President Trump is Right about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War

by Robert John Stevens, May 2, 2017

President Donald Trump is right about Andrew Jackson and that the civil war could have been avoided. Discussions on how to solve the slavery problem were well underway in Jackson’s day. For example, Mormon Church Founder Joseph Smith, who died a year before Andrew Jackson, proposed an ingenious solution in his 1844 campaign for the President of the United States that could have not only freed the slaves but avoided the American Civil War’s 620,000 deaths:

Eliminating slavery was another important part of his platform. He wrote in General Smith’s Views: “The Declaration of Independence ‘holds these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;’ but at the same time some two or three millions of people are held as slaves for life, because the spirit in them is covered with a darker skin.” Instead of simply calling for the abolition of slavery, Joseph Smith’s platform would have Congress “pay every man a reasonable price for his slaves out of the surplus revenue arising from the sale of public lands, and from the deduction of pay from members of Congress.” — Joseph Smith: Campaign for President of the United States

Former Congressman Ron Paul has repeatedly argued that all other civilized nations ended slavery without fighting a civil war.

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Thomas Jefferson attacked King George over slavery in draft of Declaration of Independence

Search for the word slavery in Jefferson’s “original Rough draught” of the Declaration of Independence:

he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, & murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.

Ten Essential Items to Mention in Every Gun Discussion

by Robert John Stevens, June 21, 2016

  1. Protection against tyrannical governments—The Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment1 to protect citizens against tyrannical governments because they knew governments eventually transfer and consolidate power to one person who turns against his or her own people. Unfortunately the amendment did not include the word democide.
  2. Democide—Murder by one’s own government2. An estimated 262 million humans were killed by their own governments in the 20th century alone, in most cases after they were disarmed by their own governments.
  3. Natural and inalienable rights—All people have the right to defend themselves, their families, faith and property. The right to defend was given to mankind by his Creator and existed long before earthly governments were formed.
  4. Guns stop individual and mass killings—Killers will always have access to guns and weapons and are often deterred and stopped by armed citizens.3
  5. False flag events—Governments and secret societies create deceptions and mass killings to disarm citizens. Patterns are predictable such as gunmen are killed so they cannot disclose their employers. Proof of bodies are rarely shown to the public. Courts throughout history have required dead bodies as proof.
  6. Amending the U.S. Constitution must require state legislature approval. It must never be changed on a whim by an emotional mob majority in Congress reacting to recent, unfortunate events.
  7. Invasion—Guns and local militia protect citizens from foreign invaders. Even if a nation’s national defenses could be defeated, prevailing over local militia and freedom fighters requires never-ending costs and resources (as the United States proves by their intervention in the Middle East). Well-armed citizens are the second line of national defense and should be welcomed and endorsed by every nation.
  8. Disarming citizens protects the wealthy—Napoleon once said,” Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” Whenever the wealth has been transferred from the lower and middle classes to an elite upper class, the elite resort to control and murder to protect themselves and use media propaganda and false-flag events to convince people they should disarm voluntarily. Guns protect the poor and middle class from being murdered by the rich.
  9. Comparable weapons to oppose force—The Founding Fathers didn’t limit the Second Amendment to handguns and knives. They just fought against the British who possessed the greatest weaponry in the world; therefore, citizens’ guns must be powerful enough to match the firepower of opposing forces.
  10. Media omissions4—These above essential elements are often purposely left out of news and media discussions. It is similar to church missionaries discussing right versus wrong without introducing underlying principles such as heavenly rewards and punishments. The debate purposely moves people towards the wrong conclusions—a strategy that supports conspiring agendas5 to disarm the public.

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1 The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

What is unclear about the phrase “shall not be infringed?”

2 Google define democide:

Democide is a term revived and redefined by the political scientist R. J. Rummel (1932–2014) as “the murder of any person or people by their government, including genocide, politicide and mass murder.

3 In the mid 1990s I programmed for Xantel in Mesa Arizona for short time. Citizens advised me while driving to not cut anyone off because people kept guns in their glove compartments. That deterred me to obey the traffic rules.

4 Omissions of core principles are not discussed in mainstream news. For example, see today’s articles published by Mormon-owned news media KSL an Deseret News A divided Senate answers Orlando with gridlock on gun curbs and Preventing mass shootings? Utah delegation sees no clear solutions.

5 History and religious scriptures are clear that conspiring men form hellish agendas and are responsible for great sufferings to the human race. The Book of Mormon states that “secret combinations are of the devil and result in the destruction of nations—Modern Gentiles are warned against the secret combination that will seek to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries.” — Ether 8:23-25 and its chapter summary.

When does taxation become slavery? Lessons learned from the Book of Mormon

by Robert John Stevens, May 15, 2016

Today in Provo, Utah I attended an adult Mormon Sunday School. The teacher, a BYU linguistic professor, spoke about slavery.

I raised my hand and said, “You could argue that we are all slaves. When corporations or entities use the force of government to tax others for their own benefit, that’s slavery. Taxation is forced slavery. Today, individual and family portions of the national debt are huge. The only reason why you don’t rebel is because they haven’t sent you the bill.”

My comments were not well received.

I failed to mention that wicked King Noah in The Book of Mormon taxed his people at an astonishing 20%:

And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.

And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.—Mosiah 11:3-4

I also failed to mention that Tax Freedom Day is now April 24th, meaning Americans work from January 1 to April 24 just to pay their taxes. That’s 114 days so Americans are slaves 31.2% of the year.

The Book of Mormon mentions at 50% people were taxed with a tax which is grievous to be borneMosiah 7:15.

And it came to pass that they were about to return to the land of Nephi, and they met the men of Gideon. And the men of Gideon told them of all that had happened to their wives and their children; and that the Lamanites had granted unto them that they might possess the land by paying a tribute to the Lamanites of one half of all they possessed. — Mosiah 19:22

The Book of Mormon infers that involuntary taxation is evil:

And he did erect him an exceedingly beautiful throne; and he did build many prisons, and whoso would not be subject unto taxes he did cast into prison; and whoso was not able to pay taxes he did cast into prison; and he did cause that they should labor continually for their support; and whoso refused to labor he did cause to be put to death. Ether 10:5-7.

The Book of Mormon is filled with comments, or small case studies, on the proper role and improper role of government; however, if you aren’t specifically looking for those lessons you’ll probably miss them as they are ingeniously dispersed throughout the book.

Today’s Sunday School consisted of about fifty people, mostly over sixty years old. I remained quiet for the remainder of the class. If anyone there really understood the Book of Mormon, I may have had at least one positive comment but I received none.

Most Americans, and most Mormons aren’t awake enough to realize we’re experiencing slavery2, perhaps even worse than 19th American slavery because when the wealth transfer can no longer be sustained, and the parasitical relationship is severed, history is clear that government usually turns against its own people and kills them; hence, 20th century democide (an estimated 262 million humans murdered by their own government in the 20th century).

Why are so few Mormons awake (Ether 8:24), and why do they ignore the commandment to awaken? And why can’t they connect the dots and realize the Book of Mormon warns its readers of a very powerful secret society that wants us all dead (Ether 8:25)?

Suppose Royal Skousen is correct that the Book of Mormon uses vocabulary dating from 1540 to 17401, then we should refer to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)—the dictionary Royal Skousen recommends I use for Book of Mormon definitions. BYU has access. I don’t.

In America today, taxation is more refined and often not apparent. For example, in 2014 ZeroHedge listed 97 forms of taxation.


Some libertarians believe all forms of taxation are slavery. I disagree. Any student of the American Revolutionary War knows how difficult it was for General Washington and his colonial troops to survive with sporadic assistance. Their sufferings were beyond description. In today’s high-tech world, limited, forced taxation for defense is necessary.

The Book of Mormon is clear that 20% taxation is oppresive; however, it doesn’t specify what is acceptable. Reason suggests voluntary taxation is always acceptable as long as citizens aren’t deceived or swindled and funds are used efficiently as outlined.

See also

1 See Royal Skousen’s Vita, Page 42, “The discovery that the vocabulary of the Book of Mormon dates from 1540 to 1740; it is not based just on the vocabulary in the 1611 King James Bible alone but more generally represents Early Modern English usage; similarly, the discovery that the nonstandard syntactic structure of the Book of Mormon can be traced to Early Modern English usage, in most cases, or to Hebrew-like constructions that have never been acceptable in English.”

2 Word frequencies in Book of Mormon are slavery (1), slave/slaves (5), tax/taxes/taxed (6), and bondage (66); however, other words or phases may be used. For example, I noticed this morning that Mosiah 11:6 equates taxation directly to slavery without using the word slave:

Yea, and thus they were supported in their laziness, and in their idolatry, and in their whoredoms, by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his people; thus did the people labor exceedingly to support iniquity.

Taxation = Slavery

But consider the question posed by the great Walter Williams at a speech he gave (at my invitation) at Loyola University Maryland several years ago (paraphrasing): “What would you call forcing one person to work for the benefit of another person (or persons)?” After a few seconds of head scratching, the hundred or so students in the room seemed to agree that “slavery” was the best answer. Walter then made the point that this of course is exactly and precisely what the welfare state is all about.


Greeks and all of humanity who have accumulated debt beyond their ability to pay now have two choices, 1) Slavery or 2) Freedom

All of us as Americans have a patriotic responsibility not to contribute to the inflation danger by needlessly building still higher the mountain of total debt. All of us as individuals-and above all, as members of families-have an obligation in conscience not to mismanage our resources. &mash; Ezra Taft Benson, Pay Thy Debt and Live, General Conference, April, 1957

In the book of Kings we read about a woman who came weeping to Elisha, the prophet. Her husband had died, and she owed a debt that she could not pay; and the creditor was on his way to take her two sons and sell them as slaves.

By a miracle Elisha enabled her to acquire a goodly supply of oil. And he said to her:

Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest. (2 Kings, 4:2.)

“Pay thy debt, and live.” How fruitful these words have ever been! What wise counsel they are for us today! — Ezra Taft Benson, Pay Thy Debt and Live, General Conference, April, 1957

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