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By the Left Coast Rebel
It's funny (in a sad way) when I think back to hearing my grandparents talk about how controversial JFK was because of his Catholic faith. The nation wasn't "ready" for a Catholic in the White House, they would tell me. Thinking of this facet of our culture decades past makes me think of just how far our national conscience has slipped, we have gone from considering a President's faith (Catholic or otherwise) as something of great teeth-gnashing debate and consternation yet today's America elected a man with layers of shady things in his past -- virulent Marxist roots, for instance, associations with domestic terrorists, communist father and mother, the list goes on -- who community-agitated (like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) before he made his way, by hook and crook, up the electoral ladder in Chicago. Yes, that's our unvetted man-child in the White House. Scary, ain't it?
I'm digressing a bit but a trending article at Memeorandum also brings these things to the forefront of my mind.
According to Gallup, Mitt Romney's Mormonism is a problem for a considerable portion of the American public -- 22% -- who would not vote for a Mormon candidate -- a number mostly unchanged since the 1960s.
Just because Romney is a Mormon, doesn't mean that he has 4 wives or that he is automatically a morally inferior individual. I've known Mormons that would make great leaders, even president.
Regardless, this poll of swaths of the American public misses a much larger picture: Mitt Romney's lack of fiscal conservative bona fides at our moment of peril when the nation demands a tough fiscal conservative leader ready willing and able to make the tough choices that we desperately need is what matters and that is what should defeat him as a candidate. Not his Mormon faith.
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