I’ll be honest, I have been completely shocked this past week to hear the reactions from the outcome of the presidential election. A large number of my Facebook friends are of the Mormon faith, and they seem to be in mourning. These same people, who a day earlier were singing the praises of a free land where every voice is heard, and every vote counts, now curse the fraudulent nature of the voting system that has apparently been manipulate by men with dirty hands.
Let me clear up a few things to try and ease the pain and suffering I’ve witnessed among those who supported Mitt. This is also done in an attempt to inform those who are not Mormon, that not all Mormons are in mourning. The way I look at it, Obama and Romney were pretty much the same. They like a war-based foreign policy, showed no commitment to cut spending, supported government run healthcare, and have an agenda of “security for America” (aka less freedom).
Here are some things to consider before you lose all hope in the future of our country:
1. I don’t believe Mitt Romney was God’s choice. I have no doubt he is a wonderful caring man, so I’m going to chalk up his political platform to ignorance. I have a hard time understanding how someone who supports the Patriot Act, the Federal Reserve, detaining US citizens indefinitely without a trial, and an aggressive, military minded foreign policy – I have a hard time understanding how he was the hope of a people who follow the Prince of Peace.
2. Mitt Romney was not going to save the Constitution. Ron Paul was. Mitt even acknowledged (see here) that Paul was the expert on the matter. One one occasion, Romney was asked if it was constitutional to declare war without a declaration of war, Romney said “I’d have to consult my attorneys”.
3. I have not lost faith in my religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is still true. To clarify again for those not familiar with the Mormon Church, here is our church’s statement on political neutrality. Our church as a whole was not backing Romney. I don’t consider this a defeat for Mormonism. I wonder how many Mormons would have voted for Romney if he wasn’t Mormon, and actually understood his policies on war, the federal reserve, civil liberties, etc. I also wonder who they would have voted for if Obama was the Mormon. I understand that many did know his policies and still supported him, but I also know of many who didn’t listen to one debate, have no idea what he stood for, and voted heavily based on his religious persuasion.
4. I didn’t vote for Romney, and not all Mormons did. I’ve always said, “The only thing more disturbing than not voting for someone because of their religion, is voting FOR someone BECAUSE of their religion.” Again, this is not to say that all who voted for him did so based on religion, but it’s just to reinforce that I don’t understand how so many people can be SO devastated that he lost, when his record in Massachusetts and his platform is so disturbing.
I’ve played this over in my mind countless times. My wife has even asked me if I think I’m clouded. I’ve thought that many times through this whole election process. I keep having this one thought come into my mind: It’s the actions that count. It’s not what a man says in politics, but it’s how he votes and it’s the policies that he puts in place that is the measure of who he is.
Thus concludes my one and only Election 2012 post. Good night all.