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.
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At a BYU forum yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (a Latter-day Saint) mentioned that he feels being a Democrat and Mormon are not irreconcilable identities. “My faith and political beliefs are deeply intertwined. I am a Democrat because I am a Mormon, not in spite of it,” he said.
Speaking to the media after his address, Reid commented as follows:
In the past years we’ve had some very prominent members of the church, like Ezra Taft Benson, who are really right-wing people.
Members of the church are obedient and followers in the true sense of the word, but these people have taken members of the church down the path that is the wrong path.
Essentially accusing a Prophet of the Lord of leading astray members of the Church, Reid directly implied that any counsel given by President Benson and other “right-wing people” was entirely wrong.
However, it is Reid himself who is on “the wrong path”. Dedicated to expanding the welfare state here at home in an attempt to harmonize Democratic and Mormon principles, Reid promotes wealth redistribution and all flavors of socialism. Seeing himself as advancing Mormon principles such as charity and service, Reid leaves behind the proper role of government and pursues a socialist agenda which spits in the face of true eternal principles such as the law of the harvest and stewardship.
Little wonder that some members of the Church question the faithfulness of Senator Reid. While Republicans aren’t much better these days (actually, I’d argue that they are equally bad, pursuing the same agenda at a different pace), openly advocating a bloated government that coddles people from cradle to grave shows a misunderstanding (if not total ignorance) regarding the principles enshrined both in this nation’s founding documents and the scriptures.
If anybody is taking people down a wrong path, it’s Senator Reid and his socialist cohorts.