Santorum sweep forces a re-look at Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum’s triple victories in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado with 76 year old Ron Paul beating Romney in Minnesota!!! Maybe it is time for a cup of coffee and a reconsideration of Romney’s electability?  Can Romney really beat Obama?

Mitt Romney isn’t the conservative grass roots choice for the Republican nomination!  His problems are huge within the base, but even more his “electability” is surfacing as a real issue.  Romney’s Mormon faith is NOT Christian, at least according to the Catholic Church’s most recent consideration.   While the GOP and conservative show hosts have dodged this issue, the Democrats won’t, and a huge portion of the Democratic vote is Roman Catholic.

But, let’s look at all the other issues first, before we look at the question of whether the Mormon Church is Christian and how that will affect the general election in Obama’s favor.

Mitt Romney is NOT a conservative, and never has been one.

As Governor, Romney was the first executive to impose government health care.  Romney Care, the proto type of Obama Care, and in Massachusetts Romney flipped on one aspect of forcing Catholic Churches in Massachusetts in 2005.  Romney had said he would not force Catholic Churches to provide morning-after pills, but flipped after the legislation was adopted for certain reasons.  Social liberals run Massachusetts despite its heavily Catholic population. 

Romney originally from Michigan, a strong union state has a Pro organized Labor heritage. He moved to Massachusetts and was elected in one of the top three liberal (blue) states in the union.  Simply put, a conservative could NOT be elected in Massachusetts.

Romney is super wealthy, paying 15% in federal taxes for an annual income in the tens of millions of dollars.  And, as such Romney has never felt the fear, concerns, wants, desperation and hopes of people who start at the bottom.  Romney’s wealth and education are all founded in globalism, in the very economic policies which have stripped America of its industrial base, costing us millions of jobs.  Has Romney called for Drill baby Drill?  Has Romney called for an economic policy built on national self-sufficiency? 

George Soros the political God father of Obama has said that there is no difference between Obama and Romney!  Romney embraces global warming, and the trillions of dollars in corporate bail outs!

Romney did not win the New Hampshire in New England in a sweep.  No one, not Mitt, nor any GOP pundit has made the case that Romney could take traditionally blue New England states from Obama!  So, the conservatives in the GOP have to accept a RINO, and see absolutely no gain for the sacrifice.  What do we, the Religious Right get?  What do we, the conservatives who believe in America First get?  What do we get, the Heartland, to support a New England Blue blood millionaire?

All of these facts about Mitt Romney are enough to keep conservatives home on Election Day.  He is just too liberal, he is just too RINO to be a real alternative to the liberal President we already have!

But, the most strategic, and most camouflaged weakness of Mitt Romney, and one that has not been seriously discussed in the Republican Primary process, is the question:  Can a Mormon, one of six million Mormons in an America of more than 300 million, really represent a nation that is 80% Christian?  And, what exactly is Mormonism?  Is it Christian?  Are the thirty women of Joseph Smith’s life, (the founder of Mormonism), timely in a nation whose morality, and even Christian character in question?  And is Romney they best spokesman to refute Obama’s proclamation that the United States is NOT a Christian nation?

Let’s go to whether Mormon is considered a Christian religion ? 

To answer this question I looked to an authority which I thought would provide an indepth, considered answer that could stand the slings and arrows of criticism, should the reader disagree with whatever the finding was.  When I asked this authority I did not know what the answer would be.  And I am Roman Catholic, and admit that the answer came from my church as I will reveal in a moment.  I asked at my local parish, but was given a vague inconclusive answer.  I asked at my Diocese, and was given a more specific answer, but was referred to an even higher level of the Church.

The answer was provided through L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 1 August 2001, page 4.  L’Osservatore Romano is the newspaper of the Holy See.
The Weekly Edition in English is published for the US.  The specific answer to the question is provided in an article titled THE QUESTION OF THE VALIDITY OF BAPTISM CONFERRED IN THE CHRURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS by Father Luis Ladaria, S.J.    In this lengthy article the author states that the Mormon Church is not a part of the Christian Faith.  The reasons are best explained in the lengthy article cited above.  (click on the blue “an article” to read the article).

While it is easy to predict great hostility to this by members of the Mormon Church, and most specifically by supporters of Governor Mitt Romney, the fact is that I was able to find this document, and I am quite sure the Democrats have too. 

In Massachusetts, Catholics were a large group of voters.  But we have not heard Romney promise Massachusetts to the Red column if he is the candidate.  And the Catholic US community is evolving to the right as more and more Catholics from Mexico and Latin America enter the United States.  What had been a liberal voter group, is changing, and my bet is that should the position of the Catholic Church circulate through these new American Catholics, the response would be immediate.  Republicans are at a disadvantage in the minority market to start with. 

In my view, the suppression of the conservative vote, if the GOP picks a New England RINO, combined with a reconsolidation of the Catholic vote against the GOP at the presidential level would end with Obama winning easily.

I am not the only thinker interested in the religious question.  The History News Network recently ran a full boat of articles about this aspect of Romney’s candidacy.  And these articles go back years.  For example in 2008, Seth Perry  (A Ph.D. student at the time) wrote an article this:

“In December, when Romney gave what was called his “religion speech” in Texas, commentators inside and outside the campaign presented it as a concession: Tired of being hounded, he would talk about his religion. In reality, there wasn’t much new in the speech. Romney continued to swear never to distance himself from his faith while making it abstract by calling on all of the resources available to an American candidate: the supposed religious devotion of the founders, Lincoln’s “political religion,” a generic set of Judeo-Christian “values,” and the “nation’s symphony of faith.””

Another article issued in this batch through HNN discussed the effect of religion on important elections.  With morality and social issues dominating the news, if social conservatives are not sure they have a real advocate of their beliefs, they could easily sit home, or skip the top spot on the ballot.  This is not speculation, but actually an evident proven behavior of American voters.  

A week after this article was originally published a story about Romney’s Mormon commitment was published on Yahoo.  This story used the “friendly fire” technique to plant seeds of doubt about Governor Romney in undecided or weak supporters of Romney.  The story featured an accomplished Mormon feminist in Boston who told stories about Romney as a student at Harvard and in a role as a local leader of the Mormon faith.  The story is focused to split women from Romney by demonstrating his pro Life view which risked a woman’s life.  In addition, it adds questions or reason to question what his faith really is. 

Being Mormon, is kind of like being Southern.  Being a Pro South American is mistakenly defined as being racist, uneducated, naive, red neck, unsophisticated.   These perceptions shape television shows, have driven the southern accent off the radio and is in television only for character actors.  There is a clear bias against the South because that’s what Americans have been taught.  In the case of the Mormons, the lack of real knowledge about the religion, (I as guilty as the worst in America) leave great places to plant rumors about polygamy, and other unknown targets. 

So about a week after my article the foundation is being laid which will come to fruition should the Democrat’s chosen opponent actually get the GOP nomination?  Is Romney’s candidacy worth this complication?