A fundamental aspect of the good news of the gospel is the message of liberty. As President Joseph F. Smith said, “The Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of freedom; the gospel of the Son of God is the gospel of liberty.” Men of God, both ancient and modern, have spoken on this issue repeatedly. This book analyzes what liberty is and how it applies to government.
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At the May 3, 2007, GOP Debate held in California, former governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked the following question:
What do you dislike most about America?
His answer reeks of political whitewashing:
Gosh. I love America. I’m afraid I’m going to be at a loss for words because America for me is not just our rolling mountains and hills and streams and great cities. It’s the American people.
And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people.
It’s that optimism we thank Ronald Reagan for. Thank you, Mrs. Reagan, for opening up this place in his memory for us. It is that optimism about this great people that makes this the greatest nation on earth.
Please show me, if you can, where in that statement he addressed the question.
This style of rhetoric is classic Romney. He was captured using it in a 1994 debate for a Senate position (skip to 3:35 to see the relevant part), and also recently pulled the same maneuver when asked about his beliefs regarding Christ’s second coming.
Straight questions deserve straight answers. I’m reminded of the following summary of politicians:
A professional politician is a professionally dishonourable man. In order to get anywhere near high office he has to make so many compromises and submit to so many humiliations that he becomes indistinguishable from a streetwalker. (Henry Louis Mencken)