Monday, January 18, 2021

 J. Reuben Clark’s Optimism Regarding Constitutional Law

J. Reuben Clark saw that the United States was on the road to destruction. As explained in my previous article, How J. Reuben Clark Became Enmeshed with Anti-Constitution Conspirators, he knew that powerful forces were well on their way to destroying constitutional law. He had witnessed firsthand that conspirators had set in motion an unstoppable force. He knew that their goal was the complete destruction of constitutional law. But Clark was certain that the conspirators would ultimately fail and that the Lord’s purposes in establishing the Constitution would ultimately triumph. Speaking of J. Reuben Clark and Clark's views, Skousen explained as follows.

“...the Lord isn't going to allow this government to be destroyed. Although administrations may destroy themselves, systems may destroy themselves, this country's going to survive. J. Reuben Clark knew how it would survive: build track two. Don't get in front of that train on track one, it will just run over you. You quietly build track two.

“Sometimes people say, ‘Dr. Skousen, you spent your whole life studying these things that have gone wrong, with the attack on the Constitution and everything. Why are you so optimistic?’”

“I say to them, ‘I read the book, and in the end, we win.’ Now, it's on track two that we win. J. Reuben Clark never lost confidence in having a generation finally become alert, and finally doing its homework, and getting into a position where they would do what God and the Founding Fathers intended that we should have been doing all the time.”

“So, I bless his memory. I bless his integrity. I bless his tenacity. I'm so grateful for that man. He's been my inspiration, I've learned to love him. I knew him, but not well. I received counsel from him two or three times. One of my books became a national best seller, and he gave me a little bit of counsel about what God was doing, and what to expect, and I was very grateful for that.”

You and I and all those who strive to love the Lord, understand his laws, and follow his commands, and help his kingdom roll forth in the latter days until it fills the whole earth, have a responsibility to study, honor and uphold the principles of Constitutional law. Perhaps there's not much we as individuals can do right now to stop that train barrelling down on Track One, or in other words, to stop our nation's headlong rush toward utter calamity. But as we study the principles of constitutional law and the ways of the Lord as delivered to us through the scriptures and through the Lord's prophets, we—and/or those who follow—will at some future day be in a position to help establish constitutional law when the time is ripe.

How can we then not take courage at the words of J. Reuben Clark regarding the quiet building of Track Two? Meanwhile, just in case, aren't there those who may be working on Track Three, or Track Four, or Track [fill in the blank].

I end this segment on J. Reuben Clark and his vision of our time by quoting words that the Lord gave to Joseph Smith:

"How long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven..."   
~Doctrine & Covenants 121:33

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Orem, Utah—18 January 2021—©2021 Daniel Kemper Lubben

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