Kate Ensign-Lewis - October 04, 2012
There may be more of us Mormons on one side of the spectrum, but that doesn't mean there's only one right way to vote. In fact, both parties emphasize gospel principles; if we only reached across the aisle more often, we might realize that.
Harry Reid (Mormonism’s most famous Democrat) recently asserted that Mitt Romney (our most famous Republican) is not the face of Mormonism
. When we ran the article last Tuesday, many of our readers responded. And as usually happens in comments that imply taking a side, things got a little heated.
Too often we vilify the “other” political party—and too often conservative Mormons (and let’s face it—that’s most of us) vilify Democrats. (I know it goes the other way, too.) Sometimes we even question each other’s testimonies because of our political beliefs. This is silly and, quite simply, un-Christlike—there is a true gospel, but there is no “one true” political party. In fact, I think both parties espouse important gospel truths—which is why we have Mormons on both sides of most debates.
I have a theory of why we Mormons choose the political parties we do. The theory is based solely on gospel principles and ideals—not on agendas or special interests. Basically, it comes down to AGENCY and LOVE.
Some Mormons fall on the right of the spectrum (“conservative,” “Republican,” or even “Libertarian” in the U.S.). They fall here because the party emphasizes AGENCY—freedom for the people to choose how they live and where they put their money and resources, without being compelled. They believe the government should be small, and its biggest responsibility is to ensure people maintain their power of choice.
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