America Still Great but for how long?

My post is a copy of a recent email I received.  My commentary is at the end and is brief.

In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2000 years prior.  “A democracy is always temporary in nature;  it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.  From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship”

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From bondage to spiritual faith;                                                                                                    From spiritual faith go great courage;                                                                                       From courage to liberty;                                                                                                        From liberty to abundance;                                                                                                           From abundance to complacency:                                                                                                    From complacency to apathy;                                                                                                       From apathy to dependence;                                                                                                   From dependence back into bondage.”

The Obituary follows:

Born 1776, Died 2014

Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election.

Number of states won by:                          Obama – 19     Romney 29                                                             Population of counties won by:                  Obama – 127 million.   Romney 143 million                             Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama – 13.2.   Romney 2.1.

Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government.  Olson believes the United States in now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

Why was Barack Hussein Obama elected to a second term?  His electorate was so enamored by his silver tongue, actually believing what came out of his mouth, they voted with emotions, not brains.  He also won again, as he did in the 2008 election, because he was a minority.  Face the brutal facts!!  The electorate also saw more free stuff coming their way if Obama were elected and they feared losing it if Mitt Romney were elected.

The golden goose in gasping for breath.  If liberalism wins the presidency in 2016 the goose is dead and we will be rapidly on our way to Democracy in America being something that our grandchildren will only hear about.  It will be dead.

Ordain Women’s Misguided Quest

Kate Kelly, a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints saw her campaign as a member of the church to receive the Priesthood of God came to an abrupt halt Monday when a Bishop’s Disciplinary Council excommunicated her from the church. Ms Kelly, a human rights attorney, made a name for herself on a national scale through the activities of Ordain Women, the organization of which she is the founder.

I will say, Ms. Kelly demonstrated uncommon courage in maintaining so vocally that the Lord’s revelation to give His priesthood to males is discriminatory but her excommunication should come as no surprise.  To adhere to doctrines or beliefs contrary to established revelation is the right of any member of the church.  To promote and teach those doctrines in defiance to guidance from church authority is one step toward apostasy.  What organization, from religious to social, from business to education would stand by without acting on a member who blatantly undermines the organization and its policies.  In business those people are fired.  In churches they are excommunicated.

1.  To believe that divine revelation should be a “participatory process” is to believe that man knows better than God what is best for his children.  Using social trends to guide policy for religion is to create a church made in the image of man, not God.  There is no question in my mind that the prophet has sought guidance from the Lord in responding to the demands from OW.  His silence is the answer.

2.   Suggesting that Mormon feminists will follow the prophet when he says the Lord has spoken and women will be ordained to the Priesthood decries the fact that the prophets HAVE spoken, beginning with Joseph Smith, whom Ms. Kelly appears to revere.

3.  The depth of Ms. Kelly’s stated love for the church is measured by actions that we may never know and have no business knowing i.e. Is she a full tithe payer?  Did she wear the garment? How often did she go to the temple?  Did she accept and fulfill church callings? Was she a faithful visiting teacher?  Her serving a full time mission, marrying in the temple and graduating from BYU is proof that she was well grounded and rooted in the church and her service is to be commended. This is a woman who has so much to offer, so much to give in compassionate service; one who would be expected to be a Young Woman’s President or Relief Society President, who would sit in council with the Bishop of her ward and draw those around her closer to the Savior.  There are innumerable ways women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have their worth validated.

4.  The role of the prophets from Adam to Moses, from Jeremiah to Jesus Christ and from Joseph Smith to Thomas S. Monson is to represent the Lord to the people, not the reverse.  Kate Kelly’s Bishop, her Stake President and her Prophet represent the Lord to the people they do not represent the people to the Lord.

5.  I truly hope that Kate Kelly, this woman of courage finds happiness and will feel the love of the Savior in her struggle.

6.  I say give all women the priesthood then I can go fishing!!