“The Proper Role of Government” is an old talk from Ezra Taft Benson, given in 1968 before he became President of the Church. He knew a few things about the workings of government, having been Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower. He was worried about the incursion of government into all aspects of our lives back then and its tendency to grow like cancer when unrestrained. He’d be amazed to see where we are today as we move from a Republic to a Kleptocracy. This is a critical time for our nation. I suggest the solution is not in choosing between the presidential candidates of Money Party A or Money Party B, but in pressuring our elected officials in Congress to fulfill their duties in resisting the Kleptocracy and stopping the cancerous spread of power in the hands of a few. They have the power to resist and drive real change. One Congressman, one Senator at a time – change is possible if Americans wake up.
As food for thought, here are 3 verses from scripture (Doctrine and Covenants 134) on government:
1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society.
2 We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life. . . .
7 We believe that rulers, states, and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all acitizens in the free exercise of their religious belief; but we do not believe that they have a right in justice to deprive citizens of this privilege, or proscribe them in their opinions, so long as a regard and reverence are shown to the laws and such religious opinions do not justify sedition nor conspiracy.
The right and control of property in verse 2? That’s anathema to many of our politicians, who have no objection to stripping away your property for all the good causes they come up with (like, say, helping their banker baron friends or handing it to nations that don’t like us). And protection of life? The sheer horror of partial birth abortion, so vigorously supported by some politicians (even a leading candidate) as a “right” when it can be nothing else but callous murder, is a warning sign that those who rule are not just men. If one can be so callous as to allow partial birth abortion – or, unthinkable as it is, would call for killing viable babies who by chance survive an abortion attempt – how can any human being think such a person has any right to represent Americans in the halls of government?
We must urge our elected officials to stand for the fundamentals rights our freedom is based upon – respect for life, respect for property rights, and respect for freedom of conscience. All are at risk, but change is possible.