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A Trip Down Obama Lane

Let's take a little trip down Obama Lane:

On April 6, 2008 Barack said:

Private Fundraiser, San Francisco, CA

". . . some of the small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for twenty-five years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and each successive administration has said somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment, as a way to explain their frustration."

Hmmm, cling to their guns or religion . . . wow, that is startlingly similar to Karl Marx's:

"Religious distress is at the same time the expression of real distress and the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is required for their real happiness. The demand to give up the illusion about its condition is the demand to give up a condition which needs illusions."

Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

And yet, Americans, in a complete and utter betrayal of all that is good about America, are still voting for Barack Obama. Why?

Obama romanticized his father, either coloring the past to suit his vision or so severely disillusioned by the bigamist, irresponsible, wife-beating, amoral man that truly was his father. The man who married at 18 and had a child, both whom he abandoned to come to America where he seduced Obama's mother and then left them to go back to Africa. Then while married to the woman in Africa, and Obama's mother, he went back to Harvard and started up with another woman. He fathered multiple children with multiple women. But Obama ignored all that and simply romanticized his father into an educated man who loved his family. Huh. Any way you look at Obama's version of things . . . it shows a severe lack of the ability to look at truth and fact and accept it.

Of course, I'm not surprised because that is precisely how he looks at America and Americans. Except he's painted us with a different brush than the one he painted his father. He's been much kinder with his good-for-nothing father. He views Americans as people "clinging to their God and their guns" . . . not hard-working people who love their families and nation. He views Americans as not bright enough to educate their own children. He views Americans as not bright enough to get themselves out of an economic mess. He views Americans as not bright enough to know that what he says and what he does are two different things, always.

Let's bump ahead to the present, Obama has ties to terrorists , multiple visits to Middle Eastern lands which support and/or hosts terrorists, ties to criminal activity with William Ayers (domestic terrorist who admits to bombing Americans, and multiple American sites including attempts on the Pentagon and Capitol Hill and who wouldn't rule out bombing America in the future), Tony Rezko and ACORN and more. Let's face facts, if he were applying for any government job which required any type of security check . . . he'd fail. He'd wouldn't fail just a little bit, he'd crash and burn and would NEVER be considered for any type of government job. There are only a few jobs a man like him can have, senator and president are two of them. And here's why, although the government would, and probably does, consider him a huge security risk . . . the American people probably don't understand or care. Dick Morris pointed this out on Wednesday, the night of the last presidential debate, and you know what? He's right!

I'm calling a halt to this trip down Obama Lane. I thought I could complete the trip, but I cannot. Barack Obama has fleeced America and will continue to do so. I fear that America will wake up one day, find America in shambles and their lives crumbling around them and realize that the vote they cast for Barack Obama was the vote that was the beginning of the end of that America which was Ronald Reagan's shining city on a hill. For that will be moment you will realize that you can't get something for free; that there really are bad people, with untold power, you cannot negotiate with; that sometimes peace doesn't work as much as we want it to; that sometimes the price for freedom is buckling down, working hard and recognizing that no one, and I mean no one, gets everything handed to them on a silver platter without paying a HUGE price.

You will note the book Obama is reading in the above picture, if not, let me enlighten you: The Post-American World. Click on the link, they have a description of the book and interview with the author. It is not an anti-American book, per se, but something about how the rest of the world will rise and leave America behind. Not worth reading, in my opinion, but apparently Barack Obama is interested in it.

My fellow Americans, freedom is not free and it carries a great responsibility. Do not so cavalierly throw away what billions across the world wish they had. You can be proud of your nation for we are all a nation of liberty, strength and courage. It is time to stand for your country rather than destroy it. For if you succeed in destroying America you will have destroyed the last great hope for a free world.

And for my Latter-day Saint readers:




Here, too, is a portion of another talk by Ezra Taft Benson where he clearly define scommunism and socialism . . . both of these things to which Barack Obama subscribes and is promoting in his agenda for the American people. The ignorance of Americans, largely, is the reason Obama is getting away with it.

From President Benson's A Vision and a Hope for the Youth given in an address to Brigham Young University students in April of 1977, he said:

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Satan's Counterfeit System

But whenever the God of heaven establishes by revelation his design, Satan always comes among men to pervert the doctrine, saying, "Believe it not." He often establishes a counterfeit system, designed to deceive the children of men. His aim, as it was before the foundation of this earth was laid, is to thwart the agency of man and to subjugate him. Throughout all ages of mankind, the adversary has used human agents and despotic governments to establish his purpose. Satan is determined to destroy all that is dear, all that will ennoble and exalt man to a celestial kingdom.

Isaiah foresaw the time when a marvelous work and a wonder would come forth among men (see Isaiah 29:14). Isaiah also predicted that there would be those that "seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they [shall] say, Who seeth us?" (Isaiah 29:15). He saw the time when the work, man, shall say of him that made him, "He made me not," denying his creation (see Isaiah 29:16). It is well to ask what self-proclaimed atheists came on the human scene following the restoration of the gospel, who established secret works of darkness to overthrow nations by violent revolution and who blasphemously proclaimed the atheistic doctrine that God made us not. Yes, Satan works through human agents. We need only look to some of the ignoble figures in human history who were contemporary to the restoration of the gospel to discover fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy. I refer to the infamous founders of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Today, if we are alert, we can see further fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecies.

Communism--a System Antithetical to the Gospel of Christ

Through the instigation of Marx and Engels, a most successful counterfeit to the united order was introduced into the world. The declaration of principles found in their Manifesto to the World advocated the overthrow of capitalism and free enterprise, the abolition of private property, the elimination of the family as a social unit, the abolition of all classes, the overthrow of all governments, and the establishment of communal ownership of property in a classless, stateless society. All this was to be accomplished by revolution.

On July 3, 1936, the First Presidency published this warning to Church members. I quote it in part; I hope you will get a copy of the full statement for your files. In part, the statement reads:

. . . Communism is not a political party, nor a political plan under the Constitution; it is a system of government that is the opposite of our Constitutional government. . . .

Since Communism, established, would destroy our American Constitutional government, to support Communism is treasonable to our free institutions, and no patriotic American citizen may become either a Communist or supporter of Communism.

To our Church members we say, Communism is not the United Order, and bears only the most superficial resemblance thereto. Communism is based upon intolerance and force, the United Order upon love and freedom of conscience and action. . . .

Communists cannot establish the United Order, nor will Communism bring it about. . . .

Communism being thus hostile to loyal American citizenship and incompatible with true Church membership, of necessity no loyal American citizen and no faithful Church member can be a Communist.

We call upon all Church members completely to eschew [and shun] Communism. The safety of our divinely inspired Constitutional government and the welfare of our Church imperatively demand that Communism shall have no place in America.

Signed,

President Heber J. Grant
J. Reuben Clark, Jr.
David O. McKay
The First Presidency

You students have only to read some of the speeches and writings of the exiled Russian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to appreciate this farsighted warning of the First Presidency.

I have been on both sides of the Iron Curtain several times. I have talked to these godless leaders face to face. I say to you with all the sincerity of my soul that since 1933 this godless counterfeit to the gospel has made tremendous progress towards its objective of world domination, for over one-third of the human family are now under totalitarian subjugation.

Today we are in a battle for the bodies and souls of men. It is a battle between two opposite systems: freedom and slavery, Christ and anti-Christ. The struggle today is more momentous than a decade ago, yet today the conventional wisdom, so called, is that we have got to learn to live with communism, to give up our ideas about national sovereignty. You hear that repeated today. Tell that to the millions--yes, the scores of millions--who have met death or imprisonment under the tyranny of communism. Learn to live with communism? Such would be the death knell of freedom and all we hold dear.

The gospel of Jesus Christ can prosper only in an atmosphere of freedom. As members of his Church, we have a major responsibility to do all in our power to see that freedom is preserved and safeguarded. I pray that God will bless you to see communism for what it really is: the greatest system of human slavery that the world has ever known. May you not be deceived into believing that the communists have moderated their goal toward world domination. I say to you that so-called detente is a fraud. Time will prove it to be such.

There is no excuse for any BYU instructor to grant a forum to an avowed communist for the purpose of teaching communism on this campus. It may be done on other campuses in the United States, but it will not be done here.

Socialism--a Philosophy Incompatible with Man's Liberty

Another notable counterfeit system to the Lord's plan is collectivized socialism. Socialism derives its philosophy from the founders of communism, Marx and Engels. Communism in practice is socialism. Its purpose is world socialism, which the communists seek to achieve by revolution, and which the socialists seek to achieve by evolution. Both communism and socialism have the same effect upon the individual--a loss of personal liberty. As was said so well by President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., "The two are as two peas in a pod in their ultimate effect upon our liberties."

Why is socialism incompatible with man's liberty? Socialism cannot work except through an all-powerful state. The state has to be supreme in everything. When individuals begin to exert their God-given rights, the state has to suppress that freedom. So belief in God must be suppressed, and with that gone freedom of conscience and religion must also go. Those are the first of our liberties mentioned in the Bill of Rights.

There are some among us who would confuse the united order with socialism. That is a serious misunderstanding. It is significant to me that the Prophet Joseph Smith, after attending lectures on socialism in his day, made this official entry in the Church history: "I said I did not believe the doctrine" (Joseph Smith, History of the Church 6:33).

Socialism Disguised under Welfare State Measures

As citizens of this noble land, we have marched a long way down the soul-destroying road of socialism. If you question that statement, consider the recent testimonial from the Nobel prize-winning economist, Milton Friedman. He indicated that government spending in the United States at all levels amounts to over forty percent of today's total national income. If we continue to follow the trend in which we are heading today, two things will inevitably result: first, a loss of our personal freedom, and second, financial bankruptcy. This is the price we pay when we turn away from God and the principles which he has taught and turn to government to do everything for us. It is the formula by which nations become enslaved.

This nation was established by the God of heaven as a citadel of liberty. A constitution guaranteeing those liberties was designed under the superintending influence of heaven. I have recounted here before what took place in the St. George Temple when the Founding Fathers of this nation visited President Wilford Woodruff, who was then a member of the Twelve and not president of the Church. The republic which was established was the most nearly perfect system which could have been devised to lead men toward celestial principles. We may liken our system to the law of Moses which leads men to the higher law of Christ.

Today, two hundred years later, we must sadly observe that we have significantly departed from the principles established by the founders of our country. James Madison opposed the proposal to put Congress in the role of promoting the general welfare according to its whims in these words:

If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every state, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasure; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union; they may assume the provision of the poor. . . . Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for [and it was an issue then], it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America. [quoted in Donald L. Newquist, Prophets, Principles, and National Survival, p. 342]

That statement, given as a warning, has proved prophetic. Today Congress is doing what Madison warned about. Many are now advocating that which has become a general practice since the early 1930s: a redistribution of wealth through the federal tax system. That, by definition, is socialism!

Americans have always been committed to taking care of the poor, aged, and unemployed. We have done this on the basis of Judaic-Christian beliefs and humanitarian principles. It has been fundamental to our way of life that charity must be voluntary if it is to be charity. Compulsory benevolence is not charity. Today's socialists--who call themselves egalitarians--are using the federal government to redistribute wealth in our society, not as a matter of voluntary charity, but as a so-called matter of right. One HEW official said recently, "In this country, welfare is no longer charity, it is a right. More and more Americans feel that their government owes them something" (U.S. News and World Report, April 21, 1975, p. 49). President Grover Cleveland said--and we believe as a people--that though the people support the government the government should not support the people.

The chief weapon used by the federal government to achieve this "equality" is the system of transfer payments. This means that the federal governments collects from one income group and transfer payments to another by the tax system. These payments are made in the form of social security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid, and food stamps, to name a few. Today the cost of such programs has been going in the hole at the rate of 12 billion dollars a year; and, with increased benefits and greater numbers of recipients, even though the tax base has been increased we will have larger deficits in the future.

Today the party now in power is advocating and has support, apparently in both major parties, for a comprehensive national health insurance program--a euphemism for socialized medicine. Our major danger is that we are currently (and have been for forty years) transferring responsibility from the individual, local, and state governments to the federal government--precisely the same course that led to the economic collapse in Great Britain and New York City. We cannot long pursue the present trend without its bringing us to national insolvency.

Edmund Burke, the great British political philosopher, warned of the threat of economic equality. He said,

A perfect equality will indeed be produced--that is to say, equal wretchedness, equal beggary, and on the part of the petitioners, a woeful, helpless, and desperate disappointment. Such is the event of all compulsory equalizations. They pull down what is above; they never raise what is below; and they depress high and low together beneath the level of what was originally the lowest.

Are we part of the problem or part of the solution?

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And just in case you've forgotten about our energy problems, let me share with you what was printed in the New York Times today . . . yeah, I know, not a reliable source, but I think we're safe with this one:

The New York Times
Friday, October 24, 2008 -- 5:54 AM ET

OPEC to Cut Output by 1.5 Million Barrels a Day

The OPEC cartel ordered a cut in oil production of at least 1.5 million barrels a day on Friday. The reduction will come into effect on Nov. 1, according to Ali Al-Naimi, the Saudi oil minister.

Oil prices have more than halved since peaking at $147 a barrel in July. After the OPEC statement, the price for Brent crude immediately dropped below $63 a barrel.

In case you didn't remember, Barack Obama is vehemently against drilling on U.S. soil, plumbing our own resources rather than depending on OPEC which is comprised, largely, of our enemies.

We can no longer allow OPEC to dictate to Americans how much we pay for our gas. Americans have demanded of Congress, Drill Here, Drill Now. Barack Obama and his liberal Congress, i.e. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, will rescind that law instantly. They WANT us to remain hostage to our enemies.

It's time America tell Barack Obama NO! We must vote for John McCain/Sarah Palin on November 4th.
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