Wednesday, April 25, 2012
As Ye Sew
I wouldn't say Mormonism is stranger than any other faith, although it does share with Scientology the fairly unique status of latter-day whole-cloth creations (but aren't they all? To every thing, Turin, Turin, Turin...) by people known in their day as charlatans. But who's to say one religious belief system makes any more or less sense than another? Other than any believer in any one, that is, vis a vis any believer in any other.
The reason I posted the above video -- not intending to single out his religion -- is just that it's in keeping with my theme of the obvious: Mitt Romney is a liar the likes of which we've not seen in a politician. Sure, they all lie; but for Mitt it seems a way of life, or a strategy, or a business plan. Or a deep character defect. So I find it amusing to see a person toss Mitt's own religion at him, quoting its gospel on liars. Since, evidently, we all must profess allegiance to our particular brand of Christianity to be considered worthy, it seems reasonable to apply a candidate's own religious standards to his behavior.
On which basis one might conclude either that Mitt isn't all that true a believer, or that he accepts his fate as the price he's willing to pay for earthly accolade; or that his lying is so pathological that he doesn't recognize it as such, its demonstrable undeniability notwithstanding. But the latter (no pun) would imply a cognitive breech so egregious that everyone ought to consider disqualifying for the highest office in the land, the guy in charge of Planet Earth's most expensive and powerful military. I wish I could figure out which it is.
It's repetitively obvious that I'm having a hard time getting my mind around the fact that we have a candidate like Mitt, let alone the real possibility that he could become our president. His lying is so unprecedented I find myself simply unable to process it. I guess it shouldn't surprise me about today's Republican Party; but this is like nothing we've ever seen.
But I don't suppose he watches MSNBC.