But, definitely revealing.
For the record, we despise the use of religion in politics and strongly believe that Mormons the vast majority of Mormons are outstanding, charitable, and caring community leaders. Our issue is with Mr. Romney, whom we believe to be a lying, job-killing, money-exporting, consistently misleading bloviator. Thus, when he ends his debate performance with several unabashed lies:
I care about 100 percent of the American people. I want 100 percent of the American people to have a bright and prosperous future. I care about our kids. I understand what it takes to make a bright and prosperous future for America again. I spent my life in the private sector, not in government. I’m a guy who wants to help with the experience I have, the American people.Then proceeds to conclude with an emphatic statement of his faith, we believe that his use of faith is as fair game as his consistently misleading words:
My — my passion probably flows from the fact that I believe in God. And I believe we’re all children of the same God. I believe we have a responsibility to care for one another. I — I served as a missionary for my church. I served as a pastor in my congregation for about 10 years. I’ve sat across the table from people who were out of work and worked with them to try and find new work or to help them through tough times.Indeed, we believe that Gov. Romney is devout in his religious beliefs. If anyone doubts this faith, they only need to look at the pictures below, which clearly illustrate his adherence to his faith's doctrines regarding undergarments.
However, Gov. Romney has avoided the specifics of his faith for the two decades of his political career. His religion is important to him. And, we applaud his faith. The issue is that he dances around it in front of more conservative audiences, because all too many evangelicals despise the Mormon church, often deriding it as a "cult." Thus, we believe it was actually quite brave of him to wear his sacred garments in such a visible way in the debates.
At the same time, his campaign has, through surrogates—and Romney's silence—consistently mocked President Obama's "otherness." Whether it be through an incessant, unprecedented questioning of the President's birth certificate or the constant allusions to his father's Muslim faith, Willard "Mitt" Romney has all too often stood silent, as surrogates, superpacs, and the right wing media machine spin deceitful attacks on the President's "true faith," "origin," or "allegiance to the United States." Thus, this "gotcha" is, in our eyes, fair game, especially when his very recent attempts to ground his campaign in "faith" are most likely the function of a seriously cynical strategic decision to leverage "faith" as a way to quietly cast aspersions on the President's ethnic heritage.
Indeed, the GOP and the Romney campaign, through their proxies across the right-wing media-juggernaut have consistently sought to question President Obama's faith, his Christianity, and the origin of his birth. For his part, Gov. Romney has stood mute, time and again, as the GOP media elite's sought to plant large seeds of doubt in the minds of impressionable voters about whether or not the President is Muslim, and thus, in their eyes "foreign" and "un-American." Indeed, Gov. Romney's speeches to his partisans have consistently tried to paint the President's policies, values, and goals as "foreign." This, of course is simply and extension of the "Southern Strategy" crafted by Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign to leverage the racism, or at least fear of that which is "other" to extricate white working class voters from an uneasy Democratic coalition in rural and southern states.
With some success, this strategy continues to work in many battleground districts across Middle America, particularly in areas where the economy continues to stagnate or even decline. Here, the Romney campaign and its superpac surrogates, sow doubts about the President's economic, social, and foreign policy agendas by incessantly questioning the American-ness of his psyche by casting odd allusions to the "legitimacy" of his birth certificate, while building an imaginary spiritual bridge to Kenya, and thus, "Islam," while their less direct surrogates suggest in blog after blog that President Obama's true agenda is to "place America under Sharia law."
Unfortunately, if Gov. Romney continues to refuse to refute the brash and untrue tidings set forth by his surrogates, his party, and his supporters, it is completely fair to point out that he is indeed a man wholly devoted to his own, very distinctive "faith." For the curious observer, please look closely beneath the cuff on the left of the photos below.