By Zack Strong, a member of the Independent American Party, April 27th, 2016:
The most incredible story of the 2016 election cycle is not the unexpected success of Donald Trump, but the highly telling achievements of socialist Bernie Sanders. Never before in American history has an open, admitted, avowed socialist done so well in an election bid. Numerous socialists have both run for office and have been elected, but they have always hidden their true colors behind a mask. Hillary Clinton, for instance, is a socialist who calls herself a progressive. Her socialist husband called himself a liberal. The Bushes pretended they were conservatives, but advanced the same philosophy and agenda as the others. Whether you want to term it socialism, progressivism, liberalism, globalism, collectivism, statism, or the most socially stigmatic label of them all, communism, the fact is that collectivist tyranny has never been more popular in the United States than it is today, as evidenced by Bernie Sanders.
Let’s make no bones about it, an increasing number of Americans are enamored with the seductive appeal of socialism. Any number of polls could be cited to prove this. The fact that Bernie Sanders has won, at my last count, 16 state primaries, and came out in a statistical tie with Clinton in Missouri, making number seventeen, tells me everything I need to know. It is safe to say that there are more socialists in this country than ever before, whether they consider themselves socialists or not. That a person can openly call himself a socialist and promote socialist principles and win 17 states in America, is astounding. As I said above, other politicians are closet socialists, but they hide behind enlightened-sounding labels in order to dupe voters. But Bernie Sanders is a singular phenomenon. He outright says he is a socialist and still wins elections and garners mass appeal.
The fact that Bernie Sanders is a hair away from winning the Democratic nomination for the presidency is another amazing feat. If Sanders somehow manages to overcome the blatant vote rigging in favor of Hillary Clinton, he would become the Democratic presidential nominee. As such, he would, by default, receive the votes of half of America in the November election. Ponder in your mind what that says about this nation.
No state or region in the Union is immune from the fatal allure of socialism. Utah is, in my estimation, the undisputed leader in conservatism among the states (though I will note that no single state truly follows the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers and the Constitution). Yet, even in Utah, socialism has taken root. This is evident in the erosion of morals and politics, the upswing in social justice activism in Salt Lake City and the larger metropolitan areas, and the appalling socialist curriculum in Utah’s universities. This is particularly interesting to me given the fact that most Utahns are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. No organization of which I am aware has spoken more forcefully against socialism, communism, forced collectivism, and the welfare state than the LDS Church. If socialism can grow in a religious and conservative state like Utah, it can spring up anywhere. And it is growing like a weed.
Ezra Taft Benson, the former Secretary of Agriculture under President Eisenhower, a prolific author, and thirteenth President of the LDS Church, spoke often on socialism/communism. He emphatically stated: “No true Latter-day Saint and no true American can be a socialist or a communist or support programs leading in that direction” (Ezra Taft Benson, “The American Heritage of Freedom – A Plan of God,” General Conference, October, 1961).
In his fantastic book “The Red Carpet: Socialism – the Royal Road to Communism,” Benson wrote:
“I say to Americans and to people everywhere; no true Christian, no true believer in Christ, can be a communist. These dangerous philosophies of communism are anti-Christ and are wholly incompatible with our God-given freedom and the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It is not alone hunger and poverty and oppression that afflict so many in this sweeping program of man’s inhumanity to man. In country after country faith in God has been ruthlessly destroyed” (p. 35).
In the same book, he penned:
“It is high time we realized the dangerous threat to America of creeping socialism as the ruthless comrade to atheistic communism.
“It is high time we recognize creeping socialism for what it really is – a Red Carpet providing a royal road to communism. . . .
“While we might effectively bridle or destroy every so-called communist within our borders, we shall not vanquish this political virus, and its common forerunner, state socialism, so long as people are determined to achieve security through state-imposed materialistic schemes rather than through righteous living and wholesome activity as free men.
“When socialism is understood, we will realize that many programs advocated, and some of those already adopted in the United States fall clearly within the category of socialism. What is Socialism? It is simply governmental ownership and management of the essential means for production and distribution of goods.
“We know that socialism is not progressive, but reactionary. Socialism harks back to the days of the tyranny of kings – the autocracy of the few. . . .”(p. 65-66).
Benson then quoted an interesting statement made by Soviet Dictator Nikita Khrushchev on using legal means to bring about victory for socialism:
“In this connection the question arises whether it is possible to go over to socialism using parliamentary means. . . . The forces of socialism and democracy have grown immeasurably throughout the world, and capitalism has become much weaker. . . . In these circumstances the working class, by rallying around itself the toiling peasantry, the intelligentsia, all patriotic forces . . . is in a position to defeat the reactionary forces opposed to the popular interest, to capture a stable majority in parliament, and transform the latter from an organ of bourgeois democracy into a genuine instrument of the people’s will” (p. 68).
It is interesting to note that Khrushchev wanted to use the democratic process to usher in socialism in the West. Indeed, democracy and socialism are allies. Democracy is an evil, ineffective, anti-Liberty system where the whims of the majority overrule the rights of the minority. Rule of law and democracy are incompatible the same as rule of law and socialism are in opposition. The Soviet Union was in fact the most vocal supporter of democracy of which I have knowledge.
You often hear people claim that Bernie Sanders is not a socialist in the traditional sense, but is a Democratic Socialist. It might interest folks to know that Democratic Socialism has been a tool of the communists since their inception. By slapping the word “democratic” onto the front, communists attempt to cloak themselves and, bizarrely, succeed in lulling people to sleep. This is what Sanders has done. He acts like he is for the downtrodden – for the People. Yet, he is an elitist who has never worked in his life and wants to feast off the working classes of Americans by stealing their property through higher taxes. The freebies that come from these taxes will be offered to voters as bribes. Through this method, elitists keep themselves in power and pacify the People so they don’t revolt and take back their power from the tyrants who have usurped it.
Many religious people have been hoodwinked by Sanders because they believe his philosophy most closely resembles the compassionate doctrines of Jesus Christ. In reality, Sanders’ dogma is the furthest from Christ’s teachings and actually opposes it. It pretends to care for the poor and needy, while keeping them in subjection to government. How do socialists “care” for the poor? By forcibly taking from one person (the supposed “rich” that Sanders hates so badly) and giving to another. This destroys Freedom because it negates the all-important right to own and manage one’s own property as one sees fit. It destroys the right to choose. It destroys true charity and compassion because it is built upon coercion and force. Who can truly feel compassionate when their property is stolen to be given to another? This process destroys the thankfulness of those who receive and embitters those from whom property is stolen. And since the government is in charge of redistributing everyone’s property, they regulate everything related to it – including how it is earned and used. Nothing is more unChristian and reprehensible than the anti-Freedom, compassionless, cruel system of socialism and its perverse cousin communism.
Marion G. Romney, another high leader in the LDS Church, gave an address wherein he contrasted Christ’s system and socialism. He stated:
“[N]otwithstanding my abhorrence of it, I am persuaded that socialism is the wave of the present and of the foreseeable future. It has already taken over or is contending for control of most nations. . . . We have in the United States, in converting our government into a social welfare state, have ourselves adopted much of socialism. Specifically, we have to an alarming degree adopted the use of the power of the state in the control and distribution of the fruits of industry. . . . Socialism takes. . . . That is the spirit of socialism: We’re going to take. . . . We have gone a long way on the road to public ownership and management of the vital means of property. In both of these areas the free agency of Americans has been greatly abridged. Some argue that we have voluntarily surrendered this power to government. Be this as it may, the fact remains that the loss of freedom with the consent of the enslaved, or even at their request, is nonetheless slavery.
“As to the fruits of socialism, we all have our own opinions. I myself have watched its growth in our own country and observed it in operation in many other lands. But I have yet to see or hear of its freeing the hearts of men of selfishness and greet or of its bringing peace, plenty, or freedom. These things it will never bring, nor will it do away with idleness and promote ‘industry, thrift and self-respect,’ for it is founded, in theory and in practice, on force, the principle of the evil one.”
Romney advised us to “eschew socialism and support the just and holy principles of the Constitution” (Romney, “Socialism and the United Order,” General Conference).
This last bit of advice is key; namely, the fact that socialism is not compatible with the Constitution. Too many falsely believe that socialism is merely a set of benevolent programs to help the poor and downtrodden. In reality, socialism is a complete world view – a demonic religion of the state. It is a set of beliefs that govern religion, the economy, education, government, and every other aspect of society. Socialism is incompatible with the Constitution. The two systems are opposites and only one can triumph. Let’s examine several reasons why this is so.
Socialism takes away an individual’s right to choose through regulation and taxation; the Constitution enables free will and personal accountability. Socialism promotes and enlarges the power of government whereas the Constitution is a set of restrictions on, and Thou Shalt Nots to, government. Socialism focuses on the collective while the Constitution champions and protects the individual. Socialism relies on force and coercion; the Constitution guarantees the Liberty of the individual and acknowledges the supremacy of the People over their government. Socialism tramples the individual’s God-given rights and forces him to submit to the whims of the collective will or the state whereas the Constitution defends an individual’s rights, thus strengthening the whole by protecting and empowering each member of society with just laws not subject to the passions of the mob or the tyrant.
In addition, socialism has failed everywhere it has been attempted. The Constitution, on the other hand, enabled America to become the freest, most successful, most powerful, most technologically advanced, most prosperous, and most influential nation in world history. More people have been enslaved, plundered, abused, and murdered under socialist/communist regimes than under systems of any other type. By contrast, the U.S. constitutional republican system has given more people more personal Freedom, wealth, security, and hope than any other system.
Despite these facts, more Americans now support socialism than ever before. More people have been indoctrinated in public schools to despise our Constitution and the good men who crafted it than in any past generation. More people than in the past are enticed by the dangerous something-for-nothing, laziness-promoting, self-centered promises of socialism. More people than ever before want to force their fellow man into believing, acting, and living as they do, despite their high-minded preaching about tolerance and Liberty. More people than ever before have been hoodwinked, perhaps by their good intentions, into believing in the mirage of a collectivist, state-sponsored utopia where equality and fairness and tolerance bloom in the radiant sun like daisies, and money flows like the Mississippi through the gold-paved streets as people relax in peace and harmony under the shade of lush trees. Socialism’s utopian dream is a vicious lie that is better represented by the harsh Gulag, secret police, mass graves, demolished churches, bloody revolution, civil war, and the terrified subjects who are treated like animals.
One need only examine the Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics, the National SOCIALIST (or Nazi) regime, Red China, North Korea, or the utterly failed European Union to see the true fruits of socialism. Think of the horrors and misery inflicted by these regimes. Think of failed economics and lack of rights and Liberties. Think of the general fear, suffering, and slavishness that prevails. Think of the atheism-inspired immorality that runs rampant. I repeat that more human beings have been enslaved, robbed, oppressed, and butchered under socialist regimes than under any other.
So when Bernie Sanders openly campaigns on socialist principles, you should know that, whatever his inner intentions, his policies would lead us into ruin, bondage, and misery like it has in every other nation that has adopted them. His ideas are anti-Constitution, anti-Freedom, anti-prosperity, anti-happiness, anti-truth, and anti-God. And yet, with these principles, Sanders has won the hearts of people in at least 17 states.
Yes, the real hit story of the 2016 election circus is that Americans have sunk so far than an admitted, unashamed socialist who has openly professed his love for the Soviet Union has so much popular support and is a hair away from the presidency. This is what has become of America. We are crumbling to pieces. Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 prophecy to Ezra Taft Benson has almost become a full reality. The communist tyrant made this prediction:
“You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and find you already have communism.”
Look around you and see if Khrushchev’s prediction has not come true. The government steals your wealth through graduated taxes, forces you to purchase abysmal government health care, compels you to send your children to public schools to be conditioned, indebts you to a privately-owned “national” bank, steals your land, property, and money through organizations such as the Bureau of Land Management, the IRS, and asset forfeiture laws, attempts to regulate communications and free speech, attempts to disarm us and leave us defenseless, etc. Read the 10 planks of the Communist Manifesto and you will find that America has instituted each of them to one extent of another. See this link for a breakdown of how the United States has implemented the Communist Manifesto: http://www.voicesofliberty.com/article/10-communist-manifesto-planks-of-the-us-government/
Thanks to socialists, admitted and secret, like Sanders, the Clintons, and the Bushes, America has placed herself in chains. Yes, communism, and its forerunner, socialism, is still the greatest evil facing us and seeking our overthrow and destruction. Instead of recoiling at these venomous traitors, we embrace them. The old Cherokee legend of the little boy and the rattlesnake is analogous to our situation. In this myth, a rattlesnake asks a passing boy to pick him up and carry him to his home to die. The boy does so. As they approach the snake’s home, the creature bites the boy in the chest. The boy gasps and asks the serpent why he did that, to which the serpent slyly replies: “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”
Americans believe socialism is dead or dying and have therefore unwittingly embraced it. Like the little boy in the legend, socialism will bite and kill America when it has accomplished its cunning designs unless we react immediately and hurl the serpent from us.
Ezra Taft Benson wrote: “The paramount issue today is freedom against creeping socialism” (Benson, The Red Carpet, 69).
I agree. Socialism, call it what you will, is evil. Yet, it is on the rise, as Bernie Sanders’ success proves. It is no longer creeping, it is running in full stride. What is the anecdote to this fatal disease? How do we get socialism’s venom out of our veins? Ultimately, there is but one answer: repentance. We must repent, as individuals and as a nation, of our sins – including the sin of embracing Satanic, Freedom-destroying philosophies like socialism, atheism, and humanism. No other political fix can work to revive our dying country.
Though it is not a cure, one thing that might help slow the bleeding is to elect good and honest men into office – men like Farley Anderson of the Independent American Party who is currently running for president. I’m not so closeminded to think that only one man in a nation of 320 million people is viable and worthy of our votes. However, we need to find someone who adheres to the Constitution and espouses correct principles which promote and defend individual Liberty and thwart collectivist attacks on our God-given rights.
One thing is certain, figures like Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz would be horrendous for America. Sanders is an avowed socialist who loved the Soviet Union. Clinton is a progressive (socialist), a profound liar, and an immoral woman. Trump is an adulterous populist who advocates torture and has a gross affinity for communist Russia. And Cruz clearly has no grasp on the Constitution when you consider some of the bills and policies he has supported in the past, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership which he sponsored and the bogus, unconstitutional war on terror. You will only find a candidate worthy of your vote if you look to third parties and independents. There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the Republican and Democratic parties in the result of their policies upon our Freedom.
In conclusion, America has occasion to mourn this year at the fact revealed by the tremendous success of Bernie Sanders that socialism is not only alive and well, but growing in popularity and power. Communism and its herald, socialism, have infected this once magnificent country. We could become great again if we so chose. However, we are now in death throes and it takes courage to make the choice to step out of the line and do the right thing. We will continue to twitch and writhe until we eventually die as a society unless we realize our folly, eschew socialism in all its forms, throw the socialists from office, cling to the holy principles of the Constitution, repent of our sins, and turn to Christ in humble faith.