Does anyone in America know what it is like to live in a Constitutional Republic?

by Robert John Stevens, April 18, 2017

Yesterday Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee and I attended a final presentation at BYU in Provo, Utah for an on-campus internship that we sponsored this winter semester. Our student team presented solutions for how we can increase agricultural production in residential and county lands.

After the meeting, Bill, Chris White (an owner of four local restaurants) and I met outside at the Tanner Building parking lot. Our discussion turned to Utah County regulations. I said, “If you create a two-column spreadsheet and compare the permissions required to build in Utah County versus a communist country, you’ll see no difference except that in Utah County you may own your own property versus the government owns it in communism. Well, imminent domain laws may still take your property away.”

Bill replied, “Does anyone in America know what it is like to live in a Constitutional Republic?” He said he’s asked that question to Senator Mike Lee.

The answer is no. Since the Federal Reserve coup in 1913, no American knows what it is like to live in a Constitutional Republic.

Trump Must Either Protect the States Against Invasion or Abide by the Appeals Court Decision

Section Four of the U.S. Constitution requires the United States to protect each state from invasion. Can the Trump Administration abide by the appeals court’s travel ban decision and faithfully enforce Section Four? Are they apples and oranges?

Mormon Utah County’s Excessive Violations of Inalienable Private Property Rights

by Robert John Stevens, May 5, 2016

During the Brigham Young administration alone, Mormons founded nearly four hundred settlements with three hundred more thereafter.

Surveyors drafted township plats. Pioneers moved onto their land with no regulations other than to follow the golden rule.

Today Utah County’s Land-Use Ordinances are 290 pages. How many violate inalienable private property rights as implied by The Declaration of Independence, stated in Article 1, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution and probably every other state’s constitution?

For example, suppose you are denied subdivision approval because Utah County will not recognize your private road easements even though they are clearly stated as enforceable for perpetuity on your agricultural subdivision plat. Do you want government to tell you that you cannot build on your own property without first building and paving an interior road and turning ownership over to them?

Or suppose the county health department decides they don’t approve of your well water quality and demands you buy expensive filtration equipment. Does government have the right to dictate whether or not you can drink your own water, distill it or import it?

Notice the Utah County Code is also more than 200 pages.

Do these codes and ordinances truly represent the consent of the governed?

If you own property in Utah County, especially outside of the cities, try and develop it and you’ll discover the unconstitutional burdens placed upon you. Remember, every ordinance is backed by the use of force.

Are Mormon Utah County government employees worried about their eternal exaltation regarding how well they defend the U.S. Constitution, uphold free agency, and oppose socialism and the regulatory state that burdens mankind, requires non-limited government, encourages debt, and enslaves citizens via legalized theft (also known as taxation)?

How do Mormons who create and enforce these ordinances interpret versus 7 of D&C 98:5-7? I sincerely want to know.

5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me.

6 Therefore, I, the Lord, justify you, and your brethren of my church, in befriending that law which is the constitutional law of the land;

7 And as pertaining to law of man, whatsoever is more or less than this, cometh of evil.

The only exception I can find in Mormon scriptures is D&C 101:79:

Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.

Of all the citizens in the United States, as far as I know, Mormons are the only group whose scriptures specifically affirms and endorses the U.S. Constitution. I’d expect Utah government to lead the nation in their resolve to uphold it, especially in Utah County—home of Brigham Young University and the Mormon Missionary Training Center.

I’d be happy to discuss this anytime in public or private. Please enlighten my understanding.