Mitt Romney spends most of the time during the Presidential debates standing above the fray (literally, he’s 6’2″) with a plastic, fatherly smile glued to his exceptionally Nordic skull. When he does speak, it’s with a slight edge of impatience, akin to that of a busy father who’s been interrupted by a stupid question. Even his gestures are pervaded with condescension. At one point during an especially heated exchange between himself and Rick Perry, he rested his hand on Perry’s shoulder like a father calming an angry child.
Romney perceives himself as the adult in a room full of blathering ideologues and angry demagogues, and he’s absolutely right. He is. He’s not there because he’s a fanatical proponent of an extreme and reductionist ideology (Ron Paul) and he’s not there because he’s a careerist pursuing his fifteen minutes of fame and its concomitant book sales (the rest). He’s there because of a deeply held conviction—a religious conviction—that he has a responsibility to lead America through this time of darkness. While he was being groomed for manhood and leadership, the rest of the candidates have spent their entire lives wallowing in and imbibing from the contemporary American sewer of decadence, egalitarianism, and tacky populist religiosity.
Mitt Romney is the only adult in the room because he’s the only man there who’s actually experienced an initiatic transition from childhood to manhood. He does tower over the others in competence and in having a transcendent purpose. While Ron Paul may perceive himself as the champion of America’s founding ideology, Mitt Romney is the true heir of the authentic American Tradition from which that ideology emerged. To understand why this is, one must understand Romney’s faith: Mormonism, and the role of Mormonism in American history.
René Guénon offers a remarkably lucid critical account of Mormonism’s genesis, though he notably omits its Masonic influences. A chapter of his Miscellanea is dedicated to “The Origins of Mormonism,” beginning with a variation on the Spaulding-Rigdon Theory of the Book of Mormon’s origin:
Among the religious or pseudo-religious sects widespread in America, the Mormon sect is assuredly one of the oldest and most important, and we believe that it would not be without some interest to look at its origins.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century there lived in New England a Presbyterian pastor named Solomon Spalding, who had abandoned his ministry in favor of commerce, where it was not long before he went bankrupt. After this setback, he began writing a kind of novel in biblical style which he entitled Manuscript Found, and which, it seems, he counted on to restore his fortune; in this he was mistaken, as he died before he could find a publisher. The subject of this book concerns the history of the North American Indians, who were portrayed as the descendents of the Patriarch Joseph; it was a protracted account of their wars and their supposed migrations from the time of Sedecias, king of Judah, up to the fifteenth century AD. This account was supposed to have been written by various chroniclers, the last of whom, named Mormon, is said to have deposited it in an underground hiding place.
While his perspective and account are especially jaundiced, Guénon reluctantly admits that the institution is well-structured:
The success of Mormonism seems astonishing. It is likely that it is due more to the hierarchical and theocratic organization of the sect—very cleverly conceived, it must be acknowledged—than to the value of its doctrine.
Setting the accuracy of its theology or integrity of its founders aside, the institution is build on solid Radical Traditionalist design principles. In fact, it stands alongside Judaism, Catholicism, and Freemasonry as among the only major Traditional institutions in American history. Even if Mormonism’s church fathers rejected the prevailing Protestant sola scriptura theology for the wrong reasons, the net result was a deeply hierarchical, initiatic, and sturdy institution capable of robust leadership in the managerial, martial, and mercantile spheres of power projection.
The Protestant churches were integrally vulnerable to subversion of its followers to which they remained accountable, while Mormonism operates like a benevolent monarchy. The Mormon Church was (and likely remains) capable of effectively mobilizing its disciplined and loyal warrior priesthood at its discretion. The Mormon Church is capable of effectively controlling and manipulating markets, developing a fully mature shadow economy with vast holdings and parallel distribution networks.
The Church Fathers didn’t come up with this model on their own, but rather adapted what they could learn at the time from Judaism, Catholicism, and especially Freemasonry to arrive at a functional synthesis. Much of the symbolism within the church is readily recognizable Masonic symbolism (the apron’s a different color), and even Joseph Smith’s last words were a Masonic distress call “Is there no help for the widow’s son?” as the angry mob overtook him. While those of a more conspiratorial mindset could definitely frame Mormonism as a Masonic plot, I believe the parsimonious conclusion is that Smith and his associates were simply constructing a secretive initiatic institution and adapted the most readily-accessible paradigms and practices.
While the Mormon Church originally fought a war against the United States government and actively plotted its overthrow, it did so while remaining integrally American. Due to what Guénon refers to as its “clever” design, it has managed to serve as a refuge for Yankee Transcendentalist and Masonic traditions which have since atrophied and declined in the outside world. Now, in the wreckage of the failed American experiment, Mormons remain the last authentic Americans. The Mormon political theorist Cleon Skousen and his buffoonish demagogue protege Glenn Beck serve as the interface between the Church’s political agenda and the Tea Party cargo cult it seeks to guide.
The Tea Party doesn’t realize it, but Mitt Romney is the only candidate who comes close to being capable of preserving the American Tradition and way of life they’re championing. The reason he has continuously failed to connect with them is that he’s unwilling to indulge their delusional Birther conspiracies and demagogue in favor of radical libertarian approaches to critical institutions like health care in the same way the opportunist candidates are eager to do. His shrewd pragmatism is mistaken for a lack of radicalism by the Tea Pary’s true believers, believers who have been encouraged by the movement’s self-appointed “leaders” to rally behind vacuous political showmen like Herman Cain.
Joseph Smith’s later prophecies served to construct a mythic framework for the rise of Mormonism in American politics, foretelling in his White Horse Prophecy that his minions would rescue the Constitution when it’s “hanging by a thread.” Mitt’s father, Michigan governor George Romney declared in response to it that “I have always felt that they meant that sometime the question of whether we are going to proceed on the basis of the Constitution would arise and at this point government leaders who were Mormons would be involved in answering that question.”
Does George’s son perceive himself in those mythic terms, as a man of destiny with a sacred responsibility to rescue the Constitutional Republic? I believe so, though it’s admittedly speculation. Mitt may well be an opportunistic system politician hellbent on acquiring power for power’s sake. I believe, however, that he’s propelled to seek the Presidency in pursuit of a mythic spiritual quest to rescue America from oblivion as a supreme act of noble stewardship. I believe he’s the only fully grown man in the entire contest and the only true adult in the room.
Regretfully, he has joined his church in recently defying the firmly commanded teachings of the Church Fathers in breaking from the Radical Traditionalist formula of interlinking Tribe, Tradition, and Transcendence in favor of a Modern and Globalist perspective.
Brigham Young, the second Prophet of the church, known by some as the “Mormon Moses,” didn’t mince words on the question of race:
Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so.
Romney, in stark contrast, is so passionately anti-White that he wept tears of joy at the announcement in 1978 that his Church would be turning on its White heritage in favor of integration…
In defense of the LDS, it continues to lag behind the anti-White Zeitgeist to some extent, explicitly disapproving of interracial marriage. Boyd K. Packer, the next in line for the Church Presidency, has even publicly spoken out against interracial marriage. When weighed against its aggressive efforts to globalize its membership and its utter refusal to account for sustaining the heritage of its founding identity group, that remains insufficient. Had the Church had the good sense (or prophetic guidance, as it were) to develop a coherent strategy for globalizing which respected and protected the ethnic identities of its members, it could have remained an ideal vehicle for preserving the White American identity. Having made this fatal mistake, it is rapidly succumbing to the corruption and decline which is an inevitable consequence of defying the Christian obligation to stewardship for your nation.
It’s within the realm of the possible that the Mormon Church could recover from this likely fatal decision, but it’s unlikely. It’s unlikely that any of the Church’s fathers have the foresight to realize the consequence of their Globalist Error or the courage to defy not only the prevailing winds of respectable public discourse but also the recently-arrived yet large and rapidly growing faction within the church which is non-White and non-American. They’ve been promised full and complete inclusion and integration in a church infrastructure, and are unlikely to leave or submit to the restructuring necessary to honor and protect the myriad identities within the church without a fight. The church’s elders have evidently not accounted at all for the necessity of autonomy and autocephaly for the vastly different and temporally competitive ethnonational identities under their aegis.
If Mitt Romney were attempting to become President of the America envisaged by Joseph Smith when he wrote his White Horse Prophecy, his candidacy would be a cause for hope and a sincere opportunity for a rebirth of the Traditional American people and our way of life. Regretfully, he’s attempting to become President of this degenerate globalist monstrosity which calls itself America out of sheer habit. As such, the Church’s impressive cryptic and public efforts to rescue “America” will at best serve to prolong the agony, enlisting the service of millions of traditional White American families behind a futile effort to prop up this bloated, bankrupt, anti-White, anti-Christian, and anti-Mormon regime.
1. This article originally contained an aside about George Romney not being qualified for the Presidency due to his being born in Mexico. He was born in the United States to US citizens who then relocated to a polygamist compound in Mexico while retaining their US citizenship. As such, his eligibility was never seriously in question.
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