"Weak-Kneed Republicans and Socialist Democrats" : Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 2
Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought
This article details the last four years of President Ezra Taft Benson's service as Secretary of Agriculture in the administraiton of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The first part of the article discusses President Benson's family life during his time in Washington D.C. During this time he was unpopular in some segments of society due to the fact that he wished to remove the federal government from the market place and let market forces set farm products prices. Despite pressures of this sort, he resolved to remain in office to "continue to tell the truth" as he saw it. During this time he also campaigned for the Republican Party and went on trade missions. Toward the end of his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture, he thought of running for president and discussed the matter with President David O. McKay, who said that if he should have the chance, he (Benson) would "have the whole-hearted support of all of us." This opportunity did not work out. Gary Bergera concludes that "he believed [he was] God's eternal vigilant watchman on the ramparts of American freedom."