Three Things I’m Thankful For

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” – Psalm 136:1

Gratitude is an underrated quality. It has the capacity to expand our souls, lighten our burdens, humble us, give us greater perspective, and fill us with hope. In our me-centered society, however, we often forget to remember the myriad of things our Creator has given us, our family and friends have done for us, and which we enjoy as sojourners in the marvelous 21st Century. With Thanksgiving just days away, we have the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude and tell people how good God has been to us and why life is not the drudgery we often depict it as.

Among the myriad of things for which I’m grateful, three stand out during this particular season: My Faith, Family, and Freedom. I will endeavor to explain why each means so much to me. As you read, I invite you to consider those things that are truly important to you. I also invite you to share them publicly. Together, we can inspire others to count their blessings as well and thus brighten the world in some measure.

Faith

Of all the things that have blessed and shaped my life, none has done so more than my faith in, and witness of, Jesus Christ. By the power of the Holy Ghost, I know that Jesus Christ, that humble Man of Nazareth, is the Son of God, the resurrected Redeemer, and the Lord of lords. He died on the Cross of Calvary, but He yet lives in a perfected form, with a body of flesh and bone (Luke 24:36-43). As sure as I know any other thing, I know that my Savior lives.

I’m grateful for the influence the Gospel of Jesus Christ has had in my life. The precepts of the Master have informed my politics and principles and have directed my decisions in every aspect of life. Whatever good qualities I possess today are a result of my faltering attempt to follow the Lord. I’m truly thankful that He does not cast us off when we fail to follow Him perfectly. Instead, the Savior reaches out, takes us by the hand, mentors us, shows us the way, and helps us take each baby step forward when we let Him.

The Lord has always been with me and has helped me – even, and perhaps especially, when I didn’t deserve it. In times I’ve been low, He has raised me up. In times of deep depression, He has been there to comfort me. In times of sorrow for my sins, He has wiped away my tears and lifted me one inch at a time. In times of need, He has provided. In times of stress, He has calmed me when I turned to Him in prayer. In times of joy, He has smiled with me. In times of inspiration, He has assisted me and given me energy to create, evaluate, and excel. And in times of love, He has embraced me and allowed me to feel His infinite love for me.

I’m grateful for the host of answered prayers I’ve received. In big things and in little things, my Father in Heaven has answered my prayers. I can’t claim that every prayer I’ve uttered has been answered, but when I need it most, He always hears me and responds. Moments ago, as I was writing this article, He answered a small prayer. No one can tell me that prayer doesn’t work. It does. I know it does. I’ve had too many experiences to ever believe otherwise. Often, Father has answered my prayers in powerful and immediate ways, obliterating all doubt in my heart about whether He lives and loves me.

I can stand before the world today and declare that I know my Eternal Father lives, that His Son, Jesus Christ, is the Redeemer of mankind, and that the Holy Spirit imparts the truth of these things to the honest seeker of truth. I’m grateful for this knowledge! I’m grateful that I am a son of my living Father in Heaven. I’m grateful to be a follower of the true Messiah, Jesus Christ. And I’m thankful that the Holy Spirit has

In my personal life, as in society, faith is the first and most important principle. As individuals, and as a civilization, we must turn our hearts back to Christ. We must begin to believe in His law, love, and mercy once again. We must make the Gospel a part of our daily lives and public conversation. The name of the Lord must be repeated in our hearts, homes, schools, government buildings, and places of worship. Only by reviving and preserving our Faith and becoming a godly society once more can we escape the traps set for us by the enemy of our souls.

I’m sincerely grateful that Faith still burns brightly in the hearts of millions of my countrymen. A remnant of faithful followers of the Lord Jehovah is rising. Let’s show our gratitude to our Savior this Thanksgiving by inviting Him into our hearts and homes. Let’s pray together in His name, read the holy scriptures in our families, publicly express our thanks to Him and our Father, and go about doing good as He did during His mortal ministry and as He continues to do today.

Family

The family is the most important unit in society. Society is but a mirror image of the families that comprise it. If society fails, it is because its families failed first. Truly, society is won or lost at the dinner table. This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to gather your family around you, regardless of the discouragement of politicians and the media, and tell them how much they mean to you. I also take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to God for my family, and to my family for the blessing they’ve been in my life.

Not only do I feel grateful beyond measure for my parents and siblings, without whom I wouldn’t have made it this far in life, but for my own new little family. Last year, I married my beautiful wife. This year, we invited a sweet little girl into our home. My little Evie is the thing I’m most grateful for. I’m thankful for her endless abundance of smiles. No matter what I’m feeling, her radiant smile warms me and makes me smile, too. I’m grateful for her sweetness. I can feel love and joy radiate from her spirit and from her gorgeous, ever-changing hazel eyes. Evie is a reminder to me of what’s really important in life; a living reminder that God is good and wants us to be happy.

The children of God are designed to be happy. The place they can experience the greatest amount of growth, fulfillment, and joy is in the family. It was not happenstance that Father commanded Adam and Eve to unite as “one flesh” and to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28; Genesis 2:24). The family is the incubator of goodness, civility, citizenship, chivalry, manners, refinement, charity, purity, faith, love, and happiness.

I’m grateful for my upbringing by my parents. They taught me the best they could to know and love God. They taught me about the world. They gave me good examples. I learned the value of hard work and study from my Dad, and the value of selflessness and charity from my Mom. My sisters and brother have also been a source of joy and help. My family are my best friends. And I’m thrilled to add my wife, who tries so hard to be a good mother, and my amazing daughter to that list of best friends forever.

I encourage each of you to spend as much time with your family as possible. We often get so busy in this fast-paced world we live in that we neglect what matters most – our family. An old adage says: Love is spelled T-I-M-E. And so it is. Give your family your time. Husbands, set aside time for your wives. Wives, carve our time just for your husband. Parents, always give the maximum amount of time to your children. Siblings, spend your time with your brothers and sisters. Families that devote their time to God and to each other are families that will survive the storms of life.

Again, I’m more thankful than I can say for my family, my wife, and my little girl. They make life meaningful. Life would be bland without them. I’d lose my motivation to research, write, and do the things I do without the knowledge that it is all to give my family a better world to live in.

Freedom

Our Faith and Families, as wonderful and indispensable as they are, ultimately mean very little without Freedom. Freedom is the spice of life. We are each endowed by God with sacred rights to enjoy and exercise, the agency to choose our course, and personal accountability for our actions. It is Freedom that allows us to worship our God, enjoy our families, and find fulfillment in life. I’m grateful that though it is battered and bruised, Freedom still exists.

I’ve lived on multiple continents and have several years of experience in foreign lands under different systems of government and law. Without question, there is more Liberty in the United States than anywhere else on this planet. And I say this while also acknowledging that we have lost a tremendous amount of our Freedom because of the machinations of traitors. Yet, despite what we’ve lost, we still possess our basic rights, albeit in an embattled state – the right of free speech, the right of assembly, the right of due process, the right to worship the god of our choice, the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, the right of private property, the right of habeas corpus, and so forth.

I’m grateful for my God-given rights and the inspired Constitution which safeguards them. I’m thankful for the wise and patriotic men who founded America and raised up a free society on its solid foundation of Freedom. I’m grateful for the American heritage of Liberty, Independence, and resistance to tyrants – a heritage unequaled anywhere in the world. I’m thankful for the right to choose my own path in life, which includes my choice to follow the Savior and to be with my wife and daughter. Liberty is the most indispensable of all blessings because it enables all the rest.

I encourage you to exercise your Freedom this Thanksgiving by denying the despotic demands of tyrants who would keep you away from your family on this special holiday. Use your agency and choose to gather with your family, sharing your testimony of God and your sincerest feelings of gratitude with them. We say, “Let Freedom ring.” But Freedom cannot ring if we stifle it in our personal lives. Use your rights, exercise your agency, and show that you are a free individual.

Yes, I’m so very thankful for my Freedom! It is the catalyst for enjoying my Faith and my Family. It is the supreme gem in the crown of blessings given by our Heavenly Father. Without it, nothing else matters. With it, we can choose what matters to us. Choose to exalt, observe, and exercise your Faith, Family, and Freedom this Thanksgiving.

A Challenge

Dear reader, gratitude matters. An attitude of gratitude will go a long way toward healing our broken society. It will bring greater peace and perspective into your life. It will also bring the blessings of Heaven into your home because God our Father loves and prospers those who acknowledge His hand in their lives.

I urge you take this special opportunity to express your gratitude to everyone you can. I invite you to adopt the challenge laid down by Russell M. Nelson, the prophet-president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He challenged us to do two things during this Thanksgiving season:

“Over nine and a half decades of life, I have concluded that counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems. No matter our situation, showing gratitude for our privileges is a fast-acting and long-lasting spiritual prescription. . . .

“As a doctor, I know the value of good therapy. So, dear friends, may I prescribe two activities to help us experience the healing power of gratitude. First, I invite you, just for the next seven days, to turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal. Post every day about what you are grateful far, who you are grateful for, and why you are grateful. At the end of seven days, see if you feel happier and more at peace . . . Working together, we can flood social media with a wave of gratitude that reaches the four corners of the earth.

“Second, let us unite in thanking God through daily prayer. Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray by first expressing gratitude to God and then petitioning Him for the things we need. Prayer brings forth miracles.”

I know that during those times when I’ve consistently expressed greater gratitude and focused on what’s good in my life instead of what’s wrong in the world, I have felt more Heavenly power, light, and joy. I therefore know that President Nelson’s challenge, if heeded, will yield good fruit.

Let us all work harder to cultivate an attitude of gratitude so that we may reap the blessings of peace and happiness it provides. This Thanksgiving, choose to be grateful. Express your love and sincere thanks to your God, your family, and your fellow beings, even for the smallest of things. This day and always, choose gratitude!

Zack Strong,

November 20, 2020

Women Then and Now

The problem with feminism, I think the principal problem, is the cultivation of an attitude of victimization. Feminism tries to make women believe they are victims of an oppressive, male-dominated, patriarchal society. They wake up in the morning with a chip on their shoulder.” – Phyllis Schlafly

What I’ll write today will offend feminists; and I’m ok with that. The lyrics “if I offended you, you needed it” come to mind. Sometimes we need to be jarred awake before we realize we’re wrong. Awakening must happen before change can occur.

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To commemorate International Women’s Day, I offer this blunt rebuke of feminists everywhere. I seek to compare what society was like before “Women’s Liberation” and after. It will be obvious by the end of this comparison that “Women’s Liberation” means world subjugation.

Feminism is a diseased mindset. It is a philosophy of perversion, selfishness, and rebellion that is eroding civilization by undermining its basic unit – the patriarchal family. But before we deal directly with feminism and the havoc it has wrought, let’s examine life before women decided to deny their nature, rebel against God’s laws, and destroy society in their quest for so-called “equality.”

Before the advent of Marxist-inspired feminism, women were treated like queens and womanhood was highly cherished. It is one of the great feminist myths that before feminism women were chattel; mere property of oppressive men. Feminists deride their ancestors by calling them “domestic servants” or “doormats.” What Marxist-minded women see as “oppression,” however, was authentic Liberty. The stark reality is that women in the past were freer, happier, and more powerful than their modern counterparts.

From the beginning of time, God designated women as wives, homemakers, and mothers. They were to submit to their husbands as their husbands submitted to God. They were to be “help meets” to their husbands, bear and raise children, and provide a loving atmosphere for growth, service, and character-building in the home. A woman’s calling, when properly understood, is the highest and holiest calling.

With this scriptural comprehension of a woman’s role and mission in mind, it is perfectly understandable that women were expected by past societies to embrace wifehood and motherhood. All of society was predicated upon the idea of the traditional home, in which the woman played a decisive role.

The Christian philosopher and author C.S. Lewis wrote in 1955 of the overarching importance of a woman’s role. His statement captures the high regard in which former societies held women. He wrote to a Mrs. Johnson the following:

[A] housewife’s work . . . is surely, in reality, the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, mines, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour’. (1st to be happy, to prepare for being happy in our own real Home hereafter: 2nd, in the meantime, to be happy in our houses.) We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist.”

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This was the attitude that men and women in the pre-feminist world shared. They knew that the woman’s role was central not only to the smooth flow of society, but to the very continuance of the species. Men cherished women and women embraced their nature.

Authors Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly wrote in their phenomenal book The Flipside of Feminism, from which I will quote generously in this article, that far from being oppressed, American women have been the most blessed class of people on planet earth. They wrote of the power women possessed in the past:

Women of yesteryear had enormous power, just of a different variety. Today when we talk about power, we’re referring to money and status. That makes sense, for this kind of power reflects modern values. In the past, when marriage and family took center stage, women were exalted on the home front. Husbands deferred to wives on virtually all household matters, including child rearing. Women were revered for their unique sensibilities” (Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism: What Conservative Women Know – and Men Can’t Say, 89).

These two ladies further reasoned in this way:

Despite the failures of the feminist movement, it did have one powerful effect: it eradicated the power women once had over men! Before the 1960s, Americans understood that women had something men wanted, needed, and couldn’t have without a woman’s consent: sex and his own children. By equating sex with love, as women naturally do, men become better human beings – and society is better for it. “Without a durable relationship with a woman, a man’s sexual life is a series of brief and temporary exchanges. With love, sex becomes refined by selectivity. The man himself is refined, and his sexuality becomes not a mere impulse but a commitment in society, wrote George Gilder in Men and Marriage.

Now that feminism has eliminated men’s need and desire to marry, the relationship between the sexes is unstable” (Venker and Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism, 76-77).

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In former times, women held much power. As Venker and Schlafly note, however, it was of a different variety. The sphere in which women held so much sway was the most important sphere of all – the home. While men are appointed by Almighty God to be the patriarchs and heads of their homes and to take the lead in providing the necessities of life, in Gospel study, in discipline, in home defense, and so forth, women are the beating heart that keeps a family vibrant and thriving. Their tender influence is vital.

A virtuous woman who could keep house and raise orderly, respectful children was treasured and sought after by honorable men. Honorable men throughout all of human history have fought mightily to defend good women. Disney’s Mulan, though an overtly feminist tale, shared a great truth when the soldiers sang: “What do we want? A girl worth fighting for!” Women have traditionally been so highly valued that men of all races, creeds, and nations have voluntarily laid down their lives by the millions to keep them safe – and more so when they bore and cared for their children.

Our ancestors were far more committed to the doctrines of Christ than we are, which largely accounts for the unparalleled success of Western civilization. They knew of the woman’s honored role in the Gospel Plan. They knew that women are co-creators with God and that motherhood is the highest and holiest calling in eternity. Our Christian forefathers also valued good women because they read the following words in their Bibles:

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. . . .

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. . . .

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:10-12, 25-28, 30).

The Bible is clear that a good woman’s worth is “far above rubies.” Women who humbly embrace their divinely-appointed roles as wives, homemakers, and mothers “shall be praised” for eternity. Their children and husbands will “call [them] blessed” and praise them for their selfless service in the home, and, by extension, in society and the world.

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Women of the past knew that “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” They understood that if they wanted to change the world, they could do so most effectively from quiet of their own homes. They knew that raising good children who possess manners, character, virtue, industry, and discipline will do more to change the world than a hundred lifetimes working as lawyers, CEOs, or politicians. Feminism has robbed women of their true power and influence over society by luring them out of the home and away from their God-appointed mission.

Let’s underscore a precious truth: American women have traditionally been the most blessed, privileged, pampered, and doted upon group of women in world history. No women have ever had it better. No women have ever lived in a wealthier, freer, and more advanced society. No women have ever had a greater chance for good in the world than those who call the USA their home.

Yes, women of the past – those modest, classy, feminine, submissive, humble, home-oriented women upon whom modern feminists look with scorn – were blessed and privileged beyond measure. They were happier. They were more fulfilled by being mothers in the home than modern women are by working 9-5 desk jobs. And they were more loved, cared for, and protected by men.

Since the feminist virus infected society, the situation has radically changed. Our women have abdicated their ruby-studded thrones by engaging in demeaning and vicious conduct and entertaining anti-Christian ideals. They reject modesty, femininity, and elegance in favor of raucous immodesty and unlady-like conduct. They dress like hookers. They march nude in the streets. They act like petulant little children and screech about how they are such “victims.” In truth, they have only victimized themselves by fighting for an “equality” which was achieved on day one and embracing rebellious, unwomanly behavior.

Equality itself is a myth. It is a communist slogan designed to play upon people’s emotions. In reality, the only equality that exists is in the eyes of God and under the law. All other so-called “equality” is a lie. Achieving across-the-board “equality” has been the dream of Karl Marx and his co-conspirators in all ages. They want to make everyone equally poor, equally enslaved, and equally miserable. They do this by denying human nature and attempting to artificially force everyone to be the same, which they deem “equality.” Because their scheme denies human nature, it can never work to produce a happy, healthy, free, or successful society.

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Let’s be honest: Some humans are better than others. Note that I did not say some humans have more value than others. We are each beloved sons or daughters of our Eternal Father and have limitless potential. I wrote an entire book, The Lineage of the Gods, to convince people that they can be far more than they think they can.

Rather, what I mean is that some people are simply more competent, more disciplined, more virtuous, more intelligent, more talented, and, accordingly, attain to a higher level of success, goodness, and greatness. There is nothing wrong with this type of inequality. It is the fruit of real Freedom. And there is nothing any government ever devised can do to thwart human nature and put every individual on par with all others. No matter how they might try, there will always be those who are lazy, inept, unintelligent, immoral, and bad – those whose aptitudes and choices earn for them a lower level of glory and reward than their fellows both here and hereafter.

Feminists exemplify this flawed Marxist attitude by always screeching about “equality.” In their book, Venker and Schlafly remarked:

Those who believe women in America have not yet achieved equality or that American women are somehow oppressed and need government intervention to level the playing field, think they’re fighting a nation that has wronged them. In reality, they are fighting human nature” (Venker and Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism, 178).

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Another time, these two observant women noted:

The problem with the sexual revolution is that it was predicated on the lies that gender differences don’t exist and that women want what men want. In fact, there was no need for a movement to make men and women equal because they already were equal – different, but equal. The real reason female Democrats tell American women “there is still much work to be done,” as Beth Frerking does in Secrets of Powerful Women, is that they refuse to admit feminism failed. When you desperately want something to happen and it doesn’t, there is always more work to be done. Women on the left are trying to force a square peg into a round hole” (Venker and Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism, 77).

Equal but different – a perfect phrase. We are each precious children of our Heavenly Father and equally loved by Him, and we are each endowed by Heaven with the equal rights, but in all other ways, we are different. Men and women have different desires. We see things differently. Our minds work differently. Our biology is different. Men tolerate pain and physical stress better than women do. Men fight better and excel more at sporting competitions. Women are naturally more nurturing and usually have a greater level of empathy and tenderness. Both genders – and there are only two genders regardless of what the mentally ill claim – are eternally different. It’s one of the wonderful things about life that while we are not the same, we are made to complement one another and make up where the other lacks. Trying to force us all to be the same is not only impossible and irrational, but at odds with nature and nature’s God.

I again draw a statement from Venker and Schlafly’s book The Flipside of Feminism. The speak about the deranged fight for impossible and undesirable “equality” and how blurring the lines between the genders creates confusion and undermines society:

When women usurp men’s role in society, as they do now, it messes up the order of things. Most men don’t want to compete with women; they want to take care of them. It makes men feel important and boosts their self-esteem. What’s more, statistics prove women want men to have the dominant role in the relationship. Recognizing this doesn’t give men carte blanche to treat women as subordinate – and most men don’t do this, or want to do this. That’s a feminist scare tactic to convince women otherwise.

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Today, if a person even alludes to the traditional male/female dance – especially if it’s a man – there is hell to pay. In 2006, Forbes editor Michael Noer wrote an article titled “Don’t Marry Career Women,” which sent feminists into a tizzy and prompted a rebuttal from Noer’s coworker, Elizabeth Corcoran. The point of Noer’s article was to highlight the social science research that proves career women, defined as those who work more than thirty-five hours a week, are “more likely to divorce, less likely to have children, and if they do have kids, are more likely to be unhappy about it.” Noer concedes that many employed mothers are happily married; he simply points out that studies show they’re less likely to be so than mothers who are not employed.

He also highlights a study that found both men and women are unhappy when wives make more money than their husbands. This is an inconvenient truth, to be sure; but that doesn’t make it any less true. It seems that despite women’s desire for independence, they still want to be taken care of – and money is part of that equation.

When women insist on competing with men at the same level, which is what happens when a society adopts the feminist view that men and women are the same, conflict ensues. It rears its ugly head on a logistical issues – as couples face the stress of both spouses having heavy workloads – and it rears its ugly head in the bedroom. It seems that highly educated couples who both spend their days at the office are more likely to cheat. “When your spouse works outside the home, chances increase that he or she will meet someone more likeable than you,” wrote Noer. This is not to suggest women shouldn’t be in the marketplace. But it is to say ramifications ensue when husbands and wives are both subjected to temptations on a consistent basis.

The marriages that stand the best chance of survival (and appear happiest) are those in which husbands and wives are not competing. Traditional marriages, in which wives depend on their husbands’ incomes and husbands defer to their wives on matters related to the home – including how to spend his income – are generally in harmony. Even in households in which women do work outside the home, smart wives don’t bring their professional selves home. They may wield some measure of power in the marketplace; but when they get home, these women take on a more traditional role.

The reversal of gender roles in modern America has been disastrous. It’s great that men spend more time with their kids than their own fathers did, and it’s great that modern advances have allowed women to be successful outside the home. But neither of these developments should eradicate the delicate balance between husbands and wives. They can each take part in the other’s primary role without supplanting it. That should be the goal.

Of all the ways to improve the relationship between the sexes, none is more important than accepting – and embracing – gender differences. Until we understand who men and women are as individuals and how they work in tandem, we will never be happy” (Venker and Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism, 89-91.

I concur that recognizing and embracing gender differences is one of the single most important things society can do to correct itself and stop its downward spiral. Men are men. Women are women. Why is this such a revolutionary and controversial thing to say? It’s common sense. It’s basic biology. And it’s scriptural.

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Society cannot survive when its families are in chaos. As goes the home, goes the society. And our homes cannot help but fracture and fall apart when women and men don’t embrace and fulfill their roles faithfully. Women, your place is in the home. Your Father in Heaven has appointed you to be a wife, homemaker, and mother. You are to support your husband, to submit to him guidance, to rear children, and to give selfless service. Men, your place is at the head of your family. You are the patriarch, provider, and defender of your home. You are to lead, guide, and discipline your wife and children. Children, your place is to honor and obey your parents.

Any other system of family order than the one outlined here is incorrect. “Alternative lifestyles” are not just different, they are wrong. True, life is not perfect and at times we have to amend our roles to fit our circumstances. For instance, at times a husband becomes injured and can’t work and the mother must leave the home to provide for the family. In this situation, this is her duty and she would be negligent not to fulfill it. Yet, the rule is that a woman should not work outside the home when there is no legitimate need – and especially not when children are at home in need of a mother’s touch.

Again I say that society cannot survive in the face of broken homes. Society is but a reflection of its homes. When we see crime, incivility, and immorality on the rise, we can be sure that the seeds of these bad habits were planted and cultivated in the home first. It is generally true that children who are raised correctly and with the Gospel of Jesus Christ as their sure foundation don’t depart from it. Those who are raised by absentee, permissive, or single parents, on the other hand, are exponentially more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, to commit crime, to rape, to murder, and to perpetuate the cycle of broken homes.

Feminism is code for selfishness. Everything feminists do and promote is selfish. Birth control – selfish. Abortion – selfish. Unnecessarily limiting the number of children in a family – selfish. Sleeping around/fornicating – selfish. Working outside the home when it is not a necessity and there are children to be nurtured – selfish. No-fault divorce – selfish. And so on and so forth.

Abortion is perhaps the epitome of feminist self-centeredness. Feminists are so selfish that they are willing to obliterate the life of a helpless, defenseless, innocent, precious baby to avoid being “inconvenienced.” How callous, cruel, and unfeeling can a person be? Abortion is pagan human sacrifice on the altar of selfishness and Marxist ideology. It is barbarism that is incompatible with a free and civil society, incompatible with the Constitution, and incompatible with the fixed laws of Eternity.

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When the hedonistic, me-centered “sexual revolution” occurred, it drastically altered the centuries-old dynamic in the home and in society. The primary consequence of the “sexual revolution” was that women and men both no longer felt the need to marry in order to engage in sexual relations. Women, in particular, no long saw marriage as a prerequisite. Venker and Schlafly have observed:

When, we might ask, did getting married and staying married become so difficult? Not surprisingly, at the same time casual sex became fashionable – the 1960s. That’s when feminists began emphasizing the individual over the family good. This shift in focus means American women no longer plan for marriage carefully, methodically, and with foresight. Rather, they are encouraged to focus solely on their identities and their careers. The notion that a woman should follow her own dreams, that she should be true to herself and not be held back by husband and children, has become a fait accompli. Women may want to settle down eventually, but marriage (and motherhood) is something that just sort of happens, as if it were a nice accompaniment to an otherwise fulfilling life. To the modern woman, work is the meat of her life. A husband is the salad.

This is a profound transformation. Married couples no longer think of themselves as one unit but as separate entities sharing space, which leads to an obscuring of gender roles and inevitable conflict as each spouse focuses solely on his or her own needs rather than the needs of the marriage. “The confusion over roles is there, as are the legacies of a self-absorbed, me-first, feminist-do-or-die, male-backlash society,” wrote Judith Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee in The Good Marriage: How and Why Love Lasts.

Men’s reaction to this phenomenon is twofold. They either give in to the new regime feminists have created, or they give up. Those who give in generally do so because they’ve either bought into the lie that women are just like men or because it’s easier to get along with the women in their lives than to fight them.

The men who give up tend to remain silent, for if they speak out against feminism, they’ll be labeled chauvinists. Many men would like to get married, but they know modern marriages are precarious. There’s also no incentive for them to do so since they can have sex whenever they want and even live with their girlfriends with little interference from society. This was the theme of the movie He’s Just Not That Into You. Two of the main characters, Neil and Berth, have been living together for seven years, but she dumps him when she realizes he isn’t going to marry her. Rather than accept her share of the blame (by choosing to cohabitate in the first place), Beth suggests Neil is the bad guy for not wanting to get married.

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He’s Just Not That Into You is a splendid example of how feminism failed women. The sexual revolution was billed as something that would put women on par with men, but instead it has ruptured the male/female relationship. At first, women hesitate to get married because they think they’ll lose their identities if they do; then when they are ready to get married (because their biological clocks are ticking), the men in their lives don’t want to marry them.

That is hardly progress on the road to happiness” (Venker and Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism, 75-77.

A major part of this massive cultural shift we’re discussing was coaxing women out of the safety and comfort of their homes into the fast-paced workplace. Instead of enjoying fulfilling lives raising the next generation of leaders, businessmen, scientists, teachers, and so forth, women now waste their lives away in stale office jobs that can never offer them fulfillment or authentic happiness. I appeal yet again to Venker and Schlafly who wrote:

One of the ways 1970s feminists lured women out of the home was to demand that they focus their education on subjects that would advance their careers, rather than focus on subjects related to homemaking or teaching. Elite feminists push all women to plan their lives around careers. The result is that young women give little thought to marriage and motherhood and instead spend upwards of a decade becoming highly qualified for the workplace. Women believe this is the better life plan, since their mothers’ lives, they are told, were empty and meaningless. Women in previous decades may have had jobs, but they didn’t have careers. Like tempting children with candy, feminists assured women that there was a better life to be had. “Whether girls heard the call of independence from their family or the outside culture, they listened,” wrote Dr. Jean Twenge in Generation Me” (Venker and Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism, 51-52).

The siren song of “equality” and “independence” has gained women extra burdens and greater misery while depriving them of the love and respect of men and true happiness. Real men don’t care what a woman’s profession is. We honestly don’t. And, furthermore, a woman who intends to continue working when married, for no reason other than that she is an “independent woman who don’t need no man,” is a major turn off. Rather, men want to know whether or not a woman will be committed to her husband, home, and family; whether she will be a submissive, virtuous, and gentle wife; and whether she’s mature enough to know that motherhood is her ultimate calling.

The great spiritual leader David O. McKay once gave us a principle that applies to both men and women, but which especially applies to women who, by divine design, are supposed to be in the home more frequently:

The home is the first and most effective place for children to learn the lessons of life: truth, honor, virtue, self-control; the value of education, honest work, and the purpose and privilege of life. Nothing can take the place of home in rearing and teaching children, and no other success can compensate for failure in the home” (President David O. McKay, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family Home Evening Manual, preface, iii).

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Your highest calling, ladies, will be in your own home as a mother and a wife. You’re chasing a pipe dream if you expect to find happiness and fulfillment outside of the home. Though you should always expand your mind in the areas of history, politics, science, etc., you should base your education – both in and out of school – on developing the skills that will help you be a more successful spouse, wife, homemaker, and mother. You need to learn that the home is where you were designed to shine. It is the place where you can do the most good for others and where you can find the greatest measure of fulfillment. Women, society needs you to come home. We cannot survive another generation of motherless homes.

I share one final statement from Venker and Schlafly. They testified:

The truth is that feminism has been the single worst thing that has happened to American women. It did not liberate women at all – it confused them. It made their lives harder. Women today are caught between man and nature . . . Their female nature tells them sex requires love; marriage is important; children are a blessing; and men are necessary. The culture, meanwhile, tells them to sleep around and postpone family life because that will cost them their identity. And, if their marriage doesn’t work out, it’s no big deal. They can always get divorced.

Is it any wonder modern women are unhappy?” (Venker and Schlafly, The Flipside of Feminism, 55).

When you look at modern women, it is obviously they are not happy. They are bitter and caustic. They have a massive victim complex. And they lash out in disgusting ways unbecoming the “fairer sex.” And is it any wonder they’re so unhappy and riotous? They’ve denied their own nature, rejected the beautiful role God gave them, and have attempted to live like inferior men. As my Dad always said, feminists take the worst qualities of men, seek to imitate them (and fail), and call it “equality.”

I feel to address one additional aspect of the feminist nightmare through which society is passing. The “Women’s Liberation” movement is part and parcel of a much larger, world-wide scheme for the overthrow and subjugation of humanity. Yes, I’m referring to the c-word – conspiracy.

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The Illuminati, whether people want to admit it or not, exited. That’s historically irrefutable. It is also irrefutable that they did not die out, as the court historians claim. Indeed, as I document in my books, you can trace the Illuminati to the birth of a particular ideology – communism. An Illuminati offshoot group, the League of the Just, hired Karl Marx to write The Communist Manifesto and changed its name to the Communist League. 70 years later, this same organization, under a new name, led the coup which conquered Russia and created the Soviet Union. Thus, communism is Illuminism. And it is a Satanic scheme that is very much alive and active in our world under a cornucopia of names and labels.

A major component of the Illuminati/communist vision was to “abolish the family.” Adam Weishaupt, the Illuminati’s occultist founder, explained their plot this way:

There is no way of influencing men so powerfully as by means of the women. These should therefore be our chief study; we should insinuate ourselves into their good opinion, give them hints of emancipation from the tyranny of public opinion, and of standing up for themselves; it will be an immense relief to their enslaved minds to be freed from any one bond of restraint, and it will fire them the more, and cause them to work for us with zeal, without knowing that they do so; for they will only be indulging their own desire of personal admiration” (John Robison, Proofs of a Conspiracy, 111).

Did you catch that? The Illuminati understood that men are the defenders of society. If you invade a nation, it is the men who mobilize and fight to repel you. And they fight for the purpose of protecting their women and children. These same women and children, therefore, are their weakness – their Achilles’ heel. If you can successfully manipulate the women, you can also manipulate the men and influence the rising generation. The chief way the Illuminati-communists have manipulated women in modern times is by employing the fancy slogan of “emancipation” (i.e. “liberation” from the patriarchy, “equality” with men, and “independence”).

Thus, “Women’s Liberation,” from the very beginning, had an ulterior motive – the destruction of the family unit. Later Illuminati agents, calling themselves Marxists, communists, and socialists, openly championed the Suffragette, Women’s Liberation, feminist, and LGBT movements. They are the LGBT movement’s chief sponsors and spokesmen today.

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Feminism is nothing but a communist front movement. Communists such as the Bolshevik Inessa Armand have boasted of this fact. She said:

If women’s liberation is unthinkable without communism, then communism is unthinkable without women’s liberation.”

Yes, all feminists are default communists. They are perhaps the deadliest Marxists in the world because they target the most sensitive and important of all institutions – the home. Little do feminist women know that they are being manipulated by a small group of evil men who are using them to destroy good men and topple society. Communists are the hammer, women are the anvil, and the family unit is being hammered to pieces in between the two.

When we compare women then and women now, feminism’s destructive influence is readily apparent. We can judge a tree by its fruit. Infanticide, broken homes, failed marriages, raging selfishness, rampant hedonism, widespread victim complexes, dysfunctional children, bitter men, and unhappy women are the rotten fruits. We would be exceedingly foolish to conclude that feminism is anything but a perversion and aberration that needs to be dumped onto the ash heap of history and forgotten.

Our forefathers honored and loved their women. The “patriarchy,” so-called, understood the divine roles of men and women; that we are equal in God’s eyes, but different in our functionality. They set up society to protect women and make their careers as wives, homemakers, and mothers as easy as possible. And they cherished those good women who embraced their godly calling and fulfilled it with humility.

What feminists call “oppression” that is, patriarchal families, wifely submission, sound families, strong marriages, and happy homes – is true Freedom. And what they call “liberation” – phantom “equality,” lonely lives, 9-5 desk jobs, a lower level of competence and respect, and less admiration and devotion from men who don’t benefit at all from women’s selfishness – is hellish enslavement. If we truly want to celebrate and honor women this International Women’s Day, we will ditch the Marxist talking points, admit that feminism has corrupted women, torn apart families, and undermined society, and begin to encourage women to return to their homes where they can serve as queens, with all the honor that her lofty station deserves.

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Ladies, the home is where you were designed to shine! The home is where society needs you to be. It is where God has called you to utilize your talents for the greatest good of yourselves and society. Woman, please come home before it’s too late.

Zack Strong,

March 8, 2020

The Most Hated Minority

I am the most hated minority on the planet. Let me explain. The controlled press would have you believe that blacks, people of color, people afflicted by homosexuality, women, the poor, or Jews, are the most hated minorities, that these groups are oppressed and don’t get a fair shake in this “racist,” “sexist,” “white nationalist” “patriarchy” we live in. The reality, of course, is that the various groups mentioned are protected classes. They are the privileged ones, along with the Elite puppet masters who lead them by the nose. I am the real hated minority.

If I’m the most hated minority, what am I? What are the qualifications to be considered the most hated minority? In short, I am:

1. White

2. Male

3. Heterosexual

4. American

5. Constitutionalist

6. Independent voter

7. Idahoan

8. Live in rural communities

9. A “conspiracy theorist”

10. A Christian (and, more damning still, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

This, my dear reader, is the real definition of “minority” in today’s world. According to nearly every metric, I’m in the minority. Everything I am, believe in, and stand for is everything the ruling Elite hate and are attempting to destroy. I’ll discuss each of the ten points listed above and explain why this marks me, and you if you share these traits, as a true “minority.”

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1. Being white in today’s politically correct world is tantamount to having leprosy in ancient times. White skin often bars you from opportunities and “privileges” that non-whites enjoy on college campuses, in Hollywood, in competitions, in media coverage, in applying for jobs, and so forth. Affirmative Action has stamped anti-white racism on our institutions. And the Jewish-Marxist “white guilt” mantra has done incalculable harm to the American psyche, including severing us from our roots by making us demonize the heroes of our past. This anti-white crusade has become so blatantly obvious that two years ago a poll suggested that 55% of white Americans now believe whites are discriminated against. And how can they not think this? After all, Oklahoma police recently investigated a sign proclaiming “It’s okay to be white” as a possible “hate crime.” To be white and proud of that fact is “hateful” in the eyes of the demonic Elite.

In an article titled “The US white majority will soon disappear forever,” The Chicago Reporter explained that by 2050 whites will be a minority in both the United States and Europe – the last real bastions of Caucasian peoples on earth. The article takes a swipe at whites, referring to anyone alarmed at this demographic trend as “white nationalists.” They gloated: “White nationalists want America to be white again. But this will never happen. America is on its way to becoming predominantly nonwhite.” The Reporter also noted that two of the major reasons for this trend are the pitifully low white birth statistics and the massive Latin immigration into the United States.

It is a crying shame that society is taught that having children is a bad thing or “dangerous” for the environment. In the past, large families were the rule and they ought to become so again. Today, all races have lower birth rates than in the past and the average white family, ranking among the lowest, only has 1.7 children – not even enough to sustain itself. And don’t think this is by accident. It is the result of a coordinated global effort at population control.

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The constant anti-marriage, anti-family attacks by feminists and LGBT radicals – that is, by cultural Marxists – is mostly responsible for our declining families. Red environmentalists have also played their part by deceiving people into believing that the earth cannot sustain our current population, let alone a larger population. And, not to be discounted, is the constant sexualization of our civilization which places emphasis not on love or selfless and responsible relationships, but on selfish, me-centered, hedonistic ones. Spencer W. Kimball, a great warrior for Christ, once taught that “a sexless civilization would die in one generation, if indeed it could be born. A sexy civilization will die of its own rottenness when it is ripe in iniquity” (Spencer W. Kimball, “Love vs. Lust,” Devotional, July 10, 1974).

As bad as it is becoming in the United States and Europe, in nations like South Africa, being white can be a death sentence. The controlled media has carefully covered up the fact that the blacks in South Africa, spurred on by their black communist government once headed by the convicted terrorist Nelson Mandela, are perpetrating white genocide. White farmers are having their land stolen. Whites are being murdered literally every day. And white women are being brutally raped by the savage local populations. The numbers are horrifying. Upwards of 70,000 whites have been butchered since Nelson Mandela’s communist regime took power in 1994. In the majority of cases, hatred – not theft – is the reason for the murders. The theft of the whites’ land is usually only an after thought.

As much as I disapprove of many Israeli operations, I fully endorse the Israeli special forces’ efforts to train white South African farmers in self-defensive techniques. And as much as I despise the Russian regime and believe their motives to be less than sincere, I applaud them opening their doors to white refugees. It makes one wonder, however, why the United States and Europe – ostensibly so concerned about refugees from the Africa and the Middle East – aren’t clamoring to help white South Africans. Why aren’t the Western-based churches who chide us to help black and Arab refugees also mentioning the white South African refugees? Clearly, there is a dangerous double standard.

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One final word before moving on to the next point. It’s sad that I need to say this, but in some people’s eyes my white skin automatically brands me as a “racist.” No, I’m not a racist. If you want to verify that, simply ask my Panamanian wife. Despite the fact that I married a beautiful brown-skinned Latina (of largely Spanish and French ancestry), I care deeply about the plight of my people. Of earth’s 7.53 billion inhabitants, only around 900 million of us are white. I am, therefore, a racial minority in a global sense and soon to become a racial minority in my own country.

2. Being a man is also seen by society as an inherent defect. Our feminist society is rabidly anti-male. There are at least two major reasons for this anti-male bias. First, the communists comprehended early on that they could never conquer societies that were guarded by strong families. And they knew that the protectors of families, and therefore of society, were the men. In order to take down society, they determined to first take down families. In order to do this, they decided to manipulate women into weakening men. This dovetails into the second reason for the anti-male narrative. From day one, the feminists (i.e. Marxists in heels) have blamed the so-called “patriarchy” for their alleged “oppression.” I would contend that there is no evidence women have ever been oppressed in Western society – certainly never in America. And I would also contend that the past “patriarchy,” if such ever truly existed, actually protected society. It is not coincidental that the more the “patriarchy” is attacked and men are dethroned as heads of their households, as protectors, and as providers, the more society has faltered.

We all saw the absurdly anti-male Gillette commercial earlier this year. They portrayed men as grunting, stupid, uncaring monsters posing a threat to everyone. This is really how the Elite see us. It is how the committed feminists see us. They see our natural masculinity as “toxic” and, therefore, dangerous. They’ve gone to great lengths to feminize and emasculate men. To a large extent, their conditioning has worked. Everywhere you look you see foppish “men” in their skinny jeans. Makeup for “men” (real mean don’t wear makeup) is becoming a huge trend. Schools are teaching children that boys can have periods, too. And in everything from literature to movies to media to school curriculum the ideal “man” is depicted as kowtowing to women, behaving in a groveling and weak manner, and, of course, expressing support for everything vile and perverse from LGBT mania to liberal politics.

Men and boys are clearly discriminated against in female-dominated schools. Once all-male groups like the Boy Scouts have been forced to accept girls. All-male sports are starting to succumb to female interference. Commercials and ads depict us as stupid apes in comparison with the bright, classy woman. There is nothing in traditional masculinity that is accepted and celebrated by our modern, debauched culture. Many men, perceiving this extraordinary bias, have begun tuning out of the conversation, dropping out of university, and abandoning their traditional duties as husbands and fathers. In the final equation, it is feminists and their abettors who are to blame for this trend because they have deliberately targeted and attacked men with the intent of sidelining them and making families and society ripe for the picking.

Sadly, many American men – once the picture of masculinity – have become Europeanized. Those of us who reject the metrosexual ideal foisted upon us in favor of our natural manliness are hated and considered “sexist,” “misogynistic,” and “chauvinist.” We are considered “toxic” and “dangerous.” We are hated for our biology for people who claim we hate them for theirs. The irony is not lost on me, nor is the reality that as a traditional man, I’m in the minority.

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3. Heterosexuals are still very much in the numerical majority, but politically and ideologically speaking, proud heterosexuals are outcasts. Said differently, those of us who openly defend heterosexuality and candidly denounce the aberrations of homosexuality and anything-goes LGBT mania, are in the minority. Unless you declare your allegiance to the LGBT community and bend over backwards to help this radicalized group change the definitions of marriage, family, sex, and gender to accommodate their degeneracy and delusions, you’re hated and discriminated against. Because I declare the truth that men are eternally men and women are eternally women and speak out against destructive LGBT movement (which is a verifiable communist front), I am in the minority.

4. As a proud, nationalistic citizen of the United States of America, I’m a pariah in many parts of the world (and, indeed, in certain parts of the USA!) While there are people in every nation who respect and love America, there is at least an equal number – and I dare say a larger number – which hate America. I have a relative who once told me that when he travels abroad, he now tells people he’s from Canada so as to avoid discrimination for being an American. I tasted this rampant vitriol when I lived in Russia. The Bulgarian researcher Ivan Krastev, editor of the book The Anti-American Century, noted in a paper that:

[A]nti-Americanism has worked its way more than ever before into the mainstream of world politics . . . The appeal of anti-Americanism transcends Left-Right divisions, and it works equally well with anxious governments and angry publics. It fits the definition of an all-purpose ideology. What we are seeing is not so much the rise of anti-Americanism in the singular as the rise of anti-Americanisms in the plural. Anti-Americanism assumes different guises in different political contexts. It can be a prodemocratic force in Turkey and an antidemocratic rallying point in Central and Eastern Europe.

Thus any attempt to find a global explanation for current anti-American sentiments is doomed to fail. The popular view that America is hated for being hostile to Islam may have some explanatory power when applied to the Middle East, but it is a nonstarter in the case of the Balkans, where the United States is hated for being proIslamic and pro-Albanian. In Islamic fundamentalist circles, the United States is castigated for being the embodiment of modernity, but Europeans accuse it of not being modern (or postmodern) enough—for practicing capital punishment and for believing too much in God. The United States is blamed both for globalizing the world and for “unilaterally” resisting globalization. . . .

The latest surveys in Western Europe indicate an important change in the profile of the anti-American constituency. The pattern long typical for France has now become common throughout Western Europe. Elites have become more negative toward the United States than the general public, and younger people are more critical than their elders. Elites in search of legitimacy and a new generation looking for a cause are the two most visible faces of the new European anti-Americanism. . . .

The rise of anti-Americanism could become a major obstacle to promoting democracy in the world. In the context of the new suspicion of the United States and its policies, many non-democratic, semi-democratic, or even almost-democratic regimes are tempted to criminalize any internal pressure for democracy, labeling it “American-sponsored destabilization.” The recent events in Georgia provide a classic illustration of this point. At the very moment when Georgian civil society took to the streets in defense of their right to fair elections, former President Shevarnadze was quick to label the popular movement an American-inspired conspiracy. The strategy of authoritarian governments is to try to force democratic movements to dissociate themselves from the United States, thus isolating them and depriving them of international support. For the United States, democracy promotion is a vehicle for winning the hearts and minds of people around the world. But if anti-Americanism can succeed in identifying pressure for democracy with “American imperialism,” this will undermine the prospects for the spread of democracy” (Ivan Krastev, “The Anti-American Century?” January, 2004).

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I’m personally confident that the United States is the most hated nation on earth, with Israel coming in second place. Never in world history have there been more nations arrayed against a single power as there are against the United States today. Though we like to think of ourselves as the “only” superpower, the truth is that we’re becoming isolated and cut off. The communists, having long ago taken over most of the rest of the world, initiated a process of encirclement against us. Latin America is their staging point for this effort. Russia and China are militarizing the Arctic, China is consuming Latin America, Africa, and Asia, Russia’s forces are more entrenched than ever in the Middle East, and the socialist cancer is at a critical stage in Europe. To our North and South, and in all points of the compass, our enemies are gathering and our influence is waning. Because America is my homeland and my ideology is proudly American First, I’m in the minority both abroad and in the United States.

5. I am a Constitutionalist. Many people probably don’t even know what a Constitutionalist is and certainly don’t identify as one. I reject the “conservative” and “libertarian” labels. Instead, my ideological allegiance is to the principles of Liberty lodged in the U.S. Constitution. I believe the Constitution was and remains an inspired document given to us by God. It is the greatest political charter ever written and is largely responsible for the unrivaled success of the United States.

In a 2011 article, the Cato Institute cited various studies and polls whose conclusion was that only one in ten Americans “demonstrated acceptable knowledge” of our Constitution. Seventy percent also could not identify the Constitution as “the supreme law of the land.” In 2017, CNN covered a major study demonstrating the “bouillabaisse of ignorance” in the United States. Among the statistics cited were the following: 33% of people could not name even one of the branches of our government; only 26% could name all three branches of the federal government; and 37% could not name even a single right protected by the First Amendment. Pitiful. And, finally, a November 2019 article from the Heritage Foundation talked about Americans’ appalling lack of understanding of our system of government, citing a study claiming that 57% of Americans have not even read the Constitution. The author, indeed, noted: “I took two courses in constitutional law in law school and was never required to read it.”

I add my own witness that throughout my undergraduate studies in history and political science, the Constitution was rarely mentioned – and even more rarely spoken of in a favorable light. In one particularly dreadful course on U.S. foreign policy at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, the Constitution was only mentioned in one class period for about ten minutes by the professor. The rest of the term we studied international law instead. This is the same professor who was fond of saying, “Sovereignty is dead.” Of course it’s dead – we ignore the document that wold protect it!

To reiterate, I am a Constitutionalist. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool American of the Jeffersonian persuasion. I reject modern libertarianism which is little more than libertinism. I reject modern conservatism which is little more than a mixture of Zionism and socialism (the neo-conservative movement was founded by Trotskyites). And, having read the platforms of both the Republican and Democratic Parties, I reject both of them because their principles conflict with those sublime standards enshrined in the Constitution. Because I reject nearly every movement and party in existence and instead cling to the U.S. Constitution, revering it as a literally inspired document, I’m certainly in the minority.

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6. As a natural expression of my Constitutionalist outlook, I am now, and have always been, an independent voter. Around 2002-2003 I discovered and joined the Independent American Party (IAP). I have yet to find a better, more grounded political organization. Over the years, I’ve been involved with the IAP as a member of their Executive Committee, as the Issues Committee Coordinator, as a primary author of their Declaration of Freedom, and as their candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives out of Utah’s 3rd District in 2014. I encourage everyone to investigate the IAP’s “Principles of Liberty” and consider throwing their support behind this great organization. I have also been very fond of the Constitution Party (CP) and have frequently voted for CP candidates such as Chuck Baldwin for president in 2008 and Darrel Castle in 2016. They are worthy of your support as well.

Because I vote third party and independent, I’m frequently accused of supporting the enemy (i.e. the Democrats). The supposition that a third party vote is either wasted or, worse, helps the enemy, is an egregious one. First, third party candidates are almost never in contention, so the idea that my third party vote sways an election in favor or the Democrats is absurd. Second, and most importantly, voting is not about popularity or even winning elections; it’s about doing the right thing. We should never vote for the “lesser of two evils.” It doesn’t matter how horrible the other guy is, you should simply never compromise your principles. Rather, we should always vote for good, godly, stalwart men to fill positions of trust. Also, think of it: What does it matter if my independent vote sways an election to the greater or lesser of two evils so long as my conscience is clear and I did the right thing in the eyes of God? Also, how does it help me in the long run to compromise my principles just to help win an election? I couldn’t live with myself if I did that.

I ultimately vote to show God that I support His principles and laws and that I have the integrity to stand with moral, upright, good, and honest individuals though they be in the minority. It is indeed a tenet of my faith that I will stand before God one day and account to Him for my political actions (Doctrine and Covenants 134:1). I also commend to you the words attributed to John Quincy Adams:

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

Those of us who truly vote, not merely register, independent are drastically outnumbered. Yet, we are the ones with clear consciences. We are the only authentic hope for the Republic because we alone have the integrity to stand on principle regardless of the consequences. We, the independent voters, are the minority in America.

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7. I’m an Idahoan. This needs little explanation. However, I included it on the list because being from the Intermountain West is something of an anomaly. I believe the cream of the crop of our citizenry inhabits the mountains and valleys in this blessed part of the country. There is a reason why humble people like Chuck Baldwin are feeling prompted by the Holy Spirit to relocate from the insane coasts and dilapidated cities into the rural communities of the American West. In Chuck Baldwin’s case, his family moved to gorgeous northwestern Montana. I believe the safest and most blessed part of the country is the Intermountain West, roughly including the states of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. The population of these four large states is a mere 6,555,000. And, for the most part, they are hard-working, politically conservative, and fairly religious with a high gun ownership and a penchant for third parties. This is really the best part of this Promised Land of America to live in (and if I didn’t make it clear earlier, yes, I’m a staunch nationalist and advocate a strict America First program). And living here, by default, puts you in the happy minority.

8. As the previous point demonstrates, I’m from rural America. How rural? you may ask. To put it into perspective, I was the valedictorian of my graduating class . . . my graduating class of five students. I spent my high school years in a fishing village of two-hundred people. There were no stores, gas stations, or stoplights; no police, little crime, and no gangs; and clean air, gorgeous wildlife, and unfiltered water (until the federal government later forced them to pollute the naturally pure water with chemicals in the name of “health and safety”). I’ve lived in multiple towns under 500 people and my home the past four years is a small farming community of about 360 Idahoans. It is the rural folk – the farmers, the backwoodsmen, the hunters, the so-called “rednecks,” etc. – who embody what it really means to be an American.

The Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson in particular, believed that city life was not conducive to Liberty. They believed that cities made people foppish, weak, and immoral. Cities encourage vice. They emphasize ease and comfort over hard work and manliness. They promote dependence whereas country living induces independence and self-sufficiency. They are impersonal whereas rural communities are, well, communities.

When you look across time, you see that great peoples grew out of rural environments and that they began to degenerate when they formed large cities and lost touch with the soil. This is true of the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, and others. It is lamentable that in their drive to collectivize society and implement Agenda 2030, the radicals have persuaded Americans to abandon rural living in favor of concrete jungle life. We need to wake up and learn the truth that Thomas Jefferson shared when he wrote:

The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government, as sores do to the strength of the human body. It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution” (Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia).

9. Being a “conspiracy theorist” is certainly taboo. Conspiracy is an ageless fact of existence. Our court system prosecutes criminal conspiracies every day and history furnishes us with countless examples of political conspiracy (the assassinations of Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Gunpowder Treason, and the Bolshevik plot to overthrow the Russian government, to name only five), yet many people don’t want to admit the reality of conspiracy. According to some polls, the majority of Americans believe in conspiracy. I question the veracity of these polls, however, because as a very active conspiracy researcher, I fail to see more than a minority of people willing to talk about and admit conspiracy. I’m routinely shouted down or banned from groups and pages on social media when I mention conspiracy. The word conspiracy almost never enters the mainstream discourse and, when it does, it is dismissed as something only kooks, lunatics, and “anti-Semites” believe in.

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Even within the conspiracy research community I’m in the minority because of my views on such subjects as World War II, the Third Reich, and the “Holocaust.” I’m routinely trying to persuade my fellow conspiracy researchers to look deeper, study harder, and stop repeating mainstream talking points. There are so many errors and misconceptions that have crept into – or been maliciously inserted into – the conspiracy community that it’s difficult to find someone with their head screwed on straight. Rare indeed is the conspiracy buff who doesn’t repeat falsehoods. Even in the conspiracy world, then, I’m in the minority.

10. Lastly, if you are a true, authentic Christian, you’re in the minority. You’re not only in the minority globally, but you’re within the minority of Christians! Long ago an appalling apostasy overtook Christendom. Today, the average self-proclaimed Christian is anything but Christian in conduct and principle. In 2018, the Pew Research Center stated: “One-third of U.S. adults believe in a higher power of some kind, but not in God as described in Bible.” Specifically, only 56% of Americans believe in the God of the Bible. And what of those fifty-six percent? Do they really believe in Christ’s teachings?

Let’s look at several Christian doctrines and see how faithful modern Christians really are to the Lord’s Gospel. First, chastity before marriage. One article reported that “in the General Social Survey (GSS), in 2014 through 2018 combined, only 37% of “fundamentalist adults said that sex outside marriage was “always wrong,” while 41% said it was “not wrong at all.”” It further observed that “by the time they are young adults, roughly two-thirds of Evangelical young people have engaged in sexual intercourse, and about three-quarters have engaged in at least one of three forms of sexual activity. Among those ages 15 to 17, those percentages were about one-quarter and well over 40%, respectively.” Clearly, so-called Christians don’t follow the seventh commandment, one of the most serious of all commandments.

Second, belief in the reality of Satan. In one Barna survey, 40% of Christians denied the existence of Satan. An additional 19% said they “agreed somewhat” with the idea that Satan is not real, but a mere symbol. And 8% didn’t have an answer at all. That’s well over half who denied the reality of the Devil. Can you fight what you don’t believe in? Can you truly believe Jesus Christ is the Savior if you don’t believe in an Adversary and all that his existence implies?

Third, the perfection and divinity of Jesus Christ. In the same Barna survey, 22% of “Christian” respondents said they believed Jesus had sinned and 17% “somewhat” agreed. Another 9% disagreed only “somewhat.” How can a person have faith in the Atonement of an imperfect and sinful being? Additionally, to say Jesus sinned is to deny His own words and the testimonies of His apostles. To believe Jesus sinned is to negate His divinity and perfection and, in a very real since, to deny Him altogether.

Fourth, the same Barna survey showed that many Christians don’t believe in the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. 38% said the Holy Ghost is a symbol, 20% somewhat agreed, and 9% had no idea. Again, well over half of these supposed “Christians” denied one of the greatest verities of the Gospel – the existence of the Holy Ghost and the possibility to have His divine presence with you when you enter into the proper ordinances, have them performed by the proper Priesthood authority, and live righteousness enough to enjoy it.

Fifth, and finally, only 47% of Americans, according to a 2017 Pew article, believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. 26% regard the Bible as “a book of fables, legends, [and] history” as opposed to holy scripture. And only 24% believe that the Bible should be taken literally.

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Yes, there is something massively wrong in Christendom! But we should not be surprised – the Lord’s apostles prophesied of an impending apostasy that would engulf the world. Paul said there would be a “falling away” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-5). Peter foretold of “false prophets” and “false teachers” that would come among the Christians and “bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord” (2 Peter 2:1-3). John revealed that the Dragon (Satan) would make war with the Saints and would drive the Church into the wilderness of apostasy (Revelation 12).

The Great Apostasy of the Christian Church was an event of such far-reaching magnitude that it was foreseen even in ancient times. Isaiah declared that “darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people” (Isaiah 60:2). Amos prophesied that: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it” (Amos 8:11-12). And so forth.

Yes, being a real Christian today puts you in the minority, even among Christians. Even more isolating is the fact that I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No Christian denomination has been so hated as ours. No other church has had an extermination order issued against it by a state in the Union. The founder of our Church, Joseph Smith, and his brother Hyrum, were illegally arrested and then murdered in Carthage Jail by a Masonic mob as the governor of Illinois sat idly by. And lest we forget, Presidents Buchanan and Lincoln besieged the Church in Utah, putting our people under martial law for no reason other than blind religious bigotry. The bigotry has continued, however, as Baptists, Methodists, Catholic, Evangelicals, Orthodox, Jews, Muslims, atheists, and pretty much everyone, despises the Church and its unique declarations about Restoration and prophets in the land again. Truly, to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints puts me in the minority like nothing else!

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter to me that I’m in the minority or that my allies – ideological, political, religious, ethnic, or otherwise – are few in number. Did not our Lord say of His true path that “few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14)? Did not an ancient prophet, having seen a vision of our day, record that because of the evil of “the church of the devil” there “were few” who belonged to “the church of the Lamb of God” (1 Nephi 14:9-12)? But didn’t this same inspired servant of the Lord also say that though we are few in number, we who enter into the Lord’s covenants will be “armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory” (1 Nephi 14:14)? Though very small in number, we are on the winning side. Of that there is no doubt. The Lord is with us. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

The purpose of this article was simply to demonstrate that far from being “privileged” because I’m a white man, these distinctions make me a pariah in our modern Marxist society. I wanted to drive home the point that being white, men, Christians, conspiracy theorists, country bumpkins, or Constitutionalists is seen as bad by the Elite and by those who have been hoodwinked by them. I wanted to underscore the essential fact that we are in an all-out war for our survival as a civilization and that everything we’ve traditionally stood for is being chipped away and erased. Those of us in the real minority – that is, those of us who love our Faith, Families, and Freedom, who understand the Satanic conspiracy opposing us, and who fight to promote goodness and uphold moral values – are one small step away from being labeled “domestic extremists,” persecuted, denied our rights, rounded up and thrown in camps, or hunted down.

Wait, I spoke too soon. On May 30, 2019, the FBI declared:

The FBI assesses anti-government, identity based, and fringe political conspiracy theories very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity. . . .

One key assumption driving these assessments is that certain conspiracy theory narratives tacitly support or legitimize violent action.”

The FBI further clarified that if you believe there are people trying to create a New World Order, that the United Nations is detrimental, that false flag attacks are a reality, that Zionists have infiltrated our government, or that high level people are involved in child sex trafficking, you are a “fringe” and “anti-government” “conspiracy theorist,” and, therefore, a “domestic extremist.”

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You heard that right, fellow conspiracy theorist – the government considers you a “domestic extremist” whose beliefs “support or legitimate violent action.” And if you are an anti-government extremist – essentially a terrorist or guerrilla insurgent – then what’s to stop the government from “defending” itself against you and denying you “privileges” (rights) and throwing you in a reeducation GULAG for the “good of society”? We are in real trouble, ladies and gentlemen. Those of us who are in the real minority – the ideological minority – have arrayed against us the greatest tyranny that has ever tormented mankind – the worldwide communist conspiracy. You need to know that they hate you and that you’re on their radar. You can’t melt into the background or escape the coming torrent of persecution. Your only recourse is to stand tall, be proud that you are white, male, American, independent, Constitutionalist, and, above all, Christian. Speak out. Stand your ground. Never compromise. Don’t go along with the crowd. And rely on the Lord Jesus Christ whom I testify is coming quickly to abolish “the rulers of the darkness of this world” (Ephesians 6:12).

Zack Strong,

December 13, 2019

A Personal Sketch

In my years of public involvement in our nation’s political discourse, I have published hundreds of pages of material, including three books, over one hundred online articles, and about a decade’s worth of social media updates equaling hundreds of thousands of words of commentary on my public pages and groups. I’ve been very outspoken as I’ve shared my views on a wide range of topics. Recently, however, I realized that I have never taken the time to properly introduce myself as a person to my audience. Out of respect to those people who have faithfully supported me all these years, I take this opportunity to share a personal sketch of my life that I hope will not be too tedious and unexciting.

My full name is Zackary Adam Strong. I was born to wonderful parents on July 17, 1987 in Boise, Idaho. I was the first of five children to enter my parents’ humble home. I and my parents, three sisters, and brother moved a lot as my Dad, a phenomenal history teacher and first-rate coach, took new job opportunities as they arose in a myriad of states. In fact, in my thirty-two years of life on this planet, I have lived in thirty-five different houses located in seven U.S. states (including Alaska and Hawaii) and three countries (the United States, Russia, and Panama).

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My Dad holding little 6 lb. 13 oz. me in a baseball mitt

Many people would no doubt hate moving as frequently as I have. To be sure, packing, unpacking, and hauling your belongings around is not a fun activity. And answering the questions “Where are you from?” or “Where is your home town?” has also been challenging. The longest I have ever lived consecutively in one location is five years. About twelve of my years I’ve given to the great state of Idaho. If anywhere can be considered my home, it is Idaho.

Despite the sometimes topsy-turvy nature of relocating, I’m grateful for the experience of seeing so many varying parts of our beautiful country and world. I cannot imagine living an entire life in one house, one town, or even one state. There is so much more of God’s beautiful earth to experience.

The most wonderful and inspired move my family made occurred when I turned 14. We moved from Twin Falls, Idaho to Port Lions, Alaska. For a number of months, my parents had considered jobs in Alaska. On one occasion, my Dad was offered a job in a village near the Bering Sea. We held a family council and took a vote. Unanimously, we voted no. Later, when a job became available in Port Lions, we held another family council and the vote unanimously favored moving. It just felt right.

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Alaska is, hands down, my favorite place I’ve lived and part of my heart will always beat for the Last Frontier. I grew to love the peace and quiet of our little Native fishing village more than I can express. As I recently said in my article “Our Majestic World,” you cannot purchase peace and quiet. You cannot find this peace in the cities. Our modern world does not offer it. Only when you leave behind the concrete jungles and approach nature and rural settings can you truly find peace and quiet and the beauty of nature.

Living in Alaska changed my life. In hindsight, I do not know if I would have survived high school in a big school with its toxic environment, herd mentality, and moral laxity. Thankfully, the Lord had different plans for me and my family. I like to tell people that I was the valedictorian of my 2005 graduating class – my graduating class of five people. Our little school in Port Lions had 42 students K-12. I enjoyed the 19-person high school. And I loved having my Dad as my history teacher. Without prejudice, I can honestly say that he was the best teacher I ever had. What sets him apart from most other teachers is that he cares about students on a personal level and gets to know them as individuals. He takes a sincere interest in their life and loves helping people and giving service. Port Lions, Alaska was certainly the right place to get to know people on an intimate level.

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My family is very close-knit. We’ve always loved each other, but our relationships were solidified and fortified in Alaska in ways that would have likely been impossible elsewhere. Because of the smallness of our little village (we had five miles of unpaved road, no stores, no theaters, no banks, no hospitals, and no way in or out except by boat or plane), we spent a lot of time together. When my brother was old enough to attend school, my Mom began working as a school aide. From that time on, we all saw each other in the morning, at school, and at home in the evening.

As close as we became during the week, Sunday was our biggest bonding day. We are all active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, we were the only members of the Church in our 200-person village. With permission from the leadership of our nearest congregation, we held Church meetings in our home for three hours every Sunday. We even had youth programs and devotionals. In my Church, small congregations are called branches. Yet, we were not even a branch; we were a twig! It was a unique learning experience that solidified our closeness as a family unit. I thank my Heavenly Father for the opportunity of living in Alaska!

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During my public school years, I played seven different sports. My favorite was basketball. In Alaska, I also had the opportunity to play mixed-six volleyball; that is, coed volleyball. I was one of our team captains. We were very successful each year, even winning the state championship in my junior year. I also managed to make it to the state cross-country meet in my senior year. Though getting sick and nearly collapsing during the muddy race, I finished about midway in the pack (helpful hint: Don’t eat an entire bag of beef jerky right before running, even if it is your favorite food on the planet).

I relished the Alaskan outdoors. The mountains, forests, and ocean were truly beyond belief. I never took it for granted, even if the frequent rain and months of snow at times grew tiresome. I loved seeing the bald eagles swoop through the air, the Kodiak Brown Bears lumber through the woods (even if they once stole my basket of berries), the sea otters, jellyfish, and killer whales swim in the ocean, the Northern Lights shimmer in the night sky, or the tide rise and recede underneath the wooden causeway spanning a small bay near the town. Picturesque is too weak a term.

The Sitka Blacktail Deer so prevalent on Kodiak Island also taught me how to hunt. Contrary to what many city dwellers think, hunters have a deep respect for animal life. More so, I believe, than environmentalists who repeat nice slogans but don’t know the first thing about nature – or about where their food comes from. Days spent alone with my Dad hiking and hunting in the mountains of Alaska and Idaho supply me with many fond memories and learning experiences. And I’m also not a bad shot with a rifle. Communists beware. You’ll only take my guns after I give you my bullets one at a time.

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After graduating high school in May of ‘05, I attended my first year of college at the University of Alaska – Anchorage. Nothing eventful happened there, but I did write a lot of songs and became much better on the guitar I had begun learning to play in high school. Since that time, I’ve written and demoed a host of songs. I hope one day to polish them off and release them, though my wife seems to think my voice would be considered a weapon of mass destruction to people’s ears.

As I said, nothing eventful happened in my first year of college. However, I did have one experience that foreshadowed one of the most incredible adventures of my life. Late one night, while contemplating which classes to register for during my second semester, I had an overwhelming spiritual impression to take the Russian language. Though I was familiar with Russian history – particularly the bloody history of communism – and was surrounded by Russian influences on Kodiak Island (the first location settled by Russian explorers in Alaska), it had never occurred to me to learn the language. Yet, in that moment of time, I was absolutely sure I needed to take Russian. So I did. Seven months later, I held a paper in my hand from my Church calling me to serve a two-year proselytizing mission to Moscow, Russia. Coincidence? No. Providence? Yes.

My 2006-2008 mission to Russia was a time of growth, challenge, trial, exploration, and learning. I cannot say that I was a very successful missionary (though a handful of people I helped locate or teach eventually joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), but I worked hard and I grew in numerous ways. Two years serving a mission for the Lord teaches you more than four years in any university. I not only learned to speak Russian proficiently, but I learned much about a very unique nation and culture and was also able to visit the Ukraine and Lithuania.

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The knowledge I gained about Russia did not come from books and I did not spend my time living in international enclaves or visiting tourist centers. Rather, I spent every day on the streets and in people’s homes talking with average folks and learning about their families and beliefs. I also spent time in a jail and looking down the barrel of machine guns on more than one occasion because communist religious oppression is still alive in Putin’s Russia. Yet, all of these experiences, and others too personal to share here, confirmed my lifelong belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. I know without one shadow of doubt that God lives, that He hears and answers prayers (often in very immediate and palpable ways), and that He loves us.

After my mission, I briefly returned to Alaska before venturing down to Utah to work. While there, I applied to several universities and was accepted to Brigham Young University – Hawaii in 2010. Just before heading to Laie, Hawaii, I visited my parents in Alaska again. While there, I feverishly wrote a novel I had started writing the year previous. After three months of tireless effort and sleepless nights, I typed “The End,” did a terrible cartwheel upon exiting my room, and ate my Mom’s delicious homemade doughnut holes to celebrate. Sadly, nine years later, I have yet to publish this novel because I’m still tweaking and editing its contents. Tymorius, my main character, deserves to have his story told properly no matter how long it takes.

In 2010, I began studying at BYU-Hawaii. Almost immediately, I met and started dating a beautiful young lady. In 2011, we were married. I thoroughly enjoyed most of our time together. Tragically, the relationship ended in 2014 and we were divorced the following year, leaving my life in something of a shambles. Out of respect, I will not say anything more about her or our time together. Yet, throughout those years I grew a lot and had some interesting experiences.

During that time, for instance, I moved back to Utah and became formally involved with the Independent American Party – a political third party founded in the 1990s. I had joined the IAP via their website around the year 2002, but did not begin actively talking with other members until about 2009 or 2010. Sometime later, I was made a member of the IAP’s National Executive Committee and was appointed the party’s Issues Committee Coordinator. I spearheaded the writing of our “Freedom Declaration” and began routinely publishing articles through the IAP’s website. From approximately 2012-2015, I published 54 articles for the IAP on a host of topics. A few of them are still available, though most were lost when the party changed web hosts a couple years back.

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Visit independentamericanparty.org for more about the IAP

In 2014, the Independent American Party asked me to run for the U.S. House of Representatives out of Utah’s 3rd district. I accepted the offer. Unfortunately, at the height of the campaign, my marriage dissolved and I became depressed, quit my job, and moved to Idaho. Perhaps it did not affect the election outcome too drastically considering that the state of Utah, in violation of state law, barred all third party and independent candidates from participating in the debates that year. I have the official letter to prove it.

However, I did have the honor of speaking at a “meet the candidates” event in Heber City. Though it will sound highly immodest, I stole the show. I enjoy public speaking and consider myself a worthy teacher. That night, my comments received the loudest applause and the biggest crowd reactions. I spoke of the police state we live in, quoted from my pocket Constitution, appealed to the wisdom of the Founding Fathers, advocated for religion and morality in public policy, and diverged from the other candidates on nearly every issue. During the event, a Republican candidate sitting next to me began deferring to my answers. At one point, he leaned over and whispered, “I’m voting for you!” That November, I came in third in the election, with 3,192 people supporting me – and all this without a fair opportunity to attend the debates and with no funds to run a normal advertisement campaign.

Back in Idaho, I again lived with my parents and my brother who was then in high school. I had graduated and moved away to college when my brother was about six-years-old, so being back home – despite the awful circumstances – was a fantastic opportunity to become acquainted and become true brothers-in-arms. I also started working at my Dad’s school in various capacities. Over the past five years, I have worked as a substitute teacher, assistant coach, dishwasher and cafeteria worker, janitor, test proctor, chaperone, classroom aide, and bus aide. I even helped create a couple haunted houses for the school’s Halloween Harvest Carnival.

Though I have made it my work to speak out against occultism, Satanism, Wicca, paganism, and all forms of spiritual darkness, I confess that I love Halloween! I even run a Facebook page called “Samhain and Yule – Facts and Fun.” Sometimes people who follow my work are shocked when they learn about this hobby of mine. A few have even unfriended, blocked, or cussed me out on Facebook. After all, isn’t Halloween a pagan holiday? In the future, I intend to publish a book that I’m slowly compiling on the true origins and development of Samhain, or Halloween. Until then, we will just have to agree that if you can celebrate the pagan holidays of Christmas (Yule) and Easter, I can celebrate the pagan holiday Halloween.

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The Halloween mask I created and sewed together in 2016

Holidays are big in my family. Some of my best memories revolve around Christmas, Halloween, Independence Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving. I enjoy nothing more than carefree fun spent with my family – and holidays hand us that opportunity on a silver platter. Whether it is waking up at 5 A.M. to spy our presents under the Christmas tree, carving Jack-O-Lanterns, shooting off fireworks, hunting for clues to a hidden prize left by the Easter Bunny, or gorging on turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffed mushrooms, holiday traditions are part and parcel of my life.

Storytelling and reading are also essential features of my life. Like my hero, Thomas Jefferson, “I cannot live without books.” I was weened as a child on my Dad’s intricate stories. On car trips, at nights, or whenever, my Dad invented characters and fun tales for me and my siblings to enjoy. I also read books on numerous topics ranging from the Titanic to World War II to the War for Independence to dinosaurs. I strongly loved checking out books about astronomy or dinosaurs on the bookmobile that serviced our neighborhood in Green River, Wyoming.

Later, as a teenager, I became enchanted with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I have since read the books in Russian as well as numerous times in English. While some wrongly believe the story is little more than an occult initiation, I love the series’ central message – that good will always triumph over evil, that love is more powerful than hatred, and that qualities like sincerity and friendship are to be valued more than position and wealth.

I trace my love of writing directly to my love of Harry Potter. I consider Harry Potter the greatest book series ever produced and Albus Dumbledore is my favorite literary character (I’m also a certified Slytherin on Pottermore, if anyone is curious. And my patronus is a magpie). It was that magical tale which so thoroughly inspired me that characters, storylines, and worlds of my own creation began inhabiting my thoughts. These characters have become my friends and confidants. When the time is right, I will share some of them, and their unique adventures, with you.

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The most important thing I learned to read in my parents’ home, however, was the Holy Scriptures. Each night, my Dad called our family together and we read a chapter from The Book of Mormon, the Bible, or another book of scripture and ended the day with a prayer. Each week we also had a Family Home Evening where we gathered, sang hymns or songs, read scriptures, had a spiritual lesson, played games, ate sugary treats, and enjoyed the time together. These habits of daily prayer, scripture study, and Christian worship so carefully cultivated by my Mom and Dad have likely shaped my life more than any others. It is these very habits that I plan to pass on to my future children.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the guiding light of my life. I love the Lord and the teachings of the holy prophets, both past and present. I have attempted to share my testimony of the truth as a missionary, on social media, in my writings, and with my friends. I encourage people to come to Christ, to learn of Him, and to have faith in His redemptive power. I also encourage all who have not done so to investigate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read The Book of Mormon, which is another witness for Christ that supports the Bible’s declaration of His divinity. Pray to the Father and ask Him, in the name of the Lord, whether The Book of Mormon is from Him. I testify that it is and that it confirms that Jesus is the Christ. Have the courage to follow the promptings you receive from the Holy Spirit and come to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and add even more knowledge about the Savior to that knowledge which you already have. I promise that it will bless your life and strengthen your understanding of life, your dedication to goodness, and your family.

Among other things, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has informed my political views more than any other source. Part of my religious creed is that the U.S. Constitution was inspired by God. He worked through the Founding Fathers, who were wise and honorable men, to create that document and establish America as the first free nation in modern times. His hand was directly and powerfully involved in the founding of this Republic. His eternal law was the source from which our Founding Fathers drew their inspiration. His principles are enshrined in the supreme law of our land. America is His base of operations in these last days before His return.

Some of the men that God used to establish this nation were my descendants. Among others, I am distantly related to Caleb Strong. Caleb Strong was an associate of John Adams, served in important positions during the Revolution, was a member of the Constitutional Convention, was elected as one of Massachusetts’ first senators, and served as the governor of that great state for 12 years. All throughout my family history are individuals of piety and purpose who left their mark on this and other nations. I seek to honor them by doing my best to carry forward their heritage of patriotism and devotion to God.

The doctrine of my Church also forewarns of a global Satanic conspiracy that “seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries” (Ether 8:25). We are commanded by the Lord to “awake to a sense of [our] awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among [us]” (Ether 8:24). Modern prophets have identified this “secret combination,” or conspiracy, as the communist conspiracy with its goal of world revolution. Those same prophet-leaders have identified this conspiracy as the “greatest satanical threat” to the Church and to mankind. It was not mere coincidence that I chose to write my first two books, A Century of Red and Red Gadiantons, on the communist conspiracy. I did so because I have sworn to fight this archenemy of humanity wherever it raises its ugly head.

The communist conspiracy is feverishly working to subvert our society. You can see it everywhere you look. Communism has never been more powerful and prevalent than it is today. The main reason people do not grasp this fact, however, is that the cabal rarely uses the name “communist.” Instead, it works through front movements like feminism, environmentalism, LGBT, “Islamic” terrorism, democracy and democratic movements, and progressivism. The communists have our culture pinned in a corner and are closing in for the kill. In order to defeat their cultural assaults, we must reenthrone our Faith, Families, and Freedom. We must adopt the Christian constitutionalism of our forefathers. And we must repent, turn to Christ, and become an upright and moral People.

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Perhaps I will close on a more optimistic note. About three years ago, I began dating again. In 2017, I met a happy, faithful, and gorgeous girl named Emma. After two years of interesting courtship, we were married in Panama City, Panama on April 12, 2019. I’m thrilled to be married once more and I’m excited for the day when I will be a father. After God, family means everything to me. My three loyalties are to my Faith, my Family, and my Freedom. I have given much of my short life to teaching the principles of Liberty and to countering and exposing their enemies. I am committed to spending the rest of my life in God’s service, in my family’s service, and in the service of my blessed country.

I am so grateful to have been born in the greatest nation on God’s earth, in one of the best states in that nation, and in a truly wonderful family with parents who taught me the true Gospel of my Savior Jesus Christ. I love the Lord, I love my family and my wife, and I love the Freedom I enjoy in such abundance here in the United States. I trust that for years to come I will be able to fight the battles that need to be fought and help provide you with sufficient information and inspiration along the way so that you can assist in this colossal struggle. May we stand shoulder to shoulder through the dark days ahead and faithfully do our duty until the Lord returns to formally end the war that He has already won. We’re on the victorious side, ladies and gentlemen. We merely need to hold on until the buzzer sounds. That is the sure testimony and personal witness I leave with you. The ultimate victory is ours.

Zack Strong,

July 16, 2019.