Romney and the Mormons

I actually like Mitt Romney, but I have no idea if he`ll make a good President. 

One concern I`ve heard is the notion that he`s a prime product of the general healthiness of Mormon culture. Mormons try to set up their lives to have a lot of good influences from other Mormons around them. But it gets pretty lonely in the White House, and it`s a new set of challenges. (Also, despite his looks, he`s not young anymore.)

By way of analogy, think of the late Neil Armstrong. He was a prime product of the general healthiness of mid-20th Century American culture (which Mormons continue continue to espouse, which is why they are considered so weird and creepy today). American culture systems in place that produced a lot of competent, brave, altruistic, and modest people, few more so than Armstrong. And part of that modesty was that he didn`t much mind being viewed less as a unique superman and more as proof that the systems worked. He didn`t run for President.

Today, we have a sense that our society`s general systems don`t work that well, so we are more invested in longshot hopes placed upon space oddities like Obama.