Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fidel Castro: Community Organizer

Fidel Castro launched his first attempt to gain power at the University of Havana.  His goal was to become president of the studentbody and then agitate the students into a revolutionary force.  His idea was to then use this force to make him the leader of Cuba.  He never did become studentbody president.

Castro then agitated the Colombian people and led them in an insurrection.  This also failed.

During a very vulnerable time in the history of Cuba in the 1950's, then leader Batista was preparing the country for their first free elections.  He was going to step down as their dictator and help the citizens set up a free country with a leader of their choice.  Batista was just waiting to step down until the people of Cuba were first prepared for this transition.  It was at this point that Castro agitated the people into demanding freedom now!  He was even aided by fellow agitator Ernesto "Che" Guevara.  Castro and Che's efforts at agitating the Cubans into protesting for their free elections now instead of waiting were successful.  The chaos that followed resulted in Castro's violent takeover of power as the new communist leader of Cuba.

In the early 1900's in Russia, the Russian people were on the edge of revolution against Tsar Nicholas II.  The people did not like the policies of the tsar as their economy was not doing well.  The Russian people protested for the tsar to set up a limited monarchy.  They wanted to be more like England.  Tsar Nicholas II finally consented to the people's demands for this limited monarchy by accepting "The October Manifesto" which outlined freedoms for the Russian people.  Just right when the Russian people had freedom almost in their hands, Lenin and Trotsky agitated the people into further revolution instead of accepting their chance at freedom.  This of course would end up leading the violent start to Russian communism with Lenin as their new communist dictator.

Agitating people and angering them into rising up against their government, sometimes in violent ways, has long been a useful tool of communists.  The goal is to anger the people into taking action over an issue they wouldn't have taken action over on their own.  The people feel like they are empowered and are working toward their own goals, but of course they are being used to work toward the goal that was actually the goal of the agitator.

Saul Alinsky wrote a book "Rules For Radicals" that outlines some ways that radicals today can harness this power of agitating people that was used by Castro, Lenin, and Guevara.  There is a long list of revolutionaries from the past that have been agitators.  I call them disciples of communism.  Barack Obama followed this tradition during his days of agitating in Chicago.  Of course, now we call it community organizing.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea Party Fringe

Bill Maher has said that the Tea Party movement is a cult. Many others have called it a fringe group. So what does the Tea Party movement stand for? The Tea part of it stands for “taxed enough already”. It is less a party and more a sentiment; a growing sentiment that stands for less taxes and less government intrusion in our lives. The movement is against statism and stands for freedom. It is not a fringe movement by any means. 71% of Republicans now support the Tea Party movement. I am a supporter of the movement.

We mainly have two parties: Republicans and Democrats. Until recently, these two parties have both been more moderate. The Republicans, as a party, leaned right, and the Democrats leaned left, but in recent times, both parties have actually moved the country toward socialism. One of the most recent examples of Republican socialism includes the Medicare Part D that George W. Bush signed into law. Conservatives may not have liked many of the socialist policies, but they put up with it because it was gradual and it felt like they didn’t have other options. Then along came Barack Obama. He has taken the country to the extreme left with his policies that follow socialism and even Marxism. The more extreme “right” of the Tea Party movement has come along because of the more extreme “left” of the presidency of Obama. With the two extremes before us, we are increasingly coming to a point where we are being forced to choose between the two. It is becoming harder and harder to be moderate in your views. President Ezra Taft Benson had some things to say about being moderate in your beliefs.

“But our civilization and our people are seemingly afraid to be revolutionary. We are too ‘broadminded’ to challenge what we do not believe in. We are afraid of being thought intolerant, uncouth, ungentlemanly. We have become lukewarm in our beliefs. And for that we perhaps merit the bitter condemnation stated in Revelation 3:16: ‘So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.’

“This is a sad commentary on a civilization which has given to mankind the greatest achievements and progress ever known. But it is an even sadder commentary on those of us who call ourselves Christians, who thus betray the ideals given to us by the Son of God himself.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1960.)

I believe that this lukewarm belief can be encapsulated by those who choose to describe themselves politically as a moderate. This is refusing to take a stand on the issues.

I must note here that people may have different ideas of what a moderate is. I am speaking of a moderate as someone who is not partisan. This would include those who have not made up their mind, do not subscribe to any ideologies, or believe in centrism and “reaching across the aisle”.

I would never vote for a moderate for political office. To me this means that the person running for office does not stand for anything except power. They simply want power and will follow which way the wind of public opinion blows issue by issue to keep power.

To consider oneself a moderate is to be a fence sitter during the War in Heaven we are still waging here on earth. To not choose a side is to by default choose the side of statism (socialism/communism). As I said earlier, the country has been moving toward socialism regardless of the political party in power. In this manner, when you don’t make a choice to stand up against statism, then you by default choose the side of statism. To buy into the notion that Tea Party candidates are all “kooky” is to vote for Obama’s agenda. Moderate politicians, even moderate Republicans, may even say they do not favor Obamacare and Obama’s agenda, but most will not act to stop it. Only a vote for the most conservative candidate will help to stop the march of socialism and communism in this country; a candidate who will openly say they will do everything in their power to stop Obama. This is why we need Tea Party candidates. We cannot get caught up in the disparaging of the Tea Party candidates that is going on by the media. We are waging the raging War in Heaven, and the time to choose a side is now. A Tea Party candidate who will actively work to repeal Obamacare and stop Obama’s agenda is the only way to save our country. Rush Limbaugh has said that if Mickey Mouse were running for office and were able to make Rush believe he would work to stop Obama, then Mickey Mouse would be the right person to vote for, no matter any other baggage Mickey Mouse would bring along with him. Because even a vote for a moderate Republican will not do what it takes to stop Obama’s agenda and to save our country. To vote for a moderate then is actually a vote for Obama. And in this manner, a vote for a moderate or to be a moderate or to not choose a side or to be a fence sitter is then actually a vote for Obama and along with it a vote for statism. If you don’t choose your side, the choice is made for you.

“This is still God's world. The forces of evil, working through some mortals, have made a mess of a good part of it. But it is still God's world. In due time, when each of us has had a chance to prove ourselves-including whether or not we are going to stand up for freedom—God will interject himself, and the final and eternal victory shall be for free agency. And then shall those complacent people on the sidelines, and those who took the wrong but temporarily popular course, lament their decisions. To the patriots I say this: Take that long eternal look. Stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost. Stand up and be counted. It can help to save your soul-and maybe your country.” (Ezra Taft Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This, p. 62.)

“The scriptures make clear that there was a great war in heaven, a struggle over the principle of freedom the right of choice. In the war in heaven, what would have been your reaction if someone had told you just to do what is right—there's no need to get involved in the fight for freedom? Of course, the war in heaven over free agency is now being waged here on earth, and there are those today who are saying ‘Look, don't get involved in the fight for freedom. Just live the gospel.’ That counsel is dangerous, self-contradictory, unsound.” (Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1966.)

We are increasingly reaching a point in time where here on earth we are being forced to choose. We must choose statism or freedom. The extreme of Obama on the one hand and the Tea Party movement on the other portray this choice. We must actively stand up and fight for and vote for freedom before it is gone.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Messiah Obama

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan when speaking about Barack Obama said, “When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.” Barack Obama has been called a Messiah by many. I wanted to explore this idea.

In a recent poll it was discovered that 1 in 5 Americans think that Barack Obama is a Muslim. Only 1 in 3 believe him to be a Christian which is what he professes to be. I do not believe Obama is a Muslim, but I also do not consider him to be a Christian. I believe that his religion is that of the United Trinity Church of Christ, the church that was led by Reverend Wright that Obama attended for 20 years. This church follows black liberation theology and teaches collectivism, an idea that Obama has confirmed that he believes in multiple speeches. Collectivism is the idea that the group (world) is more important than the individual. Each individual has worth only insomuch as they help the group. This would mean that any oppressors (in America this can loosely be defined under their ideology as white people) must cease oppressing immediately (give all their wealth to) the oppressed (black people). It is not, however, as simple as black vs. white. This is an ideology of the oppressors vs. the oppressed. The father of this idea is the ideology of the haves vs. the have nots, or communism.  A belief in this ideology would lead Obama to sympathy for Muslims as they are considered to be the oppressed (America is always the oppressor in this ideology).

The United Trinity Church of Christ teaches that Jesus Christ did indeed live on the earth, but He is not the Son of God. He was simply a good man and teacher (Cone). This is not Christianity.

James H. Cone, the founder of black liberation theology, has said the following. “What need have we for a white Jesus when we are not white but black? If Jesus Christ is white and not black, he is an oppressor, and we must kill him. The appearance of black theology means that the black community is now ready to do something about the white Jesus, so that he cannot get in the way of our revolution.” This is not Christianity.

Under this ideology of black liberation theology, Obama can figuratively be a Messiah for the world. He has the potential to be the man to finally restore equality between the haves and the have-nots, and as he does this, he (and not Jesus Christ) will bring collective redemption for everybody. Under this theology, there is no need for the atonement of Jesus Christ – Christ’s atonement in which individuals can be saved is meaningless when black liberation theology believes individuals can only be saved collectively with everyone else. Obama is attempting to restore the equality between the haves and the have-nots through “spreading the wealth”, or wealth redistribution. This is accomplished through “soak the rich” strategies of heavier taxes on the wealthy as well as Obamacare in the which the health care is equalized for the wealthy and the poor as the wealthy are taxed to pay for the healthcare of the poor. This is the theory behind it, but in practice in other countries it has worked more by bringing down the quality of health care for everyone.

Black liberation theology has communism at its roots. From this we can see that Obama can be considered to be a Messiah to those who do not necessarily believe in black liberation theology but are instead statists. Statists do not believe in God. (I believe that Obama does not believe in God.) They instead worship mankind as their God. They may even feel that they themselves are God.

Statist George Soros has said, “It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.”

The communist goal is to create utopia or heaven on earth. Their plan to accomplish this is initially for the have-nots to become in charge of the haves. This involves spreading or redistributing the wealth and making all things owned in common amongst all. Although they acknowledge that this will take violence to reach this place of common ownership, their goal is that once this is achieved there will be heaven on earth, and they will be the ones to have brought this about. They do not believe in God. They are acting as God themselves. They do not necessarily believe in an after life, and so this is the life for them to grab the reins and act as the gods they believe that they are. Of course this utopia has never been achieved in the history of the world during the many times that communism has been tried. The belief is that it has never been tried correctly or by the right people. Keep in mind that the communist goal is for worldwide communism. Communists actually believe that America is the key to finally make it work correctly. If they can only turn America to communism then all of the other pieces (countries) will fall into line. In this way, if America turns to communism, then this age old dream of worldwide communist utopia will finally be realized. If Obama then is the one to finally bring communism to America, he will have finally brought to fruition the age old plan to create a heaven on earth. If Obama is the one to do this, then Obama is figuratively a Messiah for the world. There is no need for Jesus Christ’s atonement for individuals if there is no after life and if Obama can be the Messiah for the world (or the one who brought heaven to earth).

In communism (of which black liberation theology is a subset), there is no need for Jesus Christ and there is no God. You can see then how this ideology is a replacement for God and religion, and that it is very evil. Ezra Taft Benson has said that socialism is essentially and fundamentally communism. They share the same fundamentals. Any type of statism derives from communism and from Karl Marx and is designed to take away our freedom and free agency as well as our belief in God. Whether it is labeled as socialism, communism, Fabian socialism, progressivism, or the like, when it involves forced redistribution of wealth, we are on the path to supporting the Gadianton Robbers. Please keep this in mind when you must choose whether or not to vote for those who support redistributionist policies. These policies are designed to lead us to utopia, a journey that necessarily results in failure and violence and murders. Just look at Greece and Europe. They have been living with socialism for many decades. It is currently collapsing in failure and violence that can be seen by all of the street rioting by those protesting the austerity packages. As their socialism fails them, where will they turn to next? Something worse than socialism? And where will the collapse of our socialist programs here in America lead us next?

Monday, October 4, 2010

I Had A Dream

I recently had a dream that I was in a big mansion. [My belief is that the mansion represented the world.] It was filled with vast rooms. In each room, there were hundreds of people. In each room, most of these people were gathered together in a huddle against one wall of the room. The people in these huddles were waiting for their government handouts; their “spoils” of the Gadianton robbers. The remainder of the people in each room was walking about throughout the rest of the room being industrious. I was running from room to room trying to get people to listen to me. No one would listen, so I began yelling, “Can’t you see that this is socialism? That this is communism?” Every once in a while someone would listen to me and leave the huddle, but for the most part no one would listen to me. [My belief is that my running around the mansion trying to warn others of socialism represented what I have been doing with my blog.] I was so upset I began crying. I decided to change my tactics. I began looking for people that I know now or have known in the past in hopes that they might take the time to at least hear me out since they knew me. [My belief is that this reflected what I have been doing through social networking sites and other means – telling people I know or have known about my blog.] The final person I approached was a friend from the past. I grabbed her by the arms and I said, “This is socialism! This is communism! Will you hear me? Will you listen to me?” It was then that I noticed that her eyes were glazed over as if she was under the influence of some sort of drug. I looked at the people huddled up waiting for their “spoils” and realized that they all had the same look in their eyes. I realized that they were intoxicated by statism and addicted to the “spoils”. After I asked my friend if she would listen to me, if she realized she was supporting and partaking in socialism, she said, “But I like it” and walked away back with the rest of the masses.

That was the end of my dream. In sharing my dream with my husband, he reminded me that it was communist Karl Marx who said that “religion is the opiate of the masses”. My dream would indicate that statism is the true opiate of the masses. This makes sense to me since statism is the opposite of religion and an alternative to religion. Statism is an opiate. You can become addicted to the government handouts. It requires little effort on your part to attain that promise that you will be taken care of. You don’t do anything for it. You stand in your huddle and wait for instruction and to be given what you need. Statism and the welfare state also numbs you to life and exalts you from having to work hard and make it on your own merit.  But then it also stunts your eternal progression.

Religion, on the other hand, requires you to do something. You must search it out and learn about it. You must take an active leap of faith to believe it. You must work hard to live the commandments and to try to be Christlike.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Who Are The Modern Day Gadianton Robbers?

Just like the statist Gadianton robbers infiltrated the government, today we also have the socialists/statists infiltrating our government through the Obama administration. Helaman 6 leaves us with a warning:

38 And it came to pass on the other hand, that the Nephites did build them up [the Gadianton robbers] and support them, beginning at the more wicked part of them, until they had overspread all the land of the Nephites, and had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils, and to join with them in their secret murders and combinations.

39 And thus they did obtain the sole management of the government, insomuch that they did trample under their feet and smite and rend and turn their backs upon the poor and the meek, and the humble followers of God.

40 And thus we see that they were in an awful state, and ripening for an everlasting destruction.

From my personal studies, I would like to share with you what I believe is the correct interpretation and application to our lives here in the latter days of these verses.

Starting with verse 38, the Gadianton robbers of today are the socialists and communists in a secret combination that have spread over the land of America today. They have filled the government through the Obama administration. Examples of this include Van Jones who was appointed “Green Jobs Czar” until it was brought to light that he was a self-described communist and revolutionary; Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, found preaching to high school children that her “favorite political philosopher” is communist leader Mao Tse Tung; and Donald Berwick who is now in charge of Obamacare supports a health care plan which will “redistribute wealth from the richer among us to the poorer”. These are just some of the examples of those in the Obama administration who have socialist or communist leanings. Obama himself favors “spreading the wealth”.

It is powerful and devastating to learn that the more part of the righteous in the day of the Nephites had been seduced by the Gadianton robbers. While I can’t know if the more part of the righteous have been seduced today, the people that have been seduced today would include those who support and/or share in the spoils and the works of socialism. This would include people who vote for Obama and people who vote for and/or support socialist policies. These policies specifically include social security, Medicare/Medicaid, Obamacare, etc. Now of course many of these Americans do not realize they are supporting socialism. The Nephites were so seduced by the socialist policies of the Gadianton robbers that they even partook of the spoils of the Gadianton robbers. The Gadianton robbers took money from the “undeserved” (perhaps the “wealthy”) often through use of the government, and this money became their “spoils” for them to redistribute as they deemed appropriate. People today that are partaking of the spoils of the Gadianton robbers would be those partaking of the spoils of socialism. This would include those people receiving Medicare/Medicaid, social security, Obamacare, food stamps, WIC, unemployment insurance (Rush Limbaugh has explained that extending unemployment insurance to 99 weeks and beyond has turned this program into just another welfare entitlement), grants for a college education, farm subsidies, Cash for Clunkers, a mortgage relief bill that may be passed in the future to help those who are upside down on their mortgages, and any of a myriad of welfare programs. In the Nephite times, when the people were informed that their wonderful welfare programs were the desires of the Gadianton Robbers, they must have been shocked. In today’s time, many people would likewise be shocked to learn that our “benevolent” welfare programs are the brainchild of communists, and thus by extension the devil. As an example of this, “the father of the concept of national health care” (Rush) was Vladimir Lenin who said, "medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism”.

All of these programs take wealth from American citizens by the force of the government to redistribute this wealth to those the government deems more worthy of this wealth. The Lord’s way is for those with wealth to have their free agency that they may give their wealth to those in need, but they are never forced (as in the welfare program of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints).

“Having been commanded by the Lord to do so, Nephi boldly told the people that they had united themselves to this band of robbers:

Yea wo be unto you because of that great abomination which has come among you; and ye have united yourselves unto it, yea to that secret band which was established by Gadianton! (Helaman 7:25)

“One can only imagine that those righteous Nephites who had been seduced into upholding, supporting, and partaking of the spoils of the Robbers were profoundly shocked when charged with having united with a criminal conspiracy. People in our nation today are ofttimes startled and angered when told that the welfare state practices they favor are the identical political programs proposed by the Communists to bring about socialism….The record is clear that the reason the conspiracy had succeeded in capturing control of the government was that the Nephites had been seduced into partaking of its spoils. (Helaman 6:38–39)” (H. Verlan Andersen, Many are Called But Few are Chosen)

Elder Bruce R. McConkie has stated as follows.

“False Christs! False Redeemers, false Saviors! Will there actually be men who will claim to fulfill the Messianic prophecies and who will step forth to offer their blood for the sins of the world? Is it possible that some will say, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life; come unto me and be ye saved’? Or that others will profess to return in glory bearing the wounds with which the true Christ was wounded in the house of his friends?

“True, there may be those deranged persons who suppose they are God, or Christ, or the Holy Ghost, or almost anything. None but the lunatic fringe among men, however, will give them a second serious thought. The promise of false Christs who will deceive, if it were possible, even the very elect, who will lead astray those who have made eternal covenant with the Lord, is a far more subtle and insidious evil.

“A false Christ is not a person. It is a false system of worship, a false church, a false cult that says: ‘Lo, here is salvation; here is the doctrine of Christ. Come and believe thus and so, and ye shall be saved.’ It is any concept or philosophy that says that redemption, salvation, sanctification, justification, and all of the promised rewards can be gained in any way except that set forth by the apostles and prophets” ( The Millennial Messiah: The Second Coming of the Son of Man [1982], 47–48).

Communism/socialism is truly a false system of worship and a false church. I must leave a more thorough explanation of this for a future post.

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:22 . “If Possible, They Shall Deceive the Very Elect”

After quoting Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:22 , President Harold B. Lee defined the elect as “members of this Church” ( Stand Ye in Holy Places, 384). Similarly, Elder Marion G. Romney, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “Now, those ‘who are the elect according to the covenant’ are members of the Church, so we ourselves are on notice to beware” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1956, 70; see also D&C 29:7–9 ).

It is so important to be aware of what is going on in the world today. We must know and recognize the imposition of communist policies on our country. Even some of the very elect (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) have been deceived into unknowingly supporting communism/socialism and the plan of the devil. In the days of the Nephites, those elect that had been deceived became the majority of them.

I do not believe that those who currently receive money from welfare programs are bad people, want to follow the devil, or necessarily want socialism/communism. But this is partaking in the spoils of THE great secret combination. President Ezra Taft Benson spoke of secret combinations. Of these there are many. But he said that there is one big one that dwarfs them all. And this is socialism/communism.

"Satan argued that men given their freedom would not choose correctly; therefore he would compel them to do right and save us all. Today Satan argues that men given their freedom do not choose wisely; therefore a so-called brilliant, benevolent few must establish the welfare government and force us into a greater socialistic society." - Ezra Taft Benson, 1965, General Conference

“We must ever keep in mind that collectivized socialism is part of the communist strategy. Communism is fundamentally socialism.” (Ezra Taft Benson)

“Truly, we are surrounded by many forms of organized crime and subversion: drug rings, terrorists, the various Mafias, and disease profiteers(1)--to name a few. However, referring to our day, Moroni spoke of a ‘secret combination’--singular—‘which shall be among you....’ (Ether 8:24.) This suggests that he saw a combination of such magnificent proportions as to dwarf all others because of its broad penetration and its effectiveness in advancing evil.

Modern prophets, especially Ezra Taft Benson and David O. McKay, have spoken out clearly, fervently, and frequently concerning this secret combination prophesied to come in our day.(4) They identified it as the Communist/Socialist conspiracy. They remarked that the greatest threat came from within our very own country. They warned that this subversive movement was deceiving even the very elect.” (www.greaterthings.com)

The final part of verse 38 says the Nephites joined with the Gadianton Robbers in their secret murders and combinations. Now I can’t be sure how this would directly apply to the current latter days. But abortion is definitely secret murder (done in the secrecy of a doctor’s office). And abortion is something that communists support (communists support the decline of all family values and morals). Obama supports abortion. He even supports partial birth abortion and infanticide. Infanticide is when a baby who survived an abortion attempt is then just left to die. I believe that any person who supports abortion is supporting secret murders of the Gadianton Robbers. Even if you do not or would not have an abortion yourself, if you support it as the law of the land, you support secret murders of secret combinations. Abortion has become a power issue in that those politicians who favor abortion as a policy use this as a tool to gain power by gaining votes from voters who want abortion to remain legal. Favoring these secret murders of abortion thus can become a means to attaining and keeping power.

Supporting communism in other countries has of course led to the death of millions as in the days of Lenin and Mao. Many secret murders continue to this day in communist countries.

Please look for an explanation of verse 39 in a future post.  This post is a follow-up to the post The Gadianton Robbers Were Statists.

Additional Reading

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Harry Reid or Ezra Taft Benson: Choose Ye This Day

Harry Reid made some comments at a speech he gave at BYU as well as a press conference following his speech.  I have taken the following summary paragraphs from a Deseret News article.  I have included the link so you can read the article in its entirety.

Some past prominent LDS Church leaders wrongly pressed conservatism on church members, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday during a press conference at Brigham Young University.

 The Nevada senator attacked President Bush and evangelical Christians while saying members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to worry less about abortion and gay marriage and more about health care, global warming, education and jobs.

Reid said Ezra Taft Benson, active in very conservative politics before he became a president of the LDS Church, and Ernest L. Wilkinson, the president of BYU from 1951-71, were among past church leaders "who were very right-wing people politically."  "Members of the church are obedient," Reid said, "they are followers in the truest sense of the word, and I think they've taken members of the church down a path that is the wrong path.

"I think people in the church have to understand there are issues more important than abortion and gay marriage."

Reid also told reporters the Republican Party has been driven by evangelical Christians for 20 years. "They are the most anti-Christian people I can imagine, the people from the Christian far right.

Harry Reid's Comments

Harry Reid believes in government control over health care, education, jobs, and in a climate exchange bill.  Harry Reid believes in socialism which essentially is communism.  He has stated that people in the church, such as Ezra Taft Benson, have led church members down the wrong path in proclaiming the evils of socialism and communism.  Ezra Taft Benson was a prophet.  The majority of the remarks he made pronouncing the evils of socialism and communism took place in General Conferences.  The Lord has told us:

D&C 1:38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

The following is from Ward Teachers Message, Deseret News, Church Section p. 5, May 26, 1945 and was also included in the Improvement Era, June 1945 (which was the official church magazine before the Ensign).

"Any Latter-day Saint who denounces or opposes whether actively or otherwise, any plan or doctrine advocated by the prophets, seers, revelators' of the church, is cultivating the spirit of apostacy. One cannot speak evil of the lord's annointed... and retain the holy spirit in his heart. This sort of game is Satan's favorite pastime, and he has practiced it to believing souls since Adam. He {Satan} wins a great victory when he can get members of the church to speak against their leaders and to do their own thinking."

"When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they propose a plan--it is God's Plan. When they point the way, there is no other which is safe. When they give directions, it should mark the end of controversy, God works in no other way. To think otherwise, without immediate repentance, may cost one his faith, may destroy his testimony, and leave him a stranger to the kingdom of God."

The following is from LDS President Marion G. Romney (of the first presidency), quoting LDS President (and prophet) Heber J. Grant "Conference Report" Oct. 1960 p. 78.

"Always keep your eye on the President of the church, and if he ever tells you to do anything, even if it is wrong, and you do it, the lord will bless you for it but you don't need to worry. The lord will never let his mouthpiece lead the people astray."  (quotes courtesy of lds-mormon.com)
We all have our free agency, so we must choose for ourselves whom we will serve.  Do we want to follow the ideas outlined by Harry Reid, U.S. Senate Majority Leader?  Or would we rather follow the teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, past Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?  They support conflicting ideologies.  Either socialism is good, or it is the devil's plan.  We must choose.  I choose Ezra Taft Benson as well as our current prophet and all of our past prophets.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Gadianton Robbers Were Statists

In 3 Nephi 3:6-7, Giddianhi, the Gadianton robber leader, writes a letter to Lachoneus, governor over the free Nephites, stating:

6 Therefore I write unto you, desiring that ye would yield up unto this my people, your cities, your lands, and your possessions, rather than that they should visit you with the sword and that destruction should come upon you.

7 Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with our secret works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us—not our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.

These verses give some insight into the economic situation of the Gadianton secret combination. They are “brethren and partners of all [their] substance”. I would postulate that the Gadianton robbers practiced some type of statism. And they used deadly force to enforce it and to gain more land and riches as can be seen as it continues in verse 8:

8 And behold, I swear unto you, if ye will do this, with an oath, ye shall not be destroyed; but if ye will not do this, I swear unto you with an oath, that on the morrow month I will command that my armies shall come down against you, and they shall not stay their hand and shall spare not, but shall slay you, and shall let fall the sword upon you even until ye shall become extinct.

I believe there is some confusion among some church members concerning the Law of Consecration and how this relates to statism. Perhaps Harry Reid believes he is bringing the Law of Consecration to America as he takes us further and further down the path of statism. Following is a chart of some of the differences between the Law of Consecration and communism that was compiled on http://www.fairlds.org/.  This is a foundation that researches and defends the LDS faith.

LDS Law of Consecration
1. Individual property ownership essential.
2. Right to discontinue participation.
3. Each person has his/her private stewardship, and surplus production goes into storehouses for the poor and needy.
4. Participation requires commitment to keep God's laws.
5. Voting rights to determine use of surplus in the Bishop's storehouse.
6. Right to draw upon management skill of leadership for personal training and consultation to run your private stewardship well.
7. Personal responsibility is expected.
8. Existence of God declared.
9. Organization exists for the benefit of the individual

1. Property ownership discouraged or forbidden.
2. Difficult if not impossible to not participate.
3. Most or all production controlled by state.
4. God's laws not involved at all.
5. No voting rights.
6. Leadership tells you what you have to do.
7. Decisions are determined by leadership.
8. Existence of God denied.
9. Individual exists for the benefit of the organization

The website continues, “The United Order is an LDS term sometimes used to describe cooperative economic programs of the Church during the early days of Mormonism. It perhaps is similar to what some biblical Christians practiced as stated in Acts 2:44. The term does not refer to the 'full government of God,' nor is the plan communistic at all.”

While church members are no longer asked to live the United Order, the actual Law of Consecration is something that we as church members are still asked to live. This commandment was never lifted. In communism, the state is worshipped (it is the great and abominable church), but in the Law of Consecration, God is worshipped. Our participation in the law is voluntary (free agency is always allowed – see my post entitled “Free Agency, Why Do We Need It?”). The Law of Consecration asks us to give all of our money as well as time and talents to God for His purposes. We will most likely retain ownership of our possessions for the use of our families, but we are asked to retain this stewardship wisely and help others with our surplus. The Law of Consecration is a system under God that is completely compatible with living under a capitalist government. In fact, I would argue that a capitalist government is necessary for us to live the Law of Consecration. How can we consecrate our property, wealth, time, and talents up to God via the Church if we have all of this taken from us by the state (government)?

Statism, including socialism, mimics the Law of Consecration under Satan’s plan. The subtlety of the devil! Of course it mimics it! The plan of the devil is to confuse us into following the devil without even knowing that we are. Statism, including socialism, is truly the teachings of God mixed with the teachings of man. If we are not careful, we can think that the Law of Consecration supports statism. The Gadianton Robbers lived under Satan’s plan of statism while the people of God lived God’s law or the Law of Consecration.

The Gadianton Robbers used weapons to coerce people into living under their form of statism. In our quasi-socialistic society today, people are forced into this socialism or spreading of the wealth via taxes by the threat of fines or jail time. This is a very important distinction between spreading the wealth under our quasi-socialistic society and the Law of Consecration God has asked us to live under voluntarily. God has simply not asked us to live under socialism. That is the devil’s plan. God does not force us.

As a nation, whether we are living completely under socialism or just taking large strides in that direction, the result is the same: we are not following God.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Free Agency: Why Do We Need It?

Why is moral agency/free agency the big issue?  The issue that the War in Heaven was fought over?  Why do we need to be free to make our own decisions?  Without agency, we cannot progress; we cannot be accountable.  If we are not free to choose, then we do not choose, and we do not progress.  It is only when we can choose right or wrong that we have consequences for our actions.  If we are free to choose, and we choose the right, then we progress toward Godhood.  If we are free to choose and we make the wrong choice, we are free to learn from our mistake, repent, and make the right choice the next time.  If we live under a statist government, we are not free to choose and we cannot progress.  This can be seen in Europe.

Mark Steyn is one of my favorite authors and pundits.  He is well traveled, and his personal accounts of life in Canada and Europe are shocking.  He describes walking through the London streets only to step over young British people lying in the street asking for money.  They are not homeless, they just don't have jobs.  A very high percentage of their society is on the dole (welfare).  It is a society of dependence, bred through years of socialism.

The Brits are proud of their heritage of the arts, Mark Steyn continues.  They display this in their world famous museums.  They wanted to open up more time to devote to the arts and philosophies.  They allowed their government, through socialism, to take care of the drudgeries of life so that they could turn to the arts.  They also wanted more time to spend with their families.  But the actual result is a society of delayed adolescence.  They are in school until 34 and take an early retirement at 42.  We need only look to Greece to see that this cannot continue forever.  The government takes care of the rest of their needs, albeit poorly, and they are in turn wards of the state; perpetual children.  With all of their extra time, they are not even having children of their own anymore.  Once they boasted that socialism would leave them free to progress.  Mark Steyn explains that there is no more new art being produced by the Brits.  Children with no accountability, with nothing asked of them, cannot produce.  They don't want to; they don't know how to.

On the health care bill, Nancy Pelosi has said: "Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance."  It is the same old tired argument from the UK: if only we allow the government to take care of us, we will be able to turn more to the arts.  But we know from looking at the UK that this does not work.  Just like we know from looking at the rioting in Greece that it is not sustainable.

“Give people plenty and security, and they will fall into spiritual torpor,” wrote Charles Murray in "In Our Hands". “When life becomes an extended picnic, with nothing of importance to do, ideas of greatness become an irritant. Such is the nature of the Europe syndrome.”

And thus we hit upon the greatest evil of socialism: spiritual torpor (lethargic indifference).  When we are not free to choose, when we have no accountability, when we are not even responsible to provide for ourselves, the result is spiritual torpor.  We do not progress spiritually.  The devil's plan was to take away our agency and guarantee us spiritual security.  But it never would have even worked anyway.  It is not possible.  Spiritual security requires spiritual progression which requires accountability and free agency.  Without our free agency we could never have been guaranteed spiritual progression and godhood.  We would have been ruled over by the devil forever.  The devil, like our socialist leadership, was simply looking for power and would say whatever lies necessary to attain it.  He is, after all, the father of all lies.

Mark Steyn's "Live Free or Die"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The War in Heaven Continues Through Socialism

In a nutshell, the war in heaven was between the followers of Jesus Christ and the followers of the devil.  The plan of Jesus Christ was for all people to come to Earth and have their free agency; to make their own decisions of how they would act.  All glory would be God's.  We would rise or fall on the basis of our own decisions.  The devil's plan was to just force everyone to be good and have no choice about it.  If we just gave the devil our power we would all be saved, was the devil's claim.  We all chose Christ's plan, and so here we are on earth.  End of story?  Not exactly.  If this scenario sounds familiar, we are still fighting this war in heaven here on earth.  There are those who want their freedom to act and say and do as they choose (as long as they are not infringing upon the rights of others).  And then you have the statists on the other side (socialists and communists).  This side would like to just force you to be good.  Their force involves forcing you to give your money to the poor (spread the wealth) through taxes and entitlement programs such as Obamacare (do you hate poor people and old people?), make you wear your seatbelt and not eat junk food (it is for your own good!), drive tiny cars and pay carbon taxes and recycle (don't you care about the environment?), and a myriad of other regulations.  They want to force businesses into regulations and taxes that they have deemed desirable even if it puts the businesses out of business.  In short, they would like control over everything.  This ultimately leads to you having no agency of your own.  But people don't notice because it is "for your own good".  At least at first.  Also, you are forced into being good by a government whose definition of "being good" is fluid and flawed.

What is socialism? It is simply governmental ownership and management of the ways to produce and distribute goods; governmental ownership and management of companies.  We have quasi-socialism here in America now through social security and Medicare/Medicaid and as Obama is currently in the process of attaining more control of more businesses.  The current attempt at control is over banks through financial regulatory reform.  As the government controls more and more businesses, our leaders in government tell us this will give us all more economic security; that they know best.  If we give them our power, we will all be saved, the government says.

During the war in heaven, the devil promised us eternal security at the expense of our freedom.  Here on earth, the subtle devil, through socialism, is promising us economic security at the expense of our freedom.  The fight against socialism here on earth truly is a continuation of our premortal war in heaven.  The sad truth is that, even as we give up our freedom, economic security is fleeting (see Greece), and we will be left with nothing.

"Satan argued that men given their freedom would not choose correctly; therefore he would compel them to do right and save us all. Today Satan argues that men given their freedom do not choose wisely; therefore a so-called brilliant, benevolent few must establish the welfare government and force us into a greater socialistic society." - Ezra Taft Benson, 1965, General Conference

"As important as are all other principles of the gospel, it was the freedom issue which determined whether you received a body. To have been on the wrong side of the freedom issue during the war in heaven meant eternal damnation. How then can Latter-day Saints expect to be on the wrong side in this life and escape the eternal consequences? The war in heaven is raging on earth today. The issues are the same: ‘Shall men be compelled to do what others claim is for their best welfare’ or will they heed the counsel of the prophet and preserve their freedom?”  - Ezra Taft Benson, 1965, General Conference

* This post was inspired by my father.

Blood Runs Down The Streets

Blood Runs Down The Streets.  A few weeks ago, this headline caught my attention from The Drudge Report.  There has been blood running down the streets in Thailand.  Some people there have been unhappy with their government, and to protest this, lots of people got together to donate their own blood.  They collected this blood in buckets, and then they dumped it in the street for it to flow down the streets in front of a government building they were protesting.  Someone also threw some of the blood on a door to a government building.

Is it just me, or does this sound like last day prophecy stuff?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Addendum to Secret Combinations in Government

I wanted to add some support for my previous post in the which I present the case that President Obama is part of a secret combination.  In the event that my previous post sounds extreme to the reader, I wanted to present some scripture that has influenced me as well as some words of Ezra Taft Benson.  I for myself have awakened to a sense of our awful situation.

Ether 8:16-26
16 And they were kept up by the apower of the devil to administer these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought power to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and whoredoms.
 17 And it was the daughter of Jared who put it into his heart to search up these things of old; and Jared put it into the heart of Akish; wherefore, Akish administered it unto his kindred and friends, leading them away by fair promises to do whatsoever thing he desired.

18 And it came to pass that they formed a secret acombination, even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God;

19 For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.

20 And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.

21 And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.

22 And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for cvengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.

23 Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get apower and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.

24 Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

25 For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath chardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.

26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.

Words of Ezra Taft Benson

The Book of Mormon was written for us today. God is the author of the book. It is a record of a fallen people, compiled by inspired men for our blessing today. Those people never had the book—it was meant for us. Mormon, the ancient prophet after whom the book is named, abridged centuries of records. God, who knows the end from the beginning, told him what to include in his abridgment that we would need for our day. Mormon turned the records over to his son Moroni, the last recorder; and Moroni, writing over 1,500 years ago but speaking to us today, states: “Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.” (Morm. 8:35.)

The Book of Mormon brings men to Christ through two basic means. First, it tells in a plain manner of Christ and his gospel. It testifies of his divinity and of the necessity for a Redeemer and the need of our putting trust in him. It bears witness of the Fall and the Atonement and the first principles of the gospel, including our need of a broken heart and a contrite spirit and a spiritual rebirth. It proclaims we must endure to the end in righteousness and live the moral life of a Saint.

Second, the Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time.

Now, we have not been using the Book of Mormon as we should. Our homes are not as strong unless we are using it to bring our children to Christ. Our families may be corrupted by worldly trends and teachings unless we know how to use the book to expose and combat the falsehoods in socialism, organic evolution, rationalism, humanism, etc. ….. And our nation will continue to degenerate unless we read and heed the words of the God of this land, Jesus Christ, and quit building up and upholding the secret combinations which the Book of Mormon tells us proved the downfall of both previous American civilizations.

I testify that wickedness is rapidly expanding in every segment of our society. (See D&C 1:14–16; D&C 84:49–53.) It is more highly organized, more cleverly disguised, and more powerfully promoted than ever before. Secret combinations lusting for power, gain, and glory are flourishing. A secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world. (See Ether 8:18–25.)

I testify that the church and kingdom of God is increasing in strength. Its numbers are growing, as is the faithfulness of its faithful members. It has never been better organized or equipped to perform its divine mission.

I testify that as the forces of evil increase under Lucifer’s leadership and as the forces of good increase under the leadership of Jesus Christ, there will be growing battles between the two until the final confrontation. As the issues become clearer and more obvious, all mankind will eventually be required to align themselves either for the kingdom of God or for the kingdom of the devil. As these conflicts rage, either secretly or openly, the righteous will be tested. God’s wrath will soon shake the nations of the earth and will be poured out on the wicked without measure. (See JS—H 1:45; D&C 1:9.) But God will provide strength for the righteous and the means of escape; and eventually and finally truth will triumph. (See 1 Ne. 22:15–23.)

It is time to align ourselves for the kingdom of God.

Ezra Taft Benson's "The Book of Mormon is The Word of God"
Ezra Taft Benson's "I Testify"

Friday, April 16, 2010

Secret Combinations in Government

President Obama is most definitely a statist. He believes in the state (federal government) controlling as much as possible. In his one year as president, he has taken over car companies, the student loan industry, banks, and has plans in place to take over health care.  He also has a very ambitious agenda to take more control over more industries before the fall elections take away his majorities in the house and senate. Obama is a statist at best, and something much more sinister at worst. Someone asked me recently what his endgame is; what his final goals are if he were able to make it that far. Isn't that the great question. I sure wish I knew.

It looks to me like Obama is just following Saul Alinsky's book "Rules For Radicals".  Following this book helped him into his presidency.  He is following these rules still today.  Current strategies outlined in the book include proposing that when you want to change a system, don't work with changing a broken system.  You should instead tear the whole system down and start over with what you want.  I could believe that Obama is attempting to tear down America to rebuild it how he wants it to be.  With the stimulus, adding new unsustainable entitlements to the ones we already have, and taking over private businesses, it appears that everything Obama has on his agenda has the side effect of causing and sustaining high unemployment levels, destroying private enterprise, and hiking up taxes so much that it will put millions more Americans on the dole.  It could very possibly even lead to the bankruptcy of America.

Another rule for radicals outlined by Alinsky includes the idea that instead of arguing with an opponent over the merit of their argument, you should instead ridicule them to take the focus off the actual argument.  This can be seen in the way that Sarah Palin and other conservatives are labeled as "dumb", the tea party crowd is "racist", and opponents of Obamacare are "riotous and racist mobs".

These rules for radicals have really helped Obama.  My brother brought up the point that we know from The Book of Mormon that the devil hands down guidelines and knowledge for secret combinations to help them in their "doings".  Helaman 6:30 "And behold, it is he who is the author of all sin. And behold, he doth carry on his works of darkness and secret murder, and doth hand down their plots, and their oaths, and their covenants, and their plans of awful wickedness, from generation to generation according as he can get hold upon the hearts of the children of men."  My brother made the suggestion that Alinsky's book "Rules For Radicals" just might be some of these guidelines.  After this suggestion, I did some research and have come to the conclusion that these "Rules for Radicals" are indeed handed down from the devil himself.  But you don't have to take my word for it.

Rules for Radicals - Saul D. Alinsky, 1971

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do. [Secret combinations from the Book of Mormon times did their works in the dark and even lived up in the dark mountains.]

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage. [Tea Partiers]

Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.  [Bush/Palin/Limbaugh]

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

“The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

These tactics have been handed down from generation to generation.  They are not new tactics, in fact they are ancient.  Saul Alinsky has even given a dedication and acknowledgement of help in his book Rules For Radicals "To the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom - Lucifer."  From Alinsky himself, his book was inspired by and given to him by the devil.  Obama spent 12 years teaching Alinsky's strategies at Chicago University Law School.  Yes, that is correct, the president of the United States spent 12 years teaching these strategies and even more years living them.  The strategies of the devil.

Another Alinsky tactic is to "accuse those of the acts that you are doing".  (Breitbart)  This occurs in too many ways for me to mention.  I may get into it more later.  However, I will just mention the recent example of those opposed to Obamacare being accused of not caring about the poor who cannot afford healthcare when in actuality Obamacare will further erode the quality of healthcare for the poor.  All manner of accusations have been flying against the opposition of Obama including the common one of being called a racist.  After the War in Heaven, the devil was cast out into the earth, and in Revelations 11:10 we can read "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."  (Thank you, Dad, for bringing this verse to my attention.)  It can thus be seen that this method of accusation indeed has a long history and has been handed down to this very day and is being used by our enemy against us.  It is the devil's way to gain ground through accusation, agitation, and goading the enemy.

The idea that there are people in our government that are part of a secret combination is not a novel or an extreme idea.  Look, we know that the Book of Mormon was written for the people of the last days.  We know that we are living in the last days.  The Book of Mormon spends a lot of time speaking of secret combinations and how they try to infiltrate the government.  It is not much of a step to realize that there are currently those in power in our government that are part of a secret combination.  The Book of Mormon tells us that those in secret combinations in the government know no bounds in their desire for power.  They would like, essentially, world domination.  It should not come as any surprise then that Obama desires world domination - he considers himself the first post-American president.  He would like to control more than just the "free" world.  His speeches abroad, his love of the UN, his attempts at creating a world government with the climate summit at Copenhagen, his kowtowing and bowing to foreign dictators - it is all part of the overarching quest to create a new world order.  And to reign over it.

When speaking of the new health care bill and how Congress did not have time to read it and understand it before they voted it into law, Glenn Beck made the point that they did not even have time to write the legislation.  I think this is an important point, because we can see that the bulk of the bill was written in advance, possibly a long time ago.  It was not written by Congress - they didn't even know what was in it.  So who wrote it?  And how long ago?  In listening to William Duncan, he said that the anti-religion/pro-gay rights coalition is 10 steps ahead of the public in advancing their agenda.  He said that their plans to chip away at religious freedom have been in the works for years and possibly decades.  And so it must be with this health care bill.  Socialized medicine has been being planned for decades.  The time was finally right to get away with it.  It was planned by members of a secret combination in an attempt to steal away our freedom and hold us hostage by our very lives, as they will soon have control over our life and death medical decisions.  And the rest of us are just trying to live our lives and raise our families, and we are crept up on unawares.  It is time to mount a defense and fight back "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children". (Alma 46:12)

Picture of Obama Teaching Alinsky

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Are We All Statists Now?

So what is so wrong with statism (socialism/communism)?  Under statism, the citizenry has all of their needs met by the state.  Health care (Obamacare), retirement (Social Security), education, and other needs are taken care of by the state ( federal government).  As you can see, America is fairly statist (socialist) right now.  So what is the problem with this?  The problem with this is that the more control you give of your life over to your government, obviously the less control you have over yourself.  As you give the government control, you lose your free agency, and you lose freedom.  An even bigger problem is that you no longer have need for God.  In the scriptures it says that "no man can serve two masters".  If you look to the government to take care of all your needs, then you are not looking to God to help you.  It is God's way to help you to help yourself.  It is the state's way to just tell you what to do.  And the state does not have your best interest in mind.  The scriptures speak of the great and abominable church.  This church that is being spoken of is statism.

I like to compare it to the Tower of Babel spoken of in the scriptures.  These people were trying to attain heaven on earth.  They decided they had no need for God, they would just get to heaven by themselves.  Just like this, those in charge of our government currently are trying to create a socialist utopia; they are trying to create heaven on earth.  They feel they have no need for God, they will just do it themselves.  In this way, I think they even feel like God themselves and want to be in charge and tell people what to do to create and govern their socialist utopia.  In my opinion, many of them do not even believe in God.  John Dingell on March 23, 2010 said of Obamacare: "The harsh fact of the matter is when you're going to pass legislation that will cover 300 American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people."  There you have it.  Our government is using Obamacare as a means to control us.

Statism is a conflicting ideology with freedom and belief in God.  I would much rather have God as my master than the state.  I believe my rights come from God and are not manufactured by the state (as in Obamacare being used to manufacture the right of all Americans to have health care).  We must rise up together and call on God to help us help ourselves.

Communism is simply one of the many derivatives of statism.  Any call to eschew communism would be a call to eschew any of the derivatives of statism.  In the words of Ezra Taft Benson from 1979:  "On 3 July 1936, the First Presidency published this warning to Church members:  'Communism is not a political party nor a political plan under the Constitution; it is a system of government that is the opposite of our Constitutional government."  We must "pray that [God] will intervene to preserve our freedom just as He intervened in our obtaining it in the first place."

Ezra Taft Benson's A Witness and a Warning

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Obamacare: Heaven Help Us All

So what exactly is so bad about Obamacare?  There of course is the fact that its very existence is unconstitutional, the buying of votes to get it passed with taxpayer dollars, and the rise in abortions we can expect now that abortions will be paid for by taxpayers.  Let's just put all that aside for a moment.  What Obamacare does that is so bad is that it will put all private insurance companies out of business.  If you understand economics at all, you can see that it has to.  Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to anyone for any reason.  If they have to take anyone and cannot charge higher premiums on anyone, then everyone who has insurance must share equally in the costs.  This means that healthy people will be charged the same premiums as someone who is dying of cancer.  All premiums go up.  This then means that healthy people will not be able to afford insurance and will no longer have it.  People will only have insurance when they get sick.  And the fine they pay as punishment for not having insurance will go to the government and not to the insurance companies who will be barely alive at this point.  As people will get insurance only when they need health care to be paid for, insurance companies will not have the money any longer to pay for health care (they lose money as they only receive money in premiums from people who need much more money spent on them in their health care).  Insurance companies will go out of business, and the government will be "forced" to step in with a single payer system (universal or socialized health care).

This of course leads to a nationwide health care system that will mirror the current Medicare/Medicaid system.  In this system, the government chooses how much to pay doctors.  And they choose to pay them less than is worth it to the doctors.  Therefore, doctors retire and students don't enter medical school in the first place.  Then we have a shortage of doctors which leads to rationing and inferior care.  The government tells pharmacies how much they can charge for drugs.  It is not enough, so new drugs are not made and pharmacies go out of business.  Again, the government is "forced" to take over the pharmacy business.

The citizens of the United States are dependent upon their government for their very life via health care.  My husband has been through cancer.  I know all too well that he was dependent upon his doctor to keep him alive.  A doctor we chose.  This will shift to dependence upon the government.  And they may or may not choose to save you in your hour of need.  But either way they will tax you into poverty for it.  This is bondage.  And I don't want to live in bondage.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

You've Had a Good Run, Panda

Panda bears sure are cute. And it is a good thing they are, because they are living on borrowed time. In the animal world of the survival of the fittest, they are simply not fit. The females can only mate during a 2-3 day window once each year and will probably only have 7 cubs at most in her lifetime. Their bamboo diet is so low in nutritional value, they are left with little energy, and it is a wonder they survive at all. Loss of their habitat to humans and the dwindling supply of bamboo are the main threats to pandas. However, they do not have the ability to adapt to these changing conditions, and pandas are quickly headed to extinction.

Pandas are the poster child (animal) for the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Unfortunately, this also makes them the poster child for money that could be better spent. The WWF receives millions in American taxpayer money each year. And they spend millions on saving the panda.  Environmentalist Christopher Packham has come out publicly stating that the efforts to save the panda are futile, as the issue of their diminishing habitat is not being adequately addressed. We are, at great cost, keeping them alive in captivity, but the efforts at keeping them alive in their natural habitat is doomed. Packham has said that the money spent on the panda would be put to much better use on other animals. He further states that the panda was not meant to survive according to Darwinian evolution and has said that: "Here is a species that, of its own accord, has gone down an evolutionary cul-de-sac. It's not a strong species." With so many staunch darwinists out there, I am actually surprised more people have not come out against pouring millions of dollars into saving the panda.

The WWF is a worldwide organization that America gives money to.  We also have the Endangered Species Act.  C.J. Carnacchio has said that this act "...represents one of the most irresponsible pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress. The law basically gives the government the authority to stop extinction in all cases, regardless of the cost, by any means necessary. Not every species can or should be protected. Do we really need to save every allegedly endangered insect out there? Many creatures on the endangered species list are not really endangered or even a scientifically defined species at all. Yet, we spend roughly $2.6 million a year for each creature on the list."

The Endangered Species Act has also been used to take property rights away from owners in order to save whichever species it wants to. As of March 10, 2010, the United States has 574 animals listed as endangered or threatened, and when you include plants, that number goes up to 1,323. Yes, you read that correctly, we are also trying to save plants. Property owners beware, your rights to use your property may at any time be subject to the rights of 1,323 different plants and animals. And the right to develop property has been taken away from owners in order to preserve the habitat for any number of even animals unknown to the average American. It is essentially a tool for those of the environmental religion to control property rights and violate the Fifth Amendment. Property has even been confiscated.

Now I do not want panda bears to die out.  I think they are adorable and enjoy seeing them.  I likewise do not have a death wish for any of the 574 animals listed as threatened or endangered.  However, like most of my tax dollar decisions that the government makes, the panda is not something I would choose to spend my money on.  As you know, I am not a conservationist, and I am not opposed to saving pandas in order to spend the money on other animals, I just use common sense to see that millions of dollars spent each year on keeping the panda alive would be better spent elsewhere.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

On the Dole Again

I had an acquaintance who lost her job.  She was a single mother, and it was a trying time for her.  She decided to go back to school.  She was able to do this because the government (i.e. you, the taxpayer) paid for her tuition through a grant.  She was able to still support her family through other government welfare such as food stamps.  So here she is trying to improve her situation and take care of her family.  Next thing she knows, her company wants to hire her back.  Her company had gone through a rough patch, but things were looking up for them now.  Well, if she goes back to work, she will no longer qualify for government welfare to care for her family and grants to pay for her schooling.  She would make too much money, as the job was a pretty decent one.  But now she had adjusted to going to school part time and then going home to spend most of her day with her children and doing what she wanted to do.  She didn't want to go back to work full-time when she could make enough money on welfare.

She did decide that she wouldn't mind a little extra spending money, so she arranged with her employer to go back to work part-time.  They wanted her full-time, but they, together, figured out how many hours she could work and how much she could be paid in order to still qualify for her government subsidies.  She made the selfish decision, but it was a decision that was in her and her family's financial best interest.  She got to go back to school and care for her family and have extra spending money, but she also got to be home more since she didn't need to work so many hours.  On the taxpayers' dime.  I wonder how many people have found themselves in this situation where they used to be productive, but now they will spend the rest of their lives working the system.

Our country is already quasi-socialist through welfare.  And socialism doesn't work.  Money is taken from the haves through taxes, making them less successful, and given to the have-nots, even if the have-nots could be haves but choose not to.  It even helps the have-nots make the choice to continue to be have-nots.  And thus everyone is worse off.

Those people on welfare often instead of trying to get off welfare, use their welfare income in their budget as if it was now just part of their income.  And why try to make more money by doing extra work when it would just disqualify you for your welfare stipend and replace that.  You are not left with more money, initially, than if you had just stayed on welfare.  If you don't ever take that first harsh step off of welfare and try to make it on your own again, you will never reach independence and become productive again.  It is easier to just stay on welfare.

It works the same with countries.  Other countries, especially in Africa, have come to depend on foreign aid from America.  It is no longer the helping hand to get them on track, but has become just part of their budgeted income.  And why try harder as a country when you can instead just get your extra money from America?

Monday, March 1, 2010

When in Greece....

Sometimes I wish we could just get rid of Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid right now and just get it over with. Greece is currently in the process of getting rid of their entitlements. Greece is now bankrupt. Their socialist society has imploded on itself. There is no more money left to pay their bills. They have a high tax and high entitlement society, and there is not enough money to go around anymore. The government had no choice but to start cutting entitlements. They even started with small entitlement cuts. But the Greeks are not having it. There is mass rioting in the streets. 80% of the government work force is on strike. Government offices, schools and universities, and their airport are all closed. Even train, bus, and ferry services closed. They are short on gasoline, and Carter era 1970's style line-ups are taking place at the gasoline stations that still have gas. This is what happens at the point where the unsustainable socialist economy can no longer run. Is this the "socialist utopia" you are looking for Obama? This is the direction America is headed, and we will get there even faster if Obama can ram through his health care plan.

I believe the first time I really understood how Social Security works was when I entered my finance program in college. Now believe me, I know that a college degree in any field does not necessarily an expert make, but even the most preliminary investigation into Social Security reveals the frightening reality that it is a house of cards. It is a ponzi scheme as I discussed in an earlier post. They do not and never did even invest the money we put into Social Security. It is immediately spent. I knew at 20 years old that I would never be able to retire and live on Social Security and Medicare. I don't believe it will be around at all by the time I get to the age of retirement. And if it is still kicking around in its death throes, the benefits will be scaled back so much that I won't be able to do much with it.

These programs have turned our country into a socialist scheme wherein the government takes money to hand over to the elderly. But the money comes from their children and generations to come. I have had money taken out of my paycheck to pay for Social Security/Medicare since I was 16 years old. I was earning $4.25 an hour. How dare the elderly take that money from me! I was a child! And I will never see any of it back. They are taking it from me today. I have children to raise! I would rather have that money for myself right now to invest and use to raise my family, especially since I do not believe I will ever receive Social Security myself. It will be bankrupt. The projections change all the time for the insolvency of the programs. One current projection is this year (2010). But now that the baby boomers will start retiring this year, the only way to stave off the end of it all is to raise taxes and lower benefits ad nauseum until the house of cards comes crashing down notwithstanding all of these efforts. And then myself and my children will be left with nothing. But they all feel so entitled to it, even though studies show that the average elderly person uses three times more in Medicare money than they ever paid into the system.

So my question is this: Do we begin the end of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and other entitlement programs now peacefully? Or do we wait until we have no choice? And if we reach the point of no choice that Greece is at now, do we transform back to a capitalist society? And do we work together, or do we riot in the streets and shut down life as we know it?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Global Warming Meltdown

"Climate-gate", in my opinion, is the biggest scandal of my lifetime. Global warming is the biggest and most costly hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. Congress had passed a measure to tax Americans and our businesses based on our carbon footprints in order to stop global warming, for crying out loud. This bill was being sent to the Senate. (See my post entitled "Carbon Footprint Free Ourselves Into Oblivion".) And now thanks to climate-gate, global warming is unraveling before our eyes. And what a sight to see!! If only you know where to look. The dinosaur media (traditional television news stations such as CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and the like) has barely been covering it.

Professor Phil Jones is the director of the research unit at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit in Britain. This research unit "was regarded as the leader in climate research and the fount of raw data on which the science was based. Phil Jones was regarded as an archbishop in the Church of Global Warming." (Pruden) A couple of months ago some e-mails were discovered between Jones and fellow researchers in which they all admitted to manipulating global warming data and hiding discriminatory evidence. Now that this is all coming to light, Jones has resigned and has gone on record saying that there has been no evidence of global warming in 15 years and that the earth has been warmer than now in at least two different warming cycles in the last 1,000 years. This means there is no proof for man-made warming of the atmosphere. Keep in mind this retraction on global warming was given by the leader in global warming; the scientist who was in the past "proving" global warming with what we now know is manipulated data, some of which has now been destroyed.

Plain and simple, all of this means that there is no crisis of man-made global warming. We are done with talking about it as a plausible event. It is back to being a hypothesis with as much to back it up as the older hypothesis when the scientist/politician coalition claimed we were about to enter the next ice age. The Waxman-Markey bill (cap and trade) can no longer pass based on this new evidence. This is one of the biggest stories of our day. A large group of scientists conspired to create this imaginary disaster in order to make money. In my opinion, this conspiracy extended to working with politicians as well. (I stated in an earlier post that I don't believe Al Gore actually believed in the cause.) So here you have a conspiracy to steal trillions of dollars from the American people in the name of our planet. And it has been uncovered. The question is, will we all talk about it and investigate this scandal for the big story it is, or will it simply slip away quietly in the night without much notice as the hole in the ozone crisis did. If the tree of global warming falls down in the forest and noone is there to watch it (on television news coverage), will anyone hear it? The dinosaur media is hoping you won't. I, for one, will enjoy watching it all unfold as I am sure there will be more fallout to come.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sneaky Tax Hikes

Our city is in the process of constructing a new and very large city hall. The old one was not that old, and it is certainly still in good condition. But someone wanted a larger and newer one built right next to the old one. In a recession, government, even at the local level, does not feel the need to modify their spending. Hmmm, but now how to pay for it? Tax increases in a recession for an unnecessary new city building wouldn't have garnered enough support. So they found a way to raise taxes unofficially in a way that most wouldn't notice. They kept appraised property values artificially high and thus issued a sneaky property tax increase.

Our houses here in our city were reappraised a few years ago at the height of the real estate bubble right before it popped. We saw a dramatic increase in our property taxes at this time. Although I don't agree with the property tax in principle, I couldn't protest that tax hike at that time. However, the very next year when the real estate bubble popped, property values were down and five properties on my street couldn't sell with some of them ending up later in foreclosure. At that point the increase in property taxes needed to be addressed. Well, the kind-hearted city knew this and decided to lower property values. But they still wanted a new city hall, so they dropped my property value by only 5%.

Some of my neighbors were aware that their property was still being over-valued, but they didn't know what to do, or the dispute process seemed too complicated, so they let it go. I, however, have experience working as a commercial real estate appraiser, so I knew exactly how wrong the city was and what to do about it. The process was lengthy and cumbersome, but now 3 months after my 2009 property taxes have been paid, I have won my fight against the city. In the face of overwhelming evidence, they agreed to lower my property value by an additional 10% which will save me hundreds of dollars each year over the next several years. This is by no means a small amount.

My distaste for government at the local level has increased through this process. As someone with real estate appraisal background, I knew the city had not even performed an appraisal to determine our property value. Their methods of arriving at property values and their evidence used was flawed and would never hold up in court. And yet the process to rectify this debacle involved me doing lots of legwork, the city denying my petition without even looking at my evidence, and ending up with it finally being resolved only after a court hearing. (I didn't sue; it was more of an arbitration.)

I am now more determined than ever that government must be limited. Given any kind of power, even local governments will manipulate and take advantage of the populace as needed for what they want. I stand firm, as written about in an earlier post, that I will never vote for a tax increase no matter what it is. Government is too inefficient and makes too many bad decisions without caring about what is in my best interest for me to voluntarily give them any more money to squander.