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Hatch and Bennett–Modern-Day Kishkumen

Utah Senators Bennett and Hatch are “Mormon,” are they not? Then why would a member of the Church have any problem with their politics?  Why would a member of the Church dare to compare them to Kishkumen in the Book of Mormon? Well, today I’m going to do just that.  It’s unfortunate that it will ruffle the feathers of many. I regret that result. Not because I feel that I am a perpetrator of contention, but because my reasoning and rationale will fall on deaf ears of good people who could make a difference if they truly understood. 

Today I received an e-mail from Senator Hatch’s office.  It was entitled “Open E-mail to All Republicans for Orrin Hatch.”  Why I personally received this e-mail, I have no idea.  I’ve previously made my distrust and dissatisfaction of the actions of both Senators very clear.  In his e-mail Sen. Hatch says, Today we are going to take some of the good Utah values that we hold so dear and make Washington stand up and take notice…”  He goes on to say that he is going to propose two amendments to the health care bill. While the substance of the amendments in and of themselves have merit (putting the horror of abortion, especially federally funded ones, in their proper place of evil) my objection to his amendments is that he’s merely attempting to put lipstick on a pig. 

Why are Senators Bennett and Hatch tolerating the proposal of the health care bill in the first place?  What scripture do they read that states that you can demand and take money from one person to pay for another?  What part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ says that we are entitled to health care? What lessons did they miss in the scriptures that compare egregious taxations to slavery?  Just as importantly, tell me where in the U.S. Constitution does it state that Congress, or ANY political leader, has the authority and power to do ANYTHING with healthcare on a governmental basis? Where does it give them the authority whatsoever to be working on bills that have to do with nationalized (Socialized) healthcare??

Rather than fighting full board against a bill that is designed to bring more control to our Federal government, and destroy choice, accountability and personal liberty in the process, these senators are working on “amending it.” This is not helping Utah or Americans. This is simply politics in its most base form, as usual. These actions do nothing to restore liberty, sovereignty and independence.

Captain Moroni had no tolerance for individuals such as these. He struck down those who did not fight FOR freedom—as in put their very lives at risk for it—not simply butter it up, take it out to lunch, and perhaps amend it.

I can’t stress enough that there is no such thing as “just politics.” All of our actions which we may want to compartmentalize and label as “just politics” have significant and eternal spiritual consequences. 

A point to remember. Senator Hatch provided the deciding vote on the gun ban in 1994.  It now seems that he is also positioning himself to do the same with this healthcare bill.  Senator Hatch was the AUTHOR of the heinous Serve America Act with Kennedy!

Bennett is more concerned about reelection, after promising that he would only serve 2 terms, than he is about the freedom of Americans. I have not found ONE bill that Bennett sponsored or co-sponsored which enhanced the freedom of our nation and the integrity of the Constitution. (Maybe he’s lost count of the number of years he’s served?)

Why did Bennett and Hatch vote FOR the clearly evil Cass Sunstein as the regulatory czar when it’s clearly unconstitutional to even have czars! Sunstein has made no secret that he wants to rewrite the Constitution, limit access to free speech on the internet, television, and radio, and claims that “ironclad convictions cannot be allowed” and “open-mindedness should be mandatory” and “there is no liberty without dependency.” (Doesn’t that sound like it’s right out of the adversary’s playbook?!) Further, Sunstein doesn’t believe in individual’s rights, but in the rights of a community, county, or region. So how could Bennett and Hatch stand in FAVOR of such a being given power to regulate our rights?  You can’t believe that Bennett and Hatch were ignorant of this man’s beliefs and intents when they voted FOR evil.

Ok, I’m getting a bit riled.  This isn’t about a particular party.  This is about people who claim to believe in the Gospel but who vote and behave in direct contradiction to it.  In Doctrine & Covenants 98:5-10 it specifically talks about how the law of the land is supporting the principle of freedom and is justifiable before God.  In verse 6 it specifically states that the saints are to befriend the constitution. And if there is any further doubt about the place of the Constitution in our land for our day, Doctrine and Covenants 101:77 clearly states that HE caused the Constitution to be established.  Unless you believe that the Doctrine & Covenants is no longer relevant to our day, we must be valiant in supporting the Constitution as it is given to us by a loving and wise Heavenly Father. 

Bottom line, the U.S. Constitution is not to be ignored, marginalized, or weakened by our acts (or a lack of action)—and certainly not by those who have been entrusted to support the Constitution. “I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States.”   I know that I am willing to hold true to such an oath. Are you? Then PLEASE vote, protest, stand firm, and be the solution accordingly.

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Do We Have the Freedom to Be Apathetic?

By Kellene Bishop

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Today I wrote an article for Women of Caliber about sitting ducks and how they actually endanger the lives of those around them. In writing this article, I realized that Captain Moroni dealt with such individuals. He understood their danger to the safety of others, even those who were risking their lives and fighting for the freedom and well-being of their own country. He gave the “sitting ducks” an ultimatum—either fight for freedom or die.

To recap, as you may recall in Alma chapter 51, the Kingmen refused to take up arms against the attacking Lamanites. Verse 13 of Alma 51 specifically says they were “wroth” with the “people of liberty” and as such would not take up arms to defend their country. Moroni calls this action “stubbornness” (vs. 14) actually, not ignorance or a stance on ones’ own beliefs. The verse states that his soul filled with anger against them. The governor apparently agreed with this justified anger of Moroni and thus authorized him to compel any dissenters to defend the country’s freedom and liberty or to be put to death—yea, even to “level them to the earth.” (vs. 17) Why such a final reaction towards those who choose to do nothing? Verse 16 clearly identifies the apathy of the dissenters as “the cause of all their destruction.”

Certainly we don’t believe that Captain Moroni was some kind of a controlling tyrant. I believe that he clearly understood that liberty simply could not be had if not diligently fought for. If the valiant were to fight for freedom only to have it dwindle in their homes while they were away, then there would be no reason to fight for its existence as the flame of freedom would easily be squelched by those who viewed it as insignificant.

I wonder today how many of us really are just sitting ducks? How many of us put so much else above the type of freedom that this brave prophet fought for? He valued freedom above all else, realizing that all else was impossible to enjoy without it. There is no religious freedom without it. Without it we lose the marriages in our sacred temples. We lose the establishment of the Priesthood. We lose the freedom to share the Gospel with others. We lose the ability to raise our children in righteousness. And we even risk losing the liberty to declare our own beliefs.

Today we are not yet “compelled to hoist the title of liberty” however, those of us who ignore doing so will indeed be compelled to live in a manner which we do not enjoy. It’s simply a matter of consequences. So in answer to the question, do we really have the freedom to be apathetic? While it may seem that we have the freedom to do just about anything we want in today’s liberal climate, ultimately our Heavenly Father has shared with us that the freedom we may believe in now is merely a smoke screen that comes with delayed consequences. We must truly be diligent in fighting for liberty and freedom in all that we do or else settle for the inevitable outcome.

Fighting for freedom isn’t just about wielding a gun or a sword. It’s about the movies we pay to support, the politicians we elect, the businesses we patronize, the people we associate with, the media stories we believe in and circulate, and how and what we do with our abilities to defend our homes and families both spiritually and physically. I believe that our apathy today is indeed “the cause of all our destruction.”

Unfortunately, the enemy of liberty never takes a break. He is crafty, diligent, and unscrupulous. Can we afford to be any less diligent in our opposition of such a threat?

Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved.  You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.