Mormons, since their founding, have considered lies a reasonable, honorable weapon against inferior non-Mormon "outsiders" or, as they say, "gentiles." In regards to lying, the ends justifying the means, I quote Jon Krakauer’s book, Under the Banner of Heaven. "Historian D. Michael Quinn refers to the Saints’ bald-faced dissembling as ‘theocratic ethics.’ The Mormons called it ‘Lying for the Lord.’ Brigham (Young) once famously bragged, ‘We have the greatest and smoothest liars in the world.’” Page 201.
I have been listening and understand that you, Thom, have not had time to look into Mormon history. We have a Mormon candidate presumtive. The time has come to look into a culture and history as complex, nuanced and surprising as your studies of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Since I was raised by an historian and teacher in Utah I have some credentials as an expert. We go back in the state's history to the first Mormon immigrants. My family chose to leave the religion within a generation of arriving in Utah. Make no mistake, those early dissenters were marked for execution if they stepped too far out of line (Google Orrin Porter Rockwell). Krakauer’s book presents excellent history, social commentary and a plot to murder 12 people in the 1980’s which included my father. Yes, unbelievable, but in Utah murder for religious vengeance is still possible. These issues become incredibly salient when I think about a President Romney.
There is much, much more to learn. For example, The American Bankers super-pac you read about on air last week is connected. I am available to suggest other source material.