More from Mitt:

“You know, I think it’s about envy. I think it’s about class warfare. When you have a president encouraging the idea of dividing America based on the 99 percent versus one percent — and those people who have been most successful will be in the one percent — you have opened up a whole new wave of approach in this country which is entirely inconsistent with the concept of one nation under God. The American people, I believe in the final analysis, will reject it.” (emphasis added)

Mitt Romney says in the one highlighted phrase how he measures success:  by how much money one makes.  Mitt Romney is a Mormon.  I am a Mormon.  This statement goes against pretty much everything the Church as an institution teaches about both success and money.  Mitt Romney tries to make himself be a man of principle, of constancy — one wife, one religion — and he’s probably right.  This statement shows where his principles and his heart really are and where they apparently have always been.

Mr. Romney is attacking President Obama, claiming that he is encouraging the 99 percent.  This shows an amazing lack of awareness of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  Romney doesn’t realize that OWS didn’t really have the support of the president until late in the game.  OWS didn’t have the support of very many politicians, regardless of political party.  Democrats were slow to take up the cause, probably because they didn’t realize how strong it would be and the depth of feeling that is at the core of the movement.  Republicans, even tea partiers, seemed to be taken a bit by surprise by the movement, but tea partiers recognized the resonance of much in the OWS movement.  Romney doesn’t seem to understand any of this.  He seems genuinely oblivious to the movement and the real reasons behind the anti-Wall Street sentiment.

Hey, Mitt Romney!!!   The Occupy Wall Street Movement was not Obama’s idea!  It was OUR idea!  The idea of the PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY!  That would be the 99%!  Now, if you can get elected by the 1%, after all, you say that “corporations are people, my friend,” I guess you’ll have worked some kind of magic.  Go for it, man, you don’t have my vote, but then, I’m not part of your 1% so I guess you don’t need me anyway.

Without Love

I was born and raised a Mormon. I was taught that there is a God in heaven who created this world, this Earth– every rock, raindrop and living thing in it. With love for his children he gathered matter and created a world that would not only sustain life but that would be a “garden,” full of beauty and peace, where his creations would live together in fulfillment of this stage of our being.

And then there was The Fall. Having created this world, God stepped back and left us in charge. So we left the garden and began to till the ground. Only, we’ve forgotten the essential element– that spirit or soul of the garden, that which mortals cannot recreate– God’s love, his sharing of this wondrous creation with us, his children. Without love for the creation we cannot hope to prove ourselves as good stewards. Without love for the creation, we merely deconstruct through our digging up and tearing down of the natural world, and crudely attempt to reconstruct based on our own mortal-centered desires of “what it should be,” “what it can give me,” “how it will make me stronger/richer/more powerful.” We have forgotten or simply ignore the other necessary elements of the garden as we try to build and live in our world independent of and with little regard for the other life as well as the sustaining but non-living elements–air, water, soil.

We cannot simply dig our way back into God’s garden nor will the garden that we build be like his, especially if it is shaped as it would be by our consumption-based greedy artificiality. Without true and deep God-like love for the earth, the life and systems that make it His, our Fall from God’s garden continues and we will move farther and farther from him.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

–Genesis 1:31

For the beauty of the Earth

Utah and Democrats!

Could it be true? Can you really be a good Mormon and be a registered Democrat? It appears that the leaders of the LDS Church think so. In a statement to be read over the pulpit in meetings to all U.S. LDS congregations the policy of the Church regarding political party affiliation is more clearly stated than before. Utah Republican reaction is as expected but hopefully people will actually listen to the statement and realize that they are NOT saying what has, in the past, been the understanding, that yes, that’s what they must say but we all know what they really mean….

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities