Brigham Young University’s local newspaper, The Daily Universe, ran a story this week covering the Tea Party Express in Provo. On the front page was a picture of a protestor waving a flag in front of the Provo courthouse. Which isn’t really surprising at a Tea Party convention. But what was more unexpected was what was written on the flag: “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children.” For those of you familiar with the Book of Mormon, that sign is familiar. It is the Title of Liberty, used by Book of Mormon war hero Captain Moroni to summon his people to war.
But is that really a parallel that we should be drawing? I mean, some things are simply more important than others. If the government comes after our children with every intention to kill or put us into slavery, it is serious business. But the passage of a health care bill? Specifically one that covers 30 million previously uninsured people, giving some the right to life who would have otherwise died?
Anyone who has been to Utah Valley knows that the vast majority of tea partiers were probably very wealthy. The flag might have been more accurate had it read: “In Memory of our capitalism, our wealth, our hard work, our houses, and our family Lexus.”