It was also possible that the U.S. would achieve its goals in South Vietnam. Judging by other U.S. policies, superior power coupled with convincing propaganda usually came out on top. Such was the case with the Dominican Republic in the spring of 1965. U.S. military forces invaded the country in order to secure a rightist military junta that had ousted the democratically elected government of Juan Bosch. The American people were told that the 20,000 U.S. troops dispatched were sent to save American lives and prevent a communist takeover. Daniel Ellsberg, a Pentagon analyst who was privy to the inside story, reflected, “We were 100 percent lying about what we were doing in the Dominican Republic.” The Dominican Republic, said Ellsberg, was “one of the few communist-free environments in the whole world.” The Johnson administration got away with its lies and Washington added the country to its list of client-states. As in Vietnam, internal developments in the Dominican Republic were touted as a threat to the United States, when in fact there was no threat whatsoever, only a desire on the part of U.S. leaders to establish another pro-U.S. regime.
My second brother who was already accomplished at a young age had turned to gambling at the age of forty. Maybe it was because he had too much luck as an official, but there was only one word for my brother’s gambling: losing. My brother took on high-interest loans after losing his money. Before long, he could no longer pay off his debts and would spend every day running, moving, and hiding to shake off debt collectors. He also lost his official title.
The saints of the last days have witnessed the outgoings and incomings of so many apostates that nothing but truth has any effect upon them. In the present instance, after the sham quotations of Sidney and his clique, from the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants, to skulk off, under the "dreadful splendor" of "spiritual wifery," which is brought into the account as graciously as if the law of the land allowed a man a plurality of wives, is fiendish, and like the rest of Sidney's revelation, just because he wanted "to go to Pittsburg and live." Wo to the man or men who will thus wilfully lie to injure an innocent people! The law of the land and the rules of the church do not allow one man to have more than one wife alive at once, but if any man's wife die, he has a right to marry another, and to be sealed to both for eternity; to the living and the dead! there is no law of God or man against it! This is all the spiritual wife system that was ever tolerated in the church, and they know it
Scribe could teach him how a drama's plot should be structured ina logically motivated progression of scenes. Hebbel provided him with anexample of the way drama could be based on life's contemporary dialectics,creating a modern conceptual drama. Hebbel's pioneering work was his conveyanceof the ideologicalconflicts of his day into the theater where he created"a drama of issues" pointing forward. He also knew how the Greektragedy's retrospective technique could be used by a modern dramatist.
In other words, Ibsen was in close contact with the art of the stagefor a long uninterrupted period. His six years at the theater in Bergen(1851-57) and the following four or five years at the theater in Kristianiafrom 1857 were not easy. But he acquired a sharp eye for theatrical techniquesand possibilities.
An essay on was added on 22 October 2014 to the Topical Guide of the LDS website. The essay focuses on the polygamous marriages of Joseph Smith. In the 3rd paragraph under "The Beginnings of Plural Marriage in the Church" excerpt:
Ibsen's apprenticeship was long, lasting about 15 years, and includedtheater work he later would claim to be as difficult as "having anabortion every day." There was a strong pressure to produce hangingover him; one that led to fumbling attempts in many directions. He experienceda few minor artistic victories - and numerous defeats. Very few believedthat he had the necessary gift to become more than a minor theatrical writerwith a modicum of talent.
In spite of this insecurity, it is a determined young writer we seeduring these years. His goal was clearly national. Together with his friendand colleague Bjornstjerne Bjornson (1832-1910), he founded "The NorwegianCompany" in 1859, an organ for Norwegian art and culture. They hada joint program for their activities. Ibsen was especially concerned withthe role of theater in the young Norwegian nation's search for its ownidentity In these "nation-building" pursuits, he gathered hismaterial from the country's medieval history and perfected his art as adramatist. This is prominent in the work that caps Ibsen's period of apprenticeship,"The Pretenders" from 1863. The story takes place in Norway inthe 1200s, a period marked by destructive strife. But Ibsen's perspectiveis Norway of the 1860s when he has the king, Haakon Haakonsson, expresshis thoughts on national unity:
Note: The author of the LDS essay seeks to soften the tone by saying that monogamy was the only legal form of marriage instead of simply saying the more to-the-point "polygamy was illegal in the United States." Also, by specifically identifying the "United States," this gives the impression that polygamy was legal in other nearby countries like Mexico & Canada which is where a lot of early Saints fled to escape the laws of the U.S. However, polygamy was also illegal in Mexico & Canada.
"Norway was a kingdom, now it will be a nation (... ) all shallbe as one hereafter, and all shall know in themselves that they are one.!"
The , was written by the Prophet Joseph Smith in a letter sent to a Mr. Wentworth and published in the Times and Seasons in March 1842.
"The Pretenders" was Ibsen's breakthrough, yet he had towait a few years before being recognized as one of the country's leadingwriters. This honor came in 1866 with , constitutes the end of his close relationship withNorwegian theater. It was also his farewell performance - he now startedhis long exile. In the years that followed, he turned away from the stageand sought a reading public.