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Collective Education vs. Local Control: Which Side Are You On?   2 comments

     Now that Mitt Romney has publically come out against nationalized, collective curriculum, also known as Common Core, let’s figure out why it matters.  What’s so bad about nationalized education, or collectivism generally?

Is the issue as simple as: “Mitt’s for liberty” and “Obama’s for forced collectivism”?  —Yes.

For those of us who are new to learning our civic duty, who didn’t notice that Obama’s policies– from medical care to school calorie counting to U.N. sustainability to common core–  each push socialism/communism, here are some links you can read  (later) showing that Obama is a lifelong socialist-marxist-communist.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/communist-mentor-obama-backers-trying-to-hide/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/paulroderickgregory/2012/01/22/is-president-obama-truly-a-socialist/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/the-communist-part-ii-why-obamas-mentor-went-from-republican-to-devout-marxist/

http://www.dakotavoice.com/2009/06/obama-and-marxism-a-legitimate-question/

–So what?

So what if Obama’s a socialist or a marxist or a communist?

Well, socialism, Marxism and Communism ask us to give up the Constitution, for forced collectivism.

That’s why the FBI keeps files on communists; communism is opposed to everything the U.S. Constitution is about.  It’s about overthrowing the Constitution and the free way of life for a collectivist philosophy that eliminates local control and individual control.  One of its main tools is collective education: aka common core.

David O. McKay said, “Communism is not a political party nor a political plan under the Constitution; it is a system of government that is the opposite of our Constitutional government, and it would be necessary to destroy our government before Communism could be set up in the United States. . . .[Communism] even reaches its hand into the sanctity of the family circle itself, disrupting the normal relationship of parent and child, all in a manner unknown and unsanctioned under the Constitutional guarantees…”

   For readers who like the Book of Mormon, there’s a chapter in Sterling Allen’s book, “The Vision of All,” that shows how Karl Marx, the father of communism/socialism, is akin to Korihor, the anti-Christ in the Book of Mormon.  Full text here:  http://www.greaterthings.com/Books/Vision/Temporal/Ch-6_Past_2nd-Gath/Communism_birth.htm

Here are excerpts:

“…One of the things Karl Marx is known for is his closing statement in the Communist Manifesto:

“…Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of all countries, unite!”

This is comparable to Korihor’s statement: “I do not teach this people to bind themselves down under the foolish ordinances and performances which are laid down by ancient priests, to usurp power and authority over them, to keep them in ignorance, that they may not lift up their heads….” (Alma 30:23.)

Marx said “the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.”(1) He identified essentially two great classes of people that seem always to emerge: the bourgeoisie, or the oppressors, and the proletarians, or the oppressed.(2)

Korihor hinted at a similar grouping when he accused the religious leadership: “…Ye keep [this people] down, even as it were in bondage, that ye may glut yourselves with the labors of their hands….” (Alma 30:27.)

Marx also claimed that the proletariat are deprived of that which they have worked for, and that the capitalists unjustly milk the worker for profit.(3) Compare this with Korihor’s assertion that the supposedly oppressed people “durst not make use of that which is their own lest they should offend their priests, who do yoke them according to their desires.” (Alma 30:28.)

Korihor’s above statements also ring familiar with Marx’s philosophy that religion is merely “the opium of the people.”(4) Marx claimed that religion was merely a man-made tool used for exploitation.(5)

Both Korihor and Karl Marx bluntly renounced belief in Christ, reducing it to “a foolish and a vain hope.” (Alma 30:13.) Bruno Bauer, a close associate of Marx, reflected Marx’s sentiments, calling the Gospels forgeries and saying that Jesus had never existed, and therefore Christianity was a fraud.(6)

    Korihor labeled the prophecies “foolish traditions” and said that the people’s religious beliefs were “the effect of a frenzied mind” which lead them “away into a belief of things which are not so.” (Alma 30:14,16.)

Both Korihor and Marx’s reasoning was founded on certain false premises–perhaps because “the things of the Spirit…are foolishness” unto the natural man, for “they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14.) This is made quite clear in the Nephites’ record. There, Alma asked Korihor, “…Believest thou that we deceive this people [with `oppressive’ religion], that causes such joy in their hearts?” (Alma 30:35.)

…Both Korihor and Marx taught that “when a man was dead, that was the end thereof.” (Alma 30:18.)(8) Furthermore, Marx felt that “self-preservation is the supreme instinct in man, and therefore his whole pattern of human conduct must [be] governed by an attempt to wrest the necessities of life from nature.”(9) This resembles Korihor’s philosophy that “every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength.” (Alma 30:17.)

…Today, with all the Communist system’s cosmetic make-overs, many have been inclined to believe that it is not the dangerous beast it used to be. The sheep’s clothing has become so innocent-looking today that few are repulsed by it. The question we might ask ourselves, though, in this day of great paradoxes is how much has the hiding wolf underneath changed?(13) We know that when Karl Marx, the celebrated father of Communism, was asked what his objective in life was, he professed, “To dethrone God…!”(14)

Similarly, when the Nephite account introduced Korihor, it condensed his entire deceitful message into this one statement: “There should be no Christ.” (Alma 30:12.) Perhaps this is what prompted the official Church statement: “The position of this Church on the subject of Communism has never changed! We consider it the greatest satanical threat to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work among men that exists on the face of the earth!”(15)

The Communist philosophy and the so-called improvements upon it are not restricted to Communist countries. Its abundant disciples may be found in many nations. Usually they are not considered Communists. Preferable titles seem to be: Marxist, socialist, leftist, and humanists–to name a few. Some of the most important work done for the Communist cause is accomplished by these non-Communist hands. Apparently, the main reason they cling to the Marxist line or variations thereof is that its teachings, like those of Korihor’s, are “pleasing unto the carnal mind.” (Alma 30:53.) Nephi warned us, “…Wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God….” (2 Ne. 28:26.)

… Korihor, like many who embrace the leftist line, also “verily believed that [his teachings] were true; and for this cause [he] withstood the truth….” (Alma 30:53.)”

–end of excerpt–

People who embrace socialist philosophies often are sincere and passionate in their beliefs, yet they have been fooled; they believe the reforms are good and helpful, but they aren’t.

                           –How can they be good, when they limit liberty and individual freedom? 

We Are Not Supposed To Sit This One Out   Leave a comment

Why do so many people avoid politics?

What do we suppose our Heavenly Father feels about politics?

What do the holy scriptures and prophets say about politics?

–A  lot.

There are detailed lessons on:

— to name a few vital political topics.

   U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson, who became the President and prophet of the church, said:

“The Book of Mormon exposes the enemies of Christ. It confounds false doctrines and lays down contention. (See 2 Ne. 3:12.) It fortifies the humble followers of Christ against the evil designs, strategies, and doctrines of the devil in our day. The type of apostates in the Book of Mormon are similar to the type we have today. God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious, and philosophical concepts of our time. http://youtu.be/PJf9Rc78vb0

Some churches, such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, remain politically neutral while urging its members to be politically active.  Why?  From the church website: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org.uk/official-statement/political-neutrality

     The Church encourages members to be informed about issues and to vote in elections and expects members to engage in the political process in an informed manner.

The Church does not promote political parties or attempt to direct any government leader.

Yet, the Church reserves the right as an institution to address, in a nonpartisan way, issues that it believes have significant community or moral consequences.

So we are expected to study politics carefully.  We are expected to act on what we learn from studying.

We are not supposed to sit this one out.

Liberty depends on our ability to recognize what is going on around us.

Title of Liberty: If You Oppose Nationalized Health Can You Support Nationalized Education?   Leave a comment

Why do so many people support Common Core, nationalized education, while they oppose ObamaCare, a nationalized medical system.  Does that make any sense?  Either you’re for independence or you’re for government control over your life.  Why the double standard?

In the Book of Mormon, book of Alma, chapter 46, there’s an interesting story.

   Captain Moroni tore a piece of his own clothing and wrote on it, calling it the “Title of Liberty.”  He  gathered freedom fighters with its slogan:  “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children– and he fastened it upon the end of pole.” (v. 12)

  • He asked people to “maintain their rights.” (v. 20)
  • He said, “Yea, let us preserve our liberty.” (v. 24)
  • He wanted “to support the cause of freedom, that they might maintain a free government” (v. 35)
  • He “caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower wich was in all the land.” (v. 36)
  • He “planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites.” (v. 36)

Can’t we do the same thing?

What are we waiting for?  What is holding us back from cutting ties to Common Core?

Is it ongoing confusion about whether or not Common Core is truly a threat to freedom? –Earlier, the state office of education said that there were “no federal strings attached” but that mantra has long been abandoned out loud.  True, the USOE’s fact v. fiction flier still makes that false claim, but if you talk to Board Members, they readily admit that the NCLB waiver has created federal pressure to either obey No Child Left Behind law, or substitute Common Core.  They also admit that the federal Dept. of Education has set a cap of 15% on learning.  That’s a written mandate denied orally by CCSSO leader Gene Wilhoit, but what’s in writing is binding on Utah.  The State Office of Education also admits that the National Governor’s Association and the CCSSO have put a copyright on the standards and there is no means for states to amend them.

Where’s the liberty in that?

Giddianhi the Ancient Communist   1 comment

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Ezra Taft Benson explained that “God molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and know how to combat false educational, political, religious and philosophical concepts of our time.” (1987)

With that in mind, let’s look at a story in the Book of Mormon about an ancient Communist.

Giddianhi, a leader of the Gadiantons, aimed to enforce communism on the Nephites.  He began with sophisticated persuasion –that soon became threatening. 

A moment before he vowed to slay the Nephites, ironically, Giddianhi said, “Unite with usbecome our brethren that ye may be like unto us– not our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.”  Doesn’t that sound like the educational reform called Common Core?  We have been told that under Common Core, we are all working cooperatively, not in submission to the federal government, but as partners.  Meanwhile, the paperwork we’ve signed binds us to exactly the opposite of what’s been promised– it mandates submission, compliance, triangulating data with the feds, and under Common Core, we have no liberty to amend the CCSS standards –because they are copyrighted. See http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/sbac-cooperative-agreement.pdf  and http://www.corestandards.org/terms-of-use.

The definition of communism:  “a theory advocating elimination of private property; a system in which goods are owned in common; a totalitarian system of government in which a single party controls state-owned means of production. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/communism

Communism and socialism (and Common Core) appeals to many on its surface (before they realize how it’s going to be enforced, with brutal power and without free choice). 

It’s appealing because it shares some similarities with the law of consecration:  but under Communism, we share because we are forced to, on pain of imprisonment or death; in Consecration, we share because of free agency.  The two ideas are completely opposite one another in purpose, spirit and outcome.

Giddianhi wanted to take control of the Nephite people, but he lied to himself and others about the motives and the nobleness of his cause.  He felt that the Nephites had wronged him and his people; he felt that he knew that these secret combinations were good; he felt that the Nephites did not really, or should not really, own their own lands.

Similarly, there are lies and distortions in modern socialism/communism as promoted by Obama and his many followers.  They want to redistribute wealth by forceful taxation, essentially stealing from the middle class to give to the government who will share a portion of that theft with the poor.  This takes charity out of the equation.  This also reminds me of the United Nations and Agenda 21, which hopes to redistribute property rights to the global government, essentially stealing everyone’s land for Communism.  http://www.jbs.org/news/alabama-adopts-first-official-state-ban-on-un-agenda-21.  And it reminds me of Common Core, which redistributes education by refusing to let kids fail or soar; they have to stay in the middle, on a lockstep track with every other child that is nationally, not locally, determined.  http://www.corestandards.org/the-standards  Ultimately, who’s to stop the national standards writers from updating the standards, and writing immoral or otherwise unacceptable standards into what we’ve all adopted?  Our educational liberty, in Utah and in almost every other US state, is gone.  I mourn it. I pray every day that it’s not too late to reclaim it.

But here is the rest of Giddiahni’s story. ( It starts with Giddiahni’s letter to Lachoneous, the Nephite.  It ends with a terrible battle, in which the Nephites do win with God on their side, and Giddiahni is killed.  Even though in this battle, the Nephites won, later they lost.  They were made extinct in the end, because their fervor in fighting for freedom did not last.  This is the great warning of the Book of Mormon to us– we will not keep our country and our freedom unless we wake up and fight for it.) 

Gaddiahi to Lachoneous:

” I… give unto you exceedingly great praise because of your firmness, and also the firmness of your people, in amaintaining that which ye suppose to be your right and bliberty; yea, ye do stand well, as if ye were supported by the hand of a god, in the defence of your liberty, and your property, and your country, or that which ye do call so.

3 And it seemeth a pity unto me, most noble Lachoneus, that ye should be so foolish and vain as to suppose that ye can stand against so many brave men who are at my command… and knowing of their everlasting hatred towards you because of the many wrongs which ye have done unto them, therefore if they should come down against you they would visit you with utter destruction.

5 Therefore I have written this epistle…feeling for your welfare, because of your firmness in that which ye believe to be right, and your noble spirit in the field of battle.

6 Therefore I write unto you, desiring that ye would yield up unto this my people, your cities, your lands, and your possessions, rather than that they should visit you with the sword and that destruction should come upon you.

7 Or in other words, yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with our asecret works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us—not our slaves, but our brethren and partners of all our substance.

8 And behold, I aswear unto you, if ye will do this, with an oath, ye shall not be destroyed; but if ye will not do this, I swear unto you with an oath, that on the morrow month I will command that my armies shall come down against you, and they shall not stay their hand and shall spare not, but shall slay you, and shall let fall the sword upon you even until ye shall become extinct.

9 And behold, I am aGiddianhi; and I am the governor of this the bsecret society of Gadianton; which society and the works thereof I know to be cgood; and they are of dancient date and they have been handed down unto us.

10 And I write this epistle unto you, Lachoneus, and I hope that ye will deliver up your lands and your possessions, without the shedding of blood, that this my people may recover their rights and agovernment, who have dissented away from you because of your wickedness in retaining from them their rights of government, and except ye do this, I will avenge their wrongs. I am Giddianhi.

11 And now it came to pass when Lachoneus received this epistle he was exceedingly astonished, because of the boldness of Giddianhi demanding the possession of the land of the Nephites, and also of threatening the people and avenging the wrongs of those that had received no wrong, save it were they had awronged themselves by dissenting away unto those wicked and abominable robbers.

12 Now behold, this Lachoneus, the governor, was a just man, and could not be frightened by the demands and the threatenings of a arobber; therefore he did not hearken to the epistle of Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers, but he did cause that his people should cry unto the Lord for bstrength against the time that the robbers should come down against them.

13 Yea, he sent a proclamation among all the people, that they should agather together their women, and their children, their flocks and their herds, and all their substance, save it were their land, unto one place.

14 And he caused that afortifications should be built round about them, and the strength thereof should be exceedingly great. And he caused that armies, both of the Nephites and of the Lamanites, or of all them who were numbered among the Nephites, should be placed as guards round about to watch them, and to guard them from the robbers day and night.

15 Yea, he said unto them: As the Lord liveth, except ye repent of all your iniquities, and cry unto the Lord, ye will in nowise be adelivered out of the hands of those Gadianton robbers.

16 And so great and marvelous were the words and prophecies of Lachoneus that they did cause fear to come upon all the people; and they did exert themselves in their might to do according to the words of Lachoneus.

17 And it came to pass that Lachoneus did appoint chief captains over all the armies of the Nephites, to command them at the time that the robbers should come down out of the wilderness against them.

18 Now the chiefest among all the chief captains and the great commander of all the armies of the Nephites was appointed, and his name was aGidgiddoni.

19 Now it was the custom among all the Nephites to appoint for their chief captains, (save it were in their times of wickedness) some one that had the aspirit of revelation and also prophecy; therefore, this Gidgiddoni was a great prophet among them, as also was the chief judge.

20 Now the people said unto Gidgiddoni: aPray unto the Lord, and let us go up upon the mountains and into the wilderness, that we may fall upon the robbers and destroy them in their own lands.

21 But Gidgiddoni saith unto them: The Lord aforbid; for if we should go up against them the Lord would bdeliver us into their hands; therefore we will prepare ourselves in the center of our lands, and we will gather all our armies together, and we will not go against them, but we will wait till they shall come against us; therefore as the Lord liveth, if we do this he will deliver them into our hands.

22 And it came to pass in the seventeenth year, in the latter end of the year, the proclamation of Lachoneus had gone forth throughout all the face of the land, and they had taken their ahorses, and their chariots, and their cattle, and all their flocks, and their herds, and their grain, and all their substance, and did march forth by thousands and by tens of thousands, until they had all gone forth to the bplace which chad been appointed that they should gather themselves together, to defend themselves against their enemies.

23 And the aland which was appointed was the land of Zarahemla, and the land which was between the land Zarahemla and the land bBountiful, yea, to the line which was between the cland Bountiful and the land Desolation.

24 And there were a great many thousand people who were called Nephites, who did gather themselves together in this land. Now Lachoneus did cause that they should gather themselves together in the land asouthward, because of the great curse which was upon the bland northward.

25 And they did fortify themselves against their enemies; and they did dwell in one land, and in one body, and they did fear the words which had been spoken by Lachoneus, insomuch that they did repent of all their sins; and they did put up their aprayers unto the Lord their God, that he would deliver them in the time that their enemies should come down against them to battle…

Chapter 4:

7 And it came to pass that they did come up to battle; and it was in the sixth month; and behold, great and terrible was the day that they did come up to battle; and they were girded about after the manner of robbers; and they had a lamb-skin about their loins, and they were dyed in blood, and their heads were shorn, and they had head-plates upon them; and great and terrible was the appearance of the armies of Giddianhi, because of their armor, and because of their being dyed in blood.

8 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites, when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi, had all fallen to the earth, and did lift their cries to the Lord their God, that he would spare them and deliver them out of the hands of their enemies.

9 And it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice, because of their joy, for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies.

10 But in this thing they were disappointed, for the Nephites did not afear them; but they did fear their God and did supplicate him for bprotection; therefore, when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them; yea, in the strength of the Lord they did receive them.

11 And the battle commenced in this the sixth month; and great and terrible was the battle thereof, yea, great and terrible was the aslaughter thereof, insomuch that there never was known so great a slaughter among all the people of Lehi since he left Jerusalem.

12 And notwithstanding the athreatenings and the oaths which Giddianhi had made, behold, the Nephites did beat them, insomuch that they did fall back from before them.

13 And it came to pass that aGidgiddoni commanded that his armies should pursue them as far as the borders of the wilderness, and that they should not spare any that should fall into their hands by the way; and thus they did pursue them and did slay them, to the borders of the wilderness, even until they had fulfilled the commandment of Gidgiddoni.

14 And it came to pass that Giddianhi, who had stood and fought with boldness, was pursued as he fled; and being weary because of his much fighting he was overtaken and slain. And thus was the end of Giddianhi the robber.

15 And it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites did return again to their place of security. And it came to pass that this nineteenth year did pass away, and the robbers did not come again to battle; neither did they come again in the twentieth year.

 

Book Recommendations and Links to Full Texts Free Online: “The Book of Mormon and the Constitution,” “None Dare Call It Conspiracy,” and “The Deliberate Dumbing Down”   Leave a comment

Over the past three months, I’ve learned so much about education reforms in America and what they are doing to our freedoms.  It is not pretty.  It makes me very sad.  But I would not want to go back to my ignorance about Common Core.  Now I’m reading more and more about freedom and the Constitution on issues connected to education reforms either directly or indirectly.

I’m going to give three links to free online books that I am reading right now, in case anyone out there wants to join me on the learning curve. I think of this as a self-directed, no credit class called on “How to Save American Freedom of Education Via the United States Constitution and Faith in God 101”.

First, THE BOOK OF MORMON    http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/1-ne?lang=eng 

and the HOLY BIBLE: http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bible?lang=eng.

Both of these books have lots to say about history, about liberty, about the end of the world, the control efforts of wicked forces upon good forces, and the battles for freedom.

Second, THE BOOK OF MORMON AND THE CONSTITUTION – by H. Verlan Andersen

http://www.inspiredconstitution.org/bofmc/index.html                               

H. Verlan Andersen, a general authority and a close friend of President Ezra Taft Benson, is the author of “The Book of Mormon and the Constitution,” which I just started reading last week and am in love with.  It explains so clearly what is going on in America today (including in education reforms) from the angle of faith in Christ and His prophets.

I never knew it was available online for free until today.  Happy reading!

Third book:  NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY  by Gary Allen

   Another book that I want to read, and haven’t yet, is “None Dare Call it Conspiracy,” by Gary Allen.  This book was recommended by my father, by many other smart and patriotic people I’ve known.

President Ezra Taft Benson, a prophet, recommended this book. (See clip below)

Click for the book:   http://www.whale.to/b/allen_b1.html –and it is online, free.

Click for the recommendation by President Ezra Taft Benson:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJNMcD2IY_k   This is a YouTube video of Ezra Taft Benson speaking in a 1972 conference and recommending this book.  In the same talk, President Benson says that there is no Book of Mormon Conspiracy Theory.  It is a Book of Mormon Conspiracy Fact.

Nations were extinguished, the Book of Mormon history shows, because of secret combinations that the good people upheld because they were deceived by them, and/or they profited from them.

Fourth book:   THE DELIBERATE DUMBING DOWN by Charlotte Iserbyt

Even though I have only scanned the first few pages of this book and seen half of the hour-long YouTube interview, I want to share the links to her interview and to the book.  I sense its importance.  I have seen Charlotte Iserbyt interviewed about her life story –incredible story you can see on YouTube (an hour long).  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezTIYd5UFRY&noredirect=1

   So, this a must-read for me, for sure. Charlotte Iserbyt was a whistle blower who realized there really is an agenda of power and money that damages and controls public education, that overrides what’s best for children and American freedom in treacherous ways.  http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com/MomsPDFs/DDDoA.sml.pdf  (Link to her free book PDF online.)

Iserbyt served as the head of policy at the Department of Education during the first administration of Ronald Reagan. While working there, she discovered a long term strategic plan by the tax exempt foundations to transform America from a nation of rugged individualists and problem solvers to a country of servile, brainwashed simpletons, easy to control, who regurgitate whatever they’re told.

Sound like Common Core?  Of course.

Federal Education Reforms and Why People of Faith Must Get Involved to Stop Them   1 comment

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND RELIGIOUS SPEECH

How does freedom of religion apply to new changes in education, such as the COMMON CORE and FERPA (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act) regulations?  Do these “educational reforms” not take away parental control of children’s data, and does not full implementation of Common Core nationalized education come with a federally perusable individual-child data collection plan?  Doesn’t the government ascend above parents in authority thereby?

Bring on the LDS “Proclamation on the Family.”  http://www.lds.org/family/proclamation

Education reforms of late have brought out the mother bear in me.  I become angry when I see forces who have no respect for student privacy, for parental authority, and for educational freedom (but they do respect federal rule over education, federal rule over children, and federal rule over privacy).   I also become angry that more parents don’t care, won’t study it, and blindly believe without verifying, what the Dept of Education and the USOE is saying.

Rather than attack with angry words, I try to educate with peaceable boldness and truth.

   In this book, H. Verlan Andersen, a general authority of the Church (LDS) and a close friend of President Ezra Taft Benson, wrote:

“Of course we should avoid contention both in the Church and without. Many scriptures affirm this and declare that the penalty therefore is exclusion from the Kingdom of God. Where the Lord dwells there is harmony… but do we become one by keeping our differences to ourselves? Can we achieve unity by remaining silent? Obviously we cannot. To become of one heart and one mind demands a free exchange of ideas and views in an atmosphere of love and harmony.”

It is vitally important to be courageous enough to get involved with political and educational issues.  While the Church officially takes a politically neutral stand, the church also counsels members not to!  It counsels members to be active politically.

The First Amendment says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”  — So the prohibition is against the government pushing its own ideas or religions on us (for example, the ‘religion’ of extreme environmentalism that they push in schools is not permissable).  The prohibition is not against individuals or private organizations being involved in politics.  In fact, the First Amendment guarantees that right.

And the church calls political involvement a responsibility as well as a right.

THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE POLITICALLY INVOLVED AGAINST SOCIALISM AND FOR FREEDOM

President David O. McKay said, “We wish all our citizens throughout the land were participating in some type of organized self-education in order that they could better appreciate what is happening and know what they can do about it… various organizations that are attempting to awaken the people through educational means is a policy we warmly endorse

    So, how can the church be politically neutral yet stand up for Constitutional laws and freedom of religion, speech and press?  Because political stands refer to candidates and voting, not to eternal principles like free agency and wise limitations on human governments.

President McKay said, “We have no intention of trying to interfere with the fullest and freest exercise of the political franchise of our members under and within our Constitution, which the Lord declared he established ‘by the hands of wise men whom [he] raised up for this very purpose’ (D&C 101:80) and which…Joseph Smith, dedicating the Kirtland Temple, prayed should be ‘established forever’ (D&C 109:54). The Church does not yield any of its devotion to or convictions about safeguarding the American principles… The position of this Church on the subject of Communism has never changed. We consider it the greatest satanical threat to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God’s work among men that exists on the face of the earth.”

    President Ezra Taft Benson wrote that the “enhancement of political power at the expense of individual rights, so often disguised as ‘democracy’ or ‘freedom’ or ‘civil rights’ is socialism, no matter what name tag it bears.”  He also said that “We must keep the people informed that collectivism, another word for socialism, is a part of the communist strategy. Communism is essentially socialism.” (This Nation Shall Endure, p. 90)

Is it too much to suggest that Common Core, the commonizing of education, is a move toward socialism and communism?  Well, we have to share all things in common with all other states (not like the Lord’s law of consecration, where you choose to share; this is the “must” version, where you have to share or you get financially and in other ways, punished).

President Ezra Taft Benson wrote, “God, with his infinite foreknowledge, so molded the Book of Mormon that we might see the error and how to combat false educational, political, religious and philosophical concepts of our time.” (Ensign, Jan. 1988)

The Jaredites in the Book of Mormon corrupted their laws and political power and were destroyed.

The Nephites in the Book of Mormon corrupted their laws, too.  Part of the reason was that the righteous people were deceived into allowing the law to become corrupt.  Are we repeating their mistakes?  Yes.

Verlan Anderson wrote, “The only place the great majority of us use force to affect the freedom of others is through the agency of government, and so our political [and educational] decisions are, in reality, decisions about human freedom.”

It’s important to distinguish between laws and regulations that are constitutional and those which are not; the penalties for failing to obey the Lord’s political commandments are severe.

       President David O. McKay said, “A fundamental principle of the Gospel is free agency, and references in the scriptures show that this principle is 1) essential to man’s salvation and 2) may become a measuring rod by which the actions of men, of organizations, of nations may be judged.”

    So, free agency is a measuring rod to judge Common Core by.  Does Common Core support or take away from the principle of free agency?

1.  It cannot be amended by us.  It is under copyright by the NGA/CCSSO.  We are not free to change it.

2. It requires states to “address barriers in state law” that would stand in the way of its full implementation, making us more subject to national, rather than local, decision-making.  We are not free to maintain such state laws as FERPA which stand in the way of the desire of Common Core to get easy governmental and research agency-access to our children’s personally identifiable information without parental consent.

3. It requires teachers and students to spend much time on a testing system they had no say in building and cannot amend (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium). These tests are given to state and federal agencies, dis-aggregated, and will be used to “guide” and control citizens.

4. Common Core requires teachers and students to follow CCSS standards, which will not allow many good things any longer.  CCSS won’t allow Calculus to be taught in high schools any more, and will severely limit the amount of classic literature that is permissable in the English classroom, in favor of info-texts.

It makes many other requirements for educational standards which may be more rigorous, or may be less so, but the point is that we MUST obey these standards; we are not free to change them and as time goes by, we will be less and less able to withdraw from the system, being financially interwoven with it.

5. The document written by Arne Duncan of the Federal Department of Education, entitled “Cooperative Agreement between the U.S. Dept of Education and the SBAC” (and Utah’s bound by it) –uses words like “comply,” compliance,” “requirements,” “enforce,” “enforcement” and “must” –repeatedly– which are words which do not support the idea of voluntarism or free agency. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/sbac-cooperative-agreement.pdf

How far have we come from Constitutional freedom of education?  The tenth article of the Communist Manifesto cites “free education for all children” and “combination of education with industrial production” as its goals.  The Common Core does combine education with industrial production, as Utah’s new P-20 workforce (Preschool to age 20 and workforce) councils strive to do.  The idea is to track and guide students into the workforce that the government determines fits that student best because kids are seen as “human capital” belonging to the state.

So many people in Utah today have been deceived into giving up important freedoms over education and privacy, by the pretty promises of Common Core.  The Common Core push was able to succeed in this deception because of legitimate, troubling problems of low educational outcomes in our state.  We have so many people taking remedial classes at the college level.  We have literacy problems and we need to improve education.

But commonizing and nationalizing education via the Common Core should never have been chosen as the answer to these serious problems.  In choosing Common Core, we voted against our own freedom.

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