The essential role of state government is to protect our rights to life, liberty, and the right and control of property from the harmful actions of others (including from the federal government as required), not to protect people from themselves; to provide essential government services that we can't provide for ourselves or at a more local level of government; by following our Constitution to provide for the education of our children; and to help those in our society who simply cannot help themselves. Often, legislation may raise a conflict between two or more closely held principles or beliefs. Before I was elected to public office, I created a business card called the "I Commit" card, which I carry in my wallet to this day.
This card lists the principles I value. I refer to this card frequently when a particular bill calls into question one or more closely held principles.
- TO RESIST GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS FOR MY COMMUNITY
- TO OPPOSE ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EXERCISE OF POWERS NOT DELEGATED TO IT BY THE CONSTITUTION
- TO BECOME PERSONALLY SELF-RELIANT
- TO SECURE THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO MY POSTERITY
And, as your representative, I commit: to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and of this State
- to secure to the State and to the people all powers not delegated to the federal government by the Constitution
- to promote excellence in education at the most local level
- to secure Utah’s lands and resources for the benefit of Utah
- to defend our right to keep and bear arms
- to oppose government interference and competition with private enterprise
- to defend and empower local government
- to support and fund only essential public services
- to exercise fiscal responsibility through cutting expenses, not raising taxes
- to defend our rights and freedoms through the efficient administration of justice and the rule of law"
I ask you to join me in this commitment. State Representatives can only do what their constituents support them in doing. We can only uphold principles that our friends and neighbors believe in, value and uphold. Will you resist government handouts for your community? Will you oppose any federal government exercise of powers not delegated to it by the Constitution? Will you become personally self-reliant? Will you work to secure the blessings of liberty to our posterity?
When I lived and worked in Japan, there was a saying which meant, "It's not scary if we all cross together." If you've ever tried to cross a busy Japanese street, you'll know where this phrase came from! All around us, we see our liberties being eroded away by special interest groups who fear that if government does not stand up and take care of their needs, they will never be met. They fear self-determination. But our wise Founding Fathers knew that in order to be free to succeed, you must also be free to fail. And they believed that the American people had what it took to succeed. To make the necessary sacrifices to lift one another...harness their resources...and build up a nation of free people who would be a beacon to a flailing world...a light shining in the darkness of tyranny and hopelessness.
Let us uphold the principles of freedom which we have been so blessed to be born into. Let us restore and protect those principles for our children...as well as our children's children. For only when the rich blood of freedom that ran through our ancestors' veins runs again through ours, will we be willing to do what we know must be done.