Sabrina Clifford: Why I'm a Mormon Democrat

I am a wife, a mother, an environmentalist, a vegetarian, and a Democrat. And I’m a Mormon.

I wasn’t always a Democrat by affiliation, but I think I’ve had Democrat leanings my whole life, just like I’ve had a testimony of the LDS Church my whole life. The only time I feel conflict between my political beliefs and my religious beliefs is when other people create the conflict. I’ve found that it’s a cultural thing, not a doctrinal thing.


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Why I'm A Mormon Democrat

I believe that we as a society have a responsibility to care for our fellow man. While I believe that everyone should provide for themselves as best as possible, I understand that there are those among us that cannot. I believe that quality healthcare is a right that should be afforded to all men, not just those who have money. I believe that this right is included in the “unalienable” right our Founding Fathers declared we all have to Life.

I believe that every person who seeks a better life should be able to have that opportunity to find it. During my time as a missionary in Mexico I came to understand people a little better. I realized that everyone just wants what is best for ourselves and our families. I feel that as a country and as a society we have the obligation to help those people make a better life for themselves by making it easier for them to find that opportunity, not harder.

I believe in families and that they are central to the success of society. As a society, we have the moral obligation to encourage quality family time. It is absurd to me that the party who is supposed to have “family values” is so adamantly against providing guaranteed time to new mothers and new fathers with their children, especially right after birth. We need to support legislation that promotes families, no matter the makeup of those families, if we want to make both current and future generations strong. These beliefs are rooted in my Mormon faith and in the values I was taught as a child by very loving parents. Much like Harry Reid, I am a Democrat because of these beliefs, not in spite of them.

Conservatism is Dying, Thankfully

Conservatism in America is dying, thankfully. I am not referring to the iconic conservative beliefs of Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole, who found success in compromise and concession. Compassionate conservatism will always be ingrained in our political system. I am talking about the mangled attempt to push the electorate to the extreme right under the guise of conservatism. The latter is being fueled by fear and misinformation wrapped in a blanket of a disingenuous allegiance to the Constitution. Conservatism as professed today is political cancer, feeding on raw emotion, void of rational debate, and equating compromise as weakness.

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I'm a Mormon Democrat

(the following is a guest post from Dr. Sue Brady)

As a Mormon woman Democrat I believe in the following:

  • Minimum wages and progressive taxation (higher rates for higher income brackets)
  • Support for a broader range of social services
  • Stronger involvement in anti-discrimination laws and environmental regulations


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Who's To Blame for Washington Dysfunction?

Hatch & KennedyAt a recent family gathering, one of my ultra conservative relatives lamented how Washington is broken and does not do the people’s will. She added that she could not stand Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, citing his friendship with the late Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. She was flabbergasted that a Utah conservative like Senator Hatch could befriend the Liberal Lion of the Senate.

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I managed to catch a small part of the Republican debate last month. When I first turned it on Kasich(generally my favorite) was talking about congress acting on encryption.  This is an issue that splits across party lines, with many politicians seeming to switch their stance based off the party affiliation of the President. As a software engineer who contributes to a political blog I figured I would try and shred some light on the subject for those who may be trying to form an educated opinion.

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How Preventable Are Firearm Suicides?

Preventing Firearm SuicidesMost Americans have probably heard that there are over 30,000 gun deaths per year in the U.S. When confronted with that fact, opponents of gun safety law reform are quick to point out that approximately two thirds of that number are suicides (and they are correct). Their argument tacitly suggests that gun deaths by suicide are not preventable and therefore cannot be used to argue for new gun laws.

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Exploiting the Labor Participation Rate

One of my nieces is 16 years old and attends a local high school in Utah.  Her world is centered on books and boys and her free time revolves around extracurricular activities.  I have a nephew who is enrolled in college and enjoys any time away from his studies bonding with friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime. My wife stays at home and raises our four daughters, a luxury our family is able to afford. My mother spends time quilting and cooking or playing with her grandchildren. My father-in-law is retired and can be found catching up on the news and traveling. What is interesting about all these individuals is their impact on the labor participation rate.

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Climate change is evidence of the last days

The greatest witness of the last days?
Climate change.
We might slay that beast that through the ingenuity and innovation that God has blessed us with. And through negotiation that paves the way for change, as we recently saw at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
But what if we don’t figure out the issue in time?
Climate change is utterly perilous. The scientific community is all but at a consensus on that.
Check out the 10 following graphs and their summaries from even Business Insider, which, by very name, has an editorial focus on profit (coal, for some).

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What Liberals Should Read to Understand the GOP Primary

McKay Coppins' new book The Wilderness bills itself as a deep dive into the Republican Party's quest to take back the White House. Although my personal politics lean to the left, I found the book a captivating read that helped me better understand the current chaos in the Republican Party and the challenges we face in the United States regarding wealth, gender, and racial inequality.

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