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Published: Saturday, May 5 2012 10:12 p.m. MDT

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Dadof5sons
Montesano, WA

To say not voting for Obama is being a racist is absurd. I disagree with Obama and his failure as a leader of this Nation. I did cheer for him when he won office because I felt great we as a nation might rally behind this man and become color blind. Well We as a nation now see a 5 trillion in new debt and a failed Nation and president. What I don't see is people blaming him because of him being half white.

Ranch
Here, UT

"How much progress has America made against bigotry?"

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Not much really. Both of the groups listed in this article currently participate in bigtry themselves against their fellow LGBT Americans. We, as a species, will never learn. Until everybody is treated equally, nobody is equal.

I don't care about a candidate's religion. I don't care about his/her race. I care about how they plan to treat their fellow Americans; rich, poor, white, racial minority, gay, straight, etc. Obama certainly hasn't been perfect, but Romney has already promised to summarily divorce GLBT Americans because he doesn't 'approve' of who they love.

LeAnn
Saint George, UT

Dadof5sons - about nobody blaming his because he is half-white; I don't see anyone blaming him because he is half black either. He is just a failure as a leader and president of this nation. He himself has told the world he wants a socialistic government, watch the life of Julia, his NEW campaign video. It's disgusting but accurate as to how he envisions this country, completely and utterly dependent on the government from the time we are born to the time we die. Even the government if BO has his way will tell us when we will die. I hope this country will wake up and recognize the slippery slope we are on and really study this issue out.

LeAnn
Saint George, UT

@Ranch - Romney has come out with the statement that though he believes and will fight for equal rights for the gay community his own value system is that "marriage" is between a man and a woman. I've talked to my gay friends and they are ok with the idea of having a ceremony to say they are united as a couple and calling it a union or whatever, and as long as that certificate says they can be covered on insurance policies and have visits to the hospital and have a say when their partner is sick and needs someone to make decisions that is fine. And I think that is all ok with most people. I like to think that a marriage between a man and a woman could be a sacred union for the purpose of companionship and children who are procreated through that marriage. The family unit is the structure of life and when the family fails, many things fail. Look around you at the problems we have because there is no family unit to depend on. And no I'm not saying that gay people can't raise children so don't read into it.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

It's just wrong to compare what blacks went through to what White mormons went through. Not even close! Blacks were discriminated against FAR more than Mormons and even by Mormons.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@LValfre
"It's just wrong to compare what blacks went through to what White mormons went through. Not even close!"

Having bigotry thrown your way is not a contest and all forms of it, whether minor or extreme should be condemned.

@LeAnn
"Romney has come out with the statement that though he believes and will fight for equal rights for the gay community"

Not true, Romney opposes civil unions (he flipped on it).

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Um, let me repeat this for those that missed it - the Nov elections are NOT about anything but the economy for most folks. Not race, not religion and not any other side show that Obama is or will try to gin up before then. Just the economy. There is one thing that spans political parties and that is A JOB!!!! If you don't have a job then listening to more hope n change nonsense isn't going to wash any longer. Most people are smart enough to have figured out already that 4 more years of Obama means 4 more years without a job and that is NOT acceptable. So - I repeat - RACE AND RELIGION don't matter a wit. $$$ in the bank from a paycheck - not an unemployment check - does matter.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

As a Christian with a strong LDS background, I will vote for President Obama in November.

Not because of his race, but because in my conception of what Christianity should be, my sense of social justice, politics for the benefit of all the people of our nation and the world, President Obama is far ahead than Mr. Romney.

I see Mr. Romney as a good man, a simple man who happens to share the same limited scope of many in the religious right and the traditional selfishness of the GOP.

Mr. Romney's church or Mr. Obama's race should be completely irrelevant to all of us who are trying to live by higher principles than those dictated by superstition, ignorance or economic interest.

President Obama will be re-elected because of his 4 years record as President of the United States. No need to argue, we just have to wait, vote,and see the results.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"President Obama will be re-elected because of his 4 years record as President of the United States."

If Obama gets re-elected and that's the reason, then that's most likely a sign that the second coming is indeed near. Probably something to do with the Constitution hanging on a thread prophesy, too.

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@ Riverton Cougar 4:19

You wrote: "If Obama gets re-elected and that's the reason, then that's most likely a sign that the second coming is indeed near. Probably something to do with the Constitution hanging on a thread prophesy, too".

Your comment is one of those " widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice...(superstition's definition)

There are 196 countries in the world.

And you believe that the results of a presidential election in one of those 196 countries will prompt the second coming?

A humble advice, stop thinking nationally and start thinking globally. The Lord is the Lord of the World not the Lord of Israel(country) or the Lord of The United States only.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

@patriot;

The economy went south before Obama took office. It isn't going to go back to "normal" just because Romney is elected or Obama is re-elected. It's going to take time regardless of who is elected.

Give Me A Break
Pullman, WA

Turning a spiraling economy around is a behemoth task that is not likely going to be accomplished in a term or two, but I have just not appreciated the way Obama has gone about it. To make the government responsible for every aspect of our life from birth to death is the wrong approach, and that is what I hope Romney will stop. I am a business owner. I want to hire more people, but the government is making that increasingly more difficult. Turn that around, and we can help turn the economy.

LValfre
CHICAGO, IL

@Give Me A Break,

Have to agree with you on most points. It's going to take time ... no matter what policies a president puts in place they take time to fully develop. A decade at least for long-term plans to show some significant effect if done conservatively.

I like Ron Paul's policies and his ideology. I believe he's the only one with the heart and courage to make fundamental changes in our fiscal policies that will have a drastic impact now and in the long term. Romney, Obama, and formerly Santorum and Gingrich are already in the system, have compromised many times in their efforts, and are only putting band-aids on Cancer. We need to Chemo everything dead and start fresh with principles and then BUILD!

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

"There are 196 countries in the world.

And you believe that the results of a presidential election in one of those 196 countries will prompt the second coming?

A humble advice, stop thinking nationally and start thinking globally. The Lord is the Lord of the World not the Lord of Israel(country) or the Lord of The United States only."

It isn't a presidential election in just any country. It's the United States! I'm not saying that the Lord is the Lord of the United States only. It's just that it happens to rest on promised land, and the U.S. Constitution was divinely inspired. You bet what happens in the US can have big global affects! Besides, most of the rest of the world has already turned their hearts away from God, and the U.S. stands alone on many moral issues.

After all, there are "worlds without number" (billions and billions). Do you think that a single event that happened on this single world about 2000 years ago could have universal implications? You bet!

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@ Riverton Cougar 5:44

The Mesopotamian, the Egyptian, the Greeks, the Romans, the Aztecs, The Incas, and most other power nations justified their empires and system as dictated by their divinities. They came, they left and other powers have come and gone and the world continues.

You wrote:
"Besides, most of the rest of the world has already turned their hearts away from God, and the U.S. stands alone on many moral issues".

What an arrogant statement. Israel, and many Arab countries live the way they live because of their adherence to what they believe God has said, way more than in the U.S.

There are many countries with less crime of any sort than in the United States.

How do you measure the hearts of a country? By people going to church? if that is your measure then the United States is ahead of Europe and but behind Latin America, Arab Countries, India.

Regardless, I still think that President Obama will be re-elected.

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