for short periods of time, after which a man of former so-called “high position” may find himself teaching four-year-olds, or distributing books in the ward library.↩
By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them
1. US Communism, Food, Healthcare (“The Little Paper”), Mary Sparrowdancer (Rense.com)↩
What Do We Do Now?
1. My plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution… (MittRomney.com) <http://www.mittromney.com/my-plans-protect-freedom-and-opportunity-and-our-blueprint-constitution>↩