In 1843, Joseph Smith Jr. got desperate when The United States Congress, or anyone else in Washington DC, wouldn't provide cover from retaliation against Mormons by United States citizens. In short, as far as Smith was concerned,The Constitution had failed to protect his followers. This is because self-proclaimed “Saints” had already been expelled at gunpoint from Missouri in 1838. I mean, how would you feel if some crazy, zealot was convinced Independence was in territory proclaimed by Joseph Smith Jr. to be The Garden of Eden? Illinois’ citizens, whom Mormons had also deceived, extorted, and politically threatened, were looking to expel them too. Now how was Smith’s con going to survive the scrutiny of his “critically thinking” followers?
This reality in American history convinced Joseph Smith Jr. that The United States Constitution represented nothing but Federalist power—supreme law with teeth. It was also way too powerful for him to thwart in his desire to create church and state—for no one but his Saints’ sake! Like Presidents’ James Monroe, Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson before him, Smith was anti-federalist. And similar to past anti-federalist Presidents, Smith feared centralized political power could evolve into monarchy. And finally, most of all, he wanted protection for Mormons and his future State of Deseret.
The White Horse Prophesy . Smith lifted his inspiration from the New Testament’s Book of Revelation (Rev. 6:1&2). In one last ditch effort to gain ultimate political power of the United States Presidency, while destroying printing presses and running from President Polk’s warrant for murder and treason; his life ended in a bloody show-down in June of 1844 at Carthage Jail in Nauvoo, Illinois.
After Joseph Smith’s murder by an enraged mob, all Mormons had been driven at gunpoint from Missouri and now they were forced from Illinois territory. Most left their land and much of their property behind before temporarily settling at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. This preceded the Old Testament symbolism of an exodus by Brigham Young (a practicing Freemason) and his new flock of Saints across the Great Plains of America. Mormons ultimately settled at The Great Salt Lake in 1847.
In 1855, again looking to thwart sanctions from The United States government and unite the passion of faithful Mormons, Brigham Young resurrected Smith’s White Horse symbolism stating; “When the Constitution of the United States hangs, as it were upon a single thread, they will have to call for the Mormon Elders to save it from utter destruction; and they will step forth and do it.” This was followed by The Mountain Meadows Massacre and Young's Confrontation with The U.S. Government. The Utah Mormon War—May 1857 until July 1858—produced no battles but mainly non-Mormon civilian deaths.
Fast-forward, nearly one-hundred years and over a dozen reminders of The Prophesy by church leaders, to the Presidential Election of 1952 for the next bold attempt to provoke turmoil using Smith’s White Horse Prophesy. Everyone familiar with Mormonism’s crimes against humanity throughout the 19th Century had passed away. The set-up for carrying out a political power-grab now was to create grass-root Mormon support for Dwight D. Eisenhower. And for political payback, President Eisenhower responded by appointing Ezra Taft Benson as his Secretary of Agriculture.
Following the lead of both Houses of Congress: Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations, and The House Un-American Activities Committee, E.T. Benson, a vicious opponent of Liberalism, stoked the pot of Mormon fervor throwing accusations of communist membership against political leaders. Convinced by Robert W. Walsh Jr., founder of the John Birch Society (JBS) that President Eisenhower was being influenced by communists; E.T. Benson sent correspondence, he marked personal and confidential, to Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover. Benson wrote that he believed President Eisenhower was a Communist. One fact that pissed-off E.T. Benson was that President Eisenhower no longer trusted his extremist viewpoints. Benson’s anti-communist rhetoric was designed to create a communism scandal directed at a Decorated United States President, and then spin this turmoil into conservative political power directed at Mormonism’s voting electorate. Does this type of behavior sound familiar looking at it in hindsight—now, over sixty years later?
Ezra Taft Benson’s invocation of Smith’s White Horse Prophesy to promote an ant-communist message was later telecast using David O. Mckay’s white suit and hair as symbolism. Like every other eight-year old Mormon boy, I was compelled to suck this stuff up, in male exclusive meetings, after I was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints priesthood. I was on a fast track to Mormon indoctrination in the beach city of Torrance, California while “desk diving” for nuclear drills. It was now the early sixties. I saw Mormonism’s Hocus-pocus, the “us against them” prank up close. But hell, this wasn't all about me, like I could have bolted anytime? All you Saints know the f’n drill: "We’re the only true church all others are inferior at best and eternally damned at worst". My mother, a Mormon with a missionary’s zeal, attended John Birch Society meetings during this period. A copy of The Naked Communist, by W. Cleon Skousen along with other (JBS) material sat on the living room table of our home next to her Ray Charles records—some f'n cause, affect, cause for childhood neurosis; or what? And there again was David O. McKay in his white suit and white hair—all the symbolism needed for another political Mormonism power grab.