Is That What You Did in the War, Mitt Romney?

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During the Viet-Nam War Mitt Romney served two  years in France trying to sell magic underwear...I mean working as a Mormon missionary. It was no bed of roses. The fields of  faith had been  neglected  for centuries. The weeds of agnosticism and nihilism had become widespread and firmly fixed.  For an idealistic 19-year-old, it was a daunting challenge.

But Mitt persisted. Despite the hostility of his hosts. Despite the endemic spiritual apathy. Despite the privations Mitt underwent.

The toilets didn't work. "We had instead," he says, " pads in the ground." "There was a chain behind you with a bucket."   It was primitive at best. But he was doing God's work.

And since he had skin, so to speak, in the conversion game, he had to shower. Occasionally. "If we were lucky, we actually bought a hose and we stuck it in the sink."

It was an inelegant existence to say the least.

Many years later Mitt regretted he could not be in Viet-Nam representing his country. "In some ways," he lamented, " it was frustrating not to feel like I was there as part of the troops that were fighting in Viet-Nam."  But he knew that life was not always fair.  He was on a battle-field of a different sort, and his adversary here, the Prince of Darkness, was not to be taken lightly.

Mitt  was not a draft-dodger.  He supported the draft enough to demonstrate for it while in college.  Sadly he drew a high number but in conscience  he felt obliged to  abide by the Selective Service  rules. He took a principled stand.   He thought   it was  the will of God .  And so in obeisance to the Almighty, he fought the good fight to save souls.

American veterans understand Mitt's sacrifices during the war.  Polls show they decidedly  favor him over President Obama, who may have been somewhere in the South Seas waiting out the conflict.

So what  do we make of Richard Anderson, a Mormon who was also doing his missionary tour of duty in France with Mitt?  Anderson must be kidding when he said that Mitt actually lived in a palace then (see above). "A house built by and for rich people." It had stunning stain-glass windows(above).  The Mormon missionaries were even  morally shocked by the image of a bare-breasted woman on one of these  There were also  shimmering  chandeliers, glorious commodious  bedrooms, a professional, full-time chef, fawning  servants, and even a functioning elegantly tasteful bathroom with shower.

Was Mitt hosing us?

 

 

 

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    What is your fetish with what kind of underwear a person wears? What business is it of yours or anyone else what a person wears under their clothes?
    And, incidentally, a typical Mormon missionary lives in several locations throughout his 2 year mission. A missionary will generally stay in one area for about three months. Picking a high-end one or a low-end one may not be typical of the average.

  • In reply to Maury Jones:

    I prefer jockeys myself. I've been trying to find some with Harry Potter's engorgio spell.

  • I lived in that alleged "Palace." It was nice. But you had to live in a lot of dumpy apartments before you ever got to that "palace." Truly, it was an old building, with a winding staircase, and a stained glass window.
    But upstairs where the missionaries lived, it was a set of ordinary bedrooms. Nothing luxurious about it.
    There was nothing easy about a mission. It was long days of getting doors slammed in your face. And most apartments were more spartan than comfortable.

  • Better a "dumpy apartment" in France than a al fresco jungle in Viet-Nam.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    ...I guess by your bio Mr. Wired that you are in your early 60's. The average age of a Vietnam veteran is 62. I see no mention of your service to the country. Your story lacks the deeper flavor of personal experience. What were you doing during the war? If you were serving our country then I thank you. If you are projecting your shadow then...

  • Romney demonstrated for the war. That's why his avoiding it is so reprehensible. My views are consistent with my opposition to the war.

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