1st Presidency letter to the US Treasury

…the Church has not found it possible to follow along the lines of the present general tendency in the matter of property rights, taxes, the curtailment of rights and liberties of the people, nor in general the economic policies of what is termed the “New Deal”….unless the people of America forsake the sins and the errors, political and otherwise, of which they are now guilty and return to the practice of the great fundamental principles of Christianity, and of Constitutional government, there will be no exaltation for them spiritually, and politically we shall lose our liberty and free institutions….We believe that our real threat comes from within and not from without, and it comes from the underlying spirit common to Naziism, Fascism, and Communism, namely the spirit which would array class against class, which would set up a socialistic state of some sort, which would rob the people of the liberties which we possess under the Constitution, and would set up such a reign of terror as exists now in many parts of Europe….We confess to you that it has not been possible for us to unify our own people even upon the necessity of such a turning about, and therefore we cannot unfortunately, and we say it regretfully, make any practical suggestion to you as to how the nation can be turned about.

Heber J. Grant
J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
David O. McKay
the First Presidency
Written during World War II
Letter to the U.S. Treasury, September 30, 1941

Fifteen Principles Which Make For Good And Proper Government

Fifteen Principles Which Make For Good And Proper Government
Ezra Taft Benson, from The Proper Role of Government

As an Independent American for constitutional government I declare that:

(1) I believe that no people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and belief in the existence of moral law.

(2) I believe that God has endowed men with certain unalienable rights as set forth in the Declaratioth in the Declaration of Independence and that no legislature and no majority, however great, may morally limit or destroy these; that the sole function of government is to protect life, liberty, and property and anything more than this is usurpation and oppression.

(3) I believe that the Constitution of the United States was prepared and adopted by men acting under inspiration from Almighty God; that it is a solemn compact between the peoples of the States of this nation which all officers of government are under duty to obey; that the eternal moral laws expressed therein must be adhered to or individual liberty will perish.

(4) I believe it a violation of the Constitution for government to deprive the individual of either life, liberty, or property except for these purposes:

(a) Punish crime and provide for the administration of justice;

(b) Protect the right and control of private property;

(c) Wage defensive war and provide for the nation’s defense;

(d) Compel each one who enjoys the protection of government to bear his fair share of the burden of performing the above functions.

(5) I hold that the Constitution denies government the power to take from the individual either his life, liberty, or property except in accordance with moral law; that the same moral law which governs the actions of men when acting alone is also applicable when they act in concert with others; that no citizen or group of citizens has any right to direct their agent, the government to perform any act which would be evil or offensive to the conscience if that citizen were performing the act himself outside the framework of government.

(6) I am hereby resolved that under no circumstances shall the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights be infringed. In particular I am opposed to any attempt on the part of the Federal Government to deny the people their right to bear arms, to worship and pray when and where they choose, or to own and control private property.

(7) I consider ourselves at war with international Communism which is committed to the destruction of our government, our right of property, and our freedom; that it is treason as defined by the Constitution to give aid and comfort to this implacable enemy.

(8) I am unalterable opposed to Socialism, either in whole or in part, and regard it as an unconstitutional usurpation of power and a denial of the right of private property for government to own or operate the means of producing and distributing goods and services in competition with private enterprise, or to regiment owners in the legitimate use of private property.

(9) I maintain that every person who enjoys the protection of his life, liberty, and property should bear his fair share of the cost of government in providing that protection; that the elementary priing that protection; that the elementary principles of justice set forth in the Constitution demand that all taxes imposed be uniform and that each person’s property or income be taxed at the same rate.

(10) I believe in honest money, the gold and silver coinage of the Constitution, and a circulation medium convertible into such money without loss. I regard it as a flagrant violation of the explicit provisions of the Constitution for the Federal Government to make it a criminal offense to use gold or silver coin as legal tender or to use irredeemable paper money.

(11) I believe that each State is sovereign in performing those functions reserved to it by the Constitution and it is destructive of our federal system and the right of self-government guaranteed under the Constitution for the Federal Government to regulate or control the States in performing their functions or to engage in performing such functions itself.

(12) I consider it a violation of the Constitution for the Federal Government to levy taxes for the support of state or local government; that no State or local government can accept funds from the Federal and remain independent in performing its functions, nor can the citizens exercise their rights of self-government under such conditions.

(13) I deem it a violation of the right of private property guaranteed under the Constitution for the Federal Government to forcibly deprive the citizens of this nation of their nation of their property through taxation or otherwise, and make a gift thereof to foreign governments or their citizens.

(14) I believe that no treaty or agreement with other countries should deprive our citizens of rights guaranteed them by the Constitution.

(15) I consider it a direct violation of the obligation imposed upon it by the Constitution for the Federal Government to dismantle or weaken our military establishment below that point required for the protection of the States against invasion, or to surrender or commit our men, arms, or money to the control of foreign ore world organizations of governments. These things I believe to be the proper role of government.

John McCain's campaign suspension

Its all over the news today, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has suspended his presidential campaign.  This means no TV ads, no fundraising, no campaign appearances and no debates.  He has headed back to Washington, DC to work on the “urgent” economic issues at hand.  Afterwards, he plans on resuming his campaign.  I was listening to KXNT’s Casey Hendrickson Show tonight and he and Heather were asking everyone if they thought Senator McCain had done this “for political gain” or “to put America first”.  I think the question is missing the real reason.  The Puppet-Masters have decided that this bill isn’t going anywhere fast.  Americans have started asking questions.  Recent polls are saying that most Americans are against the government bailout.  Yet, the Senate is pushing forward.  Now today, one of the puppets running for the Presidency announces that he will “suspend” his campaign until the crisis is over.   And what happens?  Americans have stopped talking about if the government should pass an unconstitutional bailout or not.  Now they are talking about if John McCain did this for political gain or not.  The entire conversation has changed.  And the Puppet-Masters are free to continue their push for socialism… and worse.

John McCain's campaign suspension

Its all over the news today, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain has suspended his presidential campaign.  This means no TV ads, no fundraising, no campaign appearances and no debates.  He has headed back to Washington, DC to work on the “urgent” economic issues at hand.  Afterwards, he plans on resuming his campaign.  I was listening to KXNT’s Casey Hendrickson Show tonight and he and Heather were asking everyone if they thought Senator McCain had done this “for political gain” or “to put America first”.  I think the question is missing the real reason.  The Puppet-Masters have decided that this bill isn’t going anywhere fast.  Americans have started asking questions.  Recent polls are saying that most Americans are against the government bailout.  Yet, the Senate is pushing forward.  Now today, one of the puppets running for the Presidency announces that he will “suspend” his campaign until the crisis is over.   And what happens?  Americans have stopped talking about if the government should pass an unconstitutional bailout or not.  Now they are talking about if John McCain did this for political gain or not.  The entire conversation has changed.  And the Puppet-Masters are free to continue their push for socialism… and worse.

2008: The Year the Financial Market was Socialized

I have been requested to write some of my thoughts on the “mortgage crisis” and the “bailout” of the financial markets.  I don’t have much time to get into this topic right now, so I’ll just give two thoughts.

We have been told how “urgent” this is.  It has to be done before Friday.  Anytime the government works really fast, either there is things in the bill that they don’t want We, The People, to find out about, OR they are trying to distract us from something else.  Which is it Government?  Either way, I don’t want it.

Second, we as a country are suppose to be for capitalism and against socialism, at least the Republicans are.  Yet, it is under a Republican Presidency that are financial markets are being socialized.  And people wonder why I’m so angry at the Republicans…