I am invariably amused when I am asked, either with horror or with confusion, "how can you be a Mormon Democrat?" My answer is, "how could I not be"?
Democrats believe in using government to help ALL of us, the "least" of us, and the "greatest of us". Does that sound at all familiar to anyone who's ever read the Bible or any other scripture? Democrats believe that healthcare, money, education, and all other resources are to be shared equally by all of us as we are all equal and therefore all equally deserving. Seems like I've heard a few million times in church that we're all God's children and He loves us equally, and not according to race or economic status. As Democrats, we are asked to think, research, and judge for ourselves if ideas or social institutions are valid and worthwhile, whereas our brothers in Red are told "don't think-just be afraid, and we'll do your thinking for you." I was taught my whole life that that was Satan's way, and that God asks us to think and judge for ourselves and to use the agency and brains He has given us to make our decisions.
Above all, I cannot understand how the beautiful, loving, and Christlike people I see all around me every Sunday can stand to listen to the ugliness, hatred, anger, and fear that the other side of the aisle is constantly serving up like so much rancid meat. It does not jive in any way with the way I see them live their lives with selfless devotion and treating others with sweetness and charity. I can only assume that fear, that most powerful of weapons, has altered their ability to reason clearly when it comes to politics. As a Democrat and a Mormon, I don't believe that fear and faith can exist side by side; nor can happiness and hate. I choose to live with happiness and faith, and that is why I am a proud Mormon Democrat.