Today, the Deseret Published a guest opinion editorial article written by Hillary Clinton. As a good media outlet should, they’ve asked all the major candidates to write a piece defending their positions and inviting people to vote for them. Last week Gary Johnson wrote his editorial, which specifically addressed religious freedom after he had made a perceived gaffe on the matter. Donald Trump will likely be next, and I’m very interested to hear what he has to say, given I don’t like him very much and still can’t really understand how his positions are conservative, even though he’s been in the race for over a year.
All these articles are targeting members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as they will likely be an important demographic in this upcoming election. This is a new concept, because Utah, which is approximately 70% LDS, hasn’t turned Blue in over 50 years. However, given current polls, the state could swing to any of the three candidates, and if there isn’t a crossing into the electoral vote number of 274 from other states, that could be a deciding factor in what will likely be a very tight election.
Hillary Clinton’s article certainly was written to appeal to Mormons today. If you’re familiar with our people and our faith, you know a few things that Mrs. Clinton played to in today’s article:
- We know that family is central to God’s plan for us on this earth and in the life to come.
- We believe in the strength of community, including wards, stakes, and branches.
- We believe that agency, or the ability to make correct choices while receiving opposition to do wrong or simply be neutral, is central to God’s plan for us as individuals, families and as His children if we are to become like Him and His Son Jesus Christ.
- We believe God speaks to us today through living prophets.
- We believe the Constitution was inspired by God, through the Founding Fathers.
- Our freedom of religion is key to the Restoration having taken place, and is important in continuing the work of salvation today.
- We believe in being “Honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.” (See Articles of Faith 1:13.)
THE FAMILY: Mrs. Clinton makes some solid appeal regarding our familial values. She clearly understands that we value keeping the family unit intact, as has been stated by our leaders in multiple facets, but particularly regarding the Church’s stance on immigration.
The Church has specifically stated on multiple occasions that it is against immigrating illegally, overstaying visas or any similar behavior that violates the soverignty of a nation. However, it has also been stated in these same public briefings that the Church is for comprehensive immigration reform that allows those who have come or stayed illegally to be able to work out a way to “square themselves with the law and continue to work without this necessarily leading to citizenship” (emphasis added).
It is the position of the current administration to offer a path to citizenship for these people, and it’s only logical to conclude that Mrs. Clinton would continue this policy, given she is a Democrat and has worked as Secretary of State for President Obama. As a Mormon who believes the prophets see things we cannot, I am firmly against this stance.
The family must be kept intact, physically, whenever possible. Allowing a path to legality is the best way to do that. But since taxation without representation is unconstitutional, I predict that it will be argued that these immigrants must be allowed full citizenship if we are going to tax them, so this becomes a very sticky situation, one that could be better resolved with a republican or libertarian president (but not Donald Trump, since he is suggesting deportation).
COMMUNITY and HONESTY: The direct appeal and ask people to for their vote using Sister Rosemary Wixom’s quote from her April 2014 talk on keeping covenants is outrageous. This talk was all about making promises to God, walking in the light and seeking to become like our Heavenly Father.
Throughout the talk, Sis Wixom cites numerous examples of strong, faithful Latter-day Saint women and girls who are working to have “total allegiance to the kingdom of God.” She teaches of looking to and being worthy to enter the holy temple, and walking uprightly. Indeed, to enter the temple, we are asked if we are “honest in our dealings with our fellow man.”
Hillary Clinton has been anything but honest in her dealings with the American People. She has repeatedly lied about her email server, putting the country’s very security at risk, a fact so well-known I don’t even need to cite it here. Her party’s chairman, Debbie Wasserman-Shultz was found to be conspiring to rig a primary so Bernie Sanders could not beat her, and her campaign (which does very much represent Mrs. Clinton) immediately hired the disgraced chairman to a top position. She talks about campaign finance reform, but then becomes the example of the opposite to her position and appeared with billionaire Warren Buffet, calling for higher taxes on the wealthy and even the middle class, showing great hypocrisy in this position.
Picture from the New York Times
(Think higher taxes are the right answer? The Book of Mormon would beg to differ, as Mosiah 11 talks about 20% taxation being too high, when it goes into the pockets of the ruling class.)
But back to the quote, to use it in such a way is also dishonest; indeed, Sister Wixom wasn’t talking about community, at all. She was talking about being strong individuals.
Mrs. Clinton also repeated her well-known phrase of “it takes a village,” and then followed up with “Or a ward” to “build the change we hope to see.”
Yes, it does take a ward, but again, the ward exists primarily for the salvation of the members of the Church and as a missionary unit to help bring those who have not yet been baptized to Christ. The ward unit is not a political one; indeed, the Church makes it very clear that as an organization, we are politically neutral, but speak from time to time on certain issues.
And as a side note, I cannot think of a stronger contrast to Hillary Clinton than Rosemary Wixom. Knowing Sister Wixom, and indeed having a close friendship with her husband, I feel like this is an affront to a moral, chaste, honest woman and her righteous words. Mrs. Clinton should apologize for taking this quote out of context and using it to campaign for President of the United States.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM and AGENCY: The Church has made it clear that banning entire religions isn’t in line with God’s teachings, either today or in the past. In December of last year, after Donald Trump made some rather outrageous statements on banning immigration simply because of one’s religious choice, the Church responded with some quotes from the Prophet Joseph Smith about allowing for pluralism of religion.
However, the Democratic party will only defend part of religious freedom; they would not allow for civil rights of those who run private businesses to deny service for something they feel is immoral. This would deny the business owners their agency to choose what they feel is right, something over which they could lose lawsuits, and perhaps even face harsher penalties.
DEFENDING THE CONSITUTION: Much of what Mrs. Clinton would do regarding the second amendment/gun rights is in direct violation of the constitution. I don’t need to say a whole lot here, but all of her actions would, in some way, take away the rights of legal gun owners to defend themselves. Read her stances here.
In the FBI Director’s statement regarding Mrs. Clinton’s email servers, we learned that she violated national security laws and regulations. However, the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute the case, no indictment has been brought forward. But just because there hasn’t been an indictment, it doesn’t mean that the law has not been broken. The Constitution states that “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Indeed, if she takes office, she is breaking the Supreme Law of the very Constitution she has committed to defend, and subjects herself to impeachment and removal from office, and possibly even jail time.
Director Comey of the FBI takes an oath of honesty before testifying in front of congress regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal. Picture found here.
What other ways might she violate the constitution? I don’t know. But if she keeps the current administration’s behavior going forward, we know the use of executive orders will be vast and varied, and will essentially function as legislation, much like the DREAM act, which Hillary defends.
Final note: What was left out of this article is perhaps the most interesting to me. Hillary Clinton did not once mention abortion. This is perhaps the most repugnant stance of the Democratic Party, that it’s a “woman’s right to choose” to harm her baby. LDS voters should reject Hillary, if but on this principle alone because we believe it to be an ugly sin that is identical to murder when used as a form of birth control, and one that Hillary Clinton would continue to funnel federal tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and other similar organizations to continue in their murderous debauchery and their pro-abortion agenda.
Indeed, this is in direct violation of the 4th commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”
She stands proudly with Planned Parenthood, who has made a mockery of the Church and is likely in violation of copyright laws with their recent “CTR” condom stunt. Indeed, to stand with such an organization is wrong, moral-less and disgusting.
In short, Latter-day Saint should not be fooled by Hillary Clinton, her cunning words, and her use of our vernacular to convince us to vote for her. She is the antithesis of the cause echoed at the end of the 13th Article of Faith: “If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”