Unions, Twinkies and the Gospel

When I first started studying the Gospel, I sought after contemporary applications of Gospel principles.  “What had the Lord and His servants taught about government schools?”  I asked myself.  “Since the Church has a welfare program, have they had anything to say about government welfare programs?”  In light of Hostess’ recent announcement that they would be closing down operations due to a strike by a labor union, it might be wise to see if the leaders of the Church have spoken on this topic, in order to to have a more principled perspective on the situation.

A comment made by Joseph F. Smith that seems especially appropriate was,

“Labor unions will find that the same eternal law of justice applies to unions that applies to individuals, that fair dealing and rational conduct must be maintained if financial misfortunes are averted.” –Gospel Doctrine page 415

Joseph F. Smith also observed,

“Unions are forcing our people into an inconsistent and dangerous attitude when they compel Latter-day Saints within the union to make war upon their brethren who are without the union, and thereby denying the most sacred God-given rights of one class of Saints that another class may gain some advantage over a third person, their employer.  Such conduct is destructive of the liberty which ever man is entitled to enjoy, and will lead in the end to the spirit of contention and apostasy.” Gospel Doctrine page 415

On observing correct economic principles, J. Reuben Clark of the First Presidency explained,

“(L)abor at the present time is demanding a larger share of the proceeds of production than capital can stand.  If this demand be continued and increased, industry must fold up, because the time will come when capital can no longer pass on to the public the excess labor costs, and unless it can it will be bankrupt.  We common people cannot indefinitely pay this ever mounting tribute to labor and capital; there is not enough left in the economic reservoir to feed, clothe, shelter, and keep us warm…  Then the alternative will be either a shutting down of industry- the goose that lays the golden egg will die- or the State must take over and operate, and this is socialism which will bring communism in its wake” Church News 14 December 1946

The ever-increasing demand of the labor union for more and more of the profits finally came to a breaking point with Hostess. Seeing the same thing happening in businesses and industry across the spectrum, and with 20/20 hindsight, the wisdom of these servants of God is undeniable. The alternative described by President Clark is exactly what we saw with the bailout of the auto industry.

As Latter-day Saints, will we heed their warnings and not take part in such destructive anti-liberty practices or will we follow the failed pattern of the Evil One?

About Ezra Taylor

Ezra Taylor has appeared in national (Fox news, USA Today), as well as several other regional publications. Ezra also writes for several freedom oriented publications, has been a radio talk show host and is a grassroots organizer. Visit his personal blog at http://ezrataylormc.blogspot.com Friend Ezra on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/ezra.taylor.12
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8 Responses to Unions, Twinkies and the Gospel

  1. sean says:

    I think most will follow, because of pentions, medical insurance, high salaries,etc……A very few I feel in the coming years will feel a need to build Zion…..nice article , thanks…..

  2. G. Michael Craig says:

    Ezra, just a thought: In the quote from Joseph F. Smith above, he said that “Unions are forcing our people into an inconsistent and dangerous attitude when they compel latter-day saints within the union to make war upon their brethren who are without the union,…Such conduct is destructive of the liberty which every man is entitled to enjoy, and will lead in the end to the spirit of contention and apostasy.” Well, based upon that line of reasoning, shouldn’t LDS be even a great deal more opposed to our federal government as it is presently constituted than they are to unions? In other words, since we oppose labor unions because they cause LDS to make economic war on each other, we should oppose our government a great deal more because it causes LDS around the world

    • G. Michael Craig says:

      to make real, blood-letting war on each other, as it did in WWI and WWII. Some might argue that this was unavoidable because Japanese imperialism and Nazi nationalism had to be stopped, but what excuse does the government have today? It has waged war somewhere in the world for over 100 continuous years now, having attacked and invaded 56 separate nations just since the close of WWII. This never ending so called war on terror is as phony as a 3 dollar bill. We have so far murdered over 1.6 million of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, and continue to blow up anyone seen by a satellite cam carrying a weapon to defend themselves, and blow up everyone else within 100 feet of this person. If we oppose relatively innocuous labor unions, why don’t we oppose

      • Ezra Taylor says:

        We’ve covered that several times, and will continue to. This was an attempt to show a more local and perhaps personal application of a Gospel principle.

      • G. Michael Craig says:

        the far, far more dangerous secret combination running our government that is murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the world, none of whom ever attacked us or even intended to, and stealing their natural resources, as Moroni warned would be the case in these last days as per Ether 8:25? I have long been perplexed about this.

  3. RoxMck51 says:

    I like how you tackle the smaller stuff first. To fix a bigger problem, we need to “sweat the small stuff.” Important stuff always starts with small grassroots efforts!

  4. RGG says:

    This was a very insightful and enlightening (to me) post. My husband has voiced a similar statement to your statement:
    “Labor at the present time is demanding a larger share of the proceeds of production than capital can stand. If this demand be continued and increased, industry must fold up, because the time will come when capital can no longer pass on to the public the excess labor costs, and unless it can it will be bankrupt. ”
    And at the time I wondered “whose side” he was on. But there are no sides but one, the Lord’s side. And when something seemingly temporal is explained in a “spiritual context”, it becomes more clear. At least to me.
    Thank you.

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