Monday, January 14, 2013

U.S. Constitution

My favorite quote about Joseph Smith and the U.S. Constitution was given by President Ezra Taft Benson in 1986 in a speech at BYU beginning the bicentennial year celebration of the birth of the Constitution:

“We are fast approaching that moment prophesied by Joseph Smith when he said: Even this Nation will be on the very verge of crumbling to pieces and tumbling to the ground and when the constitution is upon the brink of ruin this people will be the Staff up[on] which the Nation shall lean and they shall bear the constitution away from the very verge of destruction.” (Ezra Taft Benson, “The Constitution—A Heavenly Banner,” September 16, 1986, Brigham Young University, emphasis in original) Read the full talk at http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=87

Here's another great quote from that talk, under the heading "Governments Should Have Limited Powers:"

"By deriving its just powers from the governed, government becomes primarily a mechanism for defense against bodily harm, theft, and involuntary servitude. It cannot claim the power to redistribute money or property nor to force reluctant citizens to perform acts of charity against their will. Government is created by the people. No individual possesses the power to take another's wealth or to force others to do good, so no government has the right to do such things either. The creature cannot exceed the creator."

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