Freedom and Constitutional America

Signing of the U.S. Constitution by Louis S. Glanzman

When I think about liberty and America and the U.S. Constitution, I have so much gratitude for the great privilege and rich blessing it is to live in America.

For a long time now I’ve wanted to do my part to uphold freedom, but I haven’t quite known how or exactly what to do.  I’ve read and studied the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and writings of the Founding Fathers – how our government was set up, it’s purpose, and the importance of holding it to it’s limited intent.  I’ve studied from a lot of books and read what some of my church leaders have said regarding America, why the Constitution was written, and the importance of safeguarding it.  And I’ve come to understand that each citizen of this great land has a responsibility to elect good, wise, and honest people for our leaders and to hold them (our employees) accountable for their actions.

The government which our Founding Fathers gave us is a republic (A form of government in which power is explicitly vested in the people, who in turn exercise their power through elected representatives), not a democracy (a system of government by the whole population – rule of the majority).  Although today the terms republic and democracy are often wrongly used interchangeably, our Founding Fathers studied all forms of governments and they knew the differences between a republic and a democracy.  In fact, at the close of the Constitutional Convention a woman by the name of Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia, asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”  So I think it’s so important to understand the two and their differences, and then use the correct terminology when talking about the type of government we have so we can safeguard it.  Having a representative republic doesn’t mean we just turn everything over to our elected representatives, though.  We should each have an active and informed involvement in the issues, seek out leaders who will uphold the Constitution, which they have sworn they will do, and know when a law is unconstitutional.

Objective of the Constitution

The idea came to me that by sharing some of the truth that has guided me is a way I can do my part to protect what God has given us, and this blog seemed like a good place to start.

When I decided that I wanted to add a Freedom and Constitutional America category here I started by researching talks by my church leaders in our past General Conferences.  I was amazed to find that over 35 different leaders spoke on the topic of freedom/communism/socialism/the U.S. Constitution over 90 different times.

I love America.  Every minute of every day I’m so grateful for it, our Founding Fathers that framed our Constitution, and for all that has been done by so many great people in the cause of freedom and preserving it, and so I want to stand up and fight for freedom.

Below I’m archiving and sharing some written and spoken words by people that I trust.  Their wisdom and deep understanding of what it means to be free and uphold the Constitution have been invaluable in my education.  I hope you find their knowledge invaluable as well.  (I’ll periodically add more information as I come across it.)

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by Ezra Taft Benson

BYU Speeches by Ezra Taft Benson

Video Speeches by Ezra Taft Benson

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by David O. Mackay

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by J. Reuben Clark

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by Marion G. Romney

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by Gordon B. Hinckley

Video Speech by Gordon B. Hinckley

L.D.S. General Conference Talk by Hugh B. Brown

L.D.S. General Conference Talk by Thomas S. Monson

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by Charles A. Callis

L.D.S. General Conference Talk by ElRay L. Christiansen

L.D.S. General Conference Talk by Heber J. Grant

L.D.S. General Conference Talk by Franklin D. Richards

L.D.S. General Conference Talk by Henry D. Moyle

L.D.S. General Conference Talk by Thorpe B. Issacson

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by Joseph F. Merrill

L.D.S. General Conference Talks by Mark E. Petersen

Discourse by President Joseph F. Smith

Discourse by Elder Albert Carrington

Discourse by Charles W. Penrose

BYU Speeches by Various Speakers on the Topic of the Constitution

Address by Elder Orson Pratt

Oration by Elder Parley P. Pratt

Speeches by Orson Hyde

Declaration of Independence

Inscriptions on the Jefferson Memorial

George Washington: The Father of Our Nation

Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” Speech

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It”

Miscellaneous Video Speeches on Freedom and the Constitution

Video Speeches by W. Cleon Skousen

Video Speeches by Joel Skousen

Audio Speech – Constitutional Apostasy
(from Latter-day Conservative)

Great, Informative Audio Speeches
(from Latter-day Conservative)

My trusted sources for information

Recommended books

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