“As a young consultant who arrived at the office before anyone else, Mr. Romney was being “deseret,” a term from the Book of Mormon meaning industrious as a honeybee, and he recruited colleagues and clients with the zeal of the missionary he once was.”
In 30+ years of active adult membership in the Church, in congregations which, while they had their share of converts, also had quite a number of descendants of pioneer Mormons, I have never, ever heard a workaholic described as a “deseret.”
Have any of you?
If not, it is but another data point supporting the hypothesis that New York Times reporters are happy to spice up a story by making things up.
No, I think its evidence that New York Times reporters think they are cleverly extrapolating from information they’ve been given when in reality (1) they don’t understand what they’ve been given and (2) their extrapolation isn’t clever. Stupidity, in other words, not malice.
The line between “extrapolating” and “making stuff up” is uncomfortably thin.
Perhaps NY Times is flexible enough to do both extrapolating and make stuff up at the same time. And they could also be stupidly malicious, or maliciously stupid at once. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt, shall we?
*I make reasoned deductions based on wise and thorough analysis of all the available data, and then, based upon my many years of experience, make judicious extrapolations.
*You just make stuff up.
(*That is, the generic "you" and "I.")
I was going to say that if Romney is not elected, this country is up the sewer creek without a paddle. However, I came to that conclusion long ago.
I lost faith in the future of this country when Clinton got elected to a 2nd term.
It was then that I realized that the entrenchment of socialism in academia and the media was the root of our collective failure to remember past failures with socialism/liberalism.
By the time of Clinton’s second term, the election of 1996, the education establishment had raised another generation that did not remember the Carter years. And the media (news and entertainment) had caused a majority of the rest of the people to forget.
As long as schools and the media keep creating new liberals, the movement of this country towards socialism will keep on, regardless of a few interspersed years of conservative leadership.
Very enjoyable read. That story about teaching the Sorenson couple how to live more frugally on one income, in such a way that they applied the teaching and increased their happiness, is one that the campaign should get out there as a glimmer of hope that he could do something with Congress about the federal budget.
A couple JrG writers may be curious to know that the Dr. Hassell who was cited as a witness of Romney’s praying habits is Marion Pack’s younger brother, and my wife’s uncle. He was one of Romney’s bishopric counselors.
I’ve never heard the term “deseret” used to describe staunch Mormons. But now I’m going to use it freely.
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