“The time will come when the constitution and government will hang by a brittle thread and will be ready to fall into other hands but this people, the latter-day saints will step forth and save it.”
– Joseph Smith, May, 1843.
If history is any indicator Mitt Romney will win tomorrow’s election. Yes, the polls show it close and the electoral map actually tilts in President Obama’s favor but never before in history has a president been returned to power with such a dismal economic performance.
1.) Unemployment has remained high.
2.) The housing crisis remains untouched, crushing the middle class. Even the smallest tweaks expected by the real estate community within 90 days of the inauguration of Obama have been consistently ignored for the full four years.
3.) Real inflation is appalling and has robbed the poor and the retired on fixed incomes. I say “real inflation,” as opposed to the new government-media revised fake figures, redesigned to help rescue the failing presidency of George W. Bush, figures that now exclude food and oil prices, the two most basic factors in our economic lives.
4.) Wall Street remains corrupt. No one has been made accountable for the fraud. Even when facts and details and names are laid out by the media, the Justice Department ignores it. There has been much rhetoric but not the slightest effort to prosecute a single big name.
Barack Obama named Timothy Geitner as the secretary of treasury. If McCain had won he might have done the same thing. The fact that Geitner and other appointees had cheated on their income taxes was hardly a subject of conversation. “Only the little people pay taxes.”
5.) Corruption within government is rampant. For example, Pentagon contracts have been awarded to put American boots on the ground in Australia. Get this. The Obama administration borrowed money from China to allegedly protect Australia from China, protection that the Aussies themselves eschew. CBS exposed how members of congress buy stocks on the NYSE and then go into rooms to decide the policies that impact those investments.
6.) The War in Afghanistan is still on. It is the longest war in American history. Obama promised to end it if elected. Now he promises to end it if re-elected.
7.) On Obama’s watch civil liberties are in the toilet. Under the administration of George W. Bush civil libertarians were outraged because a president could tap your phone with only a judge’s signature. Now a president can kill you without one.
8.) Under Obama we have seen the collapse of the Fourth Estate, once a powerful force of its own in the checks and balances within society. The national media is now run by corporations and corporate advertisers, all dependent directly or indirectly on zero percent interest loans from the Federal Reserve, which is mounting a ferocious fight to keep its deliberations and monetary awards secret.
In 2008, afraid of being called racist for challenging Obama as a candidate, media giants have remained silent throughout the last four years. Journalism is timid and virtually dead in America. Only a handful of investigative journalists remain, their work mainly focused overseas. Sources are now compromised by news agencies, under threat of government action. Major stories, even crimes, are ignored based on global corporate interests. The discerning public has moved online.
The list can go on and on. Suffice it to say, that Joseph Smith’s prophecy of 1843 is upon us.
At times Mitt Romney has run an unnecessarily mean-spirited and insular campaign, one that is the antithesis of the generosity and optimism of the past great winning, coalition building, campaigns of FDR and Ronald Reagan. But the economy still makes this his election to lose. Only America’s guilt over racism and it infatuation with Barack Obama’s personality can save the incumbent.
The grand spectacle of inaugurating a Mormon president in 2013 after inaugurating an African America in 2009 would make this another seminal moment in our history. The long suffering and persecution of a gracious, hardworking and honorable people would finally come to an end. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir would sing at the inauguration and there would be chills up our spines and tears in our eyes. The Mormon journey would finally be over. All of American would now be their home. It would be another true healing.
But whether Mitt Romney can fulfill the prophet’s words and save us is another question altogether. Can Romney, the wounded animal, still carrying his grudges, deserved as they may be, now heal the land? Can the man who will change his opinion on any issue to add a few numbers to his popularity have the strength of character to lead us?
And finally, what exactly did Joseph Smith’s prophecy mean? He didn’t say that the constitution would be restored just that it would be “saved” and in another paragraph, that it would be “born away” by its savior. If the historic trend continues and Mitt Romney wins, as I suspect, where will Mitt Romney decide to take it?