A mutual acquaintance of ours, Congressman Jason Chaffetz, went on national television the other day and said that you not only would run for president in 2016, but that you would win.
I’m glad he has raised the subject.
I would like to pursue it further with you.
Specifically, I would like to make the case that you have a duty to run. The issue is not what you want or what is convenient for your family, the issue is what needs to be done for our country and our future, and your duty to stand up and do it.
You are a man of faith, and a patriot, and I would like to base my arguments in the context of faith and patriotism. I would like you to think in terms of consecration and sacrifice. You must be consecrated to the cause of constitutional, American liberty, and you must be willing to sacrifice to further that cause.
In the Bible, the Savior taught eternal truth in the parable of the talents, in which various servants were charged by their master with watching over incremental quantities of silver – “talents” – while he was away. The wise servants put the talents to work in the marketplace and an increase was produced. An unwise and fearful servant, however, buried his talents in the ground, and nothing was gained.
At this moment, your talents are buried in the backyard.
You have been uniquely prepared for service. You have unmatched abilities and experience. You are a smooth and polished shaft in the quiver of the Almighty.
And at a time of national crisis, you are sitting on the bench.
It is highly unlikely that you can now, at this stage of your life, say, “to this end was I born.” It seems contrary to the economy of God that your lifetime of preparation was meant to bring you to defeat. Has it all been so that you might be a mere footnote in another man’s electoral victory?
When your country and its inspired Constitution are in jeopardy, do you truly feel that the hand of Providence would have you be a spectator, and not a leader?
Does it not seem likely that, like others of the noble and great, you have a loftier and more purposeful destiny?
Weren’t you called to something better?
As a Mormon, your religious obligation to the Constitution and the Republic it defines is supposed to be total. One Mormon leader, David O. McKay, said, “Next to being one in worshipping God, there is nothing in this world upon which the Church should be more united than in upholding and defending the Constitution of the United States.”
You have a singular opportunity to uphold and defend the Constitution against assaults which have almost rendered it null and void. I don’t see how you can shirk that opportunity.
I believe that, in this situation, the decision to run for president is not one of vanity or ambition, it is one which echoes the biblical volunteer, “Here am I, send me.”
I believe this current day is akin to the cold October of 1856 when Brigham Young stood up before a Mormon conference in the Salt Lake Valley and, speaking of handcart pioneers trapped by snow in the mountains, thundered, “Go and bring in those people!”
America is trapped in a mountain pass right now, misled by failed principles and failed leadership. It is not an inconvenience, it is an emergency. We are in crisis. The nation needs to be saved.
Everyone who can help, must help.
And no one is positioned like you, Mitt, to help.
Certainly, your service will be difficult.
As true service always is.
But people of faith press on.
Like Brigham Young did departing on a preaching trip to England in 1839. Believing he had been called by God to go spread the gospel, Brigham Young got up from his malarial bed and waved good bye to his sick wife, a 10-day-old son clutched to her breast, and began walking, penniless, to the east.
Brigham Young and his family sacrificed for his service. Why should you and your family be any different? Why should any person of faith expect to do anything other than wear themselves out in the service of their fellow man?
We are a nation at war. On a foreign battlefield, against evil threats to our peace. On the domestic front, against philosophical threats to our liberty. Soldiers leave house and home, family and comfort, to take up arms on the foreign battlefield. You must be willing to leave house and home, family and comfort, to fight for freedom on the domestic front.
Other men pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. You just have to give up a few years of comfortable retirement.
Moses was 80 when he faced Pharaoh. You are a mere 67.
But your duty is like his. You have been called out of the burning bush of American discontent. A nation founded by inspired men needs to be saved by an inspired man. The principles of then will solve the problems of now.
But you must act.
You must lay your all on the altar.
It is not a matter of choice, sir, it is a matter of duty. To your fellow man, to your country, to your God.
It is a day of decision. Will you live up to your destiny; will our nation live up to its? Oddly, at this juncture, those two questions are entwined, and the answer to both is in your hands.
I don’t care about politics. I don’t care about egos. I don’t care about parties.
But I love my country and I know my duty.
And I pray God that you know yours.
I am no angel of light, but this is a message of truth. Untold millions need you to hear and heed.
Run, Mitt. Not for you, but for us.
A fellow American and brother in Christ