The deep concern of every loyal citizen regarding this threatened loss of our freedom has been well expressed by a Mr. Fred G. Clark, Chairman of the American Economic Foundation, wherein he expresses the fear that the code of the people is replacing the code of God. Here are his own words. I shall tell you when I end the quotation:
The American giant towers over the world in its physical strength, greater than that of all the rest of the nations put together.
But something is wrong with America.
At this high moment of history when the task of the world leadership has been thrust upon us, we stand confused, reluctant, hesitant, and ineffectual.
We are no longer certain what we stand for, and this, I believe, is because we have forgotten the circumstances surrounding the birth of our nation . . .
For decades it has been popular in America [or the cynical intellectuals to sneer and scoff at what we call the traditions of Americanism.(2)
The instruments of this sabotage were words and thoughts u plausible half- truths, sly appeals to that spark of larceny that lurks in every human heart, subtle suggestions of an atheistic nature, and the careful nurturing of a patronizing attitude toward everything America has held to be fine and sacred.
The people who planted these words and thoughts may have been either stupid or vicious, fools or foreign agents, smart-alecs, or smart organizers.
What they were does not now matter: The thing that does matter is to counteract what they have done.
The places in which this sabotage occurred were the schools, the churches, the communist-dominated labor halls, the lecture platforms,” the motion pictures, the stage, the pages of our newspapers and magazines, and the radio. Every means of communication has been utilized against us . . .
The man (or nation) who has a plan—a way of life u in which he believes, has mental security.
To destroy this security, one must destroy that man’s faith in his plan.
Reliance on a code of life which, if held in common with one’s fellow men, brings peace of mind, develops the abilities of the group . . .
The degree to which the American code of life has been weakened can best be demonstrated by simply calling attention to the degree to which the foundation of that code has been weakened.
Many people become self-conscious when discussing this foundation: I am not one of those people.
That foundation (and of this there cannot be the slightest shadow of a doubt) is made up of the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.
Within this moral code, we have a complete way of life.
Acceptance of these precepts takes care of every phase of human life—spiritual, political, social, and economic . . .
America was a nation of people who had faith in their political and economic systems because they had faith in God and had built those systems around the teachings of God.
Every collectivist from Karl Marx to Stalin has agreed that faith in God must be destroyed before socialism can take over.
Therefore, it was obvious that the problem of sabotaging America’s faith in America was the problem of transferring the people’s faith in God to faith in the State.
That thing called morality in politics, business, and private contracts, had to be broken down.
To an increasing extent the people have come to look upon morality as an old- fashioned superstition.
Religion has for many church members become a safe way of dying rather than a good way of living.
I commend his entire speech, from which I have taken these extracts. (President David O. McKay, CR-4/52:14)
1. “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” (Alexis de Tocque ville, 1835, Democracy in America)
2. “Today, patriotism seems to be out of style. Those who express their love of country are often looked upon as paranoiac patriots or right-wing extremists . . . .
“We can only pray that this undesirable trend which is evidenced among students in all too many of our colleges and universities can be reversed before it is too late.” (J. Edgar Hoover, Address, 11/24/64) [p. 69]
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Source: President David O. McKay, The Annual and Semi-annual Conference Reports of the Church Volume 4/52, p. 14. David O. McKay (1873–1970), served as Ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.