W. Cleon Skousen was an American conservative teacher, author, lecturer and scholar for more than 60 years. He was known for his understanding of and support for the constitution of the United States, and his love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. During the course of his life, he wrote 46 books, including The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist, The 5000 Year Leap, Principles of Freedom and Prophecy and Modern Times.
Quotes by W. Cleon Skousen:
Ezra Taft Benson is the foremost spokesman against Communism among all the leaders of the Church. When he became President of the Church it was immediately expected that he would really unload on them. He didn’t say a word. So finally somebody went up to him and said, “President Benson, aren’t you going to say anything about Communism?” “No,” he said, “the Saints have been warned long enough and now the Lord has something more important for us to do.” It wasn’t long before we heard it. He stood up in Conference and said, “I have a vision of the whole Church getting nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of the Book of Mormon. Indeed I have a vision of flooding the earth with the Book of Mormon just like Enoch saw in his vision in Moses 7:62.”
It is also interesting to observe that communal ownership violates every instinct of human nature. It destroys initiative, nullifies free agency, suppresses inventive exploration, minimizes the dignity of the individual and makes a god out of an abstract thing called “The State”- to which is delegated complete, unrestricted control over life, liberty and property .. Like so many other weak systems of government, it can survive only in an atmosphere of a slave state, ruled by a king or a dictator.
The Founders also warned that the only way for the nation to prosper was to have equal protection of “rights,” and not allow the government to get involved in trying to provide equal distribution of “things.”
The Founders believed these same principles would work for any nation. The key was using the government to protect equal rights, not to provide equal things.
Anyone who says the American Constitution is obsolete just because social and economic conditions have changed does not understand the real genius of the Constitution. It was designed to control something which has not changed and will not change – namely, human nature.
The founders warned against a number of temptations which might lure subsequent generations to abandon their freedoms and their rights by subjecting themselves to a strong federel administration operating on the collectivist left. They warned against the “welfare state” where the government endeavors to take care of everyone from the cradle to the grave. Jefferson wrote: “If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of them, they must become happy. (Bergh, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:342). They warned against confiscatory taxation and deficit spending. Jefferson said it was immoral for one generation to pass on the results of its extravagance in the form of debts to the next generation.
To be governed by the whims of men is to be subject to the ever-changing capriciousness of those in power. This is ruler’s law at its worst. In such a society nothing is dependable. No rights are secure. Things established in the present are in a constant state of flux. Nothing becomes fixed and predictable for the future.
When Karl Marx was asked what his objective in life was, he said, “To dethrone God and destroy capitalism!”