I'm on the road this week, out east, not in Minnesota. Not doing anything about the fast-approaching election. I've had a little time to reflect from a different angle.
Mitt Romney criticizes people in the United States who rely on government programs and argues that they don't "take personal responsibility and care for their lives." This group includes the elderly, the underemployed and a significant number of young Mormons like me.
In the now-infamous secret video, what stands out to me is the way his radio announcer voice rises when he utters the word "entitled." This is no act; he really is outraged.
What would we think about a president whose understanding of history is contradicted by history itself?
In The Book of Mormon Girl, Joanna Brooks writes a beautifully crafted memoir about growing up as a Mormon, how her life as a young kid felt and how it changed over time when she went to college and became a self-proclaimed feminist.
For the first time in American history a Mormon is the presidential nominee for a major political party. Here's why Mr. Romney's religion is relevant: For Mormons, there really is no such thing as separation of church and state.
Judge Mitt Romney as you will, and vote for or against him as you will; but do not judge Mormonism on the basis of the Mitt Romney that was unveiled to the public this week. He is not the face of Mormonism.
My heart sank when I heard Mitt Romney's videotaped comments to a group of wealthy campaign donors. I think Jesus' heart must have sunk, too, to hear such cold, condemning words from the lips of someone who professes to be a Christian.
Many of you saw Matt Bai's recent profile of Ohio in the Sunday Times magazine section. To summarize it crudely, Bai explores this question: Ohio is c...
Did you know Mitt Romney has ties to Mexico? His great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, moved to Mexico in 1885 because he had multiple wives (as Mormon law then permitted) and wanted to escape the anti-polygamy laws in the United States.
While the stewardship of the U.S. economy, jobs, health care, immigration, and foreign policy are all important considerations in this year's election, the safeguarding of constitutional rights for all Americans is at least as critical.
No modern presidential candidate has made a show of his church donations in the way Mitt Romney has made a show of his Mormon tithing. But his donations say nothing about his worthiness to hold public office, let alone his goodness.
Mitt Romney's doctrine of American exceptionalism is well known. What most Americans don't understand is the extent to which his Mormon faith informs that conviction.
I don't think the elitists in the Republican establishment have any idea that any of this awaits them on Nov. 6 and unless they radically rethink their current approach, which is to pretend this objection doesn't even exist, they're in for a rude awakening come election day.
Jeremiah Wright's sermons about a black Jesus killed by white Romans nearly derailed his former parishioner Barack Obama's candidacy. The white Jesus of Mitt Romney's Mormon culture, by contrast, has raised no cultural firestorm. It is hardly even noticed.
In his convention speech, Mitt Romney made very little of his Mormon faith, his work in the church or how that church might influence how he sees his relationship between God and the nation. And perhaps because of this, his "narrative" was dangerously idolatrous.