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.
Please watch this video of Matt Lauer interviewing Pres. Bush last week, and then read Mark Hudson‘s compilation of related quotes.
Plato — A Greek Philosopher often quoted by our Founders said:
“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
U.S. President James Madison:
“If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.
“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The Public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.”
President J. Reuben Clark said the following, warning us about the very type of legislation that Congress and the President passed in the USA Patriot Act which destroys the 4th Amendment protections and threatens the entire Bill of Rights:
“God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run not to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they shall be. Under His plan the only allegiance we owe as citizens..of the United States, runs to our inspired Constitution which God himself set up.
…This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom.
“I wish to say with all the earnestness I possess that when you….. see any curtailment of these liberties I have named, 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.” (The Improvement Era, July 1940)
From President Ezra Taft Benson’s book An Enemy Hath Done This (pg 313-317):
“According to Norman Vincent Peale, “There was a time when the American people roared like lions for liberty; now they bleat like sheep for security.”
“It is the devil’s desire that the Lord’s priesthood stay asleep while the strings of tyranny gradually and quietly entangle us until, like Gulliver, we awake too late and find that while we could have broken each string separately as it was put upon us, our sleepiness permitted enough strings to bind us to make a rope that enslave us.”
“For years we have heard of the role the elders could play in saving the Constitution from total destruction. But how can the elders be expected to save it if they have not studied it and are not sure if it is being destroyed or what is destroying it?”
“These warnings were given 140 years ago. The fulfillment is now. We are living witnesses, unless we are blinded by our own complacency and the craftiness of evil men.
“As watchmen on the tower of Zion, it is our obligation and right as leaders to speak out against current evils—evils that strike at the very foundation of all we hold dear as the true church of Christ and as members of Christian nations.
“As one of these watchmen, with a love for humanity, I accept humbly this obligation and challenge and gratefully strive to do my duty without fear. In times as serious as these, we must not permit fear of criticism to keep us from doing our duty, even at the risk of our counsel being tabbed as political, as government becomes more and more entwined in our daily lives.
“In the crisis through which we are now passing, we have been fully warned. This has brought forth some criticism. There are some of us who do not want to hear the message. It embarrasses us. The things which are threatening our lives, our welfare, our freedoms are the very things some of us have been condoning. Many do not want to be disturbed as they continue to enjoy their comfortable complacency.” (Ezra Taft Benson, “Watchmen, Warn The Wicked,” Ensign, July 1973, 38)
“Those who would sacrifice essential liberties for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”