We woke up at four in the morning because we had been warned about the “manifestaciones” or protests.  On a regular highway in the USA, our drive from Guatemala City to Panajachel would take us up to two hours and pico, but this was Central America where people protest in the streets for all sorts of politically charged issues, or just when their electricity bill is raised.  Thanks to the main artery traffic hold-up for over four hours, we gleaned an appreciation for our freedoms in the USA.  Funny, we thought we were out of harm’s way when we left the outskirts of Guatemala, but surprise, our first lesson in third world civ 101 was staring at us in our faces and our bowels: “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”….corn field squat.

Our lives are defined by the roles we play.  Each person acts accordingly within that role and fulfills a certain duty in order to produce a desired outcome.  Some of us are capable of acting within many casts and capacities that call for differing characters such as executive, charter president, church worker, volunteer, wife/husband, caregiver, parent, child, etc.  Though a paradox exists because our lives are not linear and we are never capable of living in one exact role, we do, however, live linearly in that we do progress from one stage of life to another, or from one role to the next; It’s called organized chaos.  Thank goodness for our adaption within these many roles, we are capable to act within our bounds, but our quest is to know how to define that role and our purpose therein.

What is the US government’s role? If we take the time to study the constitution, it’s beginnings 378 years ago were penned as the Mayflower Compact. This first written charter started by the Reverend Thomas Hooker and associates was later named the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.  That little charter gave preeminence to the establishment of a democratic republic that has set the stage for the role of millions to exist in peace and harmony; therefore, Thomas Hooker is worthy of being called the father of our nation.

That’s cool and all, but many people think the constitution is out-dated and should be modified so that it fits “our needs” of today.  I have one answer to that: TRY LIVING IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY! People who talk like this clearly have never read the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, John Locke’s, Essays concerning Civil Government, Adam Smith, John Calhoun’s, Disquisition on Government, Herbert Spencer, or The Wealth of Nations,  George Soule, Stuart Chase, The Works of John Adams, Elliot’s, Debates in the State Conventions, Letters and Other Writings of James Madison, The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, (Socialism [New Haven, Conn.:  Yale University Press, 1951], p. 583.), The Socialist Tragedy (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1951), Max Eastman’s, Reflections on the Failure of Socialism, William Ebenstein, Great Political Thinkers and Baron Charles de Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws.

There’s a saying that goes like this, “I never appreciated what I had until I lost it”.  I hope we can become learned about the role of our government and how out-stretched their reach has become which is unlawful and out of control.  Knowledge is power my friends.  Let’s not let our ignorance buy into the trendy mindset of “popular” beliefs today that our Constitution is out-dated.  If anything, the lawmakers have out-dated it by changing and continually making change to our freedoms, property rights, and well being through legalizations to the point of negating all of the above formers great ideology of a free republic.

“The role of the government should prevent:

  1. ILLEGAL FORCE in the market place to compel purchase or sale of products.
  2. FRAUD in misrepresenting the quality, location, or ownership of the item being sold or bought.
  3. MONOPOLY which eliminates competition and results in restraint of trade.
  4. DEBAUCHERY of the cultural standards and moral fiber of society by commercial exploitation of vice-pornography, obscenity, drugs, liquor, prostitution, or commercial gambling.”  The 5000 Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen

In the Book of Mormon there’s a chief judge by the name of Pahoran who knew his role and purpose in position.  He did not seek for power, save only to retain his judgment-seat that he could preserve the rights and the liberty of his people.  Alma 61:9 reads, “My soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God hath made us free”.     Galatians 5:1 teaches us to “stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangles again with the yoke of bondage”.   Perhaps we all have a different ideology of what liberty means, but for me, I think of personal agency, physical and spiritual freedom, freedom from tyranny and oppressive governments.  Alma 58:40 teaches us that, although many have received many wounds, “nevertheless they stand fast in that liberty wherewith God has made them free, and they are strict to remember the Lord their God from day to day; yea, they do observe to keep his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments continually; and their faith is strong in the prophecies concerning that which is to come.”

By the way, did I mention the distrust all the Guatemala’s have for one another?  Yup, just leave your car parked in front of your house, inside your locked community, and come out in the morning to find it stripped down to a shell.  Could I go running in the morning?  Heaven’s no, I was locked inside the compound.  I asked one of our host’s why there seems to be such distrust among the people.  She told me is’t because of a corrupt government. I say what comes first, the chicken or the egg? We need to define our roles and live accordingly as a morally strong people.  We need to understand and have knowledge of what our governmental roles are and realize their purpose is to uphold we the people.  We the people need to be strong in our faith and stand fast in our liberty wherewith God has made us free.  The only way is through a strong moral fiber and since there are so many good people left on this continent, WE WILL PREVAIL!!! LET US STAND UP IN DEFENSE OF OUR GOD, OUR PROPERTY AND OUR FAMILIES!




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