How to Establish a County Government

by Robert John Stevens, October 20, 2017

County governments in the United States, particularly Utah County where I live, can currently be defined by this equation:

State Code + Stricter Restrictions via County Code = “Dig a pit for thy neighbor1.”

I never understood that phrase. I thought Nephi, in whom it is attributed, was joking. It applies perfectly to government regulations.

I would like to see all county governments:

  1. Operate as testbeds for innovation and thus become showcase counties for their state as well as the nation
  2. Hold charrettes (a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions) regularly with stakeholders for new ideas to be tested, proved and bad ones discarded.
  3. Privatize all possible services
  4. Set up a department that focuses on liberty, inalienable rights and the Constitution so they are always considered for every decision
  5. Focus on tasks that even most developers cannot do such as building roads, bridges and sewer treatment systems
  6. Prepare for all large-scale contingencies such as cataclysmic events where the trucking imports stop, earthquakes, nuclear war, EMP, etc. Citizens need leadership to prepare for such things now and in advance, and not to just be reactionary after the fact.

1 Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 28:8

Trump: Since Signing the Declaration of Independence, ‘America Always Affirmed that Liberty Comes from Our Creator’

by Robert John Stevens, July 2, 2017

“Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago, America always affirmed that liberty comes from our creator,” Trump declared. “Our rights are given to us by God and no earthly force can ever take those rights away. That is why my administration is returning that power back to where it belongs — to the people.” — President Donald Trump

Most Americans do not understand the concept although once they do they know it is true. The concept is the American Creed—it is what sets us apart from previous governments in history.

May President Trump say this repeatedly at every opportunity he can.

Mike Pence: We’re Going To Be In The Promise-Keeping Business

Mike Pence just said the most important nine words every spoken by a government official in the 21st century and notice mainstream media aren’t repeating it.

We’re Going To Be In The Promise-Keeping Business — Vice President-Elect Mike Pence

I think this is the first blog I’ve every posted in both the categories honesty and government.

See Pence: This Administration Is ‘Going To Be In The Promise-Keeping Business’

Stewart Rhodes: Government wants to Disarm Citizens

I think the federal government in large part, along with the mainstream media, wants to disarm the American people because they want them dependent on the government for protection, and they are also afraid eventually we will come together and rise up against them so they want to control us. They want to make us like people are in other 3rd-world countries where there is the ruling linta, the military beneath them and the police, and then there are all the peasants. That is their goal for the American people as well.

They fear a people who are armed and independent and can provide for their own security and who might also be able to resist their oppression. — Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers

Can Community Standards Replace Government Regulations?

by Robert John Stevens, June 23, 2016

Community-established regulations may work better than government-establishment regulations because government-established regulations are usually created by government employees who don’t personally experience the need, pain or side effects.

In software we enjoy free-market, community-driven software standards. For example, web browsers work because of community standards in HTML, CSS and Javascript. These standards were not created by governments but by people. And they are continually evolving as good ideas are implemented and bad ideas are deprecated.

Years ago when Microsoft tried to create their own standards for Internet Explorer (IE) they created problems for millions or programmers. Today most programmers wish IE would just disappear. Fortunately it continues to lose market share.

The United States was established as independent states where each can innovate without interference and the best ideas are independently tested and adopted by other states.

It would be a very interesting test to see if community standards can replace government regulations. If one town, city, county or state successfully embarked on it, even with a small subset of their regulations, it would be a role model and case study for the rest of the nation.

Government would again be returned to the people, its rightful owners. The size of government would diminish. Innovation would flourish. The act of replacing government regulations with community standards may go viral.