Prophet Statesmen, Volume I, No. 52, Benson
Excerpts from address by Ezra Taft Benson given at Brigham Young University, March 28, 1962; and from his 1962 book, “The Red Carpet,” p. 65-83.
It is high time we realized the dangerous threat to America of creeping socialism as the ruthless comrade to atheistic communism.
It is high time that we recognize creeping socialism for what it really is—a Red Carpet providing a royal road to communism.
A few months before coming to the United States Khrushchev is reported to have said:
We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism, until they suddenly awake to find they have communism . . . .
I say again, communism is freedom’s most dangerous enemy; the threat of communism in America is real, and I believe in all seriousness that socialism paves the way for communism. Truly, in our land, our choice land of America, we are laying the Red Carpet, which permits creeping socialism to be America’s “royal road” to communism.
Let us never forget that today we are in the biggest battle ever staged. Our opponent is socialism—the welfare state—and the penalty of failure is enslavement. We must keep strong spiritually, morally, and economically as individuals, families, communities, and as a nation. Only in this course is safety.
Ezra Taft Benson served as thirteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as Secretary of Agriculture for both terms of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency.
Prophet Statesmen is a project of the Center for Moral Liberalism.