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Goodwin's Weekly.
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VoL- IL SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, JANUARY 24, 1903. No. 11. f f .19
C. C. GOODWIN Editor.
J. T. GOODWIN, - - - - Manager.
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THE REPUBLIC OR THE DESPOTISM, WHICH?
In one hundred and fifteen years our country
has advanced from a fringe of settlements along
the Atlantic coast to the front place among the
nations of the earth, why? It has been solely be
cause it has been "a government of the people, by
the people, and for the people." The stock of men
who headed this onward march was precisely the
same as that north of the St Lawrence and the
lakes, but the young men and women of the Do
minion have made a steady, increasing procession,
across the line to the United States through all
those one hundred and fifteen years, because over
their old homes has been, all the time, the shadow
of a throne, behind the throne a standing army
and the rule of a king beyond the Atlantic. On
the south is Mexico, a fairer, richer land than ours,
it was settled by as brave a race as ever drew
sword, but up to twenty-five years ago, there was
increasing squalor, ignorance, brutality, crime and
a steady national decay because there had been
the despotism of kings and the tyranny of a priest
hood that had become so corrupted that they used
the forms of a church to the more effectually de
grade, debase and impoverish the people, until
man's integrity and woman's virtue became
themes for jest.
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Our land has prospered as no land ever did be
fore, solely because all men have stood on an
equality before the law, eveiy man's mind has
been free to speak, write and vote as he pleased,
to worship God as he pleased, to do any legiti
mate thing unhampered by any friction of the
laws. The opportunities for acquiring wealth or
winning honors and promotion have been open to
all alike, to the humble poor as well the more fa
vored rich and of all the Presidents of the Itepub.
lie, from Washington to Roosevelt, every one
sprang from the ranks of the common people,
some of them from abject povtrty, and worked
their own way to honor and fame.
Utah has just elected a United States Sen
ator. His brother fanatics in a delirium of joy
supported him. Perhaps they are not to blame.
It is only twelve years since the wisest of them
began to study the principles on which our govern
ment was founded, or to read the history of the
events which make up American history, or to try
to comprehend how, through peace and war, our
flag has been kept "full hfgh advanced," without
one stain upon its shining folds; how all the time
the hopes of the people have been kept exultant.
All the time a superstitious fear has been upon
the souls of the majority in Utah that ha3 be- '
numbed their higher selves, that has blinded
their eyes to the fact that the aim of those who
keep their minds in thralldom and who rob them
of their earnings without an accounting, is to in
sidiously disintegrate the foundations on which
this Republic rests, this government of the peo
ple, and to substitute in its stead such a govern
ment as has kept Western Asia at war, in ignor
ance and poverty and shame since a thousand
years before the tragedy of Calvary.
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But Gentiles voted to make this man Smoot
Senator; some through personal friendship, some
through the hope of bettering their business af
fairs, some through nursing the delusive hope
that possibly the vote would eventuate in bring
ing honors to themselves.
But we ask all such, now that the work is done,
to reflect what the result would be were twenty
two more states to follow their example.
The real government of tho United States
would not be in Washington, but would be on
the corner of South Temple and State streets, in
this city, where the American Pope holds hia
Court, for while the man they v ted for is now
Senator-elect and an Apostle, he dare not disobey
an order made by the President of the Kingdom
to which he has, with terrible oaths, given his
only real allegiance
Then would follow the boycott and persecu
tion of all who did not Subscribe to that rule; pro
motions would only be through the Church; tho
vote of the people would be a unit as commanded
by the head of the Church; polygamy would be
given the authority of a national statute for the
revelation stands as binding as ever and the prac
tice has only been partially suspended. No one
claims that it has been abolished! No pledge
from those in power would be any more binding
than was that given by the then President of the
Church and the present President that there
should be no interference by the High Priests
with the politics of the people; the old reign of
terror immensely intensified would be re-introduced.
Then would begin the dry rot of the na
tion which never fails when a people are so en
thralled; every purpose of the immortals who
framed our government would be defeated or civil
war would rage in every state. Every Gentile
who voted tor Reed Smoot voted for this change.
It is said that Reed Smoot is an amiable man
and good business man. Granted. It is not on
this account that he is opposed; it was not for
those qualities or qualifications that he was
elected.
He was elected solely because of his priestly
office in the kingdom, hostile in every attribute
to the government of the United States. It is for
that reason that he is opposed and should be de
nied a seat in the senate, for not only is his
fealty all to another government, but he is a
slave to a master that can absolutely control his
mind, his soul and, if admitted, his voice and
votes' in the senate of the United States.
WHY UNFIT.
It comes from authorative sources that the
Hon.- Reed Smoot in his brief life of about forty
years has advanced, step by step, from deacon
is his church to priest, to older, to a seventy, to
high priest, then to counsellor and finally to the
apostleship. '
He doubtless, in thought, quotes McBeth and
says: "The, greatest is behind," 'The lesser of-
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flees are but, "as happy prologues to the swelling j 'Ljl
act of the Imperial theme." ft 'i'fiM
But it is not unjust to consider whether those 1 .i.lM
promotions have led the Apostle's mind up an in- ,.
cllne which fits him to hold the office of Senator J1'' il.lB
of the United States or not. As a youth, he heard j S
or read the prayer delivered by the then Apostle I'llnlJ'-B
Woodruff, at the dedication of the St. George Tem- 1 ffi JvtrB
pie, in which he prayed God to "sweep this na- f IKifti'vfl
tion with the besom of destruction," and approved j m 'H
the prayer. 'fffAB
He heard President John Taylor's declaration I ififjffM
that "God rules this world through his priesthood I "3 JH
and all other so-called governments are usurpa- jS'jglB
tions," and approved it. He saw how Moses I1 J u tB
Thatcher was dismissed from the apostleship be- j , 'J Iffl
cause he dared to aspire to a political office with-. Ill V) ' II
out the consent of the First Presidency, and ap- tjji HlH
proved of the tyranny. illV?lM
He read what B. H. Roberts said when, in- 'h$mM
veighing against the tyranny of the Church, he llRjJrJlM
declared that the action of the Church "would jfl$rfBB
place the control of the respective parties under 1 llfj&ilH
the Church officials, and would give political af- jfPfcrff'M
fairs into their hands," and knowing that it was, J bHIsB
true, still had not one word of protest against m El ifB
making the state but a creature of the Church. 'S'flnfB
Rather being himself an Apostle he wanted It i j jt i H
that way. Ji' fl
He heard the late Hon. George Q. Cannon de- ' ' ' fl
clare that "vox populi vox Dei was all wrong," iUjkm ill
that it should read "Vox Del vox populi," and ll'' fl
approved of the words. For years after he was Bill B
of voting age, he voted the People's Party ticket, jmjl fl
asking nothing, thinking nothing except that it mX '9
was the ticket dictated by he Church chiefs and it fe iH
hence must be voted. He knows what pledges B TtllH
were made in order to obtain statehood, but he Wt' jH
was last summer a party to the arrangement to HrllHtH
fill all the so-called Republican conventions with p uJB
elders, priests, seventies, presidents of stakes, Jh!t fl
high priests and apostles to use all their priestly jmlllliB
power to nominate men who, if elected, would iBjf'lH
vote for him for Senator, and approved the work. ifi'j' H
In addition he and his church brethren only j H 1 1 j; B
know how many times he has taken tho oath of mh 11
hostility to tho government of the United States, jg J fWM
how often he has sworn "to avenge the death of jl IMj'S
the prophets." j! g jLnBB
What would a Thomas Jefferson think of such P'Jntlfl
a schooling for a Democrat, or what would Abra- iHlHfll
ham Lincoln think of such a training for a Repub- IJtfiflJHl
lican? iBflil
If Reed Smoot has not over and over expat- illfflHI
riated himself and given all his allegiance to an- i'iflnl
other government, to this Imperium in Imperlo, liffflfi
which is growing up here within the government imJI
of the United States, will some friend of his ex- llU'lBSfil
plain by what process he could expatriate himself? InPj BB
Had he placed himself under such allegiance to llili&H
the French or German or British government,. B '&R
would he be a fit Senator of the United States? IMH
Still those governments are not plotting for IMIH
the overthrow of the government of the United imllifhfl
States and this government here is. Not by force i Jg Mi ;H
of arms in open battle, but by ambuscades, by so- SB1 iHI
ducing Gentiles here and there, by vague and in- HBmHI
sincere promises of business or political bene- HflHfiHI
fits, by holding over Senators in adjacent states HH
an implied promise of the support of all Mor- J H
mons within their states if they are but willing HH
tools, and the withholding of those votes if they IfiHIBI
dare to be Americans and do their duty, and o IflBHHB

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