Sunday, August 26, 2007

Liberalism and King Men-ism II

The train of thought that got me to see the relationship between Liberalism and King Men-ism came from my father-in-law. I'm not trying to say that he's some right-wing, conservative extremist; he just made a very valid point in light of the Orson Scott Card article on which my focus was in the first episode of this post. To quote him:
"The Book of Mormon teaches us how to wage war against Gadianton robbers who were the terrorists back then and our enemies now. The Book of Mormon was written for our day and holds the key to peace and safety both physically and spiritually."
Let me give you a basic understanding of who the King Men were. From Alma chapter 46 in the Book of Mormon:
4 And Amalickiah was desirous to be a king; and those people who were wroth were also desirous that he should be their king; and they were the greater part of them the lower judges of the land, and they were seeking for power.
5 And they had been led by the flatteries of Amalickiah, that if they would support him and establish him to be their king that he would make them rulers over the people.
The Kind Men were men who wanted to overthrow the judges (the current form of government) for a king. For more understanding of the reign of the judges refer to Mosiah 29. Helaman continues to write explaining how these kingmen were a threat to society:
And there were many in the church who believed in the flattering words of Amalickiah, therefore they dissented even from the church; and thus were the affairs of the people of Nephi exceedingly precarious and dangerous, notwithstanding their great victory which they had had over the Lamanites [enemies to the people of Nephi (or Nephites), and their great rejoicings which they had had because of their deliverance by the hand of the Lord.
Now the Lamanites are the enemy, and in later chapters of the Book of Mormon those enemies become the Robbers of Gadianton (comparable to our modern day terrorists). Amalickiah had caused a division among the people of Nephi, and whenever there is a division among a people they are more prone to fail in the event of an adversarial attack. Moroni (captain of the Nephite armies--the good guys) now comes into play:
11 And now it came to pass that when Moroni, who was the chief commander of the armies of the Nephites, had heard of these dissensions, he was angry with Amalickiah.
12 And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.
13 And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land—
Moroni used this "Title of Liberty" to stir up the hearts of the people to the cause of liberty so that they might "enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them."
28 And now it came to pass that when Moroni had said these words he went forth, and also sent forth in all the parts of the land where there were dissensions, and gathered together all the people who were desirous to maintain their liberty, to stand against Amalickiah and those who had dissented, who were called Amalickiahites.
29 And it came to pass that when Amalickiah saw that the people of Moroni were more numerous than the Amalickiahites—and he also saw that his people were doubtful concerning the justice of the cause in which they had undertaken—therefore, fearing that he should not gain the point, he took those of his people who would and departed into the land of Nephi.
And here is where everything starts tying together. We see that the King Men (particularly Amalickiah) caused a division among the people so that they were less prepared for an assault by the Lamanites. Similarly today, the Liberals want us to pull out of Iraq and put us in danger of being attacked by terrorists. The cause of those who are rooting for us to win the war in Iraq is not much different from the "Title of Liberty." By helping to establish peace in Iraq, we are also showing Iran what we are able to do and will do to ensure that peace and safety are established in this world. Regardless of any mistakes made in the past, this is the way to succeed in the future.


Lee said...
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janet said...

The parallelism between the kingmen and many Americans in our own country is quite astounding. We have the foresight, because of the scriptures, to see the outcome. "Where much is given, much is required". What a responsibility we have!