“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” – George Washington I have a conflict that has swirled around in my mind since I can remember. The conflict between duty and self satisfaction.
As a boy, raised on a small farm, I dreamed of the day when I would own my own farm/ranch. I would rise at dawn, work til dusk and find peaceful rest in knowing that I had extracted all that my body could give. I would worry about the price of beef, wool and lamb; whether the weather would cooperate with the farmers need for moisture and if I would have enough hay to carry my livestock through the winter.
Alas, my life took a different turn. I gave up the serenity of the farm to pursue a college education and experience the rite of passage from a boy to becoming a man that was my Mormon Mission and then to explore horizons far beyond the peaceful valley of my youth. But always, in the back of my mind lay that dream, dormant but entrenched, the dream of one day owning 640 acres (or less) in the heart of Southern Utah’s prime Mule Deer habitat.
Duty said otherwise. My need for serenity said go back to the farm. Duty said get book learning. My need to escape the fast lane said go back to the farm. Duty said a ship is safe in harbor but that’s not what ships are for. My love for the land said go back home. Duty said your not finished with your destiny.
At age 73 I have come to realize that my conflict was unnecessary. Duty and serenity are not mutually exclusive. I may never have the ranch but I can be peaceful and that I have, doing what is morally right.
The placement of the Second Amendment into the Constitution was God inspired and Thomas Jefferson, as well as most of the framers of the Constitution knew this well. Jefferson’s writings are replete with warnings against the tyranny of governments that remove power from the people. He stated: “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
Never in the history of this great nation have we been cursed with a more dictatorial and power hungry president as we do now. Barack Hussein Obama has never listened to nor has he cared for the will of the people. He is an idealogue of the purest form, one who has a brain numbing penchant for blindly executing his will through the pen with total disregard for the processes laid out in the Constitution. How can this man not be guilty of treason and how long can he be allowed to charge forward without being held accountable for single handedly dismantling the greatest and most correct form of government the world has ever known. The time is rapidly approaching when the honest, capable and freedom loving people in this great nation must rise up in revolt and smash this demagogue.
From the Affordable Health Care fiasco, to Fast and Furious and Benghazi, this president continues to show an astounding level of incompetence in his role as the leader of the free world. He promised transparency yet never has the level of administrative secrecy in the white house been greater. He promised to improve the standing of the United States in the eyes of the world but never has the US been looked at with greater disdain. He promised more jobs but there have never been more citizens out of work for so long since the great depression. Conditions are likely to worsen and when the citizenry has finally had enough, it will be the ability to protect themselves as expressed in the Second Amendment, that will allow the people to get their government back.
“The law of heaven is presented to man, and as such guarentees toall who obey it a reward far beyond any earthly consideration; though it does not promise that the believer n every age should be exempt from the afflictions and troubles arising from different sources in consequence of the acts of wicked men on earth.” (Joseph Smith)
My generation as a whole has lived a life relatively unscathed from war, pestilence, poverty and persecution but that may rapidly change. I am a card carrying Mormon and as such know full well of the hate and persecution reaped upon the early adherents to my faith. With the exodus to the rocky mountains and a chance to worship and work in peace, that persecution all but vanished and a city and a region of hard working, peace loving, God fearing people enjoyed the life every man and woman should seek. Much of that peace and serenity, it is argued, came about because of righteous living along with the hope that as long as that, or any, society lived in righteousness, peace would prevail.
Therein lies a faint hope and weak security. As the prophet explains, a people cannot live the laws of God in a world controlled by the laws of men and expect to see laws Gods protect them. Basing our faith on the belief that God will protect us when we live righteously is akin to thinking that rain falls upon the earth to benefit only the righteousness. One’s faith must be based on what eternal rewards lie in store, not what is hoped to be gained in mortality by righteous living.