Saturday, December 16, 2006

a little more civil

There's nothing like politics to bring out the worst in folks. I'm talking about character assassination. These last couple of days I have been reading and hearing a lot of negative talk about the Republicans, the Democrats, and the presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle. Of course this is the way politics works. Some may say there is nothing we can do about it. I feel there is something we can do. I think this is a time when we ought to be more civil when talking about the party or the candidates we might not like. Criticizing someone is easy. Just going along with what your favorite talk-show host says is easy. Now is a time for change.

What can we do to make the 2008 presidential election at least a little more civil?


Blogger Nivek said...

I hope that the Mitt campaign does not go negative. True he will have to articulate why his policies are better than those of another candidate, but he will do well not to attack the person, even if it is Hillary. That kind of true statesmanship and sportsmanship will shine like a beacon in a realm of negativity which will surely permeate the election cyclery.

8:32 PM, December 17, 2006  
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Anonymous Jake Grey said...

Hi! I think one of the best things Mitt could do in his come to the defense of his opponents when the pundits start slinging mud. If he spoke our agianst the ridiculous attention that Sen. Obama has had to deal with because of his name. Such 'news' is truly below us, and Mitt should say so. He should make a stand on decency in politcs and, win or lose, never take the 'easy' shot, never stoop to the low blow, not matter what polls or hype says. There are plenty of reasonable critizisms to use. Championing the defense of Obama, or Clinton, against mean spirited attacks would show America the quality of his character and attract people across the spectrum. He needs to remind America that there can be honor in politicians and by being as curtious, as thoughtful, and mature as he is to his opponents. When voting day comes, Americans will respond to that thoughtful, and respectful maturity. That is presidential.

5:00 PM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Jake Grey said...

Hi Mitchell,
So if your heading to Provo,(I'm from the Avenues of Salt Lake but in Lynnwood now, btw) who's fighting for Mitt in Washington?

Let me know what i can do to help. This country needs a guy like Mitt in the highest office.

I'm a democrat-leaning moderate also btw. ;-)

5:10 PM, January 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, as a traditional Baptist, I was stunned after viewing a movie called "States of Grace." A friend of mine from Utah sent it to me for Christmas. In spite of everything I have come to learn about Mormonism, here is a movie – a Mormon movie nonetheless – that demonstrates a deep understanding of -- and longing for -- unconditional grace and forgiveness through a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

In my opinion, it movingly depicts the power of God's healing love and redemptive grace that comes after a fall and repentance. It not only shows the heart of Christianity, but it convincingly challenges the stereotypes that many of us traditional Christians have of Mormons and their belief in only conditional grace.

Second of all, I love my country and the constitution it was founded upon. The only person I believe will stand up for those beliefs is Mitt Romney – a.k.a. The “Mormon Candidate.” I will say that it would have been hard to pull the lever for a Mormon until I had a few questions cleared up for me. I believe this movie can be a landmark film in presenting a view of the Mormon church and Mormon life that has never before made it to the big screen – answering simple questions such as polygamy (by far the funniest scene in the movie), interfaith relationships and Mormon beliefs concerning grace.

Many, and I do mean many, of the Mormon beliefs and doctrines I disagree with, but I don’t want a country ran by Pres. Clinton II, Obama, McCain or even Giuliani. I believe Gov. Romney is a Christian who shares my most important values. Now more than ever, we Christians need to pull together and I believe States of Grace can be that elusive element that brings us together. The movie is extremely thought-provoking and very educational for many in America who don’t know much beyond popular rumor about the faith of the man who just might be the next president. In short, this little film has the potential to actually shift and mold public opinion in a presidential campaign without being a political hatchet job like Fahrenheit 911. It should be required viewing for the entire Christian community.

My question is this – With all the stereotypes and misinformation out there about his beliefs, why hasn't anyone put this movie out there to help him? I would have to say I have never felt closer to Mormonism, and Christ's message of love, redemption, and hope, than after viewing States of Grace. You have a tool to answer the questions that would help me pull the lever for Gov. Romney, and you’re not using it.

I emailed “Evangelicals for Mitt” and they’ve never heard of the movie. I emailed a website called and they dismissed me. I found more information on this movie at

I hope you care enough to do something about this – or I’ll find a way to do it myself.

Your Brother in Christ,

Mark L.

p.s. I Googled “Mitt Romney supporters” and found your website. I hope you have some sway with the powers-that-be in I couldn’t even find “States of Grace” at Wal-Mart – and they carry everything.

1:00 PM, February 14, 2007  
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10:41 PM, May 29, 2007  

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