“Mitt” the Film

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You are reading a blog post on a site that my friend Dane and I started in October of 2011 to help people see the real Mitt Romney.

Neither of us has posted a word since the loss in November 2012, but the Sundance Premiere of the Greg Whitely documentary, “Mitt” and its impending release by NetFlix suggests that more words are in order. This post is the first of others to come, with the purpose of promoting the values that Mitt Romney represents and has lived throughout his life.

Mitt and filmmaker, Greg Whitely, at the premiere of Whitely’s documentary of Mitt’s run for the presidency.

Our previous purpose was to give us an outlet to talk about the man we have known for over 45 years, since we were all missionaries in France. Mitt and I were in the same group that left Salt Lake City for France on the 4th of July 1966. He and I later served in the same city for about three months where we worked together from time to time, and I came to know him not only as a fellow missionary, but also as a friend. Dane and I have recounted stories here that should live beyond Mitt’s quest for the presidency, simply because they set an example that all of us should follow.

While my path has not often crossed Mitt’s over the years, Dane and he have interacted from time to time. Although the interaction Dane and I have had with Mitt has been on a different scale, our message is the same: Mitt Romney is the smartest, hardest working person we have ever met.

But he is much more than that, as I am hoping many people will see in Greg Whitely’s soon-to-be-released documentary (via streaming on NetFlix the 24th of January)  on Mitt’s efforts to become the president of our great country. Mitt is a loving father and grandfather, as well as someone who cares about people around him. Indeed, he is nothing close to the way he was too often portrayed by the media in what is obviously nothing but agenda-driven journalism. I will go so far as to say that journalism is not the right word, given that journalism supposedly has a close resemblance to reality.

I did not attend the premiere and have so far only seen the trailer and read a few stories by people who did see the film such as this one in the Washington Post. That said, however, I will watch every second of the piece onwhen it will be released.

Join Dane and me in getting to know a little better a man who sets a great example for us all!

Letters to Family and Friends, Supporters of Mitt Romney for President

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Dear Family and Very Special Friends:

Since Tuesday Night I have been struggling with feelings that can best be described as “bereavement”, aka, “grieving”. As a physician I recognize that I am experiencing the aspects of the classic stages of grief described by Dr. Kubler-Ross:

Denial >> Anger > >Bargaining >> Depression >> Acceptance

Each stage is rather time dependent, and they sometimes jump back and forth. I have wanted to write to you all, in part to be your “Grief Counselor”, but I have had to heed the admonition, “Physician, Heal Thyself” first. So please forgive my delay in reaching out to you while I’ve been trying to rush my own Acceptance. I haven’t achieved that fully yet, and probably won’t for a while, and maybe never will completely. It remains a mystery to me how our nation could have chosen such a pathway of sustained and further inevitable failure over the best person to present for the presidency in recent history, with proven abilities and track record to fix broken things and to bind up the wounds of a bitterly divided nation.

On the positive side, let me say to each of you that the experience of getting to know so many people who are just WONDERFUL in their love of God, Country and Sound Principles, has been incredibly sweet and uplifting. I want to thank you each personally for your responses to my requests for support for Mitt, for your leadership in the cause of trying to get him elected, for the goodness of soul I feel in each of you, and for the bonding that all of this has brought about between us. Along with the following statement from the late Howard W. Hunter, former leader of my Church (It was he , BTW, who recommended to Mitt and me 44 years ago that we read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, to understand principles of success, which go far beyond financial success!), the bonds of friendship forged in this campaign are the most comforting walls I’m leaning on at present. Said he, “If our lives and our faith are centered on Jesus Christ …, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right.”

While I have been trying to “get a grip”, one of my dear younger sisters, Tanya Skeen, of Charlottesville, wrote the letter that essentially I knew I was going to write to you, but hadn’t been able to just yet. So please read her thoughtful reflections, with which I fully agree.

Sincerely,

Dane McBride

Letter from Dane’s Younger Sister, Tanya

My Dear Romney Supporters and Friends,

I would like to thank everyone who worked in any way to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. I so appreciate your support and encouragement, and I especially appreciate knowing that there are so many who share the same hopes and desires for this wonderful country. I am very disappointed with the results of the election, but I agree with those who would encourage us to pray for President Obama and for this country. I have not lost faith either in our country or in the God who led and inspired our Founding Fathers in the establishment of our Constitution.

We must, I believe, be judicious in how we support the President. We owe it to our future generations to be sure that we do not blindly support those policies that are counter to what we know to be right. I believe in supporting what is right, not simply an elected position. Therefore, I cannot easily and quickly dismiss the several ways that this president has weakened our country, particularly when, as far as we know, he will continue with this same kind of leadership. I think of the saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

I love our country and will try to do my part to protect and defend our freedoms and liberties. If our leaders do not do the same, and if those leaders are not truthful with our citizens, and if they promote measures that are designed to undermine the natural family and take away our freedoms and rights, I will do all that I can to support changing that leadership through the democratic process.

We live in a country founded upon Judeo-Christian values, blessed by God, as long as we remember Him. I cannot support actions that are contrary to those beliefs and values, such as same sex marriage, ignoring pleas for protection to Americans, abortion on demand, redistribution of wealth, socializing medicine, and weakening our military. In Proverbs 4:7, we are told, “With all Thy getting, get understanding.” With this “understanding” it becomes incumbent upon us to become informed, and when necessary, to do what is within our power to protect and defend our liberties, our families and our religion.

I do not believe that the Lord wanted Obama to win, but I do believe that He gave us our moral agency, and with that, we are free to choose, and we are accountable for our choices. The Lord blessed us with Mitt Romney, who could have restored America to its greatness. The majority of America rejected that blessing. To me, this is tragic. I am not concerned with which party wins the election, I am concerned with America staying America, being strong and true and free – and better! – and being “one nation under God.” However, I do not believe God has or will abandon us. We must now look ahead. We must do what we can to prepare for the future – whatever that may bring with it. As Mitt Romney stated earlier, with Obama’s past record, we have been forewarned about the future of our country.

I do, however, have hope for the future. Let me share a quote with you that I so appreciate from a leader of our church. When speaking about a month ago, he referred to both domestic and foreign issues and said, “The Lord knows the schedule of the train…, and the train is running on time.” It brings me great comfort to know that God is all knowing and all powerful. I am so thankful for His great love for us.

There can be good things that come from this loss, and I am grateful for the good. Mitt Romney has given us the very best example of what a president could be. There is nothing amiss in his character or his background. I am hopeful that if honesty, integrity, patriotism, Biblical values, and true leadership, are once again valued as they should and must be, that new leaders will come forth to bless our country in the future. I think as the campaign progressed it showed that there can be a bright future for the Republican party. We have, as Dr. Charles Krauthammer put it, a new generation of Republican leaders, who in only a couple of years will be prepared to lead our country, such as Sen. Ayotte, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, Texas Congressman Ted Cruz, Nikki Haley, and others. He pointed out that Obama is a “man of the Left” and won by being “small and negative.” Romney went “large” and “did honorably well.”

It is also very heartening to me to have seen so many people in our country who have enthusiastically supported the values that Mitt Romney has supported in his campaign. As my brother Dane McBride reminded me, if God were prepared to save Sodom if only 10 righteous souls could be found, then we can be encouraged that we can still have His blessings. I know that there are millions of God-loving people who love our country and have hoped and prayed for righteous leadership.

As we hope for the future, we need to also learn from the past. Mitt endured attacks from the Obama Campaign, the mainstream media, and frequently, even attacks from members of his own party. (My opinion is that the Primary debates seemed to be bent on destroying the best qualified person and with disregard, provided our opposition with fodder for future attacks. Loyalty and support seemed to trickle down eventually, but quite slowly.) We also need to learn to better communicate conservative values to the younger voters, Hispanics, and others, in ways that will resonate with them. Yesterday, I met with some local Republican women leaders, and we discussed possibilities we might consider in this effort. (Ideas that I think can really work!)

We have truly been the recipients of some of God’s choicest blessings. As stated in the beautiful prayer at the Romney Rally in Lynchburg, Virginia, given the day before the election, “This is a land which is choice above all other lands.” No other country has as many freedoms as we are blessed with in America. We must be diligent in maintaining our freedoms and never become casual about them or complacent, as we go forward in this uncertain time. We must never forget from whom those blessings come, and how easily they can be lost if we are not diligent.

Thank you all for your support, your many hours of service, and your love of God, family and country. What a blessing and joy it has been to my family and me to work side by side with such great people as you. I pray that God will continue to bless Mitt Romney and his family, and others, for their patriotism, courage, sacrifices, for all that they have endured, and their goodness.

May God bless America, and may we pray for the president to lead our country with integrity and a commitment to what America has always stood for.

Much warmth and gratitude,

Tanya K. Skeen

Mitt’s Choice Has Always Been to Serve!

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Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, said that Mitt “is the most qualified leader to run for president in my lifetime!”

Mitt Romney sacrificed up to $2 billion to serve, first as CEO of the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, then as governor of Massachusetts, and now as presidential candidate. In each of those circumstances he either took a salary of $1 or he donated what he would have received to charity. For the Olympics, he not only gave up his salary, he and Ann donated $1 million to the cause. The games were going through hard times financially as a result of the bribery scandal, and donations were needed to help right the ship financially. To Mitt it was clear that he had to set the example if he was going to ask others to donate.

No doubt political opponents will downplay this assessment of his career, as I have written about previously, but the evidence is there. Anyone with any integrity will acknowledge that money is not what motivates Mitt. Indeed, I would argue that is clear that he does what he sees as his duty. Of course he is well off financially, and he can afford to do what he has done for the Olympics and in politics, but how many other servants of the public interest do we see cut from this particular cloth of service to others?

I picked up this story on Newsmax.com in a piece by editor Christopher Ruddy entitled,  A Sacrifice of $2 Billion for America by Romney. There Ruddy wrote:

If you watched the media, you would think Romney is a greedy elitist. However, the three recent presidential debates showed the Republican presidential candidate to be a man passionately concerned about the future of America, and determined to do something about it.

But the true level of Romney’s passion about this country are in the numbers — his personal financial numbers, that is.

Ruddy cites an article in Forbes by Nathan Vardi entitled, Mitt Romney: The Most Expensive Political Career in American History: “Lots of people pay a high price for getting into politics, but no one has likely given up more, at least financially, than Mitt Romney.” That piece, also worth reading, cites another analysis done by Bloomberg that came up with similar results. The second piece, however, can’t resist the temptation to detail the Democrats’ populist complaint’s about Mitt’s wealth. Nevertheless, it at least points out Mitt’s charitable efforts over the years.

The bottom line here is to say, sure,  Mitt has made a lot of money, but his willingness to leave it all aside, even as early as 1994 when he ran against Ted Kennedy, speaks volumes about who he is as a person. As Ruddy wrote, his success “goes to show that not only is would-be president Mitt Romney an experienced businessman, he’s a very good one as well.”

Recent changes in the polls in Mitt’s favor seem to indicate that the more Americans see of Mitt, the more they are convinced that he is the man the country needs elect as its president.

Parents Prefer President Obama as Babysitter?

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I am posting the results of this poll from ABC News from three days ago for two reasons. The first is that I can’t believe that a national news organization would actually poll such a question. But then again, they also asked about the chances the candidates would go bungee jumping (Obama 60% and Romney 21%), so why should they not ask about babysitting?

That being said, I also believe that folks are totally wrong in their perceptions. In fact,I referenced this issue as far back as 12 December 2011 when I wrote about Mitt Romney actually changing diapers.

The important issue and bottom line here, however, is that poll illustrates just how little people know about Mitt Romney. By all accounts and evidence, he is a great father and grandfather (18 times over now!). He not only spends time with his family, but it is clear from the success he and Ann have had with their sons, they have done an incredible job.

According to reporting on the same poll in USAToday, people think President Obama would be a better babysitter than Mitt, 49% to 36%. Extremely sad here is the fact that these numbers are simply one more piece of evidence that the Democrat’s disinformation campaign has been terribly effective!

More on Mitt Romney the Benefactor

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Contemplating tonight’s debate, I fear viewers will witness an attempt by President Obama to paint a less than attractive picture of Mitt, which will stem from his own poor performance the first time out as well as by poll numbers changing in Mitt’s favor. Thus, it seems useful to once again revisit some of the stories that have recently come to light and that reflect Mitt’s true values. Anyone who looks closely at his life is bound to see the fine person he is, which is why the Obama Campaign goes to such lengths to cast Mitt as some sort of mash-up of Simon Legree, Gordon Gekko, and Jack the Ripper, all rolled into a figure whose appearance is “straight out of Hollywood casting,” as he has been described over the years.

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The Denver Debate

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This image was posted on Power Line and originally came from Bob Owens at

I wanted to post something on the debate, which by every single account I have seen on the left as well as on the right, Mitt won by acclamation. Some of the comments I have read have been so funny that I decided to go for a little humor here.

For example, I quite literally did in fact Laughed Out Loud when I saw the picture on the right. This was the image Bob Owens placed on his blog to describe the results of Wednesday’s debate in Denver. It was re-posted by Steven Hayward at Power Line, a blog I have enjoyed reading for several years now. I really enjoy reading Hayward, who this time described the fallout from the debate as President Obama getting thoroughly “Eastwooded.” He added:

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A Tale of Two Buddies: When your Old Friend Runs for President

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I knew that our partner at MittTheMan.com, Dane McBride, was going to be at the Republican National Convention. When you know someone who is at a place where there are television cameras, it is quite natural to watch and wonder, as I did, “Will I see Dane?” The voice of reason then kicks in, “No way, José! Not with that many people there!”

Yet, as my wife and I watched Mitt walk down the aisle to give his acceptance speech, I thought I saw a familiar face. Since we were watching on the DVR, I was able to back it up again to make sure what I saw is what I thought I saw. Have a look at the video and watch Mitt’s face during the slow-motion part:

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Incredible Lies, Piling On, and the Sad State of the Mainstream Media

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I had heard of the recent campaign event where Mitt had corrected a crowd who had supposedly been chanting, “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!” by telling them to change their chant to “Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan!”

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at a recent campaign event.

Knowing Mitt, I was incredulous. In fact, anyone who knows Mitt would know that he would never do what he was accused of doing. So I set it aside and went on to other of life’s pressing concerns. Earlier this afternoon, however, while listening to a recording of Rush Limbaugh’s program from yesterday, I heard a caller set things straight. Timmy from Columbus had attended the event in Ohio and told Rush about the report on MSNBC on the event To him it seemed to be an apparent  attempt to achieve maximum embarrassment for Mitt.

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The Real Mitt Romney: Hater or Benefactor

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A few days ago I wrote a post discussing Mitt’s comments regarding the 47% who pay no taxes and what reporters say he said. They use terms he never did, speaking of “freeloaders.” Others say he “dissed” 47% of the country. The point has become a primary focus in President Obama’s campaign ads and the president himself has raised the point in his speeches.The problem with this notion, as I wrote then, is that anyone who knows Mitt knows that he is not the hater that so many seem so willing to make him out to be.

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