Sunday, September 30, 2012
Mitt back on the White Horse
The cover of the October 1, 2012 issue of The New Yorker is interesting, because it appears to be satirizing the Mormon White Horse Prophecy, which I've mentioned before. Simply put, the White Horse Prophecy, which some Mormons believe and others don't, says that there will come a time in the United States when the Constitution is “hanging by a thread” and a Mormon will rush in to save it.
I have no idea if cartoonist Barry Blitt is making reference to that, or if it’s a reference to Ann Romney’s equestrian interests. But it’s a funny cartoon, anyway. Romney on the back of a horse, checking the financial pages, with a chauffer to “drive.”
An article about Romney in the same issue tells of his past, how he idolized his father, his business dealings (and what Bain Capital really does), and even touches on the story I told of Romney's car crash in France that killed his LDS mission president's wife. (The article doesn't mention Romney's claim that he was in a coma and a French cop wrote “il est mort” on his passport. You can see more about that here).
Finally, a funny cartoon with a topical punchline by Paul Noth, makes this a very Romney issue of The New Yorker.
Cartoonist Pat Bagley, in an historical essay in today's Salt Lake Tribune, tells the story of other Mormons who have run for president. So far none have been successful, and Mitt is the first to get this far. You can read the article here.
You might also be interested to find out in Bagley's article that Eldredge Cleaver ran for president, and then became a right-wing Mormon. I don't know how Cleaver is holding up, now, whether he still believes in his adopted religion or not.