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Remember the Alamo

Gene Van Shaar

Mar 16, 2020

 

Ezra Taft Benson served as Secretary of Agriculture during both terms of President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1961. In a speech given at Brigham Young University in 1966 former Secretary Benson described an experience he had with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in September 1959 as follows:

 

"It may surprise you to learn that I was host to Mr. Khrushchev for a half day, when he visited the United States … As we talked face-to-face, he indicated that my grandchildren would live under Communism. After assuring him that I expected to do all in my power to assure that his, and all other grandchildren, would live under freedom, he arrogantly declared, in substance: 'You Americans are so gullible. No you won’t accept Communism outright, but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you’ll finally wake up and you find you already have Communism.'"

 

We are surrounded by evidence that the cunning small-dose plan was implemented. Socialist infiltration and subversion have continued all over the world from then until now. The major perpetrators have been Russia and China, but socialism has many educational and political agents.  

 

It has been sagely observed: "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." We need to seriously consider what kind of doom we could be repeating. History gives us a very clear picture of what could happen if a socialist is elected president in any future election. Every time a socialist regime has come to power in a large country the following things have started to happen: 

"No, no, no," they say. "We are talking about democratic socialism, not totalitarian socialism." But the reality is that democratic socialists are ALREADY DEMANDING the first five things on the above list, and if they get the first five, the sixth will likely follow.

Let's consider some more pertinent history. In 1836 Texans issued their "Texas Declaration of Independence" from Mexico. That document was based on the writings of John Locke and Thomas Jefferson and was a key element in establishing the free and independent Republic of Texas. It reads in part: When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people, from whom its legitimate powers are derived … [and] becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression… [and has] demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defense, the rightful property of freemen, and formidable only to tyrannical governments ... The necessity of self-preservation, therefore, now decrees our eternal political separation."  (Text) (History)

 

Soon after the tragic Battle of the Alamo, Texas effectively achieved independence at the Battle of Jan Jacinto in April of 1836. The Texas declaration and subsequent victory precipitated a great beginning and tradition for that republic, which continues to have many beneficial effects.  

 

Recently, Big Government candidate Joe Biden suggested putting "Hell yes we're going to take your guns" O'Rourke in charge of disarming America. If anyone with this mindset gets into power, they might be in a position similar to Britain in 1776 and Mexico in 1836. The citizens of the United States could encounter circumstances similar to those faced by the founding Patriots of our country and the Texans of the 1830s. 

 

Some might choose to surrender their freedom and firearms, but that would likely backfire. In the last century gun grabbing tyrants have first disarmed their citizens and then killed them by the millions. Hopefully, most Americans will wake up to the shocking reality of what is happening right before their eyes and use the power of their votes to defeat the seizure of firearms and freedom. 

 

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Gene Van Shaar has spent a lifetime studying and teaching a wide range of religious and secular topics. He is a master teacher whose lessons and stories have generated both laughter and tears. As a defender of freedom, he has fostered independence by encouraging students and readers to embrace correct principles and resist coercion. Like Thomas Jefferson, he has "sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." He has written many articles and books including My Life and Lessons, Scriptural Insight Archive and Concise Harmony of the Four Gospels. He currently serves as president of the Clear Creek Institute.

 

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