“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!

Mitt Romney and the “Mormon Way of Doing Business”

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Click here to purchase The Mormon Way of Doing Business from Amazon.com (Yeah, we'll make a buck or so to help pay for this Web site.)

The last thing this presidential election should be about is the religion of either the candidates or the voters. Because we live in the United States of America, a country founded on the principle of religious freedom, we should neither vote for or against a candidate because of his or her religion or because of the choice we as voters have made in that regard. Rather, we should base our decisions on the kind of person the candidate is, as exemplified by the life he or she has led, as well as the qualifications they would bring to the office.

With respect to that concern, a lot is being made for and against Mitt Romney and his qualifications to serve as president. Interestingly, a book from a few years ago, which has now been updated ,can provide some important insights for the race at hand. CBS News did a a very good overview of the book and included pictures that had not been previously published. An important key worth noting here is that the pictures of the work on the stump were taken by the homeowner and had only previously been available as circulated via E-mail. I have commented before that Mitt is a very modest man and is not one to brag about the things that he does to serve others.

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Political Campaigns and Easter Week

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No matter what we might wish, the question of Mitt’s religion is not going away. Blatant evidence comes from Lawrence O’Donnell’s vile attacks on Mormonism, one from 2007 and another one last evening. Noah Glyn underscores both of these in The Corner at National Review Online and states at the end “Don’t hold your breath for O’Donnell’s condemnation of Harry Reid and other Mormon Democrats.”

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The Louisiana Republican Primary: More of the Same Old, Same Old

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Mitt Cooking up Some Ribs

Despite several key endorsements for Mitt today and in recent days and the wailing and gnashing of teeth seen and heard coming out of the Santorum Campaign, it still seems reasonable to wonder about the significance of the results in Louisiana on Saturday. Jack Welch, the highly successful, former CEO of General Electric stated that Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader to run for president of these United States in his life time. I agree with that assessment, not only based on what anyone can see if they take the time to look closely at Mitt’s record of accomplishments, but also based on personal knowledge going back 45 years. Voters in Louisiana, however, came to a very different conclusion on Saturday for reasons seemingly unknown to most reporters and commentators.

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Mitt Romney: A Man of True Convictions

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We had a lot of fun yesterday with the Etch A Sketch dustup, but it seems we need some more serious attention to counter the flip-flopping meme that continues. Despite (1) MItt’s four years as a conservative governor in a liberal state, (2) his participation in the 20 or so debates we have seen this cycle, (3) his book No Apology, and (4) his numerous policy statements and speeches, I have friends who still criticize Mitt for (1) supposedly changing his positions over time and (2) supposedly not being a strong supporter of the Constitution.  The first assertion is partially true and the second is completely false.

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Mitt’s Opponents Use Bigotry for Political Benefit

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I had hoped to leave the issue of bigotry aside a while and enjoy the results of what could be a good day for Mitt in the Illinois primary (PPP has him up by 15% “on his way to a Florida style romp” and ARG by 14% and he “leads with 41% among likely Republican primary voters saying they are supporters of the Tea Party“). Then the issue blasted its way back into my consciousness yesterday when I came across an article on the Huffington Post Web site, “Pastor Dennis Terry Introduces Rick Santorum, Tells Non-Christians And Liberals To Get Out“.

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Mitt wows the folks in Rockford, Illinois

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Mitt & Ann with Illinois Pancake

I had decided that the next post was going to be about positive things happening during this election. Sure, we see bigotry, but there are lots of people of all religious views who are looking beyond the issue of Mitt’s religion and like what they see. They see a man who is the smartest and hardest working person one can imagine. They see a man who loves his family and knows how to make them his most important earthly consideration.

Here is an example of some folks in Illinois who saw Mitt at a restaurant and almost could not believe their eyes and ears. The headline in the Los Angeles Times read, “‘Presidential’ Romney wins over Illinois family,” and the article recounted:

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Bigotry or No Bigotry? That is the question!

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Mitt and Ann Romney

The day before Mitt lost the primaries in Alabama and Mississippi on 13 March, the Internet-based marketing firm, YouGov.com, published an article by Michael Tesler entitled “Evangelical Opposition to Romney NOT Rooted in Anti-Mormonism.” Based in the UK, YouGov.com seems to be a serious organization. Nevertheless, it appears that this author falls prey to the classic problem of confusing correlation with causality, an issue I raised earlier. Continue reading

Mitt won’t say it, but I will!

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Mitt Romney

I began this post last week as a way of explaining the significance of what I felt could happen in the South today. Now, as the final votes are counted, I am deeply disappointed for reasons that are far more important than vote counts and delegate tallies. Sure, I had hoped that endorsements of governors and former governors were going to make the impossible happen. When Alabama’s Randy Owen and redneck favorite, Jeff Foxworthy stepped in to help, my confidence rose even further. Despite the letdown, my disappointment comes from a different place than the numbers flashing by at the bottom of our TV screens. It comes from the place where pride in one’s heritage establishes itself at an early age and grows inside us as we mature from child to adult. There is something inside us that makes us want to be loyal to where we come from, to our family, to our tribe, our homeland, even our team. When any of those disappoints us, it hurts. Continue reading