Quotes by John Taylor:

The Elders of Israel begin to understand that they have something to do with the world politically as well as religiously, that it is as much their duty to study correct political principles as well as religious.

Journal of Discourses 9:338. Knowledge and Power Etc.

Besides the preaching of the Gospel, we have another mission, namely, the perpetuation of the free agency of man and maintenance of liberty, freedom and the rights of man.

General Conference, April 9, 1882. The Gospel’s Restoration Etc.

These secret combinations were spoken of by Joseph Smith, years and years ago. I have heard him time and time again tell about them, and he stated that when these things began to take place the liberties of this nation would begin to be bartered away.

Journal of Discourses 22:139. The Saints’ Mission is One of Peace, Etc.

The manifestations of turbulence and uneasiness which prevail among the nations of the earth are truly lamentable. Well, have I anything to do with them? Nothing; but I cannot help but know that they exist. These feelings which tend to do away with all right, rule, and government, and correct principles are not from God, or many of them are not. This feeling of communism and nihilism, aimed at the overthrow of rulers and men in position and authority, arises from a spirit of diabolism, which is contrary to every principle of the Gospel of the Son of God.

Journal of Discourses 22:139, John Taylor, The Saints’ Mission is One of Peace, Etc.

There is also another political party, who desire, through the influence of legislation and coercion, to level the world. To say the least, it is a species of robbery to some it may appear an honorable one, but, nevertheless, it is robbery. What right has any private man to take by force the property of another? The laws of all nations would punish such a man as a thief. Would thousands of men engaged in the same business make it more honorable? Certainly not. And if a nation were to do it, would a nation’s act sanctify a wrong deed? No. The Algerian pirates or Arabian hordes were never considered honorable on account of their numbers and a nation or nations, engaging in this would only augment the banditti, but could never sanctify the deed.*

* A democratic election does not cancel the commandmend: “Thou shalt not covet .. any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” (Exodus 20:17)
The Government of God p.23, 1852 – Ensign august, 1971.

It was through and by the power of God, that the fathers of this country framed the Declaration of Independence, and also that great palladium of human rights, the Constitution of the United States.

Journal of Discourses 24:123. The Gospel Like Leaven Etc.

The Declaration of Independence states that men are in possession of certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This belongs to us it belongs to all humanity.

Journal of Discourses 23:47. The Gospel’s Restoration, Etc.

The worst wish we have to the human family is that the principles enunciated in our Constitution (D&C 101:80) may reverberate over the wide earth, and spread from shore to shore until all mankind shall be free.

Journal of Discourses 14:266. Our Religion From God not Man, Etc.

It will be as Joseph Smith once said, “When all others forsake the Constitution, the Elders of this Church will rally around the standard and save its tattered shreds.” We will come to its rescue and proclaim liberty to all men.

Journal of Discourses 20:348. The Temples in Course of Erection, Etc.

When the people shall have torn to shreds the Constitution of the United States, the Elders of Israel will be found holding it up to the nations of the earth and proclaiming liberty and equal rights to all men, and extending the hand of fellowship to the oppressed of all nations. This is part of the program.

Journal of Discourses 21:1. The Object of Gathering, Etc.

I was speaking, a while ago, about the people there being divided into three classes. One of them you may call infidel, under the head of Socialism.

Journal of Discourses, Vol. 1, p. 23, Aug. 22, 1852.

The world have generally made great mistakes upon these points. They have started various projects to try to unite and cement the people together without God but they could not do it. Fourierism,* Communism— another branch of the same thing — and many other principles of the same kind have been introduced to try and cement the human family together. And then we have had peace societies, based upon the same principles but all these things have failed, and they will fail, because, however philanthropic, humanitarian, benevolent, or cosmopolitan our ideas, it is impossible to produce a true and correct union without the Spirit of the living God.

* Form of Socialism. Francois Fourier was a French socialist and author.
Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 137.

There is a little difference between our principles, or, I should say, the principles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and what are called democratic principles. Democracy governs by the people alone and, as was stated this morning, where the people are pure and living under the influence of correct principles, and are seeking to do right, it is one of the best governments on the earth. But where the people are wicked and corrupt, that alters the case very materially. It is not with us as it is with democracy (The US is a republic). We do not believe that any people are capable of governing themselves.

Journal of Discourses 9:8. Union—Human and Divine Government, Etc.
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