Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Victory

This page discusses what sort of victories the People’s Party is designed to achieve.

We start this page with a key truth, “O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it.” ( 2 Nephi 9 : 20 ) This great and holy God who knows everything has told us some duties of citizens. He would not have told us these duties unless we really do need to do them. We cannot achieve any of the victories we embrace below as our goals without dutiful citizenship.

To be saved in the Kingdom of God is our aim and we should not allow anything in our present lives to distract us from focusing on our preparations for the life that is to come. To have Our Lord say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” hereafter is a greater victory for a citizen than getting all the security, prosperity, or equality in this life that a citizen might hope to get from his political participation. Our Lord gives each one of us the following advice that applies to all aspects of life including to the role of citizen.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (3 Nephi 13 : 19 – 21 )

Some citizens may ask what treasures should we seek to lay up in heaven? Surely many Latter Day Saints would answer an eternal family and that is a good answer. On the Citizens page of this website, the Utah People’s Party does point out that a citizen’s political participation should improve the spiritual life of his family. Furthermore, Our Lord points out another type of treasure that will have value for us in the future.

And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! ( Doctrine and Covenants 18 : 15 )

Even if it takes the labor of a life time to win just one convert to Christ, that one convert is a treasure worth the effort. This point is so fundamental that we emphasize it using more of Our Lord’s words.

Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath arisen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth! Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me! ( Doctrine and Covenants 18 : 10 – 16 )

We are well aware that by suggesting that a citizen should seek to bring souls unto Christ while engaged in political affairs, we are suggesting a huge departure from the world view that has become traditional in Utah and in the other united states. The conventional view now days is that the world of politics is a world with purely secular goals and should stay a world with purely secular goals. This conventional view conflicts with the teachings of the prophets as we show through out this website. All persons who read this site should ponder the principles contained here and pray about them. Remember, the prophet Moroni did promise us that “… by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” ( Moroni 10 : 5 )

The Utah People’s Party can help to save souls by teaching the duties of citizens and by providing an environment within the Party designed to accommodate the duties of the party members as citizens.

Let us seek to take an active part in our local, state, and national affairs. We are commanded by the Lord to do so. It is as binding on us as any of the Lord’s commandments (The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson [1988], 675).

Our duties as citizens are found in the teachings of the prophets that are now readily available to us. If we do not know our duties it is because we have chosen not to learn them. What have we been told about things we know we should do? “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” ( James 4 : 17 ) Since it is a sin of omission when we do not do what we know we should do, it would be wise of us to remember what Our Lord has to say about sin. “For I the Lord cannot look upon sin with the least degree of allowance;” ( Doctrine and Covenants 1 : 31 ) There is much need of repentance in the land regarding the duties of citizens.

So clearly the first victory we should seek is saving a soul or souls. Since even one soul is a treasure to the Lord, if the candidates of the People’s Party get only a handful of votes but the Party gets even one person to repent of neglecting his civic duties, that victory was worth the effort. Helping to save one soul is possible even if the number of people active in the Party is as few as that one soul, but of course helping to save as many more souls as possible is desirable so growth of the Party is a victory worth seeking. God will bless us with growth when we are worthy of growth.

There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated. ( Doctrine and Covenants 130 : 20 – 21 )

Our Lord has told us that if we labor all our days and bring save it be one soul unto him, that our joy will be great in the next life. Based on the context not quoted above, this promise was primarily intended to apply to the Church’s missionary program but we believe that in some degree at least it also is true of teaching our fellow citizens to do their duties as citizens. If the modern People’s Party gets any one to do his civic duties that otherwise would not have done so, then we will have contributed to saving a soul and that is always worthwhile.

God blesses us according to our worthiness. When we do as much as possible of that which is good in Our Lord’s eyes, while small, the Lord will bless us with growth.

A conventional party celebrates a victory when a candidate whom it endorses wins the election. In order to reach that goal, the conventional candidate seeks to get the support of as many citizens as possible even when getting that support requires compromise with evil. If the People’s Party is to set the moral bar higher than a conventional party ever does, and leave that bar higher, then we need to remove winning elections from our list of goals. We are well aware that rejecting the goal of winning elections is a huge departure from the traditions pasted down to us for generations. That is the point precisely. For generations Utah and the rest of the United States have deteriorated. With each passing day, America has less faith, less righteousness and less freedom, but more debt. This constant deterioration is only possible if something most Americans habitually do is very wrong. We are building the Utah People’s Party to help us let go of the traditions of our fathers that clash with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The People’s Party celebrates a victory when we persuade a citizen to do a duty he would not have done otherwise, when we influence public policy for the better, and when we resist the temptations associated with political power.

When the party has increase in number of active supporters and there are enough righteous citizens in or out of the Party then the Lord will bless us with better public policies.

When one hears the word “independent,” it makes sense to ask “independent” of what? An independent candidate is independent of all the political parties, major and minor. An independent candidate is not endorsed by any political party.

Was Joseph Smith a serious candidate for the presidency of the United States, or was he only attempting to publicize gospel views on public issues?
James B. Allen, “I Have a Question,” Ensign, Sept. 1973, 21–22
James B. Allen
Assistant Church Historian
… the issue is still a matter of debate even among Church historians. Allow me to summarize a few facts, suggest some of the arguments, then state my own opinion.
On January 29, 1844, Joseph Smith, the Council of the Twelve, and a few other individuals met in Nauvoo and decided to support Joseph Smith as an independent candidate for the presidency of the United States. The Prophet soon wrote his View of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States. A nationwide campaign got underway, and at the April conference of the Church a call was issued for volunteers to “preach the Gospel and electioneer.” On May 17 a convention was held in Nauvoo at which Joseph was officially nominated, with Sidney Rigdon as his running mate. But the Prophet was so deluged with other problems that he did not personally pursue the campaign trail, although many missionaries did so in his behalf. On June 27, 1844, his tragic assassination cut short any further plans he may have had.
…. Since 1839 he [Joseph Smith] had been pursuing a losing effort to get the federal government to respond to Mormon appeals for relief from their tragedies in Missouri.
….
…. by 1844 that he [Joseph Smith] found himself unable to support any of the leading candidates for the presidency.
I doubt that we can say that Joseph Smith, in running for the presidency, was attempting to circulate strictly “gospel” views, for in none of his own statements did he imply that he was speaking for the Church or by the power of revelation.


In his campaign document he proposed his own solutions to the major problems of the day…
Did the Prophet really want to become president, and did he seriously believe he could be elected? The traditional view is that he entertained no such thoughts. Rather, he was primarily interested in giving his own people an acceptable alternative as well as avoiding further partisan political involvement in Illinois. Evidence for this perspective is seen in the following:
1. Joseph Smith said on March 7, 1844, that he cared little for the presidential chair, would rather be lieutenant-general of the Nauvoo Legion, and even feared the idea that he might be elected.
2. At the same time that he was involved in the election, he was also actively developing plans for the removal of the Church from Illinois to the West, and he could not devote full attention to both tasks.
3. The Prophet was certainly astute enough to realize that a minor candidate such as himself, running with no national image or support, had no chance of winning such a political contest. The best he could hope for would be to so publicize himself and his views that it would create greater awareness of the Latter-day Saint cause.
4. After the campaign began, he took little part in it.
In recent years some writers have suggested that Joseph Smith was more serious in his quest for the presidency, and they have used the following evidence to support their ideas:
1. On February 8, 1844, after his political platform was read for the first time in public, the Prophet made the following statement:
“I would not have suffered my name to have been used by my friends on anywise as President of the United States, or candidate for that office, if I and my friends could have had the privilege of enjoying our religious and civil rights as American citizens. … Persecution has rolled upon our heads from time to time … and no portion of the Government as yet has stepped forward for our relief. And in view of these things, I feel it to be my right and privilege to obtain what influence and power I can, lawfully, in the United States, for the protection of the innocent.” (Documentary History of the Church, vol. 6, pp. 210–11.) This seems to be the declaration of a serious contender.
2. The Prophet’s campaign was placed under the direction of the influential (though not well known) Council of Fifty, which included most of the General Authorities of the Church. All available elders were sent out both to preach the gospel and to campaign. Some 340 missionaries, all carrying the Prophet’s political tract, were sent to all 26 states and the Territory of Iowa.
3. Since Joseph Smith believed in a divine destiny for America, it would not be unreasonable for him to believe that the Lord might also cause him to be elected president, say some observers. To the harassed but faithful Saints, it may have seemed a logical step toward the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth.
Both positions sound convincing, and … we must avoid dogmatic, “either-or” approaches on such historical issues, and leave the door ajar for differing points of view.
… my own opinion is that Joseph Smith’s candidacy was more than an alternative vote for the Saints….
… although he was serious in attempting to influence public opinion by using every possible means to promote his own political views, it seems unrealistic to suppose that Joseph Smith seriously thought he would actually become president. … I am prepared not to be surprised if I find my view is wrong.

So here is a time line of Joseph Smith’s presidential campaign.
1839 The Prophet begins urging the federal government to stop the persecution of the Saints.
1844 January 29 Decision made to support Joseph Smith as a presidential candidate.
February 8 Joseph Smith’s platform first red in public.
March 7 Joseph Smith says that he cares little for the presidential chair.
April at “conference of the Church” call for volunteers to “preach the Gospel and electioneer.”
May 17 convention held in Nauvoo; Smith formally nominated; Sidney Rigdon as his running mate.
June 27 Martyrdom of Joseph Smith ends the campaign.

The following paragraph quoted by James B. Allen above is especially relevant.

I would not have suffered my name to have been used by my friends on anywise as President of the United States, or candidate for that office, if I and my friends could have had the privilege of enjoying our religious and civil rights as American citizens. … Persecution has rolled upon our heads from time to time … and no portion of the Government as yet has stepped forward for our relief. And in view of these things, I feel it to be my right and privilege to obtain what influence and power I can, lawfully, in the United States, for the protection of the innocent. (Documentary History of the Church, vol. 6, pp. 210–11.) …

We see that the Prophet sought “…to obtain all the influence and power…” he could. His actions show that he expected to get the greatest possible influence by running out side of both major parties. The following historical examples show that the Prophet’s view is correct.

In the 1840s in the United States, there was a minor party called the Liberty Party. The Liberty Party worked to liberate black Americans from slavery, which neither of the major parties considered an important goal at that time. The Liberty Party didn’t win elections but slavery was eventually abolished anyway. The liberty party candidates lost election after election but their supporters still won the policy change they sought.

In the 1920s in the United States, there was a minor party called Prohibition Party. The Prohibition Party worked to prohibit the production, sell and distribution of alcoholic beverages. The Prohibition Party didn’t win elections but the eighteenth amendment to the U. S. Constitution did prohibit the production, sell and distribution of alcoholic beverages. After the amendment went into effect, prohibition supporters went back to supporting one major party or the other which was a big mistake. Their precious amendment was repealed. The prohibition party candidates lost election after election but their supporters still won the policy change they sought until the time that they went back to the major parties.

The Limited Government Coalition explains how policy victories like these come about without electoral victory. Those curious about this effect show visit

limitedgovernmentcoalition.wordpress.com

We are often discontented that the Lord’s way does not work fast enough. We are deluding ourselves when we think that any alternative to the Lord’s way will work better for us.

Our first priority is to save souls. We can succeed at that even if the amount of votes we get at election time is only the votes of the handful of active Party members. Our second priority is to win better public policies. That will require more votes but it will likely not require winning elections. With respect to changing public policy for the better, building up a minor party has greater effect than anything else that a few citizens with little money can do.

God blesses us according to our worthiness. When we do as much as possible that is good in Our Lord’s eyes, while at medium size, the Lord will bless us with growth.

A conventional party celebrates a victory when a candidate whom it endorses wins the election. In order to reach that goal, the conventional candidate seeks to get the support of as many citizens as possible even when getting that support requires compromise with evil. If the People’s Party is to set the moral bar higher than a conventional party ever does, and leave that bar higher, then we need to remove winning elections from our list of goals. We are well aware that rejecting the goal of winning elections is a huge departure from the traditions pasted down to us for generations. That is the point precisely. For generations Utah and the rest of the United States have deteriorated. With each passing day, America has less faith, less righteousness and less freedom, but more debt. This constant deterioration is only possible if something Americans habitually do is very wrong. We are building up the People’s Party to help us let go  of the traditions of our fathers that clash with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The People’s Party celebrates a victory when we persuade a citizen to do a duty he would not have done otherwise, when we influence public policy for the better, and when we resist the corrupting influence of political power.

Candidates who seek to win government office and citizens who seek to support candidates who win public office need to remember the following spiritual truth.

We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion. ( Doctrine and Covenants 121 : 39 )

Political Power is a prize much sought after by misguided people. In the stories of scripture, political power has dragged down to Hell most people who have had it. We note for example in the Old Testament when the House of Israel existed as two kingdoms, that the northern Kingdom never had a righteous king in all its history and that the southern kingdom rare had a righteous king.

Because the growth of the People’s Party will eventually result in our candidates winning elections, wise citizens want to know what the Party will do to prevent the corrupting effect of political power from turning People’s Party candidates and party officers into copies of the leadership of conventional parties. We are building the People’s Party at every stage with the corrupting effect of power in mind. We will have our precautions in place long before the Party is popular enough that its candidates win public office. Most of the concepts on our Candidates and Officers pages will help to keep corruption out of the Party. Ideas on other pages will also help in this regard. Waiting until the big temptations arrive before preparing to resist them would be foolish. Other parties have followed that course before always with disappointing results.

We close this page with a key truth, “O how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it.” ( 2 Nephi 9 : 20 ) This great and holy God who knows everything has told us some duties of citizens. He would not have told us these duties unless we really do need to do them. The only precautions that can be taken to guard against the corrupting influence of political power depend for their maintenance and effectiveness on dutiful citizenship. To have Our Lord say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” hereafter is a greater victory for a citizen than getting all the security, prosperity, or equality in this life that a citizen might hope to get from his political participation.

 


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