http://blog.heritage.org/2012/05/30/businessman-faces-backlash-after-appearin… | Frank VanderSloot grew up a poor kid in rural Idaho. His father made $300 a month. His clothes came from the Salvation Army. Yet through determination and hard work—and with the help of America’s free-enterprise system—today he’s the successful CEO of a global supplier of wellness products.
VanderSloot said his life changed forever on April 20. That’s when President Obama’s campaign created the first presidential “enemies list” since the Nixon era. Eight private citizens were singled out for their donations to Romney. They committed no crimes, sought no attention, and yet they became the subject of Obama’s scorn.
“I think it’s definitely possible to be a libertarian and a Mormon,” says Dustin Peterson, BYU-Idaho student and board member of Latter-Day Saints for Ron Paul.
Peterson, who spent time volunteering for the Paul campaign in Iowa, spoke with Reason.tv while in Spokane, WA about why Ron Paul might take Mormon votes away from the only Mormon in the race.
While many political analysts believe Mitt Romney has a near-monopoly on the Mormon vote, Ron Paul has spent considerable time courting LDS members living in Western caucus states like Nevada and Idaho (which happen to be the states where he performed best in 2008).
While he expects most Mormons to fall into line behind Romney, Peterson says Mormons have many reasons to support Ron Paul, including theological ones.
“Within our faith, there’s a concept called ‘agency,’ and that’s close to liberty,” says Peterson. “We’re taught to make choices and to decide based on our agency.”
While Peterson believes that Mitt Romney will still win most of the Mormon vote, he’s hopeful about the future.
“About half the students at BYU-Idaho are Ron Paul supporters, and the other half support Mitt Romney,” Peterson says. “There’s a battle going on right now on the campuses about the future of the Republican Party.”
About 1:40 minutes. Interview by Zach Weissmueller. Shot by Sharif Matar. Edited by Weissmueller.
Supreme Court Justices ‘Blast’ EPA For Telling Couple They Can’t Build on ‘Protected Wetlands’
- Posted on January 9, 2012 at 8:58pm by Becket Adams
Several conservative members of the Supreme Court criticized the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners after the government told an Idaho couple they can’t challenge an order declaring their future home site a “protected wetlands.”
Chantell and Mike Sackett (Image Courtesy: Business Insider)