Our Current Crisis

Our country is heading toward a true crisis. The problem is that the enemies of the United States (and Freedom in general) are able to spout their tripe in bumper sticker slogans because their arguments have no substance, we can’t. We should be able to, but without the common frame of reference we used to share, way too many people in our country simply wouldn’t understand. We need to fix that.

Constitution Week – Day 7

Wow! What a fast week. We are already on the last day!
The last installment of the newsletter is focused on Socialism/Communism and some talks about why no one should ever confuse the United Order with either. Read up! (Unedited version – might be a little too truthful for some people!)

Here’s a link to the FHE lesson from the Gilbert Constitution Week celebration. (BTW – you can support Constitution Week at their website!)

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Here are some more great talks!

Joseph F. Merrill – October 1946 General Conference

Harold B. Lee – October 1941 General Conference

Harold B Lee – April 1942 General Conference

Ezra Taft Benson – 1977

Constitution Week – Day 6

This edition of the newsletter was focused on the 2008 Presidential election )And Arizona’s election laws), but you can still use some of the principles. I’ve added bonus talks from President Benson and J. Ruben Clark to give you a little more to enjoy on this Sabbath Day!

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Here is the bonus material!

A Witness And A Warning – Benson

The Constitution – Clark

Just how bad has Obama been for us?

For starters, Incomes have dropped twice as much during the ‘Recovery’ as during the Recession. So … how can this be called a recovery? Really there is no way.

But for an even more start view, this is a repost from the Economic Collapse Blog so you can read it without all the stinkin’ ads … It’s incredible.

Barack Obama has been running around the country taking credit for an “economic recovery”, but the truth is that things have not gotten better under Obama. Compared to when he first took office, a smaller percentage of the working age population is employed, the quality of our jobs has declined substantially and the middle class has been absolutely shredded. If we are really in the middle of an “economic recovery”, why is the homeownership rate the lowest that it has been in 18 years? Why has the number of Americans on food stamps increased by nearly 50 percent while Obama has been in the White House? Why has the national debt gotten more than 6 trillion dollars larger during the Obama era? Obama should not be “taking credit” for anything when it comes to the economy. In fact, he should be deeply apologizing to the American people.

And of course Obama is being delusional if he thinks that he is actually “running the economy”. The Federal Reserve has far more power over the U.S. economy and the U.S. financial system than he does. But the mainstream media loves to fixate on the presidency, so presidents always get far too much credit or far too much blame for economic conditions.

But if you do want to focus on “the change” that has taken place since Barack Obama entered the White House, there is no way in the world that you can claim that things have actually gotten better during that time frame. The cold, hard reality of the matter is that the U.S. economy has been steadily declining for over a decade, and this decline has continued while Obama has been living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is getting very tiring listening to Obama supporters try to claim that Obama has improved the economy. That is a false claim that is not even remotely close to reality. The following are 33 shocking facts which show how badly the U.S. economy has tanked since Obama became president…

#1 When Barack Obama entered the White House, 60.6 percent of working age Americans had a job. Today, only 58.7 percent of working age Americans have a job.

#2 Since Obama has been president, seven out of every eight jobs that have been “created” in the U.S. economy have been part-time jobs.

#3 The number of full-time workers in the United States is still nearly 6 million below the old record that was set back in 2007.

#4 It is hard to believe, but an astounding 53 percent of all American workers now make less than $30,000 a year.

#5 40 percent of all workers in the United States actually make less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

#6 When the Obama era began, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks. Today, it is 36.6 weeks.

#7 During the first four years of Obama, the number of Americans “not in the labor force” soared by an astounding 8,332,000. That far exceeds any previous four year total.

#8 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the middle class is taking home a smaller share of the overall income pie than has ever been recorded before.

#9 When Obama was elected, the homeownership rate in the United States was 67.5 percent. Today, it is 65.0 percent. That is the lowest that it has been in 18 years.

#10 When Obama entered the White House, the mortgage delinquency rate was 7.85 percent. Today, it is 9.72 percent.

#11 In 2008, the U.S. trade deficit with China was 268 billion dollars. Last year, it was 315 billion dollars.

#12 When Obama first became president, 12.5 million Americans had manufacturing jobs. Today, only 11.9 million Americans have manufacturing jobs.

#13 Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years. Overall, it has declined by over $4000 during that time span.

#14 The poverty rate has shot up to 16.1 percent. That is actually higher than when the War on Poverty began in 1965.

#15 During Obama’s first term, the number of Americans on food stamps increased by an average of about 11,000 per day.

#16 When Barack Obama entered the White House, there were about 32 million Americans on food stamps. Today, there are more than 47 million Americans on food stamps.

#17 At this point, more than a million public school students in the United States are homeless. This is the first time that has ever happened in our history. That number has risen by 57 percent since the 2006-2007 school year.

#18 When Barack Obama took office, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $1.85. Today, it is $3.53.

#19 Electricity bills in the United States have risen faster than the overall rate of inflation for five years in a row.

#20 Health insurance costs have risen by 29 percent since Barack Obama became president, and Obamacare is going to make things far worse.

#21 The United States has fallen in the global economic competitiveness rankings compiled by the World Economic Forum for four years in a row.

#22 According to economist Tim Kane, the following is how the number of startup jobs per 1000 Americans breaks down by presidential administration

Bush Sr.: 11.3

Clinton: 11.2

Bush Jr.: 10.8

Obama: 7.8

#23 In 2008, that total amount of student loan debt in this country was 440 billion dollars. At this point, it has shot up to about a trillion dollars.

#24 According to one recent survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

#25 During Obama’s first term, the number of Americans collecting federal disability insurance rose by more than 18 percent.

#26 The total amount of money that the federal government gives directly to the American people has grown by 32 percent since Barack Obama became president.

#27 According to the Survey of Income and Program Participation conducted by the U.S. Census, well over 100 million Americans are enrolled in at least one welfare program run by the federal government.

#28 As I wrote about the other day, American households are now receiving more money directly from the federal government than they are paying to the government in taxes.

#29 Under Barack Obama, the velocity of money (a very important indicator of economic health) has plunged to a post-World War II low.

#30 At the end of 2008, the Federal Reserve held $475.9 billion worth of U.S. Treasury bonds. Today, Fed holdings of U.S. Treasury bonds have skyrocketed past the 2 trillion dollar mark.

#31 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent. Today, it is up to 101 percent.

#32 During Obama’s first term, the federal government accumulated more new debt than it did under the first 42 U.S presidents combined.

#33 When you break it down, the amount of new debt accumulated by the U.S. government during Obama’s first term comes to approximately $50,521 for every single household in the United States. Are you able to pay your share?

Stand up for your Civil Rights

Civil Rights: Personal liberties that belong to an individual, owing to his or her status as a citizen or resident of a particular country or community.

Civil rights belong to each of us as individuals. The government can not restrict them or take them away without a Constitutional Amendment. We MUST fight to preserve them and elect people who will lead that fight.

If you feel the government is infringing on these civil rights, call your congressman and demand that he/she defend your civil rights! If they won’t, work to get a new congressman elected next time.

The government is not allowed to establish an official religion (including atheism), nor can they prevent you from worshiping according to the dictates of your conscience.

The government can not abridge (diminish, lessen, restrict, curtail) these rights: Speech, the press, peaceable assembly, petition the government to fix things we think they are doing wrong, to keep have, carry and use weapons.

The government can not search or take away our property without a warrant based on evidence or a witness of wrong doing, that specifies exactly what they are looking for and where they will look.

The government can not put you on trial for a major crime without a Grand Jury indictment (Excluding the military during time of war or emergency). They cannot try you for a death penalty offense more than once if you are acquitted. They can not force you act as a witness against yourself, they cannot kill you or take away your freedom or property without “due process of law.” If the government needs to take your land for a public use, they must pay you a fair price.

If accused of a crime, you have a right a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury you have the right to be informed of the charges and why they were brought against you. You have the right to confront with the witnesses against you and have witnesses in your defense. You also have the right to an attorney. You have a right to a trial by jury, and higher courts can’t reverse the decision of a jury. The government can’t require excessive bail or fines, or impose cruel and unusual punishment.

A couple of other great things are that just because there is a list of rights, that doesn’t mean we the people can’t have other rights, and that any power not granted by the Constitution to the Federal Government, belongs to the States or We the People.

And that’s just the Bill of Rights!

So, get out there and stand up for your civil rights!