C. Jane Kendrick: What if all the GOP candidates were Mormon?

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 24, 2012 8:02 a.m.

    This is a real gem. Thank you.

  • NightTrader Nanaimo, BC
    Jan. 22, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    Perfect! I loved the article.

  • LibertyNow Bellbrook, Oh
    Jan. 22, 2012 6:16 a.m.

    After studying the issues, history, politics and the Constitution, I have decided to vote for Ron Paul, I decided that four years ago.

    I don't think your critique on Mormons voting for Romney because he's LDS is the same as blacks voting for Obama b/c he's black. Religion is a choice that requires adherence to rules and values. Knowing he shares the same religion gives us insight into his values and who he is. It's the same reason most republicans vote for a republican and democrats for a democrat. A black voting for Obama b/c he's black is no different than bald gusy voting for a biden b/c he's balding. It's based purely on an outward physical feature of which he has no control. It's juding a book by it's cover. At least w/ Romney most Mormons feel they have the 'Reader's Digest' on him.

  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Jan. 21, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    I think this is very funny, and it is obviously a parody, so just enjoy it for what it says. One thought I had was at least there would be no difficulties with "the Mormon question". I think someone else above mentioned that, too. Point being, then people could focus on REAL issues about what our country needs, instead of spending so much time worrying about how each candidate perceives Christ. Santorum is Catholic. The Catholic view of God and Christ differ from the LDS view, and from the Evangelical view (frankly, I'm not sure what "Evangelical" even is), so what's the big deal anyway? I say, get past the religion and focus on the abilities of the candidate to help our nation fix her many problems. Seems like an obvious idea to me. I love your description of Rick Perry. Perfect!

    Jan. 21, 2012 5:51 a.m.

    This article reveals one important point, that many LDS, like the author, are blindly voting for Romney because he is blac... ah hem, LDS. I think this is a critical mistake. I heard people in happy valley criticize blacks who voted for Obama "because he was black," yet feel completely justified in mustering up some defense of Romney's poor policies "because he's a Mormon" like them. Hypocrisy much?

    I think LDS faithful would be wise to step back from their pride long enough to see which candidate advocates positions that are doctrinally sound and in line with gospel teachings. Of course, to do this, you might actually have to study the doctrine and learn what's been taught on the topics of money, war, liberty, etc. by the prophets.

    For instance, calling Ron Paul "crazy and cute" doesn't diminish his assertions as much as reveal your ignorance of important matters. Arise and repent! I'm not saying you should vote for Paul, but I will say, you should actually do what the First Presidency suggests each political season and "Study the candidates and the issues" -- That means a little more than taking the cable news channel's invested interests opinion for your own. Use a little independent thought in the process. You might even pray to be guided in your study.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:44 p.m.

    Is this seriously what the Dnews has become? Shame.

  • Marrion Barry provo, Ut
    Jan. 20, 2012 2:52 p.m.

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

  • Granny Weatherwax Tooele, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 1:33 p.m.

    I also immediately wondered why "Bishop" Obama and his beautiful family aren't included here. A follow-up piece featuring prominent Democrats (including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, etc.) would be DELIGHTFUL!

  • bricha lehi, ut
    Jan. 20, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    To Paraphrase LDS Liberal, to all those who have taken this too seriously, lighten up!!!

    Aside from that, thank you so much for this article I really needed a good laugh today!

  • Kirk R Graves West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    It's actually a really great question. If the entire field where LDS (or Catholic, or Evangenical, or ...) I wonder how that would change the current standings of each. Essentially, if there were no "Mormon" issue, how would a state like South Carolina look at each candidate.
    I for one can't see how anyone would choose Newt over Mitt in that situation. They both have the same core political flaws (progressive skeletons in the closet), but with Newt you have infidelity, anger mangement, DC establishment. With Mitt all you have is a vague feeling that he makes too much money, a calm thoughful demeanor and years of the right kinds of experience. Newt just doesn't stand up well in the comparison.

  • elarue NEW YORK, NY
    Jan. 20, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    And while we're at it, who wouldn't want an Elder's Quorum President like Dennis Kucinich? :-D

    And maybe Michelle Bachmann would have a role in a Relief Society - where Nancy Pelosi was the Relief Society President. ;-)

  • Demo Dave Holladay, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:17 p.m.

    Great article! Great chuckle!

  • Carl Olsen CHEYENNE, WY
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:11 p.m.

    "how does libertarianism work with commandments, again?"

    Does anyone recall the founding principle of 'Free-agency'?

    We have been Blessed to have Prophets to guide us in this latter day. How can we claim to believe in these modern Prophets, yet ignore their teachings?

    Ezra Taft Benson would be a good start. I pray for the 'awakening' of those that choose to ignore (or fail to research) the teachings of our prophets (GOD'S word) in trade for their own fact detached opinion (usually insalled by media sources, like music, TV and movies that are part of what President Benson warned us about).

    How can one claim to believe in our Prophets call an individual, that follows closer to the 'actual' teachings of our prophets than the others, crazy?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:11 p.m.

    I've been thinking about this column all day.


    I got a couple other zingers to add.....

    If all GOP condidates were Mormon;

    1. They would not campaign for office.
    2. They would be "called", and sustained - unanimouly -- no Voting.
    3. It would be a 4 year "Calling", with no pay - in fact, they'd even have to pay their own way for the priveldge of being President.
    4. Can you say - Flat tax?
    5. Pro-Welfare?
    6. Pro-Immigration?
    7. Anti-War?
    8. Being Honest?

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Jan. 19, 2012 7:47 p.m.

    Of course, they'd all have to understand one cannot legislate morality. If one could force others to obey the doctines of the Church, we wouldn't need to have anyone disfellowshipped or excommunicated, or have anyone inactive, ever, and no problems with obedience. All adults would hold recommends. And, sadly, there would have been another decision in the preexistence to force our obedience. Soooo---we cannot force morality on our fellow citizens who don't agree with us, either, and our all-Mormon candidate roster would imagine itself a major problem...would they not? Just sayin'...

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 5:19 p.m.

    If all GOP candidates were mormon a great conundrum would occur. As we learned in previous elections, voting for a mormon candidate is just good sense. Voting against one is religious bigotry. How can we do both?

  • MormonDad PROVO, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    Being in the Bishopric in one of the Provo wards, I personally think Bishop Obama will do great as a Bishop especially considering the number of people who are in need of help and support in the church both spiritually and financially.

    Apart of Romney and Huntsman, the other GOP candidates will not last one Sunday in the Bishopric, Elder Quorum, RS or High Priest. A lot of things in the church especially helping members, Bishop storehouse etc are against some of the core principles shared by the GOP. Sad but true.

  • paperboy111 Lindon, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 4:21 p.m.

    Umm, well, for one thing it would be super boring if everyone were Mormon, including the GOP candidates.

  • bobosmom small town, Nebraska
    Jan. 19, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Got a charge out of that. I needed a laugh.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    Personally, I think Bishop Obama is "awesome."

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    Brother Gingrich needs a hearing before the high council about his marital issues.

  • PA Rock Man Allentown, PA
    Jan. 19, 2012 2:42 p.m.

    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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 1:50 p.m.

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

  • Mamma C HEBER CITY, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 1:48 p.m.


  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    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.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    Well spoken!

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:17 p.m.

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

  • Mr. One Two Layton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 11:11 a.m.

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

    Jan. 19, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    Funny stuff! Thanks!

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 10:15 a.m.

    If only...

  • IMAN Marlborough, MA
    Jan. 19, 2012 9:59 a.m.

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

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    Great article! I laughed out loud as I read!

  • Josh Cummings Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    Hilarious! Well done, Courtney!

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:28 a.m.

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

    What fun!!!!

  • wstebar Atlanta, Fayetteville, GA
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:21 a.m.


  • Timj South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:16 a.m.

    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.

  • jocelync LEWISBURG, PA
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    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!

  • sisucas San Bernardino, CA
    Jan. 19, 2012 8:07 a.m.

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

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Jan. 19, 2012 7:34 a.m.

    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....)

  • Paul W. OREM, UT
    Jan. 19, 2012 12:00 a.m.

    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.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 18, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    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?