As I predicted, MittMo Romney will be getting the Republican presidential nod. It doesn’t take a genius, of course, to predict this. The other candidates combined as a barrel full of dysfunction. The only mystery that remains is why Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are still running. Even Santorum dropped out. And Gingrich, the ethical and moral person that he is, is bouncing checks. A $500 check, mind you, written right in the heart of MittMo country. A check written to get his name on the ballot in Utah. Yeah, that’s ethics and morals.
But it brings up a very interesting conundrum. Will residents of the United States of America vote for a Mormon over an African American?
I personally believe that MittMo will NEVER win, because bias against Mormons is, if possible, stronger than it is against African Americans. Picking a VP running mate who has the evangelicals in his pocket could help, but is MittMo willing to do that? Probably, but will it be enough? I doubt it.
“When Mitt Romney received his patriarchal blessing as a Michigan teenager, he was told that the Lord expected great things from him. All young Mormon men — the “worthy males” of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as it is officially known — receive such a blessing as they embark on their requisite journeys as religious missionaries. But at 19 years of age, the youngest son of the most prominent Mormon in American politics — a seventh-generation direct descendant of one of the faith’s founding 12 apostles—Mitt Romney had been singled out as a destined leader.”
The White Horse Prophecy, compliments of Joseph Smith, is going to dog him…er, horse him, right into the stable where he he will stay. I don’t see how this can turn out any other way.
The problem lies in both the prophecy’s statement that “one mighty and strong” will take over the presidency, save the country just as the government is “hanging by a thread,” and from this point on the Church, the only true Church, would run the country; and the fact that this prophecy will bring attention raining down on the history of the Church.
So what’s the biggest problem? Joseph Smith was talking about HIMSELF. He really didn’t see MittMo–with his perfect hair and his perfect life and his one wife–as the man who was mighty and strong and all that.
More from Salon.com:
Romney avoids mentioning it, but Smith ran for president in 1844 as an independent commander in chief of an “army of God” advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government in favor of a Mormon-ruled theocracy. Challenging Democrat James Polk and Whig Henry Clay, Smith prophesied that if the U.S. Congress did not accede to his demands that “they shall be broken up as a government and God shall damn them.” Smith viewed capturing the presidency as part of the mission of the church. He had predicted the emergence of “the one Mighty and Strong” — a leader who would “set in order the house of God” — and became the first of many prominent Mormon men to claim the mantle.
Smith’s insertion of religion into politics and his call for a “theodemocracy where God and people hold the power to conduct the affairs of men in righteous matters” created a sensation and drew hostility from the outside world. But his candidacy was cut short when he was shot to death by an anti-Mormon vigilante mob. Out of Smith’s national political ambitions grew what would become known in Mormon circles as the “White Horse Prophecy” — a belief ingrained in Mormon culture and passed down through generations by church leaders that the day would come when the U.S. Constitution would “hang like a thread as fine as a silk fiber” and the Mormon priesthood would save it.
So, it’s no surprise that many Mormons of Romney’s generation believe that HE is the one mighty and strong. The question is, does Mitt believe it? There is, among Mormons, a sense of entitlement. They believe themselves to be God’s children, but Generation X Mormons don’t know much of the Church’s early history, and would find the White Horse Prophecy and things like Joseph Smith practicing polygamy quite baffling. Younger Mormons do not realize that Joseph had lots of wives, Brigham Young taught killing people was the way to bring them closer to God (See blood atonement), and Danites were roaming the country killing people for God–or Joseph and Brigham, however you want to look at it.
The Danites WERE God’s Army.
And as MittMo mounts his campaign, more and more scrutiny is going to come to rest on the heads of the Mormons and the LDS Church and its violent past. There simply is no getting past the fact that early Mormonism was nothing short of bloody and controversial. Is this something Mormons alone deal with? Of course not. Religion, and the My-God-Can-Beat-Up-Your-God philosophy is rampant in any fundamental religion, and by fundamental, I am not talking about Weenie Rat Face aka Warren Jeffs, and his merry band of perverted miscreants.
So how does Mitt overcome this? He doesn’t. It’s not his to overcome. The Mormon Church is going to have to step up, own up, and back away from their controversial past in order to get a Mormon in the White House. And what will that do to their claims and belief to have the only one true church?
Ah, a conundrum… It will be interesting to see where it goes from here.