What is a Demagogue?//

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 I was doing a little research for an article and happened to look at the definition for the word Demagogue.  I had always assumed it was just a person that did things a certain way or held certain beliefs, but after reading its true meaning, I find it is actually a pretty negative characteristic. Webster defines Demagogue as “a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power” and “A political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.” 

 I don’t like to call names, but words and titles are descriptive. This one appears to apply to Obama in that he tries to steer clear of rational argument and rely more on appealing to prejudices. Continue reading

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Should you vote based on religion?//


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Since I’m writing this on the Sabbath and since religion seems to be playing a bigger part in this election than is normally the case, I thought I would make a few comments about religion and politics.  I read an article this morning about how some black clergy are in a quandary over how to direct their parishioners to vote.  They cannot support Obama because of his stance on gay marriage and they cannot support Romney because of a Mormon doctrinal issue, since rescinded, that black men could not hold the priesthood.  All I can say about this is that it is no longer the doctrine of the Mormon Church and has not been for over 3 decades.  If you question the possibility that the Mormon Church is free of racism then I suggest you ask any black member.  (Mia Love might be a good place to start).

Considering whether religion should be a factor in your vote, I say that Character and Integrity should be a factor, but not religion.  How well a candidate adheres to his religious beliefs should be a factor but not the religion itself.  This is an indication of character.  As a Mormon, I have voted for lots of candidates that did not share my religious belief. Continue reading