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Mitt Romney: Governor of Massachusetts, native son of Michigan, Utah defender of the faith and progeny of polygamous family connections of the Mormon past.  Mitt may end up as the Republican nominee due to his deep connection to the Mormon Church and their clannish commitment to each other in the primary season.  One thing is easy to surmise, the Mormon Church wants the Mitt presidency and will apparently wield its considerable influence to attain this long standing goal, the Presidency of the United States.   See how after the fold...

This has been a goal of the Mormons since Joseph Smith, Mormon Church founder ran for US President in 1844.  Source Source

Mormons tend to be Republican.  Mormon Church leaders ARE Republican.  Now there will be some in the comments section who will discredit this idea as not so, but the evidence is mounting again.  I say again because this political connection to the Republicans goes back to 1896 when Utah became a state.  Reed Smoot was elected to the US Senate and the Protestants in Utah attempted to have his seating blocked in the Senate because of his polygamous practices in violation of the Edmunds Act.  So important was his seating to the Mormon Church, that Mormon church President Wilford Woordruff perjured himself before the Senate Committee investigating these charges concerning the church practices of polygamy post 1890 (the date the Mormons claim to have abandoned polygamy). Source  Mitt Romney is tightly connected to top Mormon leaders and sometime by direct family relationships.

The Mormon Church has learned its lessons along the way as well.  The Church now takes a decidedly back room approach to politics may be as a result of the 1936 "New Deal" Election for FDR.  How did Mormon Leadership deal with the 1936 election?

"Church attempts to influence Deseret News readers have sometimes backfired. During the 1936 presidential campaign, Church President Heber J. Grant (who detested the Democrats’ New Deal policies) had another member of the Church’s First Presidency write an unsigned editorial accusing Franklin D. Roosevelt of ‘knowingly promoting unconstitutional laws and... advocating communism,’ among other things. The editorial outraged Mormon voters. Many saw the conservative hand of the Church presidency in the editorial; over seventy percent of the letters sent to the First Presidency office soon after its publication condemned the editorial. One historian noted that over 1,200 Latter-day Saints canceled their subscriptions to the Deseret News because of the editorial. It had clearly caused a backlash, and a few days after its publication, 69.3 percent of Utah’s votes went for Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal (see D. Michael Quinn, J. Reuben Clark: The Church Years, p. 75)."

  •    John Heinerman and Anson Shule, The Mormon Corporate Empire, p. 38

Blow ups like this where it became  obvious that the political interests of the rank file Mormon were not in sync with the General Authorities are black eyes that the Church wises to avoid.  The answer:  take politics back to the back rooms – the same back rooms that protected and fostered polygamy.  Back rooms filled with high church leadership, stake presidents and volunteer adjunctive organizations like the Freeman Institute to reshape thinking. Source  

Additional reshaping by controlling history and political thought within the church by purging academics with alternative views at BYU and paying millions to a world class forger that claimed to have a letter that Joseph Smith received revelations from a salamander.

Not until the election of Eisenhower did the top church hierarchy take a prominent national role when Apostle Ezra Taft Benson and closeted John Birch Society loyalist become the Secretary of Agriculture.  Years later Benson would offer the following opinion:

"In February 1974 Apostle Ezra Taft Benson was asked during an interview if a good Mormon could also be a liberal Democrat. Benson pessimistically replied: ‘I think it would be very hard if he was living the gospel and understood it.’"

  •    John Heinerman and Anson Shule, The Mormon Corporate Empire, p. 142

This well publicized comment made at BYU reverberated through Utah in the midst of freshman liberal Democratic Congressman Wayne Owens (and Mormon) running for the Senate seat left vacant by Wallace Bennett.  In a close race, Owens was defeated by future spacemen and Mayor of Slat Lake City, Jake Garn.  Many attributed Benson’s comment as a leading reason for the defeat of Wayne Owens.  This impacted me in a big way.  In 1972 I worked on the McGovern Campaign in Utah and opposed the Vietnam War.  In 1973, I went on a Mormon mission only to learn Benson did not believe that I was not a good Mormon – well as it turns out Benson was right.

As a committed liberal I just went on supporting liberal causes and working for Democrats.  In 1976, I was working for Scott Matheson for Democratic candidate for Utah Governor.  On October 23, 1976, eleven days before the election, the Mormon Church decided it opposed the Equal Rights Amendment a positioned supported by Matheson.  On October 25, 1976 Vernon Romney (a second cousin to Mitt through a polygamous family relationship and high church official Marion Romney Source) ran anti ERA advertisements in a desperate attempt to win the election against the popular Democrat.  I always thought it was so uncanny that the Republican Romeny had "an ad in the can" ready to  promote the surprizing political "morality" position on the ERA.  Seems he may have had some inside knowlege from Uncle Marion.

Also in that election (as an aside but not to be underestimated in importance), carpetbagger Orrin Hatch and his tool evil minion Mac Haddow, (both from Homestead, Pennsylvania) recreated the Republican Party in their image through the use of church phone directories and a campaign of American exceptionalism – a theme and core belief of the Mormon faith.  For those of you from Utah, can we ever forget Elaine Hatch’s cookie recipe and screed against the Panama Canal "give-away"?  Brilliant

So now comes Mitt.  The Mormon Leadership has successfully, through the years reconfigured their political message and methods to achieve business success and connection, right wing viewpoints on the constitution and reshaped the delivery of the message though paid lobbyists in the Utah Capitol (as if that were even necessary) and extreme American jingoism.   The back room of Mormonism is commanded and controlled by moneyed interests and Mitt is oneof them and the target for these millionaires.  A very good article in the WaPo captured the essence of the fund raising effort:

It is the rare presidential candidate who comes to Idaho to raise money, but there was Mitt Romney last month, packing more than 100 people, at up to $2,300 a head, into the Crystal Ballroom in Boise....

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There was no great mystery why Romney was in town. The former Massachusetts governor is a Mormon, as are about one-quarter of Idaho residents, including Ipsen and many others who turned out for the lunchtime event. The fundraiser was bracketed by two others in the Mountain West: one in Las Vegas and another outside Phoenix. At both of those events, Mormons made up at least half the crowd, organizers said. Altogether, the two-day swing brought in well over $1 million for Romney. ...
Mormons are fueling his strong fundraising operation, which this week reported raising $21million, the most of any Republican candidate.  Source

This is such a great article, I really encourage you to click the link and read it completely. The article captures in brief why the Mormon Church can deliver the nomination, in my opinion.

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But based on the fundraising he conducted before this year, Romney's other sectors of support are likely to be dwarfed by the backing he is receiving from LDS members. Wealthy Mormons giving to Romney's PACs include the Marriotts, the Bethesda, Md.-based hotel family, who have given more than $390,000; the family of Jon Huntsman Sr., the owner of a major Utah chemical company, which has given more than $170,000; and the family of Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, which has given $100,000.

Also giving heavily have been thousands of rank-and-file church members. After Romney last fall sent direct-mail solicitations to Republicans nationwide, his two biggest state-level PACs received 319 checks from Utah, ... a third of the total number of checks he received in the year's final quarter. In the same period, he received seven checks from Massachusetts, where he has lived more than 30 years.

Seven checks from Mass.?!  OMG this is incredible and when looked at comparatively to Utah the only conclusion is that Mitt is the Mormon Candidate as "annointed" by the Mormon Leaders.  Finally, Alec MacGillis recounts another telling story in this important article that demostrates the truth of this statement;

Romney's campaign edged against these boundaries last fall when Kem Gardner (and a former DEMOCRATIC candidate for Governor and big time former State Democratic Party contributor), a Utah developer whose family has given $140,000 to Romney's PACs, set up a meeting in Salt Lake City with a church apostle, a Romney consultant and one of Romney's sons. Documents obtained by the Boston Globe showed that the apostle, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (and former controversial President of BYU), suggested promoting Romney via the alumni association of the business school at church-owned Brigham Young University, a group with 5,500 members in 40 chapters.

Days later, two deans from the business school sent an e-mail rallying support for Romney to 150 members of the school's advisory council and 50 chapter leaders of the alumni association, the Management Society. Because it is legally part of church-owned BYU, the society is also prohibited from backing candidates. After the Globe reported on the efforts in October, church leaders disavowed any campaign on Romney's behalf.

This is not an anti Mormon diary.  Mormons individually and collectively are entitled to be as political as they wish.  This is an anti Republican diary.   Mormon Leaders are Republicans even tough they wish to disclaim a party allegiance as seen by President Hinckley’s interview with Larry King,

"The Church does not become involved in politics. We don’t favor any candidate. We don’t permit our buildings to be used for political purposes. We don’t favor any party."

  •    Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, Larry King Live, television program, Sept 8. 1998

The Mormon leadership disclaims it allegiance to assure the followers that they are objective and inspired.  If the Leaders admitted their allegiance then they are nothing more than a "spoke on the wheel" to an external organization when it is the "hub" they need to be and convince their members of, as well.  This is done by saying one thing but doing or being another.

So Cheney’s commencement address to BYU is nothing more than a homecoming and ...

If Larry King were a Senate Committee it would simply be perjury again.

Originally posted to Brother Dave on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:37 PM PDT.

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  •  Revelations for tips (11+ / 0-)

    What do ya think?

    Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

    by Brother Dave on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:35:46 PM PDT

  •  Based on my own experience (0+ / 0-)

    with Mormonism (and I have a lot), I agree with most of what you have to say. But I do think that you're being just a wee bit disingenuous in claiming that this is not an anti-Mormon diary. Just my opinion, of course.

    I always think there's a band, kid. -Professor Harold Hill

    by slksfca on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 12:57:55 PM PDT

  •  "The Church does not become involved in politics. (4+ / 0-)

    Hinckley's public statements simply cannot be trusted.  He's been a PR man for the church for decades and doesn't really seem to know how to be a straight shooter when dealing with "gentiles".

    The church claimed it was not involved in politics when it actively bussed members into Washington from other states to infiltrate (they posed as ERA proponents in order to get into various conferences) and oppose the ERA movement.

    Hinckley has also stated in the media that all tithe-paying members can view the church's financial books which is simply not true.

    Other examples include his denying any knowledge of why blacks were barred from holding the priesthood until 1978 despite nearly 150 years of church talks stating that blacks were afflicted with the "Curse of Cain" and denying that men may become as God even though it's the key point to the temple ceremony.

    I'm not an anti-Mormon. I am married to one. I used to be one. I am friends with many of them.  I simply have no trust in the leadership of the church or those they groom to be their successors both in the church and in political matters.

  •  Too true (3+ / 0-)
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    WI Deadhead, Brother Dave, benthos

    I think a former boss has a man-crush on Romney. It makes my teeth hurt to keep my opinion to myself.

    However, there is a small gleam of hope. Among those I work with, the more conservative are muttering about Iraq. They will, sadly, probably come to heel when they vote. Still, those with draft age sons are nervous.

    utahgirl

  •  And let's not forget this article from (4+ / 0-)

    October 2006 Boston Globe...
    Romney, despite all his comments to the contrary will, I believe, use every resource he possibly can to get the nomination - including the Mormon Church, though it's against the law. He's pretty much lied and flip-flopped his whole life to get what he wants.
    Believe him? Believe in him?
    Not for a millisecond!

    "Keep raisin' hell!" - Molly Ivins

    by MA Liberal on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:04:03 PM PDT

  •  Here's what I'm going to do: (0+ / 0-)

    I'm going to start a whole bunch of diaries with the theme:  "Protestants even now are evil because back in the 60's and earlier, Protestant Klansmen were involved in lynchings and some Protestant ministers were apologists for racism and segregation."

    •  You miss the point (2+ / 0-)
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      BlackGriffen, MKS

      The Mormon Church claims no allegiance and yet there is example after example where the leadership is unabashedly helping Republicans.  Name one Democrat ever aided by the Mormon Church other than to remain silent.  Withthat kind of help the local stake leaders whoare far less sophisticated take the battle to teh streets of politics in Utah and crush the Dems every time.

      Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

      by Brother Dave on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:14:04 PM PDT

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    •  One additional point (1+ / 0-)
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      BlackGriffen

      The Mormons claim that they are the restored and only true church of Christ on Earth.  If that be so why are there so much to hide in the history or lie about?  nver could figure that one out.

      Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

      by Brother Dave on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:16:25 PM PDT

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      •  How can they? (0+ / 0-)

        There are all kinds of websites like exmormon.org with lots of information on how fast people are leaving the LDS church.

        The message board has all kinds of interesting posts, anecdotal evidence about how people don't really believe in it but they just stay in it for family reasons.

        Maybe Latter Day Saints leadership is allying with evangelical Protestants who think they are pretty much the same things as atheists to build a theocracy?   But the are doing a pretty bad job of it.

    •  Mitt is a higly-connected Mormon (4+ / 0-)

      He will be backed by SLC to the hilt.  How do you think he became the head of the SLC Olympics?

      The old White Horse Prophecy says the U.S. constitution will be "hanging by a thread" when the LDS elders will save it.  Ask Mitt if he believes he is the fulfillment of the White Horse Prophecy....Most LDS do.....

    •  That really doesn't hold water. (1+ / 0-)
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      Brother Dave

      The church has not once apologized for it's past teachings in a sincere fashion.  

      Many of the men that were actively involved in carrying out and creating racist, sexist, and witch-hunting (Communism) policies in the past are now leading the church due to the way leaders are selected. Age and nepotism.

       The onus is on them, but the blame is on us for asking questions.

      •  Lifting of ban tied to football? (0+ / 0-)

        I had always heard about the connection between black priesthood holders and football but have been unable to find a timeline detailed enough to confirm it.

        The timing I heard was like this...  The NCAA was scheduled to meet and discuss whether schools could refuse to play BYU in football without penalty.  Many schools had loudly condemned the discrimination against blacks and were facing pressure to stop playing BYU until the policy was changed.  BYU held tough until that was actually placed on a meeting agenda.  Suddenly... Spencer W Kimball heard a voice that said ALL WORTHY MEN MAY HOLD THE PRIESTHOOD.  Problem solved.

        •  I think the timing was tied to (1+ / 0-)
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          the planned Brazillian Temple.  Prior to 1978 the Church required no black/african blood for FIVE generations.  This would have been an impossible standard in Brazil and geneology.  Their would have been vey little for the Brazillian Temple goers to do.  The Church can be shallow but not so shallow to improve their BYU football by changing a racist fundemental.  If you can't baptize and establish the priesthood in brazil you get no tithing... money is the root not touchdowns.

          Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

          by Brother Dave on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 04:04:25 PM PDT

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          •  Great point (0+ / 0-)

            That does sound much mor likely, and the timing works out well.  I have no doubt that football was a consideration, I know it was always held up as a "great missionary tool" along with the Osmond family and the minions of Howard Hughes.  (Hey, Mom... if Jimmy Osmond doesn't have to go ona mission, why should I?)

            I have relatives who served as church architect for many years, I wonder if the Brazil one was one of theirs.  Two I know for sure they designed are the Idaho Falls and the Washington DC buildings.  Quite the family tree, and here I am consorting openly with known Democrats.

        •  Other factors as well. (0+ / 0-)

          The Black Panthers were setting up shop in downtown Salt Lake City.

          The feds were looking to revoke the church's tax-exempt status

          Temples were being built in Brazil and it wouldn't look good if the majority of the nation couldn't attend due to their lineage.

          It wasn't a concession they made easily either. LeGrande Richards sat in on the decision making process and said it consisted of a lot of arguing and back-biting in the temple room it was decided upon in.

  •  Good work Brother Dave. . . (3+ / 0-)

    I'm a lot of former -----, fill in the blanks here.  A former mormon, formerly attended BYU, former Utahn, etc.

    I found your post factual and even handed.  Though I personally have no use for the mormon church, I am not fond of the uniformed and often misguided mormon bashing that goes on sometimes.

    You stated all the "official" stances the church takes and alluded to the many instances of actions not matching the words.

    Growing up in the church during the 50's and 60's, it was very common in the local Wards (LDS name for the local parish church)for the Bishop or Elders of the local membership to tell you who the preferred mormon candidate was in any election, local, state or National.  They may have skirted the edges of actually saying you MUST vote for this one or that one, but it became very much the conventional wisdom that you could NOT be a good mormon and a Democrat.

    I wonder if we will ever know all of the reasons for the church's long standing and intimate relationship with the CIA?  The standard line is that the CIA uses the churches vast genealogical information for back stories for their spies and agents.  Me thinks there is something more than that.  I guess when you have been fed with so many lies for so many years from churches, government and politicians you come to never trust the "that's all there is" to anything.

    Good article.

    *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

    by Shirl In Idaho on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:25:04 PM PDT

    •  CIA (3+ / 0-)

      The CIA is big on LDS recruits because they tend to be very, very compliant.  There's a reason the missionary training center functions the way it does. It conditions people to obey absolutely for the long-run.

    •  Mormon mafia (1+ / 0-)
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      Brother Dave

      When I lived in SLC we always joked about the Mormon mafia.  I have heard many anecdotes about how many Mormons there are scattered throughout official Washington DC these days.  There just might be a surprise for Dobson and the rest of that crowd if they think the Mormons are loyal to Chrsitianity>>GOP>>Family>>USA.  I think it is more like LDS>>Chrisitanity>>GOP>>Utah>>USA>>Family.  I look forward to that power struggle when those factions finally admit they hate each other more than they hate liberals.

      If it came to serving the church president or the US president, who do you think would win?

      I worked on two successful Congressional campaigns with Wayne Owens and 1 unsuccessful Senate run.  I think he was extremely devout as an LDS member, and extremely committed to serving mankind as a Democrat.  It was an honor to serve him.

      Nice diary, I appreciate the solid explanations for those who have never lived behind the Zion Curtain.

  •  I knew Wayne Owens. (3+ / 0-)
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    And he often spoke about his disagreement with that comment about not being able to be a good Mormon and a Democrat.

    Congressman Owens, along with my grandfather, a self-described "dyed-in-the-wool" New Deal Dem (and a bishop in the Mormon Church), were the two biggest political influences in my young life. However, I do realize that my experience is, to say the least, untypical.

    I always think there's a band, kid. -Professor Harold Hill

    by slksfca on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:28:53 PM PDT

    •  I knew Wayne Owens (4+ / 0-)

      and worked on each of his campaigns except the Senate Campaign.  Wayne always knew the Church stance was R and that they needed a few D leaders like himself, Gunn McKay and David Kennedy (though who knew).  I think that the Church hurts is ministerial role by selecting partisan values and claim morality behind it.  Women's rights is a secular value and not a moral one form a religious standpoint (though I believe to be also moral).  Peace not war yet that Church never spoke out against Vietnam or Iraq wars.  The conservative values off the church are driven by secular contrived morality and not the spiritual morality of the Sermon on the Mount.  Thisis true for other Christian faiths too.

      Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

      by Brother Dave on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 01:36:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I once stood by the side of the road (1+ / 0-)
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        slksfca

        in Provo with Wayne when he was running for Senate against Bennett, doing a honk n' wave thing.  I was so sad when he died.  He was a good guy, who was treated like shit by so many "faithful" Mormons.

    •  Your second link is important (1+ / 0-)
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      WI Deadhead

      to any reader that does not understand the back room political dealings of the Mormon church.  When BYU got a law school I always suspected it was to raise up a cadre of right wing apparatchiks to do the bidding of the fascist establishment.  Ripley you post at Zen Cabin is great work.  Thanks

      Dave

      Vote by Mail is the Best Solution

      by Brother Dave on Fri Apr 06, 2007 at 03:12:01 PM PDT

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  •  Seven checks from Mass.? (2+ / 0-)
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    WI Deadhead, Brother Dave

    There's his wife...his five grown kids...who's the other one?

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