Quotes by J. Reuben Clark Jr.:

Now, I am not caring today, for myself, anything at all about a political party tag. So far as I am concerned, I want to know what the man stands for. I want to know if he believes in the Constitution if he believes in its free institutions if he believes in its liberties, its freedom. I want to know if he believes in the Bill of Rights. I want to know if he believes in the separation of sovereign power into the three great divisions: the Legislative, the Judicial, the Executive. I want to know if he believes in the mutual independence of these, the one from the other. When I find out these things, then I know who it is who should receive my support, and I care not what his party tag is .. Today, our duty transcends party allegiance our duty today is allegiance to the Constitution as it was given to us by the Lord. Every federal officer takes an oath to support that Constitution so given. The difference between us and some of those to the South of us is this: down there, their fealty runs to individuals here, our fealty and our allegiance run to the Constitution and to the principles which, and not to individuals.

Conference Report, Oct. 1942, pp. 54-59.

Out of the depths of eternal truth was born the Constitution of the United States . . . It is my conviction that God inspired the indicting of that document, the Constitution becomes sacred scripture to me. It is the greatest political heritage ever bequeathed by fathers to their posterity. God grant that we may preserve it.

Conference Report, Oct. 1967, pp. 138-140. Quoted by ElRay L. Christiansen.

To me, my brethren and sisters, that statement of the Lord, “I have established the Constitution of this land,” (D&C 101:80) puts the Constitution of the United States in the position in which it would be if it were written in this book of D&C itself. This makes the Constitution the word of the Lord to us. That it was given, not by oral utterance, but by the operation of his mind and spirit upon the minds of men, inspiring them to the working out of this great document of human government, does not alter its authority.

Conference Report, April 1935.

It is [the] union of independence and dependence of these branches—legislative, executive and judicial — and of the governmental functions possessed by each of them, that constitutes the marvelous genius of this unrivalled document .. It was here that the divine inspiration came. It was truly a miracle.

Church News, November 29, 1952, p. 12.

I wish to say with all the earnestness I possess that when you see any curtailment of these liberties I have named, when you see government invading any of these realms of freedom which we have under our Constitution, you will know that they are putting shackles on your liberty, and that tyranny is creeping upon you, no matter who curtails these liberties or who invades these realms, and no matter what the reason and excuse therefore may be.

Prophecies, Penalties, and Blessings. The Improvement Era. July 1940, p. 444.

We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen. Just do not believe all you read or hear. The elect are being deceived.

Conference Report, Oct. 1941.

The plain and simple issue now facing us in America is freedom or slavery. Our real enemies are communism and its running mate, socialism .. And never forget for one moment that communism and socialism are state slavery .. the paths we are following, if we move forward thereon, will inevitably lead us to socialism or communism, and these two are as two peas in a pod in their ultimate effect upon our liberties.

Deseret News, Church Section, Sept. 25, 1949, pp. 2, 15. Quoted in General Conference, April 1963

We are constantly urged to adopt policies supposedly new and untried and discovered by our intellectual pseudo giants who either do not know their history or are deliberately misrepresenting it. The first Roman Code ever framed in the history of Rome – the Theodosian Code of 438 A.D. – contained provisions, as summarized by scholars, including such “ ‘modern’ problems as price fixing, black markets, excessive taxation, socialized medicine, conscription of labor, anti-Semitism, inflation, corruption in government bureau, the relation between church and state. Students of modern social and economic legislation, state controls, and the development of the ‘welfare state’ will find that many modern concepts and practices derive from the patterns outlined in the Code.

LDS Church News, April 9, 1960.

Again I warn that there are amongst us evil influences plotting and conspiring to destroy all that we hold sacred in our Church and in the nation. If we shall fall asleep to these dangers, we shall some day awaken to find ourselves their slavish victims.

Conference Report, Oct. 1939, p. 11. Dangers Threaten.

The United Order recognized and was built upon the principle of private ownership of property all that a man had and lived upon under the United Order, was his own.

Conference, Oct. 1942.

The Church never was, and under existing commandments never will be, a communal society, under the directions thus far given by the Lord. The United Order was not communal nor communistic. It was completely and intensely individualistic, with a consecration of unneeded surpluses for the support of the Church and the poor.

Conference, April 1977. The Purpose of Church Welfare Services. Quoted by Marion G. Romney.

We again warn our people in America of the constantly increasing threat against our inspired Constitution and our free institutions set up under it. The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America. The proponents thereof are seeking to undermine our own form of government and to set up instead one of the forms of dictatorships now flourishing in other lands. These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race,–a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over Whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. They suit their approaches to the particular group they seek to deceive. Among the Latter-day Saints they speak of their philosophy and their plans under it, as an ushering in of the United Order. Communism and all other similar isms bear no relationship whatever to the United Order. They are merely the clumsy counterfeits which Satan always devises of the gospel plan. Communism debases the individual and makes him the enslaved tool of the state to whom he must look for sustenance and religion the United Order exalts the individual, leaves him his property, “according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs,” (D. & C. 51:3) and provides a system by which he helps care for his less fortunate brethren .. Latter-day Saints cannot be true to their faith and lend aid, encouragement, or sympathy to any of these false philosophies. They will prove snares to their feet.

Conference Report, April, 1942, p. 90.

Both history and prophecy—and I may add, common sense—bear witness to the fact that no civilization can long endure which follows the course charted by bemused manipulators and now being implemented as government welfare programs all around the world .. Babylon shall be destroyed, and great shall be the fall thereof. (See D&C 1:16) .. But do not be discouraged. Zion will not go down with her, because Zion shall be built on the principles of love of God and fellowman, work, and earnest labor, as God has directed.

Conference Report, Apr. 1976, pp. 164–66, 169)

You cannot bring the millennium by negotiating a treaty* that will come only when you have placed the gospel of christ into the heart of all mankind.

* The United Nations Treaty.
Dangers of the treaty. League off nations, Salt Lake City 2 Sep. 1919. Deseret News Sep. 6, 1919.

The paths we are following, if we move forward thereon, will inevitably lead us to socialism or communism, and these two are as like as two peas in a pod in their ultimate effect upon our liberties.

Deseret News, Church Section, Sept. 25, 1949, pp. 2, 15.

The slaves of Statism must know no power, no authority, no source of blessing, no God, but the State.

Conference Report, April 1963, pp. 109-114. Quoted by Ezra Taft benson.

This earth-wide conflict has taken the form of seizing without compensation from the man who has, and giving to the man who has not of taking from the worker the fruits of his work, and giving to the idler who does not work. It has from its very nature become an economic, uncompensated leveling downward, not upwards of the whole mass. That this result may in one country be reached by confiscatory taxation, and in another by direct seizure, is a mere matter of method. The results is the same. In some countries outright seizure and confiscation are already openly and shamelessly practiced. All is done in the name of the state, as if it were deity – as if the state, not God gives all.

Prophet Statesmen, J. Reuben Clark Jr. 1938 Vital Speeches.

“Thou shalt not steal” and “thou shalt not covet” came from the thunders of Sinai. When government was organized for the protection of all, it became necessary to take some of the property of each for the joint benefit of all. Government is a joint enterprise for the joint welfare. Sound government has the purpose prescribed for it in the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. But when government goes beyond these purposes and undertakes to clothe and to feed its society and then begins to take John’s property without compensation to feed James and clothe him, while James lolls in unnecessary public office or lazes away his time at home or loafs all day on the street corner, then this is making John work to support James in idleness, and this is the old time slavery. You may try to hide this ugly fact of slavery or dress it up, or disguise it, you may call it by all sorts of fancy, high-sounding names, but the fact remains it is slavery. And slavery is an anachronism in today’s human society, a reversion to an abandoned type, a setting up of an outgrown, outworn system that will lead, as always, to the wiping out of the people who practice it. The ages of the past are filled with this constant human experience. The earth belongs to him only who works for it. Neither nature nor God gives something for nothing. Work must be done for whatever man has.

The Improvement Era 1937, 40:474.

When governments plunder and then legalize it, they may not expect their citizens to do less than better the example; and to say further, mass robbery and plunder are no different from individual robbery and plunder except they are infinitely more disastrous and dangerous to the body politic. Avarice, greed, covetousness, dishonesty, idleness, are not made virtues because they become the prompting, guiding traits of groups. The great moral principles of the Ten Commandments are still basic to an ordered, free society and government .. Washington and his compatriots never contemplated that this great document* should permit one group of citizens to prey upon another, nor that it would protect the plunderer in the possession of his plunder, nor that one group should be privileged over another, nor that one class—whether high or low, rich or poor—should profit by the robbing of another.

* The Constitution.
Prophets, Principles and National Survival, Chapter 15, The Welfare State—Creeping Socialism.

There seems no reason to doubt that such real approval as the Charter has among the people is based upon the belief that if the Charter is put into effect, wars will end .. The Charter will not certainly end war. Some will ask, – why not? In the first place, there is no provision in the Charter itself that contemplates ending war. It is true the Charter provides for force to bring peace, but such use of force is itself war .. The Charter is built to prepare for war, not to promote peace .. The Charter is a war document not a peace document .. Not only does the Charter Organization not prevent future wars, but it makes it practically certain that we shall have future wars, and as to such wars it takes from us the power to declare them, to choose the side on which we shall fight, to determine what forces and military equipment we shall use in the war, and to control and command our sons who do the fighting.

* The UN charter.
Prophets, Principles and National Survival, Chapter 19, American Foreign Policy.

The Charter* does not anywhere provide that freedom and liberty shall come to any state or to any people in the world that are not free. On the contrary it recognizes and, insofar as possible, legalizes every political dominance now existing on the earth and specifically provides for the establishment of others, disregarding those heretofore held by ‘enemy states.’ .. None of these peoples are to have, so far as the Charter provision goes, anything to say regarding their fates, the pious provisions of the Atlantic Charter and the San Francisco Charter to the contrary notwithstanding.

* The UN charter.
Prophets, Principles and National Survival, Chapter 19, American Foreign Policy.
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