Aaron White commented on What Do Stalin, Mao and Obama Have in Common? Nothing. 2015-07-08 05:36:43 -0700Great comment Larry. That’s exactly where the debate should be- and there’s plenty of room for discussion on that point. All of the fear-mongering with hyperbolic labels like socialism & communism doesn’t get us anywhere.
Aaron White published Voter Fraud vs. Voter Suppression- Which is the Real Problem? in Blog 2015-02-18 08:56:45 -0800
After the November 2012 election, Republicans across the country were understandably frustrated. Conservative media outlets had been predicting an easy win for former Governor Mitt Romney. The right-wing media and blogosphere kept telling Republican voters that the polls were biased towards President Obama. Well-renowned conservative pundit George Will famously predicted that Romney would win the Electoral College in a 321-217 landslide. Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson told his followers that God had informed him that Mitt Romney would win and become a two-term president. Instead, Barack Obama was handily reelected and Democrats gained seats in both the Senate and the House. Demographers’ predictions of the expanding importance of minority voters, especially Latinos, in presidential elections were spot-on.Read more
I have been an active Latter-Day Saint all of my life and have also been an enthusiastic Democrat and progressive since my days as an economics and international politics undergraduate student at Brigham Young University. While at BYU, I encountered countless political misconceptions about Democrats and sensed an overall attitude by many Mormons that affiliation with the Democratic Party is incongruent with Church membership, despite repeated statements from General Authorities to the contrary. I personally find that Christianity lends itself significantly more to progressive politics than to contemporary conservatism. The hostile climate towards progressives at BYU inspired me to get involved with the BYU College Democrats, where I served as president during my senior year. I have since obtained a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma. I served a full-time Mormon mission to the Philippines. I’m active in my local ward, happily married and have two rambunctious little boys and a toddler daughter.