BuzzFeed brings my attention to a segment on CNN last night during which Mitt Romney was outed for being a “religious fanatic” who, of course, couldn’t connect with women during the campaign.
The conversation was occasioned by a commencement speech Governor Romney delivered this week at Southern Virginia University, which is faithful to the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Paraphrasing a passage from the Psalms, he said: “If you meet a person you love, get married. Have a quiver-full of kids if you can.”
“I think we’re seeing . . . the real Mitt Romney,” Maeve Reston, a political reporter for the Los Angeles Times, said in response. “He’s very much into his marriage and his ‘quiver of kids.’ He has five boys, as you know. This is maybe why he didn’t do so well with single women.”
Romney gave just the kind of commencement address a graduating senior should hear. Pointing to Jesus and his fishermen disciples, Romney said, “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets. In some ways, these words are a metaphor for life,.”
“Launch out into the deep. Don’t live your life in the shallows, live it in deep waters,” he recommended. ”Reach beyond the shallowness of selfishness, of complacency, of mindless conformity, and of indulgence. This is the promise: launch out into the deep, and your nets will be filled.”
He told them: Give your work your best, but know that your hope is in God, not material success. He said these were the “secrets” to living an “eminently successful, abundant life.”
That’s not fanatacism. That’s wisdom.
Here’s the address: