My fellow Utahns,
Often times on the 4th of July, we have heard a message from typical politicians and those aspiring to political office. It is almost expected that we will hear messages of liberty, freedom, independence, and how grateful they are to live in a country with so much of the aforementioned. I am not a typical politician, however, so you will not hear smoke getting blown your way.
The reason I cannot send you a message of liberty and freedom this day, is that we as a people are not nearly as free as we were when this nation was founded. We have become the frog in the pot of water slowly being turned to a boil, and because of these slow encroachments on liberty, we have not noticed.
My message to you today is not that we are free, but that we must fight to gain back our liberty. We have to choose to recommit ourselves to doing what we must to ensure that not only ourselves, but our posterity can have liberty in their lifetime.
Our Declaration of Independence outlined the areas our forefathers saw as tyranny in their lives, and it was enough for them to break the shackles of an oppressive government in Great Britain under King George III. In this modern time, we face many of the same, if not worse, infractions on our liberties.
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
Our current government does not listen to what we ask. You can take for example the refusal of the Utah Legislature on approving a measure for medicinal cannabis that is wished by approximately 70% of our state. Another incident, Governor Herbert refused by veto to allow us to carry firearms concealed without a permission slip from government, even though passed by the legislature.
We can no longer afford a government that refuses to listen to constituents concerns in a pay to play model set up by the political elite.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
Nearly every President, at least in my lifetime, has refused to enforce some aspects of laws we have asked for, duly passed by our elected representation. Whether it is states that have legalized substances or cities who provide sanctuary to those who have fled violence, and everything between, there have been presidents who have stood in the way of the people. Beyond the president, our House and Senate have passed laws to counteract what individual states have chosen as their paths, countering the intended set up that each state be a grand laboratory for liberty.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
Think ballot access laws on this one. We have so many challenges to get representation heard if it doesn’t fall in line with certain narratives. Democrats and Republicans do not want to lose their power, so they intentionally make it difficult for anyone else to be elected.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
In order to be a legislator in the federal government, you essentially must be independently wealthy to live in Washington, D.C. A whole segment of society is prevented from being able to use their common sense and good ideas because they simply cannot afford to relocate to our nation’s capital.
With today’s technology, there is no reason that all business be conducted in D.C. We need to allow for more people to have access to government. Beyond holding office, it becomes difficult to contact your Senator or Congressman to sit down with them and have your concerns voiced. They are not beholden to the people walled up in their offices thousands of miles away.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
Our federal judges are now beholden to a partisan system of politics. They are largely appointed and confirmed based on their ideology and not based on their objectiveness.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
There are an alphabet soup worth of agencies that have been created with enforcement powers that have caused regulatory burdens on businesses that make it near impossible for small business to thrive. Further, there are a myriad of offices created that attack individual liberty, incarcerating people for victimless crimes, as well as taxing them beyond reason.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
There have been multiple abuses of the War Powers Act that have caused our military to be deployed overseas into conflicts that do not concern the security of the United States or her people.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
Many trade deals, treaties, and other such devises have been used through bodies like the United Nations and NATO that are not within the best interests of our country.
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
The federal government has decided which nations we are allowed to trade with as States and as individuals. In order for a truly free market system, we cannot have imposed laws that prevent us from what will be in our best interests.
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
While most forms of taxation are passed through legislation, regulatory fines and fees are not approved with our consent through a legislative body. They are at the whim of the Executive Branch and yet are treated as law.
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
Many trials are now overseen by a judge only, and when activists push for fully informed jury and jury rights, they have been imprisoned for speaking out.
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
Certain alleged crimes will find you in a government black site. You have no rights, no trial, no jury of peers, and you suffer until you prove you are innocent. The presumption of innocence no longer exists.
As you can see, many avenues of the Declaration are still relevant to this day. I ask that you fight this new revolution with me. If we do not allow for peaceful change through the ballot box, we will find ourselves in 1776 once again and the revolution will not be peaceful any longer, but will require the cartridge box to secure our liberty.
I ask you as a voter to truly look to who is fighting to secure your liberty. That each and every person seeking your vote be vetted. I ask you to attend your city council meetings and speak out against injustice. To use your rights when selected as a juror to acquit those who have not committed a crime against another.
You have the power to redeclare yourself independent. So on this day, I ask that you recommit to liberty. That you reach out to your friends and neighbors to let them know there is a better way.
It falls on us to wash away the sins of those who came before. Our generation must be the one to right the ship.