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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