Mitt Romney = Ravening Wolf (!?)

John mentioned this theory before, and here it is in all of its glory. In an e-mail being circulated by a supporter of the Ron Paul campaign, Mitt Romney is being compared to a “ravening wol[f] . . . amongst us, from our own membership, and they, more than any others, are clothed in sheep’s clothing, because they wear the habiliments of the priesthood.’ (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., CR, April, 1949, p. 163.)” But here is the content of the e-mail, also available on this website, entitled “Open Letter to Mormons”:

To my fellow Latter-day Saint brothers and sisters, this letter is a pleading with each of you to consider supporting Congressman Ron Paul in his candidacy for President of these united States of America.

Congressman Paul is THE only candidate, from either of the two major political parties, that has shown he understands the proper role of government and that he understands and adheres to the principles written in our Constitution.

All the other Republican and Democratic candidates reveal themselves as lusting for power, to be in various stages of corruption, using weasel words with coached speeches and phrases intended to deceive a dumbed-down American public. This deception is facilitated by a mainstream press that has become dominated by a corporate establishment that has a globalist agenda. This agenda requires reduced national sovereignty. All these other candidates approve of this agenda.

The only things that stand between this agenda and it’s ultimate goal of centralized global governance are;

a militarily strong America
a financially solvent America
an economically strong America
an independent America
and .. the Constitution of the United States of America
Congressman Ron Paul’s candidacy is a direct threat to this agenda for he alone, among these “establishment candidates,” supports all five of the above. Most importantly, his voting record as a Texas Congressman, his speeches as displayed on his website, and his responses during the primary “debates,” reveal him to be candid, honest, wise and uncorrupted by the temptations of power that swirl about Washington D.C. He understands the founding principles of this nation and has the integrity to support and defend the Constitution.

Specifically, we Latter-day Saints have been called upon to support and defend our Constitution and this nation, both of which have unique roles to play.

President Ezra Taft Benson counseled the LDS faithful as to their “civic responsibilities” in July 1972’s Ensign, writing;

“We honor our founding fathers of this republic .. God raised up these patriotic partners to perform their mission, and he called them “wise men.” (See D&C 101:80.)”

“The First Presidency acknowledge that wisdom when they gave us the guideline a few years ago of supporting political candidates ‘who are truly dedicated to the Constitution in the tradition of our Founding Fathers.’ (Deseret News, November 2, 1964.)”

“Our wise founders seemed to understand, better than most of us, our own scripture, which states that ‘it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority . . .they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.’ (D&C 121:39.)”

“To help prevent this, the founders knew that our elected leaders should be bound by certain fixed principles. Said Thomas Jefferson: ‘In questions of power then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.'”

“These wise founders, our patriotic partners, seemed to appreciate more than most of us the blessings of the boundaries that the Lord set within the Constitution, for he said, ‘And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.’ (D&C 98:7.)”

“President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., put it well when he said: ‘God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall not run to individuals … our allegiance and the only allegiance we owe as citizens … of the United States, runs to our inspired Constitution which God himself set up … This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this ‘land of liberty’ from other countries.’ (Improvement Era, July, 1940, p. 444.)”

“The warning of President Joseph Fielding Smith is most timely: ‘Now I tell you it is time the people of the United States were waking up with the understanding that if they don’t save the Constitution from the dangers that threaten it, we will have a change of government.’ Conference Report, April, 1950, p. 159.)”

“Another guideline given by the First Presidency was ‘to support good and conscientious candidates, of either party, who are aware of the great dangers’ facing the free world. (Deseret News, November 2, 1964.)”

“President Clark warned us that ‘we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and that once lost, only blood will bring them back; and once lost, we in this church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known…’ (CR, April, 1944, p. 116.)”

“The Lord holds us accountable if we are not wise and are deceived.”

We LDS have received much counsel regarding our responsibilities toward government, almost too many to list in this letter, however, I add a few more:

“Next to being one in worshipping God, there is nothing in this world upon which this Church should be more united than upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States.” (Statements on Communism and the Constitution of the United States. Deseret Book Co., 1966 p. 6)

“We must choose righteous men, good men to fill these positions .” . (Joseph F. Smith, Journal of Discourses. Vol. 25, p. 251)

.”.. the fundamental principle of the gospel, free agency..this principle is (1) essential to man’s salvation; and (2) may become a measuring rod by which the actions of men, of organizations of nations may be judged.” (Gospel Ideals, pp. 299-300) President David O. McKay

.” We therefore commend and encourage every person and every group who is sincerely seeking to study Constitutional principles and awaken a sleeping and apathetic people to the alarming conditions that are rapidly advancing about us.” (Improvement Era, June 1966, p. 477) President McKay

“No greater immediate responsibility rests upon members of the Church, upon all citizens of this Republic and of neighboring Republics, than to protect the freedom vouchsafed by the Constitution of the United States.” President David O. McKay

If we sit idly by, unmoved by the special knowledge which has been given, we are told our state will be awful. Latter-day Saints have been directed to give heed to the Lord’s commandments concerning the laws of the land. We have been told to support that law of the land which is constitutional and not tamper with it:

“Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land: and as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.”(D&C 98:6-7)

“Wherefore honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.” (D&C 98:9-10)

……. unless the people of America forsake the sins and the errors, political and otherwise, of which they are now guilty and return to the practice of the great fundamental principles of Christianity, and of Constitutional government… politically we shall lose our liberty and free institutions. Heber J. Grant

Now, at the risk of offending, I submit to you that candidate Mitt Romney , even though he is LDS, is very much unacceptable. Please, compare his voting record, his speeches and positions to those of Congressman Ron Paul’s and remember this:

“We live in an age of deceit. .. Even within the Church we have been warned that ‘the ravening wolves are amongst us, from our own membership, and they, more than any others, are clothed in sheep’s clothing, because they wear the habiliments of the priesthood.’ (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., CR, April, 1949, p. 163.)”

November 29, 2007

5 Responses to Mitt Romney = Ravening Wolf (!?)

  1. Todd Wood says:

    Robert Higgins? Who is this guy?

    I know a Robert Higgins who is the son of former director, Wally Higgins, of Northwest Baptist Missions, headquartered near SLC. Robert is an astute business man (was able to obtain a half-million dollar grant to one of the church plants in West Valley City) and heavily involved with conservative politics in Utah.

    The name has taken me back. But the article seems to identify this particular man as LDS.

  2. Jon W says:

    “proper role of government” I am soooooooooooo over that.

    What IS the so-called proper role. The proper role is whatever the people decide it is. If we believe in democracy anyway.

  3. Ardis Parshall says:

    All that spares this from being an instance of priestcraft, IMO, is that its writer doesn’t state that he holds X office and that therefore we owe him the duty of doing as he directs. It’s fine for Latter-day Saints to discuss principles, supported by scripture if applicable, but when such is used in the service of a specific candidate, with the implication that said candidate enjoys God’s endorsement and that all others are excluded from God’s favor, an important line has been crossed.

    Fortunately, as is typical of fanatics of any stripe, this email is poorly reasoned, badly written, and — especially — boringly long. Hard to believe that anybody but the already converted for, um, which candidate was it now? will bother to read through it.

  4. john f. says:

    Excellent points, Ardis.

  5. Carl F says:

    I am Dr. Carl Fowles and I am Jordan F. and John F.’s father. The article referenced by Robert Higgins serves to remind us that, without exception (in my opinion), the key problem in politics is: whom do you believe?

    Robert Higgins is an ultra conservative with an ultra conservative agenda which sometimes is as bad or worse than a very liberal agenda. You will note that “The New American” magazine is the written voice of the John Birch Society. In my opinion, the John Birch Society is not a credible voice because they “cry wolf” (even “ravening wolf”) on virtually everything that can be even vaguely interpreted to have a hint of conspiracy associated with it. The John Birch Society claims “conspiracy” is the main theme of the vast majority of politicians and “government people” — a conspiracy of taking us as a nation to a “one world government” in a lust for power, control, etc.

    When David O. McKay was President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the First Presidency issued a statement about the John Birch Society which said:

    First Presidency (David O. McKay, Henry D. Moyle, Hugh B. Brown)

    ISSUE: John Birch Society

    The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thursday issued a signed statement of setting forth the stand of the Church on “political questions in general and the John Birch Society in particular.”

    The statement is as follows:

    “The following statement is made to correct the false statements and unwarranted assumptions regarding the position allegedly taken by the leaders of the Church on political questions in general and the John Birch Society in particular.

    “The Church recognizes and protects the right of its members to express their personal political beliefs, but it reserves to itself the right to formulate and proclaim its own doctrine.

    “We believe in a two-party system, and all our members are perfectly free to support the party of their choice.

    We deplore the presumption of some politicians, especially officers, co-ordinators and members of the John Birch Society, who undertake to align the Church of its leadership with their partisan views.

    “We encourage our members to exercise the right of citizenship, to vote according to their own convictions, but no one should seek or pretend to have our approval of their adherence to any extremist ideologies.

    “We denounce communism as being anti-Christian, anti-American, and the enemy of freedom, but we think they who pretend to fight it by casting aspersions on our elected officers or other fellow citizens do the anti-Communist cause a great disservice.

    We again urge our bishops, stake presidents, and other officers of the Church to refuse all applications for the use of our chapels, cultural halls, or other meeting places for political meetings, money-raising propaganda, or to promote any person’s political ambitions.




    The First Presidency

    (Deseret News, 3 Jan. 1963, p. A-1.)

    My personal opinion/view is that I have not heard anything which would specifically disqualify Mitt Romney from being in alignment with what Robert Higgins lists as the important factors needed to maintain the sovereignty of our government, and the foundation of the rule of law in the constitution. We all need to listen to the candidates and study the platforms to ferret out who we think will best represent our interests within the two-party system. But remember, the two-party system by definition holds a very wide variety of views within two overall “camps”. And, more often than not, we as constituents need to compromise our own specific views into bigger picture pieces in order to get the main stream focus we want/need.

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