Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Why Is the Voice of the People Important?

             The United States of America is amid the 2020 presidential election. Last week, the Democrat Party held its political convention, and former Vice President Joe Biden was selected as the party’s candidate for President of the United States. He chose Senator Kamala Harris to be his vice president. Harris is the most far left member of the U.S. Senate, and Biden is clearly in the hands of self-declared socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders. They seek to “fundamentally transform” America.

            This week, the Republican Party is holding its political convention. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have a proven record on which we can assume a second term would resemble. They were instrumental in creating the strongest economy in the history of the United States. They stand with the military and with police. They put America first and do their best to Make America Great Again. Their love for America is obvious and strong.

            So, what is on the Democrat party platform?  On one subject, the Democrat platform calls for “the repeal of the Hyde Amendment” – which bars taxpayer-funded abortions. It calls for the codification of “the right to reproductive freedom,” and it says nothing about making abortions “rare” as was done by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Democrats declare that women should be able to get abortions on demand and without apology up until a baby is born.

            President Trump and the Republicans are pro-life. Trump may be the most pro-life President in the history of the nation. He is the only President to attend the annual pro-life rally in Washington, D.C. Other presidents have addressed the rallies in videos, but Trump attended and spoke in person. Republicans believe that an unborn child, like any individual in this country, has an individual right to life that should not be infringed upon by others. They also believe that the rights guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment apply to unborn children as well as other American citizens.

            Americans will be voting in November for the next President and Vice President of the United States. The final decision will be made by the voice of the people. The Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ tells of a righteous King Mosiah who helped his people move from a monarchy to a democracy.

King Mosiah reminded his people of some of the problems caused by unrighteous kings and then encouraged them to change their government to one of judges. “Because all men are not just it is not expedient that ye should have a king or kings to rule over you. For behold, how much iniquity doth one wicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!” (Mosiah 29:16-17). He continued by telling them, “ye cannot dethrone an iniquitous king save it be through much contention, and the shedding of much blood” (Mosiah 29:21).

The King continued by explaining why it is difficult to dethrone a wicked king: he has friends in iniquity, keeps guards around him, tears up the laws and enacts new laws, and condemns the commandments of God. If anyone opposes the king, he sends his armies to destroy them.

King Mosiah suggested that the people choose judges to make and enforce the laws. Higher judges would judge the work of the lower judges, and a group of lower judges could judge a higher judge. He wanted the government to be controlled by the voice of the people because most of the people usually choose the better policies.

Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything contrary to that which is right; but it is common for the lesser part of the people to desire that which is not right; therefore this shall ye observe and make it your law – to do your business by the voice of the people (Mosiah 29:26).

            The United States is currently in a presidential election that will determine to large degree whether American remains America or goes socialist. If it goes socialist, it will no longer be “government of the people by the people for the people” (Abraham Lincoln). King Mosiah explained what would happen if the voice of the people chose evil.

And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land (Mosiah 29:27).

            This election presents a clear choice between good and evil, speaking of the parties rather than individuals. Republicans want to preserve life – both born and unborn, while Democrats want to kill unborn babies. Republicans support police, while Democrats want to defund police departments. Republicans believe in Second Amendment rights, while Democrats want gun control. Republicans believe in law and order, while Democrats believe in riots and violence (otherwise, they would have stopped them). Republicans believe in legal immigration and secure borders, while Democrats believe in illegal immigration and open borders. Republicans believe in giving tax breaks, while Democrats promise to raise taxes. Republicans believe in a strong military, while Democrats want to take money from the military for social programs.

Republicans believe in small businesses, while Democrats want to overregulate them. Republicans believe in voter identification, while Democrats fight against all efforts to insure honest elections. Republicans believe in the principle of work that leads to prosperity, while Democrats believe in handouts that lead to poverty. Republicans believe in small government, while Democrats believe in large government. Republicans believe in free speech for everyone, while Democrats seek to suppress any speech that does not support their policies. Republicans believe in conservatism, while Democrats believe in liberalism. Republicans believe in capitalism and the free market, while Democrats socialistic ideas that lead to communism. Republicans believing in creating a better and stronger America on constitutional principles, while Democrats want to “fundamentally transform” America. The Republican Party seeks the approval of God, while the Democrat Party seeks to take God out of their program.

The voice of the people in November will determine the future of the United States of America. As explained above, the choice is clear. If most Americans choose to vote for Donald Trump, America will continue to strengthen and become better. If most Americans choose to vote for Biden, God help us!

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