The MormonPress blogging team is made up of people who believe strongly in careful research and standing up for their beliefs, religious as well as political. This is a blog about morality in the broadest sense. We write about values and ideals. We take our cues from our best interpretations of the Jesus Christ that we strive to emulate as Mormons.
Not long ago a Republican friend of mine asked me to read a book. Being the bookworm I am, I took him up on the offer. The book was Spygate: Exposing the Obama/Clinton Deep State Criminality. I do love a good read, and I often look for books and articles that will challenge my political conclusions. This book presented just that challenge.
Last Wednesday I decided to dig myself out of the biggest snowstorm in 26 years, take time away from work, and head up to Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City to add my voice to the tens of thousands who have already come out against Senate Bill 96, which guts *proposition 3 and costs more. I walked into room 445 of the capital, sat in the front row, right in the center so I would have the chance to testify. I never did get that chance.
I grew up in places with a lot of room to play. At one house we had woods in the backyard that led to a dammed up creek. We tied a rope to one of the trees and jumped from a ledge, catching onto the rope, letting go at just the right moment to land right in the middle of the pond.
Growing up, a favorite movie for my family was The Princess Bride. One of the most memorable scenes came after Wesley and Buttercup, having conquered the many obstacles in the fire swamp, come out the other end and meet Count Rugen and his lackeys who are ready to arrest Wesley and bring Buttercup back to Prince Humperdinck. After Buttercup bravely gives herself up to save Wesley’s life, a smiling Count Rugen lies about their destination, “Come, sir. We must get you to your ship.” Wesley replies with the classic line, “We are men of action. Lies do not become us.”
Growing up, lying was not tolerated in my home. I tried. It never ended well; usually untruths ended with a pitiful confession, as my mother knew the entire truth, the entire time. While raising my own children currently, lying is still not tolerated.
The American people are not stupid. We understand when we are being lied to. During Donald Trump’s campaign, I could see right through him. I left the party of my youth when I encountered his lies and immorality, as I couldn’t willingly be a member of a group that would vote for that man. Only now does it seem like the obvious lies are starting to crack through to Republicans.
A majority of Utahns now blame President Trump for the shutdown. Perhaps one reason is that before he blamed the Democrats, he explicitly, and on national television, said he would take the blame.
Additionally, more detail regarding his lies to us surrounding Russia are coming into the light. More of my Republican friends cannot defend his relationship with Russia. More Republican members of congress are voting with their Democratic colleagues to put pressure on Russia.
Here’s hoping that the fourth estate will continue to shine a light on his trail of lies and deceptions, so that we as Americans can end it, and never allow such a man to be in the White House again.