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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 18 2012 6:43 p.m. MST

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David King
Layton, UT

Funny stuff. It is kind of interesting to think about. You ask one question, though, that I would like to give my thoughts on. You ask:

"how does libertarianism work with commandments, again?"

It's important to note that there is more than enough room for various political leanings in the LDS church. As I understand it, there is no "one true" party or leaning be it conservative, liberal, Democrat, Republican, etc. But since you ask how libertarianism could ever work with commandments, I'd like to try to explain how one could have libertarian beliefs that fit in the framework of the Commandments.

Agency is a core principle of the gospel. We have the right to make decisions for our lives and then accept the consequences of our decisions. Agency teaches, and many libertarians believe, that you can warn, exhort, teach, preach, encourage, but that you cannot force someone to do what is right. God will not take our agency from us, and libertarians believe we should not surrender that agency to governments. We should be taught "correct principles" and "govern [ourselves]". If God will not force us to be better human beings, why give that task to the government?

Paul W.
OREM, UT

Fun article! Though, it is hard to see Brother Gingrich as the cuddly old man when he has had a history of extramarital relationships. Well, I guess now that I think about it branding him this way might make sense =). Thanks for a good laugh.

J-TX
Allen, TX

In a time of vitriol and divisiveness, I really enjoyed your article. Perspective is always a good thing, and they ARE all sons of God. (Thouugh not all the same God, according to some of them....)

sisucas
San Bernardino, CA

Clever, except that Gingrich and Cain would have been excommunicated long ago.

jocelync
LEWISBURG, PA

As an outside of Utah Mormon, this was very funny to me. Nail-on-the-head. But I want a part two political ward post with Dems! :) I am rolling over here! Thanks for the laugh,Courtney!

Timj
South Jordan, UT

Very funny.

Although I think Gingrich would be the old guy who got excommunicated a while back but still shows up to church every Sunday. Multiple affairs will do that to you.

wstebar
Atlanta, Fayetteville, GA

Cute!

Grundle
West Jordan, UT

You forgot Brothers Huntsman, Romney, and the current bishop, Bishop Obama! Surely you can find an analogous ward member for Brother Biden!

What fun!!!!

Josh Cummings
Bountiful, UT

Hilarious! Well done, Courtney!

Thinkman
Provo, UT

Great article! I laughed out loud as I read!

IMAN
Marlborough, MA

IMVHO if all of the GOP candidates were Mormon it would 100% guarentee that President Obama would be re-elected.

John20000
Cedar Hills, UT

If only...

PRSANDNSS
CONYERS, GA

Funny stuff! Thanks!

Mr. One Two
Layton, UT

What if all the GOP candidates were Mormon? It be time to move to Canada.

Johnson72
Salt Lake City, UT

Would they try to abolish all Alocoho, Tobacco, And shut down all casino's in the United States?

New Yorker
Pleasant Grove, UT

Well spoken!

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Great article, too funny -- nailed it!

And to the stuffy shirted commentors --
Gingrich and Cain would've been excommunicated a long time ago...lighten-up!
We know non of it is truem It's a PARODY!
seez - get over it.

Mamma C
HEBER CITY, UT

LOL

Esquire
Springville, UT

If they were all Mormon, then it would be clear the Church wasn't true....

PA Rock Man
Allentown, PA

And Romney would be? The Stake President. Because lets face it, whether you like him or not, when he is in his suit he looks just like every stake president we have all ever had.

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