America Faces Great Crisis — David O. McKay

Prophet Statesmen, Volume I, No. 43, McKay

David O. McKay

Excerpt from President David O. McKay’s March 12, 1952 Church News Article.

We must not let complacency blind our eyes to the real dangers threatening to destroy us. Judging from the written and expressed opinion of many of our leaders, our government is facing the greatest crisis in its history.

Let me give you some of the latest: General Albert C. Wedemeyer said during a recent visit to Utah: “As intelligent and patriotic Americans you must recognize that our free society faces perplexities and perils, vaster in scope and more challenging than ever before . . . .”

Mr. W. C. Mullendore, President of the Southern California Edison Company . . . offers this warning:

Over far too long a period now, we, the people of the United States of America, have been squandering our heritage and blindly following the old, treacherous, but often beguiling, ways which lead backward and downward from the unfrequented heights of liberty to the lowlands of tyranny and despair where the great bulk of mankind has lived for practically the whole of human history . . . .

Thus beguiled and misled, during the first half of the Twentieth Century, we have traveled far into the soul-destroying land of Socialism, and made strange alliances through which we have become involved in almost continuous hot and cold wars over the whole earth. In this retreat from freedom, the voices of protesting citizens have been drowned by raucous shouts of intolerance and abuse from those who led the retreat and their millions of gullible dupes, who are marching merrily to their doom, carrying banners on which are emblazoned such intriguing and misapplied labels as “social justice,” “equality,” “reform,” “patriotism,” and “social welfare” . . . .

Intoxicated with pride in our achievement, immersed in the interesting problems still unsolved, we have left unguarded the gates through which are pouring destructive hordes and forces of a “new invasion of barbarism” . . . .

Paralleling the dangers just enumerated, the nation is threatened with a disintegrating influence of moral turpitude. Honesty seems to be outmoded. The stability of the family life, I am sorry to say is crumbling. Loyalty and patriotism have lost their ardor. Crime and lawlessness, particularly among young people, are increasing alarmingly.

David O. McKay (1873-1970), served as Ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.