History’s First Socialist, Leftist, Progressive, Liberal or Communist!
Listening to Rush Limbaugh the other day, there was a caller who posed the question; “Who was the first liberal?” Of course they came up with several names, like Karl Marx and company and Rush indicated that we could go back further. And indeed we can. Let me see if I can interject an idea into the mix. To start with I am reminded of the comment that the Republican candidate Rick Santorum made during the campaign that the liberals were “evil”. I hope I got that right. But what is “evil”? Conservatives label the liberals as “evil”, while the liberals call the conservatives “evil”. There needs to be some common ground that can be used as a yard stick to measure “good” and “evil”. An essay by Frank Chodorov on the income tax (The Income Tax: Root of all Evil – 1954) includes a chapter; “Politically Speaking, What Is Evil?” An excellent expose on the Judeo-Christian values that are at the foundation of the American political tradition.
Speaking to this, Mr. Chodorov points out that;
“The Constitution, then, is held in high esteem only because of the high esteem Americans put upon the doctrine of natural rights. Any law, political practice, or even amendment that infringes those rights is automatically deemed “unconstitutional.” The infringement is ‘evil'”. This being the case and as a result of the many “infringements” upon our natural rights, Mr. Chodorov reasons that, “. . . the kind of government we are acquiring is distinctly different from that envisaged by the Founding Fathers; it is fast becoming a government that conceives itself to be the source of rights, which it gives and can recall at its own pleasure. . . .”
Our government has become thus enthroned as the giver of good, the source of all “rights. We have come to see the legal profession change “natural rights” into “privileges”. And as Mr. Chodorov continues; “When an ‘evil’ becomes customary, it tends to lose the negative value put on it and in men’s minds tends to become a ‘good’.” Such is the case with the many government sponsored “social” programs.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter;” Isaiah 5:20
As to this author of “evil”, the Senator wasn’t far off! We can go way back and identify who I would call the first “liberal, etc.” This “liberal” goes by several names, and for this purpose I will use what I believe to be his “given” name, Lucifer or “Son of the Morning”. I do not know what the other “traditional” christian churches understand and teach about the pre-existence, in the Latter-day Saint (Mormon) scriptures, which includes the Holy Bible, we teach that there was a council in “heaven” of which there were a number of participants. Two of which were Jesus Christ, known by his given name, Jehovah, and Lucifer.
In this pre-construction or pre-creation meeting, after having planned out the process of the creation of the earth, the sending of the spirit children of God to the earth, obtaining a mortal body, the process of bring the children back into the presence of God was before the committee. This was where Lucifer proposed the plan that he would bring everyone back and “not one sole would be lost.” This proposal was the “creation” of liberalism (along with all of its other names).
This proposal that Lucifer placed before the committee had many, if not trillions of supporters. The goal was heralded as having merit. Who would certainly vote against this, bringing everyone back! Compare this with the programs today as we look at the attempts by the liberal movement led by President Obama and others as they try to bring down the upper class, raising the standard of the lower class so that in the end, there will only be the one “middle class”, no rich and no poor. Everyone is “saved”!!
The difficulty I see in implementing this socialist program, is that there will be no incentive for the “go getters” to go get; nor will there be any incentive for those who believe that the world owes them a living to pick themselves up and “go get”. Maybe if we were all ‘angels’ this would be a perfect solution, however, we are not perfect, we are not angels and the best solution is to see that everyone has an equal opportunity to exercise their “rights” and talents. This is the supreme purpose of the plan that Jehovah, or Jesus offered was that all would have that chance and the purpose of the United States Constitution is to preserve and protect that plan.
As for those who voted for Lucifer’s program, they forfeited the opportunity to receive a mortal body and the opportunity to live on earth. Those of us who stood by the Savior have received that right to come here to prove that they are worthy to return to a celestial reward. The veil has been drawn between the preexistence and this mortal experience and we are called upon to live by faith. This mortal existence is another level in our education or development, it is the “refiner’s fire”. In the midst of this “fire” we are tested to prove ourselves if we are indeed fit for the “kingdom”.
There are those who declare to the world that they are “conservative”; but are they? This is where I point to the article by Lane Filler of last March (2012); “Face it, nearly all Americans are really socialists”. I agree with Lane Filler, as pointed out in the article,
“Our federal income tax system is socialist. It would be even if we went to a flat tax. . . . School taxes are socialist. . . . Medicare, . . . is blatantly socialist. . . . Even Social Security . . . Unless you’re willing to abolish public schools, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Postal Service, Public roads, et cetera, you’re a socialist.”
During the Regan administration we saw the fall of the Berlin wall and all declared that communism was defeated. How wrong could we be! We’ve done this to ourselves, but in doing so, we do not have to continue this road. We cannot change over night, however, with this election, we can start. The election of 2010 was a step in the right direction and the election of 2012 will be another step. “We have met the enemy . . . and he is us.” Pogo
It is important to clean up our act and work on these “socialist” programs reforming them to conform to the principles of the Constitution. Number one priority reign in the Federal Government. Under the 10th Amendment return back to the States and the people those programs which are handled more effectively by each. It is going to be hard for some, this might be an answer to the flood of immigrates who are here for the free handout. It is just not here for them any more. The medical and education handouts won’t be available and those institutions will have to make the choice as federal and state funds are not there.
As you witness the conflict in the political arena you can see the two sides begin to polarize. One around the so called “conservative” cause and the other around the so called “liberal” cause, or the left and right. Probably for the most part, it was difficult in the past to tell the difference, but since the founding of this Nation, upon this choice land, and over the last two centuries, the vision is more clear. It is a choice we will all have to make and live with. We must be prepared for what is surely to come to pass when as the prophecy tell that the two forces will eventually contend for supremacy.
President Obama, who hails from the “land of Lincoln”, remember what Abraham Lincoln said: “You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help small men by tearing down the big men. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. Your cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
“You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds. You cannot establish security on borrowed money. You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do themselves.” (Paraphrased from the inspired words of Abraham Lincoln)
The “Deep State” and a Warning From the Past
The contention that now embroils our Nation is neither unique nor new to the world or this Nation. A new label that has been discussed in the “dark state.” Another “conspiracy theory, as some would put in on the back shelf and dismiss it as nonexistent. To do so would be to ignore the signs of cancer thinking it will go away. These “secret combinations” as one writer calls them are not new. The evil principles that are at their foundation are eternal and will be forever. It is a necessary ingredient for the growth of the human spirit and our conditioning. We have to deal with it. To quote one writer on this element:
“For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, . . . righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.” 2 Nephi 2:11
The “deep state” as it is called today, has been with us throughout history. From the beginning of recorded history; the efforts to subvert the eternal progress of man have been from the beginning:
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field . . . . And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
“. . . God, hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
“For God doth know the in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 2
What preceded this confrontation is known as: THE WAR IN HEAVEN
The apostle John revealed to us, “There was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which decieveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation12:7-9).
Isaiah lamented, “How art thou fallen from heaven, oh Lucifer, son of the morning! how are thou cut down to the ground” (Isaiah 14:12). Joseph Smith wrote concerning this tragic event, “and was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him — he was Lucifer, a son of the morning” (D&C 76:26).
Most Christian churches believe that a war was fought in heaven between Lucifer and Michael, but they have no idea of who Lucifer was, how he came to have angels of his own, what the war was about, and how it was fought. Through modern revelation we know the answers to these important questions.
Before the earth was created, a grand council was held in heaven where our Father’s children were gathered together to hear about a glorious plan to help us progress to eternal life. In that plan our Father explained that we would leave heaven for a short time so that we might have the opportunity to experience choosing between right and wrong. But there was a danger in this. Those who chose to do wrong, even once, would become tainted with sin. Since nothing unclean can dwell in heaven, such people would be unable to return to their Father’s home. However, the plan included a way to overcome this problem. Someone who had not committed any sin would have to be willing to pay the penalty for those who did. In that way, when we made mistakes in judgment, we could learn from them, repent of them and still be able to return to our celestial home.
The only question left was: Who would be this savior? “An angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God” (D&C 76:25) stepped forward and said, “Behold, here am I, send me. I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind” (Moses 4:1) That angel’s name was Lucifer. But Lucifer had a problem with our Father’s plan. In it, only those who accepted the savior’s atonement could receive eternal life. Everyone else would be unable to return to the celestial glory in which we all then lived.
Lucifer had a better idea. He would force everyone to choose the right. In that way no one would become unclean through wrong choices and everyone would then be eligible to receive full salvation. Under such a plan, not one soul would be lost. Of course that also meant that the savior (i.e. Lucifer) wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for anyone’s sins, since none would have been committed. But Lucifer also offered another modification to the plan. He wanted all the glory and honor, even that which belonged to the Father.
A second personage of high standing, stepped forward. This personage was Jehovah. He said, “Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever” (Moses 4:2).
The difference between these two responses is instructive. Jehovah saw the wisdom in doing things the way His Father had designed the plan. His response was motivated by love, humility and obedience to someone greater than Himself. Lucifer’s offer, on the other hand, was motivated by pride and ambition. He wanted the glory. He wanted the power. And he didn’t want to share those with anyone, including the Father. In his pride he wanted to take the Father’s place. Along with that pride came a sense of arrogance; a sense that he knew better than his Father, and was therefore better than Him. As such Lucifer’s plan called for him to be a dictator, with us, his brothers and sisters, being his subjects (slaves).
Our Father chose Jehovah to be the savior. Because of his pride and arrogance, Lucifer became indignant that he was not chosen, and rebelled against our Father. What then ensued was a heavenly conflict, where one third of the hosts of heaven sided with Lucifer, and the other two thirds, lead by Michael, the archangel, sided with the Father and Jehovah. (Although the scriptures do not mention Jehovah’s involvement in this battle, we can assume it was considerable.)
But what kind of a war was this? Was it hand-to-hand combat? Did we use bow and arrows, swords and shields? Did we use guns and rockets, tanks and missiles? Did we perhaps use something more sophisticated like laser swords or bolts of lightning? But we know that spirits can’t be destroyed, and we further know that Satan (his name being changed from Lucifer) and his angels are still very much alive and active on this planet. So what kind of a war did we fight?
The answer can be found by asking another question. How did Lucifer gather one third of the hosts of heaven to his side? Did he threaten them in some manner? There’s no way they would have willing followed him to their destruction if he forced them to join with him. The only way to gather followers is by persuasion. Lucifer used his talents of rhetorical persuasion to convince one third of our brothers and sisters that his plan was better than God’s. If you will, the war in heaven was like a political campaign, where each side tries to convince the population to vote for them based on their promises. There is nothing wrong with this kind of debate, except that there was not going to be any votes taken. Our Father was going to make His decision based on wisdom, not popular support.
From the beginning, Lucifer’s attempt to sway our Father’s children to his way of thinking was doomed to failure. But there was no real sin in doing this. The sin came when our Father made His choice. Instead of gracefully accepting defeat, and yielding obedience to our Father’s wishes, Lucifer became furious, and openly rebelled against the very Person who was seeking to offer him the chance for eternal life. That was his sin! It’s all right to have a different opinion than God, but it isn’t all right to go against God’s wishes. In the end, when a true understanding about the progress of mankind and how it works is make clear, one conforms their actions and thinking to that of God. This understanding does not come by mere acceptance of the Word, but by asking the question WHY?
Lucifer violently disagreed with his Father’s decision and, through his great persuasive arguments, convinced his followers not to obey their Father. Don’t ask the question. Just DO IT! If you will, a line was drawn in the sand separating the two classes of angels. All those who followed God were on one side, and those who opposed God were on the other side. Those who were not on God’s side were removed from the confines of heaven. The separation of the two parties was a peaceful parting. Like here in mortal life, we tend to congregate with those of like mind and move away from the opposition.
Looking at our condition today, in this Nation, you can see the lines that divide us. The war that started in heaven is still raging here on earth; Lucifer hasn’t given up.
“Of all the perplexing problems growing out of the Lucifer rebellion, none has occasioned more difficulty than the failure of immature evolutionary mortals to distinguish between true and false liberty. . . .
“License masquerading in the garments of liberty is the forerunner of abject bondage. . .
“There is no error greater than that species of self-deception which leads intelligent beings to crave the exercise of power over other beings for the purpose of depriving these persons of their natural liberties. The golden rule of human fairness cries out against all such fraud, unfairness, selfishness, and unrighteousness. Only true and genuine liberty is compatible with the reign of love and the ministry of mercy.” Problems of the Lucifer Rebellion, Urantia Book
The warning come from a nation long past in history, a nation know as the Jardites that came to this land (America) about 2000 B.C. and flourished up and until about 600 A.D. Their history is replete with war and peace, intrigue and power struggles. Having recorded this for future generations, Moroni, the compiler adds this:
18 “And it came to pass that they formed a secret combination, even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God;
19 “For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.
20 “And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.
21 “And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.
22 “And whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.
23 “Wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain—and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you, yea, even the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction if ye shall suffer these things to be.
24 “Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.
25 “For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.
26 “Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.” Ether chapter 8
This Nation, and I would speak to both North and South America, has a great destiny. But it is dependent upon our acknowledgement of the God of this land. This blessing is recorded in scripture:
6 “Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
7 “Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the land for their sakes, but unto the righteous it shall be blessed forever.” 2 Nephi 1
Observing our situation today and reviewing the prophecies and warnings, it is clear that we have not lived up to the contract. We are living in a time of captivity by the elements of socialism which has all of the fundamentals of Lucifer’s plan. We have a government which has destroyed our Constitution and educated the people to socialism, government privileges, welfare and the like. Although we talk about liberty, we have lost sight of its true values. This was noted by Abraham Lincoln:
“The world has never had a good definition of liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in need of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny.”
Supreme Court Justice also brought this to our attention:
It must be conceded that there are such rights in every free government beyond the control of the state. A government which recognized no such rights, which held the lives, the liberty, and the property of its citizens subject at all times to the absolute disposition and unlimited control of even the most democratic depository of power, is after all but a despotism. It is true it is a despotism of the many, of the majority, if you choose to call it so, but it is nonetheless a despotism.” Loan Association v. Topeka, 1874
Listen to Justice Douglas:
“This case involves a cancer in our body politic. It is a measure of the disease which afflicts us. … Those who already walk submissively will say there is no cause for alarm. But submissiveness is not our heritage. The first amendment was designed to allow rebellion to be our heritage. The Constitution was designed to keep government off the backs of the people…. The aim was to allow men to be free and independent and to assert their rights against government…. The America once extolled as the voice of liberty heard around the world no longer is cast in the image which Jefferson and Madison designed, but more in the Russian image.” Laird v. Tatum, 1972
And Justice Sutherland, to add only a few:
“Property, per se, has no rights, but the individual– the man — has three great rights, equally sacred from arbitrary interference; the right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to property. The three rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give man his life, but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes life worth living. To give him liberty but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave.”
Let me conclude with this moving poem titled Ghost of Valley Forge:
I had a dream the other night
I didn’t understand,
A figure walking through the mist,
with flintlock in his hand.
His clothes were torn and dirty,
as he stood there by my bed,
He took off his three-cornered hat,
and speaking low he said:
“We fought a revolution
to secure our liberty,
We wrote the Constitution,
as a shield from tyranny.
For future generations,
this legacy we gave,
In this, the land of the free
and home of the brave.
The freedom we secured for you,
we hoped you’d always keep,
But tyrants labored endlessly
while your parents were asleep.
Your freedom gone your courage lost
you’re no more than a slave,
In this, the land of the free
and the home of the brave.
You buy permits to travel,
and permits to own a gun,
Permits to start a business,
or to build a place for one.
On land that you believe you own,
you pay a yearly rent,
Although you have no voice
in choosing how the money’s spent.
Your children must attend a school
that doesn’t educate,
Your moral values can’t be taught,
according to the state.
You read about the current “news”
in a very biased press,
You pay a tax you do not owe,
to please the IRS.
Your money is no longer made
of silver or of gold,
You trade your wealth for paper,
so life can be controlled.
You pay for crimes
that make our Nation turn from God to shame,
You’ve taken Satan’s number,
as you’ve traded in your name.
You’ve given government control
to those who do you harm,
So they can padlock churches,
and steal the family farm.
And keep our country deep in debt,
put men of God in jail,
Harass your fellow countryman
while corrupted courts prevail.
Your public servants don’t uphold
the solemn oath they’ve sworn,
Your daughters visit doctors
so children won’t be born.
Your leaders ship artillery
and guns to foreign shores,
And send your sons to slaughter,
fighting other people’s wars.
Can you regain your Freedom
for which we fought and died?
Or don’t you have the courage,
or the faith to stand with pride?
Are there no more values
for which you’ll fight to save?
Or do you wish your children
live in fear and be a slave?
Sons of the Republic,
arise and take a stand!
Defend the Constitution,
the Supreme Law of the Land!
Preserve our Republic,
and each God-given right!
And pray to God to keep the torch
of freedom burning bright!”
As I awoke he vanished,
in the mist from whence he came,
His words were true, we are not free,
and we have ourselves to blame.
For even now as tyrants trample
each God-given right,
We only watch and tremble —
too afraid to stand and fight.
If he stood by your bedside
in a dream while you’re asleep,
And wonder what remains
of your right he fought to keep.
What would be your answer
if he called out from the grave?
Is this still the land of the free
and home of the brave?
Courtesy of the Family Guardian Fellowship