It was interesting to participate in the convention and to participate in the selection of new candidates. I thought the debate on HB116 was exceptional and walked away with the feeling that the "sentiments" or "desired outcomes" were fairly unified for both those who were "pro" and "con" for HB116. It seemed that the nearly 50/50 division has been created over a lack of confidence toward the methodology chosen to obtain desired outcomes. After reading in the news that less than seven percent of legislators had time to read the proposed bill, my personal feelings were to vote for the repeal, not because of lack of merit with its intent, but because of the lack of convincing evidence that the methodology was correct. I hate to see our party become guilty of the very "rush jobs" for which we denounce the likes of Pelosi and Reid. My sentiments were with those who crafted the bill, they were with the comments given from the LDS church regarding God's higher laws and how they apply toward illegals within our state boundaries. However, implementation was too questionable to simply throw caution to the wind.
As Governor Herbert gave an impassioned speech, again my sentiments were with those who stood by him with their sentiments. However, the idea that we must do something instead of nothing is the very idea that led to the bailouts? We need to do something; however, nothing will ever replace sound reasoning; and I disagree heartily with the idea that we cannot enjoy the fruits of perfectly sound reasoning, or there is no perfect bill. Such reasoning is the very reasoning that enables "pork" into various bills. It is the reasoning by which "all" hidden agendas are facilitated. We can afford to get this issue "perfectly" right.
Is it too much to ask for and to expect perfectly, clean bills? I think not. When God's "higher laws" -- to love Him with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our minds, and to love our neighbor as we would ourselves are the foundation of our thinking, then perfectly sound reasoning and judgement and clean bills are possible and the most likely outcomes.
On the other hand, when we place "self-interest" above the "interest of neighbor" or when we place "state interest" alone above the welfare of "other neighbor states" reasoning always becomes faulty. Because of the rich heritage and faith most Utahans have in Jesus Christ, perhaps we could become a State that truly becomes known for basing our legislative counsels in God's higher laws. After all, it is those laws which enabled a few fish and loaves of bread to feed thousands. It is those laws which enabled Christ to provide "free" healthcare to the blind, to the sick, to the maimed and to the dead. Those laws can lead Utah to become a true paradise within this dessert. Nothing else can or will ever do that.
Perhaps the laws we should implement here in Utah are laws that best protect the inheritance of land and all its resources that are equally ours. No man is to possess that which is above another. No man has the "right" to take possession of minerals, fuel resources, and other natural resources which are a common birthright and privilege to each of us. These common blessings must be protected by law so that one man can never again use these resources to extort money from another to get gain, and so that no man has the right by law to take from our common wealth more than he needs, unless it is to give it to those who are without.
This is our religion, these are God's laws. Let us not seek to legislate charity, but let us also not create and/or uphold laws which are expressly repugnant in their effect to God. Utah needs to remember what Brigham said years ago. Zion could have been established in just one year from the time the Saints entered the valley, except for the fact that the Saints brought Babylon to the valley in their hearts. One saint desired to be the king of silver mining and to thereby "secure" him and his posterity indefinitely. Another wanted to become the "king" of this or that. Yet, the silver was not their family's to take, neither was the gold, copper, nor the coal, nor other minerals, nor the natural gas, nor the food-producing lands, nor resources of the forest and all of nature. These are a common inheritance and no man is to possess above that which he needs, nor above any other man. So why not legislate laws that give back to us the inheritance that is ours? Remember the meaning of "Manifest Destiny" and let us return to laws that protect our natural born birthrights.
Recently, our neighborhood became the victim of the sleazy politics that are hatched in the name of "profit motive." One developer, with his city counsel buddies and a corrupt mayor is seeking to utterly change the complexion of our neighborhood by introducing "high-density" housing. This same developer sold us our properties with the understanding that no such thing would ever take place. He obtain fair-market value for the exchange. To accomplish what he now seeks to do, will cause the traffic within our quiet and safe neighborhoods to increase to unsafe and unsavory levels. He will strip us of the value we already paid him for. And why should he be able to even consider doing such a thing? Because he and a city councilman banker want to profit together and can pull the "legal" strings to make it happen?
Let us cease to be a gainsaying people, but rather, see to legislate laws that will protect and support those who seek to live their lives by God's laws and who have no care for the riches of the world, except to enjoy sufficient for their needs and to help others do the same. Let our trust and security become founded in the laws of heaven and let us become sanctified that we may come out from the condemnation under which we vainly labor. Jim