Friendly Encouragement for Joel Skousen, by Zack Strong
I have often stated my belief that Joel Skousen is the “greatest political analyst of our day.” Skousen is a stalwart Christian whose analysis of world events – particularly when related to the “dark side of government,” to use his label for the conspiracies which have our society in a stranglehold – is nigh unparalleled. His predictions have been extremely prescient and I have been happy to recommend his work to everyone I discuss politics with.
With that necessary introduction providing context, you can perhaps see my chagrin at reading Skousen’s latest May 27th edition of the World Affairs Brief in which he stated that he is considering voting for Donald Trump. It was truly sad for me to read because I know that Skousen would have to recant his vow never to vote for the lesser of two evils – and he admits as much. The revelation was particularly strange in light of the fact that Skousen had spent most of his article (as well as several past editions) detailing all the reasons why Trump is not fit for the presidency and how he can easily be coopted by the powers-that-be. I have similarly detailed the many reasons why Trump will never get my vote as a strict constitutionalist. You can see my latest article about Trump here: http://www.independentamericanparty.org/2016/05/anti-trump-pro-establishment-by-zack-strong/
Perhaps it would do well to cite the reason why Skousen said that he is considering voting for Donald Trump. He is mulling it over because, he thinks, it might offer a chance to slow down the “globalist agenda.” He says that we are “on the cusp” of such a radical change in our culture that any means which we can slow down the deterioration deserves our support. Let me explain why I disagree and why I encourage all true constitutionalists to not compromise their principles by voting for a man who does not share them and who will contribute to their destruction (albeit perhaps not as much as Hillary Clinton would).
Personally, I don’t believe a Trump presidency would slow down the rapid decline of America. No, not in any measurable way. True, the wicked agenda of those who lord over us might not accelerate at the same rate as it would under Hillary Clinton if Trump was in office, but it certainly would not slow down. Not at all. It is not possible to change one man in the government and expect a dramatic shift in policy or ultimate result. The entire machinery of government has to be changed – not merely one cog.
Society is in free-fall and it has nothing whatsoever to do with who is elected to the presidency. I know that Skousen knows this, so I’m puzzled at why he would recant his vow to never vote for the lesser of two evils in the vain hope that Trump might put on the breaks and give us a little more time. He knows as well as I do that Trump would not really appoint true constitutionalists to the Supreme Court, end our foreign wars, lower taxes, end executive tyranny by ceasing to use executive orders, repeal the dastardly laws we have on the books, staff his cabinet with true constitutionalists, get us out of the U.N. or NATO, end the immigration crisis, defend us against the Russian threat, or follow through on promises he has made to appease the crowds, etc.
Under no circumstances would I ever vote for someone whose values do not match up with those values recorded in holy writ, and whose views are not compatible with our Constitution which I deem inspired of God. If our Constitution is truly inspired by God Almighty, a man whose positions violate its principles – such as Trump’s clearly do – can never benefit the nation (even if he might not be as bad as the opposition). Skousen knows this, and so I encourage him, if he reads this article, to hold true to the faith and not vote for someone we all know is morally bankrupt, ideologically skewed, and immensely susceptible to corruption and going back on his oaths.
The American collapse, as I have written dozens of times, will not, and cannot, be stopped (or even slowed down), until the American People repent in sackcloth and ashes. As I have written in past articles, no political fix can save America. No, it has to be a spiritual change – not a political one. Only after we have a genuine change of heart can we change the corrupt policies and institutions of our government. And then, the political fixes will be a natural outgrowth of our renewed character and morality. John Adams agrees with my view on the matter. Said he:
“The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies” (John Adams to Zabdiel Adams, June 21, 1776).
Again, I declare as emphatically as I can: No political fix, no new law, no single court ruling, no repeal of unconstitutional legislation, no political party, and no election can save the United States from utter annihilation. Only repentance and adherence to the commandments of God can do that. All else is wishful thinking.
As politically incorrect as it is to say, politics and religion cannot be divorced from each other. The spiritual and secular are irrevocably intertwined. We cannot expect political fortune in the absence of spiritual goodness and high national morality. We cannot think that a man whose private conduct has been immoral can lead us honorably in his public service for very long. He may do a good thing here or there, but the ultimate effect of his service will be detrimental. Individuals as well as nations collapse when they become depraved, immoral, and irreligious. That is the truth.
We do ourselves a huge disservice by not speaking of God and His commandments and expectations in our public discourse. We do our nation a disservice when we fail to remind them that the only way America can avoid disaster is through repentance and a sincere return to morality and pure religion. We do everyone a disservice when we compromise our values, even for a seemingly good cause. The hope of a Trump presidency is a shimmering mirage in the desert. Perhaps it looks good from a distance, and perhaps it appears to be an oasis which will provide cool water to quench your thirst, but in the end it is yet another patch of dead wasteland which leaves you that much closer to death. Such would be the effect of a Trump presidency on the weary and parched American People.
Joel Skousen has mentioned favorably the Independent American Party in past volumes of his World Affairs Brief, but he has also said that we have too many “religious mandates,” if I recall the phrase correctly. While it is perfectly true that the American People are opposed to such “religious mandates,” it is equally true that without them, America cannot survive no matter what else she does. So why should we compromise? A Church hymn that Skousen is familiar with states: “Do what is right; let the consequence follow” (Do What is Right, LDS Hymn #237).
Reread John Adams’ statement up above and tell me whether it has proved true throughout history or not. I promise you that you will find it is stingingly accurate. No nation can pull itself out of the abyss through political means – but it can through humility and a change of heart. We must not assume, regarding national collapse, that “it can’t happen here” or that America is somehow immune from destruction. Every people that disobeys God’s laws eventually suffers the consequences – and electing leaders whose principles contradict God’s principles is begging for divine judgment.
Thomas Jefferson might as well have been writing in 2016 when he warned:
“And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever” (Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII).
I concur, and all history attests, that moral degeneracy in any nation – which is often exemplified by the selection of corrupt leaders who are a mirror image of the public – leads a people to destruction. Rome, Greece, Persia, Egypt – these empires did not collapse because of economics or political turmoil, but because their peoples had forsaken God and reveled in depravity.
I want to quote from the illustrious Ezra Taft Benson, whom Skousen knows well. He said:
“I have faith that the Constitution will be saved . . . But it will not be saved in Washington. It will be saved by the citizens of this nation who love and cherish freedom . . . men and women who will subscribe to it and apply the principles of the Constitution” (Benson, “The Constitution – A Heavenly Banner,” BYU Devotional, September 16, 1986).
Another time, Benson declared:
“The facts are clear. Our problem centers in Washington, D.C. And this applies to the administration of both political parties. . . .
“If America is to withstand these influences and trends, there must be a renewal of the spirit of our forefathers, an appreciation of the American way of life, a strengthening of muscle and sinew and the character of the nation. America needs guts as well as guns. National character is the core of national defense. . . .
“As American citizens who love freedom, we must return to a respect for national morality—respect for law and order. There is no other way of safety for us and our posterity. The hour is late; the time is short. We must begin now, in earnest, and invite God’s blessings on our efforts.
“The United States should be a bastion of real freedom. We should not support the world’s greatest evil, the Godless, Socialist-Communist conspiracy that seeks to destroy all we hold dear as a great Christian nation and to promote insidiously the breakdown of law and order and the erosion of our morality.
“With God’s help we must return to those basic concepts, those eternal verities, the rule of law and order upon which this nation was established. With an aroused citizenry and the help of Almighty God it can be accomplished. God grant it may be so” (Benson, “Americans Are Destroying America,” General Conference address, April, 1968).
No, America will not be saved in Washington nor through the election of one man. This is misguided thinking and betrays our national apathy. We want someone to take care of us, but we don’t want to change ourselves. We clamor for a “strong leader,” and are completely comfortable giving up our rights to him so long as he saves us from the negative effects of our poor choices. We want security, even if we have to give up our Liberty to get it. We feel warm and cozy participating in the almighty political process, but we ignore the truth that nations crumble because of their sinfulness and not due to the level of their populace’s political involvement.
I repeat, America will not be saved by one man or one election, neither will she be saved in Washington and without God. We must turn to God with our hearts, and prove our conversion and repentance by our actions. Trump cannot slow down our demise if we do not abandon our depravity, our love for the unholy, our pride, our greed, and our indifference towards God and religion. America was once a great nation and we can be great again – but not because of Donald Trump or any other politician.
America was founded by Christians as a Christian nation. Our founding documents are imbued with Biblical principles and unabashedly profess a belief in God. America cannot then survive while being led by non-Christians and while the American People forsake their religion. A house cannot remain upright when its foundation has eroded. Morality and religion are the double layers of our national foundation – and without maintaining them, our national house will collapse as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow. And it will collapse regardless of who is at the helm of government.
Lastly, I want to address another matter and use two examples to make my point. In his most recent World Affairs Brief, Skousen said: “I wish I weren’t the only voice in the wilderness trying to educate conservatives that the right to discriminate on your own property is a fundamental right, possessed by all people.”
Skousen regularly says things to this effect; namely, that he is the “only” person warning others on a host of issues. I’m here to inform him that he is not the only one.
My first example is the fact that I have written on this very issue that Skousen says he is alone on – our “right to discriminate.” In April of 2015, I wrote an article entitled “Our Fundamental Right to Discriminate.” I, too, agree that discrimination is a “fundamental right.” I know that my readership is not as extensive as Skousen’s, and he probably doesn’t read anything I write, but in truth I likely reach tens of thousands of people through various social media outlets from this website to my active Facebook work, and I’ve noticed that my articles are being shared increasingly on the web. One print newspaper even contacted me about printing a previous article. So again, though he might not see it, Skousen is not the lone voice in the wilderness – the message is getting out. He can rest assured that there are individuals like me who understand many of the issues nearly as well as he does and who are helping carry the torch of Liberty forward. My article on our right to discriminate can be found here: http://www.independentamericanparty.org/2015/04/our-fundamental-right-to-discriminate-by-zack-strong/
My second example deals with Russia. Skousen often laments that he is the “only” person who is privy to the fact that the Soviet Union never really collapsed. Again I can happily inform him that he is not the only one who understands this crucial truth. In fact, I independently came to this knowledge when I was 12 years old in about 1999. Interestingly, at age twelve, I read an unattributed quotation floating around the internet which first gave me the idea that the USSR never really collapsed. I have since thought that perhaps it was a quote from Joel Skousen himself, but I cannot confirm this nor can I remember the quote exactly. It’s the type of thing Skousen has said, and had similar wording, but I cannot locate the quote or a source. But that is neither here nor there. The important thing is that upon reading this one-line, unattributed quotation some seventeen years ago, the Holy Spirit burned in my soul and I knew that the USSR had never collapsed and that communism was far from dead.
I have harped on this topic of the fake “collapse” of communism continuously in articles and on Facebook pages where I serve as an administrator. I have told everyone that will listen since I was 12 that our gravest external threat is Russia and China and that the Soviet Union never collapsed, but that, in a grand display of political theater, faked its own demise in order to lull the West to sleep in preparation for a coming world war. I dare say that I have spoken of this topic more than almost any person alive – albeit I did not become active in social media until 8 years ago nor did I begin writing articles until about 5 years ago, so I do not have the public resume on the subject that Skousen does. But he is not alone.
Bolstering my belief in this theory of the fake “fall” of communism is my personal experience living in Russia. I was privileged to serve a two year proselytizing mission for the LDS Church in the Moscow, Russia area and have visited the Ukraine and Lithuania on top of it. I have also been back since that time and travelled for about a month around Russia. I speak Russian and am able to read Russian language sources that most people can’t. I understand the Russian mentality and culture and I know their recent history very well and have written about it, including recently. One of my articles on Russia, of a decidedly more personal and anecdotal nature than most of my writings, can be found here: http://www.independentamericanparty.org/2015/12/russia-my-experience-by-zack-strong/
Mr. Skousen, you are not alone in this fight against the Luciferian, conspiratorial powers-that-be. You are not alone in your fight against the dark forces of tyranny. You are not the “only” voice in the nation who is raising the warning alarm and discussing real news – you do have friends and allies with as sound an understanding as you who are marching beside you. You are not the only person who understands the true principles of Liberty and uses his influence to disseminate this knowledge.
Because I esteem you so highly, Mr. Skousen, I feel to give you this friendly encouragement to not compromise your strong Christian principles and vote for Donald Trump. You and I both know that he is not, as you wrote, “healthy” for America. You and I both know that his principles are not harmonious with the Constitution, which we both believe was inspired by God Almighty. We both know that he is a populist whose positions shift with the wind and whose history is damning. And, most importantly, we both understand that only deep repentance on the part of the American People can save this nation. So let’s not compromise our values and vote for a man who does not represent us and who has spent his whole life bastardizing those values we cling to. Keep up the fantastic work and stay the course. I look forward to your next Brief.
To anyone desperate to know how to fix America, I refer you to several articles (linked below) which I have written that get to the root of the issue. You will find that I focus on morality and religion, which George Washington called the “pillars of civil society.” Indeed, no political fix can save America. These United States will not be saved in Washington – and no single election can do the trick. We will go on swapping one tyrant for another until we change our hearts and reform our character and support honest and upright men for office – men who will not sell their souls or compromise their principles.
As worried as some might be about mixing religion and politics, it is the only way things end well for us. Until America repents, becomes a moral People, and worships the God of this land who is Christ the Lord, we will continue to fall until we are utterly wasted away and the wrath of God, which Jefferson warned us about, cleanses this nation. We must again acknowledge the hand of God in our nation and recognize that our rights come from Him and that He set up the Constitution to protect us and make us free. To all who are considering compromising their principles in an exacerbated last ditch attempt at saving this floundering country, I encourage you to stay the course. Our side will win in the end. Do what is right and let the consequence follow.
Morality and Religion: Pillars of Free Society – http://www.independentamericanparty.org/2015/04/morality-and-religion-pillars-of-free-society-by-zack-strong/
Patrick Henry, a Forgotten Argument, and the Necessity of Morality and Religion to a Free Society – http://www.independentamericanparty.org/2014/05/patrick-henry-a-forgotten-argument-and-the-necessity-of-morality-and-religion-to-a-free-society/
Virtue, Morality, and Religion Matter! – http://www.independentamericanparty.org/2013/09/virtue-morality-and-religion-matter-theres-a-progressive-thought-by-zack-strong/