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American Leadership FundThe American Leadership Fund supports conservative causes and candidates that believe in limited government, fiscal restraint and principled leadership.

We are engaging the grassroots through media messaging heard on The Cherilyn Eagar Radio Show, where we are courageously defending the social – moral issues, whose abandonment is largely responsible for the bloated entitlements and causing unsustainable debt.  We are in search of new American leaders.

We will fight to keep the the Republican Platform Republican.  We are Pro-Life, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Religious Liberty, Pro-State Sovereignty, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Border Security, pro-Free Enterprise, and above all, Pro-US Constitution.   Let us fight for these principles together in our towns, cities, states, in Congress and in the Courts.

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Cherilyn Eagar, President

The American Leadership Fund supports conservative causes and candidates that believe in limited government, fiscal restraint and principled leadership. We are engaging the grassroots through media messaging heard on The Cherilyn Eagar Radio Show, where we are courageously defending the social – moral issues, whose abandonment is largely responsible for the bloated entitlements and causing […]

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The Marriage Solidarity Pledge

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We urge you to sign this pledge today and join with many national and local leaders of differing religious backgrounds who are uniting in defense of natural Marriage.

We Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them

We stand together in defense of marriage and the family and society founded upon them. While we come from a variety of communities and hold differing faith perspectives, we are united in our common affirmation of marriage.

On the matter of marriage, we stand in solidarity. We affirm that marriage and family have been inscribed by the Divine Architect into the order of Creation. Marriage is ontologically between one man and one woman, ordered toward the union of the spouses, open to children and formative of family. Family is the first vital cell of society, the first government, and the first mediating institution of our social order. The future of a free and healthy society passes through
marriage and the family.

Marriage as existing solely between one man and one woman precedes civil government. Though affirmed, fulfilled, and elevated by faith, the truth that marriage can exist only between one man and one woman is not based on religion or revelation alone, but on the Natural Law, written on the human heart and discernible through the exercise of reason. It is part of the natural created order. The Natural Law is what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to as a higher law or
a just law in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail.

Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions. Civil institutions do not create marriage nor can they manufacture a right to marry for those who are incapable of marriage. Society begins with marriage and the family.

We pledge to stand together to defend marriage for what it is, a bond between one man and one woman, intended for life, and open to the gift of children. The institutions of civil government should defend marriage and not seek to undermine it. Government has long regulated marriage for the true common good. Examples, such as the age of consent, demonstrate such a proper regulation to ensure the free and voluntary basis of the marriage bond. Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. No civil institution, including the United States Supreme Court or any court, has
authority to redefine marriage.

As citizens united together, we will not stand by while the destruction of the institution of marriage unfolds in this nation we love. The effort to redefine marriage threatens the essential foundation of the family. Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. The precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage or human sexuality. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason.

Conferring a moral and legal equivalency to any relationship other than marriage between a man and a woman, by legislative or judicial fiat, sends the message that children do not need a mother and a father. As a policy matter, such unions convey the message that moms and dads are completely irrelevant to the well-being of children. Such a policy statement is unconscionable and destructive. Authorizing the legal equivalency of marriage to same-sex couples undermines the fundamental rights of children and threatens their security, stability, and future.

Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any court has authority to redefine marriage and thereby weaken both the family and society. Unlike the Legislative Branch that has the power of the purse and the Executive Branch which has the figurative power of the sword, the Judicial Branch has neither. It must depend upon the Executive Branch for the enforcement of its decisions.

As the Supreme Court acknowledged in the 1992 decision of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, its power rests solely upon the legitimacy of its decisions in the eyes of the people. If the decisions of the Court are not based on the Constitution and reason, and especially if they are contrary to the natural created order, then the people will lose confidence in the Court as an objective arbiter of the law. If the people lose respect for the Court, the Court’s authority will be diminished.

The Supreme Court was wrong when it denied Dred Scott his rights and said, “blacks are inferior human beings.” And the Court was wrong when Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in Buck v. Bell, “three generations of imbeciles are enough,” thus upholding Virginia’s eugenics law that permitted forced sterilization. Shamefully, that decision was cited during the Nuremburg trials to support the Nazi eugenic holocaust.

In these earlier cases, the definition of “human” was at issue. Now the definition of “marriage” is at issue. The Constitution does not grant a right to redefine marriage — which is nonsensical since marriage intrinsically involves a man and a woman. Nor does the Constitution prohibit states from affirming the natural created order of male and female joined together in marriage.

We will view any decision by the Supreme Court or any court the same way history views the Dred Scott and Buck v. Bell decisions. Our highest respect for the rule of law requires that we not respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law. A decision purporting to redefine marriage flies in the face of the Constitution and is contrary to the natural created order. As people of faith we pledge obedience to our Creator when the State directly conflicts with higher law. We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross this line.

We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve. While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.

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Fr. Frank Pavone, Catholic Priest
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Liberty Counsel
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American Leadership Fund
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HRock Church (Pasadena, CA)
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The Timothy Plan
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Wisconsin Family Action
Matt Barber, Founder and Editor-in-Chief
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Benham Companies
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Benham Companies
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Fairview Baptist Church
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Liberty Prayer Network
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Christian Coalition of Alabama
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Citizens for Community Values
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Dr. Owen C. Cardwell, Jr., PhD
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Micah Clark, Executive Director
American Family Association of Indiana
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Design4 Marketing Communications
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Big Horn Canyon Community Church
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Restore America
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Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Steve Deace
USA Radio Network, Conservative Review,
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The Sons of Liberty
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South Florida’s Hispanic Ministers Association
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President, Center for Military Readiness
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Parents of 19 Kids and Counting
Deryl Edwards, President
Liberty Counsel Action
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Crossroads Church
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Campaign to Free
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Don Feder Associates
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Conservatives of Faith
Pastor Dan Fisher, Senior Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church
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The National Legal Foundation
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Skyline Church
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Michigan House of Representatives
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American Family Association of Pennsylvania
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Minnesota Family Council
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Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal, MI
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North Valley Bible Church
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Virginia Christian Alliance, Inc.
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Generals International
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Judicial Action Group
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Standing Together, President and Founder
Evangelical Ambassador for World Congress of
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At Large Board member of the NAE
Jerry A. Johnson, Ph.D., President & CEO
National Religious Broadcasters
William Johnson, President
American Decency Association
Rick Joyner, President
The Oak Initiative
MorningStar Ministries
Warren Kelley, President
Point of View Ministries
Alan L. Keyes, Ph.D, Publisher
Loyaltoliberty.com
Sieg Krueger, Pastor
Mountain View Christian Assembly of God
Peter LaBarbera, President
Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
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Andrea Lafferty, President
Traditional Values Coalition
Dr. Richard Land, President
Southern Evangelical Seminary
Deacon Alexander Laymon
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St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
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Salt & Light Council
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Christians United for America
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We urge you to sign this pledge today and join with many national and local leaders of differing religious backgrounds who are uniting in defense of natural Marriage. We Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage and the Family and Society Founded Upon Them We stand together in defense of marriage and the family and society […]

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Lexi Walker Delivers Beautiful Rendition of America the Beautiful

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On this Independence Day, share this beautiful song with your family – listen to the lyrics. They are powerful and relevant for today’s challenges.

On this Independence Day, share this beautiful song with your family – listen to the lyrics. They are powerful and relevant for today’s challenges.

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Five Forms of Government – Why A Republic Is Best

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This short video explains clearly the difference between five forms of government and why the American Founders chose rightly to establish a Republic.

This short video explains clearly the difference between five forms of government and why the American Founders chose rightly to establish a Republic.

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Ronald Reagan’s Passionate Warning to Future Generations

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Reagan’s words are powerful. How soon people can forget…

Reagan’s words are powerful. How soon people can forget…

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Socialized Medicine Upheld 6-3 US Supreme Court

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Unbelievable, but it looks as though the tax subsidies will stand for those states that did not set up socialist health care state exchanges.  All Americans are now constitutionally “entitled.”

What has been ruled constitutional is that FREE options will compete with PAID options on a state insurance exchange. Good luck to the PAID options. And good luck to the taxpayers that will continue to experience spikes in their taxes and “double taxation,” if they wish to hang on to their private option.

Kudos to Scalia who barbecued Roberts’ outrageous decision and called it what it is in his strong dissent: SCOTUSCare.  To echo his sentiments, Chief Justice Roberts’ legacy is indeed hurting the Court – and Roberts’ reputation – long-term.  But I will add, it especially is hurting our young people who will bear the burden of the elderly subsidies that far outweigh their capacity to do so by sheer numbers.

Listen to Judge Napolitano in this scathing report

Napolitano described it as a “weird” ruling declaring that Roberts has pulled his logic out of thin air and that he cannot read plain English.

I’m equally dismayed at the silence from the private options enterprises for not protesting this ruling.  But then, why would they? They believe the mandate will bring them profits, in spite of what will eventually be the inevitable: their own demise and hostile government take-over.

I urge you to connect with two groups of doctors that are speaking out:  The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has been actively engaged in the legal fight.  Here is an excellent and brief rundown on the Court’s ruling.  AAPS sends out alerts regularly.  Read what AAPS is saying about the damage the ACA is doing and the response to the ruling, forthcoming.

Also, pay attention to what the Surgery Center of Oklahoma is doing, whose doctors are affiliated with AAPS.  If you want the truth in simple terms, to learn how ObamaCare is harming you, and to find out what the options and solutions are, read Dr. Smith’s blog.

This socialist decision is sure to follow the course of social security and Medicare – and education.  It will suck the majority of Americans into the system and the system will become mediocre, harming untold numbers of patients that will need the care but will not get it in a timely fashion, if at all.

The history is clear:  The public subsidies of social security and Medicare were originally limited to a small percent of the population, but eventually Americans behaved as children, “If little Joey gets the candy for free, I get it too!!!”  and “I’m paying taxes, so I should get this government subsidy too,” even though they don’t need it.  Everyone is entitled in a socialist society.

If insurance companies were honest and principled, they would speak up.  They would call this an unfair trade practice.

Is there a political party that believes in free enterprise any more?  Have the two major parties become Socialist and Socialist Lite?  How will Congress respond?  When will Congress apply a checks and balance to the Supreme Court that is given it in Article III of the U.S. Constitution?

A legislative response is overdue. If Congress doesn’t respond, we are indeed headed for what my doctor father said on July 31, 1965 when Medicare first passed: “This is the first day of the end of quality delivery of medicine in America.” For those who were not living in 1965, you most likely don’t miss the liberty you have never known.

Let’s hope Americans will take up the challenge to unseat every Senator that confirmed these judges. Utah’s Orrin Hatch is among them.  2016 must be a turn around.  Our future depends on it.  Drill deeply in your analysis, because most Republicans run as conservatives, but they are far from it.

If you agree, we need your help to continue to rally the grassroots and keep them informed. Please consider a generous donation today of $25, $35, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more. You can donate by texting “ALF” to 313131 or donate online.

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If you would like to OPT OUT of ObamaCare, now would be a good time to do it, and there is a way.  It’c called Medical Cost Share.  Get more information here.   If enough Americans do this, it would bankrupt socialized medicine.  This is better than insurance, and typically costs less.  And you will be supporting this cause with a win-win… Check it out!

Unbelievable, but it looks as though the tax subsidies will stand for those states that did not set up socialist health care state exchanges.  All Americans are now constitutionally “entitled.” What has been ruled constitutional is that FREE options will compete with PAID options on a state insurance exchange. Good luck to the PAID options. […]

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A Question Every American Must Ask Elected Officials

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Do you know where your elected leaders stand on the process in which they engage in state legislatures and in Congress? More frequently we are hearing how much they love the “game.” In this pointed and short comment, former Utah State Representative Chris Herrod, also a former U.S. Senate candidate, shares his experience.

It doesn’t take long for elected officials to assume another role once elected. All too often those who are principled find it difficult to stomach what they encounter as newly elected. Listen to the words of those who have and are experiencing it.

The arrogant and the cavalier attitude that prevails in our legislatures and executive branches of government must be curtailed. Decisions based on friendships and cronyism instead of principle are the root of government corruption. It is destroying this nation and our liberty.

Please call your state legislators and your Congressional representatives and Senators and ask them:

“So how are you enjoying the game? Is it fun?”

Wait for their response.

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Do you know where your elected leaders stand on the process in which they engage in state legislatures and in Congress? More frequently we are hearing how much they love the “game.” In this pointed and short comment, former Utah State Representative Chris Herrod, also a former U.S. Senate candidate, shares his experience. It doesn’t […]

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Will Pro-Marriage Church Schools Lose Tax Exemptions?

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As the nation awaits the US Supreme Court’s decision on the marriage challenge, due any day now, Justice Alito asked the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli his opinion: Will church-owned colleges and universities lose their tax-exempt status for their religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman?

Verrilli responded: “I don’t think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics, but it’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.”

Watch how the Southern Baptists responded:

The Southern Baptists have staked their ground, and they have chosen civil disobedience, vowing a “showdown” at the Supreme Court. They will not cave in, they say, as so many other religions have.

They call it a “Bonhoeffer moment” for religious leaders. Ronnie Floyd, new Southern Baptist Convention leader quoted the German religious hero, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Blessings to these courageous religious leaders. History does repeat itself. If you have been watching the brilliant A.D. TV series, you will notice the similarities of our times to the Meridian times, post-Christ, when the disciples also had to make a choice: would they allow Rome and the Sanhedrin to silence them, or would they stand for truth at all costs? They pledged the later, and they became martyrs.

If church and synagogue leaders aren’t willing to defend religious liberty at all costs, then who will? If the Supreme Court rules against those religious tenets and if tax exemptions are hanging in the balance, what real option is there, unless we wish to become slaves to an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, and dare I say, a fascist state?

Ronald Reagan also reminded us, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Sunset is on its way. Where do you stand?

We have fought in two circuit courts and at the US Supreme Court with amicus briefs funded by the American Leadership Fund. It has been costly. We need to raise another $6,000 to cover legal expenses – win or lose. We have taken a stand and we will not compromise the need for every child to have both a mother and a father.

Please consider a generous donation today of $25, $35, $50, $100, $250, $500 or more.  Text “ALF” to 313131 or donate online.

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As the nation awaits the US Supreme Court’s decision on the marriage challenge, due any day now, Justice Alito asked the Obama Administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli his opinion: Will church-owned colleges and universities lose their tax-exempt status for their religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman? Verrilli responded: “I […]

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Republicans Stand Firm in Support of Private Property Despite Media Distortion

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On May 30, 2015, the Utah Republican State Central Committee met to be briefed in executive session by legal counsel.  It was a productive meeting and never have I seen a committee work together with such a unity of purpose.  All but a handful support the defense of the caucus to preserve the constitutional right of a private corporation to define itself, its membership, its platform and its nominees.

The Utah media, which stands to lose millions if the caucus remains in tact, has worked overtime to keep its mantra going:  “insiders” (that’s you and me, the grassroots) want to keep you from participating.  And…we “insiders” are in a Civil War.  Really?   What lies and hogwash.

On June 9, 2015, the Deseret News published an opinion that confirms how invested they are in the “buy my vote” campaign of the CMV DC lobbyists and the elite.  “War over Count My Vote needs to end.”  So we are in a war, they tell us.

Obviously a lawsuit isn’t the same as a Valentine card and a box of chocolates, but we are doing the business that needs to be done to define who we are.  Furthermore, Judge Nuffer told us what we must do:  we must ask the Court to defend our Constitutional right to decide who is qualified to be a member.

Now, if that’s a war, so be it.  We certainly did not start it.  And now we are working to do exactly what the Deseret News suggests:  to end it.  We are on the precise path to ending the war CMV brought to us.  I’m reminded of a famous quote, the origin of which is disputed, but the point remains amid the dispute.  Viet Nam protestors in the 1960s used it in a film title.  Some have wrongly attributed it to the Marxist turned disenchanted East German, Bertolt Brecht.  Others show that Carl Sandburg penned a version in his epic poem “The People, Yes” in 1936: “Sometime they’ll give a war and nobody will come.”

Brecht, Sandburg or whoever, here’s a version by an unknown poet which yields the most appropriate rendition for this moment in time.

“What if they gave a war and nobody came?
Why, then, the war would come to you!
He who stays home when the fight begins
And lets another fight for his cause
Should take care:
He who does not take part
In the battle will share in the defeat.
Even avoiding battle will not avoid battle.
Since not to fight for your own cause
Really means
Fighting on behalf of your enemy’s cause.”

I compliment Republican Dana Dickson for soundly reprimanding the Deseret News for its continual misrepresentation of this “war” and the perpetuation of misinformation and fiction as fact.  He wrote:

“If it was any other organization in the entire state of Utah (besides the UTGOP) fighting for a critical aspect of its freedom to assemble (which is what is going on here) the Desnews editorial board would be front-and-center cheerleading for them. However, since the UTGOP enjoys a special “freedomless” place in the hearts of media moguls in Utah the public is told that the UTGOP is somehow controversial when it uses the legal system to defend itself.

“Look everyone, the point of continuing the lawsuit is to get the courts to overturn the SB-54 QPP code that has non-Republicans selecting Republican candidates in primaries. Other state political parties have won this battle. Is it “unfortunate” or unreasonable for the UTGOP to want the same thing? Of course not.

“Bad on the Desnews editorial board for deliberately misleading the public on this issue, for beating up the UTGOP as it defends its freedom to assemble and select its candidates, and for calling out UTGOP Chairman Evans as the guy driving this whole thing (recent surveys show the party is behind him). They know better.”

Shortly after I read that outrageous opinion editorial, I called the Deseret News and left a message that we’d like to meet with the opinion editor.  No response.  Not surprising.  How many times has the Deseret News done this and how many times more before we lose our trust in the information this paper publishes?

 

 

On May 30, 2015, the Utah Republican State Central Committee met to be briefed in executive session by legal counsel.  It was a productive meeting and never have I seen a committee work together with such a unity of purpose.  All but a handful support the defense of the caucus to preserve the constitutional right […]

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Join the Radio Show Thursday – Friday May 28-29 – 3-6 PM Mountain time

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Radio Show Tuesday-Friday 3-6 PM Mountain time  AM 630 K-Talk Radio
This week Cherilyn Eagar is filling in.  Hollywood filmmaker Jeff Chamberlain, a member of the Hollywood conservative “underground,” and Tim Irwin, Highland City Councilman/Mayor Pro Tem will be co-hosting.

Thursday May 28th
John Dougall, Utah’s “frugal Dougall” State Auditor is taking a unique approach – He’s analyzing how every penny is spent. You won’t want to miss this shocker – and what EVERY state auditor ought to be doing.

GOP Chairman James Evans discusses the Old Guard v the People
How the progressives in the GOP are trying to take it over. In Utah it’s the challenge to the caucus system, “CMV – Count My Vote” and SB 54 – the supposed “compromise.”

Progressive/National Take over of Education: The New Science-Environmental PC Standards
Same Song. Second Verse. Oak Norton, Utahns Against Common Core, will update on the new “common core” science standards that have been railroaded into the states.

School-Parent Bribery? An Environmental PC Survey 
Did you know about the liberal environmental survey that pays a school $1 for every survey the parents fill out?  It’s a program called “Envision Utah” – there’s one in YOUR state too…

The latest from Hollywood and the Media’s handling of Hillary’s email scandal
Hollywood’s Why Guy filmmaker, Jeff Chamberlain, will add some humor and review how Hollywood media influences the message, and how it has treated Hillary Clinton’s record with kid gloves … and more mysteriously missing emails.

Who’s Who in the Presidential Line Up?
And who do you support in this current Republican presidential field?

Friday, May 29th
Free Enterprise. What are the challenges and the future?
George Morris, Century 21 Everest Realty Group, will be among our entrepreneur spotlights on air to discuss how they have survived and thrived in spite of government’s interference with free enterprise, their challenges and successes, and what we can do to promote these values in an increasingly socialist society.

An update on what activists are doing about this in Utah.

Should the BSA Admit Gay Scout leaders?
Rev. Bill Owens, President National Coalition of African American Pastors weighs in on BSA recommendation to include gay scout leaders

A Scout Council Executive will explain what’s happening, answer questions and take your comments. Should former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (who retired “don’t ask, don’t tell in the military) be asked to retire from the BSA board?

How Ex-Gays are being silenced and denied their constitutional rights
An interview with David Pickup, a ex-gay therapist whose case has been before the US Supreme court to defend the rights of ex-gays. And more…

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Radio Show Tuesday-Friday 3-6 PM Mountain time  AM 630 K-Talk Radio This week Cherilyn Eagar is filling in.  Hollywood filmmaker Jeff Chamberlain, a member of the Hollywood conservative “underground,” and Tim Irwin, Highland City Councilman/Mayor Pro Tem will be co-hosting. Thursday May 28th John Dougall, Utah’s “frugal Dougall” State Auditor is taking a unique approach […]

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Utah’s Caucus Again Misrepresented in the News

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I’m feeling more like a broken record as time goes on.  I want to say, “Just read the previous posts,” but I’d like to comment directly to statements made in today’s Deseret News article titled “Gov. Herbert stepping up pressure on GOP to settle ‘civil war.'”

Civil war?  My great grandfather fought in the real Civil War.  Governor, I know what that war was.  This is no civil war.  That’s hyperbole at its finest and a misrepresentation at best.

The author, Lisa Roche, also editorializes in her first sentence, rather than doing her journalistic duty and simply stating the facts and limiting all opinions to quotations within the article.  She identifies Herbert’s “civil war” as the candidate nomination compliance process that “limits the power of party delegates.”

That was an explosive choice of words.  Actually, the party’s concern is a constitutional matter:  does a private corporation have the right to freely assemble, to set its rules and determine qualifications of members and to define its statement of belief – its mission statement, if you will.  This should be a concern to all business owners.  How far should government meddle?

(You might ask Chuck Barber who received a letter of franchise termination from President Obama in 2009, and who found that his family business he had invested in and spent his life building was unilaterally stolen from him and given to a competitor down the street.)

The article stated that the governor “is calling for a leader who can bring the fractured party together.”

Fractured party?  The governor may not be aware, but in the largest counties (including some of the most liberal counties), the “COUNT/BUY MY VOTE” proposal has been soundly defeated by the delegates who understand the constitutional question at stake.

Calling the Utah GOP a “fractured” party is more of a fractured fairytale.  But the Count/Buy My Vote crowd owns the media here, so it was no surprise.

Consider this:  If you belong to a church, do you believe the legislature should be allowed to step in and tell your church how it selects its leaders, what its membership qualifications must be and what its tenets must be?

(Actually, the Courts are attempting to force that on legislatures in one sticky area these days – the definition of marriage, and the steep fines levied against family owned businesses that believe their religious liberty is being infringed if they are forced to provide wedding services for those whose wedding vows violate their religious beliefs.  But let’s not go there for now.)

The governor continued to perpetuate – no, to create – his own civil war (he is the defendant in this legal case, what more could we expect?) with us when he said, “…the chairman needs to work very diligently to unite the party.”

Where has this governor been lately?

This chairman, James Evans, is communicating with members of the party as best he can, in spite of the false press this paper continues to perpetuate.   The dissenters are very few.  The State Central Committee meeting coming up this Saturday is anticipated to be very supportive of the lawsuit and the proposals on the agenda.

The governor has fabricated this “civil war.”  The unpopular challenge made by elitists that don’t even engage in the party, but have for a long time controlled from the shadows with their big bucks, is uniting this party more than ever.  This challenge is actually strengthening the party.

Then the governor commented that he has not decided whether to endorse a candidate for party chairman.  This governor apparently believes that his endorsement will have any impact.  Governors do not own political parties in caucus states.  The people who are engaged do.  In states with open primaries and dual tracks allowing unaffiliated and anyone to petition onto the ballot in a party’s name and that are elected by plurality instead of majority, yes, the elites DO own the party.  That’s what the delegates that support the caucus are trying to preserve – the people’s voice – those that choose to be engaged in the process by attending their neighborhood meetings and being elected by those neighbors.

The governor needs to know that we do not feel any discord.  We are more united than ever.  Who is he getting his information from?  We know that answer.  From the elites that are funding his campaign.  He has entered the ranks of the politically corrupted, good as he is in his personal family life.  It happens all the time.

And that’s at the crux of what we are hoping to preserve in the lawsuit – an ability to stop corrupted politicians – the incumbents who become so after each subsequent term in office.

The Deseret News then states that SB 54 was a “compromise.”  No, it was not a compromise.  We have proof in writing and audio that the Count/Buy My Vote leaders were satisfied that they got exactly what they wanted in the first place with SB 54.

Senator Bob Bennett’s opinion editorial reiterates this inevitable outcome.  He was the catalyst for the Count/Buy My Vote challenge.  Invariably, I have learned as I’ve mingled with them, that they have one thing in common:  They despise Senator Mike Lee and carry enormous resentment against anyone that ran against him and helped defeat him.  This challenge is really nothing more than “sour grapes” from some Bennett diehards that have never gotten over it, even though their candidate clearly has.

The paper also misstated the purpose of the State Central Committee’s meeting on May 30 and its upcoming convention.  We are not there to decide whether we will agree to SB 54 or not.  We are there to chart a legal course to make sure we have Republican candidates on the 2016 ballot and that we WIN the lawsuit (that the judge has told us we will most likely win on constitutional grounds), by so doing.  Let it understood:  The delegates and State Central Committee members have shown in their recent county conventions that they DO NOT support Count/Buy My Vote or SB 54 by virtue of who they elected.  The party survey to which 4,500 have responded so far also show strong support for winning the lawsuit.

A rare exception is Davis County where several of the Count/Buy My Vote leaders live and network.  However, the chairman lost his election only by only three votes, with five votes in his favor that were “misplaced.”  It is a messy day led by a few disgruntled delegates that have since been caught obfuscating the truth.  The body of delegates overwhelmingly passed the resolution to continue to win the lawsuit, while Senator Todd Weiler’s resolution thanking himself and his colleagues for their support of SB 54 barely squeaked by (more of an uncomfortable vote there – many delegates find it difficult to call out an individual Republican official publicly).  More on that county soon…

The Governor’s main concern is that the party maintain its Good Ol’ Boy system so that he can get re-elected by this elitist friends that have rallied to corrupt his views on so many very un-Republican positions such as his support of socialized medicine and putting in place the three policies that will allow the ACA to succeed (ObamaCare), rather than working to defeat it.  Also is his support of progressive education and the national takeover through common core standards and testing.  A third contention is his support of amnesty, which has made Utah the fourth largest sanctuary state in the nation and costing us millions annually (hence the need for “expansion”).

The article got one thing right:  Governor Herbert considers  himself to be the party leader, but he really has no authority.  (Look up the definition of “titular”).  He is technically, in fact, the individual the party is suing because he signed the law that created this disagreement.

The humor of the day was his spokesman Marty Carpenter’s statement, “We want to make sure we have good, conservative Republicans elected.”

The purpose of my blog site is to expose what is conservative and what is not.  Check out these legislative score cards.  You may be surprised how not conservative the state of Utah is.  Reality check.  It begins with the governor’s office.

Additionally, the Deseret News continues to make the injunction loss a big issue.  Attorneys know that injunctions are often lost (they are typically a preliminary step to get the sense of the judge on key points before proceeding) and then the cases move forward and win.  Such is the case.  But this is understandable.  The Deseret News stands to gain from the open primaries.  They will experience a windfall with dozens more media buys from primary candidates flocking to the ballot line.  The paper’s support of Count/Buy My Vote is purely self-interest and its long-standing collaboration with Dan Jones opinion shaping surveys and LaVarr Webb’s media firm Exoro Group.

Kirk Jowers – the DC lobbyist that got the ball rolling through his firm that supports the Democratic National Committee and that created Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC to mock Republican candidates is not worth commenting on here.  You get the point with his mere credentials.

As for the GOP legislative members that voted for SB 54, the delegates have taken note and those that show mediocre to low score cards when held up to the party platform will be held accountable.  If anything good has come from this disagreement, it is that the delegates are now paying much more attention.

The constituents of Representative Dan McCay might want to especially consider a growing attitude problem with their representative.  At times he has been flippant (e.g. admitting the school system is a socialist system, and suggesting we make it more so with a bill that came under fire by conservatives). His most recent comment puts him in the “arrogant incumbent” category when he said that the delegates and party leaders were “engaged in childlike behavior.”

I replied, “You, Dan, are not my parent.”  I suggested that HE was the one that needed to be given a good spanking over his mother’s knee.

The rest of the news about who’s who to challenge Chairman James Evans is not worth discussing.  It’s simply a big YAWN on a slow news day.  The fodder the news tries to create by stirring up the pot that isn’t even boiling is bigger news.  Our concern is that in the middle of a lawsuit, we maintain consistently.  We don’t need to be debating on two fronts.  James Evans has done a good job of keeping us united.

Count/Buy My Vote’s Rich McKeown, made the comment of the century when he said they are “staying out of the race” (for party chairman) and that it will not be taking “any official position on the chairman’s race.”

It doesn’t need to, and that’s not how the elite establishment works.  As he said, they work behind the scenes.  Party leaders, delegates, coalitions and campaigns have never known any of them to show up, become involved and to engage with the unwashed masses.  They do their work by throwing their money around in the media to influence the readers with their distortions.

PS.  Here are some insightful comments posted on Facebook by Dana Dickson, an active supporter of the caucus:

The Deseret News stirs the pot a little with this article and here are my takeaways:

  • This is a notification to UTGOP State Central Committee members, ahead of this Saturday’s meeting, that they are to quit making a fuss and conform to CMV’s wishes.
  • Someone let Marty Carpenter know that “the party continue to produce strong results” and conforming to SB54 are mutually exclusive things since SB54 allows non-party voters to choose Republican candidates.
  • The Governor rightly acknowledges how difficult it has been for Chairman Evans to defend the Caucus/Convention system, as the delegates elected him to do, which is good. But he neglects to mention that Chairman Evans has had to do this while being undermined by the press, past party chairs, and legislators like Dan McCay.
  • The results of the recent UTGOP survey have provided critical guidance Governor Herbert, Chairman Evans, and the legislature all agree on.

 

 

 

 

I’m feeling more like a broken record as time goes on.  I want to say, “Just read the previous posts,” but I’d like to comment directly to statements made in today’s Deseret News article titled “Gov. Herbert stepping up pressure on GOP to settle ‘civil war.’” Civil war?  My great grandfather fought in the real […]

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