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The Evils of Pride.

This is probably the most difficult lesson I am about ready to share with you about Humility and the dangers of Pride. For I am just as flawed as the next man, and the natural man is an enemy towards God. I simply felt that I needed to share this particular lesson at this particular time, and at this particular place for what ever reasons may be. We learn in Mosiah 3:19 regarding the natural man.

19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.

President Ezra Taft Benson in his 1989 Beware of Pride speech stated this concerning Pride.

Pride is a very misunderstood sin, and many are sinning in ignorance. (SeeMosiah 3:113 Ne. 6:18.) In the scriptures there is no such thing as righteous pride—it is always considered a sin. Therefore, no matter how the world uses the term, we must understand how God uses the term so we can understand the language of holy writ and profit thereby. (See 2 Ne. 4:15Mosiah 1:3–7Alma 5:61.)

Interesting statement, but in order to understand this statement so that we may reverse course in our own lives we must look at what is pride. Pride is according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary

1. Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.

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With the reciprocal pronoun, to pride one’s self, to indulge pride; to take pride; to value one’s self; to gratify self-esteem. They pride themselves in their wealth, dress or equipage. He prides himself in his achievements.

One of the dangers of  pride that I would like to focus on today, is enmity. Merriam-Webster’s definition of enmity is.

1. The quality of being an enemy; the opposite of friendship; ill will; hatred; unfriendly dispositions; malevolence. It expresses more than aversion and less than malice,and differs from displeasure in denoting a fixed or rooted hatred, whereas displeasure is more transient.

I will put enmity between thee and the woman. Gen.3.

The carnal mind is enmity against God.Rom. 8.

2. A state of opposition.

The friendship of the world is enmity with God. James 4.

Think to yourself of how often have you seeked for favor with your fellow man? How often have you seeked for wages for self-fish desires, instead of honest wages for yours and your families basic needs? How often have you coveted over what your neighbor has had, instead of being simply happy for them and their accomplishments? How often have you used your own lives accomplishments and education over someone else?  Pride creates contention and through that contention leads to  arguments, fights, unrighteous dominion, generation gaps, divorces, spouse abuse, riots, and disturbances. Through the power structure of pride we become disobedient towards employers, religious leaders and God. Basically anyone that has stewardship over us. Pride breeds what is known as secret combinations in every civilization that leaves their pride unchecked. Secret Combinations are known to seek power, gain riches and to gain control over the minds of men. As we learn in Hel. 7:5

Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills—

Let us all remember this statement by President Benson in this talk, which reads. Pride is a sin that can readily be seen in others but is rarely admitted in ourselves. Most of us consider pride to be a sin of those on the top, such as the rich and the learned, looking down at the rest of us. (See 2 Ne. 9:42.) There is, however, a far more common ailment among us—and that is pride from the bottom looking up. It is manifest in so many ways, such as faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, murmuring, living beyond our means, envying, coveting, withholding gratitude and praise that might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous.

I could go on and on with the evils of pride, but for the interest in time I will encourage you to watch the full speech by Ezra Taft Benson on this subject.

Beware of Pride

Now I wish to speak to you concerning the opposite of pride, which is Humility. For humility is of God and pride is of Lucifer. We read in Alma 32:16

Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe.

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary has this to say regarding Humility.

1. In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.

Before honor is humility. Prov.15.

Serving the Lord with all humility of mind. Acts.20.

2. Act of submission.

Think towards all the great leaders of history spiritual or otherwise. Either George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, President Monson, President Hinkley, President Benson and others. What major similarities did they all have as leaders? They exercised the Christlike attributes  of meekness, humility, and prayer nearly flawlessly. Let us all choose to be Humble.

Choose to humble ourselves by conquering enmity toward our brothers and sisters, esteeming them as ourselves, and lifting them as high or higher than we are. (See D&C 38:24D&C 81:5D&C 84:106.)

Choose to humble ourselves by receiving counsel and chastisement. (See Jacob 4:10Hel. 15:3D&C 63:55D&C 101:4–5D&C 108:1D&C 124:61, 84D&C 136:31Prov. 9:8.)

Choose to humble ourselves by forgiving those who have offended us. (See 3 Ne. 13:11, 14D&C 64:10.)

Choose to humble ourselves by rendering selfless service. (SeeMosiah 2:16–17.)

Choose to humble ourselves by going on missions and preaching the word that can humble others. (See Alma 4:19Alma 31:5Alma 48:20.)

Choose to humble ourselves by getting to the temple more frequently.

Choose to humble ourselves by confessing and forsaking our sins and being born of God. (See D&C 58:43Mosiah 27:25–26Alma 5:7–14, 49.)

Choose to humble ourselves by loving God, submitting our will to His, and putting Him first in our lives. (See 3 Ne. 11:113 Ne. 13:33;Moro. 10:32.)

I say this important message in His name, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The case for Federalism.

Thank you Committee members for this opportunity to speak before you today in support of this act. I also thank you for taking this time out of your busy lives to serve the citizens of this great Sovereign State of Utah. My comments here today are designed to hopefully correct what has been said and what may be of concern for you regarding this piece of legislation.

It may be a common belief that our three branches of government are the Judicial, Legislative, and Executive, but what would you say if this common belief is more of a partial truth? The fulness of the truth concerning our system of governance actually consists of the federal government, the States, and the People. Hence Articles 1,2 and 3 of the US Constitution as well as the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. Then in the individual State governments we also see the Legislative, Executive and the Judicial republican system of governance. Then through the people they have the right to utilize the electoral system to choose their government. All of which creates the perfect system of checks and balances to protect the people’s inalienable rights so perfectly described in the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution and the State of Utah Constitution. James Madison “the father of the Constitution” had this to say about our US Constitution in his Report of 1800 to the Virginia State legislature.

The resolution, having taken this view of the federal compact, proceeds to infer, “that, in case of a deliberate, palpable, and dangerous exercise of other powers, not granted by the said compact, the states, who are parties thereto, have the right and are in duty bound to interpose for arresting the progress of the evil, and for maintaining within their respective limits, the authorities, rights, and liberties appertaining to them.”

It appears to your committee to be a plain principle, founded in common sense, illustrated by common practice, and essential to the nature of compacts, that, where resort can be had to no tribunal, superior to the authority of the parties, the parties themselves must be the rightful judges in the last resort, whether the bargain made has been pursued or violated. The Constitution of the United States was formed by the sanction of the states, given by each in its sovereign capacity. It adds to the stability and dignity, as well as to the authority of the Constitution, that it rests on this legitimate and solid foundation. The states, then, being the parties to the constitutional compact, and in their sovereign capacity, it follows of necessity, that there can be no tribunal above their authority, to decide in the last resort, whether the compact made by them be violated; and, consequently, that, as the. parties to it, they must themselves decide, in the last resort, such questions as may be of sufficient magnitude to require their interposition.

Madison clearly states that the US Constitution is a Charter that each independent State agreed to upon their respective ratification of the US Constitution in their individual States for the sole purpose of uniting the States under one Supreme Law, Article 6 Section 2 of the US Constitution. In this quote he also stated that the States when the federal government violates the Charter “the US Constitution” are duty bound to enforce the Charter where the Federal government is lacking thereof. Making the terms Nullification completely constitutional, under the Ninth, Tenth, eleventh, and even twelfth amendments in the US Constitution.

Some critics of this bill may use Article 1 Section 8 in opposition to the said bill stating that it violates the Commerce Clause. Well lets once again turn to what James Madison “the father of the Constitution had to say regarding Article 1 Section 8.

In the existing Constitution, they make the following part of Sec. 8, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and to provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States.”

This similarity in the use of these phrases in the two great federal charters, might well be considered, as rendering their meaning less liable to be misconstrued in the latter; because it will scarcely be said, that in the former they were ever understood to be either a general grant of power, or to authorize the requisition or application of money by the old Congress to the common defence and general welfare, except in the cases afterwards enumerated, which explained and limited their meaning; and if such was the limited meaning attached to these phrases in the very instrument revised and remodelled by the present Constitution, it can never be supposed that when copied into this Constitution, a different meaning ought to be attached to them.

He goes on to say.

The paragraph in Art. I. sect. 8, which contains the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excise; to pay the debts, and provide for the common defence and general welfare, having been already examined, will also require no particular attention in this place. It will have been seen that in its fair and consistent meaning, it cannot enlarge the enumerated powers vested in Congress.

James Madison continues with the of the Necessary and Proper Clause Article 1 Section 8 Clause 18, stating.

The plain import of this clause is, that Congress shall have all the incidental or instrumental powers necessary and proper for carrying into execution all the express powers; whether they be vested in the government of the United States, more collectively, or in the several departments or officers thereof. It is not a grant of new powers to Congress, but merely a declaration, for the removal of all uncertainty, that the means of carrying into execution, those otherwise granted, are included in the grant.

Whenever, therefore, a question arises concerning the constitutionality of a particular power, the first question is, whether the power be expressed in the Constitution. If it be, the question is decided. If it be not expressed, the next inquiry must be, whether it is properly an incident to an express power, and necessary to its execution. If it be, it may be exercised by Congress. If it be not. Congress cannot exercise it.

Now lets look at the matter of Judicial review, and or Marbury vs. Madison. In a brief historical context of the case. The sole reasoning for the case was to settle the dispute of presidential appointments and how they are to be treated. It was never over any particular bill and or law. If we read the actual words from the case itself, in many circumstances it perfectly lays out that it is imperative for the Courts to use the Constitution as a guide to interpret certain laws and or cases. Not to interpret the Charter itself. Lets look at what this case actually says in order to verify this fact shall we?

Certainly all those who have framed written constitutions contemplate them as forming the fundamental and paramount law of the nation, and consequently, the theory of every such government must be, that an act of the legislature, repugnant to the constitution, is void.

Then with Marbury’s closing statement of this opinion he states so perfectly clear.

It is also not entirely unworthy of observation that in declaring what shall be the supreme law of the land, the constitution itself is first mentioned; and not the laws of the United States generally, but those only which shall be made in pursuance of the constitution, have that rank.

Thus, the particular phraseology of the constitution of the United States confirms and strengthens the principle, supposed to be essential to all written constitutions, that a law repugnant to the constitution is void; and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.

The rule must be discharged.

Now I know what you may be thinking why would I use this quote when it uses the term discharged? Well if we look at the 1828 Merriam Webster’s dictionary it says that the execution means either to perform or executed.

In closing I would like you to remember your individual oaths of office, which is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America as well as the Constitution of the State of Utah, and pass this excellent bill. To enforce the Constitution of the United States America where the federal government is clearly lacking in this regard. Thank you for your time.

Tale of two presidents.

As you may know by now President Obama gave his fifth State of the Union Address. Many of you choose not to watch it nor pay any attention to it. I however do not have that pleasure, and have read that speech. For I have found that it is much easier to learn what someone’s agenda is by simply reading the speech instead of listening to the speech. Instead of focusing on the negatives here like so many people may be doing or else may be flaunting over the speech as if he is some sort of god. I intend to offer you the reader with an alternative here. My plan is to not only post the complete unedited version of the President’s speech for your reading displeasure, but a speech from my personal favorite President George Washington. So that you the reader can point out the difference between the politician president Mr. Obama’s speech/agenda and the Statesman president Mr. Washington. President Washington was a meek man, a humble man, a God fearing man, which all three of these are Christlike attributes. President Washington always put God, Family, Country before his own will. President Washington was the type of man that decided that this new nation, was best to be governed by a Republican form of government and through his Humility he declined the invitation from the masses to become King. At the close of the Revolutionary War he through his Humility resigned his post as Commander of the Continental Army and relieved all that followed him in that army of their duty to serve. He prayed in agony nightly and every morning for guidance from God during the war and in his presidency. He Honored his oath of office and Honored the need to serve at all facets of his life. George Washington was the indispensable man and the considered to be the Father of this vary Nation.

As you read President Obama’s speech, I exhort you to fully investigate every single thing he speaks of as well as pay attention to his agenda.
“Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:
Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that “the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress…It is my task,” he said, “to report the State of the Union – to improve it is the task of us all.”
(WATCH LIVE: POLITICO’s coverage of the SOTU)
Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs. We buy more American cars than we have in five years, and less foreign oil than we have in twenty. Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.
Together, we have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.
But we gather here knowing that there are millions of Americans whose hard work and dedication have not yet been rewarded. Our economy is adding jobs – but too many people still can’t find full-time employment. Corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs – but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.
It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
(PHOTOS: Scenes from Obama State of the Union 2013)
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.
The American people don’t expect government to solve every problem. They don’t expect those of us in this chamber to agree on every issue. But they do expect us to put the nation’s interests before party. They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can. For they know that America moves forward only when we do so together; and that the responsibility of improving this union remains the task of us all.
Our work must begin by making some basic decisions about our budget – decisions that will have a huge impact on the strength of our recovery.
(Also on POLITICO: Rubio response: Obama bad for middle class)
Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. As a result, we are more than halfway towards the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction that economists say we need to stabilize our finances.
Now we need to finish the job. And the question is, how?
In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year. These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness. They’d devastate priorities like education, energy, and medical research. They would certainly slow our recovery, and cost us hundreds of thousands of jobs. That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea. Now, some in this Congress have proposed preventing only the defense cuts by making even bigger cuts to things like education and job training; Medicare and Social Security benefits.
That idea is even worse. Yes, the biggest driver of our long-term debt is the rising cost of health care for an aging population. And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.
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Thrush on more progressive 2nd term Obama

But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful. We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling, or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers, cops, and firefighters. Most Americans – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – understand that we can’t just cut our way to prosperity. They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share. And that’s the approach I offer tonight.
On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission. Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs. The reforms I’m proposing go even further. We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors. We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive. And I am open to additional reforms from both parties, so long as they don’t violate the guarantee of a secure retirement. Our government shouldn’t make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we’ve already made.
To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected. After all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and Medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? How is that fair? How does that promote growth?
Now is our best chance for bipartisan, comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit. The American people deserve a tax code that helps small businesses spend less time filling out complicated forms, and more time expanding and hiring; a tax code that ensures billionaires with high-powered accountants can’t pay a lower rate than their hard-working secretaries; a tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America. That’s what tax reform can deliver. That’s what we can do together.
I realize that tax reform and entitlement reform won’t be easy. The politics will be hard for both sides. None of us will get 100 percent of what we want. But the alternative will cost us jobs, hurt our economy, and visit hardship on millions of hardworking Americans. So let’s set party interests aside, and work to pass a budget that replaces reckless cuts with smart savings and wise investments in our future. And let’s do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors. The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another. Now, most of us agree that a plan to reduce the deficit must be part of our agenda. But let’s be clear: deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan. A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?
A year and a half ago, I put forward an American Jobs Act that independent economists said would create more than one million new jobs. I thank the last Congress for passing some of that agenda, and I urge this Congress to pass the rest. Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.
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Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.
After shedding jobs for more than 10 years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. Caterpillar is bringing jobs back from Japan. Ford is bringing jobs back from Mexico. After locating plants in other countries like China, Intel is opening its most advanced plant right here at home. And this year, Apple will start making Macs in America again.
There are things we can do, right now, to accelerate this trend. Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns. So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs. And I ask this Congress to help create a network of fifteen of these hubs and guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is Made in America.
If we want to make the best products, we also have to invest in the best ideas. Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy. Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer’s; developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs; devising new material to make batteries ten times more powerful. Now is not the time to gut these job-creating investments in science and innovation. Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.
After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it. And over the last four years, our emissions of the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet have actually fallen. But for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense. We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science – and act before it’s too late.
The good news is, we can make meaningful progress on this issue while driving strong economic growth. I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.
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Four years ago, other countries dominated the clean energy market and the jobs that came with it. We’ve begun to change that. Last year, wind energy added nearly half of all new power capacity in America. So let’s generate even more. Solar energy gets cheaper by the year – so let’s drive costs down even further. As long as countries like China keep going all-in on clean energy, so must we.
In the meantime, the natural gas boom has led to cleaner power and greater energy independence. That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits. But I also want to work with this Congress to encourage the research and technology that helps natural gas burn even cleaner and protects our air and water.
Indeed, much of our new-found energy is drawn from lands and waters that we, the public, own together. So tonight, I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good. If a non-partisan coalition of CEOs and retired generals and admirals can get behind this idea, then so can we. Let’s take their advice and free our families and businesses from the painful spikes in gas prices we’ve put up with for far too long. I’m also issuing a new goal for America: let’s cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next twenty years. The states with the best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen.
America’s energy sector is just one part of an aging infrastructure badly in need of repair. Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids. The CEO of Siemens America – a company that brought hundreds of new jobs to North Carolina – has said that if we upgrade our infrastructure, they’ll bring even more jobs. And I know that you want these job-creating projects in your districts. I’ve seen you all at the ribbon-cuttings.
Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the whole burden, I’m also proposing a Partnership to Rebuild America that attracts private capital to upgrade what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children. Let’s prove that there is no better place to do business than the United States of America. And let’s start right away. Part of our rebuilding effort must also involve our housing sector. Today, our housing market is finally healing from the collapse of 2007. Home prices are rising at the fastest pace in six years, home purchases are up nearly 50 percent, and construction is expanding again.
But even with mortgage rates near a 50-year low, too many families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected. Too many families who have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told no. That’s holding our entire economy back, and we need to fix it. Right now, there’s a bill in this Congress that would give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and Republicans have supported it before. What are we waiting for? Take a vote, and send me that bill. Right now, overlapping regulations keep responsible young families from buying their first home. What’s holding us back? Let’s streamline the process, and help our economy grow.
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These initiatives in manufacturing, energy, infrastructure, and housing will help entrepreneurs and small business owners expand and create new jobs. But none of it will matter unless we also equip our citizens with the skills and training to fill those jobs. And that has to start at the earliest possible age.
Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.
Tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on – by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children, like Georgia or Oklahoma, studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, and form more stable families of their own. So let’s do what works, and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance.
Let’s also make sure that a high school diploma puts our kids on a path to a good job. Right now, countries like Germany focus on graduating their high school students with the equivalent of a technical degree from one of our community colleges, so that they’re ready for a job. At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.
We need to give every American student opportunities like this. Four years ago, we started Race to the Top – a competition that convinced almost every state to develop smarter curricula and higher standards, for about 1 percent of what we spend on education each year. Tonight, I’m announcing a new challenge to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy. We’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future. Now, even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education. It’s a simple fact: the more education you have, the more likely you are to have a job and work your way into the middle class. But today, skyrocketing costs price way too many young people out of a higher education, or saddle them with unsustainable debt.
Through tax credits, grants, and better loans, we have made college more affordable for millions of students and families over the last few years. But taxpayers cannot continue to subsidize the soaring cost of higher education. Colleges must do their part to keep costs down, and it’s our job to make sure they do. Tonight, I ask Congress to change the Higher Education Act, so that affordability and value are included in determining which colleges receive certain types of federal aid. And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.
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To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today’s jobs require. But we also have to make sure that America remains a place where everyone who’s willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead.
Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants. And right now, leaders from the business, labor, law enforcement, and faith communities all agree that the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Real reform means strong border security, and we can build on the progress my Administration has already made – putting more boots on the southern border than at any time in our history, and reducing illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
Real reform means establishing a responsible pathway to earned citizenship – a path that includes passing a background check, paying taxes and a meaningful penalty, learning English, and going to the back of the line behind the folks trying to come here legally.
And real reform means fixing the legal immigration system to cut waiting periods, reduce bureaucracy, and attract the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers that will help create jobs and grow our economy.
In other words, we know what needs to be done. As we speak, bipartisan groups in both chambers are working diligently to draft a bill, and I applaud their efforts. Now let’s get this done. Send me a comprehensive immigration reform bill in the next few months, and I will sign it right away.
But we can’t stop there. We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence. Today, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act that Joe Biden originally wrote almost 20 years ago. I urge the House to do the same. And I ask this Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.
We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we’ve put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That’s wrong. That’s why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, nineteen states have chosen to bump theirs even higher. Tonight, let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour. This single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families. It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead. For businesses across the country, it would mean customers with more money in their pockets. In fact, working folks shouldn’t have to wait year after year for the minimum wage to go up while CEO pay has never been higher. So here’s an idea that Governor Romney and I actually agreed on last year: let’s tie the minimum wage to the cost of living, so that it finally becomes a wage you can live on.
Tonight, let’s also recognize that there are communities in this country where no matter how hard you work, it’s virtually impossible to get ahead. Factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up. Inescapable pockets of poverty, urban and rural, where young adults are still fighting for their first job. America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny. And that is why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all who are willing to climb them.
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Let’s offer incentives to companies that hire Americans who’ve got what it takes to fill that job opening, but have been out of work so long that no one will give them a chance. Let’s put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods. And this year, my Administration will begin to partner with 20 of the hardest-hit towns in America to get these communities back on their feet. We’ll work with local leaders to target resources at public safety, education, and housing. We’ll give new tax credits to businesses that hire and invest. And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood – because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.
Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger America. It is this kind of prosperity – broad, shared, and built on a thriving middle class – that has always been the source of our progress at home. It is also the foundation of our power and influence throughout the world.
Tonight, we stand united in saluting the troops and civilians who sacrifice every day to protect us. Because of them, we can say with confidence that America will complete its mission in Afghanistan, and achieve our objective of defeating the core of al Qaeda. Already, we have brought home 33,000 of our brave servicemen and women. This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead. Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan. This drawdown will continue. And by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.
Beyond 2014, America’s commitment to a unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure, but the nature of our commitment will change. We are negotiating an agreement with the Afghan government that focuses on two missions: training and equipping Afghan forces so that the country does not again slip into chaos, and counter-terrorism efforts that allow us to pursue the remnants of al Qaeda and their affiliates.
Today, the organization that attacked us on 9/11 is a shadow of its former self. Different al Qaeda affiliates and extremist groups have emerged – from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa. The threat these groups pose is evolving. But to meet this threat, we don’t need to send tens of thousands of our sons and daughters abroad, or occupy other nations. Instead, we will need to help countries like Yemen, Libya, and Somalia provide for their own security, and help allies who take the fight to terrorists, as we have in Mali. And, where necessary, through a range of capabilities, we will continue to take direct action against those terrorists who pose the gravest threat to Americans. As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.
Of course, our challenges don’t end with al Qaeda. America will continue to lead the effort to prevent the spread of the world’s most dangerous weapons. The regime in North Korea must know that they will only achieve security and prosperity by meeting their international obligations. Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further, as we stand by our allies, strengthen our own missile defense, and lead the world in taking firm action in response to these threats.
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Likewise, the leaders of Iran must recognize that now is the time for a diplomatic solution, because a coalition stands united in demanding that they meet their obligations, and we will do what is necessary to prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon. At the same time, we will engage Russia to seek further reductions in our nuclear arsenals, and continue leading the global effort to secure nuclear materials that could fall into the wrong hands – because our ability to influence others depends on our willingness to lead.
America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.
That’s why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.
Even as we protect our people, we should remember that today’s world presents not only dangers, but opportunities. To boost American exports, support American jobs, and level the playing field in the growing markets of Asia, we intend to complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership. And tonight, I am announcing that we will launch talks on a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the European Union – because trade that is free and fair across the Atlantic supports millions of good-paying American jobs.
We also know that progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all. In many places, people live on little more than a dollar a day. So the United States will join with our allies to eradicate such extreme poverty in the next two decades: by connecting more people to the global economy and empowering women; by giving our young and brightest minds new opportunities to serve and helping communities to feed, power, and educate themselves; by saving the world’s children from preventable deaths; and by realizing the promise of an AIDS-free generation. Above all, America must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home where she had been imprisoned for years; when thousands of Burmese lined the streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to be like that.”
In defense of freedom, we will remain the anchor of strong alliances from the Americas to Africa; from Europe to Asia. In the Middle East, we will stand with citizens as they demand their universal rights, and support stable transitions to democracy. The process will be messy, and we cannot presume to dictate the course of change in countries like Egypt; but we can – and will – insist on respect for the fundamental rights of all people. We will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian. And we will stand steadfast with Israel in pursuit of security and a lasting peace. These are the messages I will deliver when I travel to the Middle East next month.
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All this work depends on the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk – our diplomats, our intelligence officers, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will do whatever we must to protect those who serve their country abroad, and we will maintain the best military in the world. We will invest in new capabilities, even as we reduce waste and wartime spending. We will ensure equal treatment for all service members, and equal benefits for their families – gay and straight. We will draw upon the courage and skills of our sisters and daughters, because women have proven under fire that they are ready for combat. We will keep faith with our veterans – investing in world-class care, including mental health care, for our wounded warriors; supporting our military families; and giving our veterans the benefits, education, and job opportunities they have earned. And I want to thank my wife Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden for their continued dedication to serving our military families as well as they serve us.
But defending our freedom is not the job of our military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. And I’m asking two long-time experts in the field, who’ve recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney’s campaign, to lead it. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.
Of course, what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children. It has been two months since Newtown. I know this is not the first time this country has debated how to reduce gun violence. But this time is different. Overwhelming majorities of Americans – Americans who believe in the 2nd Amendment – have come together around commonsense reform – like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned.
Each of these proposals deserves a vote in Congress. If you want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote. Because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.
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One of those we lost was a young girl named Hadiya Pendleton. She was 15 years old. She loved Fig Newtons and lip gloss. She was a majorette. She was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. Just three weeks ago, she was here, in Washington, with her classmates, performing for her country at my inauguration. And a week later, she was shot and killed in a Chicago park after school, just a mile away from my house.
Hadiya’s parents, Nate and Cleo, are in this chamber tonight, along with more than two dozen Americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. They deserve a vote.
Gabby Giffords deserves a vote.
The families of Newtown deserve a vote.
The families of Aurora deserve a vote.
The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.
Our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. Indeed, no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve all the challenges I’ve outlined tonight. But we were never sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can, to secure this nation, expand opportunity, and uphold our ideals through the hard, often frustrating, but absolutely necessary work of self-government.
We were sent here to look out for our fellow Americans the same way they look out for one another, every single day, usually without fanfare, all across this country. We should follow their example.
We should follow the example of a New York City nurse named Menchu Sanchez. When Hurricane Sandy plunged her hospital into darkness, her thoughts were not with how her own home was faring – they were with the twenty precious newborns in her care and the rescue plan she devised that kept them all safe.
We should follow the example of a North Miami woman named Desiline Victor. When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours. And as time ticked by, her concern was not with her tired body or aching feet, but whether folks like her would get to have their say. Hour after hour, a throng of people stayed in line in support of her. Because Desiline is 102 years old. And they erupted in cheers when she finally put on a sticker that read “I Voted.”
We should follow the example of a police officer named Brian Murphy. When a gunman opened fire on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and Brian was the first to arrive, he did not consider his own safety. He fought back until help arrived, and ordered his fellow officers to protect the safety of the Americans worshiping inside – even as he lay bleeding from twelve bullet wounds.
When asked how he did that, Brian said, “That’s just the way we’re made.”
That’s just the way we’re made.
We may do different jobs, and wear different uniforms, and hold different views than the person beside us. But as Americans, we all share the same proud title:
We are citizens. It’s a word that doesn’t just describe our nationality or legal status. It describes the way we’re made. It describes what we believe. It captures the enduring idea that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations; that our rights are wrapped up in the rights of others; and that well into our third century as a nation, it remains the task of us all, as citizens of these United States, to be the authors of the next great chapter in our American story.
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.”

Now after you get done with that novel of a political campaign speech. Lets lets hear from our Esteemed former President the first President of these States united, President George Washington.

FELLOW CITIZENS Of the SENATE, and HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES,

I EMBRACE with great satisfaction the opportunity, which now presents itself, of congratulating you on the present favourable prospects of our public affairs. The recent accession of the important state of Northcarolina to the Constitution of the United States (of which official information has been received) & the ruling credit and respectability of our country & the general and increasing good will towards the government of the union, and the concord, peace and plenty, with which we are blessed, are circumstances auspicious, in an excellent degree, to our national prosperity.

In reforming your consultations for the general good, you cannot but derive encouragement from the reflection, the measures of the last session have been as satisfactory to your constituents as the novelty and difficulty of the work allowed you to hope.– Still further to realize their expectations, and to secure the blessings which a gracious Providence has placed within our reach, will in the course of the present important session, call for the cool and deliberate exertion of your patriotism, firmness and wisdom.

Among the many interesting objects which will engage your attention, that of providing for the common defence will merit particular regard. To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.

A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.

The proper establishment of the troops which may be deemed indispensable, will be entitled to mature consideration. In the arrangement which will be made respecting it, it will be of importance to conciliate the comfortable support of the officers and soldiers with a due regard to economy.

There was reason to hope, the pacifick measures adopted with regard to certain hostile tribes of Indians, would have relieved the inhabitants of our southern and western frontiers from their depredations. But you will perceive, from the information contained in the papers, which I shall direct to be laid before you, (comprehending a communication from the Commonwealth of Virginia) that we ought to be prepared to afford protection to those parts of the Union; and, if necessary, to punish aggressors.

The interests of the United States require, that our intercourse with other nations should be facilitated by such provisions as will enable me to fulfill my duty, in that respect, in the manner which circumstances may render most conducive to the publick good: And to this end, that the compensations to be made to the persons who may be employed, should, according to the nature of their appointments, be defined by law; and a competent fund designated for defraying the expenses incident to the conduct of our foreign affairs.

Various considerations also render it expedient, that the terms on which foreigners may be admitted to the rights of Citizens, should be speedily ascertained by a uniform rule of naturalization.

Uniformity in the currency, weights and measures of the United States, is an object of great importance, and will, I am persuaded, be duly attended to.

The advancement of agriculture, commerce and manufactures, by all proper means, will not, I trust, need recommendation. But I cannot forbear intimating to you the expediency of giving effectual encouragement as well to the introduction of new and useful inventions from abroad, as to the exertions of skill and genius in producing them at home; and of facilitating the intercourse between the distant parts of our country by a due attention to the Post Office and Post Roads.

Nor am I less persuaded, that you will agree with me in opinion, that there is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of Science and Literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of publick happiness. In one, in which the measures of government receive their impression so immediately from the sense of the community, as in our’s, it is proportionately essential. To the security of a free Constitution it contributes in various ways: By convincing those who are entrusted with the publick administration, that every valuable end of government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people: And by teaching the people themselves to know, and to value their own rights; to discern and provide against invasions of them; to distinguish between oppression and the necessary exercise of lawful authority; between burthens proceeding from a disregard to their convenience, and those resulting from the inevitable exigencies of society; to discriminate the spirit of liberty from that of licentiousness, cherishing the first, avoiding the last, and uniting a speedy, but temperate vigilance against encroachments, with an inviolable respect to the laws.

Whether this desirable object will be best promoted by affording aids to seminaries of learning already established, by the institution of a national university, or by any other expedients, will be well worthy of a place in the deliberations of the Legislature.

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives,

I SAW with peculiar pleasure, at the close of the last session, the resolution entered into by you, expressive of your opinion, that an adequate provision for the support of the publick credit, is a matter of high importance to the national honour and prosperity.– In this sentiment, I entirely concur.– And to a perfect confidence in your best endeavors to devise such a provision as will be truly consistent with the end, I add an equal reliance on the cheerful cooperation of the other branch of the Legislature.– It would be superfluous to specify inducements to a measure in which the character and permanent interests of the United States so obviously and so deeply concerned; and which has received so explicit a sanction from your declaration.

Gentlemen of the Senate, and House of Representatives,

I HAVE directed the proper officers to lay before you respectively such papers and estimates as regards the affairs particularly recommended to your consideration, and necessary to convey to you that information of the state of the union, which it is my duty to afford.

The welfare of our country is the great object to which our cares and efforts ought to be directed.– And I shall derive great satisfaction from a cooperation with you, in the pleasing though arduous task of ensuring to our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect, from a free and equal government.

G. WASHINGTON United States, January 8, 1790

Religious Liberty given in Sacrament Meeting July of 2012.

Now I am truly Honored by this opportunity to speak to you today concerning
freedom, the Constitution, and the correlation that it has to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many
of you know by know that I tend to be a little politically involved, and yes it is an interest of
mine. However I feel that it is much much more than that. I feel that it is part of my faith in
Jesus Christ and his gospel here on earth today. Over the course of this speech I plan to
enlighten you as to the words of our founders themselves. As well as the words of the
prophets dating back to Joesph Smith and the ancient prophets from our own scriptures.
After today I hope and strongly encourage you to seek out even more research on this subject
for there is so much of it to be sought out for.
I would like to first begin with this promised land to which the Lord has set apart for the
cause of liberty so that men might be free to choose right from wrong. Nephi backs me up on
this comment with this prophetic vision for his people as well as future generations in 2
Nephi first chaper fifth verse which reads: “But, said he, notwithstanding our
afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands;
a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of
my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and
also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.”
Nephi foresaw the travels of Christopher Colombus to this land for the purpose of religous
liberty in
1 Nephi Ch. 13 Verse 12 which reads:
“And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles,
who was separated from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the Spirit
of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went forth upon the many
waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who were in the promised land.”
Nephi also foresaw the miraculous events that took place during our just and miraculous
revolution and separation from Great Britain in that same chapter verses 17-19 which reads:
“And I beheld that their mother Gentiles were gathered together upon the waters, and upon
the land also, to battle against them. 18 And I beheld that the power of God was with them,
and also that the wrath of God was upon all those that were gathered together against them
to battle. 19 And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of captivity were
delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all other nations.”
I will now have the pleasure of talking to you regarding our founding fathers, the very men
that Christ rose up to establish this nation and the Law so that we might be free. In this area
of discussion there are many great and wonderous verses to choose from, but in the interest
of time I would like to share my personal favorites in.
Doc & Cov 98:4-11
4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people
should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.
5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in
maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.
6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law
which is the constitutional law of the land;
7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.
8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.
9 Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.
10 Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and
wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of
evil.
11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good,
that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God
And D&C 101 verse 77-80 reads this concerning the founders and the US Constitution:
77 According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be
established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to
just and holy principles;
78 That every man may act in doctrine and principle pertaining to futurity, according to the
moral agency which I have given unto him, that every man may be accountable for his own
sins in the day of judgment.
79 Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
80 And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise
men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
Here is a well known fact that dispite the fact that the founders died before having a chance
to hear of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that they are in deed members of this very church.
I say this because in the year 1877 the Prophet at that time, President
Wilford Woodruff while sitting in the Saint George Temple had all the signers of the
Declaration of Independence along with John Wesley Columbus and fifty others appear to
him and asked why their by curious work had not been done for them. Here is that quote
from President Woodruff as he shares that experience, which reads:
“These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and they waited on me for two
days and two nights. I thought it very singular, that notwithstanding so much work had been
done, and yet nothing had been done for them. The thought never entered my heart, from
the fact, I suppose, that heretofore our minds were reaching after our more immediate
friends and relatives.”I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother
McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other
eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others.” – Elder Wilford Woodruff, in a discourse given Sept. 16, 1877, in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. (Journal of Discourses, 19:229.)”
I find it interesting that in the speach that Elder Glen L. Rudd of the first quorum of the
Seventy in a BYU/Idaho Devotional talk stated this regarding the Angel Moroni.
“The ninth man to see Moroni was a man named Zera Pulsipher. He was a minister of another
church. He had a vision in his barn. While he was out in the barn one day, a light descended
upon him in the middle of this barn, and he looked up and saw Moroni. And Moroni blessed
his life and showed him the plates. He became a Seventy in the Church. He became a high
priest and became a patriarch. He’s the man who converted and baptized Wilford Woodruff
into the Church in 1833.”
While on the subject of Moroni. In the early days of the Church one of the original quorum of
the twelve apostals Elder Orsen Hyde mentioned in a speech in the old Salt Lake Tabinacle in the year 1854. Here is just a small excerp from that speech:
“This same angel presides over the destinies of America, and feels a lively interest in all our
doings. He was in the camp of Washington; and, by an invisible hand, led on our fathers to
conquest and victory; and all this to open and prepare the way for the Church and kingdom of
God to be established on the western hemisphere, for the redemption of Israel and the salvation of the world.
This same angel was with Columbus, and gave him deep impressions, by dreams and by
visions, respecting this New World. Trammeled by poverty and by an unpopular cause, yet his
persevering and unyielding heart would not allow an obstacle in his way too great for him to
overcome; and the angel of God helped him—was with him on the stormy deep, calmed the
troubled elements, and guided his frail vessel to the desired haven. Under the guardianship
of this same angel, or Prince of America, have the United States grown, increased, and
flourished, like the sturdy oak by the rivers of water. ”
What a great correlation between the gospel of Jesus Christ and the founders that fought and died for our freedoms!
I will cover only two instances of the founder’s spirtual experiences, for the interest of time.
The first experience is George Washington in a letter to his good friend Marquis De Lafayette
on May 28th 1788 as he is talking about the soon to be ratified US Constitution he recognizes
in that letter the finger of God in the process of the drafting of and the ratification of the US
Constitution. Then if you jump a head a few years in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to
John Adams on Oct. 12th 1813 in this letter Jefferson complained about the current churches
of their day not preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ, seeking for influences and yes even
riches. In the latter part of that same letter he literally says that they must prepare their
generation and the rising generation for the complete restoration of Christ’s gospel, and
regretted that he would not live to see this day when Christ’s true gospel would be restored
upon this earth. I find it interesting to point out that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
died just 13 years later on July 4 1826. Joesph Smith’s first vision with God the father and his
Son Jesus Christ was seven years later after this letter, and the church was established and
restored 17 years after this letter and only four years after the death of both Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams. Now in closing I want to quickly share four quotes that I
absolutely love from our own prophets and Apostles concerning the US Constitution, our freedoms.
The first one being from Rueban J. Clark in his address to the brethren in the 1942 General Conference.
“I have said to you before, brethren, that to me the Constitution is a part of my religion. In its
place it is just as much a part of my religion as any other part. It is a part of my religion
because it is one of those institutions which God has set up for His own purposes, and, as one
of the brethren said today, set up so that this Church might be established, because under no
other government in the world could the Church have been established as it has been
established under this Government.
“I think I would be safe in saying that my fellowship with you in the Church depends upon
whether or not I accept the revelations and the principles which God has revealed. If I am not
willing to do that, then I am not entitled to fellowship. Anyone else who fails to accept the
revelations and the principles which God has revealed stands in precisely the same situation.
“I suppose you brethren will all know, but I will recall it to your attention, that the
Constitution of the United States is the basic law for all of the Americas, or Zion, as it has
been defined by the Lord.
“So, brethren, I wish you to understand that when we begin to tamper with the Constitution
we begin to tamper with the law of Zion which God Himself set up, and no one may trifle
with the word of God with impunity.” (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., Conference Report, October 1942, p.58-59)
The next one I feel is an excellent and glorious endorsement by the Prophet Joesph Smith which reads:
“Hence we say, that the Constitution of the United States is a glorious standard, it is founded
in wisdom, it is a heavenly banner, and is to all those who are privileged with the sweets of
its liberty, like the cooling shade and refreshing water of a great rock in a thirsty and weary
land: it is like a great tree under whose branches, men from every clime, can be shielded
from the burning rays of an inclement sun….
“We say that God is true, that the Constitution of the United States is true, that the Bible is
true, the Book of Mormon is true, that Christ is true.” (Times and Seasons vol. 1, page 134; also, Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 147-148)
“I am the greatest advocate of the Constitution of the United States there is on the earth.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Six 1843–44, p.326; also, History of the Church 6:56-57)
In our generation President Gordon B. Hinkley said this:
“A news magazine writer asked me the other day during an interview concerning my belief in
the Constitution of our country. I replied that I felt it was inspired. That both the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were brought forth under the
inspiration of God, to establish and sustain the freedom of the people of this Nation. I told
him that I looked upon the Founding Fathers as men who believed in God, as men who
prayed to God, as men who recognized God, and wished to do His will. What a singular and
remarkable group they were. As I look across the world today I search in vain for such a group
as walked together across the stage of history, when this Nation was born….
“Just think for a moment of George Washington, of Franklin, of Madison, of the Adams, of
Thomas Jefferson and their associates who signed the Declaration of Independence, or
participated in the Constitutional Convention. Where in all the world today can even one or
two such men be found, let alone the great aggregation who participated in the birth of
America? Can anyone deny that they were raised up unto this very purpose? That working
together they brought forth on this continent an independent nation, at the risk of their
lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. It is my conviction that while we’ve had a few
great leaders since then, there has not been before or since so large a group of talented, able
and dedicated men, as those who we call the Founding Fathers of this Nation.” (President
Gordon B. Hinckley, Fireside Address, BYU Marriott Center, 29 June 1997; also Standing for
Something, pg xv)

As well as in talk that he gave in Oct. 2001 he stated this:
“Great are the promises concerning this land of America. We are told unequivocally that it “is
a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from
captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land,
who is Jesus Christ” (Ether 2:12). This is the crux of the entire matter—obedience to the
commandments of God.

“The Constitution under which we live, and which has not only blessed us but has become a
model for other constitutions, is our God-inspired national safeguard ensuring freedom and
liberty, justice and equality before the law.”
As you see my dear brothers and sisters because of the Gospel in my life like our founders
and our Prophets and Apostles of old as well as our Prophets and Apostles currently. To live
the United States Constitution is part of our faith. I strongly encourage all to do your research
concerning these things, because like I have stated before this is only the cream of the 5% of
the knowledge that is out there concerning these principles. I would like also to publicly
thank my dear father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ for this dear and charished
opportunity and I say these things in his name our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, Amen.

How to be a true conservative

Since the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 and his re-election in 2012 many Americans are being awaken to America’s sicknesses and problems and claim that they are conservative. Many listen to different talk show radio hosts and claim that they are conservative.  What does it mean to be a conservative? Well lets diagnose what a conservative is and should be. If we look at what the 1828 Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says, it reads. “CONSERVATIVE, a. Preservative; having power to preserve in a safe or entire state, or from loss, waste or injury.” Which coincides perfectly with what this blogger believes. I believe that as a conservative we all should uphold this key phase, God Family and Country in that order. Over the course of this article I plan on going into this simple phase in greater detail, because if we as a society are lacking in any one of these great terms of God Family and Country we can not expect to be successful in our goal to Restore the US Constitution and our Great country.

God– Since the very early days of our country till approximately the fifties of the twentieth century God and the belief there in has been a huge factor in our country’s belief system,  our goodness, and greatness. Now look at where we are at in 2013 with abortions, murders, homosexuality, and other sins/crimes running ramped. We have approximately over 70-80% of the American public dependent on government for one thing or another, and at least 50% of the American public in complete dependency. In fact last year during the Republican presidential debates candidate Ron Paul was booed after he mention that we should live the Golden Rule.
“12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7 Verse 12
Or last year when the Democrat Party attempted to add God back into their party platform. Notice that it was clearly not a 3/4’s vote and more like a 50-50% split in the vote.Or you have so many groups of people whom are pushing for gay marriage legalization and special rights to be created by government, or else you have a certain percentage of  “conservatives” pushing for a marriage amendment to the US Constitution between one man and one woman “which is not a good idea”. You have some segments of society pushing for anarchy, because of how intrusive the government has become, and you have others asking for more government to fix our woes.  It is amazing how far we as a society have drifted away from God. I can spend all day long pointing out our problems as society, but what I would much rather do is discuss the solutions of how we can return to God and Restore one aspect of God Family Country.

We first must constantly build Charity for those around us in our lives. Either our family, friends, neighbors, or any person you bump into on the street. Care for their concerns, trials, and hardships. Seek out ways how you can benefit their lives. For Charity is the true love of Christ. It was Christ that stated in Matthew 22 Verse 37-40

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

 38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

If we also turn to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary for the word Charity it reads.
“1. In a general sense, love, benevolence, good will; that disposition of heart which inclines men to think favorably of their fellow men to think favorably of their fellow men, and to do them good. In a theological sense, it includes supreme love to God, and universal good will to men.”

Another term that we must utilize is Humility and the dangers of Pride. Websters Dictionary says that Humility is.:
“1. In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth. In theology, humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God, self-abasement, penitence for sin, and submission to the divine will.” and Pride is :
“1. Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.”
Christ taught us this about Humility the Book of Doctrine and Covenants chapter 23 verse 1 which reads. :  “1 Behold, I speak unto you, Oliver, a few words. Behold, thou art blessed, and art under no condemnation. But beware of pride, lest thou shouldst enter into temptation.” Or Peter in Chapter 2 Verse 21 21 “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”
Now look at how many times we have been strictly warned about pride? Look around you at the pride with in our society? Then look at what and how you may become more Humble in your day to day  life? We should anxiously seek the Lord with what else we could be doing to serve him and others. Then go and do. As we do this I can personally testify that this builds Charity, Hope, Humility, Faith, and we then are blessed as to the things that we may need in our lives at the particular time. For only the Lord knows what we need.

Family- In this section we will focus on the family, and like the segment above this too has been the foundation for American society since the early founding of our once great nation till about the fifties sixties of the century. The leading problems to this radical change with in our society are as follows. :
1. The feminine movement promoting that the woman’s place is in the work place instead of the Home. The woman’s rightful place is in the home and raising the children and the next generation.
2. The creation of the United States Board of Education, overstepping the local and states jurisdiction.
3. The laziness of the parent to expect the school to teach their children, instead of the parent taking charge in the education of their children.
4. The fact that Men have been and continue to grow up to be children and not Men. The responsibility of the Man is to provide a Honest Hard days wages in order to provide for his family. As well as setting a strong father figure in the home.
I could go on but we need to remember that education first and foremost starts in the home and should never be controlled by the federal government. Constitutionally they have no right to be in that business. We should also focus on self reliance and being able to raise the family. We should be wise to never allow our families to go to waste either because of work, debt, lack of unity and trust, and lack of love and Charity. We should make sure first and foremost that the financial, educational, spiritual needs are met. Then focus on the focus on other activities best served to unite the family unit. Forget the TV, forget all other distractions in your life, and focus solely and unequivocally on the family and the home.

Country- What does it mean to love one’s country? I personally view my love and devotion for America by looking at her past, and her rule of law the US Constitution. America used to be strong in defense. She used to promote free market principles and frugality. Used to promote the Honor of not just serving the country, but doing so with the goal of 100% fidelity to the US Constitution. In fact I remember a story of Congressman Davy Crockett who served in the House of Representatives in the 1820’s, started off okay but then through his conscience  repented and turned into a strong defender of the US Constitution.   James Madison stated in his Report of 1800 given in 1799 to the State legislature of Kentucky. “Whenever, therefore, a question arises concerning the constitutionality of a particular power, the first question is, whether the power be expressed in the Constitution. If it be, the question is decided. If it be not expressed, the next inquiry must be, whether it is properly an incident to an express power, and necessary to its execution. If it be, it may be exercised by Congress. If it be not. Congress cannot exercise it.”
-James Madison
Or you have this statement by George Washington  in a letter to the Marquis De Lafayette on May, 28, 1788 regarding the divine influence of God above and his participation in drafting the US Constitution.  “Since I had the pleasure of writing to you by the last Packet, the Convention of Maryland has ratified the federal Constitution by a majority of 63 to 11 voices. That makes the seventh State which has adopted it, next Monday the Convention in Virginia will assemble; we have still good hopes of its adoption here: though by no great plurality of votes. South Carolina has probably decided favourably before this time. The plot thickens fast. A few short weeks will determine the political fate of America for the present generation and probably produce no small influence on the happiness of society through a long succession of ages to come. Should every thing proceed with harmony and consent according to our actual wishes and expectations; I will confess to you sincerely, my dear Marquis; it will be so much beyond any thing we had a right to imagine or expect eighteen months ago, that it will demonstrate as visibly the finger of Providence, as any possible event in the course of human affairs can ever designate it. It is impracticable for you or any one who has not been on the spot, to realise the change in men’s minds and the progress towards rectitude in thinking and acting which will then have been made.”

-George Washington
Yes, under God’s watchful eye he gave unto us the US Constitution. One could even read in the Doctrine and Covenants Chapter 98 Verses 4-11

4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them.

 5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

 6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

 7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.

 8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free.

 9 Nevertheless, when the wicked rule the people mourn.

 10 Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil.

 11 And I give unto you a commandment, that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good, that ye shall live by every word which proceedeth forth out of the mouth of God.

Or else one could point out the angel that appeared to George Washington in Valley Forge?  So you can see the upmost importance for all of us to not just learn the US Constitution, but to live it. So that we as Americans can look past the party lines and elect those that will adhere to their sacred oaths of office.
Now what types of issues should we be fighting against you may ask? We could be fighting against our numerous illegal wars that are currently going on world wide. Since one one has been legally declared according to Article 1 Section 8 Clause 11. We could fight for the rule of law and be outraged as the president of the United States acts like the judge jury and executioner. We should be outraged by the passage of the most recent NDAA by Obama and the Democrats and the USA Patriot Act passed by Bush and the Republicans. Then there is the principle of legalized plunder. Forced taxation by the point of a gun by government, just to give it to someone else. Either if that may be the student loan program, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, foreign aid, subsidies, etc. All of which is unconstitutional. We should be constantly questioning what the media tells us and constantly involved at the State and local levels. For it is at the local levels that we will truly save and restore the country and her rule of law, the US Constitution.
Let us take inventory of where we stand in these sacred principles. Let us strive to live this sacred phrase of God, Family, Country.