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The Real Reason Behind the Federal Reserve’s Statement

By Kellene Bishop

Today the Federal Reserve released a statement in which they attempted to assure consumers that all will be well in spite of the recent economic events. But as members of the House of Israel who will play a key role in The Gathering in these latter days it’s imperative that we are not deceived. Continue reading

What Part of UNALIENABLE Do You Not Understand?

Many years ago there was an instance in which a young male mountaineer was physically held hostage by an 800-1,000 pound boulder which had fallen on him. After 5 days of being trapped with no food or water, he felt his only escape was to crudely saw away at his trapped arm with his pocket knife. We read of this story and inevitably think “how archaic.  How cruel.  Wish that someone had come along to help him and remove that boulder.” While the man has been able to survive without this appendage, I assure you that this mans arm was intended to stay with him throughout his life. That’s exactly why God usually sends us all down to earth with two arms, two hands, two legs, a brain, etc.  These body parts are unalienable to us.  They are not to be removed from us by anyone else. They are given to us as human beings. That’s simply what rights are. It was certainly unfortunate that no one could come along and help remove this boulder in order to save the freedom this man had to relinquish in losing his arm. But the real question is, there’s a boulder that has fallen on We The People. Are we going to just sit there and crudely cut away at our unalienable rights, or are we going take care of this matter as the powerful, God-fearing American people that we are?

Today’s news of Obama writing an executive order which gives Interpol the authority to act as they please in MY country is disturbing at best. For some reason Obama sees fit in his worldly wisdom to give Interpol carte blanch in conducting any investigations on American soil that they believe has merit, in any manner that they deem appropriate. This foreign, United Nations based entity has been given “untouchable” status meaning that they are not under any requirements to observe ANY of our Constitutional laws, including search and seizure, habeas corpus, fair trial, etc., regardless of whether or not they are on American soil when exercising their investigations.  In other words, Obama is attempting to undermine our 4th Amendment rights. What part of “unalienable rights” do these so-called government leaders not understand? Yes, I’m sorry to say that Reagan previously chipped away at our rights by giving Interpol democratic immunity on his executive order. But now Obama has seen fit to take this gaffe and enlarge it significantly with an accompanying executive order.

Our picture of security perfection, the Department of Homeland Security, botches their job of security and thus allows a person on a plane with a bomb, who is also on a terrorist watch list.  I’m confused.  The person who pours water in your glass in a nice restaurant…they are there to strictly pour water into your glass, right? Should the water not actually go into your glass and on your lap, should they not be fired?  The DHS has one job and one job only and that is ostensibly to protect America—from terrorists, tyrants, usurpers, and despots.  Clearly they failed at this one focused task, and they failed big time.

They mess up, so now we, the rest of the law-abiding American citizens, have to be exposed to unreasonable searches via a full body scan or even a body cavity search? Again, what part of “unalienable rights” do people not understand??  The Constitution protects us all from being treated as a terrorist or a criminal without substantiated evidence, and yet the DHS sees fit to admonish all law enforcement to do just that towards anyone who stands for freedom of religion, the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of private property, the right to bear arms, as well as a love for the US Constitution, as a terrorist! 

The DHS can’t allow (or perhaps even persuade) a bad person to board an airplane and then use that as an excuse to take away American rights.  The Constitution doesn’t say “unalienable rights—unless a corrupt government is in power.”  These rights are simply unalienable—meaning that they shall never become alien to our lives or our hearts.

Our tyrannical leaders have passed an abomination of a spending bill in the form of the “stimulus” bill as well as the health care bill.  (Just to name a few.) In doing so they are completely ignoring the general welfare clause of our Constitution—general meaning that whatsoever taxes, fees, etc. which they enforce or establish must be for the GENERAL welfare of this nation, and never for the private benefit of a few.  (It doesn’t matter that the Supreme Court interpreted this clause incorrectly back in 1936. Too often folks forget that even the Supreme Court works for us, not the other way around) No one—and I mean NO ONE—can take away our unalienable rights!

Legislation on firearms, privacy, Congressional spending, voting, freedom of speech, freedom OF religion (not FROM religion), and so many others that our government aims to progress are targeted directly at removing us from our unalienable rights. Again. Removing us from our unalienable rights simply cannot be done. They can try mightily to promote the façade that such rights can be relinquished, but indeed they cannot. They are God given rights that we hold the moment we breath our first breath.  As such, even if our entire nation relinquishes their BELIEF to these rights, the rights themselves still cannot be removed from us. Though the young mountaineer removed himself from his arm, will his arm not still be his throughout the eternities upon his resurrection?  Our unalienable rights can be removed from us no easier than any appendage of our body. Yes, we can crudely saw away at our rights in order to temporarily escape our plight, but in such an instance that is willingly accepting this ominous boulder of abomination as the final word on our rights.  It’s not the final word, folks. It’s not even a word of remote authority. It’s a temporary an inconvenience.  We The People should never be too busy or too distracted to remove any obstacles in our way of unalienable rights! We The People are the last line of defense for our unalienable rights.

We are to elect a portion of ourselves to defend and protect the rights and freedoms of this nation. Yet so few of us even make it to the polls or the community meetings. Those who taken to elect leaders have been sorely betrayed by a derelict and demoralized government as a whole.  As a result, the last line of defense must be called to action. Will we sever ourselves from these sacred rights by allowing a big boulder to bully our beliefs, or will we free ourselves from this attempted enslavement and remove all obstacles of our rights?

What should we do? Again, we must let our voices be heard. We must inform the government that we are not passive observers but active participants in the freedom and rights of our nations. We must logically, intelligently, and pointedly inform them that they can not deceive us. We do NOT accept the illegal labeling of us Americans by the DHS. We do not accept the illegal attempt of Obama to usurp our 4th Amendment rights. We do not accept any infringements on our right to worship God in public or in private. And we will NOT accept any future attempts to intrude on our rights. In my opinion, this must be verbalized to the usurpers just as regularly as our daily prayers.

More importantly, we must be educated in that which we intend to defend.  We must educate ourselves of this sacred document, the US Constitution. How can we defend something which we do not know?

Did you know that Joseph Smith attempted to rewrite the US Constitution?  Yes, he did. And he also attempted to have some of the apostles do so as well. They struggled with it. Joseph Smith struggled with it. As such he went to the Lord and asked, “what shall I change?”  As a result of his query we have the 98th section of the Doctrine and Covenants. “…whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.” D&C 98:7

Oh how I pray that We, His People, will not let Him down after He’s provided us with so very, very much in the form of freedom, salvation, and love. May we never CHOOSE to separate ourselves from these unalienable rights.

Call Me an Idealist—I’m Honored

lesser-of-two-evils1By Kellene Bishop

Face it. You’ve no doubt heard yourself uttering, or at least thinking the words “the lesser of two evils” when it came to voting for a particular candidate.  However, to put it simply, choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.  As members of His church who have covenanted to build up this kingdom and to protect it, we simply cannot settle for such mainstream thinking.  We are not here in the last days to take it easy and bask in the abundance of technology and goods.  We are here to preserve, protect, and to prepare for His coming.  And yes, it is US that are here to do so, not our distant ancestors still to come, folks.  In 1980, Ezra Taft Benson gave a talk at BYU in which he stated, “you students are a part of a choice young generation—a generation which might well witness the return of the Lord.”  He went on to say, “It will be your responsibility not only to help to carry the kingdom to a triumph but to save your own soul and strive to save those of your family and to honor the principles of the inspired constitutions of the United Stated.”

So, are we responsible for choosing only that which is good for our country and our religion, or shall our hands be clean if we simply vote for the “lesser of two evils?”

In Alma 46, Captain Moroni shows us just how important it is that not only do we refuse to accept any degree of evil among us, but that we must also ensure it doesn’t live to infiltrate our lives in the future generations either.  (See verses 29-35)

Still others, who are strongly rooted among us, would have us believe that a belief that “Right will reign if we but stand firmly for it” is idealistic, and as such is doomed for failure—especially in light of our prominent two party voting system. I’m certain that such a view point is perpetuated by the adversary.  I’m convinced that the Lord’s way is not to advocate “that which isn’t most wicked” but rather to always stand for that which is truly right, that which will truly protect freedoms, and preserve our religion.

The nay sayers can call this being an idealist all they want, telling the world how an idealist never gets anywhere so they can/should simply moderate towards the centrist view.  I firmly do not believe this.  The attitude that “we simply can’t afford to be idealistic” and that we need to moderate in order to get back to the Constitution is what got us here to begin with.  Surely we have seen that those who hold the views which threaten our religion and our freedoms never moderate, ever.  Have you not noticed that?  They don’t.  And they never sleep.  The holders of these views even admit that they have extreme agendas.  But then they watch as the typical Conservative movement gets all bent out of shape, then “they” back off from their original extreme agenda and accept a few baby-steps towards their original agenda.  And so on it goes.  Lather, rinse, repeat, until the adversary ends up with what he wanted all along.  Perhaps it’s hard to stand boldly and courageously in the face of truly evil principles, because such principles are held by living, breathing human beings who we instinctively love and strive to nurture, not destroy.  But stand we must, regardless of the face which breathes out these false principles.

Perhaps the tragedy in all of this is not that many have tried to make a difference and feel that they have failed in doing so, but more importantly, the disaster is that we who hold the truths actually give up in fighting against evil.  We try so hard to resist evil that we forget that the strength is in persisting evil.  Understandably our nemesis does not sleep, nor get distracted with families, television, church callings, or other intrusions on his efforts to thwart the Lords plan.  But far too many Believers have given up.  Where would we be today if people had held strong to their ideals and principles 70 years ago?  50 years ago?  Even 20 years ago?  I believe we would be in the midst of a far different nation, and even world. 

It is because we have decided to abandon our principles for so long that we find ourselves in our current situation, not because we held to them too tightly before finding it didn’t work exactly as we had planned.  It is far too common that the Holders of Eternal Truths simply live their lives, hoping (or even assuming) that someone else will take the heat and tow the line, while the adversary works tirelessly for his cause, knowing that it is all dependent upon him to do so.  It is because Believers have not stood by their principles that we are left wondering what principles are anymore, let alone which ones we should try to hold onto and which ones we should save to fight for another day.

If we are not willing to stand on our principles, how can we expect anyone else to? If we are willing to stand on our principles, why not NOW so that we can begin to affect change?  The Savior will not do it for us.  We are to make these changes for Him.

Do you simply believe that you are not leadership material?  That somehow true leadership is somebody else’s responsibility?  What is it about standing for something right now that scares us so badly?  Do we think we will lose an election by doing so?  

Advocating a slower moving train towards Socialism/Communism is still advocating for such a repugnant government.  We cannot fool ourselves into believing that someone who will give away ANY of our Constitutional freedoms may not be as bad as someone who confesses that they would give them all away.  Raping and pillaging is a violation of another, regardless of the speed at which it comes.  Worse, if we don’t see the freedoms that we’ve lost up to this time, then we are truly blind to what has been going on in this nation for far too long.

Yes, holding to our principles and voting for better leadership than we have now will split the Conservative ticket and allow a puppet of the adversary to be elected, but it will also show other Believers that they, too, can hold strong to their principles and cast a better vote.  The fight must begin with us, though the minority.  We cannot wait until we are in the majority, because it will never happen, according to prophesy.  In addition, as that movement grows, it will show the current leadership that there are those of us out here that stand for something and that we will no longer remain silent.  It is when we refuse to lead out, be first, and stand strong that both dominant parties know they can move where they want to because there is no one that will hold them accountable.  You’ve heard of gun-free zones, right?  You’re aware that the last five “mass shootings” all took place in a noted “gun free zone,” right?  Well, “the powers that be” prey upon “truth free zones.”  That is where we find ourselves today.  If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that continuing to cast a vote for the lesser of two evils hasn’t worked out real well for us thus far, and that this simple, but stubborn fact isn’t likely to change in the future either. 

How well did abandoning our principles and moderating the Republican Party work for us in the last election?  How well did abandoning our principles stop WRONG from being elected last election, and how well were we able to stop the last Presidency from destroying liberties faster than we were able to stop them?  Americans are justifiably fatigued with voting for the lesser of two evils and getting government leaders like we’ve had and have.  They’re waiting for someone else to take a stand, someone to rally around.  Why can’t that be you?  Frankly, it should be all of us. 

I promise from this day forward that I will never vote for the lesser of two evils again.  If that puts me squarely in the camp of “useless idealist” then so be it, but I am responsible for my votes and actions to a Heavenly Father that expects more of me than that.  Again, I implore you to read H. Verlan Anderson’s “Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen” (http://www.redhotlogo.com/2-Many%20Called.pdf) before entertaining a thought process which attempts to address the lesser of two evils.  It’s not an A or B vote, folks.  It should always be the Lord’s vote.  

While some may claim it to be idealistic, it is also according to the Lord’s commandments that we seek good and honorable men for our leaders.  If choices are not available before us, then we must step up to provide such a choice, just as Joseph Smith did.  The ONLY reason why he ran for President of the United States was to preserve our religious and Constitutional rights.  (See Teachings of Joseph Smith pages 331-334)  He even goes so far as to say, “if I lose my life in a good cause I am willing to be sacrificed on the altar of virtue, righteousness and truth in maintaining the laws and Constitution of the United States, if need be, for the general good of mankind.”

The problem of giving up our “idealistic” cause in response to the dominance of the current two-party system is akin to thinking, “Well, kids are going to have sex anyway, so let’s at least provide them a condom and teach them how to have sex safely.”  Clearly that doesn’t work for us and violates what we know to be right.  It is this mentality that causes our actions, even when shooting for best, to do nothing more than hand the victory to the other side.  Some have even gone so far as to rationalize “let’s get closer to the other side so that we can get votes from both sides.”  This certainly is a faulty strategy.  Even as an accomplished and skilled warrior as well as a righteous man that Teancum was, he was victorious over his enemies until he shunned the protection of the Lord by going “forth in his anger.”

Either we stand on principle, or we admit that our principles can be bought.  Which is it for you?  “Let’s elect someone that takes us down the road of Socialism slower, yeah, that will be better for us, but, hey, at least we won the election.”  Nope.  We will never win with such thinking.  The adversary will always win in this case by convincing us that voting for the lesser of two evils was much better than voting our true conscience, which is what the Lord asks and requires of us as citizens entrusted with a great nation and great, though lessening, liberties.

Prayerfully read the scripture for guidance on these matters.  Then read the published political platform of which you support.  Ask yourself if this platform truly ensures freedom for all men, and the liberties as the Lord had intended.  Unfortunately, I assure you that neither of the predominant platforms will reflect His Gospel.  So you need to ask yourself, “if not this, then what?”  I pray that you will find guidance and sure direction in exploring this question.

May we also covenant as did Moroni: “Behold, whosever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.” (Alma 46:20)

In parting, let me say this: In the war in heaven there was a group of Communists (roughly a third) that wanted to be forced back into the presence of Heavenly Father.  There were a group of Constitutionalists (roughly a third) that were willing to accept complete liberty and freedom to take on the responsibility for their own actions and then rely on the Lord to make up the difference.  And then there was a group of fence sitting, middle of the road, let’s-play-nice-with-everyone-so-we-don’t-tick-anyone-off-so-everyone-will-like-everyone, just-a-little-bit-of-both-sides-is-good-for-me, I-just-want-to-be-on-the-winning-team-regardless-of-who-it-is “voters” (roughly a third) that were willing to give up a little liberty to get a little security.  Which one are you?

The Lord claimed the Constitution as a work provided by inspiration at his hand through men he raised up for this very purpose (compare its ideals to those given by Christ in the war in heaven).  In response, Satan came up with the Communist Manifesto (compare its ideals to those given by Satan in the war in heaven), but he doesn’t care if we accept it wholeheartedly right now as long as we’re moving towards it, however slowly that may be.  Any move away from the Lord’s plan towards Satan’s plan is unacceptable.

As for me, I’ll take the Constitution coupled with the Gospel.

What type of tyranny would you like served today?  And would you like fries with that?

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“The Coming Revolution”

About a week ago I was reading the blog of a good friend of mine and felt that his message was very appropriate to share with the readers.  This is not of my talents, but completely of his. 

 

The Coming Revolution By Andrew Teasdale

Brigham Young said the following: “Will the Constitution be destroyed? No; it will be held inviolate by this people; and, as Joseph Smith said, ‘The time will come when the Constitution of this nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.’ It will be so.” (July 4, 1854, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 7, p. 15)As I’ve become more “aware” (maybe “awake”) over the past dozen years or so, I’ve reflected on this statement.  Recently, within the past couple of weeks, I’ve come to a troubling conclusion.  I’d like to share some of the key steps in this journey.

george-w-bush-war-on-terror1First, the current and past few US presidents have had little, if any, regard for the Constitution.  My ‘awareness’ really flourished during the reign of Bush the Lesser.  He launched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without Congressional approval – a Constitutional requirement for waging war.  He stamped on many other Constitutional safeguards.  Perhaps the most troubling was his establishment of his own Praetorian Guard.  US Army troops are now assigned to operate within the bounds of these United States (stationed in my backyard at Ft. Knox, KY).  The list goes on and on of how Bush trampled the Constitution.  I don’t need or want to go through the awful details here.

Bush’s successor, Obama the Beneficent has, in his disregard for the Constitution, put his predecessor to shame.  General Motors has become Government Motors and Obama the Omniscient has determined that Mr. Wagoner is not the man to lead GM.  I don’t see where the Constitution grants the Executive Branch the authority to do this! Perhaps the most (and it’s stiff competition) insidious recent event (i.e., of these first 100 days) is the passage of the GIVE act.  This act, co-sponsored by our very own Hatch the Giving, is, certainly not the first, but a huge step toward enslavement.

Just a quick note.  Why, you may be asking, all the “Obama the Beneficent” type references?  It’s an oblique reference to Alexis de Tocqueville’s essay, “What sort of despotism democratic nations have to fear.”  It’s not too long.  Google it and have a read.  See if you don’t find him a prophet of sorts.  But I digress…

Back to the first point.  Really, it’s this.  I think the Constitution is hanging by a thread.  Now.  Already.  Right now.  There’s just a thread.  The Executive branch is doing whatever it wants and it has the pieces in place to cut any remaining threads at the next ‘crisis.’

You might not be there with me on this one.  You might argue that there are a couple of threads.  We still have free speech and the right to bear arms.  OK.  I’ll grant you that.  However, if they can be removed at the next crisis (when you’d really need them), do you really have them?

So, for the sake of the rest of my argument, go with me for a minute that the Constitution is hanging by a thread right now.

orrin-hatchAll this happened while we (the LDS people) had well-placed government officials “on the watchtower” (so to speak).  These are people who could have warned us, perhaps by providing additional information to the obvious things we can see by reading the published reports.  The senator from Nevada, Hatch the Giving, and several others.  They could have been sounding the warning bell – and even fighting for the Constitution.  But, they have not.  They have contributed to the Constitution’s downfall (perhaps the one point of promise is Chaffetz the Frugal (rumor has it he’s concerned enough about prudent use of taxpayer funds that he sleeps in his office to cut down on costs)).  They voted for and promoted (Reid) the robberies (er, “Bailouts.” Note it isn’t ‘theft,’ that’s what happens when you aren’t watching.  Robbery is when it’s done by force – and this was certainly done by force) and the enslavement (Hatch’s GIVE act).

I could go on here as well.  However, the point is that our best placed Constitution defenders are taking it down, not rescuing it.

To review: The Constitution is hanging by a thread.  The people we’d hope to be working on saving it aren’t.

Then last week I started thinking – and here’s the conclusion.  The federal government isn’t going to give up its power.  The only way ‘this people’ will save the Constitution is by force – by revolution.  I remember reading this statement by LDS Church president Ezra Benson, “To all who have discerning eyes, it is apparent that the republican form of government established by our noble forefathers cannot long endure once fundamental principles are abandoned.  Momentum is gathering for another conflict—a repetition of the crisis of two hundred years ago.”  (The Constitution: A Heavenly Banner. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1986, p. 27)

obamaObama the Beneficent will not heed a call to return to Constitutional principles. Nor will his successor, even if it is Mitt the Merciful.  By the time Obama is finished, we’ll have the US version of the Hitler Youth in place (again, see the recently passed GIVE act) as well as, it is certain, a host of other acts in place limiting our 1st, 2nd, (continue the series all the way to 10) amendment freedoms. 

I’m not sure who will be behind the revolution.  I suspect members of the LDS Church may expect that Church leaders would lead the charge.  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Consider this from Ezra Benson, “Maybe the Lord will never set up a specific Church program for the purpose of saving the Constitution.  Perhaps if he set up one at this time it might split the Church asunder, and perhaps he does not want that to happen yet, for not all the wheat and tares are fully ripe.” (“Not Commanded in All Things.” – Conference address April 5, 1965.  Please, read the talk in full.).  There are people I know, in whom the light of freedom burns so brightly, who will not be able to sit idly by watching the march toward tyranny. They may be part of that revolution.

I may live to see it.  My children certainly will.  People are talking about it.

I don’t like reading what I’ve written.  Do I have it wrong?  Is there a way to reverse the tide?  Without blood?  I wish.  I hope.  I pray.  But not in faith.