I have some serious reservations about Mitt Romney running for President. After all, he’s a Mormon.
Now, why would a Mormon (the author of this post) say such a thing about a fellow member of the true Church? Am I anti-Republican, and ergo anti-Romney? No, that would not be accurate. While I am not a Republican currently, I was a fervent member of the Grand Old Party for quite a few years. Do I hold some sort of grudge against a man who was born in wealth and educated in the sacred halls of both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School? (See Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney for more details).
No, it is absolutely fair to say that I bear this man no grudge and no ill-will. He’s handsome with more than a little bit of JFK-ishness; he’s obviously extremely intelligent; and he possesses uncanny political skills. After all, he’s a Republican governor of one of the more liberal states in the U.S.
My uneasiness lies with the fact that I don’t think America will be serviced by a Mormon President. And likewise, I don’t think that our Church will be blessed because we have a Mormon in the White House. Why? Why would I make such ribald statements?
Because, to be quite blunt, the American political system is totally and completely corrupted. I no longer believe that any man or woman can win the Presidency unless he or she makes concessions and deals with organizations and people that represent the dark side of the universe. I no longer believe that you can be President and afford to be completely honest 100% of the time. Why? Because that honesty will hang you by the throat.
Assuming Romney runs, and it appears likely that he is going to, then we just might see a Romney-Clinton race in 2008. Christian evangelicals are going to withold their support because they cannot countenance a Mormon President anymore than a Protestant could countenance a Muslim one. And, assuming Romney wins the biggest prize in American politics, we might end up with Mormons not countenancing a Mormon President, for at least a couple of reasons: it will divide the membership of the Church even more than it is already, and when the inevitable Romney scandal surfaces, it will not reflect kindly on the Church.
Thoughts? Opinions? I just thought that I would throw my reservations out there into the ether and see if anybody has anything they would like to share.