Sunday, November 19, 2006

A tale of two political parties and two newspapers

In the capital of the Great State of Utah, Salt Lake City, there are two major newspapers, the Salt Lake Tribune (otherwise known as Pravda of Utah) and the Deseret News. A quick look at today's editions of each paper will pretty well give you and idea of the political leanings of each paper.

The Salt Lake Tribune had two articles about our new Senate Majority Leader, Brother "Dirty Harry" Reid, one the obligatory "puff piece" about how he is "leading" members of the LDS Church into the mainstream and the other the obligatory report that Brother Reid is proof that good Mormons can also be good Democrats. Guess which political leaning the SL Tribune has?

The Deseret News also had two articles today about Mitt Romney, the first about a blog written by four Evangelicals who support Romney for president and the second about how Mitt Romney handily beats all comers for president in the Great State of Utah. Guess which political leaning the Deseret News has?

Everyone in the Great State of Utah knows that the Salt Lake Tribune is another New York Times wannabe. The Trib desperately wants to break the GOP hold on Utah and think that accentuating Brother Reid's religion to the members of the LDS Church will do that. As anyone who reads the Warren knows, I am deeply ashamed of Brother Reid and his work in the Senate. He may be (according to the SL Tribune) anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, etc., but his criticisms of President Bush and the War in Iraq/War on Terror show me that he is just like John "War Hero" Kerry, John "Cut and Run" Murtha and Nancy "The Iron Maiden" Pelosi, i.e., they loathe the US military and think it is full of high-school drop-outs and they have no clue about the danger that United States and the world faces from Islamic terrorism.

The SL Tribune also believes that Brother Reid is "proof" that good Mormons can also be "good" Democrats, that depends. If being "good" Democrats mean that you have to support abortion, gay marriage, make jokes about the intelligence of our armed forces and basically criticize the United States for all the problems in the world, you can forget being a good member of the LDS Church since these members do not follow the teachings of the church. That's why most members of the LDS Church vote for the GOP since the GOP believes as they do, i.e., is against abortion, gay marriage, does not criticize the intelligence of the military and believe that the greatest nation on this planet is the United States.

If the Utah Democratic Party wants to parade Brother Reid around the state to drum up support for their candidates, that's fine with me. I just hope I'm in town when that happens so that I can be there with to hold up a sign asking him about his "culture of corruption".

As for Mitt Romney, I truely believe that if any politician is "leading" members of the LDS Church into the mainstream, it is him. His faith and his political beliefs are one in the same and I believe that non-members of the LDS Church are more impressed with him that our new Senate Majority Leader. The more I hear and read about Mitt Romney, the more I believe that he would make a good president. Only time will tell, but if he does run for president, it will be amusing to watch Brother Reid criticize another member of the LDS Church for following church teachings and not kissing up to the baby killers and gay marriage freeks.

Ed Note: The LDS Church councils all it's members to vote, but does not tell them who to vote for. The LDS Church also does not allow church resources to be used in the promotion of political candidates. The only time that the LDS Church will tell it's members how to vote or allow church resources to be used for poltical campaigns is on ballot measures of social importance, i.e. gay marriage, abortion, gambling, pornography, etc. Other than that, the LDS Church is officially neutral.


At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good analysis. Surprisingly, the Tribune is not the most liberal newspaper in Utah. Here's an example of one that is even more liberal

At 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh and what about your slant?
"'Dirty Harry' Reid?"
"John 'War Hero' Kerry?" "John 'cut and run' Murtha?" First of all, if I read or hear "cut and run" one more time, I think I might vomit. Get a new slogan, for the love of Mike! Have an original thought in your head. John Murtha and John Kerry, unlike our president both served their country in the armed forces and I find it interesting that you hold Dems accountable for supposedly "not respecting the troops" while in the same breath, denigrating the service of other, former troops. And what of the current troops who don’t happen to agree with you? I’m sure you wouldn’t have any trouble copying someone else’s cute nicknames for them as well.

And as for Harry Reid....Well, firs of all, if anyone is still holding onto that land thing as some sort of smoking gun, that’s pretty sad…because it’s clearly been proven as a matter of oversight and NOT one of intentional nefariousness. Secondly, what about all of the many Republicans awash in scandal? You act as if Republicans were called of God to serve their country just because they're more likely to vote against abortion and gay-marriage. There are other issues, you know. There are other things, other values to be found in the teachings of Christ.

Why don't any of you harpies get equally aghast when politicians lack charity? Above all these...remember?

Now let me think of the last time the Bush family used their money to benefit someone other than themselves...hmmm....

You're analysis is myopic, repulsive and insulting.

Good day.

At 10:29 AM, Blogger The Great El-ahrairah said...

Wow, can you say liberal troll? Well, you better get the bucket ready because here it comes! Cut and run! Cut and run! Cut and run! Cut and run! Cut and run!

First of all, we won't talk about that famous Democratic draft dodger, Bill Klinton. President Bush did serve his country in the armed forces. I'm sure that you heard of the Texas National Guard, but I guess for the Defeato-cratic party, the National Guard is not an "armed force". Next time, tell that to your local National Guardsman when he goes to Iraq.

The Defeato-cratic party thinks that wartime service in Vietnam like John "Ketchup" Kerry or John "Disgrace to the Corps" Murtha gives you a free pass after the war to lie before Congress, like John Kerry, or be an un-indicted co-cospirator of AbScam, like John Murtha and for both of them to insult our armed forces.

As for Harry Reid, he harped about the Republican "culture of corruption" while he was trying to sweep his own corruption problems (you have heard of Jack Abramhoff, I'm sure) under the rug. I would hope that his faith would have helped him avoid the pitfalls of other Defeato-cratic leaders, but it doesn't look that way. It also looks like you get all your news from the MSM since they rarely report on Defeato-cratic scandals.

But, I liked what you wrote about the Bush family using their money to benefit themselves. When was the last time that you heard of John "Christmas in Cambodia" Kerry using his money (actually his wife's) to benfit someone else? Here's something to think about. In Massachusetts, you can pay the normal state tax rate or a higher rate if you think your taxes are too low. Guess which rate John Kerry and his wife paid? If you said the lower rate, you won! Even Ed "Chappaquidik" Kennedy paid the lower rate! Talk about hypocracy! They want everyone else to pay more taxes, but when they have to put their money where their mouth is, oops, taxes are for other people.

Thank you for spouting your standard liberal talking points. I might be myopic, repulsive and insulting but at least I'm not a blind liberal.

At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, you're just a blind right-wing harpie.

At 2:08 PM, Blogger The Great El-ahrairah said...

No, this can't be true. Say it isn't so. You must be a liberal troll or something to resort to ad hominem attacks when you can't defend your own point of view.

Go ahead. I'm waiting for your responses to what I have posted. BTW, explain to me why when Bill "I did not have sex with that woman" Klinton was running for president in 1992 and 1996, the fact that he never served in Vietnam and actually skipped out on his service was not an issue, but President Bush joining the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War is an issue? Explain to me in a logical way that does not bring up "Bush Lied! People Died" in any way. I'm waiting. (Cricket's chirping).

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Great El-ahrairah wrote, "Wow, can you say liberal troll? Well, you better get the bucket ready because here it comes! Cut and run! Cut and run! Cut and run! Cut and run! Cut and run!"

That's an interesting concept but as a Mormon I must oppose the war in Iraq if I wish to be consistent with the teachings of the Scriptures which condemn pre-emptive war.

For those of you who are Mormon I suggest you read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and the Doctrine and Covenants and strive to live the Gospel instead of twisting the Gospel and the Scriptures to reflect the Republican Party platform and agenda.

Ever hear of Moroni, or Mormon? What would they have to say to you LDS Nephites when you say we should go up into the lands of the Lamanites and strike them there? What would they say about your desire to go up after the Gadianton Robbers?

Or better yet, maybe you think President Kimball was wrong when he described you: "We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel -- ships, planes, missiles, fortifications -- and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan's counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior's teaching: Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven"

Of course, the Prophets in the scriptures don't know what they are talking about and their words were meant for the wicked of their generation. All the talk about the Book of Mormon being the word of God meant for us today is just hogwash isn't it? I am beginning to believe that Republicans have never read the Scriptures.

At 4:26 AM, Blogger Captain Holly said...

Rats! We had a flame war and I missed it?


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