Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) on Independent Thinking

I love this quote from Peter Yarrow:

There was a breakout in the thinking—a desire to say, “Let us think for ourselves independently. We won’t be the instrument of someone else’s intent but we will really be a different kind of people living in a different kind of society.—Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary

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Trump Seeks to Restore the Bonds of Trust Between Citizens and Their Government

I read the full transcript of Trump’s State of the Union 2018 speech and extracted a few quotes that impressed me:

Americans love their country. And they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.

For the last year we have sought to restore the bonds of trust between our citizens and their Government.

All Americans deserve accountability and respect — and that is what we are giving them. So tonight, I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers — and to remove Federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.

America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just 1 year — is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?

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

Quotes from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

These quotes are impressive:

At a young age, he learned how to build bridges and find something in common with other people, be it sports, a hobby, religion or experiences, rather than focusing on differences and divisions. “Everyone has inherent value and is worth listening to,” he believes.

Faith, he says, gives him “the strength to do what I have to do every day, to assert the independence, to be willing to take the beatings, the criticism, the unfairness.” When he attends daily mass, he says, it helps him do his “job, a secular job, in the right way and for the right reasons.” It reminds him that his work has nothing to do with what is said about him, but is rather about doing what he took an oath to do.

He promises his clerks that they “will leave this job with clean hands, clean hearts and clear consciences” They are “just a delight.” He enjoys the company of his colleagues and misses those who have retired and passed away.

See: Exclusive: Justice Thomas Opens Up On Life, Faith And His Interracial Marriage [VIDEO]

On Structure and Genius

A 24-year old named Mallory who is dating my son Andrew boasted in complaint form that her family is more structured than ours. My thoughts on that:

Anyone can enforce or obey structure, even the convict or those with mental illness. The genius though, takes inspiration, and creates structure, simplicity and beauty where non existed. I’d rather be a genius.—Robert John Stevens, July 30, 2017

The Missing Ingredient in BCRA: Humility

And history teaches us that when we don’t know how to solve a problem, the best thing to do is to experiment. We should test different ideas through a cooperative, bottom-up, trial-and-error process rather than imposing top-down, partisan power-plays that disrupt the lives of hundreds of millions of people at a time. — Senator Mike Lee