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A Taste of Mittocrisy

nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez's picture

DEAR MISTER ROMNEY, I really appreciate your steadfast commitment to your faith. I've heard people choose these types of ideologies because it grounds a person in morality and integrity and human values. And of course I can admire that. With all the hate- and fear-mongering filling the public square today, I welcome men of your caliber.

I only have a small question. Given that a central tenet of Mormonism is that the Indians of the Americas are descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel, how do you reconcile your current anti-immigrant stance with the fact that Mexicans are descended, too, from these same people? How do your actions fit into the theological framework now that you are the one trying to stop them from wandering?

and furthermore—

DALLAS - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is Mexican on his father’s side, reports Diario La Estrella. George Romney was born in Galeana in the Mexican state of Chihuahua in 1907. The history of Mormons in Utah and Mexico is inextricably linked, Diario La Estrella reports. In the 1880s, when Utah was petitioning to be a U.S. state, polygamy was practiced by some Mormons there, which went against American law. Those who practiced polygamy sought sanctuary in Chihuahua, Mexico and founded a colony there. By 1910, there were 4,000 Mormons in Mexico. During the Mexican Revolution, guerrilla groups attacked the Mormons, forcing them to send their children to Utah. George Romney, Mitt Romney’s father, was one of these children.

Mitt Romney’s Mexican Heritage

Wait a Minute Mitt Romney has Mexican Roots?

An article posted on AlterNet reveals Mitt’s Mexican connection.

Mitt Romney’s father George was born in Chihuahua, Mexico in 1907, the son of Gaskell Romney and Anna Amelia Pratt. Three generations of Romneys lived in Mexico because Miles Park Romney, a polygamist, moved the family there in 1884 as it became increasingly clear that the U.S. government would not tolerate polygamy in the Utah Territory. The 1882 Edmunds Act stripped polygamists of the basic rights of U.S. citizenship, denying them the right to vote, serve on juries or hold office. Not dissimilar to current immigration raids, U.S. federal agents hunted and arrested polygamists. Polygamists were forced to leave the country or risk jail.

Mitt’s grandparent’s crossed back into the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution. But that hasn’t made this candidate any softer on the immigration issue.

Source : AlterNet

Damn. And all this time, you been hidin' ya raza under a bushel??? Dunno, Mittski! Maybe you and Jessica Alba, and Malkin, and Tancredo all oughtta get together. Self-Loathers and Self-Deniers for a Confused Country Coalition, seeking to sublimate the locking down and locking up and interment and eradication of all demons you refuse to see within yourselves. Just a thought.

Or you can continue (what we must by now call) "Republican Repression-Projection Politics."

Crossposted at The Unapologetic Mexican, Jesus' General, and Culture Kitchen.

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Submitted by Ruth on

In the family tradition, it would appear that the Mitt would be inclined to leave the country rather than destroy the constitution, if he can't agree to the Rule of Law. This certainly is more desirable than present White House practice. It doesn't inspire me with confidence, however.


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Then even if he hadn't blown his shot by saying he was brainwashed in Vietnam he wasn't qualified to be president.

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on the "born in Mexico" thing because his parents were both sort of regarded as Americans-in-exile. It was treated like the case of a couple on vacation or living temporarily abroad, with more tittering about the polygamy thing than citizenship issues.

Technically speaking I think the kids of George's generation would have been entitled to dual citizenship, although I don't know that anybody gave much of a damn about such matters in the late 19th/early 20th century.

No doubt more attention would have been paid if George had gotten farther in the electoral process. After the "brainwashing" remark the press--baffled apparently that a Republican would turn anti-war--just chewed him up and spit him out.

Would have been interesting to see the matter adjudicated, but as best I can find it never was. This is very nearly the first Wikipedia article in which I am genuinely disappointed, by what it leaves out or glosses over.

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Submitted by shystee on

To shove in the face of all the Lou Dobbs Rethuglicans when they start getting hot and bothered over the Mittster's haricut.

I think my uncle put it best: Mitt has nine Mexican grandmas!

Let's see them try to process that one.

Submitted by lambert on

Damn. Nice headline, Shystee.

Heather has nine grandmas, eh?

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

geez, i am so clearly failing here in my role as Representative of the Dark Side. ahem, it's
"bobby has six mommies." think of the possibilities, what it could explain in terms of wetsuits and diapers. every child would want nine grannies, think of the gift competition at xmas time! no, the real fun comes from having a (one of several) 'mommy' two years younger than you.

thanks, nezua. i had no idea he was one of yours. /rimshot, laughter/ finally, i can raise my head as a gay woman and black person. /hand/ you can't put armstrong and larry on us anymore, hermano!

self hatred: the first and most important family value for all republicans. hmmm, i wonder if mitt's heritage includes feeling shame for being the product of one of great-so and so-grandpappy's "brown wives." notice the full lineage isn't given.