Utah Governor Gary Herbert: Individual Liberty and States' Rights

Posted by Marty Jensen

Governor Herbert,

In your State of the State Address you said:

"Several weeks ago, I traveled to Washington D.C. and met with top leaders in Congress and at the White House. I strongly emphasized that the federal government should not do what state governments are already doing well in areas such as health care. The continued encroachment of the federal government into our businesses, our lives and our pocketbooks must be challenged."

I'm sure you'll agree that “doing well” isn’t what makes certain areas the business of the State—it is our U.S. Constitution—and that “doing poorly” doesn’t justify federal intervention in state affairs.

Through the Supreme Court’s absurd interpretation of the Commerce Clause and other perversions of the U.S. Constitution, the Federal Government has increasingly voided citizens' unalienable rights as advocated in the Declaration of Independence. The Federal Government's disregard for the principles of liberty as envisioned by the Founders is alarming. Our nation is increasingly becoming a fascist, socialistic country. As we do so, we are moving towards an Orwellian police state. We see decreasing efforts to preserve our national sovereignty and a corresponding acceptance of global governance. Our liberties will surely be lost if we trade our national values for a compromising mix of global values.

The role of state governments in protecting our liberties and our nation's sovereignty is more important now than it has ever been. This issue is not merely academic: bailouts, stimulus plans, government takeovers of businesses, warrantless wiretapping, sneak-and-peek searches, unconscionable public debt, wars which Congress has not declared, the welfare state, illegal detention of prisoners without habeas corpus, torture of prisoners, ignoring the principle of posse comitatus, illegal seizing of firearms, and the Federal Government’s relentless usurpation of state prerogatives. The situation is becoming dire--we must act before it becomes too late.

As a sovereign state, Utah has both a duty and a privilege to protect the liberties of its citizens. This is a call to action. As our governor, I ask you to:

(1) Help educate Utahns to the reality and danger of federal usurpation of powers, the resulting loss of liberty, and states' rights.

(2) Speak out on the issues of individual liberty and states' rights.

(3) Use the powers of nullification to void federal mandates and encroachments.

(3) Sign S.B. 11 Utah State-Made Firearms Protection Act and encourage additional legislation which reclaims Utahns' rightful liberties.

(4) Beware of partnerships with the Federal Government such as President Obama's newly announced Council of Governors.

(5) Resist the Federal Government’s furthering of unconstitutional practices through active disagreement; seek to re-establish Utah's 10th Amendment powers.

(6) Ask the State Legislature to write a Federal Tax Escrow Account bill to provide a mechanism with which to sanction the Federal Government for unconstitutional statutes, actions, or regulations.

Governor Herbert, there has never been a time as crucial as now for Utah to lead in protecting the liberties of both Utahns, Americans, and indeed all people. Please use the power of your office to fight against tyrannical usurpation of local governing power and individual self-determination.

I thank you for your service as our governor and have confidence in your desires and abilities to address these important issues.

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