Are All Mormons Republicans?
Considered one of the best businessmen in America, Romney's 1994 senatorial campaign came within striking distance of Ted Kennedy and he later won the Governorship of Massachusetts. Romney recently failed in his bid to get the Republican nomination for President but established a political base of support that will not be overlooked.
Mormons as Social Conservatives
I'm safe in saying that the vast majority of Mormons are pro-life, anti-gay marriage, and strong proponents of traditional family values. Family and marriage are actually some of the key aspects that stand out in the Mormon tradition. According to a recent Pew poll, Mormons account for almost 10% of all families with four or more children. The one-child policy of progressive politics certainly doesn't sit well with Mormon demographics.
The Mormon Church also supports well-established programs that any welfare-loathing financial conservative would appreciate. Local tithes go to support needy families in the ward. Such welfare support is limited to one year and every ward has an "employment specialist." The Mormon Church also has canning facilities throughout the world, where members of the Church volunteer time and money, and whose stockpiles are sent to foreign countries as aid. The "perpetual education fund," low-interest school loans to non-U.S. Mormons who have "served missions," is another great example of Mormon conservative approaches.
Liberals against Mormons
Nothing propels Mormons into the Republican corner like attacks from the Left. Of late, the church has gotten into all sorts of trouble with liberals. Whether it's feminist complaints about BYU staffing, urging members to support California's Marriage campaign, or ranting about "free-speech" suppression, leftist-groups on the whole pretty much loath the Mormon Church. Did I mention that the Mormon Church accounts for almost fifteen percent of Boy Scout troops across the nation?
To be sure there are exceptions to the conservative norm. The Church is surely anti-tobacco, which is usually a liberal platform issue, and my friends tell me I'm not truly a conservative until I can "drink with the best of them," though Mormons don't drink alcohol. Issues like polygamy still follow us around (my wife is also my third-cousin once removed, but not by blood -- go figure) and one always has to wonder whether Orrin Hatch is really a conservative.
But, in truth, if you see a guy sporting a Book of Mormon, odds are seven to one he leans Right! But I'm not betting man, I'm a Mormon after all.
Justin Hart is Managing Director of RaiseDigital, a professional consulting firm helping politicians and non-profit organizations realize their full potential online. Mr. Hart is a recognized writer, blogger, and Republican activist. Recently, he won the Shorty Award for best political use of Twitter.