What did my great-great-grandfather do for a living? Was his marriage good or bad? These questions entered my mind as I read this article the AP put out today called “Polygamy A Prominent Feature In Romney’s Family Tree.” The article talks about Gov. Romney’s great-great-grandfather and his great-grandfather, both of whom had multiple wives. The article points out great-grandfather Miles Romney
married his fifth wife in 1897. That was more than six years after Mormon leaders banned polygamy and more than three decades after a federal law barred the practice.
The ominous tone of the rather long article got me thinking. My dad had a very politically incorrect job: He made paper. (Gasp–he cut down trees! In fact, he had a bumper sticker that read “Trees Are a Renewable Resource.”) He was born on Monteagle Mountain in the Tennessee foothills, to a coal miner who at some time owned a saloon. (I remember the wonderful aroma of his pipe.) But, my grandfather’s dad? I know he was part Cherokee Indian, but the rest is rather fuzzy in my memory.
I haven’t given this much thought, until now…What if I wanted to run for President one day? Would the character of my distant family reflect poorly on my personal politics and morality?
Of course not. However, articles like this one will continue as the media tries to scare Republicans away from voting for Gov. Romney. Now why, you ask, would they want to do that?
Look closely at the article:
In 1862, while Utah was a territory, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act, banning plural marriage. In 1882, Congress also passed the Edmunds Act, an anti-polygamy law. That was followed in 1887 by the Edmunds-Tucker Act, which disincorporated the church and threatened to seize its nonreligious real estate as part of the crackdown on polygamy.
What’s significant about this fact? The government can and has changed the way some people feel about marriage. Indeed, the Mormon church officially outlawed polygamy in the 1890s, after the government effectively “persuaded” it.
Similarly, Gov. Romney did all he could to reverse a bad Massachusetts court decision which allowed “gay marriage” in his commonwealth. (And he may prevail yet.)
In other words, his beliefs about marriage are disturbing, but not to those who believe in the sanctity of marital vows. (As is oft-repeated, he and Ann have been married for 37 years.) No, his beliefs are anathema to liberals who seek to legalize gay “marriage” all over America–this is the real reason foreboding articles about Gov. Romney’s ancestors will continue unabated from now until 2008.
Since we’re talking about how my family might effect my personal politics, I guess I should confess all except my immediate family are Democrats. Sssshh…if I ever run for President, I’d love for AP reporters to venture up on the mountain and try to interview them.
CHARLES adds: Nancy, I thought you were running for veep…
NANCY adds: Thanks, Charles, for bringing that up. I wanted to take a Newt Gingrich approach and have the people demand that I run, but it’s not quite working out. (And when Gov. Romney calls me, he only wants to talk about “American Idol” or whether Jim and Pam will get together on “The Office.”)