On November 29, 2009. Four law enforcement officers were enjoying a cup of coffee. Within moments, they were assassinated by a lone gunman. Prior to this, on November 1, 2009. A veteran Seattle Police Officer was assassinated and a rookie officer injured by another lone gunman. Since these two incidents, we appear to have witnessed the rise in assaults and shooting deaths of American Law Enforcement officers.
ABC NEWS reported on May 3, 2018 how increase in police officers being shot and killed is a troubling trend:
While officers die in traffic-related incidents more than any other situation, this year, the deaths of officers by guns has climbed to a “troubling” number.
From Jan. 1 to March 30, 2017, 10 on-duty officers were shot dead. From Jan. 1 to March 30 of this year, 20 on-duty officers were shot dead.
This coincides with the rise where officer-involved shootings have taken the lives of minorities. School shootings are on the rise as well. And, as our nation has become more and more divisive, we have the alt-left Antifa and the Alt-right National Supremacists at odds with one another. These social and cultural phenomena seems quite surprising.
The Alt-left, progressive, democrats, and socialists want to blame the availability of assault style weapons. The alt-right, ultra-conservatives, and others appear to blame the rise in crime among the minority of our nation. However, the blame rests upon us all as American Citizens.
If America is destroyed, it may be by Americans who salute the flag, sing the national anthem, march in patriotic parades, cheer Fourth of July speakers – normally good Americans, but Americans who fail to comprehend what is required to keep our country strong and free, Americans who have been lulled away into a false security. ~ Ezra Taft Benson – An Enemy Hath Done This? p. 6 ~
How do we see this become a social and cultural issue in our nation today?
Great nations are never conquered from outside unless they are rotten inside. Our greatest national problem today is erosion, not erosion of the soil but erosion of the national morality – erosion of traditional enforcement of law and order. ~ Benson, An Enemy Hath Done This? p. 6
The U.S. economy used to be an engine of economic growth and the American political system used to be a well-oiled checks-and-balances machine that was geared toward progress and that could accommodate both leadership and compromise. Moreover, Americans can be proud that their constitution, at least on paper, is one of the best in the world, having been crafted by enlightened founders who believed in individual and democratic freedom.
Benson quotes Theodore Roosevelt regarding what may erode our national morality and pride: “The things that will destroy America are the prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”
What is eroding the American moral fiber?
- Decline of US Morals and moral fiber where people turn toward those things of lustful pleasure and away from hard work and high standards of past generations
- Growing worry in our universities over lack of objectivity and authentic tolerance
- A Multi-million dollar industry of pornography that challenge standards of value and destroying families
- the rise and Opioid Epidemic
- Rise in mob rule and mentality that appear to disregard respectable law and order
- Increased Civil Unrest and potential new Civil War
- Increased cost of living that is displacing many people out of reach for affordable housing
- Governmental overreach and spending that appears to be out of control with national deficit at an all time high
- Increased Welfare spending where America is the Second Largest Welfare Nation
- Foreign interference on American Elections and political campaigns
This is not an exhaustive list. However, it ought to cause one to awaken to the reality of our national moral decay. We are slowly destroying our own national pride.
J. Edgar Hoover wrote in the April 1967 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin:
Morality, integrity, law and order, and other cherished principles of our great heritage are battling for survival in many communities today. They are under constant attack from degrading and corrupting influences which, if not halted, will sweep away every vestige of decency and order remaining in our society.
How prevalent are we seeing the dismantling of morality, integrity, law and order in our society today?
President Trump and Modern Day Decay of American Society
We see the full force of the disease of American decay. Since his election, our nation has been in a political civil war between the Left and the Right. This became prevalent with the recent Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings and the disregard for jurisprudence and law. The fear mongering liberal and socialistic agenda.
The left is calling for the impeachment of President Trump. This is on the heels of the supposed Russian Collusion and interference of the 2016 Elections where Hillary R. Clinton was running in opposition to Donald Trump. Since he has taken office, the democrats, the progressive, liberal’s, and socialists are taking up arms (with the help and support of the mainstream media).
They are undermining the nature and spirit of American heritage, cultural and national identity. This is accomplished by establishing a permissible freedom of speech that includes subversion, intimidation, sedition, and incitement toward riot. It includes the condoning of adulteration of young minds with socialistic doctrines and propaganda (under the guise of Social Justice).
Today, we see the sanitization of history by changing academic freedom disciplined education into a machination of propaganda. Through perversion of the freedom to assemble these educational institutions are creating disciples of social justice warriors by utilizing disruption of peaceful activity, mob rule, riot, and insurrection.
This is a most critical moment we are facing in our society and nation. The root and heart of our problem rests solely upon the many incumbent senators and legislatures that have benefited from a longevity political career.
Political Subterfuge at the helm of our nation
In the Elliot’s Debates 3:87; PPNS, p. 104 James Madison remarks: “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.”
The freedom of Conscience, freedom of religion, freedom to peaceably assemble, and all other liberties secured by our constitution has long been encroached upon. The rise in civil unrest and movement toward embracing the illusions of socialism are becoming more and more apparent. And, if we are to awaken to the reality of the suicide course our nation is on, we must take up our obligation to exercise the most important freedom and liberty – the power of our vote.
We are to withstand the influences and trends of populist opinion and socialistic political courtship. This is accomplished when we take up our duty and renew the spirit of our founding fathers. Regain an appreciation for what it means to be American and enjoy the liberties and freedoms of American way of living. We are to regain and strengthen the muscle and sinew that our government is For the People, by the people and of the people.
It begins by removing all career politicians from office by reminding them that they represent us in a civil service position. We remove these men and women because the realization of their political constriction comprises:
- Politics without authentic principles reflective of our Constitution
- Pleasure without moral conscience
- Knowledge without effort and strength
- Wealth generation without hard work
- Business without moral constraints
- Science without humanity
- Worshiping and idolization of self verses sacrificial serving
Instead, we raise up and train men and women who are strong in their faith and commitment to:
- Politics founded upon authentic principles that reflect the spirit and heart of our Constitution
- Moral Conscience in serving and representing the people
- Knowledge and wisdom that is founded upon strength and effort
- Generating opportunities of prosperity for all through hard work and diligence
- Conducting ethical business through moral constraints
- Engage in scientific discoveries and innovations that have long involved human ingenuity
- Being of service to others through personal sacrifice and not seeking idolization and worship
This may only come when we begin to draw close together in a unified and unrelenting force toward political accountability, transparency, and retaking the Government.
We must act now in all seriousness and devotion to our very liberty and freedom
What will it take for us to awaken to the moral decay of our nation? We are sick. Those of us with a serious conscious need to act right away. The treasured freedoms and liberties are being eroded away. Disorder and contempt for Law is underfoot. The actions we want to take involve our need to return back to a respect for national morality.
This includes rekindling the fire of true love for freedom and liberties afforded to us by the Constitution. That is our heritage and hope. A return to a respect for law and order. This only happens when we rekindle the national pride in every American Citizen. It may only come when we realize our national pride reflects the true virtues of real freedom.
We must combat and expose the forces of socialism and proponents of socialism as enemies of the Constitution. For they truly are at enmity of true liberty and freedom. Their desire is to dismantle the Constitution and reconstruct a New Nation, under new laws, and new order. A nation where her citizens are subservient to the political power and wealth of those who prefer tyranny over individual freedom.
It is every American’s duty, and call to action, to defend our Constitution at all costs. Let us not be the reason our nation continues to decay. Let us become the reason our nation rises and trodden under foot those derelicts of freedom. Let us bring America back to a bastion of real freedom, true prosperity, and moral decency and strength.
To read more of what Ezra Taft Benson had to say about how Americans are destroying America, please read the full article text at Latter-day saint Conservative
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