For those of you unschooled in what Mormonism really is, please allow me to inform you.
Where did I accumulate my information? Three years of living in Salt Lake City, and talking days on end to the son of one of the foremost Mormon historians.
Most importantly, Mormonism historically is one the most racist and sexist religions in American history. If you live there for any length of time, you will realize Salt Lake City is one of the most homogeneous populations of what I would call, American white people. Why? Because other races were seen as unclean and intermarrying with them was forbidden by the Church.
They have a history of maintaining racial purity, better known as inbreeding. To quote the famous Mormon autobiography, A Mormon Mother, the women were taught early that being the third or fourth wife of a good Mormon man is much preferable to marrying a non-Mormon. And they did a great job of convincing the women to marry the limited number of Mormon men. Social ostracism was a powerful tool out in the wilds of the Utah territory, and worked well for the men!
My most memorable cartoon from my Salt Lake City days was a picture of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the caption, “Let’s all sing ‘get your biscuits in the oven and your buns in bed!”
That pretty much summarizes their view of women, whose only purpose is creating lots more Mormons. Please note the long and varied ‘career’ of Ann Romney as the best example of this way of thinking.
Mormonism today is not so different than most other types of early brainwashing worldwide, the purpose being to tell you at every decision point in your life what you will do next. The LDS Church today is controlled by a few old, and of course MALE leaders, who enjoy having power over the Mormon masses. It all rather reminds me of the various methods of mind control used historically by Mao and the Chinese Communist government.
Thus the emphasis on high school, go on a mission, finish college, at least for the men, and then go into business and make lots of money, so you can give 10% to the Mormon Church, which is today estimated at at least 25 to 30 billion dollars, more than many Fortune 500 corporations.
But this population is homogenous in another important way. When the Church says vote Republicans, every single member does, like an army of automatons. No thinking required here! When I lived there, Utah went 95% Republican.
Do you want your country controlled by non-thinking sexist robots? I have never witnessed such a homophobic, sexist theocracy in my entire life, and it scared me!
For a different and funny take on who Mitt Romney is, check out this NYT piece by David Brooks, a conservative commentator.