The Mexican Mormon War

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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe
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    You probably should have a content warning disclaimer.Report

  2. Avatar Tod Kelly
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    Can I just say that this seems like the lib equivalent of 2016’s bit where they travel to Kenya to find out who the “real” Barack Obama is?Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Tod Kelly
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      Really? That wasn’t the vibe I got from it at all. Romney’s relatives and former brethren come off as the good guys and the criticism of Romney is that his policy proposals are hurting them (rather than being in their interest).

      Anyway, I actually found the political thesis to be less interesting than the story told.Report

  3. Avatar Jeff No-Last-Name
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    2 things:

    The Mormons went to Mexico so they could continue to practice polygamy. How does that fit in with Mitt’s “Traditional marriage”?

    Can we see Dad’s citizenship papers? Are we sure he was a legal American citizen. If Mitt is an “anchor baby:, I’m sure he’ll resign from public life.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Jeff No-Last-Name
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      There are no allegations I am aware of that George Romney’s parents were both American citizens. As such, he was an American citizen. Some interpretations are that he was not “Naturally Born” (as with McCain) but his basic citizenship was not in question (ergo, no “anchor baby” necessary).

      Vice’s theory is actually that the Mexican branch of his family is actually one of the reasons he’s as ardent on the subject as he is. The same could arguably be applied to SSM (if he were to come out in support of it, some would argue that it’s “really about polygamy”) though I think the reasons are more banal than that. As it stands, he belongs to a religion that does not believe in plural marriage.Report

    • Avatar KatherineMW in reply to Jeff No-Last-Name
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      The Mormons went to Mexico so they could continue to practice polygamy. How does that fit in with Mitt’s “Traditional marriage”?

      It doesn’t. Honestly, trying to stir up anti-Mormon sentiment against Romney is no better than trying to use race against Obama. Stick with what Romney himself believes, when it’s relevant to his policy. What distantly-connected Mormons believe and do isn’t pertinent, and trying to make it so is skeevy.Report

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