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.

Sunday, November 13, 2022

What Does the Future Hold for America?

The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns the type of people necessary to maintain freedom and liberty in the United States of America. John Adams is credited as saying, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In other words, Americans will not be able to maintain their Constitution and their constitutional way of life IF they are not moral and religious people.

America is deeply divided as shown by the results of the recent election. Half of the voters wanted what Republicans were offering, and half wanted what Democrats were offering. So, we will take a look at ten categories where Republicans and Democrats differ.

·         Republicans want secure borders                   Democrats want open borders

·         Republicans want fair and free elections.       Democrats want to win at any cost.

·         Republicans want energy independence.       Democrats want no fossil fuel energy.

·         Republicans are tough on crime.                     Democrats are easy on criminals.

·         Republicans are pro-life.                                 Democrats vote to kill babies.

·         Republicans want to stop genital                    Democrats want all the rising generation

mutilation of children and teens.                    to question their gender.

·         Republicans believe that parents should        Democrats believe that schools should

be first in decisions about children.                decide what children should learn.

·         Republicans believe in school choice.            Democrats do not want school choice.

·         Republicans want to protect the                     Democrats seek to destroy the Constitution

Constitution and constitutional rights.            and guaranteed constitutional rights.

·         Republicans put America first.                       Democrats put America last.

From my point of view, the comparison is stark. This is the reason why I have difficulty understanding why any thinking person votes for Democrats. Yet, I know many intelligent and spiritual people who vote for at least some Democrats at each election. That is the beauty of our constitutional way of life.

The scriptures and modern prophets teach that there will be a big divide in the world between the righteous and the wicked before Jesus Christ returns to earth. I question if this division between Republicans and Democrats is part of the big gulf that will happen at some time in the future. Therefore, I was interested when I saw an article that shared the same idea.

C. Douglas Golden reminded his readers that Democrats claimed that “democracy” was on the ballot. We all know that it was not. However, inflation and the economy were on the ballot, and those facts hurt Democrats. Everything else in the election concerned social issues: abortion, crime, parental rights in education, gender issues, and others. 

Golden quoted columnist Mark Lewis about why the social issues might have affected the election: “America is morally bankrupt and running up more ethical debt by the day.” So, I went to his site to learn more. Here is part of the article by Lewis: 

The United States has been drifting leftward politically and downward morally since the 1960s. There have been occasional blips in that political slide—Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump come to mind—but they don’t change the general trend. The moral decline is even more evident. In the 1950s, there was a popular TV show for six years entitled “Father Knows Best.” Can you imagine a program being aired like that now? In today’s America, half the children either don’t have a father living at home or have had multiple fathers depending on how many times their mother has been married. Or they are living with two “fathers” or two “mothers.” “Father Knows Best” indeed. Not in 2022. Maybe “Tranny Knows Best.”

This is just one example, of course. Hollywood has certainly been in the middle of the immoral invasion that has attacked America. But my point here is, this is history. Nations rise, nations fall…. It doesn’t have to happen, but it always does, and America is not somehow miraculously immune to that process. Indeed, we are becoming a classic case. [Emphasis added.]

King Canute couldn’t’ stop the tide. And nobody seems to be able to stop the leftward moral and political tide that has been coming in the past few generations….

Maybe the election on November 8 didn’t go quite as well as we had hoped because the country hasn’t been going in the direction we want it to for a long time now, and that drift is very difficult to stop. It never has before, in any country. We can try. We MUST try. But we must also recognize the realities of history.  

We keep fighting. We keep looking for answers… There are still millions and millions of good, decent, God-fearing, family-oriented people in the United States. But there are also millions and millions who aren’t.

And the problem is, folks, we might just be outnumbered now.

Lewis wrote my thought: God-fearing, Constitution-loving, law-abiding citizens may be outnumbered by those who wish to destroy the Constitution and America as we know it. The Biden administration may have already damaged the United States so badly that no mere mortal can turn the country around – and they have two more years to do more damage.

I believe that Americans will go through some tough times – maybe worse that our ancestors experienced during the Great Depression. However, I have faith that the Constitution and America will survive because modern-day prophets assure us that it will. President Harold B. Lee made the following statement:

Men may fail in this country, earthquakes may come, seas may heave beyond their bounds, there may be great drought, disaster, and hardship, but this nation, founded on principles laid down by men whom God raised up, will never fail. This is the cradle of humanity, where life on this earth began in the Garden of Eden. This is the place of the new Jerusalem. This is the place that the Lord said is favored above all other nations in all the world. This is the place where the Savior will come to His temple. This is the favored land in all the world. Yes, I repeat, men may fail, but this nation won’t fail. I have faith in America; you and I must have faith in America, if we understand the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are living in a day when we must pay heed to these challenges.

I plead with you not to preach pessimism. Preach that this is the greatest country in all the world. This is the favored land. This is the land of our forefathers. It is the nation that will stand despite whatever trials or crises it may yet have to pass through. [Emphasis added.] 

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