I noticed something askew after looking at a photo gallery from Thursday’s 1st Presidential Debate (see photo 13). Only a Mormon would notice something like this. As most Mormons would inevitably feel, I almost felt bad for noticing, and a bit awkward for sharing this. But like Doc from Back to the Future… “I figured what the hell.”
I’m not the first one to bring this up. After appearing on Jay Leno, many Mormon bloggers began to speculate that Ann isn’t wearing her temple garments. For those of you who don’t know, I hesitate to explain further, other than I’m sure you’ve heard or seen some reference to the “magic underwear” Mormon’s wear. It’s pretty sacred stuff, and to even bring it up is sure to offend plenty of Mormons… and to those folks I say “forgiveness is divine.” Mormons are quite sensitive about this stuff. What can I say, I’m a political commentator. Sorry for noticing the truth.
I can tell you I couldn’t care less whether or not any Mormons wear their “Gs.” I’m not the judgmental type. I haven’t walked on water. This isn’t judgement, or gossip (well maybe a little gossipy in nature). This is a commentary on that oh so important image so many Mormon families strive with such effort to preserve and protect… that front they put on in the public eye for church political reasons. Most Christians can relate… we all know what I’m talking about.
This phenomenon causes these families to look upon others with disdain while treating themselves with impunity. They’ll often avoid associating with non-Mormons and even Mormons who don’t meet their class and image standards. I should point out now that there are ample numbers of Mormon families who are the opposite of this… who don’t deserve to be grouped here.
Ann and Mitt have said some very classist things this election cycle, and personally I feel that their ideology is very classist. There’s an arrogance that says ‘I worked hard for what I have and you don’t deserve to tax me or others who have worked hard just because you have a sense of dependency.” We all heard the 47% comments, and I’ll just leave it at that.
The point is this… people are curious about this because Mormons are supposed to wear temple garments, and the Romneys are supposedly the “face of Mormonism.” That’s the bottom line. Obviously this isn’t some revelation that should affect your vote. It’s just an observation.
Maybe Ann Romney ain’t so perfect after all. Maybe she should quiet herself about what choices others make and try to have a heart about the plight of those less fortunate than her little one percent self. Just sayin.
Ann Romney appeared on Fox News tonight in practically a sleeveless dress, clearly not wearing any garments once again.
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. Follow him on Twitter @McAffee