Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Travel, Conservative Reading

My husband was gone for another month recently for more army training. They spent some days in the field where he got to put his new uniforms to the test, not with life or death supplies like our soldiers overseas, but things important to him nonetheless.Jon's Army gear Because I have a public blog I don’t like to broadcast the fact that he’s gone, when he’s gone, but I sure am glad when he’s home again.

Things have been pretty busy around here preparing for my daughter’s wedding. One thing we did was go down to New Orleans to meet my future Son-in-law’s family. IMG_4271It went well. I got along great with his mom, it felt to me like we were old friends. And to my surprise and satisfaction, his dad is another one of us crazy conservative types like me. Our conversation went from the presidency to voting, to scripture to great books we’ve read. Once you’ve realized that you have many of the same favorite books, then you really know a lot about someone (i.e. they are as awesome as you are, haha). So that went well.

Speaking of favorite books, the long out of print “An Enemy Hath Done This” by Ezra Taft Benson is back in print by a company named Freedom-Books. As a former Secretary of Agriculture under Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ezra Taft Benson fought against farm subsidies from the government in order to preserve a free market farming system back in the 50’s. He later became the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ezra Taft Benson warned against forces in society that were seeking to overthrow the freedom of this country. This book contains many speeches to the Boy Scouts Of America and other organizations, on constitutional topics and is very relevant today, though the facts and figures have changed dramatically over the years. (I think most of the speeches were given in the ‘60’s). I ordered a new copy recently because I had given mine away. I need a few more! 176 So if you haven’t heard of it or read this book, check it out. It is one of my ‘MUST READ’s’.



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  2. I hope you're right, and I love Michelle Bachmann. My daughter has met her!

  3. I was looking over your blog again and I really want to read Ezra Taft Benson's book. Accepting subsides from the government really does cripple the American people. Would you consider a college grant like a subsidy? Should we take handouts like that? Does this book say something about this?

  4. Interesting question. If we're talking handouts, I would consider a college grant more akin to welfare than it is to a subsidy, but even that is not quite right.
    In addition to interfering with the free market, a subsidy is paying you NOT to work and produce. A college student is working hard. So in a sense the government is investing in an educated populace for the future.
    I do have doubts about whether that is government's business in an ideal situation, but we are so far from ideal now, that even many conservatives feel justified in accepting this type of help.
    But I'll have to check my copy of the book and get back to you!