You don’t have to be an idle and impotent onlooker.



I received the following note this morning from a good friend:


“I just talked to a Romney campaign staffer at the Orem call center who said he was very disappointed in the turnout of volunteers for Governor Romney.  In a state where Romney may get 80 percent of the vote, far too many people are apathetic.  They don’t think they can make a difference.  NOT TRUE!! These call centers are targeting voters in swing states such as Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio.  Utah volunteers are desperately needed in a very tight election.”


I add:  This election could prove to be a cliff-hanger.  One prognosticator last night suggested that Romney might win the popular vote but lose the Electoral College.  In other words, states like Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio could make all the difference.  And if you imagine that, living in Utah or Idaho or some other safe Romney zone, you can’t have any impact on the races there, you’re absolutely wrong.


Monetary donations, even small ones, can still make a difference.  Unless I’m mistaken, Barack Obama substantially outraised Mitt Romney last month, for the first time in quite a while.  What a pity it will be if, having come this far, we falter at the end and fail by a hair’s breadth.


This is the time for the final push in the race, the final burst of energy that guarantees the victory.  Or the fatal loss of will that turns triumph into failure.


You can also volunteer to make phone calls.  The ground game is everything at this point.  The candidate who gets his voters out will win the vital contested states and take the presidency for the next four years.


Romney Call Centers in Utah, open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


If you would prefer to call from home, please click on this link to find out how you can set up your phone and computer.  It will, I think, work from anywhere in the country.  So you non-Utahns shouldn’t feel that you’re off the hook!  You’re needed, too!


Orem Office:


Staff Contact, Colton Miles:




Address: 1120 S 1350 W

Orem, UT 84058

(It’s just over on the west side of the freeway, not far from the University Parkway exit, more or less opposite UVU.)


Midvale Office:




47 East 7200 South

Midvale, UT 84047


Logan Office:




1451 North 200 East, Ste. 190-B

Logan, UT 84341



St. George Office:




134 North 200 East, Ste. 202

St. George, UT 84770


Please!  Volunteer at one of these call centers.  I’ve done it a few times.  It’s painless.  Really quite simple.


Make it a fun outing.  Recruit some of your friends.


And if you can’t make it to one of the call centers, or don’t want to, or want to set your own schedule, to devote only as much time as you can afford to spend (maybe even just a very short while, two or three calls), make some calls from home!


And, for the really ambitious:


The Romney campaign just got budget for another bus to travel to Denver this week to campaign for Mitt.  It would be a great experience for students or families.  Transportation, food, and lodging are all free.  The bus is leaving for Denver from the Brick Oven in Provo at 1 PM this Thursday (the 25th) and coming back Sunday evening. Currently, they have about 40 spots left! Colorado could be decided by less than 1,000 votes.  This is a great opportunity to MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.  Email ASAP to reserve your spot.


You can help to make history.


Please, join in the cause.  Volunteer.  Contribute.  And encourage others to do so, as well.  And, please, pass this information on to others.  To as many Romney supporters as you can.


On the other hand, if you’re an Obama supporter, just kick back and relax.  Your man has it in the bag.  Hope and change.  Forward.  Big Bird.  You’re becoming sleepy.  Very sleepy.  Zzzzzzzz.



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  • Beth

    I got a couple of political phone calls. I am LESS inclined to vote for someone who interrupts dinner time.

    • danpeterson

      I don’t like it, either. But studies consistently show that such calls help to get the vote out.

      So give money!

  • Margaret Dansie

    I’m 100% for Romney/Ryan and I hope and pray they win. I’ve donated what I can. What I’m not sure about is if the USA is ready for them, if we have sunk low enough, or do we need to have things get much worse before the country will accept the Constitution being saved. Maybe we’re being given a chance to test that. I’m not at all sure we’ll pass. I’m not sure things are bad enough.

  • fotografia

    Very nice post, this is info I was looking for

    • danpeterson

      Great! Happy to have helped.

  • Susan B Cohrs

    Thanks for speaking out on this crucial subject.
    I will get a group together here in Coppell, north Dallas. Disappointing to learn of voter apathy anywhere in US today, but Utah of all places must awake. So much at stake,, including religious freedom!

    • danpeterson

      Thank you!

  • Christopher Wiikwaji’o

    Thanks for giving out those email addresses. This is what I sent to them:

    Just read the article in Meridian Magazine by Daniel C. Peterson. I despise President Obama’s politics because he is a practicing Marxist. But I have no one to support in this election in the twin parties because Romney is a dyed in the wool Socialist.

    Message from the First Presidency, Improvement Era, August 1936, p. 488:
    Latter-day Saints cannot be true to their faith and lend aid, encouragement, or sympathy to false ideologies such as socialism and communism. The official Church position on communism remains unchanged since it was first promulgated in 1936: “We call upon all Church members completely to eschew Communism. The safety of our divinely inspired Constitutional government and the welfare of our Church imperatively demand that Communism shall have no place in America.”

    Romney is not true to his faith or to the U.S. Constitution. I can’t support a socialist as I am required by my faith to ESCHEW socialism and that does not include voting for Republican socialist. We are in God’s hands now as the Gadiantons, aka Republicrats, are in charge.

    Christopher Wiikwaji’o

    • danpeterson

      Mr. Obama may well be some sort of soft Marxist. I don’t know, but I know that, by his own description, Marxists and Communists of various kinds played significant roles in his formation as a child and as a young man, and I know that Marxist theory is far more popular in the schools he attended than it is in the country as a whole. Still, I’m hesitant to pronounce him a Marxist; I rather doubt that he is, in fact, though he probably leans that way.

      As for Mitt Romney, he’s far less of a libertarian than I am. But a socialist? Sorry. That’s just nonsense.

      And I’m very, very, very reluctant to denounce any active, believing fellow member of the Church as a bad Mormon. I don’t do it to Harry Reid, despite my many disagreements with him; I don’t appreciate your doing it to Mitt Romney. God will judge us. I’m not particularly eager to usurp God’s role in that.

      • Christopher Wiikwaji’o

        You can, according to the scriptures, know what a man is by his fruit. I know Obama is a Marxist because I have studied Marxism and Obama practices and supports policies that are Marxist. His fruit expose him.

        Mitt Romney’s fruit is socialist fruit. He supports Social Security. That is a Socialist program that President Grant said in GC was “in direct opposition to everything I have quoted from Brigham Young and from the revelations of the Lord.” So Romney openly supports a political position that is in direct opposition to the revelations of the Lord.”

        President Benson said: As Americans, we have marched a long way down the soul-destroying road of socialism, atheism, and totalitarianism… Everything we get from the government, we pay for in debilitating taxes. Everything the government gives to the people, it must first take from the people. This is something few Americans appear to understand.

        Romney does not oppose the NEW DEAL programs and the NEW DEAL was a socialist DEAL that the First Presidency said we must repent of or we cannot have a Spiritual salvation. Romney has not repented of the New Deal programs and still supports them.

        Ezra Taft Benson, in This Nation Shall Endure, stated: We have accepted a frightening degree of socialism in our country. The question is, how much? The amount of freedom depends upon the amount of federal control and spending. A good measurement is to determine the amount, or percentage, of income of the people that is taken over and spent by the state.

        The average American pays between 40% and 70% of his income in taxes. What would Romney do to reduce Government spending and debt to pre-1963 AD (Kennedy level) taxation and debt? The correct answer is NOTHING.

        How much do you pay in taxes? A serf paid 1/3 to his lord and was considered a slave.

        America, in 1964AD, according to Benson was “a long way down the soul-destroying road of socialism.” After that we got Nixon and Reagan and Bush and Bush Jr. Do you honestly believe the USA is LESS socialist than in 1964 AD? To vote for the Republican Party Official Candidate is to vote for a super-capitalist fascist type of socialism. That was true for Nixon, Reagan, Bush and Bush Jr. Their fruit condemn them.

        Income Taxes in the USA are the 2nd plank of the Communist Manifesto. Romney will not abolish this Marxist tax system. If a person will not oppose such a system then they support it. The Federal Reserve System, which Romney supports, is the Fascist Version of the 5th plank of the Communist Manifesto. Romney also supports the 10th Plank of the Communist Manifesto…public schools (repeatedly condemned by Brigham, John Taylor etc.

        A Fascist is a National Socialist that believes in close cooperation with huge Corporations. Romney is, essentially a Fascist in his Socialism. It is the Republican Party Corporatist Super-Capitalist kinder gentler version of Fascism.

        Elder John A. Widtsoe, Evidences And Reconciliations: “Modern communism, fascism, nazism, socialism, and other related systems, are all the same in essential theory.”

        Can you honestly tell me one position held by Mitt Romney that is not a government taxpayer funded program? He wants war to protect Israel (where is that in the Constitution?). He supports the Federal Reserve, income taxes, Socialist Security, government schools and supports at least parts of ObamaCare. RomenyCare was pure unadulterated socialism.

        Will Romney even try to abolish the Unconstitutional Department of Education? OF COURSE NOT because he is a Socialist.

        If you don’t like Obama’s policies then you should not like Romney’s either. The are nearly political twins. They don’t oppose Socialism but only the level of Socialism. That is like two men fighting over how much they intend on STEALING FOR YOU. 45% or 50%.

        Naturally you are free to lend aid, encouragement or sympathy to Mitt Romney and in doing so support a slightly lesser version of a Gadianton Robber Socialist but as for me…give me liberty or give me death. I eschew socialism because the prophets of my faith told me to and said if I did not then I was not true to the faith.

        Joseph Fielding Smith,1936, The Progress of Man, p. 397: On the one side the direction which is to make an end of all nations, is through communism; on the other side it is being reached through Fascism and Nazism. While these two forces are apparently arrayed against each other, nevertheless the goal to be reached by them eventually is the same.

        Ezra Taft Benson, 1960, So Shall Ye Reap: Can communism, socialism, fascism, the so-called welfare state, or any other coercive system provide these priceless blessings which flow to us as a part of our American way of life? The common denominator of all these systems is the curtailment of individual liberty.

        • danpeterson

          Whatever. I wish you all the best.

          • Christopher Wiikwaji’o

            You made a claim that it was “nonsense” to state that Romney was a Socialist. I backed up my claim with the words of the Prophets and Romney’s proclaimed political position. Why not just show me why Romney is not a Socialist with Romney Quotes?

            You know…things like: “I want to abolish the income tax.” Social Security is child slavery.” The Constitution does not allow for the Department of Education.”

            Come on… Should be easy. Ron Paul quotes about liberty are easy to find.

          • danpeterson

            I’m happy, for now at least, to provide you a venue in which to publish your quotes and express your feelings.

  • Tracey

    Thank you, Daniel, for this article. I live in Oregon, which is firmly blue, and so just yesterday was wondering how I might support the Get out the Vote campaign in favor of Mitt in swing states. I just signed up to call from home! Thank you!

    • danpeterson

      I thank YOU!