reply to post by Indigo5
Actually... I was hoping you'd come back and post. I didn't feel I could properly double post and pile on a response when I'd honestly missed a
very important factor to this story prior to the last reply. Doom on me, I figured...missing something major. You've come back though!
or so researching won't have been in vain. First, your assertion though..and it's an interesting one, given the link you gave me yourself.
Here is a piece from your own cited source...and honestly, I wouldn't have known this to point out if your source hadn't done it for me. I was born
the same year the combat operations in Vietnam were winding down and largely coming to an end (73) so...I wouldn't have known this personally.
Though an early supporter of the Vietnam War, Romney avoided military service at the height of the fighting after high school by seeking and
receiving four draft deferments, according to Selective Service records. They included college deferments and a 31-month stretch as a "minister of
religion" in France, a classification for Mormon missionaries that the church at the time feared was being overused. The country was cutting
troop levels by the time he became eligible for the draft, and his lottery number was not called.
It's fascinating and good to have learned because it essentially kills the entire subject and point as moot, on the spot. According to that source
you found, he was never actually called...and never WOULD have been called anyway. So we can at least consider why else a man would have wanted to go
to college and Missionary work. Indeed.....It's why I'm glad you did come back..
Missionary Work in most Christian Faiths is important but FAR from expected and certainly not demanded in literal or even peer pressure ways to go
pursue. Those who DO are truly good people and I've known a couple who've done their time in other parts of the world. It's a very self-sacrificing
way to serve and I assure you, Missionaries are NOT living like it's a vacation. No Church funds their people like it's a trip to party on.
In the case of the Mormon Church...Missionary work is something entirely different...and of course, we know Mitt is a dedicated Mormon.
Here is one note on Missionary status within the LDS Church:
That Mormons do missionary work is one of the Church's most recognized characteristics. Right now, tens of thousands of missionaries are walking,
driving or riding their bikes around the world, handing out copies of the Book of Mormon and sharing the gospel with the people they meet. Why do
these people, most of them under the age of 25, volunteer to leave their homes at their own expense and dedicate a period of their lives to
preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ?
52,000 missionaries are currently serving in 350 missions around the world. They proselytize in every country where the government and political
climate allow it. Many missionaries grow to love the areas in which they serve so much that they find it harder to come home after their missions are
over than it was for them to leave in the first place. They return home as informed ambassadors of the nations and cultures where they
Missionary work for a young Mormon man isn't an escape or travel to see the world and I don't expect anyone without Faith to understand it....but to
Mormons, it's a calling and core part of their Faith. I don't have to agree with it..or see the logic to it, to understand THEY do and that's good
President Hinckley extends the call for missions of 40 hours or more a week at home or elsewhere in the world. If you are a physically able,
emotionally stable young man, pray about the opportunity and responsibility you have to the Lord to prepare yourself to be a full-time missionary.
That includes understanding the scriptures, being obedient, keeping yourself clean, pure, and worthy to be endowed in the temple. When of age,
accept a call by the President of the Church to serve for two years as an emissary of the
Even the two years wasn't random or arbitrary, but the standard expected term for a Mormon Missionary to serve once reaching 18 and able in both
Faith and physical health.
What this issue is doing is literally attacking Mitt Romney THROUGH and BY his Church and duties he performed as a member of it. This is the LOWEST
form of attack Obama could ever bring..and what I feared they planned when they all but backed Romney in the primaries themselves. It's FAR beneath
the dignity of a U.S. President to even mention...and this one, far beyond most.
(Especially when the draft was, by your own source, never even a *REAL* factor for Mitt at his point in time)