I’m swamped at work (something I’m grateful for) so I don’t post as much and slapped this together quickly. I also didn’t include some source links because I didn’t have the time to go find them and don’t want to promote their misleading click bait garbage anyway.
I’ve noticed that the local media (aka “Democratic party operatives with bylines”), spearheaded by KUTV and the SL Trib, have been pushing out anti-Trump hit pieces coinciding with Kamala Harris’ visit to Utah. In particular they’ve targeted Church of Jesus Christ members by suggesting that Trump hates Mormons/LDS people because he attacked Romney. Pffft – whatever. Plenty members of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints haven’t been impressed with Mitt so I guess they hate themselves.
It was a brazen attempt to get some click-bait with a classic FakeNews, false equivalency headline. I’m sure it was designed for social media dissemination since so many people just latch on to headlines without bothering to read the actual article. A sure fire way to be manipulated to a narrative being pursued by an activist media.
KUTV and the SLTrib are trying to put a wedge between church members and Trump. I’ve seen some suggest you can’t be a ‘good Mormon’ and support Trump who’s had several divorces and sometimes goes overboard on his attacks. The groups pushing this narrative (the left and NeverTrump cohorts) want to go back to when they could count on roiling us with this type of attack.
Does Trump have flaws? Yep. Sure does, he can be rude and over-the-top. But we all have flaws. That’s why we need Christ’s atonement and grace.
What about electing good leaders? Certainly, we might prosper under a righteous leader…IF we are righteous as well. Is good leadership and government limited to saints? Why not go ahead and see if that all really holds in scripture. Since we’re talking good and bad Mormons here, we’ll set aside biblical examples and stick to The Book of Mormon. Take a gander at Ether 10:9-13 and Omni 1:1-3.
Huh. Flawed leaders for sure. Yet they did right by the people and they prospered.
So OrangeMan isn’t a saint. Neither is Joe Biden, not even close (ask Tara Reade). Trump will do right by us with his proven respect of individual rights, supporting Constitutional norms, opposition to socialism, record on international peace, holding the PRC accountable (including for the pandemic they foisted on us), is pro-life among many other policies aligned with righteous principles. I’ll still rant that he and (with few exception) the GOP are spending us into the ground (yes, I know Pelosi/Dems have the budget controlling House but they should fight harder…imagine how bad it will be if Biden/Harris gets in – they’ll put drunken sailors to shame and bury us and generations to come).
So, yeah, folks can cut the crap on the finger-pointing religious test on who you can and can’t vote for.
There also appears to be the sentiment that people can’t change and overcome past deeds (especially if you’re Trump). It’s as though we’re expected to deny that past sins can be repented of and effectively deny the people can change for the better. Alma, Corianton’s father, might disagree with that along with Mosiah among others. Yet we do have a segment that actively seeks out offense and condems in perpetuity, applying today’s standards to the past and, apparently, being totally cool with applying ex post facto punishment.
As for notion that any righteous leaders are a guaranteed good leader, I won’t go into righteous people who were abysmal leaders (examples abound here too). Just because someone is super good, doesn’t mean everything they touch turns to gold (Joseph Smith was a terrible businessman – from what I read, he had the reverse midas touch when it came to business; that was definitely not his calling). Righteousness doesn’t give you a free pass from the vicissitudes of life.
The Founding Fathers understood these realities when they framed the Constitution and Milton Friedman said as much:
“…make it politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing. Unless it is politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right thing, the right people will not do the right thing either, or it they try, they will shortly be out of office.”
It’s ironic that those pointing fingers are the same types who fought for and protected Bill Clinton calling anyone questioning him a prude and actively mocking us to get over it, get with the times and reality. Well…mission accomplished! Meanwhile Joe Biden’s flaws are swept under the rug and hidden. Go figure.
Here’s the thing. We’ve tried ‘take the high road and politely disagree’ for decades in the face of scurrilous, personal invective hewn at us. “BushHitler” took it and took it without uttering a peep; the TeaParty folks were slandered and had the Obama-Lehrner IRS sicced after them (while the GOPe-GrifterCons dutifully didn’t lift a finger)…and on and on. Congratulations, because we had our butts handed to us.
A lot of us finally got sick of getting our butts kicked around the school yard by a virtue signalling bully who’s actions and results belied their so-called virtue. Now we have someone who calls out their BS and throws it back in their face and they cry “no fair!”. They’ve even doubled down and moving from verbal bullying to physical intimidation with their Antifa and Burn-Loot-Murder enforcement arm. They demand we subserviently go back to the old ways of accepting, cowering and apologizing for their false accusations of racism, sexism, or whatever -ism is trending. They continue to think bearing false witness is an acceptable political strategy.
Meanwhile, their praetorian guard media continues covering for them. I remember the vulgar signs aplenty and physical intimidation at their protests clear back in 2003. At least then, the intimidation was in form of trying to shove you off a street corner rather than taking a bike lock to the head or getting gunned down in the street in Portland or Milwaukee. The media purposefully didn’t show any of the extremist signs or report on the intimidation then and they sweep the violence under the “mostly peaceful protest” run now.
Intimidate and gaslight all you want. I’m having none of it. Trump 2020 and pray to God we accept His divine guidance.
Edit: Well, I knew I had written something similar before and I couldn’t find it. I just stumbled on it today. From four years ago: Brutal Utah Reality: It’s Trump Or Hillary (McMullin Admits To Helping Hillary)