I’m writing this by hand with pen and paper in the darkness of a power outage caused by stormy weather. I’m going to ask some hypothetical survival and prepping questions that are more alarmingly real than most people want to admit. Answer them honestly for yourself or with your spouse. If your responses are disappointing, examine how you can change; and then do it!
When we see earthquakes topple buildings in Peru, tsunamis wash away villages in Japan, lava swallow homes in the Canary Islands, fire consume Australia, or civil war rage in Africa, we tend to think “it can’t happen here.” Thinking “It can’t happen to me” is a fatal flaw. Bad things happen to all people sometimes. America has already had a civil war, rebellions, natural disasters, lethal power outages, invasions, heatwaves, and plagues. So, what’s this “it can’t happen here” mindset?
In the interconnected world in which we live, disasters are amplified manyfold. A disruption in one part of the supply chain thousands of miles away, for instance, could directly impact your local stores’ ability to keep their shelves stocked or leave the pumps at your corner gas station bone dry. (Several months after writing the previous two sentences, as I finally polish up this article for publication, we now see massive strains on the supply chain globally, truckers threatening strikes, companies unable to get product, cargo ships lined up outside of harbors waiting to offload, gas prices shooting up, pilots striking over tyrannical vaccine mandates, potential war in Ukraine threatening Europe’s gas supply, etc. It’s all falling apart and the time to start preparing was yesterday!)
Since we know all these awful things can and do happen, the question becomes: What are you going to do about it? Are you preparing for or evading reality? There are really only two ways a person can react to potential threats – prepare or ignore. Being aware is not being prepared, though it’s an essential first step. True preparedness requires action. Acknowledging this, it’s time to answer some questions and decide what you’re going to do about them.
If the power went out, what would you do? Don’t misunderstand; I’m not referring to a temporary outage that the power company quickly fixes. What if a section of the power grid – or the whole thing – went down, either from a hostile EMP strike, a terrorist attack, a comprehensive hack attack, or even a solar flare, and no one knew exactly how long it would be off? It could be days, weeks, or months. And the devastating crisis would be compounded further by anarchy and rioting, or perhaps even by an opportunistic attack by Russia and China.
In such a scenario, which is far more realistic and far closer than most realize, what would you do? Could you survive? Do you have a power generator? If so, what kind? If it’s gas-powered, do you have sufficient stores of fuel on hand for long-term use? Do you have alternative energy sources, whether wood, coal, gas, hydro, or solar? If your answer is “wood,” have you prepared it, dried it, and made it ready for use? If you answered “solar,” consider whether your solar panels are linked to the power grid as most installed panels are, making them quite useless in a grid-down scenario. Whatever your alternative source, ask yourself if you know how to use it and if you have enough to last.
More pressing even than alternative forms of power is the question of food and food preparation. Do you have food that could be prepared without electricity? More to the point, do you have a way to prepare food without electricity; say, a solar oven? If not, then, again, I ask, what will you do when the power inevitably goes off?
Even if the power doesn’t go off in a meaningful way, there will still come a day when you will need a food storage. How much food storage do you have? Three days? One week? One month? One year? I don’t recommend anything less than a one-year supply. All those experts telling you to get a two-week supply are misguided and will lead you to starvation and misery if you heed them. Half measures won’t get you through what’s coming.
Again, I ask: If the store shelves were empty, could you survive? For how long? Do you have food canned, packed, and stored in your house? Do you have a home garden or homestead? Do have #10 cans or buckets full of grain, oats, beans, rice, and other staples? Do you have honey and other essentially non-destructible foods? Do you have spices – salt, pepper, cayenne – to live up your food so you’re not eating the same thing every single day? Do you have flour, oil, Crisco, or other ingredients to cook with, or at least the means of making your own?
Furthermore, do you have a solar oven, portable solar oven bag, wood stove, or other alternative way to heat and cook food? Do you know how to grind wheat and make bread? If you have some food stored, is it expired or ready to use? Do you have a list of the foods you have available along with their amounts and when they need rotated or eaten? And if you have a baby, or pets, have you factored their unique considerations into your planning?
Being prepared to feed yourself in a crisis demands a lot more than just having some food in buckets. It’s a mindset. It’s a skill set. It’s a determination to not only survive, but thrive. Could you do it? Could you live for a year – or any prolonged period – without setting foot in a store or murdering your neighbors for their cache of supplies? Starving people are desperate people – especially those with starving children at home. Are you willing to watch your kids starve or are you confident that you’ve prepared enough food storage already to take care of them in a major crisis?
Perhaps you’re in the camp that thinks they’ll just go into the woods with their gun or bow and hunt game or live in a shelter made of sticks and moss. Good luck! Though God has blessed America with an abundance of wildlife and natural foods, this isn’t a winning strategy. Some may successfully do it, but with droves of people attempting to hunt in a given area, how long before it gets hunted out? The Indians who often subsisted on hunting didn’t stay in one area too long because they’d hunt it out too quickly and wouldn’t be able to survive. Do you think you’d avoid the same fate? Or are you prepared to shoot other desperate people who try to go onto your property to hunt for food?
As important as food is, water is even more critical. If the water supply suddenly evaporated, what would you do? Think of the question in serious terms. If terrorists or enemy forces poisoned the water supply, or if pipes burst for any number of reasons and a plague or war conditions prevented maintenance from occurring, or a major earthquake disrupted the delicate system, what would you do? If any of these or other scenarios turned off the water, and there was no prospect of it flowing from the tap any time soon, how would you get by? Filling your bathtub with water isn’t going to hold you over for long.
Do you have a water storage on hand? If so, how much? Enough for a day, two days, a week, a month, longer? The average American drinks about 182 gallons of water a year, or eight cups a day (though you should ideally be consuming more than that). I ask again very pointedly: How much water do you have stored and ready to use in a crisis? 182 gallons? 728 gallons, which would supply a family of four? More? Less? Is your supply enough not only to drink to stay alive, but to prepare food, wash utensils, and bathe?
Let’s say you physically don’t have enough storage space for the large quantities of H2O we’re talking about (though everyone has room for some – under the bed, in the closet, on a shelf, on top of the dryer, in the car trunk, etc.). Do you at least have water filtration devices at the ready? LifeStraw, Sawyer, and numerous other brands, make high-quality, inexpensive and highly portable water filtration systems that can be thrown into any bag and even that can fit in a pants pocket. Do you have one or more for each member of your family? If not, do you have chlorine tablets or drops to purify water? If you have none of these things, do you at know at what temperature water boils and how long you need to boil water to kill harmful bacteria? This brings us back to whether or not we have fuel or electricity to even heat our theoretical water. Answer honestly if you could survive a severe water shortage.
Moving on. If the “unthinkable” happens and nuclear war hits us, how would you cope? Some people have been awed into complacency and inaction by literal Soviet propaganda, still prevalent today, about “nuclear winter” that will exterminate all humanity and end the earth. Rest assured, all the nuclear weapons in the world couldn’t destroy the planet or kill off earth’s population. So, considering that you’ll likely survive the initial devastation of the planned nuclear war against our civilization, what will you do in the aftermath?
Do you know how to defend yourself against radiation and fallout? Do you have KI tablets handy and tucked into your survival kits? Do you even know what KI tablets are or do? Are you familiar with the prevailing wind patterns and how fallout might be dispersed? Do you know how to calculate the half-life of radiation and estimate when it will be safe to emerge out of hiding after a blast? Do you know what the potential nuclear targets in your area are? In short, what is your strategic plan to save your family in the nuclear war that I guarantee is coming in our future?
If civil unrest, which seems to be spreading like wildfire, comes to your community, what will you do? Will you flee? If so, where? Have you selected a retreat location? Do you have a go-bag ready to get you there? Who will go with you? Who knows about it? Does your family know how to get there and what to do if it ever becomes necessary? Have you coordinated the details with your loved ones? For instance, how will you transport your survival supplies – the food, water, and fuel we’ve discussed – to your retreat location? What if your preferred route is blocked either by the National Guard, a riot, roving gangs, a natural disaster that destroys a bridge, or any other cause? Do you have an alternative route, a back-up plan, or a secondary location?
Perhaps you don’t want to flee, but prefer to fight. What is your defense strategy? What buildings or assets will you defend? Will you stand on top of your business with a rifle and pick off rioters? Will you shoot starving people who want to get at your food storage? Will you call up some friends and form a vigilance committee to collectively guard your neighborhood? If making a Spartan stand is your choice, then which weapons will you use? Firearms? Are you trained with them? Are they in working order? Do you have enough ammunition? Are your friends reliable? Are they also trained? Have you trained together in small arms tactics or urban warfare? Do you have a command structure? Can you rely on each other in a life-or-death situation? Could you really survive violent anarchy and are you emotionally prepared to gun down your countrymen if you decide to dig in?
Or maybe you don’t want to flee or flight. Instead, you want to hunker down until the raging storm blows over. Fair enough. How will you do it? Will you bury a large bunker in your backyard? Do you have the money to do so? Can you do it without all your neighbors knowing what you’re up to? Will you build a concealed shelter in your basement? Are you capable of such a task? Hiding in your closet isn’t a practical option, so are you prepared to go big or go home and put in some form of shelter, panic room, or bunker? And if you put in a survival shelter, remember that you still need to stock it with food, water, a waste disposal system, and so forth. Could you survive if you tried to hide?
If a truly devastating plague – unlike the COVID-1984 scamdemic – hit us and caused a legitimate pandemic, could you survive? You’ve survived a global psyop, but could you survive the real thing? Do you have gas masks or other biochemical warfare gear? Are you in tip-top physical shape? Do you get proper nutrition and take sufficient vitamins? Do you have reserves of vitamins, antibiotics, and other life-saving medicines? Do you know any herbal and traditional remedies? Could you use cayenne, cattails, chamomile, dandelion, elderberry, garlic, ginger, turmeric, or any of the other amazing plants, herbs, and spices God placed on earth for the benefit of man for your health and healing?
Additionally, if your health requires you to be on oxygen or dialysis or some specific medication, how will you survive if society collapses or hospitals are truly overcrowded with infectious patients? Do you have a plan? Do you have alternative medicines in mind? Do you have back-up supplies to hold you over until, perhaps, society could get back up on its feet enough to help you in the normal way? And, as always, if a true pandemic or war or terrible event forced you to shelter in place, or if the government sealed off your neighborhood or city, do you have a medicine cabinet, a food and water storage, and other supplies to sustain yourself for the long haul?
Throughout all of these scenarios, I bet you imagined yourself clothed. But this begs the question: Do you have proper clothing set aside for times of trouble? We’re not talking about your everyday clothes, but the sturdy garments that will last – especially during the winter.
One of the most essential items in every survival kit should be a warm winter coat. Do you have a water-resistant, breathable coat that is good for use in minus temperatures? Do you have good outdoor boots? Do you have the type of clothes you’d wear camping? Those are the ones you’ll want – not your fancy business suit or night club skirt. And what about spare socks and underwear? Extra shoelaces and soles? A warm hat and gloves? Tactical gloves or tactical pants?
Perhaps even more important than having these things on hand is possessing the ability to mend or make them. Can you sew a torn shirt? Can you put a button back on? Can you crochet or knit? Could you make your own clothes, blankets, gloves, or other necessities, if the supply chain broke down or the stores closed or war disrupted society? Our ancestors knew how to make their own clothing – do you?
Finally, are you mentally prepared to survive the coming apocalypse? Earlier, I said that preparedness is a mentality. Are you psyched up and ready to survive? Are you actively and strategically thinking about all of these things? Are you actively engaged in protecting your family and ensuring their future? Have you run through all the scenarios and hypothetical situations? Have you war-gamed it out with your family? Have you tested any of these hypotheses and plans? Have you taken your head out of the sand and looked reality square in the face, both the reality of what’s coming and how prepared (or not) you really are for it? And, lastly, are you spiritually prepared with sufficient faith and testimony to weather the storms, resist the Adversary, and come out of the furnace of affliction more refined?
The future is both dark and sunny, terrible and great. Things in society will get so much worse before they get better. You’ll live through other pandemics, false-flag attacks, world war, famine, mobocracy, and tyranny. You’ll see friends and loved ones turn on you, neighbors tear each other apart, and order break down. You’ll watch loved ones pass on to the other side and millions of your countrymen perish.
Yet, in the face of it all, the Lord has promised: “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30). Normal is not coming back, Jesus is. But before He does, hell will be unleashed in an unprecedented way. Prepare to survive so that you can be one who merrily meets the Lord when He comes to claim His Kingdom.
I’ve said it before, but I’m going to say it again: Thank God that you are an American! This Thanksgiving, I’m profoundly grateful for the United States of America. America is unlike any other nation on earth. Our heritage of Freedom is unique and unparalleled in greatness and achievement. Our People are different in character and build. Our institutions are noble and inspired. America is geographically distinctive and blessed beyond measure – the richest of all fruited plains in the world. This Thanksgiving, I give my unashamed and unapologetic love, adulation, and thanks to my homeland, America.
I’ve spent most of the past two and a half years outside of my beloved country. Nothing more is required to feel deep longing and love for America than to be away from her for any prolonged period of time. I miss her more than I can say. I miss her majestic mountains, radiant rivers, and fantastic forests. I miss her hardy, down-to-earth people. I miss my fellow patriots, the protections guaranteed under the Constitution, and my birthright of Freedom.
I also miss my Liberty’s teeth – my guns. I miss being able to have a legal right of self-defense – and fellow countrymen who acknowledge and support it. I’m truly grateful for the natural law of self-defense and for the fact that America still safeguards it even in the face of malicious attempts to enslave the population.
Let’s be honest: The only thing holding back the flood waters of global tyranny is America. And the only element of society in America holding back the onslaught of Satanic despotism is the mostly white, Christian, constitutionalist gun-owner – the “bitter clingers” and “deplorables” in the “fly-over” states.
In fly-over America, the rebellious, independent, manly spirit of the Founding Fathers lives on. It’s the rednecks, not the white-collar city-dwellers, who represent real America. It’s in the rural areas, in middle America, in the communities no one has ever heard of, where Americana dwells.
Rebellion to tyrants and obedience to God is the American tradition. The most rebellious and, simultaneously, religious swaths of America are found in the red states. We’re the ones called “domestic terrorists” because we won’t let Antifa burn down our cities, because we don’t march with the Marxist front group Black Lives Matter, because we don’t tear down statues of our national heroes, because we reject schools teaching communism to our kids, and because we refuse to be injected with bioweapons of mass genocide disguised as “godsend” vaccines. We’re true America and all those who support the enemy’s agenda are imposters and traitors.
America is much more than a political entity. America didn’t suddenly begin in 1776 or when the Mayflower landed or when Colombus arrived. Rather, America is an idea and a land of prophetic purpose, history, and destiny. The idea is summed up by the great triumvirate of values: Faith, Family, Freedom. America is the ultimate home to those who worship God, who seek to raise their families in righteousness, and who love their Liberty.
America has an ancient history. She was home to several great civilizations that historians have scarcely acknowledged and which average people know practically nothing about. My own religious tradition, which I attest I know to be true through the Holy Spirit which has touched my heart, teaches that God led various peoples to this Promised Land. An ancient seer recorded the special significance of this land, identified as Zion, and the promises offered to those who faithfully dwell here:
“And this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles, and there shall be no kings upon the land, who shall raise up unto the Gentiles.
“And I will fortify this land against all other nations.
“And he that fighteth against Zion shall perish, saith God.
“For he that raiseth up a king against me shall perish, for I, the Lord, the king of heaven, will be their king, and I will be a light unto them forever, that hear my words.
“Wherefore, for this cause, that my covenants may be fulfilled which I have made unto the children of men, that I will do unto them while they are in the flesh, I must needs destroy the secret works of darkness, and of murders, and of abominations.
“Wherefore, he that fighteth against Zion, both Jew and Gentile, both bond and free, both male and female, shall perish” (2 Nephi 10:11-16).
This promise has been fulfulled thus far. America has had no king. As Thomas Paine said, the law is king of America. Autocrats have no place here. America was reserved for a free people – a people that would serve God and obey His laws. It was, as Isaiah and other ancient Hebrew prophets foretold, the land where the Lord would establish Zion prior to His Second Coming.
Another olden day Israelite prophet recorded similar promises made to another group of Ancient Americans and which apply to modern America with equal force:
“And the Lord would not suffer that they should stop beyond the sea in the wilderness, but he would that they should come forth even unto the land of promise, which was choice above all other lands, which the Lord God had preserved for a righteous people. . . .
“And now, we can behold the decrees of God concerning this land, that it is a land of promise; and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall serve God, or they shall be swept off when the fulness of his wrath shall come upon them. And the fulness of his wrath cometh upon them when they are ripened in iniquity.
“For behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is the everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fulness of iniquity among the children of the land, that they are swept off.
“And this cometh unto you, O ye Gentiles, that ye may know the decrees of God—that ye may repent, and not continue in your iniquities until the fulness come, that ye may not bring down the fulness of the wrath of God upon you as the inhabitants of the land have hitherto done.
“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:7, 9-12).
Again, these glorious promises have been and are being fulfilled. Inasmuch as Americans have worshiped Christ and have honored His commandments, we have prospered and enjoyed more Freedom than any other nation in history. Yet, as we’ve allowed communism, LGBT mania, political correctness, infanticide, feminism, New Age philosophy, and immorality and perversions of a thousand types, creep into the land, we’ve gradually lost our rights, decreased in prosperity and unity, and are on the verge of completely abdicating our Liberty. The Lord’s wrath is starting to come upon us to chasten us and humble us so that we will once more return to Him so that He may pour out even greater blessings on this Promised Land of Zion.
Dear reader, even if you disbelieve the inspired words of the ancient prophets cited above, our own American Founders repeated the very same thoughts, cementing forever the notion that virtue and religion are necessary to the maintenance of a free state. John Adams bluntly stated:
“The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies” (John Adams to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776).
A close associate of Mr. Adams, and a distance relative of mine, Caleb Strong, added:
“Indeed, we are generally apt to ascribe too much to the efficacy of laws and government, as if they alone could secure the happiness of the people; but no laws will be sufficient to counteract the influence of manners which are corrupted by vice and voluptuousness; and it is beyond the power of any government to render the circumstances of the citizens easy and prosperous, if they want the habits of industry and frugality. – Government is necessary, to preserve the public peace, the persons and property of individuals; but our social happiness must chiefly depend upon other causes; upon simplicity and purity of manners; upon the education that we give our children; upon a steady adherence to the customs and institutions of our ancestors; upon the general diffusion of knowledge, and the prevalence of piety and benevolent affections among the people.
“Our forms of government, are, doubtless, like all other institutions, imperfect; but they will secure the blessings of freedom to the citizens, and preserve their tranquility, as long as they are virtuous; and no constitution, that has been, or can be formed, will secure those blessings to a depraved and vicious people” (Patriotism and Piety, 138).
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens” (George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796).
Other such statements could fill volumes. The great sages of our past all believed in God and held that America was set apart by Him for inspired reasons. This belief was handed down by our noble Pilgrim and Puritan forefathers who likewise believed that America was a special place reserved by God for higher purposes. The notable preacher Increase Mather, for instance, had declared:
“This is Immanuel’s land. Christ by a wonderful Providence hath dispossessed Satan, who reigned securely in these Ends of the Earth, for Ages the Lord Knoweth how many, and here the Lord hath caused as it were New Jerusalem to come down from Heaven; He dwels in this place” (Increase Mather, in Michael G. Hall, The Last American Puritan: The Life of Increase Mather, 1639-1723, 99).
The idea that America was the New Jerusalem and the abode of God persisted through the ages and was firmly rooted in the minds of the men and women who established the United States. To cite only one example, in 1796, John Lathrop delivered an Independence Day oration wherein he asserted:
“Liberty descended from Heaven on the 4th of July, 1776. . . .
“The first promulgation of the Gospel of Liberty was the declaration of American independence . . . the Americans were elected by God to redeem from bondage the miserable victims of arbitrary power.”
To peoples of other nations, it no doubt sounds presumptuous and prideful to hear Americans assert that we are a chosen people of God and that America itself is a blessed and unique land – the very Zion of the Almighty. Yet, it’s true! It was the belief of the ancients who inhabited this land. It was the testimony of the Pilgrims who tamed this wild continent and the Founding Fathers who erected a constitutional Republic. And it is my fervent witness that I happily share at this time.
I thank God for America! There’s nowhere else on earth like her. Her beauty is awe-inspiring, spanning splendid mountain ranges, effulgent forests, rugged deserts, extensive plains, rich farmland, teeming lakes and rivers, tropical islands, and artic expanses. Her achievements in technology, medicine, and science are unrivalled. She has raised more people farther out of poverty than any other nation has ever dreamed. Her People have been traditionally good, gracious, and godly. Her advancements in the art of government, science of law, and principles of Liberty are unmatched. And, significantly, God has planted His standard – His ensign to the nations – in America.
Lastly, I ask, what’s in a name? Most people believe that the name “America” comes from the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. This, however, is perhaps not the case. The true origin may be far more ancient and more significant. The name may actually derive from a name meaning “Kingdom of Heaven.” If true, it’s a fitting title for God’s Zion and New Jerusalem.
My heart is full of love for America. I love Lady Liberty. She’s beautiful to my sight, to my mind, and to my soul. I long for the day I can finally bring my wife and daughter to this special place to experience the spirit of destiny and divine purpose that possesses the nation from sea to shining sea. Immanuel’s land is the only place for me. I ask my Heavenly Father and His Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ, to preserve a righteous remnant here, to speedily establish Zion, and to let the New Jerusalem be built up and shine its light to the world. God bless America!
Self-defense is a God-given right. Self-defense is a natural right. And, in America, self-defense is a constitutional and legally-guaranteed right.
After the right of life, which necessarily must be considered the first and foundational right, the right to defend life and all the things that make it meaningful – such as Liberty and property – is the paramount right. All other rights rely upon the right of self-defense for their protection. None of our rights are secure without the individual’s prerogative to safeguard them.
Think of a few examples. Freedom of speech means little to nothing if you can’t defend yourself against those who would seek to silence or punish your speech. The right to own and use private property would be precarious at best without the right and means to defend said property against thieves and greedy tyrants. The right to worship as we please would be subject to the mob if we didn’t have a means of defending our beliefs. And the right of life, as noted, would be fragile without a means to preserve it. Choose almost any right that humans hold dear and you’ll see that its security, stability, and tenability depends heavily upon personal, private, and individual self-defense.
I’m bold to state that self-defense is the cardinal right we possess as humans. It is the pinnacle in our canon of Liberties. It is our paramount and premier right. It is the very lynchpin of Freedom.
The influential English statesman John Locke described the supreme importance of the right of self-defense. I quoted him at length in my article “The Natural Law of Self-Defense” and recommend you to read that piece for an enlarged understanding of these principles. But a few crucial lines bear repeating here:
“This makes it lawful for a man to kill a thief, who has not in the least hurt him, nor declared any design upon his life, any farther than, by the use of force, so to get him in his power, as to take away his money, or what he pleases, from him; because using force, where he has no right, to get me into his power, let his pretence be what it will, I have no reason to suppose, that he, who would take away my liberty, would not, when he had me in his power, take away every thing else. And therefore it is lawful for me to treat him as one who has put himself into a state of war with me, i.e. kill him if I can.
“. . . force, or a declared design of force, upon the person of another, where there is no common superior on earth to appeal to for relief, is the state of war: and it is the want of such an appeal gives a man the right of war even against an aggressor, tho’ he be in society and a fellow subject. Thus a thief, whom I cannot harm, but by appeal to the law, for having stolen all that I am worth, I may kill, when he sets on me to rob me but of my horse or coat; because the law, which was made for my preservation, where it cannot interpose to secure my life from present force, which, if lost, is capable of no reparation, permits me my own defence, and the right of war, a liberty to kill the aggressor, because the aggressor allows not time to appeal to our common judge, nor the decision of the law, for remedy in a case where the mischief may be irreparable. Want of a common judge with authority, puts all men in a state of nature: force without right, upon a man’s person, makes a state of war, both where there is, and is not, a common judge” (John Locke, Second Treatise on Government, Chapter 3, Sections 18-19).
Did you catch that? Self-defense is permissible in any situation where an appeal to the courts and law is not immediately available. In situations when force, “or a declared design of force,” is used against you, a state of war has begun and you have a logical right to use force to stop the threat – yes, even to kill the threat. When someone illicitly tries to “get [you] in his power,” you may lawfully prevent it by destroying the threat.
What if you’re merely being robbed? First of all, there’s nothing trivial about property theft or property damage. The death penalty has been the verdict for theft throughout much of history. Second of all, it doesn’t matter what the offense is; you may still kill the aggressor who is attempting to get you under his control or who is otherwise using, or threatening to use, force against you.
Consider it logically. You don’t know what an aggressor’s intentions are. You don’t know, when a masked man jumps out at you on a dark street at midnight, whether he wants to rob, rape, or murder you. You don’t know, when someone busts down your front door while you’re sitting on the couch with your family, what the home invader’s intentions are. You don’t know when mobs chase you and try to put their hands on you what they want. You are justified in reacting aggressively to counter the “design of force” which is evident against you in all of these cases.
Please note that I have yet to refer to firearms or the 2nd Amendment. Our right of self-defense doesn’t depend on the U.S. Constitution and it certainly has nothing whatsoever to do with guns. Let’s explore these truths a little.
At the outset, I said that self-defense is not only a constitutional right, but a natural and God-given right. What are “natural rights”? The term was routinely used by our Founding Fathers. Natural rights are those prerogatives inherent in every person at birth. They belong to the individual because of his or her humanity and for no other reason. Each person is therefore born with these “natural rights” and does not receive them from government, society, one’s family, one’s church, popular consensus, or any other source. If you were born, you have natural rights.
You may, in a sense, compare these natural rights, which are a part of natural law, with jungle law. In nature, lions, tigers, baboons, bears, bison, bees, etc., defend themselves, their territory, and their property (food, dens, nests, etc.). It’s not a societal convention – it’s hardwired in their natures. This is their most basic – and essential – right and idea. The only difference is that humans are even more important and valuable and have the seeds of godhood in them (Romans 8:16-17) by virtue of their Heavenly lineage (Psalm 82:6), thus giving them a greater prerogative to self-defense.
Samuel Adams gave one of the greatest explanations of natural rights. He said:
“Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; Secondly, to liberty; Thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can. These are evident branches of, rather than deductions from, the duty of self-preservation, commonly called the first law of nature. . . .
“When men enter into society, it is by voluntary consent; and they have a right to demand and insist upon the performance of such conditions and previous limitations as form an equitable original compact.
“Every natural right not expressly given up, or, from the nature of a social compact, necessarily ceded, remains.
“All positive and civil laws should conform, as far as possible, to the law of natural reason and equity. . . .
“The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. . . .
“In short, it is the greatest absurdity to suppose it in the power of one, or any number of men, at the entering into society, to renounce their essential natural rights, or the means of preserving those rights; when the grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defence of those very rights; the principal of which, as is before observed, are Life, Liberty, and Property. If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave” (Samuel Adams, The Rights of Colonists, 1772).
Natural rights pre-existed before governments came into being. According to Samuel Adams, it’s “the greatest absurdity” to think that we even have the ability to “renounce [our] essential rights.” We do not. We were created with them and they’re ours by birthright. It’s tantamount to slavery to give up our rights. And, please note, that self-defense is identified as one of our “essential natural rights.” Specifically, Samuel Adams said that it’s absurd to renounce “the means of preserving those rights” and that the very purpose is the “defence of those very rights.”
The Boston Independent Chronicle published an editorial in 1787 that linked self-defense with natural rights:
“It was absolutely necessary to carry arms for fear of pirates, &c. and . . . their arms were all stamped with peace, that they were never to be used but in case of hostile attack, that it was in the law of nature for every man to defend himself, and unlawful for any man to deprive him of those weapons of self defence” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer: A Citizen’s Guidebook to the History, Sources, and Authorities for the Constitutional Guarantee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, 118)
It was clear to the author of that statement that keeping arms was both “lawful” and “absolutely necessary.” It was also completely “unlawful” for anyone to take away private weapons. These weapons were to be kept to preserve peace, pursuant to the law of nature.
Finally, the early American statesman Henry St. George Tucker explained:
“The right of bearing arms – which with us is not limited and restrained by an arbitrary system of game laws as in England; but, is particularly enjoyed by every citizen, and is among his most valuable privileges, since it furnishes the means of resisting as a freeman ought, the inroads of usurpation” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer, 105).
Another time, he elaborated:
“Now the natural right of self defence is nothing more than the liberty which the law of nature allows us of defending ourselves from an attack which is made upon our persons or of taking such measures as may guard against any injuries we are likely to suffer from another. . .
“. . . [A]s the law of nature allows us to defend ourselves, and imposes no limit upon the right, the only limit we can impose is the necessity of the case. Whatever means are necessary must be lawful; for the rule is general, that where is a right is absolutely given, the mean to exercise it must also follow” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer, 105).
These are important clarifications. They explain that not only do individuals have a natural right of self-defense, but that it is unlimited and unlimitable. It is absolute. It is unimpeachable. If we have the right to defend ourselves, we must also have the absolute right to exercise it by any means. I’ve long argued that if Bob down the block thinks he needs a machine gun to defend his family, who am I to say no? If I feel I need hand grenades, what gives you the right to stop me?
If you have authority to limit my right of self-defense in any way, then you can argue that you have the right to restrict it totally. In most cases, our rights are not given with stipulations. Certainly, as was argued above, the right of self-defense must be unlimited, or “absolutely given,” or it can’t truly be said to exist. This is the weight of natural rights – the rights upheld by the Constitution and claimed by all humans at birth.
Now we move on to God-given rights. The concept relies upon one’s belief a higher power – a Creator. Those who acknowledge God’s creative power and authority also acknowledge that natural rights didn’t just pop into existence, but are part of God’s overarching Plan for mankind. Regardless of what you individually believe, Americans have collectively acknowledged God’s authority and in fact identify Him as the source of our natural rights. The Declaration of Independence clearly and firmly states that “all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
If you are a citizen of the United States, part of your political creed, canonized and codified and carrying the force of law, is the belief that humans are given their rights by God Almighty; including, specifically, life, Liberty, and the ability to work out their existence in happiness without interference. If you don’t believe this, I would say you’re not a true American and don’t belong here. At any rate, you repudiate the core of the Declaration of Independence and stand in defiance to the great men who created our Republic.
Alexander Hamilton made this strong statement regarding our rights:
“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power” (Alexander Hamilton, “The Farmer Refuted,” February 23, 1775).
It’s “self-evident,” as the Declaration says, that humans are endowed by God with their rights. It is the entire purpose of civil society and government to protect and secure these precious rights. But, in the ultimate sense, the power government has been delegated to protect rights comes from the individual who received his rights directly from his Creator.
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”
John Adams affirmed that American Independence was achieved by implying the principles of Christianity – that conviction in the minds of the People that Liberty is from the Lord. Said he:
“The general Principles, on which the Fathers Achieved Independence, were the only Principles in which, that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could Unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their Address, or by me in my Answer. And what were these general Principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all those Sects were United: And the general Principles of English and American Liberty, in which all those young Men United, and which had United all Parties in America, in Majorities Sufficient to assert and maintain her Independence.
“Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe, that those general Principles of Christianity, are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God: and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System” (John Adams to Thomas Jefferson, June 28, 1813).
The “only Principles” that united America in 1776 were the principles of Christianity. “Those principles of Liberty” that made America great were built on a foundation of the “general Principles of Christianity.” American Liberty and Christianity are therefore indissolubly linked, and the right of self-defense, therefore, comes from God Himself.
It may surprise some to know that the right of self-defense is written into the Bible and, therefore, constitutes one of those general principles of Christianity referred to. Exodus 22:2 states: “If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.” God clearly justified the killing of a thief, let alone an attacker, rapist, murderer, etc. But perhaps I’m getting off track. The point is that the noble men who founded America believed that rights come from God and stand above the power of government.
If rights are God-given – and I testify they absolutely are – it bears asking how He suggests we defend them. The Declaration of Independence says:
“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness . . . when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
What is being communicated here? Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and the rest of the fifty-six illustrious men who signed the Declaration proclaimed it to be a right and duty to take up arms to thwart those violating their rights. This includes the right and duty to rebel against and overthrow tyrannical or corrupt government. The means of doing this, of course, is the paramount right – self-defense.
St. George Tucker expounded on this right and duty when he said of the 2nd Amendment:
“This may be seen as the true palladium of liberty. The right of self defence is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction. In England, the people have been disarmed, generally under the specious pretext of preserving the game” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer, 104).
Autocrats and despots hate the right of self-defense and always move to ban it. They know that their tyrannical aspirations would be impossible to get away with in the face of an armed citizenry. In a real sense, they acknowledge the preeminent place of the right of self-defense by focusing their attacks on it.
Noah Webster agreed that self-defense is a remedy to oppression, stating:
“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer, 105-106).
Justice Joseph Story of the Supreme Court chimed in, bolstering the argument that individual citizens may bear arms for self-defense and protection against tyrants:
“The importance of this article will scarcely be doubted by any persons who have duly reflected upon this subject. The militia is the natural defense of a free country. . . . The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a Republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer, 107).
In his book Principles of Constitutional Law, Thomas M. Cooley debunked the erroneous idea that only “militias” can have guns:
“The right is general. It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia; but this would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent . . . The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer, 108).
Finally, John Adams simply said: “Arms in the hands of citizens [may] be used at individual discretion . . . in private self-defence” (Les Adams, The Second Amendment Primer, 98).
Is it reasonable, in the face of this evidence and logic, to assume government has any right to take guns or restrict them in any manner? Of course not! The American People may use arms to overthrow oppressive government and the individual citizen may use them to defend his person and property. We have at least three sources to appeal to for this reasoning: The Constitution of the United States, which is the supreme law of the land; the law of nature which belongs to each human by right and supersedes the dictates of government; and the laws of God which trump them all.
The reason I chose to write this article at this time is because of the ongoing Kyle Rittenhouse trial. As of the publication of this article, the jury is on day two of deliberation. Anyone who has bothered to watch the trial has witnessed the rampant lies, witness tampering, and evidence manipulation of the smarmy, bitter prosecutors. This case is one of the most clear-cut cases of self-defense I’ve ever seen. It should have never been brought to trial. The only reason Kyle Rittenhouse’s fate sits in the hands of some random people in his community is because of politics. More than an attack on him, this is an attack on the very idea of self-defense and Freedom.
Kyle Rittenhouse must be freed. He used his constitutional, natural, and God-given right to defend himself against pedophiles, felons, and armed attackers who chased him, threatened him, and sought to do him bodily harm. If Kyle was not justified in shooting his attackers, then no one truly has a right to self-defense. Kyle Rittenhouse is a hero and I consider people who think otherwise enemies of the Republic and Constitution.
The Second Amendment is a litmus test for a person’s true commitment or antagonism to Freedom. America became a nation – the greatest nation on earth – because her People believed God had explicitly endowed them with the right to defend themselves against oppression and to safeguard their Freedom by force if necessary. To abdicate their rights without a fight was to consent to slavery. To allow a criminal or aggressor to take your life without a fight is little more than suicide. To take the life of an attacker, by contrast, is justified by holy writ, natural law, and the U.S. Constitution.
The right to keep and bear arms – to possess and use them – in our own personal defense and in the defense of our national Freedom, is our paramount right. Without it, Liberty is a lie. Without it, criminality rules. Without it, all hope is gone.
Stand firm for your rights, fellow freeman. Draw a line in the sand. Hold that line. Don’t fear tyrannical laws, conniving despots, or traitorous enforcers. Be prepared to defend yourself, your family, and your country against criminals, predators, and oppressors at every level. At the end of the day, when we stand up for self-defense – both in a private and national capacity – we stand with George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the other heroes of the Revolution. May God grant us the strength to defend our most paramount right so that we may more easily defend all of His sacred endowments!
*This is installment number two of my Indispensable Men series. Click this link to read the first edition about George Washington*
Love him or hate him, John Adams is one of the great figures of American history. Few individuals have had the same sweeping influence during or after their lives as has the Colossus of Independence. From his humble beginnings in a small community of little consequence, sprang the man perhaps most responsible for the American War of Independence, the creator of the treaty to end that conflict, one of the architects of the Massachusetts constitution, the first vice president, the second president, and a stalwart citizen of the empire of Liberty. Join me as I pay tribute to this profoundly amazing man.
Born on October 30, 1735, John Adams entered life in Braintree, Massachusetts, a skip, hop, and a jump from the important city of Boston. John was the oldest of three children, which included two younger brothers. The three children’s names, John, Peter, and Elihu, tell us something about the family’s religious upbringing. Adams’ father, John Adams, Sr., was a deacon in the Congregational Church and, with his wife Susanna, raised his sons in the ways of God.
Susanna’s personality is described in one quick biographical sketch of Mr. Adams as “fiery.” This is probably where John got his own red-hot attitude from. Others have argued, however, that John Adams had a medical disorder that led to his classic temper. One intriguing article attributes his temper to bipolar disorder, listing a few examples of his passionate character:
“John Adams, the second U.S. president, was born with a proverbial chip on his shoulder. Contemporaries noted his frequent mood swings and behavior shifts. As a student, he suffered depressive episodes attributed to overwork. He abandoned early plans to study medicine, and instead went into law, disappointing his father, a Congregationalist deacon who wanted his son and namesake to enter the clergy.
“People-pleasing seemed not to be one of his priorities. As a young, ambitious lawyer, he took on the task of representing British Redcoats accused of murdering five Bostonians. His neighbors were furious with him, but Adams insisted everyone deserved a fair trial. He won his clients’ acquittal.
“In Philadelphia as a member of the Continental Congress, Adams argued passionately for independence from Britain. He was chastised by Benjamin Franklin for his bluntness, insulting other members for what he saw as their loyalty to the British crown. His temper alienated even those whose politics he admired.”
I personally dispute most of the conventional “wisdom” about so-called bipolar disorder. Whether Mr. Adams had it or not (or whether it even exists), is neither here nor there. The fact is, John was rather blunt and was known for his heated manner – a trait I can relate to on an intimate level.
As noted, Adams was raised as a Congregationalist. With his eye on the ministry (his father’s dream), Adams eventually attended Harvard University, for which he had earned a scholarship at age sixteen. Historian Richard Alan Ryerson commented that at the time Harvard’s “primary purpose was to educate future members of a learned ministry and an effective civil government.” Of Adams’ time at Harvard, Ryerson has recorded:
“As the son of a Braintree farmer, church deacon, and town selectman, Adams was ranked in the middle of his class and awarded a scholarship. As an undergraduate, he responded with enthusiasm to three opportunities not available in Braintree. He seriously engaged the College’s relatively liberal curriculum in theology, mathematics, and natural science; he made friends with students from different social classes, often those above his own; and he joined a speaking club where his performances so impressed his classmates that they suggested he would make a better lawyer than the minister his pious father desired. (He would become the only graduate in his class to hold a Hollis scholarship and not become a minister.)
“Harvard acknowledgments of Adams’s intellectual engagement came quickly. A speaking part at graduation in 1755 earned him his first job, as a teacher; he used his salary to pay for his legal studies. His use of the College library after graduation sustained him until he could build up his own impressive collection in legal and political history. And in his master’s thesis address in 1758, a rite of passage for most ambitious Harvard graduates, he defended a theme that would increase in significance for the rest of his life: that civil government was necessary for man.”
Though he chose not to go into the ministry, Adams carved out a legacy for himself here and in eternity. Mr. Adams distinguished himself in an age of distinguished men – men like Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and my own relative, a close associate of Adams, Caleb Strong. Though his station at birth did not foretell his meteoric rise to greatness, his talents and tenacity set him apart and gained him the recognition of the right people – the patriots and Liberty lovers who were instrumental in declaring and obtaining Independence and setting up a revolutionary new society.
John Adams’ pre-1776 life is interesting, but it’s not our focus today. It should be noted, however, that Adams’ ideas on Liberty, education, and social interactions was largely set during this time. An example of his intellectual prowess came in 1765 when Adams wrote A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law in opposition of the Stamp Act. In this gem, he laid down several principles which we can all benefit from reviewing and cherishing. I first quote from the fragmentary notes that did not make it into the final product. Regarding the future of Freedom, he stated:
“Liberty, that has been compelled to skulk about in Corners of the Earth, and been everlastingly persecuted by the great, the rich, the noble, the Reverend, the proud, the Lasey, the Ambitious, avaricious, and Revengeful, who have from the beginning constituted almost all the sons of Adam. Liberty, that complication of real Honour, Piety, Virtue Dignity, and Glory, which has never been enjoyd, in its full Perfection, by more than ten or twelve Millions of Men at any Time, since the Creation, will reign in America, over hundreds and Thousands of Millions at a Time.
“In future ages, when the Bones and sinews that now direct this Pen, shall become indistinguishable from the rest of Mother Earth, and perhaps incorporate into some Plant or other Animal, Man shall make his true Figure, upon this Continent, He shall make that great and happy Figure among Intellectual and sensible reigns that his great Creator intended he should in other Countries before his Ruin was effected by the Lust of Tyrants.”
One cannot help but recall his more famous lines written to his beloved wife Abigail at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence:
“I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
“You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. — I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. — Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.”
Now turning to the published Dissertation, Mr. Adams made this observation about the early European settlers in the New World:
“Let us read and recollect and impress upon our souls the views and ends of our own more immediate forefathers, in exchanging their native country for a dreary, inhospitable wilderness. Let us examine into the nature of that power, and the cruelty of that oppression, which drove them from their homes. Recollect their amazing fortitude, their bitter sufferings, — the hunger, the nakedness, the cold, which they patiently endured, — the severe labors of clearing their grounds, building their houses, raising their provisions, amidst dangers from wild beasts and savage men, before they had time or money or materials for commerce. Recollect the civil and religious principles and hopes and expectations which constantly supported and carried them through all hardships with patience and resignation. Let us recollect it was liberty, the hope of liberty for themselves and us and ours, which conquered all discouragements, dangers, and trials. In such researches as these, let us all in our several departments cheerfully engage, — but especially the proper patrons and supporters of law, learning, and religion!”
The bold spirit of the Puritan and Pilgram forefathers was certainly intertwined in Adams’ sinews. He lived and breathed Liberty and tirelessly promoted the Freedom of his countrymen from physical, mental, and spiritual bondage. It was this animating spirit that made Adams reflect late in life of his earlier labor for Liberty: “I was borne along by an irresistible sense of duty” (John Adams to Benjamin Rush, August 28, 1811).
In his Dissertation, Adams shared his high sentiments for mankind:
“Let the pulpit resound with the doctrines and sentiments of religious liberty. Let us hear the danger of thralldom to our consciences from ignorance, extreme poverty, and dependence, in short, from civil and political slavery. Let us see delineated before us the true map of man. Let us hear the dignity of his nature, and the noble rank he holds among the works of God, — that consenting to slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, as offensive in the sight of God as it is derogatory from our own honor or interest or happiness, — and that God Almighty has promulgated from heaven, liberty, peace, and good-will to man!”
When mankind’s dignity was trampled, such as when his rights were violated by overbearing government, Adams was quick to defend them. While he denounced abuses and arbitrary power, he was also quick to rebuke the violated for allowing themselves to be abused, such as when he said in the Dissertation:
“The true source of our sufferings has been our timidity.
“We have been afraid to think. We have felt a reluctance to examining into the grounds of our privileges, and the extent in which we have an indisputable right to demand them, against all the power and authority on earth. And many who have not scrupled to examine for themselves, have yet for certain prudent reasons been cautious and diffident of declaring the result of their inquiries.
“The cause of this timidity is perhaps hereditary, and to be traced back in history as far as the cruel treatment the first settlers of this country received, before their embarkation for America, from the government at home. Everybody knows how dangerous it was to speak or write in favor of any thing, in those days, but the triumphant system of religion and politics. And our fathers were particularly the objects of the persecutions and proscriptions of the times. It is not unlikely, therefore, that although they were inflexibly steady in refusing their positive assent to any thing against their principles, they might have contracted habits of reserve, and a cautious diffidence of asserting their opinions publicly. These habits they probably brought with them to America, and have transmitted down to us.”
Whether by heredity or from some other cause, Adams opposed servility and timidity. He therefore sounded the clarion call for his countrymen to rise from the dust and claim their dignified position as intelligent human beings and freemen. My favorite John Adams quote comes from the Dissertation. Adams proclaimed:
“Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. Let every order and degree among the people rouse their attention and animate their resolution. Let them all become attentive to the grounds and principles of government, ecclesiastical and civil. Let us study the law of nature; search into the spirit of the British constitution; read the histories of ancient ages; contemplate the great examples of Greece and Rome; set before us the conduct of our own British ancestors, who have defended for us the inherent rights of mankind against foreign and domestic tyrants and usurpers, against arbitrary kings and cruel priests, in short, against the gates of earth and hell. . . .
“In a word, let every sluice of knowledge be opened and set a-flowing.”
I want to repeat, emphasize, and underscore the second line: “Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” What a challenge! What a call to arms! What an amazing way to live life! I issue this same challenge to you, dear reader. Read more, especially “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Use the beautiful brain God gave you to lift yourself above the mundane and crass. Speak coherently for good, for right, for truth. And learn to use the written word to communicate noble ideas, useful knowledge, and empowering wisdom.
Mr. Adams spoke much about education. In his diary on November 14, 1760, Adams wrote: “A Pen is certainly an excellent Instrument, to fix a Mans Attention and to inflame his Ambition.” On July 7, 1761, Adams wrote again in his diary, saying:
“The English Constitution is founded, tis bottomed And grounded on the Knowledge and good sense of the People. The very Ground of our Liberties, is the freedom of Elections. Every Man has in Politicks as well as Religion, a Right to think and speak and Act for himself. No man either King or Subject, Clergyman or Layman has any Right to dictate to me the Person I shall choose for my Legislator and Ruler. I must judge for myself, but how can I judge, how can any Man judge, unless his Mind has been opened and enlarged by Reading. A Man who can read, will find in his Bible, in the common sermon Books that common People have by them and even in the Almanack and News Papers, Rules and observations, that will enlarge his Range of Thought, and enable him the better to judge who has and who has not that Integrity of Heart, and that Compass of Knowledge and Understanding, which form the Statesman.”
“LAWS for the liberal education of youth, especially of the lower class of people, are so extremely wise and useful, that to a humane and generous mind, no expence for this purpose would be thought extravagant. . . .
“. . . Two Things are indispensibly to be attended to—one is some Regulations for securing forever an equitable Choice of Representatives—another is the Education of Youth, both in Literature and Morals.”
Finally, in a letter to his wife, Mr. Adams observed:
“Human nature with all its infirmities and depravation is still capable of great things. It is capable of attaining to degrees of wisdom and of goodness, which, we have reason to believe, appear respectable in the estimation of superior intelligences. Education makes a greater difference between man and man, than nature has made between man and brute. The virtues and powers to which men may be trained, by early education and constant discipline, are truly sublime and astonishing. Newton and Locke are examples of the deep sagacity which may be acquired by long habits of thinking and study. Nay, your common mechanics and artisans are proofs of the wonderful dexterity acquired by use. . . .
“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to a excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.
“But their bodies must be hardened, as well as their souls exalted. Without strength and activity and vigor of body, the brightest mental excellencies will be eclipsed and obscured” (John Adams to Abigail Adams, October 29, 1775).
Adams was living proof that people from humble beginnings could, through their industry, ambition, and education, attain the heights of wisdom, goodness, and excellence befitting a son or daughter of God. I’ve often said that “education is the key.” And so it was for John Adams.
As profound as many of his observations on life and humanity were, Adams left his mark most manifestly on the politics of the world. America might not be America today had John Adams not been such a force in favor of Freedom. Though he pressed for reconciliation with Britain early on, seeking to avoid conflict and turmoil, he nevertheless threw himself into the fray as he witnessed repeated aggressions against the God-given rights of his countrymen by their tyrannical government.
In 1774, Adams was appointed to attend the First Continental Congress as a delegate for Massachusetts. In his autobiographical notes, Adams detailed a few things about his involvement in the Congress:
“The first Committee was instructed to prepare a Bill of Rights as it was called or a Declaration of the Rights of the Colonies: the second, a List of Infringements or Violations of those Rights. Congress was pleased to appoint me, on the first Committee, as the Member for Massachusetts . . . I was appointed on the Subcommittee, in which after going over the ground again, a Sett of Articles were drawn and debated one by one. After several days deliberation, We agreed upon all the Articles excepting one, and that was the Authority of Parliament, which was indeed the Essence of the whole Controversy. Some were for a flatt denyal of all Authority: others for denying the Power of Taxation only. Some for denying internal but admitting [ex]ternal Taxation. After a multitude of Motions had [been] made, discussed [and] negatived, it seems as if We should never agree upon any Thing. Mr. John Rutledge of South Carolina, one of the Committee, addressing himself to me, was pleased to say “Adams We must agree upon Something: You appear to be as familiar with the Subject as any of Us, and I like your Expressions the necessity of the Case and excluding all Ideas of Taxation external and internal. I have a great Opinion of that same Idea of the Necessity of the Case and I am determined against all taxation for revenue. Come take the Pen and see if you cant produce something that will unite Us.” Some others of the Committee seconding Mr. Rutledge, I took a sheet of paper and drew up an Article. When it was read I believe not one of the Committee were fully satisfied with it, but they all soon acknowledged that there was no hope of hitting on any thing, in which We could all agree with more Satisfaction. All therefore agreed to this, and upon this depended the Union of the Colonies . . . I was appointed to put them into form and report a fair Draught for their final Acceptance. This was done and they were finally accepted.”
Adams’ subcommittee draft was incorporated into the final committee draft, which influenced an important document published by Congress in October of 1774. It should be remembered that the Congress had convened to oppose four tyrannical laws passed by Parliament against Massachusetts, collectively called the Coercive Acts or Intolerable Acts. The “Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress,” otherwise known at the time as “The Bill of Rights; a List of Grievances,” was Congress’s response to British oppression. As the latter name suggests, the “Declaration” listed various grievances and rights. Many of Adams’ thoughts found their way into the final product, which in part read:
“Whereupon the deputies so appointed being now assembled, in a full and free representation of these colonies, taking into their most serious consideration, the best means of attaining the ends aforesaid, do, in the first place, as Englishmen, their ancestors in like cases have usually done, for asserting and vindicating their rights and liberties, DECLARE,
“That the inhabitants of the English colonies in North-America, by the immutable laws of nature, the principles of the English constitution, and the several charters or compacts, have the following RIGHTS:
“Resolved, N.C.D. 1. That they are entitled to life, liberty and property: and they have never ceded to any foreign power whatever, a right to dispose of either without their consent.
“Resolved, N.C.D. 2. That our ancestors, who first settled these colonies, were at the time of their emigration from the mother country, entitled to all the rights, liberties, and immunities of free and natural- born subjects, within the realm of England.
“Resolved, N.C.D. 3. That by such emigration they by no means forfeited, surrendered, or lost any of those rights, but that they were, and their descendants now are, entitled to the exercise and enjoyment of all such of them, as their local and other circumstances enable them to exercise and enjoy.
“Resolved, 4. That the foundation of English liberty, and of all free government, is a right in the people to participate in their legislative council.”
The same document later stated:
“All and each of which the aforesaid deputies, in behalf of themselves, and their constituents, do claim, demand, and insist on, as their indubitable rights and liberties, which cannot be legally taken from them, altered or abridged by any power whatever, without their own consent, by their representatives in their several provincial legislature.
“In the course of our inquiry, we find many infringements and violations of the foregoing rights, which, from an ardent desire, that harmony and mutual intercourse of affection and interest may be restored, we pass over for the present, and proceed to state such acts and measures as have been adopted since the last war, which demonstrate a system formed to enslave America. . . .
“To these grievous acts and measures, Americans cannot submit.”
He may not have written the final draft, but Adams’ expressions and thoughts are scattered throughout. He did not tamely submit to an oppressive Parliament or out-of-control king. He was the loudest voice for Liberty and Independence anywhere in the colonies. His rousing voice became amplified scarcely a year later when he set in motion another more profound Declaration.
In May of 1775, Adams attended the Second Continental Congress. This is where he sealed his legacy for all time. It was Adams who pressed for the formation of the Continental Army commanded by General George Washington. It was Adams who urged Independence and harangued his colleagues until they allowed him to put together a committee for the purpose of writing a proposed Declaration of Independence. It was Adams who insisted that Thomas Jefferson compose that immortal document.
Just prior to Congress meeting for the second time, the shot heard ‘round the world took place. The Battle of Lexington and Concord occurred on April 19, 1775 as the British Redcoats attempted to confiscate firearms and arrest patriot leaders like Samuel Adams. Some said the American militiamen fired first, others said the British did. The Congress attempted to ascertain the truth and ultimately acquitted the militia of wrongdoing. John Adams, however, didn’t care who fired first – the incident proved there was no longer any recourse to words and peace proposals. In his refreshingly blunt manner, he said:
“A great Solicitude appeared in Congress to ascertain by Oaths Affidavits and Depositions, which fired first. I was thought to aim at Independence, because I declared in Congress that I did not care a Farthing about this Question. Since it was become apparent that a War was inevitable, it was of no moment which commenced Hostilities, for Hostilities alone could decide the Controversy between the two Countries. Yet certainly, the were better Politicians than I because they studied and laboured to have appearances on their Side” (John Adams to Benjamin Rush, June 21, 1811).
And, so, Mr. Adams put on a full-court press for Independence, the appearances and formalities be damned. That is the type of patriot we need today – the kind who cares far more about what is right than what appears so, what is best for the country than what is claimed to be best. War had already begun, why should any American then deny it? Why attempt reconciliation after the enemy had drawn first blood and was openly pouring troops into the country for the purpose of oppressing you?
Years after the Congress and the successful War for Independence, the famed Daniel Webster fictionalized a speech that was intended to capture the spirit of John Adams’ patriotism at the Congress. The superb speech reads:
“Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and my heart to this vote [for Independence]. It is true, indeed, that in the beginning we aimed not at independence. But there’s a Divinity which shapes our ends. The injustice of England has driven us to arms; and, blinded to her own interest for our good, she has obstinately persisted, till independence is now within our grasp. We have but to reach forth to it, and it is ours. Why, then, should we defer the Declaration? Is any man so weak as now to hope for a reconciliation with England, which shall leave either safety to the country and its liberties, or safety to his own life and his own honor? Are not you, sir, who sit in that chair, is not he, our venerable colleague, near you, are you not both already the proscribed and predestined objects of punishment and of vengeance? Cut off from all hope of royal clemency, what are you, what can you be, while the power of England remains, but outlaws? If we postpone independence, do we mean to carry on, or to give up, the war? Do we mean to submit to the measures of Parliament, Boston Port Bill and all? Do we mean to submit, and consent that we ourselves shall be ground to powder, and our country and its rights trodden down in the dust? I know we do not mean to submit. We never shall submit. Do we intend to violate that most solemn obligation ever entered into by men, that plighting, before God, of our sacred honor to Washington, when, putting him forth to incur the dangers of war, as well as the political hazards of the times, we promised to adhere to him, in every extremity, with our fortunes and our lives? I know there is not a man here, who would not rather see a general conflagration sweep over the land, or an earthquake sink it, than one jot or tittle of that plighted faith fall to the ground. For myself, having, twelve months ago, in this place, moved you, that George Washington be appointed commander of the forces raised, or to be raised, for defence of American liberty, may my right hand forget her cunning, and my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I hesitate or waver in the support I give him.
“The war, then, must go on. We must fight it through. And if the war must go on, why put off longer the Declaration of Independence? That measure will strengthen us. It will give us character abroad. The nations will then treat with us, which they never can do while we acknowledge ourselves subjects, in arms against our sovereign. Nay, I maintain that England herself will sooner treat for peace with us on the footing of independence, than consent, by repealing her acts, to acknowledge that her whole conduct towards us has been a course of injustice and oppression. Her pride will be less wounded by submitting to that course of things which now predestinates our independence, than by yielding the points in controversy to her rebellious subjects. The former she would regard as the result of fortune; the latter she would feel as her own deep disgrace. Why, then, why then, sir, do we not as soon as possible change this from a civil to a national war? And since we must fight it through, why not put ourselves in a state to enjoy all the benefits of victory, if we gain the victory?
“If we fail, it can be no worse for us. But we shall not fail. The cause will raise up armies; the cause will create navies. The people, the people, if we are true to them, will carry us, and will carry themselves, gloriously, through this struggle. I care not how fickle other people have been found. I know the people of these Colonies, and I know that resistance to British aggression is deep and settled in their hearts and cannot be eradicated. Every Colony, indeed, has expressed its willingness to follow, if we but take the lead. Sir, the Declaration will inspire the people with increased courage. Instead of a long and bloody war for the restoration of privileges, for redress of grievances, for chartered immunities, held under a British king, set before them the glorious object of entire independence, and it will breathe into them anew the breath of life. Read this Declaration at the head of the army; every sword will be drawn from its scabbard, and the solemn vow uttered, to maintain it, or to perish on the bed of honor. Publish it from the pulpit; religion will approve it, and the love of religious liberty will cling round it, resolved to stand with it, or fall with it. Send it to the public halls; proclaim it there; let them hear it who heard the first roar of the enemy’s cannon; let them see it who saw their brothers and their sons fall on the field of Bunker Hill, and in the streets of Lexington and Concord, and the very walls will cry out in its support.
“Sir, I know the uncertainty of human affairs, but I see, I see clearly, through this day’s business. You and I, indeed, may rue it. We may not live to the time when this Declaration shall be made good. We may die; die colonists; die slaves; die, it may be, ignominiously and on the scaffold. Be it so. Be it so. If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready, at the appointed hour of sacrifice, come when that hour may. But while I do live, let me have a country, or at least the hope of a country, and that a free country.
“But whatever may be our fate, be assured, be assured that this Declaration will stand. It may cost treasure, and it may cost blood; but it will stand, and it will richly compensate for both. Through the thick gloom of the present, I see the brightness of the future, as the sun in heaven. We shall make this a glorious, an immortal day. When we are in our graves, our children will honor it. They will celebrate it with thanksgiving, with festivity, with bonfires, and illuminations. On its annual return they will shed tears, copious, gushing tears, not of subjection and slavery, not of agony and distress, but of exultation, of gratitude, and of joy. Sir, before God, I believe the hour is come. My judgment approves this measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it; and I leave off as I begun, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration. It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, Independence, now, and INDEPENDENCE FOREVER” (Daniel Webster, A Discourse in Commemoration of the Lives and Services of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson).
Mr. Adams may have not uttered these immortal words exactly, but he no doubt agreed with the sentiments. He was, after all, the “Colossus of Independence.” He was the man most responsible for pushing for Independence. Through his instrumentality, a committee of brilliant men including himself, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston, drafted the Declaration of Independence. And it was he who uttered the words “Independence forever” when asked to give a toast on the final Independence Day of his life.
After pushing America to war, John Adams performed many remarkable acts for his country, including writing the constitution for Massachusetts, serving briefly as ambassador to France alongside Benjamin Franklin, serving as ambassador to England, concluding the Treaty of Paris which ended the War for Independence, serving as the first vice-president under George Washington for eight years, serving as the nation’s second commander-in-chief, and being credited as the father of the U.S. Navy. Any one of these feats could be, and is, the subject of a book. I choose to focus on two.
In 1780, John Adams, in conjunction with my own relative Caleb Strong who was an extraordinary man who attended the Constitutional Convention and served as the first senator from his state as well as its governor for eleven years, drafted the constitution for Massachusetts. I quote from a government source:
“The 1780 Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, drafted by John Adams, is the world’s oldest functioning written constitution. It served as a model for the United States Constitution, which was written in 1787 and became effective in 1789. . . .
“The Massachusetts Constitution contains three parts: a Preamble, Part the First: A Declaration of the Rights of the Inhabitants of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Part the Second: The Frame of Government. . . .
“The Declaration of Rights, which was in part derived from the Bill of Rights in several other state constitutions, sets forth many individual rights which would later be included in the federal Bill of Rights. John Adams considered individual rights so integral to the formation of government that the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights precedes the Frame of Government. (Contrast this with the United States Constitution which sets forth a frame of government, to which the Bill of Rights was added two years later, after prolonged debate.) The Declaration of Rights includes prohibitions against unreasonable searches and seizure, ex post facto laws, and the public taking of private property without just compensation. Protected rights include freedom of the press, the right to petition the government, right to trial by jury, and freedom of worship.
“The Declaration of Rights also established an independent judiciary. Adams knew that a free people and a stable government required judges “as free, impartial and independent as the lot of humanity will admit,” who serve “as long as they behave themselves well” and whose salaries are “established by standing laws.” Article XXIX brings to fruition arguments made by Adams in Thoughts on Government and in a series of argumentative essays written in 1773 between Adams and loyalist General William Brattle. In those essays, Adams contended that colonial judges, who served at the pleasure of the Crown, were “far from independent.”
“The Declaration of Rights concludes with an inspiring commitment to the creation of a balanced government of separate powers: a government of laws, not men:
“In the government of the commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them; the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them; the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them; to the end that it may be a government of laws, and not of men. (Article XXX). . . .
“The Frame of Government establishes a government of separate powers comprised of three branches: an executive, a bicameral legislature, and an independent judiciary. The structural framework adopted in Massachusetts is identical to that adopted in the United States Constitution.”
No, Mr. Adams was not physically present at the Constitutional Convention because he was in Europe performing other duties for his country, but his contributions were felt because of his work on own his state’s constitution. Many of his ideas were incorporated directly into the federal Constitution and, later, Bill of Rights. John Adams was such a strong proponent of a Bill of Rights, both in Massachusetts and nationally, because he believed people couldn’t be trusted with power. Government, he believed, always endangered Liberty and therefore needed to be restrained and limited. In 1772, he wrote in his diary:
“Liberty, under every conceivable Form of Government is always in Danger. It is so even under a simple, or perfect Democracy, more so under a mixed Government, like the Republic of Rome, and still more so under a limited Monarchy.
“Ambition is one of the more ungovernable Passions of the human Heart. The Love of Power, is insatiable and uncontroulable. . . .
“There is Danger from all Men. The only Maxim of a free Government, ought to be to trust no Man living, with Power to endanger the public Liberty.”
Such an amazing accomplishment as urging a Bill of Rights or writing a state constitution is more than most people will ever realize in their lives, and, yet, it was only one of many astounding feats in the life of this exemplary man.
The next thing I wish to consider is Adams’ presidency. Usually not ranked among the best in public opinion polls or by so-called “experts,” I contend that Adams’ administration was actually one of the best we’ve ever had. People fault him most heavily for the Alien and Sedition Acts. Many of his contemporaries, including my hero Thomas Jefferson, and the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, heatedly opposed these measures. I’ve criticized them in the past, too. But today I want to offer a different perspective.
While heavy-handed, the Alien and Sedition Acts were designed to meet a very specific, and credible, threat: Jacobinism. If you know your history, you know that Jacobinism was the driving force behind the debauchery, chaos, and mass slaughter of the French Revolution. And, if you’ve ever peered beyond what the average history books tells you, you know that Jacobinism was inspired and promoted by the Order of Illuminati. This isn’t a conspiracy theory; it’s conspiracy fact.
In her book The French Revolution: A Study in Democracy, the writer Nesta Webster recounted the origin of Jacobinism:
“A further development of German Freemasonry was the Order of the Illuminati founded in 1776 by Dr. Adam Weishaupt, a professor of the University of Ingoldstadt in Bavaria. Weishaupt, who had been educated by the Jesuits, succeeded in persuading two other ex- Jesuits to join him in organizing the new Order, and it was no doubt this circumstance that gave rise to the belief entertained by certain contemporaries that the Jesuits were the secret directors of the sect. The truth is more probably that, as both Mirabeau and the Marquis de Luchet, in their pamphlets on the Illuminati, asserted, Illuminism was founded on the regime of the Jesuits, although their religious doctrines were diametrically opposed. Weishaupt, whom M. Louis Blanc de- scribed as “one of the deepest conspirators that ever existed,” had adopted the name of Spartacus — the leader of an insurrection of slaves in ancient Rome — and he aimed at nothing less than world revolution. Thus the Order of the Illuminati “abjured Christianity, advocated sensual pleasures, believed in annihilation, and called patriotism and loyalty narrow-minded prejudices incompatible with universal benevolence”; further, “they accounted all princes usurpers and tyrants, and all privileged orders as their abettors ; they meant to abolish the laws which protected property accumulated by long-continued and successful industry ; and to prevent for the future any such accumulation, they intended to establish universal liberty and equality, the imprescriptible rights of man, and as preparation for all this they intended to root out all religion and ordinary morality, and even to break the bonds of domestic life, by destroying the veneration for marriage-vows, and by taking the education of children out of the hands of the parents.”
“These were precisely the principles followed by the Subversives of France in 1793 and 1794, and the method by which this project was carried out is directly traceable to Weishaupt’s influence. . . .
“. . . The lodges of the German Freemasons and Illuminati were thus the source whence emanated all those anarchic schemes that culminated in the Terror, and it was at a great meeting of the Freemasons in Frankfurt-am-Main, three years before the French Revolution began, that the deaths of Louis XVI. and Gustavus III. of Sweden were first planned” (Nesta H. Webster, The French Revolution: A Study in Democracy, 20-21).
This French Terror, then, had its origin in Illuminism. You’ll never read this in a standard history textbook, but it’s the truth. Many American Founders at the time knew the threat of both Jacobinism and Illuminism, such as George Washington. President John Adams was another who understood Jacobinism. He knew that the Jacobins had sent their representatives to America during President George Washington’s administration and that they had threatened to kill President Washington, had attempted to rile up mobs, and would likely have succeeded in overthrowing the government had not a miraculous pandemic of Yellow Fever swept through the capital.
Because of the very real threat of Jacobinism-Illuminism domestically and a war with Jacobin-controlled France, called the Quasi-War, President Adams felt compelled to sign the Alien and Sedition Acts. While the Acts themselves are repugnant because they stifle free speech and grant government power not delegated in the Constitution, we can perhaps give President Adams some leeway when we realize the country was threatened with a Jacobin-Illuminati insurrection.
Knowing more now about the serious Illuminati threat to the country at the time, I’ve personally repented, to a large extent, of condemning Mr. Adams in my earlier life for passing the Acts. That said, I also don’t fully support them and I readily admit how dangerous they could be in the wrong hands. I also support and endorse the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions, written by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison respectively, which were produced as a direct result of the Acts.
Despite the turmoil surrounding the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Adams’ administration was favorable. He successfully kept us out of full-blown war with France. He built up the U.S. Navy and established the Department of the Navy. Adams’ Navy – the frigate Constellation specifically – even scored nice victories over French ships in 1799 and 1800. President Adams established the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C., was formally made the federal capital. And, a fact often overlooked despite its significance, his was the first administration to peacefully hand over power to an opposing faction after he lost his second election to Thomas Jefferson.
This final fact is important. John Adams had previously expressed his fear about the country dividing. He said:
“There is nothing I dread So much, as a Division of the Republick into two great Parties, each arranged under its Leader, and concerting Measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble Apprehension is to be dreaded as the greatest political Evil, under our Constitution” (John Adams to Jonathan Jackson, October 2, 1780).
It is therefore of no small significance that Mr. Adams graciously bowed out of public life and allowed the Jeffersonians to take over. Through such mechanisms, he assumed the Union could be preserved along with peace and a chance for Liberty to flourish.
I leave off talking about Adams’ presidency with several powerful lines from the man’s Inaugural Address. He particularly praised the Constitution and launched into a list of things he appreciated about his country:
“I first saw the Constitution of the United States in a foreign country. Irritated by no literary altercation, animated by no public debate, heated by no party animosity, I read it with great satisfaction, as the result of good heads prompted by good hearts, as an experiment better adapted to the genius, character, situation, and relations of this nation and country than any which had ever been proposed or suggested. In its general principles and great outlines it was conformable to such a system of government as I had ever most esteemed, and in some States, my own native State in particular, had contributed to establish. Claiming a right of suffrage, in common with my fellow-citizens, in the adoption or rejection of a constitution which was to rule me and my posterity, as well as them and theirs, I did not hesitate to express my approbation of it on all occasions, in public and in private. . . .
“. . . if a preference, upon principle, of a free republican government, formed upon long and serious reflection, after a diligent and impartial inquiry after truth; if an attachment to the Constitution of the United States, and a conscientious determination to support it until it shall be altered by the judgments and wishes of the people, expressed in the mode prescribed in it; if a respectful attention to the constitutions of the individual States and a constant caution and delicacy toward the State governments; if an equal and impartial regard to the rights, interest, honor, and happiness of all the States in the Union, without preference or regard to a northern or southern, an eastern or western, position, their various political opinions on unessential points or their personal attachments; if a love of virtuous men of all parties and denominations; if a love of science and letters and a wish to patronize every rational effort to encourage schools, colleges, universities, academies, and every institution for propagating knowledge, virtue, and religion among all classes of the people, not only for their benign influence on the happiness of life in all its stages and classes, and of society in all its forms, but as the only means of preserving our Constitution from its natural enemies, the spirit of sophistry, the spirit of party, the spirit of intrigue, the profligacy of corruption, and the pestilence of foreign influence, which is the angel of destruction to elective governments; if a love of equal laws, of justice, and humanity in the interior administration; if an inclination to improve agriculture, commerce, and manufacturers for necessity, convenience, and defense; if a spirit of equity and humanity toward the aboriginal nations of America, and a disposition to meliorate their condition by inclining them to be more friendly to us, and our citizens to be more friendly to them; if an inflexible determination to maintain peace and inviolable faith with all nations, and that system of neutrality and impartiality among the belligerent powers of Europe which has been adopted by this Government and so solemnly sanctioned by both Houses of Congress and applauded by the legislatures of the States and the public opinion, until it shall be otherwise ordained by Congress; if a personal esteem for the French nation, formed in a residence of seven years chiefly among them, and a sincere desire to preserve the friendship which has been so much for the honor and interest of both nations; if, while the conscious honor and integrity of the people of America and the internal sentiment of their own power and energies must be preserved, an earnest endeavor to investigate every just cause and remove every colorable pretense of complaint; if an intention to pursue by amicable negotiation a reparation for the injuries that have been committed on the commerce of our fellow-citizens by whatever nation, and if success can not be obtained, to lay the facts before the Legislature, that they may consider what further measures the honor and interest of the Government and its constituents demand; if a resolution to do justice as far as may depend upon me, at all times and to all nations, and maintain peace, friendship, and benevolence with all the world; if an unshaken confidence in the honor, spirit, and resources of the American people, on which I have so often hazarded my all and never been deceived; if elevated ideas of the high destinies of this country and of my own duties toward it, founded on a knowledge of the moral principles and intellectual improvements of the people deeply engraven on my mind in early life, and not obscured but exalted by experience and age; and, with humble reverence, I feel it to be my duty to add, if a veneration for the religion of a people who profess and call themselves Christians, and a fixed resolution to consider a decent respect for Christianity among the best recommendations for the public service, can enable me in any degree to comply with your wishes, it shall be my strenuous endeavor that this sagacious injunction of the two Houses shall not be without effect.
“With this great example before me, with the sense and spirit, the faith and honor, the duty and interest, of the same American people pledged to support the Constitution of the United States, I entertain no doubt of its continuance in all its energy, and my mind is prepared without hesitation to lay myself under the most solemn obligations to support it to the utmost of my power.
“And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.”
The last of Mr. Adams’ commendable contributions I wish to mention were his continued petitions for his countrymen to turn to God and be virtuous. All the Founding Fathers knew and repeatedly acknowledged that the American People wouldn’t retain its Freedom for long without high public and private morality and authentic Christian religion. John Adams made several important statements on this topic, which I now quote, starting with the most famous:
“We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled by morality and Religion. Avarice, Ambition, Revenge or Galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution as a Whale goes through a Net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other” (John Adams to the Massachusetts Militia, October, 11, 1798).
“The Form of Government, which you admire, when its Principles are pure, is admirable indeed. It is productive of every Thing, which is great and excellent among Men. But its Principles are as easily destroyed, as human Nature is corrupted. Such a Government is only to be supported by pure Religion, or Austere Morals. Public Virtue cannot exist in a Nation without private, and public Virtue is the only Foundation of Republics. There must be a possitive Passion for the public good, the public Interest, Honour, Power, and Glory, established in the Minds of the People, or there can be no Republican Government, nor any real Liberty. And this public Passion must be Superiour to all private Passions. Men must be ready, they must pride themselves, and be happy to sacrifice their private Pleasures, Passions, and Interests, nay their private Friendships and dearest Connections, when they Stand in Competition with the Rights of society” (John Adams to Mercy Otis Warren, April 16, 1776).
“All sober enquiries after truth, ancient and modern, Pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity consists in virtue. Confucius, Zoroaster, Socrates, Mahomet, not to mention authorities really sacred, have agreed in this.
“If there is a form of government then, whose principle and foundation is virtue, will not every sober man acknowledge it better calculated to promote the general happiness than any other form?
“Fear is the foundation of most governments; but is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men, in whose breasts it predominates, so stupid, and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.
“Honor is truly sacred, but holds a lower rank in the scale of moral excellence than virtue. Indeed the former is but a part of the latter, and consequently has not equal pretensions to support a frame of government productive of human happiness.
“The foundation of every government is some principle or passion in the minds of the people. The noblest principles and most generous affections in our nature then, have the fairest chance to support the noblest and most generous models of government” (John Adams, Thoughts on Government).
And, finally, my favorite Adams statement on virtue in society:
“Statesmen my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a greater Measure, than they have it now, They may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty.—They will only exchange Tyrants and Tyrannies” (John Adams to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776).
Had John Adams given us nothing more except these brief excerpts encouraging morality and faith as the strongest supports of civil society, his name would have been worth remembering. But he gave us these and so much more.
Mr. Adams was correct when he said that the Constitution is only operable when the American People are righteous. In fact, if you read The Anti-Federalist papers, some of America’s luminaries like Patrick Henry originally opposed the Constitution precisely because, they argued, it depended totally upon a moral and upright citizenry. They didn’t trust highly enough in the virtue of the public. John Adams also didn’t think too highly of the People’s ability to be fully just, yet he did his best to make sure they knew that unless they toed the Lord’s line and walked up to His laws and preserved the spirit of virtue among them, they would collapse into tyranny.
John Adams was a personal paragon of goodness, virtue, and patriotism. He ranks among the noblest and most profound individuals who ever lived in America or, frankly, anywhere on earth at any time in her history. Mr. Adams was and is the Colossus of Independence. Whatever faults he may have had, he loved his God, loved his country, loved his fellow freemen, loved his wife, and fought his entire life for the cause of justice and Liberty and for the advancement of his nation. What more can one ask for? May God forever let the names of John Adams reverberate through the corridors of time in immortal glory!
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There’s an old, corny song that some in this audience may remember, but which most people don’t know, titled “Zero Population.” It comes from the soundtrack of the movie “Saturday’s Warrior.” In the song, a group of punk youngsters sing about how the world is too overpopulated and humans shouldn’t reproduce. The Elite’s real “zero population” scheme is what I want to speak about today.
The loaded lyrics of “Zero Population” mimic the talking points of the Marxists and their dupes. Read them for yourself:
“Every day the world is getting smaller by far, Bursting at the seams. What can we do? Zero population is the answer, my friend. Without it, the rest of us are doomed.
“Who can survive? Who can survive? Not one of us will be alive. Who can be strong? Who can be strong When every inch is gone? Who can survive? Who can survive? Not one of us will be alive. Who can be strong? Who can be strong When Mother Earth is gone…?
“Every day the food supply is shrinking away, With starvation at your door. What can we do? Ooh, licensing the children is the answer, my friend. Without it, the rest of us are through.
“Who can survive? Who can survive? Not one of us will be alive. Who can be strong? Who can be strong When all the food is gone? Who can survive? Who can survive? Not one of us will be alive. Who can be strong? Who can be strong When every crumb is gone…?
“Tragedy, the oil is depleting away. Every baby makes it last a shorter time. Legalized abortion is the answer, my friend. Without it, there is no peace of mind.
“Who can survive? Who can survive? Not one of us will be alive. Who can be strong? Who can be strong When all the oil is gone? Who can survive? Who can survive? Not one of us will be alive? Who will be strong? Who will be strong When energy is gone?
“Zero population is the answer, my friend! Without it, the rest of us are doomed….!”
It’s chilling that anyone thinks this way, but, tragically, millions do. This anti-human attitude is reflected in the media, Hollywood, textbooks, literature, etc. You’ve no doubt heard of the mysterious George Guidestones. These pagan-looking stones have ten instructions for mankind written in twelve world languages, which propose:
“1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature. 2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity. 3. Unite humanity with a living new language. 4. Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason. 5. Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts. 6. Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court. 7. Avoid petty laws and useless officials. 8. Balance personal rights with social duties. 9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite. 10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.”
To whoever created the Guidestones, humans are “a cancer on the earth.” We should be limited to a population to 500 million, which would require us to kill off over seven billion humans. This small band of survivors would live under a world system where reproduction is “guided,” or planned. If your faith promotes something different, such as the command to multiply and replenish the earth, tough! In the end, you’re just a cancer and “nature” must prevail.
This is the vitriolic, anti-human attitude demonstrated by the Elite’s “Zero Population” plot. And make no mistake, this isn’t a fringe idea, but a foregone conclusion to our transhumanist overlords. It operates on several ideas that are not only wrong, but evil. First, it holds a belief in Darwinian evolution – the idea that man is nothing but an animal with no soul and no purpose. Second, that the earth’s resources are finite and can’t sustain a large population. And, third, that the earth is overpopulated as it is.
Evolution has been debunked by every credible and honest scientist. It takes far more faith to believe in Darwinism – in the idea that some “big bang” just popped everything into existence and that, by a freak accident, over billions of years, intelligent humans somehow created themselves – than to believe in intelligent design. A false belief in evolution is the gateway drug to a belief in Satan’s depopulation schemes of mass death.
The idea that the earth’s resources are finite is also hokum and unsupported by real science. For instance, did you know that many of the oil deposits that we once thought were depleted have magically filled back up? The media won’t tell you that, but it’s true. Look it up. The media also won’t talk about greed and evil deliberately restricting resources instead of sharing. The world could be clothed and fed quite nicely if the resources we already have were voluntarily shared. And the media certainly never quotes the Savior Jesus Christ’s words in Matthew 7:8-11 regarding our Heavenly Father’s tender watch-care over His children. No, mankind isn’t in danger of running out of resources if it simply keeps its faith in God and acts benevolently one towards another.
Overpopulation is also a malicious myth. Overcrowding is very real – cities are hellholes, get out of them if you care about your family’s safety. But there’s no overpopulation on planet earth as a whole. The earth has enough and to spare – both of resources and space. I’ll simply refer you to the wonderful resources on the following website: https://overpopulationisamyth.com/
In spite of the evidence, the ruling Elite believe that humanity is a disease and that we need to be culled in order to save the planet, protect resources, and provide a manageable population for a utopian future. I want to quote a random smattering of statements from sinister people of various walks of life. You’ll see that they all agree that humans are cancer and that the world’s population must be lowered and controlled by any means necessary. You’ll also see that the views expressed in “Zero Population” were not fiction, but a true look into the minds of the monsters who make themselves out to be our masters.
First, Prince Philip infamously said in 1988: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.” Can you imagine thinking like that? How dark does your soul have to be to wish you were a virus that could exterminate countless millions of your fellow human beings?!
In a 1996 interview, Ted Turner – the founder of CNN and a big-time supporter of U.N. population control initiatives – said: “A total world population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal” (Mark Dice, The New World Order: Facts and Fiction, 127). Pray tell, how does Turner envision reducing humanity by 95% if not by mass genocide or population control?
Mark Dice recorded a story about a Texas professor, Dr. Eric Pianka, who advocated disease as the best way to reduce earth’s population to 10% of its current number, which was necessary, he said, to “save” the planet:
“After Dr. Pianka told the audience that there were too many people on the earth and listing all the evils of humanity, [Forrest] Mims wrote that Pianka stated, “the only feasible solution to saving the Earth is to reduce the population to 10 percent of the present number . . . He then showed solutions for reducing the world’s population in the form of a slide depicting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. War and famine would not do, he explained. Instead, disease offered the most efficient and fastest way to kill the billions that must soon die if the population crisis is to be solved.”
“He then explains that Prianka displayed a slide showing rows of human skulls and says he was deeply disturbed, not only by Prianka’s speech, but because he “watched in amazement as a few hundreds of the Texas Academy of Science rose to their feet and gave a standing ovation to a speech that enthusiastically advocated the elimination of 90 percent of Earth’s population by airborne Ebola”” (Mark Dice, The New World Order: Facts and Fiction, 128).
Establishment “comedian,” Bill Maher, has also promoted genocide, saying:
“I’m pro-choice, I’m for assisted suicide, I’m for regular suicide, I’m for whatever gets the freeway moving – that’s what I’m for. It’s too crowded, the planet is too crowded and we need to promote death” (The Whistleblower, The Global Conspiracy Exposed: The Collusion of the World Government, the Elite, and Agenda 21 and the Veracity of the Fallen Angels and UFO’s, Chapter 26). Good joke, Bill. Very funny.
David Brower of Sierra Club fame stated:
“Childbearing should be a punishable crime against society, unless the parents hold a government license. All potential parents should be required to use contraceptive chemicals, the government issuing antidotes to citizens chosen for childbearing” (The Whistleblower, The Global Conspiracy Exposed: The Collusion of the World Government, the Elite, and Agenda 21 and the Veracity of the Fallen Angels and UFO’s, Chapter 26).
That’s just a few of the thousands of statements that one may dig up if he wishes to gaze into the dark heart of evil. These are sufficient for my purposes today. You can see that politicians, comedians, professors, and private citizens alike hate humanity and want to exterminate our race. And you can think the godless Darwinistic way of thinking for these perverse notions.
I now want to appeal to three additional sources to show how dire our situation is: Karl Marx, Fred Schwarz, and Jesus Christ. First, Marx. Karl Marx advocated the extermination of the “bourgeois” class. In The Communist Manifesto, he explained:
“You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society.
“In one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so; that is just what we intend.
“From the moment when labour can no longer be converted into capital, money, or rent, into a social power capable of being monopolised, i.e., from the moment when individual property can no longer be transformed into bourgeois property, into capital, from that moment, you say, individuality vanishes.
“You must, therefore, confess that by “individual” you mean no other person than the bourgeois, than the middle-class owner of property. This person must, indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.”
If you take Marx literally, ten percent of society is “bourgeois.” Because to Marx private property is the root of all evil, then private property holders are evil. What do you do with evil? You sweep it away. You make it “impossible.” And how is that done? Genocide. Or, if you prefer, by statist force. This brings us to our second source.
Anti-communist author Fred Schwarz, in his classic book You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists), wrote of the communists’ plan to exterminate, enslave, or reeducate all who oppose their scheme of world domination:
“Communism becomes a program for scientific, materialistic regeneration.
“This program for regeneration opens a wonderful vista for the human mind. The Russian Communists already claim to have successfully regenerated many people. One book they have published is entitled Peoples Regenerated. They claim they will produce perfect people with perfect bodies, perfect minds, and perfect characters, living together in perfect happiness. This is to be done by means of science.
The first step in the program is to face realistically the scientific needs. The present environment is Capitalistic and evil, creating degenerates, criminals, and sundry vicious characters. While that environment continues, human nature cannot be changed. To try and persuade people to be different while they live in an environment that determines how they act is fatuous nonsense. It is like trying to dry the baby while he is still lying in the bath water. To be successful, you must take him out of the water first. Similarly, if man is to be changed, he must be removed from his Capitalist environment. To do this, the Communists must conquer the world and utterly destroy the Capitalist environment. Capitalism will then be replaced by Socialism which is built not on profit, greed, and self, but on service, cooperation, and others.
“In the new environment of Socialism, the babes will receive new experiences which will condition them to unselfish, voluntary service. The babes will grow to children, the children to adolescents, and the adolescents to adults. How different things will be! Everyone will work because he loves to work. Every- one will give because it is better to give than to receive. The hand of none will be raised in anger against his brother. No longer will there be need for a police force, for there will be nothing for the police to do. There will be no income tax to pay, because people, working willingly, skillfully, and creatively, will produce total abundance, but will partake merely to the extent of their limited needs. All that mars the happiness of man will be gone forever. Vice, crime, famine, pestilence, and war will be merely words from a forgotten past, while abundance, brotherhood, and mutual, co-operative service will bind lives together in the golden day of Communism that has dawned upon the earth. . . .
“There are, of course, one or two unpleasant steps on the wav to this glorious goal. One of these is the problem of dealing with those who populate the world when the Communists conquer it. These people, formed in the old environment, will think, feel, love, and worship in an established pattern. If they are allowed to raise their young, they will reproduce in them their own finalities, and the Communist aim of generating new characters and perfect human society will be thwarted. Obviously, therefore, they cannot be allowed to remain where they are.
“Some of them will be segregated and used to do some useful work until they die. Some of them can be re-educated in reeducational institutions, namely, the labor hospitals. The disease of Capitalist character, according to the Communists, is deter- mined by the false labor relationships of the Capitalist system. In Capitalist society, labor is associated with profit or reward, whereas labor should be its own reward. The unfortunate victims of Capitalist society will be taken in their diseased state, and put into Communist institutions of pure labor. There they will rise in the morning to labor, and will go to bed at night weary and exhausted with never a thought of any reward. The therapeutic of labor will cure them of their grievous Capitalistic disease. The Communists consider themselves humane in the extreme for providing these therapeutic institutions of labor to regenerate diseased Capitalist mankind. It is our bourgeois ignorance that causes us to classify them as slave labor camps.
“It is only the young, however, who merit the curative process. Th older members of the diseased classes who are established in their ways must obviously be destroyed. This the Communists believe to be their duty. Such people would not be happy in the new environment. It is kindness to destroy them — a type of social euthanasia. The Communists have no conscience about it because, according to their materialist philosophy, it is but a step towards the glorious goal of the regeneration of all mankind. This step may seem a little unpleasant if bourgeois sentimentally persists, but it is quite necessary to the process of regenerating mankind.
“The record of Communism is one of recurrent fratricide and genocide. Their contempt for individual human life has known no bounds. Whether the life to be sacrificed was that of friend or foe appears to have been immaterial. The Communist Party of Russia devoured its own creators. Stalin put to death a majority of the original Bolsheviks. The Communists destroyed not only landlords and Capitalists, but peasants and workers, Kalmucks and Halts with equal ferocity. In spite of knowing this, the allegiance of many educated, apparently cultured American Communists has not been shattered. Many people are amazed that they do not turn from Communism in loathing and repulsion when confronted with its unutterable barbarism, brutality, and intellectual prostitution.
“To the dedicated Communist, however, these are but the temporary necessary sacrifices which the glorious future de- mands. To wipe out the residual Capitalist debris is not murder but social science. Since any individual man is a mere historic accident, an undergraduate beast, it is stupid to regard him as of infinite value. It is the species and the class that are important. The Capitalist class has been rejected of history and must be destroyed.
“Capitalism in America has developed to a greater degree than Capitalism in many other countries. Therefore the number infected by the Capitalist virus is larger than in other lands. A greater program of elimination will thus be needed. It is probable and natural that, should Communism prevail in America, a program of class liquidation will ensue that will dwarf similar programs in other countries” (Fred Schwarz, You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists), 29-32).
The genocide that is brewing, the culling which has already begun, will surpass the hitherto unrivaled exterminations and mass death perpetrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia and China. Most people simply can’t fathom the horrors of cannibalism, mass graves, savage rapine, torture, and murder that will be unleashed if we ever give up our guns and act weak. We may forestall much of the systematic genocide by standing firm as freemen. But, even in that case, the Elite’s weapons of cruel war will be unleashed to force our subservience – famine, disease, mind manipulation, mobocracy, and war.
The Apostle John didn’t lie when he recorded the book of Revelation. It speaks of our day. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are already here beginning their work to humble a prideful, wayward world. The Lord offers His hand to anyone who will repent and turn to Him. And that’s the real remedy – repentance. If we turn to Him, He will fight our battles. Yes, we will have to stand in the gap like the Spartans of old. We will have to shoulder our share of the burden that we allowed to become so heavy through our apathy and ignorance. But, in the end, the Lord will preserve His righteous remnant.
This brings us to the third and final quote I want to share. To the writer of Proverbs, the Lord declared: “[A]ll they that hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:36). The Satanic conspiracy against mankind is nothing but a murder cult. It’s obsessed with death and depopulation. It revels in misery, promotes infanticide, commits genocides, starts world wars, commands terror attacks, unleashes diseases, manipulates medicine to maim and murder gullible victims, and, simply, loves death.
Zero population is the goal. The current COVID-1984 operation was designed to scare everyone into taking poison via vaccine – poison that will result in a mass die off and really kickstart the killing. Hundreds of thousands have already dropped dead directly due to the vaccine and millions now have the seeds of death in their bodies which, with time, will mature into genocide. So many have already been killed and just don’t know it yet.
The transhumanist, Satanic murder cult of Illuminism-communism won’t be satisfied until all humanity is destroyed. This is because Lucifer, the fallen one, the arch nemesis of God, commands them. Reject this as a myth if you will, but it’s true. Satan exists. He commands his minions. And they preside as high priests over the sacrifice of mankind on the altar of evil. An ancient seer foretold of this day, pleading with modern man to wake up to their awful reality:
“Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
“For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies” (Ether 8:24-25).
Avoid the vaccine at all costs. Protect your family. Side with Faith, not fear, and Freedom, not force. Stand with the Lord of life and reject the demon of death. Oppose the Elite’s depopulation scheme. Don’t be a willing victim. Don’t cooperate with communists. Don’t allow your family to suffer what you may rebuff with manly action and firm faith in Jesus. God bless you as this dark winter dawns.
The internet is full of feel-good phrases that, on the surface, sound warm and fuzzy, but which fall apart when you give them more than two seconds of thought. Such is the fallacy “you’re enough.” No, you’re not enough! If you were enough, there would have been no need for Jesus Christ to have suffered and died for you. The very fact that the sinless Son of God had to suffer so exquisitely for you to become clean is evidence enough that you are simply not enough without Him.
The Fall of Adam is one of the least understood doctrines in Christendom. Yet, it’s a core tenet of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we don’t understand the Fall, we can’t possibly comprehend the need for a Savior. And without comprehending the need for a Redeemer, we won’t ever muster the faith necessary to come to Him, repent, and be sealed eternally as one of His children.
The Apostle Paul taught of the Fall:
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
Because of the Fall, then, it became necessary for Christ to come. Because we “died” through the Fall, both spiritually and physically, Christ had to abolish death through His resurrection and make us spiritually alive in Him through His Atonement.
“The atonement is part of the eternal plan of the Father. It came at the appointed time, according to the will of the Father, to do for man that which could not have been done in any other way. The atonement is the child of the fall, and the fall is the father of the atonement. Neither of them, without the other, could have brought to pass the eternal purposes of the Father.
“The fall of Adam and the atonement of Christ are linked together—inseparably, everlastingly, never to be parted. They are as much a part of the same body as are the head and the heart, and each plays its part in the eternal scheme of things.
“The fall of Adam brought temporal and spiritual death into the world, and the atonement of Christ ransomed men from these two deaths by bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. This makes the fall as essential a part of the plan of salvation as the very atonement itself. . . .
“Truly, salvation comes because of the fall, and it is just as important to believe in the fall as it is to believe in the atonement, and, indeed, it is not possible to believe in the atonement without believing in the fall.”
The Fall necessitated the coming Christ, and by Christ comes salvation. The salvation of mankind “could not have been done in any other way.” We had to fall in order to rise! It was the only way. Adam and Eve, therefore, blazed the path which was necessary for us to follow. Christendom has condemned Adam and Eve, yet they were blessed souls who actually fulfilled the Father’s Plan of Happiness by using their agency to choose a hard life in mortality.
Think of the blessings and privileges this turbulent mortality offers: Pain, but progress; sexual intimacy and procreation; children and the joys of family life; learning lessons that could have been gained in no other way; a complete knowledge of good and evil, with the ability to fully choose our own destiny; a chance to prove our faithfulness to God in a world of opposition and temptation; and, finally, an opportunity to come to Christ, partake of His salvation, and, through Him and the ordinances of His Gospel, rise to become “heirs of God ” (Romans 8:16-17; Psalm 82:6).
Adam and Eve chose a harder life to fulfill a higher Plan; a greater struggle to earn greater rewards. A text that Christendom doesn’t yet accept as authentic, but which is a true account, contains statements from both Adam and Eve given after the Fall, which were recorded by the Hebrew prophet Moses in what was once a passage found in Genesis:
“And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.
“And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.
“And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.
“And Adam and Eve blessed the name of God, and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters” (Moses 5:9-12).
We should honor Adam and Eve. They were the parents of the human race. They are role models of each of us. And they were righteous Christians who were redeemed through the blood of Christ the same as anyone can be.
The Fall, as you can see, was not the horrible tragedy most people assume it was. It was a necessary part of the Father’s Plan of Salvation. Had Adam and Eve remained in their infantile and innocent state in the Garden of Eden, they would’ve never had children, would’ve never fully known good from evil and thus would’ve never truly been free agents to choose their own destiny, and there would’ve been no progression because there would’ve been precious little opposition and opportunity to prove their faithfulness to God’s commands.
Life is a test in which we are to prove to our Father in Heaven that we willingly acknowledge His laws and choose to follow them in spite of opposition. This could’ve never happened had there been no Fall. The salvation of mankind was impossible in the Garden of Eden. It was only possible to attain in the Garden of Gethsemane. Again, I say, we ought to honor Adam and Eve!
Mortal life isn’t all sunshine and roses, of course. The Fall brought negative consequences, too. Instead of growing spontaneously, food now had to be cultivated. This requires a lot of physical labor. The Fall had a corrupting influence on our physical bodies, our internal composition, and on nature in general. Instead of possessing the luster of Heaven, all things now have the taint of death and corruption. This includes us. Human death became a reality because of the Fall. Death often brings sorrow and heartache. But the reverse is also true. The Fall brought life, love, intimacy, and joy into the world. These exquisite and extreme emotions were impossible in Eden.
The Fall not only brought physical, but spiritual death into the world. Because of our fallen state, our natures gravitate more easily towards sin and darkness. It is, in a measure, unavoidable. We all sin. We all run away from the light on occasion. We are all fallen and would remain so if Jesus Christ had not interceded on our behalf.
Ancient Hebrew prophets taught how fallen we truly are without Christ. One explained that the Fall:
“was the cause of all mankind becoming carnal, sensual, devilish, knowing evil from good, subjecting themselves to the devil.
“Thus all mankind were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were it not that God redeemed his people from their lost and fallen state.
“But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil hath all power over him. Therefore he is as though there was no redemption made, being an enemy to God; and also is the devil an enemy to God.
“And now if Christ had not come into the world . . . there could have been no redemption.
“And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.
“But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ” (Mosiah 16:3-8).
Another ancient man of God taught:
“For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made. . . .
“And behold, this is the whole meaning of the law, every whit pointing to that great and last sacrifice; and that great and last sacrifice will be the Son of God, yea, infinite and eternal.
“And thus he shall bring salvation to all those who shall believe on his name; this being the intent of this last sacrifice, to bring about the bowels of mercy, which overpowereth justice, and bringeth about means unto men that they may have faith unto repentance.
“And thus mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety, while he that exercises no faith unto repentance is exposed to the whole law of the demands of justice; therefore only unto him that has faith unto repentance is brought about the great and eternal plan of redemption. (Alma 34:9,14-16).
And a third prophet explained:
“For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall; and the fall came by reason of transgression; and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the Lord.
“Wherefore, it must needs be an infinite atonement—save it should be an infinite atonement this corruption could not put on incorruption. Wherefore, the first judgment which came upon man must needs have remained to an endless duration. And if so, this flesh must have laid down to rot and to crumble to its mother earth, to rise no more.
“O the wisdom of God, his mercy and grace! For behold, if the flesh should rise no more our spirits must become subject to that angel who fell from before the presence of the Eternal God, and became the devil, to rise no more. . . .
“O how great the goodness of our God, who prepareth a way for our escape from the grasp of this awful monster; yea, that monster, death and hell, which I call the death of the body, and also the death of the spirit” (2 Nephi 9:6-8,10).
Another prophet expounded:
“[I]t behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh, and die for all men, that all men might become subject unto him.
“For as death hath passed upon all men, to fulfil the merciful plan of the great Creator, there must needs be a power of resurrection, and the resurrection must needs come unto man by reason of the fall; and the fall came by reason of transgression; and because man became fallen they were cut off from the presence of the Lord. . . .
“And the days of the children of men were prolonged, according to the will of God, that they might repent while in the flesh; wherefore, their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened, according to the commandments which the Lord God gave unto the children of men. For he gave commandment that all men must repent; for he showed unto all men that they were lost, because of the transgression of their parents.
“And now, behold, if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen, but he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have remained in the same state in which they were after they were created; and they must have remained forever, and had no end.
“And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin.
“But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things.
“Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy.
“And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.
“Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and call things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself” (2 Nephi 2:5-6,21-27).
Finally, a fifth Hebrew prophet elucidated the interconnection between the Fall and the Atonement thus:
“[H]is blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned.
“But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ. . . .
“. . . men drink damnation to their own souls except they humble themselves and become as little children, and believe that salvation was, and is, and is to come, in and through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
“For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
“And moreover, I say unto you, that the time shall come when the knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
“And behold, when that time cometh, none shall be found blameless before God, except it be little children, only through repentance and faith on the name of the Lord God Omnipotent” (Mosiah 3:11-12,18-21).
This doctrine is rich, pure, and fulfilling. It empowers us to know that the Fall was not some cosmic mistake, but that God knew all about it advance, needed for it to happen, and prepared a means by which we could overcome the Fall and rise to Heaven. We truly can “put off the natural man” and overcome our corrupt, fallen, and lost natures. We can use this fallen testing ground as a showcase for our obedience and faith. We can “choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men,” Jesus Christ, and avoid eternal death.
Our bodies will automatically be renewed through Christ’s resurrection. Spirit will join together again with an immortal body, just as Christ received when He rose from the tomb. This is a gift He gives us freely regardless of our faith or goodness. But the spirit is more important. The state of our soul in the eternities depends very much upon our acts and faith.
We may, if we repent, renew our spirits and avoid a second spiritual death. Whereas mankind was cut off from God because of the Fall, we may come back into His presence by virtue of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. And that’s the key to it all – that the Messiah came to earth to fulfill the Atonement for fallen humanity so that His “mercy can satisfy the demands of justice, and encircles them in the arms of safety.”
Justice demanded that we fall, and we did. We put ourselves in a pit that we could not extricate ourselves from. We couldn’t earn our way out of it. We couldn’t wish ourselves to safety. We couldn’t get out by any effort of our own. We needed outside help. Jesus is that help. Because of Christ’s perfection, grace, virtue, honor, and goodness, we may, through faith in Him and obedience to His commands, access His mercy which overpowers justice and brings us back to our Father. But please understand – it’s not your good works, which God required, that save you, but Jesus Christ.
Why could Jesus save us? What made Him so different? Wasn’t He a man like us? Wasn’t He created as we are and born of a mortal mother? Yes and no. It’s true that God is the literal Father of our spirits and, as such, we have an amazing potential that can be realized through Jesus Christ. I wrote an entire book on that topic and I hope you keep that verity in mind as you go throughout life and as you face hard times. But Christ’s relationship with the Father was different and unique in at least one major way.
The Savior Jesus Christ was fully human, through his literal mother Mary, but He was also fully God through His literal Father. Though we are spirit children of God, we have fully mortal parents. Jesus, however, was the “only begotten” Son of God in the flesh. Because He was fully God, the Lord had the ability to be fully perfect and to conquer death, thus giving Him the tools to rescue us from the Fall.
For clarification, the literal Father of Jesus’ earthly body was our Heavenly Father. The Father endowed Jesus with the matchless power of God – a power you and I lack in our fallen state and can only access conditionally in accordance with His will. He was therefore the only One who had the possibility of redeeming us and reconciling us with God. Jesus was the Creator of Heaven and earth, the Jehovah of old, the promised Messiah, the Lamb of God, and the Redeemer of Israel. He was the only one empowered and authorized to save humanity.
Thankfully, the Lord kept His ancient promises, worked out His excruciating Atonement, and put Himself in a position to extend mercy and grace to you and me on certain conditions. These conditions are plainly listed in the holy scriptures. They include having faith, forsaking sin, confessing to correctly-constituted Priesthood authority, being baptized in the proper way, receiving the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands of the Lord’s authorized servants, paying tithes and offerings, standing up for the Liberty wherein Christ makes us free, doing good to others, loving one another, being humble and meek and submissive, enduring to the end of our lives in righteousness and repenting again when we slip up, etc. It’s a tall order, but it’s the only path that leads to eternal joy, salvation, and exaltation with our families in God’s Kingdom. What could be better?
In conclusion, I want you to remember something. You are fallen. You are broken. You are imperfect. You are in a lost state. You are not enough. But the silver lining is that you don’t have to be! The Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer, is enough. He doesn’t merely make up what you lack – He gives you everything you need. He extends His nail-pierced hand and offers you eternal life, peace, and eventual perfection. More accurately, then, we can say that you are not enough without Christ. But through Him and by His incomparable power, you may do all things.
I love my Savior. I don’t live up to His laws as perfectly as I ought to, but He knew I wouldn’t. He knew you wouldn’t. He knew that none of us could do it by ourselves no matter how much we desperately want to and try to. Because He loves us so strongly, He chose to suffer so terribly for us to provide a means of deliverance and salvation. He bled from every pore and gave His life to wash away our sins and imperfections so that we could enjoy peace, happiness, Light, Love, and Liberty with Him for eternity.
Again, I say, you’re not enough and you don’t have to be – Jesus Christ is enough. Turn to Him. Trust Him. Follow Him. Honor Him. And let Him encircle you in the arms of safety forevermore.
On Independence Day, 2020, I wrote a piece titled “The Ongoing American Revolution” outlining our People’s continuing struggle for Freedom and self-rule. Today, on the 104th anniversary of the Bolshevik coup d’état in Russia, I turn the tables and discuss the enemy’s ongoing war for world domination.
On October 25, 1917, with financial support from ideological comrades and Jewish compatriots in the West, an international cadre of communist criminals seized control of the organs of power in Russia. Led by the career criminal Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his underworld alias “Lenin,” this vicious cabal of drugged-up, immoral, angry, atheistic, mostly Jewish revolutionaries, set up their base of operations in Russia. The formation of the Soviet Union was a huge step in a generations-old conspiracy that continues to operate at the present time.
In a 1920 article “Zionism versus Bolshevism,” Sir Winston Churchill correctly identified the primary moving force behind the Bolshevik Revolution:
“The adherents of this sinister confederacy are mostly men reared up among the unhappy populations of countries where Jews are persecuted on account of their race. Most, if not all, of them have forsaken the faith of their forefathers, and divorced from their minds all spiritual hopes of the next world. This movement among the Jews is not new. From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, and down to Trotsky (Russia), Bela Kun (Hungary), Rosa Luxembourg (Germany), and Emma Goldman (United States), this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played, as a modern writer, Mrs. Webster, has so ably shown, a definitely recognizable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the Nineteenth Century; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.
“There is no need to exaggerate the part played in the creation of Bolshevism and in the actual bringing about of the Russian Revolution, by these international and for the most part atheistical Jews, it is certainly a very great one; it probably outweighs all others. With the notable exception of Lenin, the majority of the leading figures are Jews. Moreover, the principal inspiration and driving power comes from the Jewish leaders. Thus Tchitcherin, a pure Russian, is eclipsed by his nominal subordinate Litvinoff, and the influence of Russians like Bukharin or Lunacharski cannot be compared with the power of Trotsky, or of Zinovieff, the Dictator of the Red Citadel (Petrograd) or of Krassin or Radek — all Jews. In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing. And the prominent, if not indeed the principal, part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution has been taken by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses. The same evil prominence was obtained by Jews in the brief period of terror during which Bela Kun ruled in Hungary. The same phenomenon has been presented in Germany (especially in Bavaria), so far as this madness has been allowed to prey upon the temporary prostration of the German people. Although in all these countries there are many non-Jews every whit as bad as the worst of the Jewish revolutionaries, the part played by the latter in proportion to their numbers in the population is astonishing.”
There are two major points to be drawn from these rather blunt observations. First, Jews have played a pivotal role in communism from the beginning. Their influence was palpable and overt during the Bolshevik coup of 1917. More recent research has shown that Lenin was likely part Jewish and every scholar knows he spoke Yiddish and was married to a Jewess. But even if you want to discount him, the vast majority of his comrades in communist leadership positions were Jews. From Trotsky to Zinoviev and Kaganovich to Yagoda, and Kamenev to Sverdlov, Jews dominated the Soviet state apparatus, controlled the infamous secret police, and operated the dreadful GULAG.
So prominent were Jews in the early communist movement that a Russian satirist once mused: “Eleven anarchists were executed at the city jail; fifteen of them were Jews” (Anna Geifman, Thou Shalt Kill: Revolutionary Terrorism in Russia, 1894-1917, 34). No credible historian can deny the essential role Jews, and Jewish money, played in the Bolshevik Revolution and in the operation of the Soviet Union.
Indeed, every communist movement in essentially every country of note has been led by Jews. Churchill named four of them – Leon Trotsky, Bela Kun, Rosa Luxemburg, and Emma Goldman. Others could be added, including the Soviet advisors who worked intimately with Mao Tse-tung in setting up Red China. The Israeli press has openly lauded them. So has the Chinese press. Wherever communism rears its demonic head, Jews are lurking nearby.
Today, many of the powerful members in the world conspiracy – Soros, Kissinger, the Rothschilds, Zuckerberg, Bloomberg, Adelson, Strauss-Kahn, Kantor, Rosenberg, Greenblatt, etc. – are of the same ethnicity. You find them infesting the U.S. government from the Supreme Court to Congress to the president’s cabinet. More importantly, they dominate the media, the internet, Hollywood, Disney, the porn industry, banking, money lending, Wall Street, and other cultural institutions, financial bodies, and values-shaping mechanisms. Jewish organizations, such as the ruthless ADL, which is a branch of the Jewish Masonic order B’nai B’rith, are some of the chief organizers of BLM and Antifa riots and other anti-American spectacles (you’ll recall that Antifa was created by Jewish communists in Germany under orders of Stalin and operated as an armed wing of the Communist Party).
Maybe most damning of all, Judeo-Bolshevism gave life to feminism, which has obliterated the family unit, fulfilling another of Marx’s infamous goals – the abolition of the family. The most famous feminists, like Betty Friedan, were card-carrying members of the Communist Party USA. Many of them, like Friedan (real name Bettye Naomi Goldstein), were also Jews. Gloria Steinem, Andrea Dworkin, and Robin Morgan may be added to the list. In fact, for a time in the early days, the majority of Communist Party USA members were women – radical feminists. Red feminism plunged the knife into the heart of the traditional, patriarchal American family, foreshadowing the fall of America we’re living through.
The LGBT movement, which has joined in the assault on morality, marriage, and family, is also, you guessed it, a communist front with many Jews playing prominent roles. Henry “Harry” Hay, a card-carrying member of the CPUSA, created the first homosexual organization in the United States – the Mattachine Society. He also created or influenced the Radical Faeries and the pedophile group North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).
Jews were crucial in normalizing homosexuality throughout the Western world. Cross-dressing and homosexual Bolsheviks were not uncommon in Soviet Russia. Jews also transformed Weimar Germany into the most degenerate hellhole on earth until Hitler banned their filth. Throughout the 20th Century, Jewish activists were influential in forming homosexual advocacy groups. Jews created the international, D.C.-based “World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews” or “The World Congress: Keshet Ga’avah,” in 1980.
More recently, it was Jewish influence which got homosexual marriage recognized in the United States, just as it was Jewish influence which banned God from schools in the past. I quote from the Jewish Chronicle:
“On 26 June 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the federal bar on same-sex marriage. At the centre of the landmark case were a Jewish couple – Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer – and their suit was pursued by a Jewish lawyer, Robbie Kaplan. Two years later, and two days before the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Supreme Court legalised gay marriage throughout the United States. In both cases, the three Jewish justices – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan – were critical in delivering the 5-4 rulings.”
The porn industry, which plagues the world, is also totally dominated by Jews. From the beginning, the biggest pornographers have nearly all been Jewish. The “Walt Disney of Porn,” Reuben Sturman, who controlled porn in America several decades back, was, obviously, a Jew. The prominent pornographic websites are Jewish-controlled. Anyone who has encountered this scourge as I unfortunately have knows how destructive it is and how it’s one of the many things greasing the skids of the advancing New World Order.
Yes, cultural Marxism in all its forms is a Judeo-communist invention. It’s sometimes attributed to the Frankfurt School which fled Hitler’s Germany in exile. But the entire “school” was comprised of Jewish Marxists. They set up shop in the United States and have used U.S. resources to spread their cultural corruption around the word, destroying morality, families, and civilizations.
The second point we should take form Churchill’s words is the most important; namely, that the communist conspiracy did not begin in 1917 or even with Karl Marx. Rather, the communist cabal can be traced back to “Spartacus-Weishaupt.” The Weishaupt here referred to was Adam Weishaupt, the founder of the Order of Illuminati on May 1, 1776. “Spartacus” was his secret codename. I find it intriguing that Churchill, who later was seduced to the very dark side he condemned earlier in his life, had the wherewithal to link communism and Illuminism. This is the real key!
Communism didn’t spring out of Marx’s mad mind. It didn’t come from The Communist Manifesto. Its origin reaches farther back. It may be of interest to the reader, however, to learn that Marx was hired by a secret society to write his Manifesto. The group was called the League of the Just. In 1836, this League had split form an earlier group on the continent called the League of Outlaws. Follow this group back and you eventually discover the Jacobins who fomented the French Revolution and the Order of Illuminati which puppeteered the whole thing.
In 1847, the League of the Just asked Marx to write a document expressing its goals and beliefs. Using the Zionist Moses Hess’s earlier writings as an inspiration (Hess is the man who converted Marx to communism and a major mover in the Zionist movement), Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote their Manifesto. The League then changed its name to the Communist League and published The Communist Manifesto in February 1848.
Down through the decades, the Communist League fomented chaos and engaged in criminality, changing its name many times. Eventually, it called itself the Social Democratic Workers’ Party. This organization was headed by the same Lenin mentioned earlier. Lenin caused a split between his more radical faction, which he called Bolsheviks, and the less radical – though also revolutionary – sect known as Mensheviks. It was the Mensheviks who led the abortive 1905 revolution in Russia. It was Lenin’s Bolsheviks, joined by many Mensheviks including Trotsky, who led the Bolshevik coup that enslaved Russia in 1917.
As Churchill noted, Nesta Webster is one of the great thinkers who has linked the Illuminati to communism. In her book World Revolution, she wrote:
“Reduced to a simple formula the aims of the Illuminati may be summarized in the following six points:
1. Abolition of Monarchy and all ordered Government. 2. Abolition of private property. 3. Abolition of inheritance. 4. Abolition of patriotism. 5. Abolition of the family (i.e. of marriage and all morality, and the institution of the communal education of children). 6. Abolition of all religion.
“Now it will surely be admitted that the above forms a programme hitherto unprecedented in the history of civilization. Communistic theories had been held by isolated thinkers or groups of thinkers since the days of Plato, but no one, as far as we know, had ever yet seriously proposed to destroy everything for which civilization stands. Moreover, when, as we shall see, the plan of Illuminism as codified by the above six points has continued up to the present day to form the exact programme of the World Revolution, how can we doubt that the whole movement originated with the Illuminati or with secret influences at work behind them?” (Nesta Webster, World Revolution: The Plot Against Civilisation, 22-23).
What learned person can read these aims and then deny that communism and Illuminism are one and the same and that this plan is being doggedly pursued and is near fulfillment in our day?
Sometimes people split hairs and fall into the trap of trying to separate the Western branch of socialists from the Eastern communists. This is a fool’s errand since both branches are attached to the same tree. The Illuminati is that tree. Truth be told, even the Order of Illuminati is an appendage of a larger fusion of evil that may simply be termed the Church of the Devil or Babylon the Great. However, it is the branch of branches – and the most luscious fruit it has yet produced is communism.
You can trace the worst elements of East and West – the Bolsheviks and the Fabian Socialists respectively – back to Karl Marx and the League of the Just; that is, to the Illuminati. The founders of Fabianism were diehard Marxists who knew Marx personally. Marx was actively involved in the Socialist Leagues that became popular in the West. The Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, obviously, were his adherents, too. It was they, with Fabian-banker-Skull & Bones-CFR-Committee of 300 help, who later toppled Russia.
These same forces then started World War II which destroyed Europe, eliminated the anti-communist states of Germany, Japan, and Italy, led to the creation of the United Nations and European Union, and set the stage for the fall of China. It was because of intrigue by Western members of the conspiracy that Eastern communists were able to conquer China, turning it into the biggest communist base camp. Read about the tragic betrayal of China here.
The two groups are incestuous and cannot honestly be separated. Yes, each wing of the conspiracy would rather be in charge and absolutely will mobilize militarily against the other when it sees an opportunity, but both believe in the same ideology, push the same plan, serve the same Dark Master, and achieve the same devastating results.
The opening scene of “The Dark Knight” illustrates the relationship of the great power centers – the United States, Russia, and China – to each other. You’ll recall that the scene depicted a bank heist. After each member of the Joker’s crew completed his task, his partner turned to him and shot him. The Joker had given each member the same instruction. In the end, the Joker shot his final accomplish and was the last man standing with the stolen loot.
Satan is the Joker in this analogy and his accomplices are the hijacked governments of Russia, China, and the United States – among others. In his frenzied march toward world domination, Satan intends on playing his dupes off against each other. If he has to eliminate one, two, or all three of them after they’ve assisted him in his great goal, so be it so long as he stands supreme with the loot at the end of the day.
Said otherwise, regardless of which side wins the fast-approaching world war, the Illumined internationalists believe their agents will be in charge. Their agents control the governments of Russia, China, and the United States. They control Israel, Iran, and Turkey. They control Britain, France, and Germany. They control every nation on earth to greater or lesser extent. They control international finance, the media, most churches, most universities and schools, and many of the biggest corporations. Again, I say, if some part of the force – even a whole nation or continent – must be sacrificed for the Order to finally seize total power, so be it.
Let me be very clear about this. It’s not “the Jews” or “the Russians” or any other race, nationality, or ethnicity that is the enemy. Satan is the enemy along with all those who have elected to serve him. This includes a highly disproportionate number of Jews, as shown above, but it also includes so-called Christians, Muslims, Hindus, agnostics, atheists, pagans, occultists, New Agers, Theosophists, Luciferians, and so on.
The Jews, once they’re cleansed by fire in the Battle of Armageddon, have a prophetic destiny to play as part of the House of Israel. Israel is crucial in the Lord’s Plan. This Israel isn’t the physical land of Israel or the Zionist state, but those who have come into the covenant of Jesus Christ by faith, repentance, and baptism by proper Priesthood authority. I want it firmly fixed in your mind that I don’t condemn the members of any race or religion out of hand. But I do rebuke and condemn the communists and Luciferians of any creed, race, religion, and nation who labor to destroy Faith, Families, and Freedom.
I heartily endorse a quote by Ezra Taft Benson. He admonished:
“We must not become confused over side issues. Our enemy is not the Catholic, not the Protestant, not the Negro, not the white man, not the Jew, not the Gentile, not employers, not employees, not the wealthy, not the poor, not the worker, and not the employer. Our mortal enemies are the Satanic Communists and those who prepare the path for them” (Ezra Taft Benson, “A Race Against Time,” BYU address, December 10, 1963).
The same psychopaths who set up the Soviet Union and Red China are the ones who infest our government today. The ones who murdered 150+ million human beings with bullets, famine, and forced labor, are the ones now telling you to take your vaccines, drink your fluoridated water, eat your GMO food, muzzle your face with oxygen-inhibiting masks, close your business, silence your “racist” and “anti-Semitic” speech, kneel before your Black Lives Matter masters, profess your “white guilt,” accept tranny admirals in the military, give up your self-defense weapons, accept a stolen election, and submit to totalitarian rule of your life. Are we stupid enough to follow these pied pipers to the gallows and stick our neck in the noose?
If people only realized that the hell we see being unleashed today is being carried out by the same nefarious figures who created the Order of Illuminati, fomented the French Revolution, started WWI, overthrew Russia, carried out unequalled reigns of terror the horrors of which would shock the average person into incoherence, initiated WWII and framed the anti-communists, concocted the UN, trumped up the Cold War, waged numerous hot wars, assassinated Kennedy, gave us feminism and LGBT, killed hundreds of millions of babies in human sacrifice called “abortion,” destroyed the patriarchal family, fomented racial division beyond anything seen in the past, took down the Twin Towers on 9/11, released a bioweapon to scare humanity into accepting a vaccine that is itself a far worse bioweapon, and so much more, we could finally awaken to our awful situation and fight back.
I now quote a few fitting lines from my introduction to my book A Century of Red:
“[H]onesty and integrity demand that we expose conspiracy and haul the wicked acts of evil men into the light of truth. Only by doing this – that is, by admitting and accepting the truth about international conspiracy and exposing it for the world to see – can we begin to heal our global wounds.
“Healing any malady requires a knowledge of its root cause. Without this knowledge, all efforts to heal the problem will ultimately fail. A medicine might treat the outward symptoms of a disease, but unless it is targeted at the underlying cause of the symptoms, the virus will continue to live and spread. Society must acknowledge and directly address conspiracy. If we do not, our problems will grow worse with each passing year no matter who is in the White House, no matter how much money we throw at the problem, and no matter how sincerely we wish the pain would stop. We will either root out the cancerous conspiracies that have entrenched themselves in every corner of our Republic, or they will destroy us.”
It may be too late and too little to avoid the collapse of America and world cataclysm, but many millions have been jolted awake by the birth pangs of the New World Order. The one-world communist state is here. It’s not fully implemented yet, but it’s in its endgame and is forming fearfully fast all around us. The Bolshevik world revolution is in full swing. The communist conspiracy has never been more powerful and prevalent.
To end, I quote a man who has been hotly demonized, yet whose voice of warning about Satanic communism was piercingly poignant and whose words deserve to be heard:
“Bolshevism, which is in reality an attack on the world of the spirit, pretends to be intellectual itself. Where circumstances demand, it comes as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But underneath the false mask which it here and there assumes, there are always the satanic forces of world destruction. And where it has had the opportunity of practising its theories it has created “The Paradise of the Workers and Peasants,” in the shape of a fearful desert of starving and hungering people. If we are to take the word of its doctrine then we find a terrible contradiction between its theory and its practice. Its theory is glowing and grandiose but it carries poison in its attractive gloss. Over against this, what we have from it in reality is terrible and forbidding. This is shown in the millions of sacrifices which have been made in honour of it, through executions with the sword, the axe or the hangman’s rope or hunger. . . .
“. . . [Bolshevism is a] world disease . . .
“Murder of individuals, murder of hostages and mass murder are the favourite means applied by Bolshevism to get rid of all opposition to its propaganda. . . .
“We have thus before our eyes a full picture of this fearful and harrowing mass terrorisation which is only approximately paralleled by even the most bloodcurdling examples of war or revolution that are recorded in the history of the world. This is the actual system of bloodshed and terror and death which is carried out by hysterical and criminal political maniacs who would have it copied in every country and among every people with the same terrorising practices, in so far as they might find the possibility of doing so. . . .
“Bolshevism is the declared enemy of all nations and of all religions and of all human civilisation. The World Revolution is now, as always, its acknowledged and proclaimed goal” (Joseph Goebbels, speech, September 13, 1935, “Communism With the Mask Off”).
Rise, dear reader, in defense of our Faith, Families, and Freedom! Rise in resistance to the one-world police state! Rise in defiance of Satanic communism!
The title of this article is a bit misleading. See, I don’t really care what your truth is. And you shouldn’t care what my truth is. The only thing either of us should care about is what the truth is.
Truth is not a subjective, personal thing. It doesn’t belong you or to me. It’s not individualized or arbitrary. It doesn’t fluctuate and it’s not fleeting.
Yes, there are things that can be true for you but not me and in one moment and not the next. My favorite color is emerald green, for example. Perhaps yours is Halloween orange. But these preferences, while true, do not constitute “truth.” They’re relative, subjective, and changeable.
Truth is an absolute. The very definition of the word “truth” depends on a belief in absolute reality. Webster’s 1828 defines “truth” in several ways, including:
“Conformity to fact or reality; exact accordance with that which is, or has been, or shall be. . . .
“True state of facts or things. . . .
“Correct opinion. . . .
“Exactness; conformity to rule.”
Truth was, is, and will be. Truth is reality. Truth is correct and right. Truth is exactness. Truth is upheld by eternal laws and rules. And, crucially, none of this depends on your opinion, acceptance, or support.
I can’t stress enough how little your personal opinion matters to the truth. It means less than nothing to the truth whether you believe in it or not. Just as ignoring the sun doesn’t make it stop shining, ignoring the truth doesn’t make it cease to be. It’s always there, like it or not.
This is not a psychological question like, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?” Truth doesn’t care if you’re in the forest or what you hear; truth just is. Truth is self-existent and independent. Truth trumps opinion every time. The only valid opinions on consequential matters are those which conform to truth.
If truth is absolute and fixed, unphased even in the slightest by our feelings or acceptance, you may logically conclude that finding and living according to truth is the crux of life. You may even ask: “How can I know ‘the truth’?” That, dear reader,is the right question.
To accept the answer, however, requires humility and submission, honesty and sincerity. You have to really want to know the answer. You have to be prepared to act on the answer received. Intellectual curiosity isn’t sufficient to find or keep the truths that matter most. More is required. If you’re sincere at heart and prepared to find out what that “more” is, keep reading.
To learn truth, we must first acknowledge that the most impactful truths are spiritual. Spiritual truth cannot be known or comprehended except through spiritual means. Unless you’re prepared to use spiritual methods, you’ll remain devoid of the truth that satisfies, empowers, and saves. People often lower their sights and only believe what they can ascertain with their five senses. What a pitifully limited existence that must be! There’s so much more! But, as I said, this “more” requires not merely the intellect or the senses, but the spirit and the heart.
As noted, there are requirements to learn truth. There are sacrifices to be made, preconceived notions to be jettisoned, and ego to be extinguished. Humorist Arnold H. Glasow once made a play on the phrase “the truth will out.” He said, “the truth will ouch.” Yes, truth can hurt, shock, and bite, but oh how it heals, illuminates, and lifts! A little more seriously, Glasow is purported to have said: “If you want the truth on your side, get on the side of truth.” That, reader, is the key.
You have to be submissive to truth. You have to be willing to set aside your assumptions. You have to forsake what you think you know for what really is. Reality, truth, verity – this is what matters; your opinions do not. We must learn to embrace the truth, whatever the truth. That’s a hard thing to do. It’s difficult because it forces us to acknowledge all that’s awful and ugly in ourselves, in others, and in the world. But the flip side is that it also enlightens us to everything that is good and beneficial in ourselves, others, and the world.
If you were blind, what would you give to be able to see? Those who live without truth are spiritually blind, though they may be distinguished in any number of worldly and temporal pursuits. A Nobel Prize, an Emmy, or an honorary doctorate mean exactly squat in the realm of the spirit. You can’t buy or earn your way into Heaven. You can’t bribe yourself to spiritual enlightenment. You can’t make a pilgrimage to Truth Land and come back with a sack of truth slung over your shoulder. Gaining truth doesn’t follow the patterns we’re accustomed to in daily life, meaning that to find it one must be truly dedicated.
Why should we give so much and work so hard to find truth? What are the benefits? For starters, truth gives us perspective. It answers the burning questions that the philosophers have always tried to solve. It shows us who we are, why we exist, where we came from, and where we’re going after this mortal life terminates. It shows how we fit in to the grand scheme of the universe and why our life has meaning. It shows us the relevance of our actions and the consequences of them. In short, truth is everything.
The Theosophical Society, an openly Luciferian, occult clique with great power in high circles, maintains the motto: “There is no religion higher than truth.” Despite the origin, one must admit the validity of this bold statement. God Himself operates in conformity to truth and eternal laws. Far from being beyond the bounds of law, He is absolutely bound by absolute truth.
Rule of law is a Heavenly principle and God is God because He conforms perfectly to it. Were He to violate the dictates of truth, law, and right, He would cease to be God. But that will never happen. He does not lie. He does not vary. He never breaks a promise. Hence our ability to put unshaken faith in Him and His word.
Our Master Jesus Christ taught that “the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Who can argue this fact? Truth frees us from ignorance, superstition, and phony philosophies. Truth liberates us from doubt, confusion, and fear. Truth emancipates us from spiritual death, darkness, and deception. Truth is the light that illuminates our souls, the intelligence that flows from Heaven, and the spirit that animates all things.
Let’s be more specific. The truth that frees us is the truth about the Savior and His Atonement, Gospel, and Priesthood. Jesus taught plainly: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He later elaborated: “Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice” (John 18:37). Jesus’ voice is truth. Jesus is truth. God is truth.
Note that I did not say truth is God. God is God. He is a personal Being embodied in immortal flesh – a Holy Man who has passions and free will like any human. Significantly, He has all truth and knowledge. Yes, God is an exalted Man, whole and perfect in all good attributes and possessing all truth. By conforming perfectly to this truth with its laws, He has become our Father and God. By conforming perfectly to truth, Jesus – the literally begotten Son of God in the flesh – ascended to the right hand of our Father, now equally possessing all truth and power.
The Father and Son have the ability to help us likewise ascend, as They have, by conforming ourselves to the same truths, principles, and laws. From one truth to the next, we may climb upward as Jesus and His apostles taught. Remember, it is the truth that makes us free. It is Jesus who embodies this truth and shows us the way – “I am the way.” Through Him and the redeeming power of His grace, which overpowers justice and allows for repentance, forgiveness, and eternal progression, we may become “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17).
You see, we are, like Christ, the literal spirit children of our Heavenly Father. This is not a mystery or a misconception. This is a core truth we must grasp in order to truly know God. And knowing Him, and the truth of His character and teachings, is “life eternal” (John 17:3). Just as children have, in an undeveloped and untapped form, every capacity their parents have, so, too, do we possess, in infantile and embryonic form, the capacities of God. I wrote an entire book, The Lineage of the Gods, to expound this life-changing reality. Please investigate it. The scriptural truths expounded therein will improve your life and unlock possibilities you’ve never imagined.
I’m very aware that this smacks of blasphemy to those who don’t really know God, yet it’s in the Bible. It’s in the revealed word to the prophets past and present. I just cited one verse from the book of Romans testifying of this marvelous truth that as God is we may become, and that all that the Father has is given to Christ and, by implication, to us if we become fully Christ’s (John 16:13-15). But there’s a key clarification that must be made.
We cannot do it alone. We cannot do it through intellectual study. We cannot become heirs of God through our will alone. We can only do it through conformity to eternal law, which law can only be known through the revelations of the Holy Spirit.
We must eventually learn to conform to all laws and all truths. The most important of these, in this mortal existence, is the truth that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life.” Only through repentance and the power of His Atonement can our mistakes, sins, and flaws be swept away, mended, and overcome. We can truly become “whole” through Him – the true meaning of the word “perfect” (Matthew 5:48).
Accepting this to be true, how, then, do we come to ascertain the truth? Do we turn to the Bible? Do we look on Google? Do we ask a pastor? Do we take a poll? Do we research it in the library? A moment ago, I stated that spiritual truth only comes by revelation of the Spirit. That’s the only way. Spirit-to-spirit communication is the key. Before speaking of that process more specifically, let’s state some of the ways we cannot learn the eternal truths which save and satisfy.
Remember, truth is not a matter of popular opinion, scientific discovery, or voting. In this regard, the wise Christian leader Spencer W. Kimball once taught:
“This true way of life is not a matter of opinion. There are absolute truths and relative truths. The rules of dietetics have changed many times in my lifetime. Many scientific findings have changed from year to year. The scientists taught for decades that the world was once a nebulous, molten mass cast off from the sun, and later many scientists said it once was a whirl of dust which solidified. There are many ideas advanced to the world that have been changed to meet the needs of the truth as it has been discovered. There are relative truths, and there are also absolute truths which are the same yesterday, today, and forever—never changing. These absolute truths are not altered by the opinions of men. As science has expanded our understanding of the physical world, certain accepted ideas of science have had to be abandoned in the interest of truth. Some of these seeming truths were stoutly maintained for centuries. The sincere searching of science often rests only on the threshold of truth, whereas revealed facts give us certain absolute truths as a beginning point so we may come to understand the nature of man and the purpose of his life.
“The earth is spherical. If all the four billion people in the world think it flat, they are in error. That is an absolute truth, and all the arguing in the world will not change it. Weights will not suspend themselves in the air, but when released will fall earthward. The law of gravity is an absolute truth. It never varies. Greater laws can overcome lesser ones, but that does not change their undeniable truth. . . .
“Experience in one field does not automatically create expertise in another field. Expertise in religion comes from personal righteousness and from revelation. The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith: “All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it” (D&C 93:30). A geologist who has discovered truths about the structure of the earth may be oblivious to the truths God has given us about the eternal nature of the family.
“If I can only make clear this one thing, it will give us a basis on which to build. Man cannot discover God or his ways by mere mental processes. One must be governed by the laws which control the realm into which he is delving. To become a plumber, one must study the laws which govern plumbing. He must know stresses and strains; temperatures at which pipes will freeze; laws which govern steam, hot water, expansion, contraction, and so forth. One might know much about plumbing and be a complete failure in training children or getting along with men. One might be the best of bookkeepers and yet not know anything of electricity. One might know much about buying and selling groceries and be absolutely ignorant of bridge building.
“One might be a great authority on the hydrogen bomb and yet know nothing of banking. One might be a noted theologian and yet be wholly untrained in watchmaking. One might be the author of the law of relativity and yet know nothing of the Creator who originated every law. I repeat, these are not matters of opinion. They are absolute truths. These truths are available to every soul.
“Any intelligent man may learn what he wants to learn. He may acquire knowledge in any field, though it requires much thought and effort. It takes more than a decade to get a high school diploma; it takes an additional four years for most people to get a college degree; it takes nearly a quarter-century to become a great physician. Why, oh, why do people think they can fathom the most complex spiritual depths without the necessary experimental and laboratory work accompanied by compliance with the laws that govern it? Absurd it is, but you will frequently find popular personalities, who seem never to have lived a single law of God, discoursing in interviews on religion. How ridiculous for such persons to attempt to outline for the world a way of life!
“And yet many a financier, politician, college professor, or owner of a gambling club thinks that because he has risen above all his fellowmen in his particular field he knows everything in every field. One cannot know God nor understand his works or plans unless he follows the laws which govern. The spiritual realm, which is just as absolute as is the physical, cannot be understood by the laws of the physical. You do not learn to make electric generators in a seminary. Neither do you learn certain truths about spiritual things in a physics laboratory. You must go to the spiritual laboratory, use the facilities available there, and comply with the governing rules. Then you may know of these truths just as surely, or more surely, than the scientist knows the metals, or the acids, or other elements. It matters little whether one is a plumber, or a banker, or a farmer, for these occupations are secondary; what is most important is what one knows and believes concerning his past and his future and what he does about it.”
Powerful assertions! Dear reader, understand that you can’t learn the things that matter most – spiritual and eternal truths – in a laboratory. You can’t find them under a microscope or via satellite. You can’t ride the lunar rover to the dark side of the moon and discover them. You can’t Google them or ask a stranger’s opinion on Quora. You can’t take a poll and find out these truths. You can’t learn them at university. Your degrees, titles, and certifications mean nothing in the quest for eternal truth. There is literally only one way that spiritual truth is obtained – through the Spirit.
There are many things mankind isn’t prepared to know quite yet, such as precisely how the Spirit’s power of communication operates. Yet, we know that it does. I testify that it works as the user manual says it will when we follow the right steps to the letter.
“We can read about visions and revelations in the records of the past, we can study the inspired writings of people who had the fullness of the gospel in their day, but we cannot comprehend what is involved until we see and hear and experience for ourselves. . . .
“The Comforter knoweth all things; he is commissioned to bear witness of the Father and the Son, to reveal, to teach, and to testify—and he is broadcasting all the truths of salvation, and all the knowledge and wisdom of God, out into all immensity all of the time.
“How this is done we do not know. We cannot comprehend God or the laws by which he governs the universe. But that it does happen we know because here in the valley below, when we attune our souls to the Infinite, we hear and see and experience the things of God.
“The laws governing radio and television have existed from the time of Adam to the present moment, but only in modern times have men heard and seen and experienced these miraculous things. And the laws have always existed whereby men can see visions, hear the voice of God, and partake of the things of the Spirit. But millions of people everywhere live and die without tasting the good word of God, because they do not obey the laws which implant the revelations of the Lord in their souls.
“And may I say that the only way to gain true religion is to receive it from the Lord. True religion is revealed religion; it is not a creation of man’s devising; it comes from God.
“Man did not create God, nor can he redeem himself. No man can resurrect himself or assign himself to an inheritance in a heavenly kingdom. Salvation comes from God, on his terms, and the things men must do to gain it can be known only by revelation.
“God stands revealed or he remains forever unknown, and the things of God are and can be known only by and through the Spirit of God.
“True religion deals with spiritual things. We do not come to a knowledge of God and his laws through intellectuality, or by research, or by reason. I have an average mind—one that is neither better nor worse than the general run of mankind. In the realm of intellectual attainment I have a doctor’s degree, and I hope my sons after me will reach a similar goal. In their sphere, education and intellectuality are devoutly to be desired.
“But when contrasted with spiritual endowments, they are of but slight and passing worth. From an eternal perspective what each of us needs is a Ph.D. in faith and righteousness. The things that will profit us everlastingly are not the power to reason, but the ability to receive revelation; not the truths learned by study, but the knowledge gained by faith; not what we know about the things of the world, but our knowledge of God and his laws.”
Every word of this man’s statement is true. God reveals Himself or He remains unknown to us. We either come to know Him through the Holy Ghost or not at all. True religion is experiential. We don’t need to rely on a priest to tell us the truth. We don’t need to rely solely on the Bible which, though inspired and sacred, has passed through numerous faulty translations. We need merely communicate with our Father in Heaven and be taught by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The way we spiritually communicate is called prayer. Real prayer isn’t rote, memorized, or taken from someone else’s lips. The Lord’s Prayer, while a beautiful plea, was never meant to be recited. It simply teaches us a correct pattern that we are intended to apply in our lives.
In that Prayer, we learn that we must address our Father in Heaven. We should express gratitude to Him for the things we’ve received – our life, our bodies, our families, our friends, our daily bread, our homes, our knowledge, our experiences, our rights, our privileges, and so forth. We should then pour out our soul, sincerely asking for that which we desire – forgiveness, deliverance from evil and oppression, employment, health, etc. In the end, we should close in the name of Jesus Christ – He who commanded us to pray always.
The formula seems simple, does it not? Yet how many refuse to utter even the smallest of prayers! Saying the words might be simple, but it is the feeling behind them that’s essential. What we need I call “sincerity.” An ancient seer called it “real intent.” Whichever term you prefer is irrelevant. What’s relevant is that you truly mean it.
When you address your Father, you must at least believe with a particle of faith that He really is your Father. You must be sincere when you give thanks to Him or your words are vain and pointless. You must exercise at least a portion of faith when you ask for things or else don’t expect to receive anything. And when you do ask – for instance, for wisdom and truth – you must be prepared to act on what is received via the Spirit.
This willingness to act is the sincerity, or real intent, I mentioned. And remember, intellectual curiosity, as good as that is in other fields, is counterproductive in spiritual matters. Why would the Spirit bother to give you knowledge or a confirming witness of reality if you’re not prepared to honor that knowledge or conform your life to that witness?
The ancient seer I noted wrote of the way to discover truth. He said of the record he had written regarding the Gospel of Christ:
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
“And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
“And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
“And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is.
“And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever” (Moroni 10:3-7).
Truth comes in this way and in no other. It comes “by the power of the Holy Ghost.” It comes “according to [our] faith.” It is always good and conforms to the teachings of Jesus Christ and “acknowledgeth that he is.” This soul-stirring witness comes only after much soul searching. We must “remember” the Lord, “receive,” “read,” and become acquainted with the Lord’s teachings, “ponder” them in our hearts, and then “ask with a sincere heart,” “real intent,” and “faith in Christ” whether what we’ve pondered and received is true. If we do each of these things in total sincerity and with the intent to obey and follow whatever knowledge is received via the Holy Spirit, we’ll receive it as surely as the sun rises in the morning.
I know this process works. I declare to you that I know it for myself, having received my own personal witness of the truths of salvation from the Holy Ghost. Many of these truths conflict with what the world teaches – even what Christendom at large teaches. Yet, when the Spirit imparts them to you, you cannot deny them or doubt.
Author Charles F. Raymond said: “Salute truth, even if she comes in rags. Hate error though she comes clothed in tradition, riding with a coach” (Charles F. Raymond, “This Banner Year,” Just Be Glad, 1907). Maintaining fidelity to truth will make us unpopular and cause us to go against the grain. We may have to forsake long-held traditions, cultural customs, or even violate corrupt man-made laws as did Daniel who prayed despite knowing he was violating the law and would be thrown to the lions. But if we truly love truth, isn’t that exactly what we ought to do?
My hero, Thomas Jefferson, wisely observed: “[P]olitics, like religion, hold up the torches of martyrdom to the reformers of error” (Thomas Jefferson to James Ogilvie, August 4, 1811). And so it is. People are so convinced that they’re right, yet most are wrong. Most people only believe they’re right because they cling to tradition and don’t have personal experience with the Holy Spirit to back up their assertions. Most Christians belong to the Church their parents took them to as children and only profess membership to keep the tradition alive – not because they’ve followed the revelatory process outlined above and know with every fiber of their being that it’s true.
Again, I say, our personal opinions matter not at all. What matters is the truth. Do you know the truth? Do you know who you are, where you came from before this earth life, and where you’re going when your mortal body eventually molders in the ground? Do you know the imperative of having a physical body, the purpose of this short mortality, and how to ensure eternal progression in the world to come? Do you really know who your God is, what your relationship to Him truly is, and what His divine attributes are? Do you comprehend the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ, the importance of the Fall of Adam, and the necessity of the Savior’s Atonement? Has the Spirit confirmed these truths to you or are you operating on blind faith, man-made tradition, and unsound creeds?
All of the things I’ve mentioned today can be positively known through the Holy Spirit of God. You can begin the process today – right now – by sincerely desiring to know the truth. You can fall to your knees and plead for wisdom from your Heavenly Father. You can start reading the holy books the Lord has revealed and the multitude of teachings His prophets have delivered through the generations. It all starts with a kernel of sincere, childlike faith. I invite you today to welcome this faith into your soul and cultivate it through fasting, study, pondering, and prayer.
There’s so much more than can and should be said on this topic, but I make an end. Know that truth isn’t subjective. There’s no such thing as “your truth” or “my truth.” There’s only truth – eternal, unfettered, unimpeachable truth. Our task is to humble ourselves, make the sacrifices necessary to obtain truth via revelation of the Holy Spirit, and then to remain true to what we learn.
Over the years, I’ve attempted to put into writing portions of my burning testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church. I commend those articles, linked below, to you today as I close with my witness again. God lives! He is our Father. He knows us perfectly. He hears our prayers. His Son is Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus atoned for mankind’s sins, rose from the tomb after being crucified, and has the power to save and heal us even now. As He operates eternally through law and order, He established a Church during His ministry. After a lamentable apostasy, it was lost from the earth. But in accordance with divine promises made anciently, His Church has been restored to the earth where it is led by a living prophet. There has been a gush of knowledge and revelation in the form of new holy books to confirm and support the Bible’s testimony of the Redeemer, to correct error, and to lead us to Jesus who is exactly what He said He is: “the way, the truth, and the life.”
Now, it’s your turn to find this out for yourself.
“[T]hey are safe as long as they are not discovered.”
On November 4, 1988, four days before the presidential election that made Skull and Bonesman George Bush Sr. the forty-first president, filmmaker John Carpenter’s cult classic They Live was released. A promotional poster for the film stated:
“You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they’re people just like you. You’re wrong. Dead wrong.”
If you haven’t yet watched the film, click this link and do so. You won’t regret it (that said, review this guide regarding the film’s rating and what to watch out for before watching. Turn off the final scene of the movie to avoid a brief nude scene). The film – like a parody of everything Alex Jones has been right about – is stunningly accurate in the way it depicts how a secret alien race has secretly seized control of society through careful infiltration, indoctrination, and mass media mind manipulation. And that’s precisely what I want to discuss today – the takeover of our society by a similarly hostile clique using the same means of control.
If you’re subscribed to my Red Alert newsletter, you know that in Red Alert No. 34 published this past weekend, I covered media manipulation. I talked about how the controlled press uses pre-selected themes and messages to program us to think and react in certain ways. Specifically, I showed the inconsistencies between the mainstream media’s biased and lying reporting on the Arizona Senate election audit hearing and what the presenters actually said. It’s crucial that we, as citizens and patriots, develop a sense of discernment. We must learn to see through the lies, recognize when we’re being sold a false narrative, and discern truth from error. Everything depends upon our ability to see clearly.
The ability to see clearly was the key element in They Live. I won’t explain the entire movie, but suffice it to say that it took place in an economically depressed Los Angeles during a time period when the public had been put into a state of consciousness resembling sleep – total cognitive oblivion. Subliminal messages emitting from satellite dishes hidden atop a news station building in the city put the public to sleep and prevented them from recognizing their alien attackers.
This alien race had covertly mingled among the humans, infiltrating business, banking, government, police, and media. The president was one of them. The local newscasters were their agents. And even little old ladies in the corner store could be imposters. Many of those who were not aliens were recruited and paid handsomely for their silence and complicity. Together, the aliens and their abettors had lulled society to sleep, were squeezing out the last underground cells of resistance, and were chemically transforming the earth’s atmosphere to their own in preparation for final victory.
Unfortunately for the invaders, some could see through their lies. With diligence and sacrifice, a group of dissidents created a type of sunglasses that allowed the wearer to see the aliens in their true hideous form. The sunglasses also let them see the subliminal messaging for what it was. To prepare humanity for an awakening to their awful reality, the dissidents periodically hacked into the mainstream news feed, giving bursts of truth. For instance, in one scene, the hacker warned:
“Our impulses are being redirected. We are living in an artificially-induced state of consciousness that resembles sleep . . . The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are non-existent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been lulled into a trance. They have made us indifferent to ourselves, to others. We are focused only on our own gain. Please, understand, they are safe as long as they are not discovered. That is their primary method of survival. Keep us asleep. Keep us selfish. Keep us sedated.”
What was the reaction of the average person who heard this blast of cold, hard truth? Dismissal. Skepticism. Anger. In fact, they experienced a physical reaction – a painful headache. These people had been asleep for so long that they’d lost their ability to discern reality from fabrication. Their sense of self-preservation became skewed as they learned to be helpless and submit like sheep. Because of their waking sleep, they experienced sharp cognitive dissonance and pushed back against the hacker, calling him a conspiracy theorist. They refused to even consider the ideas though those ideas were correct and would help them free themselves from slavery.
Though the majority were hopelessly asleep, at least a few honest souls retained their sense of reality, their capacity to reason, and their ability to recognize truth. The movie’s main character was one of those curious and honest enough to at least entertain the radical thoughts being shared. Through a series of events I won’t go into, he obtained a pair of those sunglasses mentioned earlier. That’s when everything changed.
As our protagonist walked down the street trying on the sunglasses, he glanced at a large billboard. On it was the word “OBEY” in big letters. He quickly ripped off the glasses to look again. To his natural eyes, the billboard – ostensibly representing a company called Control Data – read: “We’re creating the transparent computing environment.” Donning the glasses again, he saw that the altruistic advertisement was gone and the word “OBEY” was back.
Rubbing his eyes and walking on, he passed a stand selling books, magazines, and other reading materials. Through the sunglasses, he saw that the book covers appeared totally different. Instead of glittery covers with stories about sports, celebrities, taxes, etc., the books bore radically different titles promoting defeatism, consumerism, and conformity. I took the liberty of writing down every title and dystopian message in the evocative scene. Here is the list:
Obey Follow Submit Surrender Cooperate Conform Honor Apathy Reward Indifference Consume Buy This is Your God (inscribed on money) Marry and Reproduce Watch TV Stay Asleep No Ideas No Imagination No Independent Thought Do Not Question Authority Obey Authority Doubt Humanity
These were the messages that bombarded humans all day, every day on billboards, in print, and on the news. They were designed to make people complacent, unthinking, and subservient. The messages represented the sad reality of humanity’s degraded existence – apathy, indifference, no imagination, conformity, hopelessness, and surrender. The only message that the aliens got right was “marry and reproduce,” though even this was twisted to mean that humans should mix with the alien imposters, thus breeding themselves out of existence.
In addition to these insipid messages, 24/7 the aliens sent out a subliminal signal imperceptible to the normal ear but recognizable to the subconscious: “Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.” And that’s exactly what happened – humanity was in a deep sleep and gradually, unwittingly, embraced their thralldom.
In They Live, the protagonist reacted to his new reality the way any normal, red-blooded man would – with disgust and aggression. At one point, he remarked: “I got news for ‘em. There gonna be hell to pay. Cuz I ain’t daddy’s little boy no more.” Another time, he called out a woman in a store whom, he saw, was actually an ugly alien in disguise. In turn, she reported him to authorities via her watch-communicator: “I’ve got one that can see!” From that moment on, our hero was pursued by the police and their concealed controllers. He soon had to defend himself with force to avoid unjust arrest and, presumably, liquidation. Eventually, he used the guns he took from his altercation with police to open fire on the alien invaders before going on the run.
While in hiding, he went to a friend to explain everything. The friend, however, thought it was better to keep his head down and not rock the boat. Consequently, he violently refused to simply try on the sunglasses and see the truth for himself. He and the protagonist got into a prolonged fist fight over it. Our hero kept telling him to simply put on the sunglasses and look – a seemingly simple task. But the cognitive dissonance was controlling and the friend refused. Finally, with a lot of effort, our hero literally forced the sunglasses onto his friend’s face, making him see the world for what it really was.
Even for those who became awake and aware, the tendency to keep your head down and not make waves was strong. Within the resistance movement, there were those who wanted to start spilling alien blood. Others, however, urged them to go about their normal routine and bide their time. Ultimately, their hand was forced as the aliens, tipped off by a traitor in the ranks, descended upon the meeting spot, guns blazing. It was guns and guts that decided the day. I leave you to watch the conclusion of the tale for yourself.
Let’s analyze a little. Anyone conversant with modern life knows that the same messages being beat into the minds of humans in They Live are the exact same being inculcated into society today. We’re told that humanity is inherently sick and diseased, destructive and dangerous. We’re told to stay glued to our TVs and to stop thinking for ourselves. We’re told to accept what we’re told, to accept authority, and to accept our fate. We’re told to buy, consume, and waste our time on meaningless things – bread and circuses. Those who ask questions and seek hidden truths, are branded as dangerous while those who remain indifferent and apathetic are congratulated. Finally, we’re told in no uncertain terms to obey, submit, comply, conform, and surrender.
That this mind manipulation campaign is successful was acknowledged by the father of modern propaganda, Edward Bernays. Said he:
“There are invisible rulers who control the destinies of millions. It is not generally realized to what extent the words and actions of our most influential public men are dictated by shrewd persons operating behind the scenes.
“Now, what is still more important, the extent to which our thoughts and habits are modified by authorities.
“In some departments of our daily life, in which we imagine ourselves free agents, we are ruled by dictators exercising great power. . . .
“The invisible government tends to be concentrated in the hands of the few because of the expense of manipulating the social machinery which controls the opinions and habits of the masses” (Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 61, 63).
Bernays further explained:
“We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. . . .
“Our invisible governors are, in many cases, unaware of the identity of their fellow members of the inner cabinet. . . .
“Small groups of persons can, and do, make the rest of us think what they please about a given subject” (Bernays, Propaganda, 37, 57).
Who are these “invisible governors”? Who are these “small groups” and “dictators” who exercise such great power over our minds and lives? I’ve discussed them time and time again. They are, in the final equation, Satanic communists and their complicit followers. Click on the link and read my summary of the Order of Illuminati. Out of this Illuminati conspiracy grew the communist cabal that has destroyed more of humanity than any other system in history.
There’s no single group that controls everything. Those who believe that a single group rules the earth don’t fully understand the nature of the beast we’re up against. It’s true that the conspiracy is, as JFK called it, “monolithic.” But it’s monolithic only in the sense of its ideology and in the fact that it is Satan who ultimately inspires and empowers those who submit to him. We can thus say we’re up against a conspiracy of ideology. Numerous aspects of that devious ideology are outlined in my articles “The Bible of Communism,” “Five Facts About the Communist Conspiracy You Should Know,” and “Communism is Treason!”
Just as in They Live, there is a secret society – a network of secret societies, think tanks, foundations, corporations, and financial institutions, to be more accurate – that works tirelessly to put people to sleep and lure them into slavery. This society seeks to figuratively reshape earth’s atmosphere so that only those who comply with their rules of wickedness and who breathe together in their perversions and plots can thrive. It’s a true cult.
This Kabbalistic cabal is also tampering with the literal atmosphere, polluting our soil, air, water, food, and pharmaceuticals with toxins. They dumb us down through public schools, entertainment, mass media, social media, and fluoride in the water. They make us sick and cull our population with vaccines, psychotropic drugs, radioactive phones, and harmful electro waves that bombard us all day. They The human race is suffering a grizzly death of a thousand cuts.
More importantly, the cabal is initiating society into its evil. More than a war against the earth or humanity, it’s a war against the spiritual plain and against the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As one important figure of the Twentieth Century said:
“Bolshevism, which is in reality an attack on the world of the spirit, pretends to be intellectual itself. Where circumstances demand, it comes as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But underneath the false mask which it here and there assumes, there are always the satanic forces of world destruction. And where it has had the opportunity of practising its theories it has created “The Paradise of the Workers and Peasants,” in the shape of a fearful desert of starving and hungering people. If we are to take the word of its doctrine then we find a terrible contradiction between its theory and its practice. Its theory is glowing and grandiose but it carries poison in its attractive gloss. Over against this, what we have from it in reality is terrible and forbidding. This is shown in the millions of sacrifices which have been made in honour of it, through executions with the sword, the axe or the hangman’s rope or hunger. . . .
“. . . [Bolshevism is a] world disease . . .
““Murder of individuals, murder of hostages and mass murder are the favourite means applied by Bolshevism to get rid of all opposition to its propaganda. . . .
“We have thus before our eyes a full picture of this fearful and harrowing mass terrorisation which is only approximately paralleled by even the most bloodcurdling examples of war or revolution that are recorded in the history of the world. This is the actual system of bloodshed and terror and death which is carried out by hysterical and criminal political maniacs who would have it copied in every country and among every people with the same terrorising practices, in so far as they might find the possibility of doing so. . . .
“Bolshevism is the declared enemy of all nations and of all religions and of all human civilisation. The World Revolution is now, as always, its acknowledged and proclaimed goal” (Joseph Goebbels, speech, September 13, 1935, “Communism With the Mask Off”).
It was true in 1935 and it’s true now. This conspiracy is the embodiment of “the satanic forces of world destruction.” It’s a frightful “system of bloodshed and terror and death” beyond anything “recorded in the history of the world.” It kills the mind, the body, and the spirit. Wolves in sheep’s clothing are carrying out this war against “all nations” and “all religions,” destroying anything that stands in the way of its brutal power grab.
A great thinker, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., raised a strong warning voice against Satanic communism. He once described it as an “alien” threat that was foreign to Americanism:
“This influence is in leadership largely alien, – in birth, or in tradition, or in training and experience, or possessing alien concepts and alien philosophies. With them are some American-born rebel conspirators. These all form a vast army, some 3,000 of whom, handpicked, are said to swarm in Government offices, many in key positions, all ready, able, and willing to take over if their opportunity shall come, or be made” (President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., October 7, 1943, in Jerreld Newquist, ed., Prophets, Principles and National Survival, 221-222).
It’s so contrary and destructive to human nature that communism may as well be a literal alien ideology transplanted by off-world invaders. A year prior to his statement, Clark was part of a trio which issued another powerful warning:
“Infidelity, atheism, unchastity, intemperance, civil corruption, greed, avarice, ambition – personal, political, national – are more powerful today than at any other time in the lives of us now living. They are pulling and thrusting us almost at will into new fields of action, new lines of thought. They are shaking the faith, undermining the morals, polluting the lives of the people. They have thrown many so far off balance in all of their activities, economic, social, political, and religious, that they stand in real danger of falling. Satan is making war against all the wisdom that has come to men through their ages of experience. He is seeking to overturn and destroy the very foundations upon which society, government, and religion rest. He aims to have men adopt theories and practices which he induced their forefathers, over the ages, to adopt and try, only to be discarded by them when found unsound, impractical, and ruinous. He plans to destroy liberty and freedom – economic, political, and religious, and to set up in place thereof the greatest, most widespread, and most complete tyranny that has ever oppressed men. He is working under such perfect disguise that many do not recognize either him or his methods. There is no crime he would not commit, no debauchery he would not set up, no plague he would not send, no heart he would not break, no life he would not take, no soul he would not destroy. He comes as a thief in the night; he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Without their knowing it, the people are being urged down paths that lead only to destruction. Satan never before had so firm a grip on this generation as he has now” (First Presidency message, General Conference, October, 1942).
This declaration can be read in 2021 without missing a beat. It’s perfectly, chillingly accurate. Everything about this conspiracy is anti-human, anti-peace, anti-prosperity, anti-Liberty, anti-sanity. It’s a full-blown assault on humanity. The officers in this rebellion against God and eternal law are Satanists, occultists, and communists. They hate you, hate your family, hate your Freedom, hate the universe, and hate the God of Creation.
Ladies and gentlemen, they live! These vicious conspirators exist, walk among us, and are working to enslave us. They’re building a GULAG for me and you to live in. It’s high-tech tyranny – Twenty-First-Century feudalism. It’s demonic. It’s horrifying. And it’s your reality.
To push back against this cruel conspiracy, we must put on our sunglasses to see properly, lock and load, and take the fight to the ideological invaders. Sitting back and waiting for the right time to do the right thing is wrong. Let J. Edgar Hoover’s words ring in your ears as you go on the offensive:
“Communism can exist only where it is protected and hidden. The spotlight of public exposure is the most effective means we have to use in destroying the communist conspiracy. Drag that conspiracy into the light! Tear it apart. Reveal the flaws in its philosophy. Keep the pressure on it. Force it into retreat” (J. Edgar Hoover, The Lion, October, 1957).
Today’s article title is a play on Ron Paul’s book Liberty Defined. Instead of lengthy prose, however, I want to literally look at dictionary definitions. As you read through these definitions, please ponder our current circumstances and consider whether what we’re living through fits the definition of tyranny.
“Arbitrary or despotic exercise of power; the exercise of power over subjects and others with a rigor not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government. Hence tyranny is often synonymous with cruelty and oppression.”
Knowing that the U.S. Constitution is the “supreme law of the land,” reflect on the idea that tyranny is something “not authorized by law or justice, or not requisite for the purposes of government.” Does the Constitution authorize government to force people to inject substances into their bodies or cover their faces with porous fabric? Does it allow government to close your store or your church? Click this link and read for yourself what the Constitution says and authorizes and what government can and can’t do.
“A state or government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a single person. Such a state is usually called an empire or a kingdom; and we usually give this denomination to a large state only. But the same name is sometimes given to a kingdom or state in which the power of the king or supreme magistrate is limited by a constitution, or by fundamental laws. Such is the British monarchy Hence we speak of absolute or despotic monarchies, and of limited monarchies.”
Not ready to call the dictatorial tyrants “kings”? Then consider the word “arbitrary” in relation to the power being currently wielded:
“Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules; as, an arbitrary decision; an arbitrary punishment. Despotic; absolute in power; having no external control; as, an arbitrary prince or government.”
Arbitrary rule is opposite the rule of law and is, by definition, “despotic.” Prove me wrong.
Webster’s defines “corruption” in many ways, including, simply, “bribery.” Tell me, what did you buy with your COVID-1984 stimulus check?
The term “injustice” is defined simply as: “Iniquity; wrong; any violation of another’s rights.”
Are we, therefore, victims of injustice? Are our rights being violated?
“Atrocity” is described thus: “Enormous wickedness; extreme hainousness or cruelty; as the atrocity of murder.”
Any government-mandated murders happen lately? If so, do you dare call it an “atrocity” or do you shy away from using authentic dictionary definitions of words?
“Obstinate or blind attachment to a particular creed, or to certain tenets; unreasonable zeal or warmth in favor of a party, sect or opinion; excessive prejudice.”
If this isn’t a perfect description of the pro-vaxxers, pro-maskers, and pro-lockdown shills, I don’t know what is! Those of us who love bodily autonomy, love oxygen, and love Liberty are victims of mass bigotry.
“Bully” is defined as: “To insult and overbear with noise and blustering menaces.”
If this is true, then is the controlled media bullying us? Are we being bullied with overbearing noise? Are we being bullied by the press into servile submission?
“Acknowledgment of inferiority or dependence; humble or suppliant behavior. . . . Obedience; compliance with the commands or laws of a superior. submission of children to their parents is an indispensable duty.”
Are you inferior to the government? Is the government your papa that can punish you if you don’t comply and obey? If government has authority over you, as a parent does over his child, then perhaps you’re living in statist submission.
Webster’s tells us that “subjugation” is: “The act of subduing and bringing under the power or absolute control of another.”
Are we being subjugated? Well, what does the definition tell you?
Finally, the provocative word “slavery” is powerfully described as:
“Bondage; the state of entire subjection of one person to the will of another. slavery is the obligation to labor for the benefit of the master, without the contract of consent of the servant. slavery may proceed from crimes, from captivity or from debt. slavery is also voluntary or involuntary; voluntary, when a person sells or yields his own person to the absolute command of another; involuntary, when he is placed under the absolute power of another without his own consent.”
Read that again. Slavery is “when a person . . . yields his own person to the absolute command of another” or when he involuntarily is “placed under the absolute power of another without his own consent.” Is this not a perfect description of vaccine mandates, mask mandates, forced business closures, travel restrictions, and lockdowns?
If you agree with plain English and acknowledge the definition of “slavery,” then I have some other questions: Does this definition mean we are living under slavery? Are we slaves? Have we abdicated our Freedom? If Webster’s dictionary is correct, then our government overlords certainly act as if we are their slaves, regardless of what you personally think.
We often lose touch with our language, thus losing touch with the foundational ideas expressed in that language. We allow others to dictate what we think by stunting our vocabulary, neglecting to use certain basic words like “tyranny,” or muddling definitions. Don’t let your mind be shackled by allowing your language to be hijacked. Use the words in the dictionary. Know what tyranny, despotism, and slavery are. Know what dictators, autocrats, and bullies look like. Open your eyes and recognize these things all around you. Then open your voice, use your language, and warn others of the peril. Sic Semper Tyrannis! Long Live Liberty!