Mitt Romney and Mormonism’s White Horse Prophecy

Reports Edward-Issc Dovere in the Politico:

Mitt Romney wants voters to see him as the man to save the economy and right the country, the redeeming American hero riding in on the proverbial white horse.

That’s the one in the old Mormon prophecy attributed to Joseph Smith, which predicts that after the banks fail and when the Constitution is nearing collapse, Mormons flush with wealth — the White Horse, in the prophecy’s metaphor — will rise and lead America back to greatness.

Now that Romney’s secured the Republican nomination, the media attention to his religious beliefs has already kicked off a sort of national Mormonism 101. Deep into his second run for president, Romney’s Mormonism remains one of his great mysteries — and obstacles — in many voters’ minds. The Senate has more Mormons than Episcopalians or Lutherans, but polls consistently show that Romney’s religion has remained a factor…

Read More: Politico

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Quote:  “The Senate has more Mormons than Episcopalians or Lutherans . . . ”

    1.  Man, I SO want to believe that!  But I don’t.

    2.  If true, I think that explains more about the actual failure than the likelyhood of fantasy of prophetic salvation . . .

    • luther

      It’s a meaningless “Politico fact.” 
      Currently there are six Mormons in the Senate. Utah gets 2 of those Senators straight up.  Then the large populations of Mormons in Nevada, Idaho, Colarado, and New Mexico make it possible for Mormons to run in those states.  The small population for this area means that there is only a total 11 representatives for all the states that have a Mormon Senator.  You get the idea: Mormons control a lot of ground but not a large population.

      I’m pretty sure no other religion can claim that much “ground” but have a lot more people – Baptists and Catholics for instance. Episcopalians and Lutherans share ground with a lot more people with different faiths but it is important to note that these faiths are only slightly separated by doctrine.  Mormons don’t believe in the Trinity which makes them as foreign and antithetical as Hare Krishna in the eyes as many conservative Christians. Hence, Mormons need the population to overcome the resistance to their religion and their population figures aren’t that great.  

      So it’s meaningless to throw up a “fact” to show that Mormons are accepted when the analysis shows Mormons are accepted by Mormons!!

      Politico is the worst…. 

  • Lifobryan

    Aren’t UNICORNS usually white?

  • Erin

    How are Mitt Romney’s Mormon beliefs a fucking plus in the eyes of so many American voters? Not saying that his Mormonism is his biggest flaw, but still. Come on, people! Why are we dismissing the fact that this asshole flips his platform damn near every day (or at least every election season)!? The fact that this man even exists in the public sphere is just another reason our society is on its way toward a massive implosion.

    bullshit straight from the horse’s mouth:


  • Redacted

    What a coincidence! There just happens to be an old prophecy! Of course I’ll vote for the guy who has prophecy written about him!

  • Calypso_1

    Vs. Black Horse….subtle

    He should run with it as a slogan….prophecy, racism, armageddon; it’s everything the fundamentalist base needs.

    • Nik Schiffmann

       Umm….coming from someone named “Calypso”? —
      — I mean, honestly, could anyone have expected you to have said anything different from what you just said?
      At least get a new moniker, come on….
      …”Oh Calypso made a critical remark about racial relations, OMG, I am SO surprised and feeling really enlightened right now.”

      • Calypso_1

        What does ‘Calypso’ mean to you?
        As to horses this one died off 7 months ago.

  • Spags

    President Mitt Romney’s Mormon Knock and Talks coming to your neigborhood? He sorta wants to keep church and state separate! Don your Magic Mormon Temple Pants and get into some democracy the way Jefferson envisioned it! 

  • Lifobryan

    Leaving aisle (for the moment) any afterlife prospects of a personal pleasure planet, two notable tenets from the Mormon 13 Articles of Faith might have some bearing on how the Prophecy could shape Romney’s governance:

    # 10 – “We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.”

    # 12 – “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.”

    Foreign policy in regard to Israel seems to be the most immediate area that could be shaped by Mormon prophecy, and is ostensibly similar to the worldview of apocalyptic Christians (ie Dubya). However, while such Christians see eschatological events as happening in the Middle East (and are preparing the region as such), Mormon’s see the “millennial” reign of Christ as happening right here in the US of A. 

    Dubya sincerely believed that he was acting on God’s direct orders & started two wars. Could a similarly sincere Mormon President, on orders from God, shape national policy to prepare the US to become Christ’s Throne? Whatever that means? Viewing US power in such messianic terms is terrifying. However, wouldn’t it be AWESOME if the Interior Dept. had to construct a massive Jesus throne the size of the Brooklyn Bridge somewhere in Utah? Now THAT would put a lot of people back to work! And it would be even more awesome if it were a massive & functional throne that could flush into the Hoover Dam ….

    And while Executive-wielded prophecy can obviously impact national infrastructure, it could also affect global ecology. “The earth will be renewed” after all, so why bother with any of this global warming, renewable, green nonsense? Drive the planet back to a steaming pile of primordial goo quickly & make a polluted buck while you’re at it. Jesus will renew the earth to its “paradisiacal glory” once he has a flushable throne in Utah. 

    Poppycock you say? Tenet #12 of the 13 Articles reminds us that we are to be OBEDIENT SUBJECTS to the powers that govern. If the President has been prophesied from on high, how can we disobey?

    For it is written, The Mitt Will Inherit the Earth. 

    But not just the earth …. Each chosen Mormon man gets to populate a personal pleasure planet in consort with his eternally pregnant wife …. well, I suppose that’s how NASA policy might fit into the prophecy ….

    Just sayin’ …

  • BuzzCoastin

    yeah, like Romney’s Moron beliefs
    are more ludicrous than other religions

    if people believe in UFOs they’re branded nut jobs
    but admit you believe in an invisible super being nanny god
    and you are qualified to be da Prez

    the collective stupidity of humans is astounding

    • rtb61

       They are improving but it is a long and painful process. Not all that long ago that kind of criticism would have earned you a good burning at the stake.
      Of course that valid criticism is a measure of how far we have still to go. Of course when it comes to politicians we at least have the recourse of sacking the ones that betray us the most. Each in turn, make false promises, fail, get replaced with the next one. Need to start hammering that message home to politicians break promises at you will get fired, keeping them is your only chance at getting a second term.

  • DesertSun59


    Anyone who uses religious mythology to run ANYTHING deserves what they get.  I find it astounding and horrifying that people hate reality so much that they’ll revert to Bronze Age myths or even myths created by a well-documented charlatan.

    • Andrew

      Really?  Hatred of reality is the one thing on which I agree with the religious!

    • Nik Schiffmann

       Totally, dude.
      Are you up for, like, some surfing or snowboarding anytime soon?
      I am, like, all over that, dude.

  • DeepCough


  • Ricky Kendall

    The church will demand that Romney follow their lead to create the Armageddon they are all so damn anxious to bring upon the world. First thing will be to attack Iran. The Mormons are very much in the business of rendering to politics everything that is asked of them my Israel. They will also set back equal rights at least 30 years.

  • Bill T.

    And dressage has nothing to do with it, right.

    • Calypso_1

      oop ack thpppt!

      • Bill T.

        Would you care to share a trash can dinner? I have an extra fish bone.

        • Calypso_1

          Lets Guillotine Grandpa and put Grandma in the soup.

          • Bill T.

            Medicare Advantage; tastier that chicken broth.

          • Nik Schiffmann

            Yes, let’s chop off Grandpa’s head and boil Grandma alive then eat her. Sounds great. Hope you are coming to the potluck!

  • Nik Schiffmann

    How appropriate:
    An article about a white horse, posted by “blue mana.”

    • Nik Schiffmann

       See, but these are details that most morons like you fail to even notice. And this article was written, what, six months ago?

      • Nik Schiffmann

         I doubt even ‘bluemana’ was aware of the irony when he posted this article.
        No, let’s just continue our visceral hatred of Republicans, and our unspoken, religious love for the The Democratic Party.

        As long as we all continue to hate Republicans, everything will be fine.

  • Jim Colyer

    MITT ROMNEY 2012