Are All Mormons Voting for Romney? Is a Third Party Vote Wasted?

Election Day is almost here! I have interspersed this blog post with some informative videos about our responsibility to study the issues and vote conscientiously. They come from the http://christianvotersguide.com web site. This site has some great resources to help you use what God says in the Bible as your measuring stick for candidates. Check the resources tab.

So are you voting for Mitt, Obama, or liberty? Are you worried that if you vote for liberty you are “throwing away your vote”?

Many LDS I know have called for fasts these past Sundays, and especially yesterday Sunday Nov. 4, so that Mitt Romney will win. I got another email recently from Gayle Ruzicka of the Utah Eagle Forum pleading that we fast for Mitt’s victory. So many people seem enamored by Mitt: Billy Graham, David Barton, and supposedly Oprah, according to an email my neighbor sent me. I know not all Mormons are for Mitt, including my brother, who is an Obama fan. I won’t go into that. It boggles my mind that any LDS would be willing to vote for Obama, after he has put into place so many un-Constitutional things. My bigger concern or question is the following: are all conservative Mormons smitten by Mitt? The biggest question of all for me is, if I don’t vote for Mitt, am I voting for Obama? Is my third party vote a “wasted vote”?

At the Zion Women’s Weekend retreat two weeks ago I asked Connor Boyack, a staunch LDS supporter of liberty and also one of our presenters, who he is voting for. He said that he is writing in Ron Paul’s name. I mentioned that on Facebook. One of my homeschooling mom friends said that was a vote for the regime, and that he just as well vote for Hitler. I am not very fast-witted, and I thought she was implying that Ron Paul is fascist. My husband, who is a quick-wit, pointed out to me that she meant that she believed that Connor is “throwing away his vote,” meaning that his vote for Ron Paul is one less vote for Romney, making it more likely for Obama to win, and that Obama is as bad as Hitler. (I have included a list of Connor’s recent speeches on mp3 audio and one in print for you to peruse at the bottom of this post.)

In Connor’s talk (see link to his prepared remarks at the bottom of this post) he said that when we are preparing for Zion, we can become tempted to come down from the mountain, just like Lehonti was tempted in the Book of Mormon  to come down to Giddianhi. He eventually did come down, or lower his standards, and got in trouble. I am wondering if lowering my standard to vote for Mitt is similar to this situation. I believe Mitt is a good guy, but his track record shows that he is for statism, for government solving all of our problems, instead of sticking to the Constitution’s principles of limited government. 

Connor believes that if Obama wins the cause of liberty will actually move forward more than with Romney, because if Romney wins people will be apathetic and lazy about safeguarding liberty, thinking “all is well.”

I like what my Tree of Life mothering friend Andrea Rice wrote recently:

Every election cycle, we are told the same things:

-We must vote for the lesser of two evils in the hopes that this will move the nation in the right direction, even if its a teeny tiny course correction, that’s surely better than the path to hell in a handbasket that the supposedly greater evil will take us down.

-We must vote for one of the two main parties because there *might* be supreme court justices replaced

-Third party candidates are never going to win, despite the fact that the majority of americans would prefer a third party candidate

Sadly, most people believe this fear driven propaganda, and vote based on fear rather than on their principles.

Let’s go through this point by point.

Every four years, the vast majority of Americans vote for the lesser of two evils, and they still end up with more evil then we had before. We never make that teeny tiny course correction. We end up with far more corruption and far fewer rights left intact. So voting for the lesser of two evils gets us far more evil than the administration before it. It’s a voting strategy that has been a tremendous failure. Voting for the lesser of two evils is a logical fallacy, because if you are voting for evil, can you really have any confidence that it’s the lesser evil?

Hopes of supreme court justices making a difference has been shot out of the water for me as we watched supposedly the supposedly conservative justice appointed by Bush vote for Obamacare. No matter if one supports Obamacare or not, I don’t feel any confidence in trusting the justices appointed by either candidate. I don’t trust that the supreme court justices of either candidate will follow the constitution since neither candidate holds constitutional views.

Finally, if the vast majority of americans on both sides of the aisle would stop voting based on fear and would vote based on principles, third party candidates WOULD have a chance! how sad that we believe “them” when they tell us that our choice for principle does doesn’t matter!

I keep wondering, “when will we learn that voting for the lesser of two evils doesn’t work!” Well, I’ve already learned my lesson. I won’t wait for everyone else to wake up.

I won’t vote based on fear. I will only vote on principle. I will do the unpopular thing until it is popular. I will take a stand for principle to show that there are people who will vote 3rd party, then maybe next time, others will have the courage to do it too.

Being a part of that minority that speaks truth to power is never a waste.

 

 

I strongly believe that both parties are controlled by the same people, the powers that be, or “insiders,” so a vote for either party is a vote for the same system: statism. I am leaning towards writing in Ron Paul. (If you are rolling your eyes about my allusion to conspiracy, controlled by insiders, please go to this trustworthy site here that gives proof that those holding fiscal responsibilities in the United States government have been involved in illegal, unconstitutional activities. I believe these same people who control the money control the politics of who gets elected.)

I am copying here some words from another friend on an email list I am on. Her words are too important not too miss, including a quote from the prophet Joseph Smith about voting for a third party candidate:

Carol Quigley, who was an insider himself, said it really well in his 1966 book Tragedy and Hope, 

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.” 

Is this not exactly the case today? A perfect example of this is when Bush was in office and had a Republican controlled congress. Did they do anything meaningful? No. Among other things they brought us the patriot act, medicare part D, no child left behind, they declared war on terror and did nothing to protect the unborn (all totally unconstitutional) . They set the perfect stage for Obama to come in and do what he is doing now. They both are willing to take the people’s money by legalized plunder (yes, Republicans have done it slightly more slowly), then just argue about where to spend it. 

Romney’s positions (even as he professes them, let alone what he would have the power or courage to actually do) are so drastically different than what I believe is right that if I voted for him I believe I would be putting that weapon into his hand to destroy us. Or others- the foreign policy of both leading candidates is needlessly destructive not only to our country and troops but to thousands of innocent civilians. This is a literal and figurative destruction in my mind. Romney or Obama? Either one is still a vote for the establishment/ the powers that be/ the elite. Whether you make deals with the devil or join his team outright it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. Carol Quigley, who was an insider himself, said it really well in his 1966 book Tragedy and Hope, 

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.” 

Is this not exactly the case today? A perfect example of this is when Bush was in office and had a Republican controlled congress. Did they do anything meaningful? No. Among other things they brought us the patriot act, medicare part D, no child left behind, they declared war on terror and did nothing to protect the unborn (all totally unconstitutional) . They set the perfect stage for Obama to come in and do what he is doing now. They both are willing to take the people’s money by legalized plunder (yes, Republicans have done it slightly more slowly), then just argue about where to spend

I don’t believe Romney is an insider and I don’t think that the “powers that be”(PTB) want him to be elected because Obama is their man and has been a perfect puppet for their agenda because he is morally compromised. Romney has legitimate conservative instincts but is extremely ambitious and wants this really badly- too badly. He has surrounded himself entirely with globalists. The solutions he has put forward either have no substance or are mere shadows of Obamas policies- at least they would be in practice if not in theory. He has already shown a great willingness to compromise. If he is elected (which I don’t think he will be because I believe the PTB will initiate voter fraud, etc to prevent it) he could slow down the American train as it careens toward destruction but he would not even be attempting to stop it. He either does not understand or chooses to ignore what I believe to be God-ordained principles that this country was founded on. His
foreign policy plays right into the hands of the globalists. 
While I know we have many faiths represented here I believe the words below of Joseph Smith have universal application.

There was a two party system in the United States in 1844, much like there is today. In regards to the question of whether to vote for the “Whig” candidate or the “Democratic” candidate in the election of 1844, and his unwillingness to vote for either, the Prophet Joseph Smith stated:
“…we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that we have acted conscientiously, and have used our best judgment. And if we have to throw away our votes, we had better do so upon a worthy rather than an unworthy individual who might make use of the weapon we put in his hand to destroy us.” (Times and Seasons, Nauvoo, IV, 441. Cited also in Roberts, Comprehensive History, II, 208-209.)

Romney’s positions (even as he professes them, let alone what he would have the power or courage to actually do) are so drastically different than what I believe is right that if I voted for him I believe I would be putting that weapon into his hand to destroy us. Or others- the foreign policy of both leading candidates is needlessly destructive not only to our country and troops but to thousands of innocent civilians. This is a literal and figurative destruction in my mind. Romney or Obama? Either one is still a vote for the establishment/ the powers that be/ the elite. Whether you make deals with the devil or join his team outright it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference.

After reading this I am I have decided I am either writing in Ron Paul’s name or voting for the Constitution Party candidate. Who is with me on either of these candidates, and why are you voting for one over the other? I still have to decide between those two.

For further study I encourage you to use these resources:

High school assembly (“The Seemingly Insurmountable Obstacle in Politics”), 26/OCT/12 (52 mins)
http://connorboyack.com/audio/paradigmhigh.mp3

Women’s retreat presentation (“How Latter-day Saints Can Create Zion”), 19/OCT/12 (No audio available)
Read the prepared remarks here.

FreedomFest debate (“Latter-day Liberty: Should Mormons be Conservatives, Libertarians, or Liberals?”), 12/JUL/12 (55 mins)
http://connorboyack.com/audio/freedomfest_2012.mp3

University of Utah lecture (“The Sacred Triumvirate: Life, Liberty, Property”), 30/MAR/12 (33 mins)
http://connorboyack.com/audio/uofu_30mar12.mp3

SLC County Constitution Party Convention keynote address, 24/MAR/12 (34 mins)
http://connorboyack.com/audio/cp_24mar12.mp3

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