Neoconservative Jingoism Plus Mormon Delusion Equals Perpetual War
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As Paul Bedard writes in The Washington Examiner:
Those who know Republican Mitt Romney say he will hit the ground running if elected, and his Mormonism will give him an 'extra dose' of patriotism to help. 'I think he's going to be a very aggressive president,' said Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee. And for good reason, he added during a meeting with Washington Examiner reporters and editors. 'He recognizes that we live in difficult times. The circumstances are pretty dire and that swift action is needed,' said Lee, who predicted more White House-Congress interaction.
When quizzed if Romney's religion or ties to conservative Utah will make him a different kind of president, Lee, also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said that Mormons like Romney have an optimistic view of the United States.
'Mormons sort of have an extra chromosome when it comes to American exceptionalism,' he said. 'Mormons do have an added dose of a belief in American exceptionalism,' he said.
'We believe that this is a choice land that it's a great place to be. We believe that the founding of America was something that was brought about with a degree of divine intervention and certainly inspiration,' said Lee, who added that all presidents arrive in the Oval Office with a heightened belief in the nation."
But I'm not panicking at the thought of Romney's election, yet, because Romney is a demonstrably unpatriotic man, so maybe he's a comfortingly bad Mormon too when it comes to aggression and that " extra chromosome when it comes to American exceptionalism." So maybe Romney's a Mormon heretic. I hope so.
Romney has hidden lots of money overseas, has strapping sons, none of whom volunteered for military service, avoids taxes, closes American companies and ships jobs overseas and even uses the death of an American ambassador for political purposes against a wartime president.
So maybe Romney is a bad Mormon and a hypocrite who will be a more pragmatic leader than a good Mormon would be when it comes to starting wars.
After all Romney's tax dodging alone presents a double-dealing vision of globalization at average American's expense that no good Mormon would embrace. So let's hope his anti-American bet-against-America greed bleeds over into self-preservation when it comes to world affairs too.
But so far in letting the bellicose prime minister of Israel direct his world view and in letting the most jingoistic neoconservative advisers of the old W Bush crowd write his policies Romney seems to be a frighteningly good Mormon, at least when it comes to embracing the kind of American exceptionalism that gets lots of members of the 47 percent (from who's ranks most volunteers come to serve America), killed. So a vote for Romney may well be a vote for perpetual war.
After all this is the man who managed to insult the British and needlessly antagonize the Palestinian people from an American-centric position, EVEN BEFORE being elected. And as Maher said: "One of the things Americans are going to love about Mormonism... is that, first of all, Jesus is an American. Jesus is an American in Mormonism. And [Americans] love the idea that Mormons embrace more than anybody that we are the super-duper star-spangled best country ever! And if we have any flaw, it's that we make other countries feel bad because our awesomeness is so overwhelming."
Note: The rest of the world won't buy into Mormon "geography" either that places Jesus here in the good old USA as one of ours. Mormonism is the perfect form (or offshoot, depending on your views) of Christianity for extreme nationalism. And the Russians, French and Chinese etc., may not go for Mormon fictional "geography" that puts the center of the earth in Salt Lake City, any more than most Jews go for the idea that the Mormons baptized dead Jews into their fold or the British went for the idea that the American Olympics was inherently better run than theirs.