Chris Herrod is the Ronald Reagan of the 3rd Congressional Race

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865684771/Op-ed-Chris-Herrod-is-the-Ronald-Reagan-in-the-3rd-Congressional-District-Race.html

This opinion editorial was published in Utah’s largest paper, the Deseret News, July 15, 2017.  Editor’s Note:  July 15, 2017 marks the 23rd anniversary of my mother Dorothy Bacon’s passing.  She was a great American and an ardent supporter of Ronald Reagan in California and the principles for which he stood when she moved back to her native state Utah.  

She and my father, Samuel Kenneth Bacon, a urologist, encouraged him to run for public office and helped arrange for his landmark speech delivered to the California Medical Association on the dangers of socialized medicine, known as Medicare/Medicaid.  The day it passed in 1965, he warned, “This is the first day of the end of quality delivery of medicine in America.”  His words were prophetic.  

Today Establishment Republicans are chastising the few remaining faithful Republicans that believe Reagan’s warning.  

I want my party back.  It’s being hijacked by leftists who identify as libertarians and globalists, working both sides of the aisle, while masquerading as Republicans.  A true Republican believes as Reagan did:  “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are:  ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.'”  

Whatever happened to limited government, free enterprise and the principles of state and national sovereignty, the US Constitution and Bill of Rights?  

I’m taking “my” party back and I hope you will join me.  

This piece is dedicated to my courageous parents.  We have personally known the Herrod family, Dr. Niles and Janet Herrod for many years. There could not be a finer family and home in which Chris Herrod was raised. I also wish to thank the Deseret News for publishing this opinion on that special date.     

Forty years ago Ronald Reagan was recruited to defend conservative values as a presidential candidate. According to rank-and-file media and the GOP establishment, Reagan was the candidate to fear, an “extremist,” dangerous to America.

As with Donald Trump today, Reagan seized upon trigger issues: the economy, jobs, the sell-out of America’s workers, within a growing nationalistic environment.

But the time was right. Voters had suffered from high inflation at home and America had been embarrassed abroad. They were ready for Reagan’s traditional Western-civilization message, while the establishment dismissed him as too old and too conservative to win.

Sound familiar? Some “Never Trumpers” are still reeling from Trump’s win and raising their voices in the midterms, where two special elections are being held. One is in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, replacing Congressman Jason Chaffetz. The other is to replace Sen. Jeff Sessions in Alabama. Evidence shows that Indivisible.org, an organization with ties to liberal-globalist George Soros funding, is on the ground working in both races to defeat the conservative choice.

In Utah, these town hall protesters have posted on Facebook, urging their supporters to gather signatures and switch party affiliation to vote Republican. Their goal is to elect the current Provo mayor — a former registered Democrat.

The candidate with the most Reaganesque message, and the experienced record to prove it, is former Utah Rep. Chris Herrod. According to the liberal mindset, he is the one to be “feared.” While in the Legislature his overall score card, based on a constitutional, fiscally conservative score, was 80 percent.

In 2016, Herrod served as the Ted Cruz state chairman, the candidate who cleared the Utah presidential preference vote by a whopping 51-point lead. However, when Trump was nominated, Herrod became one of his strongest supporters and traveled with a team of speakers to help Trump win Utah with an 18-point lead over Clinton. Sen. Cruz recently endorsed Herrod.

Meanwhile, through 2015, Provo’s mayor continued to support Democratic candidates, including Salt Lake’s liberal mayor Ralph Becker. In 2016, he confessed to writing in a friend’s name instead of voting for the Republican nominee.

While Rep. Herrod built a trusted record voting consistently to lower taxes, the mayor supported raising taxes under a creative label “utility fees,” doubling the revenue, while citizens were unaware.

While Herrod defended America First law enforcement policies for strong and safe borders, the Provo mayor placed weak leaders in local law enforcement. It was actually his own hand-picked police chief who recently resigned over allegations of sexual assault.

Finally, Herrod has voted consistently to support the U.S. Constitution as the sovereign rule of law. Meanwhile, the mayor instituted globalist “sustainable” policies that align with the Paris Accord. Through the mayor’s “Vision 2030” initiative, Provo is now mirroring the very policies President Trump has courageously abandoned because they harm American business and prosperity.

Around July 25, ballots will be mailed. Citizens concerned for their children’s future prosperity should strongly consider voting for the trusted, experienced candidate in this race most aligned with Reagan’s conservative policies: Chris Herrod for Congress.

In 2011, the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune editorial boards named Cherilyn Bacon Eagar Wasatch Woman of the Year — Community Service as the first Utah Republican woman to run for the U.S. Senate and for her service raising funds for philanthropic causes.  She serves on the national Phyllis Schlafly Eagles Board of Governors, was elected three times to the Utah Republican Party State Central Committee and was elected as a 2016 Utah presidential elector.

Go to Chris Herrod’s website to donate or get involved:  www.HerrodforCongress.com

 

Spoiler Alert! Will Republicans Repeat 1964?

barry-goldwaterCan an election be disrupted with a well-funded SuperPAC, the collaboration of establishment #NeverTrump and conservative #ForeverCruz, and a third party candidate missing on the ballot in 26 states?

Absolutely. All they need to do is to refuse to support the nominee by handsomely funding a spoiler, disrupt a few electoral votes (such as Utah’s six) and Hillary Clinton could win.

Introducing Evan McMullin. Political pedigree check: Ex-CIA, CFR, Goldman Sachs, House Republican Conference Policy Director, globalist and establishment insider. Morality Check: Mormon (i.e. squeaky clean).

The money is John Kingston, Romney bundler and “Better for America” funder. “Stand Up America” is a McMullin SuperPAC led by Kahlil Byrd, third party PAC organizer and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, largely responsible for the U.S. economic disaster and unwise foreign war entanglements leading to the rise of terrorism. Chris Ashby is the third-party ballot access attorney.

McMullin is targeting Utah first and is now on the ballot. It doesn’t matter that he has missed ballot deadlines, lacks time to organize, and probably won’t qualify for debates. Winning is not the goal.

Throughout the primaries, Romney and Kasich team-tagged, accusing Trump of flip-flops, while they themselves flip-flopped from endorsement to endorsement, attempting to keep Trump from reaching the threshold. By Utah’s caucus, with Kasich’s blessing, Romney endorsed Utah’s favorite, Ted Cruz.

After Cruz dropped out, a handful of Utah #NeverTrump-#ForeverCruz delegates launched an unsuccessful attempt to unbind delegates and disrupt the nomination at the national convention. Others boycotted the event and refused to endorse the nominee. Somehow they have rationalized it’s better to elect Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump.

It’s difficult to imagine that Republican leaders would actually carry out this strategy to sacrifice the Supreme Court to Hillary, and so dramatically damage their children’s future. Her appointments would continue to pervert the Constitution with judicial activism. Gone would be religious liberty and Second Amendment rights. Is this worth clearing the deck for one of their own in four years?

In 1964 I was a Goldwater Girl at the convention in San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Ironically, so was Hillary. George and Mitt Romney were also there. As with Ted Cruz, candidates George Romney and Nelson Rockefeller both refused to endorse Barry Goldwater. They cited his “extremism,” that he “did not support the platform,” and that he was an “embarrassment” because of his “white southern policy” (racism, today). Goldwater conservatives knew the Left had co-opted the civil rights movement into big government welfare entitlements taxpayers could not afford.

Richard Nixon wisely endorsed Goldwater at the convention and campaigned hard for him, while both Romney and Rockefeller failed in their presidential bids and never recovered.

Not only did Goldwater lose, Utah voted for LBJ. Those establishment Republicans were responsible for LBJ’s Great Society and Goldwater was right. Most notably, it was Nixon who won four years later.

The 1964 parallels are undeniable. Utah is once again a target, viewed as a possible swing state. The global establishment from all directions is funding McMullin’s campaign with millions of dollars for ballot access legal challenges in key electoral vote states.

If we care about the Constitution and our children’s liberty, emotion must give way to reason to unite to defeat Hillary. We urge Mitt Romney, Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and all others who are helping to elect Hillary Clinton to stand up and take the lead.

Like it or not, the United States has a two-party system. It’s a contest between Trump or Hillary. A strong spoiler will definitely elect Hillary. Think about it. Our children deserve better than another four years of Barack Obama.

Sources:

About Evan McMullin

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/290800-new-super-pac-emerges-to-support-evan-mcmullins-run-for
About the SuperPAC

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/kahlil-byrd

What these SuperPAC organizers are saying:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/08/new-super-pac-launching-to-support-evan-mcmullins-independent-white-house-bid/

An interview with Evan McMullin:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZsiXV2D9Ek

The New Republic sees this disrupt strategy as the only upshot.

https://newrepublic.com/article/135891/evan-mcmullin-nevertrump-nowhere-go

What Has Become of the Electoral College?

I’m running for National Delegate (Ted Cruz) #940 and Presidential Elector #516.

Several state delegates have asked me why I am running for Presidential Elector. One delegate raised the pressing question “why does it matter?” and wouldn’t the duties be merely “ceremonial” because electors are bound to vote for the presidential candidate who gets the majority of the popular vote – or the elector is replaced?”

I’ve studied the Electoral College, the history of the development of the 12th Amendment, the current version of “electoral college” and the campaign to eliminate the Electoral College altogether and create simply a National Popular Vote.

I’d like to thank my friends Gary and Carolyn Alder for publishing a small booklet that explains in detail The Evolution and Destruction of the Original Electoral College.

Here is a brief summary. I urge you to get a copy of their book, Here is the website.

The destruction of the original electoral college and how the president was elected, has encouraged the destruction of the republic. Coupled with the addition of the 17th Amendment, which changed how the US Senate was elected, the United States is today a democratic republic (leaning democracy) rather than the representative republic which was originally intended.

The framers took great care to ensure that no branch of government would overpower the other and that the states – large and small – would have fair representation.

The quarrels we are witnessing between presidential candidates and their consultants strategically seeking to damage the opponent is magnified by these perversions. The 12th Amendment destroyed the electoral college and is responsible for the national delegate system we have today. While it’s stated intent was to give more citizens a vote (democracy) it actually removed accountability from the people and created a monster – the lobbyist culture that has bankrupt this nation with an out-of-control and ever-growing, unelected bureaucracy.

Let’s examine the original electoral college as a first step to understand what it is today. The Framers of the US Constitution created a complex representative republic with vertical and horizontal checks and balances, reflected in the nominating, selecting and final voting procedure for each branch of government.

Nomination

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 stipulated that each state would designate a number of wise people named electors to nominate the best candidates for president. That number totaled the number of senators and representatives in Congress from each state. Qualifications precluded the members of the state’s federal delegation, elected officials and government employees.

It was left up to the states as to how the electors were appointed, either by the legislature or the people – or most commonly, a combination.

Today that would mean that Utah would have six electors, because Utah has two senators and four representatives. Because there are two candidates in a general election Utah would get 12 votes total. This formula is weighted to favor the smaller states.

The electoral college was created when the colonies were transitioning from equal representation in the Articles of Confederation to a bicameral congress, with one house represented by population and the other house maintaining the equal representation of the Articles of Confederation. This weighting does not disadvantage the more populous states, but it does elevate the influence of the less populous states.

In short, the selection of the best candidates for president was determined by a small number of people. To be an elector was a very important role.

The electors didn’t represent their states’ interests, but rather the nation’s interests. The five candidates that received the highest votes were sent to the House of Representatives if none received a majority of votes. Electors would cast two votes each for two candidates. So Utah, which has 6 federal seats would cast 12 votes.

Selection

Article II, Sec. 1, Clause 3 stipulates another qualification: At least one of the two candidates the electors voted for had to come from outside their state. They did not collaborate with other states, and they were not coerced to vote for the same candidate. These were nominating votes, not deciding votes.

Decision

The tally goes to the US House. The members then each get ONE vote for their state and whether choosing from among the top five or whether breaking a tie, the House makes the final decision. The person with the highest votes was elected President. The person with the highest votes after the President becomes Vice President.

It was expected there would be many candidates, but no political parties needed.

Today the Presidential Elector is a political pawn to serve the Party. The quest was no longer for quality, but for electability. We see this happening in this election cycle. The process diminished the role of elector to merely reflect the candidate the party selected. Because the parties had taken over, they did not like it when the President and Vice President were of two opposing parties. By then the parties did not like the idea of sending the candidates to the House for any reason – including breaking a tie.

So I’m running for Presidential Elector for two reasons: I want to experience being an Elector and I’d like to find ways to restore our Constitution … We are in a constitutional crisis. We need to WAKE UP, AMERICA!

There’s more, but for now this sums it up. If you’d like to read more, get a copy of the book!

Why You Should Vote for Me – for Elector (#516) AND National Delegate (#940)

So in response to the delegate question above, why delegates should consider voting for me for elector when it is merely “ceremonial:

Delegates should consider voting for me for both national delegate  #940 AND elector #516 because I understand what the real electoral college is supposed to be.  I understand how our election system has been turned upside down and perverted, forcing it to become a democracy instead of a republic.  

I have the same view of the Constitution that justice Scalia held: the Originalist view. We are far away from that original intent.

The founders created a constitutional republic. The constitution has been perverted to turn its election process into a democracy that has all but destroyed the checks and balances that they put into place.

Now progressives want to take what is left of the electoral college and turn it into a national popular vote, which would be the final nail in the coffin of the republic.  It would be a democracy that the founders despised because they knew history.

I would like to serve as an elector so that I can follow the rules that a corrupt political Establishment has put into place,  but also then to advocate from experience to restore the republic from what has been correctly described as now merely “ceremonial.”

I would then like to take that experience and broadcast it to help educate people to wake them up from the awful state in which we now find ourselves in this Constitutional crisis. 

I produce and host a daily talk radio show 10 hours a week called The Liberty Lineup.  It is a labor of love.  We are an all-volunteer team.  Its purpose is to stand for liberty and the principles of the Constitution and to expose those elected officials and unelected bureaucrats at federal, state and county levels who are violating the United States Constitution.

For this I am – we are – both loved and hated.

Our elected leaders in Utah for the most part are very uneducated about what the US Constitution means. They talk a lot about it and say they believe in the Constitution but their votes show that they really do not understand at all.  A starting point in making these changes would be to check out their voting records and ask them why they say they are Republican, but they vote with the Democrats.  

I’m looking forward to working with you to restore Liberty and the Constitution! 

Vote Cherilyn Eagar
Presidential Elector #516
National Delegate #940

Count My Vote-SB 54 Lies and Legends

So much misinformation is floating around the topic of Count My Vote and SB 54. Unfortunately the lies and legends are being promoted recently by the Deseret News. It’s beginning to look a lot like an editorial endorsement to destroy the Republican Party.

That’s not surprising. The editorial board is liberal-leaning, and newspapers make more money when there are more primaries and more candidates.

Which all makes sense, because that’s exactly what CMV/SB54 accomplishes.

The opinion editorial written by Dan Liljenquist, former state Senator, who I personally like (and whose wife has a beautiful singing voice, by the way) and the column that Utah’s high profile lobbyists, LaVarr Webb and Frank Pignanelli wrote recently, merely complicate, confuse and rehash old misinformation.

Sadly, none of these authors have been involved in the discussions between delegate-elected party leaders, delegate-elected State Central Committee members, of which I’m a member, and delegates themselves who are actively engaged in finding solutions. The sideline quarterbacking, the misrepresentations, and the belittling of the hard work of Republican Party Chairman James Evans, the Executive Committee and the State Central Committee in defending its constitutional rights is disheartening, to say the least.

One such legend was attached to the Liljenquist article and bears some review: that SB54 was a compromise. No. CMV threatened the State Central Committee (of which I’m a member) in 2013 with a 26-page legal brief that demanded Utah move to a dual track. SB54 has mandated a dual track.

The commenter wrote:

If the Republican Party wants to pay all the costs for having their own primary, then they have the right to keep it closed and use only the caucus system. If it wants the government to pay for the primary, then the government has the right to set some rules, which they did.

The legislature rescued, rather than sold out, the caucus system with SB54. Without it, the caucus system would be history by now – thanks to the Count My Vote petition. No thinking delegates should be bad-mouthing the legislature, unless they are just keeping a closed mind and refusing to see the facts.

(It’s kind of ironic. This is the same inconsistency delegates had with the push for vouchers. The supporters wanted to get government money for private schools, but thought they could get it without government control. It’s just not possible. Freedom isn’t free. It costs time, money, and/or blood. You want freedom? Then pay for it!)

Let’s examine these points.

The Public-Private Partnership
Who should pay for a primary? Great question. The legislature decided that many sessions ago with the “check a buck” program. That could be changed. The Republican Party could pay for its own primary, but the Democrat Party would not be able to sustain itself.

The “ironic” comment in the last paragraph makes an interesting point using the voucher bill as an example: what about the public-private partnership anyway?

The school voucher law failed, but look what happened: Even though the voucher law was repealed by referendum, the legislature doesn’t need vouchers for private schools anymore. Instead, a private school can now apply for a public charter, and they get the vouchers! The commenter is correct: By so doing, they must comply with all the federal and state laws.

The troubling fact is that, in some communities, private schools can’t compete with FREE charter schools. The result is that they are either being forced to go out of business, apply for a charter and secularize. Quite a dilemma for a Catholic or religious private school. And for the Republican principle of free enterprise and “choice.” But everyone LOVES charter schools. So three cheers for charters!

(BYU also takes government funds for research grants and student loans. By so doing, it must comply with government regulations.)

Corporate America is also in bed with the public-private partnership. How many corporations now ask for subsidies or are given tax incentives to relocate to a state or community? Instead of private corporations training their own employees, as they once did, these corporations now rely almost entirely on colleges and universities and trade schools to do it for them – at taxpayer expense.

So, yes. It’s true. There are problems with this arrangement. My point is that it is not just the Republican Party, it’s across the board in nearly every facet of our lives. Government gets to pick and choose who gets to play in a public-private partnership. That is certainly not a Republican ideal.

Defining Membership
CMV/SB54 would allow anyone – the unaffiliated – to petition on to the Republican Primary. Judge Nuffer opened the door for the Republican Party, as a private corporation, to define membership. That’s the purpose of this on-going discussion. Republican leaders are now entertaining all possible solutions that would solve the problem of government telling it what to do. We are now compelled to do whatever we can to prevent a run-away primary under CMV/SB54. Some ideas are better than others. But we have a process and elected leaders who are taking this seriously. We have spent countless hours over the past two years to make improvements where possible.

We now that we know the party can define membership, he question is, what are the qualifications and what is the process for party membership? Is this such an outrageous question? Is membership not the right of any private organization to determine?

A far-fetched, but analogous example is the LDS Church (or any church for that matter). Perhaps the legislature should also tell the LDS church that it must the allow the unaffiliated to be baptized. Wait. Why should there be any qualifications – baptism, commandments, basic tenets of belief. Anything goes.

This is not so far-fetched, when you consider the religious liberty challenges of this recent legislative session, and the extent to which the LDS church went to protect not only its employees, but its church leaders, affiliates, the Boy Scouts of America and its for-profit, commercial enterprises. It went so far as to define “employer” and believe it or not, none of those for-profit businesses are employers, not even the BSA. So, membership definitions are critical.

Do you see the ridiculousness of what CMV/SB54 is imposing on a private organization?

The second point in this confused comment is that with SB54, the legislature rescued the party from losing the caucus to CMV. This is nonsense. CMV was nearing a deadline and did not have nearly enough signatures to get on the ballot. They knew it and so it is precisely the opposite: SB54 rescued CMV.

(As an aside, as with any election process that involves petitioning, there were improprieties involved in the CMV petitions. That should be a forewarning of what we can expect if unaffiliated candidates are allowed to petition on to a ballot. Just ask states that use this dual process.)

SB54 is CMV Tweedle dumWhat the sponsor of SB54 (Senator Curt Bramble) did was to ensure that the dual track, described in the original 2013 CMV legal brief, was enshrined in law through the legislative process. If not, why then are the CMV proponents working so hard against the lawsuit? It’s just tragic that most legislators probably had not seen that original CMV legal brief. I have a copy if anyone is interested.

Lobbyists Love CMV
So Webb and Pignanelli say we should stop this discussion before we embarrass ourselves further.

Webb and Pignanelli are no doubt excellent lobbyists, media buyers and political consultants. They support CMV/SB54 because it favors incumbents, celebrity and money (their clients) – and more of them. The majority of the legislature supported CMV/SB54 to protect their own re-election.

It’s the Little Guy (you and me – the People) against the Big Guy. Webb, Pignanelli and the legislature can control the outcome with CMV/SB54.

Most people do not have time, or lack the interest, to get involved in political campaigns. For this reason, the U.S. Constitution guarantees every state a representative republic – not a democracy in Article IV.

The caucus is just that – a constitutional system that is defined by a representative republican form of government election system.

On the other hand, CMV/SB54 is the elitist-lobbyist system that most states have adopted that favor and fuel runaway socialist budgets. The liberal DC lobbyists that have been backing Utah’s CMV/SB54 use California, Colorado and Connecticut as their models.

It’s to a lobbyist or political consultant’s advantage to keep the election among the people least involved and informed so that the unaffiliated can dictate to those that are most involved and informed and affiliated. Why? Because in a primary, name ID will win nearly every time. That means an incumbent advantage. Lobbyists love incumbents. They keep the money rolling in.

The Republican Party is a private corporation that is guaranteed the unalienable right to assemble freely and unfettered. Yet the Utah legislature gave CMV/SB54 authority to lobbyists and themselves to dictate how a private corporation elects its representatives and allows those who are not members of that private corporation to steal its trademark by petition.

Fair Is Fair, Right?
Perhaps the legislature can now use those same principles against other private corporations such as Webb’s Exoro Group and Foxley & Pignanelli to tell them we don’t like how they do their business. We don’t like their clients, one of which is the Chamber of Commerce, because they support amnesty and common core which violate the platform. And we don’t like Overstock, the corporation that funded $50,000 to legalize same sex marriage in Utah. We want to tell them who their clients can or cannot be, and we want to use their name to do it.

These lobbyists want the Republican Party to stop its defense of out of self-interest. They fail to acknowledge that the Idaho Republican Party pressed forward to win for the voice of the people against the elite after losing its injunction.

The First Amendment and What Accountability Has to Do With It
This legal challenge is a serious constitutional First Amendment and trademark question: Does a private corporation have the right to freely assemble and choose its principles, membership, leadership and voting process, all in alignment with Article 4, guaranting the states and its people a republican form of government?

If so, then how does the party maintain its platform (its “articles of faith”) and what is the process of membership qualification, and once a member, what is the process of holding their feet to the fire, especially the candidates we vetted and elected.

Senator Todd Weiler and a few others are squirming right now because they know they are among the Republicans that vote with the Democrats half the time. And so, lies and legends are covering up the real issue: those that favor CMV/SB54 do so because they do not want to be held accountable.

And that’s the truth.

For more truth, go to Fair Elections Utah, compiled by one of our colleagues, Representative Fred Cox, with whom I serve on the State Central Committee.

Utah Neighborhood Elections – Caucus Instructions

This post will tell you when the Republican Neighborhood Election (Caucus) is, how to find where it’s held, how to pre-register, what a caucus neighborhood election is, how it works, how the voting is to be conducted.

On Thursday evening, March 20, 2014 at 7 PM Utah will hold its Republican Caucus.  This is your opportunity to attend and to let your voice be heard in your neighborhood. Many of the delegates you elected in 2012 have worked very hard to make improvements so that the evening will go more smoothly and quickly and so that more can be involved.  I’m one of those delegates.  We want to preserve this system because it is truly grassroots.  

Where Is My Caucus Meeting?

You can go to the Lieutenant Governor’s website to find out where your caucus is.

How to Pre-Register and Run for Precinct and Delegate Office

You can go to the Utah GOP website to pre-register. Click on the “pre-register online here” text.

Neighborhood Election Commercial

 

All About the Utah Caucus System in 5 minutes If you are unfamiliar with the benefits of Utah’s caucus, here’s a short video that will help you know why this is one of the best ways to elect the best candidates.

Caucus Training Video

Here is a training video to orient caucus leaders. It also describes preferential voting. The various counties have latitude on the voting procedures and can select multiple round or the one shown here, IRV – preferential voting. IRV goes much faster. The ballot counters need to know how this works, so be sure to study this. It’s about 1/2 the way through the video:

 

For the background on why Utah’s neighborhood voices are being silenced, read more here.