Caution Utah 3rd Congressional District: The Republican Platform is still worth voting for

The Republican Platform is worth voting for, and the voters deserve a candidate that not only says he believes in it, but has the record to prove it.  If you live in the 3rd Congressional District, you may have received your mail-in ballot already to select your first choice to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who vacated it to take a position at Fox News.

Before you send that ballot in, I hope you will review this research and that it will be useful in helping you make a wise decision.  It is well-cited and as accurate as possible.

In spite of the frustrations toward the two major parties, they are still the two parties through which we can best influence the outcome.  If you have been disappointed that some candidates that call themselves Republican have not been true to their promises after elected, you deserve a candidate that can be trusted.

Many who know Chris Herrod know he is that trusted candidate.  They have watched him while serving in the Republican Party’s highest deliberative body, standing fearlessly against the Establishment and for the people’s right to have a voice in the process.  He has supported legislation to put this country, its workers and families first.  I am among those that have watched him and supported him.  I can describe him with two adjectives:  passionate and courageous.

Unfortunately, one candidate running against Herrod has a record showing he does not believe in Republican principles.  He is the former Provo Mayor.  After reviewing this information, please ask yourself:  Do the people of Utah’s 3rd Congressional District who believe in Republican principles deserve this kind or representation in Washington DC?  

This sums it up.

Please help us take our party and platform back.  Vote for a Republican who has walked the walk for its principles.  Chris Herrod.  Donate and get involved now!  www.HerrodforCongress.com 

19 reasons why John Curtis should not be running as a Republican and why he should not get your vote:

Affiliation with the Democratic Party

Backed by Far-Leftist Groups

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

Covering Up a Sex Assault after a Questionable Hiring

Economic Development Failures

Illegal/Unethical Use of City Resources

Intimidation Tactics

iProvo

Parking: Convention Center and Downtown

Parking: Neighborhoods

Property Taxes

Proposition One

RAP Tax

Spending Increases

Tax Increases

Transparency

Utah Transit Authority (UTA)

Utility Fee Increases

Zoning Enforcement

1. Affiliation with the Democratic Party

John Curtis was Unaffiliated for a long time, then he registered Democrat in 1998: http://imgur.com/a/K6dUV

John Curtis ran for state senate against Curt Bramble in 2000. Here was his website that year: http://imgur.com/a/RIpOa

John Curtis lost in a landslide to Bramble, but he stayed active in the Democratic Party and was elected Utah County Democratic Party Chairman for one term in 2002: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/975560/Utah-County-Democrats-pick-a-chief.html

In 2007, Jeff Alexander resigned his seat in the legislature. John Curtis went in to the county clerk and switched his affiliation to Republican. He ran against several other candidates, and the Republican delegates gave him a one-vote victory over Chris Herrod, but at that time the state party chair got to make the final choice, and Chairwoman Enid Greene chose Chris Herrod: http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/news/ci_8375983

Curtis then ran for Mayor in 2009, but of course that’s a non-partisan race. He won, and then won reelection in 2013.

Nevertheless, Curtis continues to keep close ties to Utah Democrats. He donated to far-left liberal Ralph Becker’s reelection campaign in 2015: http://imgur.com/a/SddvD

According to Aimee Winder Newton, Curtis also donated to the campaign on her Democratic opponent, Dan Snarr, in 2014. However, I do not have access to an original source to back up that claim (though it is highly likely to be true because Snarr is Curtis’s brother-in-law).

2. Backed by Far-Leftist Groups

John Curtis is backed by several far-left groups and individuals. These people are encouraging Democrats to register as Republicans in order to vote in the Republican primary for John Curtis. Here is a small sampling of how these liberal groups are campaigning for John Curtis: http://imgur.com/a/3R8Wn

3. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

John Curtis is the biggest proponent there is of the controversial $150 million Bus Rapid Transit project. This video explains some of the problems with the BRT project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFIZNHW-fg

He once said, “We want bus rapid transit, we want it to move forward.” Source: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865598005/Provo-City-Council-pushes-to-advance-bus-rapid-transit.html

Even though citizens successfully collected the required number of signatures for a referendum on BRT, Curtis blocked the proposal from going onto the ballot: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3991954-155/provo-orem-petitioners-push-forward-on

Even the Salt Lake Tribune, which seemingly supports BRT, said he should let the project be put on the ballot: http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/3978974-155/let-them-drive

Ten BRT facts:

  1. The Provo-Orem Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is a $150 million transit project that will replace UTA’s already existing 830 bus route.
  2. This particular 10.5-mile long route was chosen because it is the only one that qualifies for federal funding, and without those funds the project will not move forward. Even proponents of the project agree that the proposed route was not chosen because it was the best route. Rather, the proposed route was chosen because it qualifies for federal funds.
  3. Funding for the Provo-Orem BRT construction project will come from several different sources. President Obama and UTA have proposed that $75 million come from the federal government, $65 million from Utah County, and $10 million from the cities of Provo and Orem.
  4. The Provo-Orem BRT project will cost approximately $14.3 million per mile to build.
  5. The Provo-Orem BRT road construction project will require the tearing out of two (and in some cases more) lanes of traffic so that bus-only lanes (called “dedicated lanes”) and loading stations can be constructed down the middle of the roads along the BRT route. This construction will occur on major thoroughfares throughout Orem and Provo, including University Parkway, University Avenue, and Provo’s 900 East.
  6. No left turns will be permitted along the Provo-Orem BRT route except at certain traffic lights.
  7. Rather than resolve traffic problems, the Provo-Orem BRT project will create additional traffic problems. Traffic along the construction route will result in more congestion, greater frustration for motorists, longer travel times, and more pollution.
  8. Lanes for car, truck, and bus traffic will be much narrower in areas where dedicated Provo-Orem BRT lanes are installed. Some lanes will be eliminated. Skinnier lanes will also make for more difficult transit for emergency and other larger vehicles.
  9. The Provo-Orem BRT project threatens to divert critical funding from other much-needed road construction and maintenance projects throughout Utah County. (John Curtis’s solution: just raise taxes! That’s why he supported Proposition One.)
  10. The buses running along UTA’s already existing 830 route, which will be replaced by the Provo-Orem BRT system, are running at only a tiny fraction of their capacity: an average of 3,600 daily riders. UTA claims that number will jump to 12,900 riders per day once BRT is built. It is difficult to validate UTA’s claim that ridership will increase simply by adding more buses, exclusive bus-only lanes, and spending $150 million to do so. There is no justification for UTA’s claim that “If you build it, they will come”—especially in light of the low ridership numbers that currently exist along the route.

4. Covering Up a Sex Assault after a Questionable Hiring

Utah’s media has covered this story rather extensively, but there’s a line (bolded below) from this KSL article that juxtaposes the statement Curtis made when the story first broke with differing information that came out a little while later. Here is the article: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=44476085&nid=148

Newly released police records shed light on sexual assault allegations against Provo’s former police chief that forced him to resign in March.

John King said he had consensual sex four times with a volunteer at his department, according to Unified police documents released Tuesday.

The woman reporting a series of assaults by King said otherwise in interviews with investigators. …

… “(The woman) walked into the Utah County Attorney’s Office and disclosed she was raped by the chief of police in Provo,” a Unified police report dated Feb. 9 states.

The woman said she told Provo Mayor John Curtis “brief details” about what happened.

Curtis asked King to step down in March. The mayor and King at the time said the chief was leaving because of family issues and did not mention the sexual misconduct allegations. Later that week, news of the allegations surfaced.

Curtis said King’s reputation was damaged but no policies or laws had been broken. He said he and King agreed it was in the best interest of the city that King resign.

It is quite obvious that Curtis tried to cover up the sex assault allegation when he originally announced King’s resignation. Why did Curtis not just come clean at that time? Even if the allegations against King were false, Curtis should have known that the information would come out through police reports, so why lie initially about the reason for the resignation? Curtis should have either said nothing when King resigned or told the truth rather than make up a false reason for King’s resignation.

Shortly after King’s resignation, the media discovered that King had recently been investigated for sexual assault. Curtis then held a press conference, and it’s pretty funny to watch the media basically call him out for lying initially about why King had resigned. The press conference is available here: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/mayor-says-former-police-chief-resigned-due-to-totality-of/article_524de990-f8cd-58b6-9935-054cfedec595.html

King never should have been hired to begin with. After Provo Police Chief Richard Gregory resigned in 2013, Mayor Curtis did an extensive search. He took over six months to find a new Chief of Police, and had over sixty applicants. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/provo-names-new-police-chief/article_483109c0-51ef-11e3-a0e8-0019bb2963f4.html

Out of those applicants, Mayor Curtis selected John King, who had a questionable employment history. King worked 25 years in Montgomery County MD, rising to the position of Asst. Chief and there seem to have been no problems there. In 2002 he was promoted to Asst. Chief. Then in 2007 he retired from the county, and took the job of police chief in Gaithersburg MD. King was investigated for claiming a disability pension from Montgomery County, but the investigation was resolved and it was determined he hadn’t broken any laws. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/08/AR2009030801777.html

King was Chief of Police in Gaithersburg for two-and-a-half years, but In January 2010 the town council met in private to discuss a “personnel matter,” after which they immediately brought in an interim police chief and two days later announced Chief King was leaving “to pursue other opportunities in the private sector.” Source: http://towncourier.com/2010/G3/pdf/TCGThree0110Web.pdf

Then he seems to have been out of work until Dec 2011 when he was hired as Training Director in the Baltimore PD. But he only lasted six months and then he was apparently asked to resign, even being “escorted from his office.” King’s public statement was that the acting Police Commissioner “wants to go in a different direction.” The police spokesman said only that King’s departure was a “personnel matter.”

Sources: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-06-27/news/bal-city-police-training-director-resigns-amid-misconduct-complaints-20120627_1_overtime-slips-king-commanders and http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2012/06/27/head-of-baltimore-police-training-division-resigns/

Despite King’s less than desirable history, in Jan 2014, he was hired to be Provo police chief by John Curtis.

5. Economic Development Failures

A quote from a recent newspaper article mentioning the current Administration’s abject failure to bring new retail to Provo to broaden the tax base (that’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch):

As part of the presentation there was open discussion about the retail gap in the city and how much sales tax revenue the city is losing in various categories. The numbers are surprising.

An exported taxes report shows Provo is losing $24 million a year in restaurant sales tax, $27 million in pharmaceuticals, $16 million to home centers, $32 million in hardware sales, and the greatest net loss in a year is $53 million in groceries.

Curtis said the administration is willing to shift some of its focus away from places like downtown to answer the residents’ call for retail.

“Be careful what you ask for,” he said. “We hear you. We’ll look at incentives, but you will need to be patient, be engaged and you must shop in Provo.”

Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-mayor-talks-retail-with-residents-at-town-hall-meeting/article_2c780522-d569-5ca4-a9b2-bc313417f9e9.html

6. Illegal/Unethical Use of City Resources

EXAMPLE ONE:

John Curtis’s top political appointee is Corey Norman, who holds the title of “Provo Deputy Mayor.” In 2016, Norman was fined $250 for violating a state law that prohibits “using the email of a public entity to advocate for or against a ballot proposition.” Source: http://www.sltrib.com/news/3960425-155/provo-orem-officials-fined-for-illegally

Here’s the exact wording of the law:

Utah Code 20A-11-1203 “…a public entity may not make an expenditure from public funds for political purposes or to influence a ballot proposition…” (violation results in a Class B misdemeanor)

Utah Code 20A-11-1205 “…a person may not send an email using the email of a public entity: (a) for a political purpose; (b) to advocate for or against a ballot proposition…”

Curtis refused to reprimand Corey Norman for breaking this law. In fact, he responded by threatening to sue Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson for imposing the law. (Norman has also stated that he sent out the email under the direction of Curtis.)

EXAMPLE TWO:

This anecdote comes from a longtime Provo resident:

Mayor Curtis is very very good at some things. One is marketing – his PR and media budget is massive, and he “sells” not just Provo City, but himself.

A city employee tells me that when the Mayor came on board, there were three people in Public Relations. He let one go as part of the 2008 cost saving measures made necessary by the Recession. But since then he has hired 8-10 more people. They do a great job of filming videos, doing contests, giving away ice cream and tee shirts, making a splash on social media. Provology. The Rooftop Concerts. No question they are good at what they do, and John Curtis is too. He’s a great ambassador for John Curtis.

EXAMPLE THREE:

Provo City holds a monthly concert during warm weather months called “The Rooftop Concert Series,” which is funded by the city. On June 2, 2017, John Curtis showed up and hijacked the concert by going on stage and having his supporters go through the audience to gather signatures for his congressional campaign. Perhaps this was not illegal (or perhaps it is), but it definitely raises eyebrows and is an ethical use of city funds.

7. Intimidation Tactics

John Curtis’s Provo City employees used intimidation tactics to prevent BRT petitioners from gathering signatures in public areas. Source: http://www.sltrib.com/home/3932939-155/rolly-memo-to-signature-gatherers-beware

Here is an anecdote sent to me by a Provo citizen and activist:

Connected with the BRT saga were two well-publicized instances of Mayor Curtis getting squarely in the way of the rights of the people – his own constituents. This is an obvious concern for anyone who wants to feel their federal elected official is going to actually represent them instead of yanking away their rights.

The first time I heard of someone being removed it was Sharon Anderson, a petition organizer. She called me to tell me she had been ordered to leave the Rec Center by an employee. In her account, “…about 8:30 a young man came out and stood nearby as I was speaking with one of the citizens.  When we were through talking, he came over and said I would have to leave because no soliciting was allowed on city property which he said included the whole block.  I asked him ‘What about free speech?’ and he repeated soliciting was not allowed.  I said I wasn’t selling anything, but he still said I would have to leave…”

The second instance was when Mayor Curtis instructed the Police Dept. to remove people who were collecting signatures on the referendum petition from two places: the grounds of the Rec Center and the grounds of the County Building.

Soon after an 80-year-old petition circulator named Philip Hinckley told me he had been at the County Building, and two city policemen came out of the building and told him he couldn’t stand so near the door. It was a hot day and Philip asked them if he could just stay under the building overhang for the shade, many feet from the door. They responded he would have to stand in the sun, about 20 feet from the door. He complied, but the sun started to bother him and he went home before long.

At that point I spoke to Bryan Thompson, County Clerk-Auditor and Bill Lee, County Commissioner, and they both verified that signature gatherers could be on public property. So the city policemen left our people alone after that, on county property. But the battle on city property at the Rec center heated up, and Philip Hinckley, in addition to four other people at various times, were escorted off the property by between two and four officers, several times.

This got the attention of the Tribune, the ACLU, and Libertas. Sources: https://www.facebook.com/libertasutah/videos/1199233813443607/?fallback=1 and http://www.sltrib.com/news/3960425-155/provo-orem-officials-fined-for-illegally

8. iProvo

iProvo was “a financially distressed fiber Internet service in Provo.” In 2013, it was “sold to Google — for a whole dollar. The city, meanwhile, will have to pay millions to close the deal and to pay off bonds used to build the network in the first place.” Source: https://venturebeat.com/2013/04/24/iprovo-sad/

In 2011, John Curtis raised utilities to pay for the iProvo bond: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-s-utility-rate-increase-fee-set/article_45ae703b-1480-5923-89c5-683397046899.html

9. Parking: Convention Center and Downtown

John Curtis put Provo City at significant liability by breaking the city’s 2009 contract with Utah County to provide parking in exchange for the county building its convention center in downtown Provo. Utah County is suing Provo for at least $4 million in damages: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/utah-county-sues-provo-for-millions-over-convention-center-parking/article_194fad5e-bc40-56b3-b409-ec9dc6a46ad6.html

From the Herald article above:

The county, the city and the redevelopment agency entered an interlocal agreement in 2009 outlining the responsibilities of each entity for building the convention center, which has been operational since 2012.

That agreement stated Provo and the Provo Redevelopment Agency will “Provide, at their expense, all parking spaces, parking facilities, parking lots, parking structures, and related real property, easements and appurtenances, as required to both meet Provo City’s requirements and to adequately serve Phase One of the Convention Center … at such locations and in such a manner as approved by Utah County.”

According to the complaint, neither Provo nor the redevelopment agency have kept up that part of the agreement.

The Utah Valley Convention Center is a huge tourism draw for downtown Provo. However, the Convention Center is losing a ton of business over the lack of parking, which in turn hurts Provo downtown businesses.

Here’s another article that provides more context on the parking issue: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/utah-county-and-provo-spar-over-parking-for-the-utah/article_640cb46c-2ca4-52dc-8b7c-9256a2175974.html

10. Parking: Neighborhoods

Provo has a parking crisis in certain neighborhoods in the city because Planning & Development for years pushed higher density and lower parking ratios, assuming that people would magically stop using cars. They didn’t. That’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-in-the-slow-lane-on-parking-problems/article_c93ebe61-87ed-5988-b57b-7bbb7e603a82.html

11. Property Taxes

Curtis raised property taxes by 2.28% in 2015, and he proposed raising them by another 3% in 2016: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=40077694

12. Proposition One

Proposition One was a controversial 2015 ballot proposal to increase sales taxes permanently for roads and UTA: 60% of the money would have gone to cities and counties for roads, and 40% would have gone to UTA as a blank check for UTA to use however it wanted.

John Curtis didn’t just support Proposition One; he actually wrote the pro-Proposition One argument: https://vote.utah.gov/vote/profile/viewPDF.html?id=251250502

Proposition One failed in Utah County by a total of 59.18% against, and only 40.82% in favor: http://www.utahcounty.gov/dept/clerkaud/Elections/documents/SProp1Canvass.pdf

13. RAP Tax

John Curtis campaigned in favor of Provo City’s RAP tax, which was placed on the ballot in 2015. Source: http://www.provo.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=6045

He spent $2,600 promoting the RAP tax: http://imgur.com/a/t9MmY

The RAP tax will cost Provo residents $1.2 million annually.

14. Spending Increases

Larry Walters, a member of the Provo City Council’s Budget Advisory Committee, is running for Provo City Mayor. He wrote this on his 2017 campaign website:

Recent spending trends cannot be maintained. … [S]ince 2008, the per person cost of Provo City government has increased at twice the rate of inflation. We are now spending more per person than at any point in the past 15 years, after adjusting for inflation. We cannot support this rate of spending growth into the future.

15. Tax Increases

This graphic outlines Curtis’s love affair with raising taxes: http://imgur.com/a/ftx5D

16. Transparency

John Curtis doesn’t post his campaign financial information on Provo City’s website: http://www.sltrib.com/news/5332737-155/gehrke-for-all-the-hoopla-signature

17. Utah Transit Authority (UTA)

John Curtis maintains a close relationship with the corrupt Utah Transit Authority (UTA). He pushed for the appointment of Sherrie Hall Everett to UTA’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Everett is perhaps UTA’s biggest apologist and defender, even in the midst of all of UTA’s well-documented corruption.

Sherrie went on a tirade recently against Brent Taylor, the one reformer on UTA’s Board:

http://fox13now.com/2017/05/02/uta-trustee-brent-taylor-reacts-to-vice-chair-everett-facebook-post/

http://www.standard.net/Government/2017/05/03/North-Ogden-mayor-calls-for-UTA-board-leadership-to-step-down.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865679032/UTA-trustee-calls-for-chairman-vice-chairwoman-to-step-down-over-personal-attack-on-Facebook.html

http://www.sltrib.com/home/5240810-155/attacked-online-new-uta-board-member

18. Utility Fee Increases

John Curtis loves to hide tax increases through utility fee hikes. It is difficult to track all of the utility fee increases that he has imposed over the years. Here is what Senator Howard Stephenson said about this practice in an email to state delegates on June 14, 2017: “Provo Mayor John Curtis has a history of promoting new taxes, fees, and bond obligations.  That is a non-starter for me. He perfected the art of hiding tax increases in utility bill fees by tacking on fees unrelated to the cost of the utility.  With that practice, he has opened a Pandora’s box that the legislature will now have to close before other cities duplicate it.”

According to Provo City, “Transfers from Enterprise utility funds provide a transfer of 11% of utility sales to the General Fund each fiscal year.” In other words, Provo is billing Provo residents for utilities costs that don’t actually exist, and then the city takes that extra revenue and puts it into its general fund, which can be used to pay for all kinds of other expenses that have nothing to do with utilities. Source: http://www.provo.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=5764

19. Zoning Enforcement

Zoning compliance is poor, because John Curtis said at the beginning of his first term he wouldn’t aggressively enforce zoning violations. As a result, some neighborhoods (Provost South, for instance) have passed the tipping point, are now at 80% rentals, and are no longer healthy viable neighborhoods. The Provo City Council made zoning compliance their No. 1 priority for two years in a row. But the Curtis Administration dragged their feet because of a power struggle about the budget. That’s on Mayor Curtis’ watch. Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/provo-municipal-council-city-administration-disagree-on-who-rules-the/article_5a95e01f-f20b-5873-98eb-ba326135f598.html

Requiem for the U.S. Constitution

For those who praise and support the U.S. Constitution and its Framers’ original intent:  The Revolution has passed.  You missed it.  The Constitution is not hanging by a thread.  It is severed.  It is dead.

It died with Justice Antonin Scalia, much to the delight of those who danced on his grave.

It was a great document.  It began with a declaration.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident…”  And “a long train of abuses and usurpations.”

It started with an “article”  Article I.  Limited government.  Among its list of “hands off” is NO FEDERAL LAND outside of the 10 mile square area that defined Washington DC.  Only allowed were forts, arsenals, magazines and other such buildings for defense purposes.  CHECK.

It identified acceptable means of securing revenue.  Tariffs.  Imposts.  Duties.  Its authors abhorred taxation of income and property.  CHECK.

It continued with Article II.  Bicameral Government.  Dividing the interests that elect the executive, senate and house so that there were checks and balances.  The original electoral college.  (What’s that???)  CHECK.

Then followed Article III.  How Congress can restrict jurisdiction of the Courts.   Another check and balance.  CHECK.

And may I mention Article IV?  States were once guaranteed a republican form of government, protecting them from enemies foreign and domestic.  (But YOU thought it was a DEMOCRACY!)  CHECK.

Then along came the Bill of Rights.  The Second Amendment to protect the First.  The First is gone.  (You missed that one? Look at 2013-2014 and the domino effect that destroyed individual religious liberty.)

Henderson Detention Facility Visit
Yesterday, I entered the Henderson Detention Facility in Nevada and with my media credential requested to see Cliven and Davey Bundy and radio talk show host Pete Santilli, all being held without bail. I was told they were “contract” inmates, under the U.S. Marshall. Although they were kind and helpful, the Public Information Officer told me that she would be happy to connect me with that federal agency, but that it is highly unlikely that I would get any interview. So much for my credential which expressly states that I have a First Amendment right – in ALL circumstances – to access an interview, if the person accepts.

I requested a personal conversation instead and received a phone call from the jail later that evening from Pete. The reception along I-15 was not good, and he said he would call me tomorrow. He has no idea when he will call, nor do I. They don’t tell him in advance when he will be allowed to call. So I am at best “on call” for my – and his – First Amendment right. Guilty until proven innocent?

The Second Amendment is on its way out.  Obama’s many staged mass murders and WACO-like FBI raids Academy Award-winning productions in the fiction category, as well as attacks on conservative 501 c 4 groups, are evidence of his unconstitutional rampage.

My friend from the USSR, now an American citizen, has warned that the hallmark of Communism was a massive, unelected bureaucracy that got its hands into everyone’s personal lives through a centralized school system that combined public and private interests. She says “The only thing that makes the US different, is the First and Second Amendments. If those ever go – and if Americans ever let the government take their guns, you will be the USSR.” CHECK.

The 9th and 10th are ignored by Congress and the States have not the will nor the courage to tell Washington to take that “flying leap.” They are too drunk on the wine of federal subsidy.

Then came the systematic perversion of the framers’ original intent.

The 12th Amendment annihilated the original Electoral College that kept the INTERESTS in check, instead making it a kangaroo Electoral College where party-elected representatives show up to sign the certification of the election, even though they know it was invalid due to massive voter fraud.  (Next comes the national popular vote to ensure a democracy replaces the republic.)  CHECK.

The 16th Amendment offended the very intent of the framers by handing to Congress its unlimited paycheck – your income.  They would roll over in their graves as socialist democracy continued to invade the space.  CHECK.

The 17th Amendment next mutilated the republic and replaced it with democracy by turning over the original limited interests to the masses.  Score another brownie point for socialism.  CHECK.

Now, under the “Patriot Act” and the massive Department of Homeland Security, our elected officials obsessed with defeating a demon they created out of their own stupidity (or was it deliberate?) to make the nation safe at the expense of Liberty, those very guns have turned on the people, as we predicted.  One harmless but powerful patriot leader standing up for the U.S. Constitution shot and killed in an ambush in Oregon.  Twenty-seven brave patriots standing together with him for this U.S. Constitution, and may I emphasize, on SOLID constitutional ground, are now in JAIL or in PRISON.

Who is standing up for them?  Anyone in the U.S. Senate?  Congress?  Nope.  Not ONE.  Not even Msr. Constitution themselves – Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.  Not anyone in Congress that has received personal appeals – which I delivered – letters from the incarcerated, who have been suffering through the barbaric practice, according to an opinion rendered by Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2015.

They care only about their re-election and their self interest.  Sounds harsh, I know.  But I DO KNOW.  I have personally delivered a letter from Davey Bundy to his elected officials – Congressman Chris Stewart and Senator Mike Lee.  Two man who stepped forward waving their pocket Constitutions, with Glenn Beck endorsements (you can fool me once…but TWICE?)

No doubt Mike was taught the Constitution by his father who helped Dallin Oaks develop the BYU Law School (accredited by the ABA, that executes the ACLU’s curriculum).  It’s not the Constitution I know.  Garrett Smith, one of my talk show hosts on The Liberty Lineup confirmed that in his law school, even in the Con Law course, THEY NEVER ONCE READ THE CONSTITUTION.  It was all about Case law.  Stare decisis.

So, like great-great grandma’s favorite recipe, it has been changed up with each new generation until it just doesn’t taste like her original any more.

Mike Lee may be standing on some issues more strongly that others in the past, but that, my friends is all relative to how dramatically the Constitution has been neglected in that past.  If he is so very “constitutional,” why then did he abandon the last vestige of an election process that even remotely resembles the framers’ intent when he led out amongst the Utah elected officials to go with an unconstitutional democratic process which only further damaged the republican form of government?  Why did he command an “Official Cruz slate” which the overwhelming majority of new delegates voted straight up and down, putting KNOWN ESTABLISHMENT on that slate?

Shameful.

While good men sit in jail with their First, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendment Constitutional rights grossly violated, their wives and children suffering unable to sleep at night, how can THESE BARBARIANS themselves sleep at night?

Even the think tanks that profess to be “constitutional” or supporting the Constitution have abandoned this document.  Now Sutherland Institute in Utah has selected a new executive director – Boyd Matheson, who came from the Mike Lee team and who I have texted numerous times about helping us hold these Courts and their inhumane practices accountable.  NO RESPONSE.

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.  It’s not only Mike Lee and Chris Stewart that stand by professing not to be able to do anything.

And so, farewell, U.S. Constitution. May you rest in peace. My condolences to all the statesmen that once respected it. It is dead. Its only remaining defenders give only lip service, which is as good as silence.

Yes, are you surprised the revolution has passed?  If so, you have not been watching or participating. Only those who are on the front lines notice it, because THEY are the ones getting burned when they stand up for it. They are the ones censured when they dare to say, “But it reads HERE in the Constitution….”  And they either get mocked, silenced or they land in jail.

Meanwhile, the rest of America wakes up, goes to work, drops their children off to school where they pledge allegiance to democracy and have no clue about the history of the dead republic and its once respected rule of law.  They all come home and turn on The Voice or some other “reality” show, or watch the Mind Control Media news that blacks out what’s really happening at a wildlife refuge, and they know either what they hear or …nothing at all.

It reminds me of the night the Nazis crossed the Austrian border.  Folks were still attending the opera that night.  They had NO clue.  The Mind Control Media of the day didn’t want THEM to know either.

And so history repeats and those who don’t know history are condemned to repeat it. Our Liberty will not be secured in Washington DC.  Our elected officials have let us down on both sides of the aisle.  They have proven they will not fix it. Over and over. When a Jason Chaffetz, a Mia Love, a Rob Bishop or a Chris Stewart from supposedly “conservative” Utah ALL vote for a multi-trillion omnibus bill that funds ObamaCare, you know you are in big trouble. (Kudos to Mike Lee on THAT one.)

We have no majority of statesmen who can be trusted to resuscitate this document in any sort of convention. Don’t go there. They will ensure it will be further perverted for their gains and they will continue to disregard any rule of law as they now do.

We have allowed evil and self-interested men and women get the power. We have wanted a “king.” We have implemented what they did not want – a democracy – because they knew that democracies do not live long and they have volatile endings. This will not have a good ending. The founders knew that. As the momentum continues down this destructive path and leads to the inevitable insurrection, it is up to you and me.

We the People are the only hope for Liberty to once again rise. We cannot allow mob rule, as democracy always becomes. Watch this, if you haven’t already seen it.

I asked the guards at the Henderson Detention Facility to treat the inmates humanely, that Justice Kennedy had issued an opinion on solitary confinement. I let them know I had asked Thara Finicum Tenney to create a video about it and I directed him to view it.

He said, “Yes, our phones have been exploding.” When I emphasized, “These are good men,” he sincerely replied, “No doubt they are,” and explained that because it is such a high-profile case, that if the guards make one mistake, they will lose their jobs.

Good. The People are exercising their power and THAT is working. That is the ONLY thing that works.

As the U.S. Constitution has gone down in ashes, let us rise up as a Phoenix and resurrect the principles upon which this nation was once founded. We will need to piece them back together.

Do you know what they were? What will you do when democracy comes crashing down on this collision course accelerates?

Let’s start with our right to bear arms, a fundamental right we are fast losing. Let’s start in our Counties, with our Sheriffs. Let’s gather around the constitutional sheriffs, and find out which ones must be replaced. Congress cannot provide safety, but We the People can and WILL.

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Anti-Caucus DC Sharks Now Attack Senator Mike Lee

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Something is fishy here.  Senator Mike Lee is under attack.  He’s a conservative Senator who ousted a Republican incumbent in 2010.  He’s a strong voice for the Right, and refuses to be bought.  There are only a handful in the Senate, and that’s what’s wrong with Congress.

YMike Leeet on August 13, 2014, one of Utah’s top two papers – the Deseret News – ran a story about alleged illegal campaign funds for the popular Senator Mike Lee’s campaign that were somehow tied to the Attorney General scandal that has two former Utah AG’s facing criminal charges.

Yes, I do believe that scandal is somewhat hyped and politically motivated.  They typically are.  That’s the nature of politics today.  Republicans in the State legislature were quick to distance themselves from the scandal.  Democrats delighted in the opportunity (Alliance for a Better Utah is very involved) as well.

It gets worse.  The opportunity is also attracting others from the private sector as well now, including a man who has filed a $33 million civil law suit against former AG Swallow claiming that he was the cause of their losing their home in exchange for a campaign donation.

There’s blood in the water, and this is beginning to look more like a vicious shark attack.

What evidence do I have that the AG scandal now linking Mike Lee is at least in part politically motivated?

According to the Deseret News article, now Bob Bennett’s “mainstream Republicans” and his ardent supporters are in the game.  Mike Lee unseated Bob Bennett in 2010.  This group includes the DC lobbyists that are attacking Utah’s grassroots caucus system, which has been for the unstated, but obvious, purpose of retaliation by unseating Senator Mike Lee in 2016.

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Stephen Colbert

Matt Sanderson, the lobbyist quoted in the Deseret News article, just happens to be the same lobbyist behind Stephen Colbert’s SuperPAC, created to mock Republican candidates in 2012.  These are the same lobbyists that raise money for the Democrat National Committee.  Now they are getting into the Utah AG shark tank.

So hungry are they, these “Buy My Vote” supporters have invested thousands of dollars into a campaign to destroy Utah’s grassroots caucus system.  They began a petition campaign, but were running short.  The Utah State Senate rescued them, under the sponsorship of Senator Curt Bramble, by passing a bill that would virtually destroy the grassroots caucus election, putting it into the hands of corporate cronies.  But then Senator Bramble is from Chicago, so that was not surprising.

Many lobbyists who play this power game typically view themselves as above the law.  It is also not surprising that Matt Sanderson from Caplin & Drysdale was criticizing Mike Lee.  That’s the very same lobbyist firm that created the 26-page legal brief presented to us in the State Republican Central Committee in 2013 to establish why Utah’s caucus system is supposedly “unconstitutional.”

They are wrong.

An attorney has stepped forward to bring a compelling case he has won in Idaho to the Utah Republican Party proving the unconstitutionality of the state legislature or any outside entity (“Count My Vote”) to force a private corporation (which political parties are) to change its rules on who its voting members can be.

Are you corporate board members listening up?  How would you like anyone outside your company to legally impose themselves on who YOUR voting members are?  This is a gross violation of the First Amendment right of assembly, and if it stands, other private corporations could be in jeopardy.

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These power-hungry lobbyists want to replace Utah’s grassroots system with a Connecticut-dual system type of elections.  That is a system which Connecticut Republican Party leaders themselves would like to end because it has put their Primary elections into the hands of the rich and famous that can petition successfully to get on a ballot because they’ve got all the money to pay petitioners.  It has also turned their elections by majority vote into plurality elections.  No one candidate wins the majority, causing excessive in-fighting within the Party between Primary and General elections.

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Kirk Jowers, Director Hinckley Institute

This is also the same lobbyist firm with which the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute Director Kirk Jowers is affiliated.  Jowers has been a major and vocal opponent of Utah’s caucus system and has for several years been speaking to local groups about how Utah must become an open Primary system, and assisting the “Buy My Vote” petition campaign.

Along with former Governor Mike Leavitt and Leavitt’s political campaign consultant LaVarr Webb, who also does political opinion-shaping for KSL, Jowers is part of this faction of rich and famous corporate cronies still retaliating against Mike Lee’s ouster of their friend Bob Bennett.

I personally like Bob, even though I ran against him in 2010. But the fact remains that his ardent supporters have been conspiring for ways to get one of their “own” back in power again.  They call themselves “mainstream” but they are more representative of the Old Guard politics, and that model does not fly anymore, especially with Millennials and Gen-Xers.

Add to this mix another factor:  Bob Bennett is now a DC lobbyist himself.  Emeritus Senators never retire, they just become lobbyists, and lobbyists make sure they have their bases covered.

The Temple Mailer Story

Take Congressman Chris Stewart, for example.  His brother Tim Stewart had to pay a very “steep” fine of $1,400 to clear his 2010 FEC violation for producing a “sting” postcard (the “temple mailer”) in an 11th hour attempt to incriminate Mike Lee to help his friend Bob Bennett, for whom many Stewart family members have worked over the years.  Tim Stewart is now the managing director of Bob Bennett’s lobbyist firm.

Their plan to defeat Mike Lee by portraying him as the bad guy a couple of days before the convention was foiled.  Through the caucus system, the grassroots were seated on the delegate floor, and they did the right thing:  they unseated an incumbent that was ranked the 9th most liberal Republican in the Senate and in the top 10 of the Senate and  the top 5 of those who sat on the Banking Committee that had received the highest campaign donations from Fannie Mae.  That was the catalyst of that 2008 TARP banking meltdown.

It was an emotional defeat for the incumbent at the Utah State convention and it was national news.  Afterward Senator Bennett (who the delegates treated very rudely when he went down that day, unfortunately I must say) was being encouraged to put his name on the Primary ballot as a write-in. It was even speculated whether he could run as an Independent.  In either case, his supporters were convinced he would win because in Primaries, name recognition typically does win among the low-information voters.

I will be criticized by the “Buy My Vote” (actually “Count My Vote” but I have to be truthful)  supporters for this comment, but it is a fact:  Primaries bring out the more “low-information” voter because those elections are driven by TV and radio sound bites, which give the voter little information, and the candidate with the money typically wins the day.  Enter “Count My Vote” leader LaVarr Webb and lobbyists, and the pollsters who make their consulting fees off of Primary and General elections  – and incumbents.

I became close to Bob Bennett’s son Jim, who was an extraordinary campaign manager and spokesman for his father.  He was of course very distraught when his father didn’t make it through the convention.  The Bennett team was a class act.  They always treated me with great respect.  The emotional response is understandable.  But what has happened since is of great concern.

Robert BennettBennett decided not to put his name on the ballot, and instead his loyal supporters gathered and promised they would retaliate and that “he” – or “they” would be back in 2012.  Senator Hatch saw the writing on the wall and his brilliant campaign manager Dave Hansen and political director Kitty Dunn worked the delegates and drilled down deep into the voter pool to get enough Hatch delegates seated – to the tune of several million dollars – that he at least limped through the convention and into a Primary.  It was an amazing feat the challengers put up, since this was a lifelong incumbent and career politician.  If Utah did not have a Caucus system, this would have been nearly impossible.

But enough more moderate-liberal delegates were seated to pull Senator Hatch through.  Frankly, these were the more “low information” delegates who were brought in with only one mission in mind: re-elect Senator Hatch because “We need his seniority and leadership to be on that all-important finance committee,” which he would chair.

But that doesn’t happen when you are in the minority in the Senate, and it was unlikely that Republicans would take the Senate that year anyway.  That’s why I call those delegates “low information voters” – they bought the story hook, line and sinker.   The rest of us who know how politics works were shaking our heads in disbelief.

Once into a Primary, it was a given that Senator Hatch’s incumbent status and name ID would pull him through by the additional low information voters who were swayed by expensive and lobbyist-bought radio and TV ads putting fear into every voters’ heart that without Senator Hatch’s leadership, the nation would crumble.

The more moderate delegates also gave us Congressman Chris Stewart, another low-information candidate who couldn’t even identify what form of government we have when we were in debates, nor did he know what the Federal Reserve was.  He was the Bennett payback candidate.

The DC lobbyists and Bennett, who was given a standing ovation by the new Hatch delegates, had won the day – keeping it all in the family.  The Stewart brothers, nephew and brother-in-law now had bases covered on several levels of government:

  • A Congressman (Chris Stewart)
  • A Clinton-appointed Chief Judge of Utah’s District Court (Ted Stewart)
  • A Director of the Utah National Guard, and later a Deputy Attorney General (Brian Tarbet)
  • A Director of Utah’s Environmental Quality (Cody Stewart – protecting Congressman Chris Stewart’s company’s federal procurement contracts) and,
  • A lobbyist managing Bob Bennett’s lobbyist firm (Tim Stewart- the man responsible for the Mike Lee “temple” mailer).

Oh, the web of nepotistic connections.

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I also know who Caplin & Drysdale’s Sanderson is and why he could possibly be motivated to get in the middle of the alleged illegal campaign contributions and the Utah AG scandal.  Here’s an infamous photo of him with Stephen Colbert assisting with the establishment of that satirical SuperPAC to undermine Republican candidates.

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Stephen Colbert confers with lobbyists from Caplin & Drysdale, leads on the Utah CMV initiative to eliminate the neighborhood elections (caucus)

This allegation against Mike Lee is more than opportunistic. It’s what smells so rotten in D.C. It is so entrenched in payback and retaliation and the utter lust for power and control from DC.  This more than smells like Caplin & Drysdale is in cahoots with whatever it takes to get Senator Mike Lee out of office and rto eplace him with their crony.  It stinks.

When I ran for U.S. Senate, I learned a lot about how little control the voters in Utah have in electing their Senators.  Mike’s election was a fluke and very unusual – driven by the general outrage of Congressional overreach and massive debt.  When the 17th Amendment made the election of Senators a popular vote instead of the decision of the state legislature, the states lost local control – of everything. It is now in the hands of those Washington lobbyists who give the profession such a bad name – those who care little about which side of the aisle they support.  Their main goal is more power and control.  For that, incumbents are the life blood for these sharks.  We see this playing out with Sanderson protesting too much with his rant against Mike Lee in this article.

Candidate Accountability in a Morass of Laws and Regulations

I don’t profess to have any inside information one way or the other that an FEC rule was broken in this case.  If people understood how many rules and regulations they themselves are probably breaking on a daily basis (just read the 74,000+ pages of the IRS code alone), they would not be so quick to bite.

Practically speaking, how in the world would a candidate have known the source of these funds – or even the campaign’s treasurer –  if indeed these allegations are true? From my experience as a federal candidate in a statewide race, it would be nearly impossible to know whether a check that came to my campaign was actually a check written from a third party that was then written directly to the campaign by another individual.

How would YOU know? Seriously.  You could ask, and you would have to take that donor’s word.

Politics has become a nasty business. A very successful and respected businessman who was recruited to run for political office once told me, “You can live a good life.  Be a good family man.  Build a successful business.  Be honorable in your community service and religious charity.  But run for public office, and within 24 hours, your entire life’s reputation can be destroyed.”

Another thing I learned about running for public office is that because of this shark tank, good, honorable people are less likely to run.  It is the way business is conducted that makes them shy away. Lobbyists play the power game and are the sharks waiting to eat you alive and spit out your carcass, unless they can control your vote.  And make no mistake, they will do anything they can to destroy you on Election Day if you aren’t in their pockets.

That would describe Senator Mike Lee’s plight.  He is not in any of these lobbyists’ pockets – yet.  That is the political motivation behind the criticism from RINOs and lobbyists.  Lobbyists love incumbents.  The grassroots do not.  We’ll check that one out when Senator Lee’s third term rolls around, because that is typically the turning point.

Meanwhile, 2014 is an opportunity to grow the ranks in the Senate with more Mike Lee’s, Ted Cruz’s and Rand Paul’s.  It is their new and fresh energy, and their strong, courageous and unafraid voices for states rights and restoring local control who are not yet bought by the sea of some 39,000 swarming self-interested sharks in the Washington DC cesspool that will turn this nation around.

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PS.  No, not all lobbyists are sharks.  Just the bad ones that care more about their own pocketbooks than your liberty.