After my recent post about Mitt Romney’s rhetoric vs. his Mormonism, I received ample comment about how I have totally misconceived the notion of Mormon Consecration versus “the evils of communism.” Nice appeal to fear, red herring, and multiple other logical fallacies put to use for sure. Though I wasn’t in any way suggesting that the history of Mormonism, the United Order, and the Law of Consecration implied that Mormons should be advocating for a form of global communism, that’s exactly the sum of the rebuttals I received, mainly from Mormon readers.
Shocking… apparently they are very sensitive about their collectivist history. I was merely suggesting that the United Order and the Law of Consecration should give Mormons, and Mormon candidates such as Mitt Romney pause before condemning statements that reflect a positive position related to a collective mentality.
In response, my Mormon readers suggested that forcing the world to live the Law of Consecration or the United Order would be in blatant violation of free agency… that in fact we all know the Devil wanted all of us to act in good will by force, and therefore my plan was synonymous with the Devil’s plan, and thus so is Barack Obama’s plan to force everyone to buy health insurance! Oh wait, Romney did that too!
I have something to say about this, so that not only current generations will judge rightfully so, but so that my posterity will be free of judgment from these Pharisees among my own Mormon faith. If you think forcing collectivism is equivalent to Satan’s plan, what do you think about forcing me to pay taxes to fund fraudulent wars around the world for Capitalist gain? Beyond that, what about my free agency when it comes to paying any taxes for any reason what so ever? Is the Mormon Church against all forms of taxation because they force me to contribute to the betterment of the collective whole, regardless of the purpose?
That can’t be right! The Constitution, after all, was inspired by God! God forbid it give Congress the right to levy taxes!
Statements by the brethren in the 1950s against communism, drawing stark contrast between communism and the United Order are clearly understandable considering the times, and the effort to bring Mormonism into the mainstream. Even Mitt Romney’s 1st cousin once removed spoke about this as an Apostle of the Church. Let’s not kid ourselves that Marion G. Romney was actually suggesting taxes were a violation of free agency.
The suggestion that forcing members of our democratic society to pay more taxes to provide for the needy among us is equivalent to “communism” is laughable. That is to suggest taxation itself is a form of communism. That is to suggest that Mitt Romney’s own health care law passed in Massachusetts is itself inspired by Satan. Let’s get real and stop propagating conservative ideology as religious dogma! It is absurd and ridiculous, and it is holding out an entire religion as a political ideology untrue to its own foundations. Amen.
Justin is the publisher The Nevada View, which has earned the recognition in the Washington Post’s “Best State-Based Political Blogs,” as well as being awarded the “Most Valuable Blogger Award” by the local CBS affiliate in 2011. Justin is also an associate at the Ramirez Group in Las Vegas. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee