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Laws & Regulations

Every society needs to have a set of laws. We need to have federal, state, and local laws but these laws should only exist to protect the life, liberty, and property the individual. Occasionally, I will hear a seemingly well-intentioned person utter the phrase: "There should be a law against that."

We have so many laws and regulations on the books that it is almost impossible for most people to make it through the day without knowingly or unknowingly breaking the law.

Is it making society better? Our nation has a higher per capita rate of incarceration than any other nation. Think about that: The average American is more likely to end up in prison than the average North Korean.

The federal government is now seeking to regulate what children under the age of 16 can and cannot do on the family farm. Never did the words of Ronald Reagan ring more true:
Government is not solution, government is the problem.

Many of our leaders believe that the answer to all our problems is to create more laws and regulations; I do not. I believe that that the government has grown far too intrusive.

As state Senator, I will oppose new laws and regulations which restrict personal liberty and economic freedom. I will seek to remove unnecessary existing laws and regulations brought upon us by overzealous lawmakers.

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The Tenth Amendment

Our nation is on the wrong path. For over a hundred years we have been drifting further and further from the government designed by our founders, to something more closely resembling the writings of Karl Marx. At the heart of this drift, has been our abandonment of the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.

The Tenth Amendment States:
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.
This amendment makes clear that the federal government is limited in what areas it may govern. Anything outside of what is listed in Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution is up to the states to and local governments to determine. Federal bureaucracies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Education should not exist.

If we limit our federal government to the areas specified in the Constitution, we will have only a small portion of the debt and taxation that is currently overwhelming our nation and its people.

If we were to follow the Constitution, states could try innovative solutions that more closely fit their area of the country. The states and local governments would be laboratories for government. Allow me to explain:

How many of you can remember when we had one large phone company? What was the service like? What were the prices like? How fast did the technology advance? It was poor service, high rates, and few technological advances. Then the phone company was broken up unto several smaller companies and the market was opened for competition. Companies were now in compilation for customers; rates lowed, service improved, and technology exploded. If one company did something right, other companies would soon offer a similar service.

Today, instead of a super-powerful phone company, we have a super-powerful federal government. It offers us poor service, high tax rates, and a declining society. The solution is NOT to break up into several smaller countries; instead we need to give state and local governments the power that our founders intended.

The War on Drugs is a perfect example. Today we have a one size fits all federal policy, which has been a complete and total failure. Name a city or town in this country in which the drug problem has improved since the federal government has taken control. You can't do it, can you? Instead of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, why not let the states determine drug policy? If Colorado finds something that works, other states can copy and adapt what they did. If California does something that fails, others will know not to pursue that path.

It is the duty of the State Legislatures to stand up to the federal government and take back our God-given right of self-government laid out in the Constitution. Washington is not going to reform itself. Even if we had Ronald Reagan as President, with control of both houses of Congress, it would still be heading down the wrong path. Washington is too corrupt; it will not relinquish its unconstitutional power. Reform can only come from an outside source, that source is the states.

As a State Senator, I will oppose any further unconstitutional power grabs from Washington. I will also sponsor and support legislation, which takes back the states rightful power from our corrupt federal government.

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Military Pay

Utah is a patriotic state. Most of us love and support our military personnel. While I am glad to see this support from our people; I'm disappointed by the lack of support from our state government.

Some states do not require military personnel to pay state income taxes. Unfortunately, our state does not have such exemptions for our own people serving in uniform.

It is time for our state to step up and show our support. It is one thing to wave the flag and say we support our troops; it's another to show them our support. As State Senator, I will sponsor legislation which exempts all military pay from state income taxes.

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The Second Amendment

I grew up in a family of hunters. At a young age, I learned the proper use and respect of firearms. I am a supporter of the NRA and have given money to its legal defense fund.

Often, we hear the argument that the Second Amendment is about self-defense and hunter’s rights. While I certainly agree with protecting those freedoms, the Second Amendment is much larger.

At the time the Second Amendment was penned, our Founders had just rebelled against a tyrannical government. They knew history and understood that unless a government fears its people, that government will eventually begin to abuse its people. Had the colonists not been allowed to keep and bear arms, the American Revolution would have been short lived failure.

The Second Amendment is the teeth of our Constitution. It gives the people, the power to stand against tyranny from within. If the Second Amendment were to be done away, all other liberties could vanish in an instant. As Patrick Henry stated:

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

The Twentieth Century was the most bloody in all of human history. We have seen numerous genocides in nations throughout the earth. From Communist China to Nazi Germany and beyond, the governments of those nations disarmed the people. Without the ability to defend themselves, the people were able to be slaughtered as cattle. Look at any tyrannical government on earth and you will find a common connection, the people are forbidden the God-given right of self-defense.

The right to keep and bear arms does not come from any government constitution. It is an inalienable right that comes from our creator. The Second Amendment, simply forbids the government from seeking to deny us this right.

I will vote against any legislation that seeks in any way to restrict our God-given right to keep and bear arms. You have my word.

-Trestin Meacham
Constitution Party Candidate for District 24 of the Utah Senate.