Will Progressives Try to Paint Romney, because he is Mormon, as a Liability to the Liberal/Progressive agenda? **Update** MSNBC’s O’Donnell’s Rant against Mormons

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Excerpted from an article from Canada Free Press:

Democrat presidents FDR and JFK and recent candidates Al Gore (2000) and John Kerry (2004) all eminently qualify for the 1% club

Inherited Family fortunes of FDR, JFK, Gore and Kerry Compared to Romney

April 4, 2012

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Unlike other Mormon young men, Mitt did not instinctively head for Brigham Young University in Utah but sought to integrate into American life more fully. He enrolled at Stanford University near the counter-culture epicenter of the Sixties. This is the story of the likely Republican candidate for President. It is the American dream of personal success in the space of only two generations. Both he and his father achieved success by relying on innovation and “thinking outside the box”.

Mitt Romney will face Barack Hussein Obama and the President will play every card in his hand of divisiveness and pitting Americans against each other—first and foremost the racial card, then the gender card and the ethnic card with Hispanics. Obama will certainly play the class card of the Occupy Movement. Mormons will be portrayed as anti-Black, anti-women and anti-Hispanic, a cult of wealthy elitists – you can count on it. The only card Obama needs for a straight flush is the one he doesn’t have and can’t play – the one testifying to a record of achievement, keeping promises and success—that’s Romney’s card.

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Reiterated:

Mormons will be portrayed as anti-Black, anti-women and anti-Hispanic, a cult of wealthy elitists – you can count on it.

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Progressives had better be careful here…….

Mormons in the U.S. Congress

Apr 8, 2008

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This article lists the 16 Mormons who currently serve in the 110th U.S. Congress and comments on their comparative voting records.

The erstwhile presidential candidacy of Mitt Romney has drawn much attention to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormon church), of which he is a member. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is certainly not the first Mormon to hold powerful political office in the United States. Several other states, including Utah, Arizona, Idaho and New Mexico have also had governors who were members of the Mormon church. Currently, there are 16 members of the 110th U.S. Congress who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or related faiths. (Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) is a member of the Community of Christ faith, formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or RLDS church. Members of this faith do not customarily refer to themselves as Mormons, and the author intends no slight to Rep. Boswell in so doing as a matter of convenience.)

Roll Call

Sorted by chamber, then in alphabetical order by last name:

Senators:

Robert Bennett (R-Utah) since 1993

Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) since 1999

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) since 1977

Harry Reid (D-Nevada) since 1987

Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) since 1997

Representatives:

Robert Bishop (R-Utah) since 2003

Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) since 1997

Christopher Cannon (R-Utah) since 1997

John Doolittle (R-California) since 1991

Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) since 2001

Dean Heller (R-Nevada) since 2007

Walter Herger (R-California) since 1987

James Matheson (D-Utah) since 2001

Howard McKeon (R-California) since 1993

Michael Simpson (R-Idaho) since 1999

Thomas Udall (D-New Mexico) since 1999

Do Mormon Politicians Vote as a Bloc?

Space limitations in this venue do not permit an exhaustive review and comparison of the voting records of the Senators and Representatives listed above. However, there is evidence (both empirical and rigorously academic) that the notion of bloc voting by the “Mormon contingent” in Congress is a myth.

Empirical Evidence of Political Independence

If these men thought and acted in lockstep and placed religious affiliation above all other concerns, one would expect them all to have enthusiastically supported Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy. Yet, only four of the sixteen men actually endorsed Romney. Some said it was simply too early in the race to endorse a specific candidate. Others, such as Sen. Gordon Smith, actively supported a different candidate (in Smith’s case, John McCain.) There was certainly no united “Mormon front” behind Mitt Romney in Congress.

A Confirming Academic Study

The question of religious affiliation’s effect on legislative voting has also been studied with academic rigor. A recent paper by Damon Cann of the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia rigorously evaluated the extent to which religious identification influences the roll-call voting behavior of Mormon members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Cann noted that “the possibility for influence seems high in the Mormon case as Mormon citizens demonstrate high levels of support for pronounced church positions on ballot initiatives. However, a review of influences on legislative decision making shows that the theoretical rationale for religious influence on legislative roll-call voting is tenuous at best. Results showed that across a range of different issue areas, Mormon representatives are no more unified in their voting behavior than randomly selected sets of legislators.”

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From The Salt Lake Tribune:

Harry Reid: A Mormon in the middle

BY THOMAS BURR

THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

PUBLISHED OCTOBER 25, 2009

Excerpted:

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The LDS Church declined comment for this story but pointed to its statement on relationships with government.

It says that elected officials who are LDS make their own decisions “and may not necessarily be in agreement with one another or even with a publicly stated church position.”

And the church has made efforts in the past to dispel the notion that it sides with conservative politics. In 1998, church General Authority Marlin Jensen stressed that good Mormons can also be good Democrats. The late James E. Faust, a Democrat and then a member of the First Presidency, the church’s top governing body, said it was in the church’s best interest to have a two-party system.

Still, Mormon faithful remain overwhelmingly conservative. A survey released in July by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life showed that 65 percent of Mormons aligned themselves with the Republican Party or leaned that way, while 22 percent sided with the Democratic Party.

There are 14 members of the LDS Church in Congress. Ten are Republicans and four are Democrats.

But even some of the well-known Republican elected Mormons defend Reid as a faithful church member.

“He has the right to voice his opinions but I would under no circumstances challenge Harry’s credentials as a member of the church,” says Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah.

Bennett’s Utah Senate colleague, Orrin Hatch, says it’s not fair for fellow Mormons to disparage Reid as anything but a devout Mormon. Hatch says he didn’t agree with Reid’s statement on the gay marriage ballot question but said he’s entitled to speak it.

“I can personally tell you that Harry is a good member of the LDS faith and he was expressing a personal opinion that his side feels very deeply about,” Hatch says.

Reid says church leaders have never complained about his political statements.

Reid’s calling » Shortly after being elected in 1986, church leaders summoned Reid to their Salt Lake City headquarters.

“It was a pretty short meeting,” Reid says. “They said, here’s your assignment: Be the best member of the church you can be. That was it.”

Even on the most recent issue of gay marriage, Reid says he doesn’t disagree with the church’s position on traditional marriage. The senator says he voted in Nevada for the state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

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Will the Progressives be dumb enough to try to play their “anti-cards” in the 2012 elections knowing there are Mormons on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. Congress?

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**UPDATE** April 4, 2012

MSNBC’S BIGOT SQUAD ATTACKS MORMONISM

by WILLIAM BIGELOW

On MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” O’Donnell stated of Mormonism and Mitt Romney:

Mormonism was created by a guy in Upstate New York in 1830 when he got caught having sex with the maid and explained to his wife that God told him to do it. 48 wives later Joseph Smith’s lifestyle was completely sanctified in the religion he invented to go along with it, which Mitt Romney says he believes.

Notwithstanding the fact that O’Donnell is an unhinged leftist, would MSNBC tolerate such open bigotry? Of course they would.

Try Chris Matthews on Christianity, circa 2009: “The group in this country that most resembles the Taliban, ironically, is the religious right.”

Or how about Matthews, in September of 2007, when confronted by Ron Christie, a special assistant to former President George W. Bush, with the evidence that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad planned to commit genocide against the Jews of Israel: “Slow it down on the word exterminate.  Exterminate? He’s obviously anti-Israeli, but exterminate? Exterminate?

With regard to Islam – well, not so much. In fact, when Congressman Peter King called for an investigation into Islamic terror groups growing in America, Ed Schultz stated, “Some American-Muslims think King’s proposal has bigoted intentions. I think they’re spot on. This guy has a track record of hate against Muslims. I think he’s trying to demonize an entire religion …”

Demonize an entire religion? No, that’s reserved for the brilliant minds at MSNBC, who do it on a regular basis.

Video of O’Donnell referencing Mormon Religion and Mitt Romney

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