Only President Trump Can Save Free Speech

August 2, 2018

Dear Mr. President,

The future of free speech in America may now rest entirely upon you. You may either do nothing and let it erode or you can use your platform to tell the country that you will not stand for its demise and if you cannot persuade or arrest the perpetrators at Apple, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other companies who have conspired, then tell the American people that it is their duty to stop using the conspirators’ products until they apologize to the American people and mend their ways to conform with the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

As Americans, we defend the right of our citizens to do, think and say whatever they may as long as it doesn’t intrude upon the rights of others.

Mr. President, if you do not take immediate and swift action, freedom and liberty may someday trace their death to your inaction. Without them, America’s future will be dark, ugly and oppressive.

Please act immediately.

–Robert Stevens

Governments Must Never Perform Services That Free Markets Can Do

It was never my intention to be a land developer. I thought people could buy farmland and move onto it. Utah County has so many utility requirements that I had to develop and sell off lots to pay for them. For example, I could have used geothermal, solar and/or wind energy instead of having more than a half mile of trench dug and cable installed for Rocky Mountain Power.

Most people can only imagine there’s a lot of hoops to jump through.

The difficulty is fighting tyrannical governments and their hundreds of pages of stale, corrupted, inflexible laws, and dealing with their employee’s unrighteous dominion and animosity towards We the People.

If you’ve ever had to buy a service from the government or get their permission to do something, you know that they are usually awful to deal with. No service that private markets can render should be monopolized by governments.

I’ve attended dozens of county and planning meetings and have never heard the word liberty used outside of the Pledge of Allegiance. Some employees feel it is the proper role of government to provide for the safety, welfare and health of the people; they forget that Founding Fathers knew the property role of government was to protect liberty–your right to do whatever you please without government intervention as long as you don’t hurt your neighbors. There is a huge difference.

— Robert John Stevens, February 6, 2018

Liberty vs Protecting the Health, Safety and Welfare

Last night I attended a Utah County Planning Commission Meeting in Provo.

A citizen named Jeff Hansen had proposed a Utah County Land Use Ordinance text amendment to Section 3-9 to eliminate the prohibition of a kitchen in a residential accessory structure.

Jeff wanted to build a swimming pool and install an outside kitchen. Three of the four Planning Commission members voted in favor of the text amendment.

After the meeting, I congratulated Jeff Hansen and told him that was the first ruling I had ever seen in Utah County for the cause of liberty.

One Planning Commission member remarked how their job is to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. Why didn’t he mention liberty? Probably because liberty is rarely if ever represented.

Governments exist to protect liberty. Everything else is an appendage.

–Robert John Stevens, January 17 2018

Mr President, Please Fire Jeff Sessions

by Robert John Stevens, January 5, 2018

Dear Mr. President,

Please fire Jeff Sessions for fighting against the rights of individuals. I don’t smoke marijuana, nor does anyone in my family, but in good conscience, I could not use the force of government to keep my neighbor from smoking it. This is a liberty issue and Mr. Sessions is obviously anti-liberty. Marijuana was made by God for the use of man, maybe specifically for medical use so how can anyone be justified to ban the creations of God?

Please return this and all powers never delegated to the federal government to the states and the people as you promised in your campaign. Let the states and people decide and live where the laws fit their beliefs.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. — 10th Amendment

Regulations are Destroying the United States and Utah County Where I Live

by Robert John Stevens, May 2, 2017

Noxious weed regulations aren’t important to most people but can be used as an example of why regulations are destroying the USA and our counties.

To develop a 5.25-acre parcel in Utah County, Utah, a developer must buy a noxious weed certificate declaring the land is free of noxious weeds. I got mine from Buffo’s Pest Control in Provo for $500.

Who benefits? Pest control businesses.

Utah County, where I live, is 2,144 square miles in which 2,003 square miles is land and not water; 96% of land in Utah County is outside of the incorporated towns. In such a vast, undeveloped area, temporarily clearing a single lot of noxious weeds is of little to no value. Statistically, it is of no consequence.

This morning, at the public Utah County Commission Meeting, changes to new subdivision regulations for noxious weeds were presented to the Utah County Commissioners1 for approval.

During the public comments period I asked the commissioners, “Who makes regulations? Help me understand the process. I see staff recommendations and your approvals but have any developers been consulted? Is there a meeting where developers and farmers are brought into a room for discussion?” Commissioner Bill Lee responded, “Sure, lots of them.”

I doubt any farmers and developers were consulted.

“Has anyone inquired about how long it takes for weeds to return? I mean, wind blows seeds around.” They just stared at me.

I then asked, “Suppose I laser level my 5.25 acres. That pushes the dirt around and destroys noxious weeds at least to the point where living plants aren’t visible. Should I still be made to pay for a noxious weed certification?” Commissioner Lee responded, “This meeting is not a question and answer session.”

Immediately after the meeting, government employee Bryce Armstrong2 told me that the changes to the noxious weed regulations were for out-of-season bonding. A developer cannot get a noxious weed certificate after September so during the fall and winter months Utah County requires a bond $1,000 per acre for noxious weeds. That’s $5,250 for a 5.25-acre parcel.

Bryce also said there is a Planning Commission Hearing where public questions are allowed.

Regulations are destroying America. Unelected central planners think it is their job to create regulations to control every aspect of our lives. This is not the America that the Founding Fathers devised. In fact, before 1913 there were almost no regulations in the United States because the founders and subsequent lawmakers knew it was essential to protect liberty which is “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.3

Since God is the creator of noxious weeds and nobody knows the extent of how many there are in 96% of 2,003 square miles, and the wind blows seeds all around, does it really matter if 5.25-acres are cleared from noxious weeds? It does to our county central planners.

School children are still taught to recite the pledge allegiance which concludes with these words, “with liberty and justice for all.” There is no liberty when central planners regulate every aspect of our lives.

Wouldn’t it be better if whenever a regulation is proposed that the government actively invites stakeholders to a meeting? Posting a meeting agenda on a government website isn’t enough to gather farmers, land developers and pest control owners who have a stake in noxious weeds.

If no stakeholders come to a planning meeting then no regulation changes should be made other than their elimination.


1The commissioners in attendence were Bill Lee, Greg Graves and Nathan Ivie.

2 Bryce Armstrong is the Associate Director of Utah County Community Development

3 Google’s dictionary also defines liberty as freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control and freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.

How Much Longer Will Politicians Ignore Liberty?

Politicians’ odds of being re-elected may greatly depend on what they do for the cause of liberty. Some may yet do us all a great service while in office. Others can be educated if they’d just read an article a day at mises.org and watch the Ron Paul Liberty Report. Most though will not be re-elected after a major crisis.

Inalienable Rights, Liberty and Freedom are on VidAngel’s Side

by Robert John Stevens, July 10, 2016

Hollywood studios once promoted the U.S. Constitution, defended liberty, championed individual rights, and elevated the common man with great films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

In 1996 Matt Slovick of The Washington Post wrote:

But this film caused quite a stir in this town in 1939. The Washington Press Club sponsored a premiere at Constitution Hall that was attended by congressmen, Senators and Supreme Court justices. About halfway through the film, people started walking out. At another dinner, Capra was criticized for showing graft in the Senate. The Washington press corps, who didn’t like the way reporters were portrayed, joined in the attacks against Capra.1

But average Americans filled the theaters to see the film that helped make Stewart a star. The movie earned 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture (it lost to “Gone With the Wind”).

One of my favorite movies, Sergeant York (1941), taught Americans that even religious pacifists were justified to defend freedom against aggressors.

The 1965 movie Shenandoah Shenandoah reminded Americans that individual and state rights not delegated to the Federal Government were superior to usurped federal laws, even in a time of war.

But then Hollywood sold out to the globalists and have since been on the warpath to destroy the U.S. Constitution with its Bill of Rights, liberty, freedom and national sovereignty by destroying the moral foundation required to support their super structure.

By 2012, Neal Harmon, one of the smartest and most capable entrepreneurs in America today and now proven hands-on CEO, wanted to show his children some of his favorite Hollywood movies but didn’t want to introduce them to certain vulgar words and scenes in their youth.

Neal could have timed certain scenes and demanded his children close their eyes and ears while he fast-forwarded past them, exercising his moral and constitutional right to do so inside his own home but decided there must be a better way.

Having studied the secrets of YouTube from a programmer’s perspective while working at Orabrush, he realized he could create an overlay or filter on top of Hollywood videos without violating their copyright laws. Hollywood lawyers destroyed similar efforts by CleanFlicks and other companies.

After Orabrush was sold, Neal and his brothers started a company called VidAngel in Provo, Utah to stream videos that moral and ethical people wouldn’t be embarrassed to watch even if Jesus sat next to them.

Knowing the importance of abiding by laws that are constitutionally supported, Neal devised a simple, unique and legal solution: Let customers buy a video, stream it to them and then let them sell it back to VidAngel.

Leveraging crowd sourcing via Amazon Mechanical Turk, the Harmon brothers found hundreds of Americans who would gladly volunteer their time and expertise to create movie filters.

Although Hollywood won the battle declaring it illegal to physical modify movies even after they were purchased (a constitutional violation), VidAngel modifies no movies, buys them legally and stores them in their vault.

At some point in our nation’s history, Hollywood sold out to the globalist whose goal is to demoralize our free society, destroy ethics and usher in world government with them in control.

Because of the constitutional nature of VidAngel’s case, it could and should go to the Supreme Court. Despite Hollywood studio’s cunning arguments, the underlying justifications are unalienable property rights, the rights to acquire, possess and protect property, and the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and possessions.

For VidAngel to win they must spend vast resources virally telling the public that it is their right to enjoy and defend their natural and constitutional freedoms. This is their opportunity to teach by focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and to arm the public with reaffirmations from all 50 state constitutions.

If Hollywood studios wins and government grants it illegal for the public to filter their own videos then who will enforce it? Who will enforce the right of decent parents to pause videos and fast-forward past dirty scenes? Do we really want Hollywood surveillance in our own homes?

VidAngel won’t win with similar statements used by CleanFlicks and other companies who lost.

Neal Harmon is today’s Jefferson Smith (Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)—the John Doe that represents moral and decent citizens who is being attacked by corrupt, corporate giants backed by unlimited power and money.

There is much more here at stake then just just videos: Inalienable rights, religion, the Fourth and Fifth Amendments and right for parents to protect themselves against state intrusion are all under fire.


1 ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington’, By Matt Slovick
WashingtonPost.com Staff

ELEMENTARY CATECHISM ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS

by Robert John Stevens, May 27, 2016

I’m reading a book printed in 1828 named, “ELEMENTARY CATECHISM ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS.” It is amazing!—Read it.

It was designed to be an essential tool to teach children to understand and preserve liberty. If it was widely read, it gives us a glimpse into how enlightened Americans were then compared to today.

It contains a short prefix, forty pages of questions and answers and a short conclusion. I’d be surprised if students in any grade today could answer more than 5% of the questions.

As fantastic as this sounds, our reality today would be very, very different had not the Federal Reserve bankster coup of 1913 succeeded. This timeline should never have occurred.