Friends, this election season has been the worst of my relatively long lifetime. I first voted in 1982, so I have some experience.
I would venture to say that very few of the permabloggers at M* voted for Trump. I would also venture to say, based on the comments we get on this blog, that most readers also did not vote for Trump. I did not vote for him.
But he is the president-elect, and it is time to consider what he would actually do in office. Here is a quick analysis. I am sure there will be other analyses, but my feeling is that few people have actually considered what Trump has said he will do. I will grade his plans based on my opinions of them. If you don’t like my opinions, you can politely disagree or you can go write a post stating your own opinions.
But first, let’s consider how Trump in the White House might affect the Church. Mormons did not support him in large numbers compared to Republican candidates of the recent past, although most Mormon dominant states did vote for him. My guess is that Trump will treat the Church much like other recent presidents, ie, respectfully. But I am willing to be proven wrong, and we at M* will be on the lookout for evidence of Trump administration bigotry toward Mormons.
So here goes, an analysis of Trump’s plans:
Our favorite president of all helped produce this statement:
We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his election as president of the United States.
We invite Americans everywhere, whatever their political persuasion, to join us in praying for the president-elect, for his new administration and for elected leaders across the nation and the world. Praying for those in public office is a long tradition among Latter-day Saints. The men and women who lead our nations and communities need our prayers as they govern in these difficult and turbulent times.
We also commend Secretary Hillary Clinton and all those who engaged in the election process at a national or local level. Their participation in our democratic process, by its nature, demands much of those who offer themselves for public service. May our local and national leaders reflect the best in wisdom and judgment as they fulfill the great trust afforded to them by the American people.
“We engage in the election the same as in any other principle; you are to vote for good men, and if you do not do this it is a sin; to vote for wicked men, it would be sin. Choose the good and refuse the evil. Men of false principles have preyed upon us like wolves upon helpless lambs. Damn the rod of tyranny; curse it. Let every man use his liberties according to the constitution. Don’t fear man or devil; electioneer with all people, male and female, and exhort them to do the thing that is right. We want a President of the U.S., not a party President, but a President of the whole people; for a party President disfranchises the opposite party. Have a President who will maintain every man in his rights.” Hyrum Smith…History of the Church, Vol.6, Ch.15, p.323
(I hope it is not necessary to point out that “good men” in the 19th century can mean “good women” in the 21st century. “Wicked men” can also mean “wicked women.”)
Evan McMullin, the Mormon #neverTrump candidate supported by well-known neo-conservatives in Washington, is surging in Utah. The chances of his winning Utah are quite high.
I am #neverMcMullin, and I wrote this post about why, but I will admit that McMullin taking Utah instead of Trump and Clinton would be mostly a good thing. I can understand the arguments of my friends who are voting for McMullin at the very least to send a protest vote against the horrible Hillary and the terrible Trump.
Still, I want to point out that McMullin’s signature issue — his policy in Syria — is fatally flawed and dangerous. McMullin will not be the next president, but Hillary probably will. When you look at the big picture, McMullin’s Syrian policy is basically HIllary’s Syrian policy. They are both wrong, and they are risking a war with Russia over a country that is not central to U.S. interests. I feel compelled to speak out in opposition.
Some readers may know that the Fort Collins temple was dedicated over the weekend. You can read about it here.
To sum up the details: President Uchtdorf was in town with Elder Renlund and several other Church officials. On Saturday there was a massive cultural celebration in Hughes Stadium, where the CSU football team plays. More than 20,000 people were there. On Sunday, President Uchtdorf placed mortar around the cornerstone and presided over three dedicatory sessions.
During the dedicatory sessions, many chapels were consecrated as extensions of the temple so all baptized members could watch the dedication. We gathered in our local chapel with two of our baptized children.
All of the events were surrounded by a peaceful feeling of the sacred. I kept on thinking back to past temple dedications — especially the Kirtland temple dedication in 1836 — and how temple dedications are accompanied by the Spirit and very often personal revelation.
And the exciting part for our family was that my wife and I had some personal revelations of our own.