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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Ancestral polygamy: Irrelevant or Unimportant?

"Do well and you will have no need for ancestors." - Voltaire

The latest from the Presidential rumor mill is that Mitt Romney's great-grandfather was a polygamist. My immediate thought: Who cares?!

Still, the fact that the article exists is troubling. I am troubled by the tactic used by the two Associated Press writers. Take a look at their introductory paragraph:

"While Mitt Romney condemns polygamy and its prior practice by his Mormon church, the Republican presidential candidate's great-grandfather had five wives and at least one of his great-great grandfathers had 12."

That's borderline accusatorial. It's implied that Romney couldn't possibly be against polygamy if his ancestors practiced it. Otherwise, why would this article even be written? It'd be a non-story.

Unfortunately, though it should be a non-story, it's not. People actually do care. There are voters who think it's relevant that Romney's great-great-grandfather had twelve wives. There are voters who care if a candidate's father is Muslim. There are voters who care that a man Screamed to a ballroom full of supporters. There are voters who care about the color of a candidate's skin.

And then there are voters who don't care. There are voters who don't care what their President does, as they will follow him blindly. There are voters who don't care if they're lied to. There are voters who don't care about dilapidated schools and a broken health care system. There are voters who don't care that a war - A WAR - has a constantly changing pretext.

Now someone wants to tell me that Mitt Romney's great-grandfather had more than one wife? I don't care!


Stephen C. Kurczy said...

Ancestral genocide: Relevant and Important

Digging into someone's past reveals their roots. The Armenian genocide (1915-1917) is a big reason why Turkey still isn't in the EU; people aren't biting their finger nails, half-expecting Turkey to kill an Armenian at any second, but the events must be reconciled.

Giuliani's father was an incarcerated burgler. It's there, just like Romney's faith in the polygamist Joseph Smith. Rudy won't shoplift and Mitt won't grab another wife, but we'll all have to reconcile their past (probably by not voting either President).

IC said...

You used the "we'll" at the end. Please, oh please don't count me among that faction.

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