In 1959 Eisenhower asked Ezra Taft Benson to teach Nikita Khrushchev about Agriculture.
Ezra relayed a conversation……
“Your children will live under communism.” Khrushchev said.
“On the contrary,” Secretary Benson replied, “My grandchildren will live in freedom as I hope that all people will.”
Khrushchev then retorted: “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.” (Ezra Taft Benson. General Conference Talk – October 1966. Protecting Freedom – Our Immediate Responsibility.)
Our current administration is giving us the last doses of Socialism and the first doses of Communism, buy pushing through such spending measures and taxing measures that make the poor dependent on the usurpation and theft of property of the wealthy. In just 50 years the Communist have infiltrated the education and journalist systems so that we have generally become confused and complacent to the poisonous doctrines we are swallowing. We are asking for government to provide us with everything in life and with a minimal of work to get it. Americans have somehow abandoned the principles of liberty that Washington, Adams, Jefferson and others founded our government on for Karl Marx’s murderous and savage Communist, Anti-Christ dogma.
The practice of coveting and receiving unearned benefits has now become so fixed in our society that even men of wealth, possessing the means to produce more wealth, are expecting the government to guarantee them a profit. Elections often turn on what the candidates promise to do for voters from government funds. This practice, if universally accepted and implemented in any society, will make slaves of its citizens.
We cannot afford to become wards of the government, even if we have a legal right to do so. It requires too great a sacrifice of self-respect and political, temporal, and spiritual independence.
In some countries it is extremely difficult to separate earned from unearned benefits. However, the principle is the same in all countries: We should strive to become self-reliant and not depend on others for our existence. (President Romney was serving as Second Counselor in the First Presidency when he gave this talk during general conference in October 1982; March 2009 Ensign reprint of his speech, The Celestial Nature of Self-Reliance.)
Even if we stand fooled and foolish in turning away from the government God gave at such a cost to the Patriots and Founders of America, there will be a cost to Americans for the act of rejecting God’s gifts. Freedom came with much bloodshed and sacrifice to the people of colonial America. Why would we suppose it will be any different to regain what we throw away for a guarentee of security and unearned spoils from a government that has no intention of giving to everyone, what only is a limited resource, belonging not to government but to the taxed. Will we ever see freedoms we are throwing away? Prophets have foretold that it will again cost much bloodshed for liberty to be restored.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”(Hosea 4:6)