Neoconservative Jingoism Plus Mormon Delusion Equals Perpetual War
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The danger to our military families posed by having a man in the White House whose knowledge of the world seems to only extend to avoiding military service, tax shelters, investing in Chinese sweat shops and a stint as a missionary in France, comes from the fact that to be a good Mormon one has to be jingoistic and combative about foreign policy. So if he's elected let's pray Romney isn't a good Mormon! Let's hope he's faking it!
Bill Maher said: "In 100 years this country will be Mormon. It's a stupid religion and a stupid country. They were made for each other." I hope Maher's wrong. However one proof that he's right about our stupidity is that we Americans debate the impact Romney may have on the economy while ignoring his unique Mormon-inspired potential to get Marines like my son killed.
And that's where Romney's combination of Mormon theologically-inspired ignorance of the world and neoconservative stupidity will be deadly if Romney's elected.
Don't get me wrong I could care less about Romney's personal religious beliefs. It's his foreign policy and how those "personal beliefs" may get people like my Marine son killed that scares me.
You see unlike Romney's sons my military-aged son volunteered to serve our country. (Thank God he came home from multiple wartime deployments alive.) I co-authored a book with Kathy Roth Douquet, Blue Star Families CEO about who serves in the military these days and who doesn't that John McCain wrote the forward to: AWOL: The Unexcused Absence of America's Upper Classes from Military Service -- and How It Hurts Our Country. Point being unlike Romney I have had skin in the game in our wars.
As the father of a Marine who was sent to fight in two stupid wars by an evangelical Protestant president I know how presidential theology can exacerbate stupidity. So I shudder to think that we might elect an even more religiously deluded and theologically-motivated president than W Bush was.
And yes, I know one is not supposed to criticize other people's religion in polite conversation. And yes I was once myself a member of the stupid Religious Right as I describe in my book Crazy For God, then I changed my mind. But there's nothing polite about needlessly sending Americans like my son to their deaths.
We Americans have the right to ask what our presidential candidates believe that may impact our lives. Romney's world view is couched in a religion that makes stark raving evangelical-inspired Christian-Zionist aggression of the kind W Bush practiced when he took us to war look positively mild. If Romney is a good Mormon he believes that the United States is the New Jerusalem and/or Zion. If Romney is a good Mormon he also believes that anyone endorsing models of life outside of Mormon/American xenophobic boundaries is warned in the Book of Mormon in (2 Nephi 10:16) as follows:
"And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles. And I will fortify this land (the USA) against all other nations. And he that fighteth against Zion shall perish, saith God. For he that raiseth up a king against me shall perish..."
In other words from the Mormon "perspective" too bad for the country or person who embraces non-US models of government outside the United States. Too bad for those unaware of the "fact" that they are "fighting against God and His Zion" if they disagree with American policy. And since those not like us are fighting against God when they take on America then naturally they must be dealt with very harshly.