The National Republican Convention is almost upon us and former Governor Mitt Romney has essentially already become the party's candidate for the 2012 Presidential election. While he represents many of the things that we need in a President to recover from the damage done to our economy by the actions of the current administration, including the impending colossal damage by the taxes and other provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act, I admit to disappointment.
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (the "Mormons"), like members of the Catholic Church, have similar convictions and practices in certain areas to what born-again Christians believe in: protection of the unborn, clean living, strengthening of the traditional family structure, and possibly others. However, their theology and specifically their Christology and doctrine of God is influenced by the Book of Mormon and differs enormously from Christian belief guided exclusively by the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. I was at first very reluctant to support Governor Romney because I did not know how these differences in belief might affect domestic and foreign policy decisions, should he take office.
The way that the Republican primary contests were conducted caused me to become progressively convinced that Governor Romney was the best of the candidates available. As I mentioned in earlier posts, the alternative candidates whom I hoped at first to see chosen to bear the party standard proceeded to rule themselves out as desirable choices. No one but Romney seemed to have the background in finance and business necessary to patch the leaks in the listing and crippled ship of the American economy. Some of the other candidates resorted to lying about Romney's record even after their charges were clearly and decisively rebutted.
One Republican primary candidate in particular, of whom I had thought highly as a Republican politician and as a scholar of American history, made an ill-fated proposal, not only to renew visiting the Moon but to build a colony there. The awesome and mind-boggling commitment to spending to establish and then to maintain and supply such an establishment showed that, far from being our potential answer to the current engorgement of Federal spending programs, he would be worse, as impossible as that previously had seemed. Another candidate of whom I had thought highly up until the 2012 primary cycle disappointed me as a potential standard-bearer for responsible and moral government by continuing to resort to charges against his opponent (Romney) which continued to be proven false or distorted forms of the truth.
For the record, I am profoundly disappointed in the inability of the so-called "Christian Right" - which the Left so often proclaims to be a threat to their intentions - to field an acceptable leader for the conservative cause. The best we could come up with as a movement, as a party, and as an ostensibly "Christian" country, was a Mormon whose religion holds that, "what Man now is, God once was, and what God now is, Man can become." That being said, I am unaware of any significant flaws in Governor Romney's personal morals, family life, or business record that would prevent me from voting for him. For four or eight years, he may do. He may do well. I hope we can come up with better leadership in the future.
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