I’m Cherilyn Eagar, candidate for national delegate, #940 on the ballot. Also running for Presidential Elector, #516 (More on what the role of the Presidential Elector is here.)
I’ve received many requests for response and excellent questions. It made sense for me to compile them in one blog post and so here they are. If I’ve missed a question you have, ask it and I’ll respond as soon as possible. Or you can go to my Facebook page Cherilyn Eagar (public figure) because my personal wall can’t accommodate any more friends.
First, here is a slate I was invited to join a few days ago. It’s an honor to be listed with so many of my good friends that have worked to keep the Establishment out of the Republican Party. It’s called the Non-Establishment Non-Politician Slate. Many have served on the Cruz team for Utah.
Election 2016 Background
I was invited to join the Cruz team early on. I regretfully declined because I am the host of a radio show and it was important to scrutinize all candidates for our audience. Because of the in depth research I was doing, I realized that no candidate was perfect, and all were using hyperbole to make their points. I frequently commented that if I could put the two top contenders in a juicer and throw out the pulp, I’d have my ideal candidate.
Through the radio show, I have been able to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of all candidates. Sometimes the campaign teams of the candidates were angry when I highlighted the weaknesses. But I am well-prepared now, regardless what the scenario that may arise at the national convention.
I’ve studied the candidates financial disclosures which tell a lot about their Establishment connections, and if they have them, their voting records. I have been disheartened by those who have sought to demonize their opponents and at times have been discouraged at the highly-charged personal attacks. I know where their money is coming from and who is getting Establishment money.
None of the candidates are perfect, but we hope the nominee will be one who will lead this nation forward in treacherous times with wisdom and strength and a commitment to restoring the rule of law that is being ignored – the U.S. Constitution and the republic the framers created within their understanding of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.
Whoever that is, I would hope would appoint another Justice Antonin Scalia so that his originalist view will not go to the grave he now inhabits, as some progressives have suggested. That person should have a clear understanding that government is not the giver of the law. God is the author of our Liberty. We need a leader that will call upon God to guide and direct the decisions.
A Constitutional Crisis
By January, I became the Communications Director for a family that lost their father when he was murdered in the Oregon ambush by the FBI, which is now under criminal investigation for misconduct in that wrongful death. This has been a huge undertaking and has put my view of Liberty in another realm, literally. You can get a glimpse of the massive coverage we gave this event on the radio show blog site www.libertylineup.com or on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/thelibertylineup.
I have become acquainted first-hand with how grossly the Constitution is being violated by unelected bureaucrats – even tyrants – and have been alarmed at how conservatives are being targeted, not just the IRS target of 501 c 4’s but targeting of Patriots and those ranchers standing up for their Constitutional right to own and manage and control their land. Many are now in solitary confinement – before they have even been tried or convicted! This will shock your conscience – a video I asked the eldest daughter of this rancher who gave his life:
Although this jarring experience has overwhelmed this presidential election cycle for me, we must know that turning our hearts back to God who is the author of our Liberty is what is needed more than anything. Where the Lord is, there is Liberty. They are inseparable.
And so, the presidential elections and all the infighting have been eclipsed by the need to help a good family – whose father was a hero for us all – through this ordeal. As I have dealt with the national press corps to get the truth out amid controlled media lies, I have been encouraged to see more good people rising up and joining the cause of Liberty all across this nation. There is hope!
Preserving Liberty and Reclaiming the Constitution is my passion.
I will be launching a new monthly gathering in the Salt Lake City area that will be broadcast online beginning in May. We hope you will want to be part of this new educational experience. It is my sincere belief from experience that the Constitution will NOT be saved in Washington DC. It will be saved right here at home – beginning with you and me. If you’d like to become part of this new experience, sign up here.
The News Conference with Ted Cruz
Meanwhile, we do need to elect wise and honorable men and women to step up to the plate to defend these principles. So now the convention is upon us, and it’s time to focus on who will lead us through this constitutional crisis. I had the marvelous opportunity to be part of the press corps that was in a private news conference with presidential candidate Ted Cruz when he was in Utah recently. I was able to ask the last question of the conference, and Senator Cruz said it was one of the most important questions of the campaign season – that of the Constitution, Article I, Section 8, Clause 17. He knew it well and based on that document citation, he pledged to return the public land to us and to get the BLM off our ranchers’ homesteaded and titled property that this unelected bureaucracy has stolen over the years!
If elected, I will hold him to that promise.
An overall question that I’ve received is “What do you mean when you say “Establishment?” Great question. The best answer I can give is found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Horatio Spafford, March 17, 1814. The establishment has been around a very long time, indeed:
I join in your reprobation of our merchants, priests and lawyers for their adherence to England & monarchy in preference to their own country and it’s constitution. but merchants have no country. the mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. in every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. he is always in alliance with the Despot abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. it is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them: and to effect this they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man, into mystery & jargon unintelligible to all mankind & therefore the safer engine for their purposes. with the lawyers it is a new thing. they have in the mother country been generally the firmest supporters of the free principles of their constitution. but there too they have changed.
1. Would you consider Trump if all else fails?
Yes. At this point, the vast majority of delegates support Cruz and Trump. It would be a disaster to allow Establishment Kingmakers such as Karl Rove to work their back room deals to give us a candidate that will turn so many away from the Republican Party. I recommend every delegate read Phyllis Schlafly’s A Choice Not An Echo before the national convention.
We need cool heads and rational thinking in moments of crisis. That’s what my parents taught me growing up – my mom was a nurse and my dad a doctor. I worked in his office and learned how to stay cool when emergency, crisis or emotion was running high. The Spirit of the Lord cannot communicate through anger and fighting.
2. Would you take money from a SuperPAC?
No, because that would be illegal. SuperPACs are prohibited from having any direct connection to a campaign or candidate and must work separately from them. In the campaigns I’ve been involved in, I’ve raised money primarily from grassroots. I have worked hard to keep the Establishment from taking over this Party by opposing SB 54 and the Count My Vote initiative, which was funded and managed by Utah’s elite Establishment.
Here is a great resource for tracking the funds politicians receive.
3. When would you consider a Kasich/Rubio ticket?
I would not support Marco Rubio unless it was the last resort, as well as with Jeb Bush. Senator Rubio is a brilliant speaker and debater, but he was with the Gang of 8 on the immigration deal with President Obama. I checked him off my list when he told Rand Paul that he was “an isolationist.” That told me that he is an Establishment globalist. I am very concerned that the Establishment has sold this nation out sending our jobs overseas and making unfair trade deals with countries like China that are dumping on us and harming domestic production.
Here is a quote from Thomas Jefferson on this very subject:
“I join in your reprobation of our merchants, priests and lawyers for their adherence to England & monarchy in preference to their own country and it’s constitution. but merchants have no country. the mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. in every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. he is always in alliance with the Despot abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. it is easier to acquire wealth and power by this combination than by deserving them: and to effect this they have perverted the purest religion ever preached to man, into mystery & jargon unintelligible to all mankind & therefore the safer engine for their purposes. with the lawyers it is a new thing. they have in the mother country been generally the firmest supporters of the free principles of their constitution. but there too they have changed.”
4. Would you consider a throw-in candidate without being backed by a Cruz endorsement?
I hope we avoid a brokered convention because that will invite Karl Rove to manipulate the outcome. Again. With the information I have at this time, I don’t believe that would be a wise move on Cruz’s part. But it is difficult to predict. That depends on who that candidate might be. If it’s Jeb Bush, I would find that an impossibility. He is as Establishment as they come.
At this point, it’s conjecture. The important factor is to be prayerful and to have studied the candidates as well as possible before arriving at the convention. I’ve had to do a tremendous amount of research on all the candidates because of the radio show I produce and host, The Liberty Lineup Radio Show, KTKK radio, AM 630, M-F, 10-Noon Mountain Time or online www.k-talk.com or download app – k talk. #Stand4Truth. Call in 801-254-5855. Join our #LibertyRising movement and support our show www.libertylineup.com LIKE us and SHARE!
5. Who did you vote for in the primaries? (Trump, Cruz, Kasich)
We haven’t had a primary yet, but in the caucus preference vote, I supported Cruz.
6. What do you think about building the wall?
We need to build the wall. Trump got the support of the Border Patrol for a reason. When I ran for Senate I was the only candidate that received a 100% rating from Numbers USA. Here’s the website where you can find a lot of facts:
7. What do you think of Governor Herbert’s job so far?
I think the same thing that Utahgrassroots.org illustrated with its annual legislative scorecards: He has failed to represent the Republican principles upon which he ran, and he needs to be replaced. I say that regretfully because I know him and he is a good man.
I have paid close attention to our legislators’ voting records. When we elect them, they tell us they’re conservative and promise not to grow government. However, according to UtahGrassroots.org, the scorecard measuring limited government, the Utah House average is only 36% and the Senate 53%. Even though only 16.5% are Democrats, Republicans are passing Democrat-sponsored bills 53% of the time. Governor Herbert tells us he is for limited government and local control in education, yet his policies defy that claim from Medicaid expansion to common core, to illegal immigration sanctuary policies. His score is a miserable 24% (lifetime 47%). It’s time for a change.
8. Are you an elected government official?
9. Are you pledged to any candidate?
All national delegates from Utah are pledged to Ted Cruz in the first round because the majority of Utah voted for him. We are bound to support him on the first round, and then we are “free agents.” However, I am pledged to vote for him until he releases his delegates.
10. Why do you want to be a National Delegate?
I want to be a national delegate because I’m concerned for the future of this nation and my children and grandchildren and their Liberty.
First, I want to make sure the person we elect will be the most trustworthy to follow through on campaign promises, including appointing an originalist judge to the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia. I also want to be an eyewitness.
Second, not many have been talking about this point, but the platform will be reshaped during the convention according to what the presidential nominee wants, and I would like to be part of that process. I plan to put my name into consideration for the Platform Committee. I have actually been inside the Platform Committee room of previous conventions. It’s intense. I’ve even seen the committee doors locked so people cannot leave just to get the votes needed to keep the Pro-Life plank in the platform.
Karl Rove is determined to get rid of those distinguishing planks. It is THAT important. The platform establishes what we believe. Sadly too many people don’t regard it. If we don’t have a good platform, we don’t have a standard by which to hold our elected officials accountable.
Although I’ve attended national conventions throughout my life (and even performed in one with my husband and five children in Dallas), I have never served as a national delegate before.
11. Have you gone to a National Convention before?
Yes, several times since the Goldwater race in 1964 as a young girl (Goldwater Girl!). It has been extremely important to watch how things work, but as above, never as an elected national delegate. I’ve only run once and almost made it.
12. Are you involved in Politics, such as being a City Councilman, etc?
No, I’m not elected to public office. I think it’s best to let the grassroots – the people – be in these positions because elected officials get too much power. I do not believe an elected official should take the place of the grassroots as a national delegate.
13. Why do you want to be a presidential elector?
I wrote a blog piece on this topic here I hope that answers the question. In brief, the original electoral college was far different from what it is today, and as a result – along with other perversions to the U.S. Constitution – government is not held in check and balance.
14. Have you been a presidential delegate in the past?
15) What is your political background? (For example, are you a city councilman or a lobbyist)
I have done a lot of volunteer advocacy from the local School Board to the United Nations for the past five decades. My life experience will be needed at this convention. You can read more details on my About page.
16. Would you please tell me your top 3 picks for Republican nominee on the Second ballot and beyond in order of preference at the Republican National convention?
Cruz. Cruz. Cruz.
17. Assume it can be anyone in the race or not running if the opportunity comes up.
I would support a candidate that is the most constitutionally conservative, one who is not in the grip of the Establishment, but I would work hard to avoid a third “dark horse” candidate, because that will disenfranchise so many Americans that we could end up throwing it to the Democrats.
A Set of Questions Every National Delegate Candidate (and Presidential and State Level Candidate) Ought to Be Asked – and Willing to Answer (from a well-informed state delegate)
1. Please list in order your preference for President and who you would most likely vote for in 2nd round.
CRUZ until he releases his delegates
2. What do you think of the Council on Foreign Relations?
I don’t think much of it, but it’s critical to review and understand what its members are thinking and doing. I have subscribed to its publication Foreign Affairs for a number of years. I have read the articles submitted by liberal Democrats and Republicans alike. The CFR is “Establishment Central.” It is one of the problems we are fighting in the Republican Party and in this nation and world. The concept of globalization requires that a capitalist society relinquish its free market to the unfair practices of trading with socialist (subsidized) nations. It’s impossible to do, unless the capitalist nation also begins subsidizing. This is a socialist policy governed by oligarchs and a plutocracy of unelected bureaucrats.
3. Is the CFR’s agenda compatible with the Constitution?
No. The CFR’s stated goal is to continue to chip away at national sovereignty through trade regulations and to put the U.N. in a superior position to the U.S. Constitution. It is already doing so. Recently in the police report of the death of the Arizona rancher shot and killed in the Oregon FBI-directed ambush (now under criminal investigation for misconduct), a police officer described why they decided to move the location of the ambush from one county to another. “It was a UN-free zone.” The FBI and state police could not set up that military-style deadman’s blockade in a county that had passed a “UN-Free Zone” ordinance!
4. Does your # 1 candidate belong to this organization?
My #1 candidate is not running.
5. What do you think about Agenda 21?
Ditto CFR. I am the communications director for the LaVoy Finicum family and am working to get the political prisoners released from jail. They are being held there unconstitutionally in violation of several amendment to the Bill of Rights – Amendment 1, 2, 5, 6, and 8 to name a few.
Agenda 21 is a policy that originated in the United Nations at the Rio Summit in 1992, and President George Bush I signed it. As a result, private property is being confiscated through those policies. Rural counties are being gutted and decimated while transit to consolidate population in urban areas and to build more high rises are promoted.
Ranchers are fighting for their constitutional rights. The Western States have been hit hard with 70 to 84% of the land owned, managed or controlled by the Federal government. Utah just passed a terrible bill – HB 276 – that will establish another unelected bureaucracy on the state level that mimics the BLM – called the DLM. It removes more authority from the sheriffs. You can also see some of my comments on www.LibertyLineup.com and our FB page www.facebook.com/thelibertylineup. You must listen to my radio show!
6. Are you in favor of Common Core?
NO. I have been on the national front lines fighting progressive ed for over 30 years, a national speaker on the predecessor of Common Core – Outcome Based Ed and I exposed it in Utah in 1994. I have written profusely on my blog site about these issues.
I was the co author of the first state Family Education Rights and Privacy Act to protect parents from invasive sharing of private student information. And I have been working with the Utahns Against Common Core for several years, helping raise money. I organized and spoke to the resolution on the floor of the convention that passed calling on the party, the legislature and the Governor to oppose it.
7. Should Obamacare be repealed?
YES! I am the Utah Coordinator for the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, the organization that exposed and defeated Hillary Care. I have testified several times at the Utah legislature opposing Gov. Herbert’s attempts to expand Medicaid. Senator Cruz is one candidate that has pledged to REPEAL that law.
8. Are you in favor of or opposed to Monsanto?
Opposed. This is a matter of individual liberty. When a corporation forces a food supply on people that is harmful to them, they ought to be in
9. Do you think it’s best to give up freedoms in the name of security?
NO! The founders didn’t think so either. We should not be nation building and making the world angry with us in return – that creates a security risk. In fact, the ranchers that are in prison for the Oregon occupation stood on constitutional principles that are sited in the Department of Homeland Security terrorist list, which is why the Hammond family was sentenced to a second term in prison for the same crime (double jeopardy). The Patriot Act should not turn it’s “guns” on its own citizens.
10. What are your thoughts on the United Nations?
“GET US OUT!” Many years ago, I recall seeing these billboards along the highway, but I didn’t understand why. But over the course of my life, I’ve been at the U.N. several times and have been inside the negotiating rooms to see what really happens.
I’ve invited every member of our legislature to go with me – none has accepted. If an elected official does not know what’s happening on the broader scale, they cannot possibly know what’s happening locally. They are incompetent, and they should be removed from office.
11. Are you in favor of a North American Union? (merging the United States, Mexico, and Canada?)
NO! I have been fighting it since 1994 when I worked with Tom Draschil for Congress in the 3rd district. I was on Pat Buchanan’s presidential campaigns all three times and watched him get booted from the Party by the establishment for being so outspoken against “free trade.”
I have fought NAFTA and GATT and MFNS with China since the early 1990s. To his credit, Donald Trump’s strong stances on these issues are correct and why the Establishment is most fearful of him. Senator Cruz has not spoken on these issues to my knowledge, but he says he is the constitutional expert and so I believe he would be on the correct side of this issue.
If you have any more questions, please email them to me at AmericanLeadershipNow@gmail.com
Next: What to Expect on the Floor of the Utah State Convention. A crash course in Roberts Rules.
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