Remember back to the days of the George W. Bush administration when comparing the President of the United States to Hitler was considered an expression of patriotism while questioning someone’s patriotism was considered the mother of all sins?
A Facebook friend who joined 180 others in sharing this picture didn’t just question the presumptive Republican nominee’s patriotism, but implied that people were stupid for believing that accomplished executive to be a patriot.
The man who created this image engages in the same type of behavior his ideological allies accused (mostly inaccurately) Republicans of engaging in in the Bush era.
Not just that, he shows a terrible ignorance of the Mormon faith. Mitt Romney didn’t flee to France to avoid military service; his church required him to engage in missionary work. He was fulfilling a religious duty.*
This man may not speak for the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee, but his work is just a taste of the type of attacks those folks will be making against the former Massachusetts governor.
*UPDATE: Shared this post with a Mormon friend who wrote about the missionary work:
It’s not required, it’s strongly advised, but it is a volunteer opportunity. From the beginning, young men and young women (especially young men) are asked to plan and prepare to serve a mission for the church. Men at age 19, some go a little later, and women at age 21. You (or your parents) pay for the oppotunity to serve a mission- if you go to lds.org they may have specific information about what being a full time missionary consists of. You pay for your own food, housing, etc. It’s apretty powerful thing to get 19 year old boys to dedicate 2 years of their lives to serving God.
So, we see a liberal mocking the man’s religion — and questioning his patriotism.