Now that the All American Boy is gaining some traction among the republican presidential contenders, I think it's time the field talked turkey with you about the square jawed one.
Mitt Romney is trying to run his campaign as the real conservative in the republican primary. A modern day Ronald Reagan if you will. He has been moving farther and farther to the right ever since he declared his candidacy. Slick Mitt has made a smart calculating move to get the support of those hard core republican voters who usually turn out for the primaries, and then flip flop his way back to the middle for the general election. Hey, the boy didn't go to Harvard for nothing.
But did I say flip flop? Yes Mitt is somewhat of a flip flopper. I mean he was for abortion, before he needed the conservative vote and became against it. He was for gun control, before he found the NRA and now he is against that as well. He wanted folks to know that he was so pro guns, so much so that he even lied about being a lifetime hunter. He was Governor of the bluest of blue states, Massachusetts, and to hear him tell it, he hated every minute of having to govern those bleeding heart liberals. What a phony!
But hey, all politicians are phonies and they all lie to get what the want. And if you think about it, Mitt, with his perfect pearly whites, his straight out of central casting presidential gait and demeanor, and his phony one line talking points on the stump, is just what an inattentive intellectually challenged nation is yearning for. Please don't bore us with the minutia, just say a few nice words, and look good while you are doing it. The policy crap will come later. We will surround you with really smart people and they will feed you with everything you need to know. Kind of like we did with Reagan. That worked out pretty good didn't it? At least if you are a right wing republican it did. So because I am used to this, Mitt's flip flopping doesn't even phase me as much as you might think.
But here is where I point to the elephant (no pun intended) in the room. And here is what bothers me about old Mitt. Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and has been all his life. He is from a Mormon family, and he is sixty damn years old. "Oh field what are you saying? Careful with the religious bigotry" What I am saying is this: Mormons miraculously had this great vision and decided to allow black folks to become priests in their church in 1978. 1978! I didn't say 1878, I said 1978! So what the f**k could Mitt Romney possibly tell me to make me believe that he really thinks that all of us are equal? Oh, I don't know, maybe he could say this: "We are generous with the Negro, we are willing that the Negro have the highest education. I would be willing to let every Negro drive a Cadillac [you got em now Mr. Mormon 'Apostle'] If they could afford it...but let them enjoy this among themselves"~ "Apostle" ~Mark E. Peterson~. I mean that is what his fellow Mormon apostle said at the great Mormon University (BYU) no less. I am guessing that was a pretty accurate summation of the views of most Mormons at the time. Sorry Mitt, too much history with your church and my peeps, here is one field Negro that would never vote for your ass.
So I am not feeling the whole we have changed and now we all of a sudden love black people thing. I know you guys are really trying to change your image. Hell, you even have a black LDS web site. But at the end of the day..."The Negroes are not equal with other races, where the receipt of certain spiritual beliefs are concerned..it is the Lord's doing". ~LDS "Apostle Bruce R. McConkie~No, it is the Mormons' doing not the Lords. But it is easy for a religion that long held that blacks were "Satan's manifestation on earth" to hold those types of views. "Through their indifference or lack of integrity or righteousness blacks rendered themselves unworthy of the Priesthood and it's powers"~ LDS Historian B.H. Roberts~~ Yeah OK Mr. Roberts, I sure am glad you found us worthy in 1978. I don't know what we would have done if we weren't found worthy. I hope it helped your church to go main stream at least.
Now don't get it twisted, this is not about bashing the Latter Day Saints (LDS). Hey, I grew up a Seventh Day Adventist, so I know what it's like to have others view your religion as a cult or with scepticism. Every one who reads this blog know exactly how I feel about religion in general, and an individuals right to worship and believe or not to believe whatever he or she wants. Frankly, the Mormons could still be excluding black folks from their Priesthood, and have an all out ban on Negroes ever going to Utah, and I really could case less. But when a life long member of a religion that discriminated against my people until 1978 says he wants to lead 35 million of us as our President, well then Houston, (or should I say Utah) we have a problem. Especially when he claims to be a man of faith. Faith in what or in who? Brigham Young? The same Brigham Young who wrote in his "Journal of Discourse' this little gem? "Will the present struggle of the Civil War free the slave? No. Can you destroy the decrees of the almighty? You cannot". Well sorry Mr. Young; I am free, and I can vote, and I won't be voting for your boy Mitt.
I know many of you reading this will say: Damn field it's the man's religion. Yeah, well it's my race. And why should I believe that a man who flip flops about every damn thing to achieve a personal goal wouldn't lie about how he really feels about black folks? (1978). "Yeah but field the Mormons do good things they have missionaries who go to Africa and in the hood, they believe in service". Yeah well good for them, and I hope they keep doing good things, but I don't want this Mormon as my Commander in Chief. I see he did his missionary service in France. (How convenient, it also got him a deferment from Vietnam ) Hey, somebody had to feed all those poor starving people in Paris. Sorry, the more I think about Mitt, the more I hope and pray that he doesn't ever see the White House. The scary thing is, with al due respect to Reverend Al, the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that he will win. Think about it; who do you think America wants? The guy from central casting, or some black guy with a terrorist name and smart ass lady with feminist streak? If you picked Mitt the Mormon move to the head of the class.