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Last general election, Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin diminished the integrity of the process with her clueless, evasive, zany and just-plain-silly behavior. Before that election, I predicted that Mrs. Palin had a future at Fox.....and that's where she wound up. Fox is where telegenic, yet clueless, evasive, zany and just-plain-silly people talk in front of teevee cameras.
If you remember, back in the innocent days of the 2008 general election campaign, an important issue became whether Sarah Palin lied a bit about the "bridge to nowhere." Remember that? Good times, those. In the 2012 campaign, it has become a full time job just keeping up with the boatload of lies coming from the GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
Steve Benen has been chronicling Romney's lies all year. As of September 14th, Benen had compiled 34 chapters of Romney lies, each chapter containing over 30 specific lies made in public by the GOP candidate.....for a grand total of over 500 identifiable lies.
So....progress....right? We've gone in four years from a powder puff stretcher of the truth to a GOP presidential candidate who rarely speaks without lying. Yes, yes.....spare me the "both sides do it" rubbish. There is nothing.....and I mean nothing....that compares to the shameless lying of Mitt Romney in this presidential campaign. The closest match to Romney would have to be Richard Nixon, but I must say, Romney makes Nixon look like a Boy Scout in comparison.
What accounts for all the lying? I mean, it's one thing to shape answers by omitting some of the truth....like Palin did in 2008. Not blatant lying, but perhaps shaving the edges of the truth somewhat. But how do we understand the 24/7-every-word-out-of-Mitt's-mouth lying we're being bombarded with this year?
Let's see what Brigham Young's great, great, granddaughter has to say about the topic. Her name is Sue Emmett. She is currently a non-Mormon, but having come from Mormon royalty, as it were, she has insights that others may not have. Like this...
Emmett says she thinks Romney’s biggest fault is that he has a “serious problem telling the truth. There is flip-flopping, which he has done more than any politician in modern history, and then there is out and out lying,” she says. “This kind of thing has sadly been a part of the church from the very beginning. Some modern apostles actually taught that it is not always the best thing to tell the truth if it interferes with preaching gospel.”
Emmett says the notion of “Lying for the Lord,” as it has been called, implies that teaching the whole truth about the church should be avoided. At a presentation on Lying for the Lord at the 2008 Exmormon Foundation conference, Ken Clark addressed the issue. Clark, who worked as a teacher for the LDS Church Education System (CES) for 27 years and also served as a bishop before leaving the church in 2003, tells The Daily Beast, “Lying has become an institutionalized method of administrative control with the church.”
"Every Mormon grows up with the idea that it’s OK to lie if it’s for a higher cause,” says Clark,..
Click on the link to read the entire article. There is some very interesting stuff there about a Mormon White Horse Prophecy "when the (U.S.) Constitution hangs, as it were, upon a single thread, they will have to call for the 'Mormon' Elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it."
That mentioned, is it possible that a lifelong Mormon, Mitt Romney.....and not just a Mormon, but a Mormon bishop, would be found lying continually during a presidential campaign because Mitt believes lying "for a better cause" is an acceptable and good thing? Is that possible?
And if it is possible...doesn't all this sound familiar to something another losing GOP presidential candidate said in 1964?
“Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And…moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
Is it extreme for a presidential candidate to lie as Mitt Romney has been lying during his campaign? It seems so.....but, you see, 'lying in the defense of liberty is no vice.'
And that's exactly how Mitt sees things.