It has been a little over 225 years since a beleaguered little group of pilgrims huddled from home to home in Europe to have their faith gatherings. This group, hunted by a queen and some nations’ leaders were shunned by the mainstream religions of the day. They were forced to board small, wooden ships to escape severe religious persecution. Unable to internalize and repair the damage of discrimination and persecution of their own kind, this little group of protestant religionists, once in their new home, now exiled fellow members of their faith. They forced sinners to wear scarlet letters, locked each other in stocks, and burned young girls at the stake. All in the name of religion and “truth’s” sake. These were people who earnestly sought to behold truth, but instead became blinded by their insatiable appetite for power, complete and unmitigated conformity, and domination of the human spirit.
Fast forward to the political and religious landscape of America today. Has anything really changed? Again and again, we are seeing the Rev. Mike Huckabee and his political congregation using the same barbaric methods of bigotry and bottom-feeding ethics to accomplish the task of reigning with supreme power over our nation. All the other candidates, besides Mitt Romney, have played below-the-belt dirty. Huckabee promotes an idea of “trustworthiness” yet every count and every turn of reality shows this flies in the face of any, even generous, reason.
Mitt Romney has no reason to play scum ball. He has a work ethic like no other, a success record like no other. He has been blessed with an abundance of good fortune and seeks to share his assets with a nation that is in dire need of the talents he not only has been given, but has arduously cultivated. He does not need to “prove” himself, he has already done that. He is offering to share that greatness with the ultimate venture, our nation.
Mitt Romney plays a clean game, a respectable game, and an honorable game. It is these characteristics that seem so “foreign” in our American society. It is the strategy of maturity and decency. A man whose character was forged out of another group of persecuted religionists, the Latter-day Saints. This time, however, this later group of Christians were able to overcome some of mankind’s vilest savagery to become some of the world’s most upstanding, moral, faith-promoting and restorative influence our world has ever known. And no matter what, this group will never stoop to the depths of spewing hatred and vitriol. The Mormons will continue their project of restoring humanity to its God-intended virtue, one life, one soul, and one act of service at a time.
Our nation is revealing, by its despicably negligent response in upholding Article VI, – that there shall be no religious test for political office – can hardly profess to be a party that proclaims to uphold the Constitution. This only goes to show not only how derailed our nation is, but how hijacked the Republican party has become. Everything considered to be Holy in the founding of our country will be annihilated by the same disturbed followers that would eagerly participate in the tar and feathering of another in some twisted and sick belief that it serving the common good.