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Published: Thursday, April 4 2013 1:00 p.m. MDT

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Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

and I'm a Proud Non Mormon and Proud Conservative

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

This is encouraging, and I like the last line, something like honest and wise. BOTH parties need that kind of influence.

Shimlau
SAINT GEORGE, UT

oh yes, i forgot 'good'.

Bridger
Midway, UT

I support everyone's right to believe what they will, but I'm having a difficult time swallowing "the Democrat party's principles are in line with LDS doctrine" claim. I'm not a big fan of the Republican party, but to suggest to LDS's that the party that has pushed abortion and gay marriage, pushed religion into the shadows in favor of secularism and atheism, proposed dependency on the federal government (in lieu of offering a hand up, not a hand-out), constantly seeks to curb individual liberties in favor of government absolutism, produced Jim Crow throughout the South, honors (albeit quietly) Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung and other mass murderers as somehow enlightened and worthy of our praise-- I just can't buy it.

Again, I'm not saying the Republicans epitomize LDS values, but to sell the Democrat Party as a viable alternative... really? Try Independent, Libertarian (though there are problems there as well) or another alternative that allows you to get at the cream without swallowing a bucket of manure along with it.

Stgeorgebyu
St. Georg, UT

That about sums up the problem with politics, and society in general. LABELS! Why does anyone have to be a label. It boxes you in and does not allow you to be something rather then someone. If we were just people who really cared, we would take care of the pore and needy around us. We would love our neighbor as ourselves. Label only divide a society and we worry to much what someone is rather then who they are.

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Web Geek
Lehi, UT

Why I'm not a democrat:
-Abortion
-Gay Marriage
-Gun Control
-Higher Taxes (or what Obama calls "fair share")
-Obamacare
-No budget in 4 years

As long as democrats continue to push for those issues, I will never be a democrat.

Go 273 river miles
Draper, UT

This is great! All 10 of us can get together and meet in someone's living room. Maybe Harry Ried can come and give a talk. I'll bring Rice Crispy marshmellow treats.

utcyclist
Draper, UT

In addition to issues like abortion and gay marriage that contradict LDS doctrine, there is also a palpable hostility toward Mormons and religion in general by many core Democrats. I question whether many Democrats would really embrace Mormons into their party.

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

Where are they going to meet---in someone's home while the other party meets at the high school? They'll have better luck on a national scale than a local one.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

LDS = Liberal Deficiency Syndrome

I have no idea how a person could follow the precepts of the modern Democrat party and abide by the teachings of the LDS church.

D&C 42:42 ..."The Idler shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer..."
Abortion
Same sex marriage

The church teaches to avoid debt. Democrats can't seem to speed fast enough.
"Thou Shalt Not Steel" But Democrats just vote for a government official to do it for them.
The Constitution is inspired by God. To Democrats it is a "living document", which is one way of saying that it does not mean what it says, it means anything I can twist it into meaning; which means it is meaningless.

I could go on and on and on. LDS and Democrat are mutually exclusive terms.

carabaoU
Moab, UT

I almost became a Democract 5 years ago. After Obama became elected and they passed that health care act, I quickly realized that party is not for me. I don't like any other party, so I am an independent.

My ideals are these:

Small government
No taxes (ok, maybe a small amount for certain things like DEFENSE)
All moral issues are decided by the churches you attend.

Buzzards
LEHI, UT

Well, if we can have Log Cabin Republicans, I suppose we can allow for Mormon Democrats. Big tent and all that, you know...

jeanie
orem, UT

The Republicans seem to feel the need to be more "inclusive" and are trying to figure out what that means. Maybe the Democrate party would attract more Mormons if the party's platform were more inclusive of the general LDS values, like other posters have listed.

Hey, maybe if both parties became perfectly inclusive of everyone they could implode, standing for nothing, or rather both standing for everything at the same time, making them irrelevant - which seems to be the direction they are headed anyway.

In the end we vote for the individual that best represents our views. It really doesn't matter what party we belong to.

FairchildIV
Salt Lake City, UT

Come on people, just because you consider yourself democrat or republican doesn't mean you have to agree 100% with everything on that party's platform. You can agree with democrats on immigration and fiscal policy yet disagree on social issues such as abortion and gay marriage and still consider yourself a democrat. Why does everyone assume that all democrats are pro abortion or support same sex marriage? There are thousands of issues on which the political parties differ, yet we always boil it down to these two. An active mormon can agree 98% with democrats without supporting full fledged gay marriage or abortion.

andyjaggy
American Fork, UT

I'm a Mormon and a registered Democrat, I know that's an extremely rare thing around here. I don't like everything about the Democratic party, but overall I shared more beliefs with it than I did the Republican party. Truth be told that actually makes me an independent more than anything, my political beliefs range all over the place, but I chose to register as a Democrat so that I could be more involved. It could very well change in the future as the political parties continue to flux and transition. If the Republican party chooses to change a few key things (which I won't go into here) I would consider going back, until then I am lost in political no mans land.

sashabill
Morgan Hill, CA

I have been LDS for 40-plus years and an active Republican for longer than that. I have never presumed, however, to tell anybody which party they must (or must not) belong to in order to be an LDS Church member. Incidentally, the conservative, Republican "group think" which I have observed among Mormons is not any worse than the liberal Democratic group think which I encountered previously among Unitarians.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@utcyclist
"I question whether many Democrats would really embrace Mormons into their party."

Harry Reid? Tom Udall? Jon Huntsman Jr.? Democrats are fine with Mormons as long as they aren't trying to impose their religious rules on others (with regards to things like abortion, or same-sex marriage). Their skepticism of LDS candidates that they aren't familiar with is based on concern about that type of matter and the fact that statistically the LDS church is 9% liberal based on a gallup poll, the lowest of any faith in America, so they sorta assume an LDS candidate they don't know much about is either conservative or a bluedog.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

I am not LDS

I used to be registered as a Democrat and traditionally would vote pretty split party
Yet, whatever flaws the Republican may have; The Democratic Party has completely alienated me with their extremism and intolerance and just plain weird passive/aggressive “I am tolerant because I hate for all the fashionable reasons” vibe.

I don’t see how anyone can be a good Mormon and Democrat - but that’s merely because I don’t see why anyone at all would be a Democrat as the party is currently constituted.

Maybe if they dump Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Boxer, Waters, Schumer, etc and tell Matthews, Maddow and O'Donnell to go away - I will re-consider: But I suspect ice-skating in Hades will happen first

RG
Buena Vista, VA

Most Mormon democrats that I have talk with are dems because of dem's goals of giving govt money to the poor. Helping the poor is a noble goal. But the gospel doesn't ask govt to give money, it asks us to give. When the govt does things, it invariably involves fraud, waste, and abuse. And, govt antipoverty programs promote unwed parenthood, and have caused more damage to the family than almost anything else.

PAC
Phoenix, AZ

So now the Demo's want to try to divide the members of the church? Man these people can,t keep their hands out of anything. I for one am tired of it...

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