What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
The video I linked in the last post showed soldiers in Iraq abusing their authority to cruelly beat children. Some of you watching may feel indifferent, since it’s not you, and it’s not in your country.
That’s fine and dandy, but similar events are happening on our own soil. The following video demonstrates one such example. Note: the person being abused says the F word a few times. I don’t blame him…
Examples such as this make all the more powerful the following quote by President J. Reuben Clark:
“I wish to say with all the earnestness I possess that when you… see government invading any of these realms of freedom which we have under our Constitution, you will know that they are putting shackles on your liberty, and that tyranny is creeping upon you, no matter who curtails these liberties or who invades these realms, and no matter what the reason and excuse therefore may be.”
“I say unto you with all the soberness I can, that we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and that once lost, only blood will bring them back; and once lost, we of this Church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more sacrifices to make and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known, heavy as our sacrifices and grievous as our persecutions of the past have been…. If we do not vigorously fight for our liberties, we shall go clear through to the end of the road and become another Russia, or worse…
“Do not think that all these usurpations, intimidations, and impositions are being done to us through inadvertence or mistake; the whole course is deliberately planned and carried out ; its purpose is to destroy the Constitution and our constitutional government; then to bring chaos, out of which the new Statism with its slavery, is to arise, with a cruel, relentless, selfish, ambitious crew in the saddle, riding hard with whip and spur, a red-shrouded band of night riders for despotism….” (President J. Ruben Clark as quoted in Ezra Taft Benson’s book An Enemy Hath Done This p. 310)
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