Diary

The Constitution: Hanging by a Thread?

Ezra Taft Benson wrote:

“To all who have discerning eyes, it is apparent that the republican form of government established by our noble forefathers cannot long endure once fundamental principles are abandoned. Momentum is gathering for another conflict — a repetition of the crisis of two hundred years ago. This collision of ideas is worldwide. Another monumental moment is soon to be born. The issue is the same that precipitated the great pre-mortal conflict — will men be free to determine their own course of action or must they be coerced?”

Joseph Smith, the founder and first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) has been said to have made a statement that the “…constitution of the United States [will be] almost destroyed. It will hang like a thread as fine as silk fiber.”

This statement comes in what is known in Mormon lore as “the white horse prophecy”. The credibility of the account of the prophecy has been in question since the document became public, some ten years after it was supposedly given.

My intent however is not to examine the credibility or content of the prophecy. That is done very well in this document, and if the history behind the white horse statement interests you I recommend reading it.

What I do want to do is examine the theme of the Constitution “hanging by a thread”. The idea of the Constitution being in peril has reoccurred throughout American, and Mormon history.

Ezra T. Benson, who served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower, while also serving as a member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles has written extensively about the survival of the Constitution. Much of what he has written came while he was serving as the President of the Church, (1985-1994).

He said:

“I have faith that the Constitution will be saved as prophesied by Joseph Smith. But it will not be saved in Washington. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom. It will be saved by enlightened members of this Church — men and women who will subscribe to and abide the principles of the Constitution.”

The questions then are: how will the Constitution come to hang by a thread? And how will it be saved?

What power or influence or people will threaten the existence of the Constitution? I believe the answer comes in our individual freedoms. That is, the Constitution will be made moot when our individual rights come under fire from lawmakers or judges in Washington who set out to amend those fundamental rights under the pretense of political correctness and that devastatingly deceptive doctrine of fairness.

And perhaps more than ever the United States of America stands at the brink of surrendering the rights that our Framers fought for, argued for, and under the divine influence of a just God designed and signed into law over 200 years ago.

Barack Obama has a history of quieting personal liberty. His campaign has repeatedly sought to stop the free speech of those who do not support his world view and candidacy for President. He has sought to quell dissent among the electorate, called any criticism of his policies and voting record a “smear”, and has often fallen back on the tired racists accusations that seem so common in the Democratic tactical quiver.

Obama has described what he calls a “Civilian National Security Force“. He said that “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

This reeks of a police state. A world where any dissent or resistance is quickly sought out, extinguished and punished. Some dissent, like the violent outbursts of Obama’s good friend Bill Ayers ought to be punished. Ironically though, Ayers remains unpunished, and unrepentant. The very freedoms that Ayers and his ilk detest are the very powers that allowed him to object to those freedoms.

The Constitution of the United States is designed to limit government, and protect the individual. Anything beyond that is unconstitutional. Expanding the powers of the government into the private sector is unlawful. It is Un-American. It is dangerous socialism.

What Barack Obama has not had to explain is how far he is willing to go with his “spread the wealth” mentality. What rights is he willing to sacrifice so that everyone has a “piece of the pie”?

If indeed the Constitution is going to hang by a thread, how then will it be saved? Ezra T. Benson said that it will be saved by the “citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom”. People willing to stand up against the coerced “patriotism” of an Obama ideology. It will be saved by people with courage to say no to redistribution of wealth. It will be saved by those who understand the personal liberties that the Constitution established and protects.

In short, the constitution will be saved by those willing to continue the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.