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Aaron Heineman, IAP Candidate for Utah Legislature Dist. 48
Gregory Hmura, IAP Candidate for Utah Legislature Dist. 59
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Keith Kelsch, IAP Candidate for Utah Legislature Dist. 75
Jason Christensen, IAP Candidate for Utah County Clerk
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Sept. 17 -
One Hollywood Liberal has again put his foot in his mouth. Jim Carrey declared "(Democrats) We have to say yes to SOCIALISM." Well, they DID have a self-avowed Socialist running for President in the last go-around, does that count?
Now a journalist living in a socialist country (Venezuela), who has experienced first-hand the corruption of socialism, wrote an open letter to Jim Carry with a reality check on the subject. The letter, which is published in Runrunes (// runrun/es/opinion/359939/) from Laureano Marquez, explains socialism is the root cause of Venezuela's current crisis - one that started as an idea BUT manifested itself much differently than the leaders had promised! (Big Surprize)
Marquez states, "Perhaps for you, as for all humanity, the 'socialism' sounds beautiful." However, with the exception of semi-socialist republics like Canada, Marquez said the realities of socialism pale in comparison to the idea of it. "In Venezuela, dear Jim, from what I have just told you, there is no equitable distribution of wealth, wealth is concentrated, as rarely before in our history, in very few hands."
Socialism's grim reality is so bad, he explained, that his society's most vulnerable people groups are at "God's mercy," fleeing the country in search of food,medicine, and other basic necessities to survive.
"In Venezuela, we've seized hatred for the word 'socialism,' it represents oppression against a people, the destruction of a flourishing nation, and the despair of its citizens," Marquez
Democrats aren't only the only socialists or progressives around. Republicans have socialists in their ranks, too. As do Green Party, and more liberal ones, too. There is even an American Socialist Party!
Socialism is the antithesis of the American values of free enterprise, hard work, self-reliance, responsibility and earning your own way in the world. Socialism is literally the 'Nanny State,' with the government providing you an apartment, a job, paying for your education, paying for your medical coverage and even giving you a monthly allotment (which has be espoused just this year by the same socialist who ran for President in 2016!).
Socialists are like Communists, both want to destroy America!
What is Hollywood and Jim Carrey thinking?
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Sept 9 --
Proof the world is all messed up. BYU lost 18 to 21 last night and the Denver Broncos beat Seattle Seahawks. Is there no consistency??
Oh well, I'm sure Congress will stay consistent ... (he says just dripping with scarcasm). Our 'representatives' and senators are back in D.C. all the rest of this week to 'solve' the financial crisis, right? So what do you think they will be doing?? Will they pass another 'funding compromise' or settle will they settle for a funding authorization for 90 or 120 days??
We KNOW they can't pass a balanced budget, so don't even dream that big (even if it is suppose to be their actual Constitutional DUTY and responsibility!!
Believe me, we will be watching this week for THEIR considered solution (their last budget was so full of PORK that it was hard to see it as anything but political partying within the Beltway!)
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Sept. 5 - -
Tonight I am attending the Utah Valley Earth Forum 'Candidate's Night.' When they invited me, I told them they wouldn't like many of my answers, because I am a Constitutional-ist Conservative. But then, as I researched the group's website, I found Common Ground. It came in the form of a quote from Thomas Friedman, author and activist, “It is more important to change your leaders than your lightbulbs.” That sentiment is common sense to Utah's largest third party (the Independent American Party). We have what we call the P.E.O.P.L. Process, which stands from People Electing ONLY Principled Leaders. We may disagree on what the definition of “Principled” includes, but we have the same idea as a basis of Common Ground.
See, Conservatives can talk with Environmentalists … at least on one point! ;-)
August 31 --
Back to it, but will be processing grief for sometime - getting use to not having Mom around as a counselor, safety net (emotionally), and so many other ways.
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August 22 --
Please excuse a personal post, but my mother, at the age of 93, passed away August 16th. Her funeral is Saturday, Aug. 25.
So, I have taken off this last week from campaigning and most 'political' functions ...
but watch out come Sept. 1st ... it is ON !!!!
August 15 --
Campaigned in Wasatch County today. Knocked on doors, placed yard-signs, talked with voters and passed out IAP pamphlets. Also attended Wasatch County Council meeting and introduced myself. Afterward Pam Patrick asked me questions and we talked outside while the Council was meeting in closed session, before they held Public Hearings.
A good day in a friendly, open and kind community. I enjoyed talking third party Independent politics with residents of Heber, Midway and Wasatch County! A good day!
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August 12 --
Our nation, once again, is at a crossroads between liberty and tyranny, with the ideals of the Founders challenged by the Progressives and Liberal Left.
As Robert Morris (one of our paramount Financial Founders) said in a letter to Col. Joseph Reed, "It is the duty of every individual to act his part in whatever station his country may call him to in times of difficulty, danger, and distress."
More than ever, we need generous conserv-atives to take up the mantle of Robert Morris and employ whatever skills and passions they have toward reclaiming America.
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August 3 --
Campaign season is ready to begin, it is now less than 100 days until the General Election!!
Came up with a couple of 'signs' for the campaign, one of them is:
"John Curtis claims to be a 'conservative' BUT would a 'conservative' FORGIVE a $1 Million debt to Provo City by NuSkin for buying one block of First West for a new building?
If his lips are moving he is lying!
Curtis is an Effective Liar, and Engaged Liar, and an EXPERIENCED LIAR!
"In the General Election tell John Curtis 'NO THANK YOU!'
"By VOTING FOR a true conservative with real conservative solutions, GREG DUERDEN for Utah's Third District Congressional seat, on the I.A.P. ticket . . . . #VOTE IAP"
July 29 -
Trump is working quietly to form an Arab treaty organization in the mold of NATO to protect Gulf and Arab countries from Iran's ambitions and tactics.
The aim is high and seems to be well received by our Arab partners. This may be the next step
in the latest Arab Civil War - which we haven't heard much about, yet!
Now you know more than most Americans!
July 27 -
Today Trump announced economic news of a 4+% jump in GDP for the last quarter. This is the best news on GDP in more than a decade.
Yet, the economy is so complicated and intricate no single individual (POTUS, Secty of Treasury, et al) can take all the credit OR all the blame. Only a fool or an arrogant ego would claim otherwise.
July 18 -
Trump is taking a lot of heat over his Helsinki performance with Putin.
Trump won't (or can't) realize that Putin is the enemy of all we stand for - despite what he says to your/his face.
I can't believe any POTUS is having a "love affair with our most deadly enemies," but it is getting harder not to believe he is trying too hard to 'make nice.' Diplomacy has its uses, but this has gone beyond simple 'Diplomacy.'
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July 10 -
Yesterday Trump named his second Supreme Court nominee. Not very many Presidents get the opportunity to name two (2) Supreme Court Justices.
But, today he made Outstanding News!! He pardoned the Hammonds in Oregon. That is L-O-N-G overdue!!
Now all we need now is a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit over LaVoy Finnicum's death in Oregon. The family deserves justice in that awful event!!
AND - Jason Christsensen, IAP State Chair, was asked to comment on the Hammond Pardon on News4Utah (Channel 4, SLC). He did well as one side excited about the news. His opposition was SUWA guy upset about the news. Marcos did a good job editing it and broadcast it at 5 p.m. (it was the third top story for the 5 o'clock news, right after news about a couple of fires in the state)
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July 5 -
Media used "Trade War" with China as a headline for the first time, that I'm aware of during this gearing up of the US Trade Policy. China will begin laying tariffs down on over 140+ products from the US while the US is laying their own tariffs on Chinese products. My question is "Who wins in this 'conflict?'" That is YET to be determined. We already knows who the losers are . . .
June 28 -
A great opportunity is again before Pres. Trump, a chance to appoint a second Supreme Court Justice. He did an excellent job in putting Justice Gorsuch on the bench of SCOTUS and a second opportunity is not generally held among other POTUS. And there could be two more in the coming years: Ginsberg and Breyer. That is really something to think about!!
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June 26 -
Before he was POTUS, Donald Trump wrote a book "The Art of the Deal." Despite what he has said about his ability as a Deal-Maker (we have yet to see if his Nuclear Summit turns out to be a 'good deal') IS he a 'Deal Maker' so far??
In his 17 months in office he has undergone an exercise in futility. No deal on immigration. No deal on healthcare, no deal on gun control (thank goodness!), no deal on spending cutsw, no deal on NAFTA, no deal on China Trade (imposing tariffs is not a deal!), No deal on steel and aluminum imports, no deal on the Middle East, no deal on the Qatar blockade, no deal on Syria, no deal on Russia, no deal on Iran, no deal on PTTP, . . . What deals has he made?
He has slapped our trade partners with tariffs (Canada, Mexico, China, EU), but is that an accomplishment?
In his 17 months in office he has undergone an exercise in futility. No deal on immigration. No deal on healthcare, no deal on gun control (thank goodness!), no deal on spending cutsw, no deal on NAFTA, no deal on China Trade (imposing tariffs ise not a deal!), No deal on steel and aluminum imports, no deal on the Middle East, no deal on the Qatar blockade, no deal on Syria, no deal on Russia, no deal on Iran, no deal on PTTP, . . . What deals HAS he made?
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June 18 -
It's official, Trump is a "Space" Case. Monday he signed an Executive Order for DOD to actually form a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the Military. WHAT? Really? WHY? Do we really need to defend ourselves from space aliens? Can't build a wall UP THERE!! This is a really really dumb idea !!
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June 15 -
Wow, lots of media coverage of detention centers in So. Texas and the family separation issue. I'm sure more will be coming out on this, as well as public outcry.
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June 11 -
Best wishes for Pres. Trump as he and his team undertakes a Summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Hopefully something good will come out of it . . . lots of details yet to be set up.
We shall see which side blinks.
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June 9 -
G7 pushing for Russia to be re-admitted? Really? Trade Tariffs aren't a big enough slap? Come on Johnnie! You are NOT the 'Bully' of North America, you are suppose to be the Leader of the Free World. Put on your Big Boy
pants and don't fool yourself into thinking you are 'all that!'
Wishing for fair trade is a TWO-Way Street, you can't, unilaterally, demand anyone else do anything!! If that is your tact your are literally tact-less!!
If you really want to piss off the entire world you have a good start, dude!
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June 3 -
Today was the graduation of Stoneman- Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. The graduates all wore special banners saying "SDHS Strong" in memory of their lost members of the student body and teachers. While we may not agree with everything these students have said in the interim, we cannot help but see their pain and their response to it and the situation is very normal. We see different answers and better solutions than they have offered to date.
We urge all to view the America's Got Talent participant known as Fleu'jae, a 14-year old rapper who performed a piece she wrote but wasn't sure we were prepared for it . . . it was called "Just put your guns down!"
A sentiment we endorse and applaud!!
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Today was debates for 1st (Dem), 3rd (Repub.) Congressional District candidates and a debate between the two Republican Senate candidates to replace Orrin Hatch.
Third Dist. candidates are Chris Harrod and John Curtis, the same as 2017's special election. BUT this year they have a Democrat, James Singer, Melanie McChord from United Utah Party and me to contend with until Nov. 6th
Dr. Kennedy and Mitt Romney were both the most polished. Chris Harrod did well but John Curtis was too much for him, sorry Chris.
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May 26 -
GOOD NEWS !! Josh Holt has been released from the Dungeon Prison in Venezuela, where he has been held for two years on weapon charges but hasn't had a trial yet!! Can you say ABOUT TIME!!
Can't wait til he gets Home, Home ... right here in Utah (Riverton, Utah) with his wife and two step-daughters. His mother and family have gone through so much and are so strong. What a blessing for them!!
May 19 - Armed Forces Day
As a veteran I am especially thankful for both those, like my father and grandfather, who served their country before me; AND those, like my daughter who has served and my son who is serving now, who are currently serving their country in any one of the Armed Forces.
Thank a Vet !!
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May 15 -
Okay, Congressman Curtis has unveiled 'his' (kinda) bill establishing a new National Monument in Emery County. While we applaud the concept, the actual bill horrifies us on several fronts. One, it was authored by HAWAII Congressional Representatives NOT anyone from Emery County! Curtis is only a 'Johnnie-Come-Lately' as one of a bunch of 'co-sponsors.' THAT is not Public Policy but policy by 'fiat.'
There are many FAILURES in the bill, primary among them is the Failure to solve the road right-of-way issue (RS2477), which has been a Utah issue with BLM/Forest Service for several decades.
While it does set up a 2450 acres Jurassic National Monument, it doesn't really help Emery County. It will only 'help' by providing tourists to Emery County and the jury is still out if that helps or not, right?
AND, by-the-way, WILDERNESS is NOT PUBLIC LAND, John !! The bill moves 436,643 acres of wilderness “study areas” into permanent wilderness status and adds 141,343 more acres to a total of 577,986 acres.
By Federal Land Definition, to be wilderness you can only see one other human being in a 24-hour period - or one other person per day. You hike in and leave nothing behind, so you have to be physically fit and of an age to walk in and out with everything you need on your back! Then you have to have enough 'disposable income' to afford the equipment, time-off AND the travel expenses! That "elite-ism" is only one flaw of this bill!! THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS LOCKED OUT OF THESE PUBLIC LANDS by a) physical limitations, b) economic limitations, and c) motivated to want to get out into the 'wilderness.' Therefore, “Public Lands are NOT Wilderness!”
Sorry, SUWA and environmentalists, that's the way we see it!! But we do agree with SUWA's TV ads, "This is NOT a good bill."
May 9 - -
Today we learned that three prisoners being held in North Korea for a year or more. Two were teachers and all three were previously "tried and found guilty" of offenses against the State of North Korea.
This step was taken by North Korea in preparation for the forthcoming Summitt Meeting between Pres. Trump and the No. Korean Dictator. The same man who was full of bluster and vinegar a few months ago and when he threatened to send a nuclear missile to Guam and then the mainland of America - to which Trump promised "Fire and Fury."
It will be interesting to see what these two men come up with in their Summitt Meeting.
We will have to see what they come up with . . .. . maybe Trump and Kim will BOTH get Nobel Peace Prizes - can Trump share??
We have yet to see any evidence of that!
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April 28 - -
Democrat State Convention was held yesterday (Sat. April 27) and James Courage Singer was chosen as the 3rd District Congressional Candidate. Funny thing, he only mentioned John Curtis . . . feeling a little bit overlooked . . . nah - ah - h !!!! :-)
Also, United Utah Party held its State Convention in Midvale, I think. Anyway, they only had about 35 attendees. And Melaine McChoard was officially endorsed as the other Third Congressional District Candidate. That means I will be the only real conservative in the race - unless Chris Herrod wins the GOP primary in June.
Yeah for me!!
Nuff for Now . . .
April 23 - -
Fully endorsed by IAP State Convention, yeah!
John Curtis is facing a Primary against Chris Harrod - same opponents as last year. Yet, now, I am in the final race between July and Nov. While I realize Curtis has much more $$ then I do, I have more contacts in San Juan Clounty, Wasatch County, Grand and Carbon County then he does. Grand Co. may be more liberal than I am and more in Curtis' camp, until I tell them about his sexual harassment charges (that could really sour a lot of moderate-to-liberal from voting for Curtis ! at least that's the plan!!)
Democrat's State Convention will be next weekend, so the full ticket will be set then, unless they have a primary too.
Today I received my second endorsement, from Crystal Young-Otterstrom, the Executive Director of the Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance. I took their survey and apparently 'passed.' This is more for the minority vote and the moderate-to-liberal voters.
Also started the Equality Utah survey but couldn't finish it, it was too much government intervention and regulation sought for this independent ! We shall see, but I'm not holding my breath!
Nuff for Now . . .
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April 21 - - -
Two events were planned today.
1) Barbara Bush's Funeral and she will be laid to rest in Houston, TX.
She would have made a better POSTUS than either her husband (Bush 41) OR her son (Bush 43), but she was too intelligent to run!
He daughter-in-law would have made an excellent VPOTUS, too.
Both of these two men married well above them . . . as many of us guys end up doing!
2) IAP State Convention
This will be where I give a speech and look for the delegate endorsement as the IAP Congressional Candidate for Utah's Third District seat.
John Curtis won the seat last Nov. (2017) and has been 'in office' for six months (6 mo) and is now running for his first full term. (Utah GOP State Convention is also today, but in SLC; while the IAP meets in Provo)
More Later . . . . .
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President trump announced the launch of precision strikes against Syrian bases from which chemical weapons AGAIN came from and were horrifically used (Sevin, a nerve agent, and chloride gas) against Assad's own people.
Although it was a combined military effort of US, British and French troops and equipment, it was almost comforting that Trump also mentioned diplomatic as well as military efforts.
His calling out of Russia as a potential party of participation in this attack was also a good move.
Trump also mentioned the US is not looking for a permanent presence in Syria but that the action is a "sustained mission" despite wanting to get American Troops home, as soon as applicable and possible.
Why is it none of hte Washington types realize the US will be 'involved' in the Mid-East for the foreseeable future - either fighting WITH Israel or fighting against their opposition . . . at least until the Mount of Olives splits. It has all been mapped out and planned already, by a much higher power!
Nuff for now . . .
China's response to the tariff increases was to raise the tariffs on 129 American products and Trump announced more increases on China.
Folks, what we have hre is a good old fashioned Trade War. Yep, this is what it looks like. Tit for Tat, this for that. No one wins and all the little guys lose !
And Trump said a Trade War would be good . . . for him, but what about the little guys? POTUS you gotta pull your head out and think of others, not just be so self-centered, dude!
But then he is the poster boy for Narcissism Anonymous !!
What do we expect??
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April 5 - -
Not letting any moss grow on him, Trump is at it again with moves in Immigration, Trade and more; all while Congress is on the Easter Break.
On immigration he sent National Guard troops to the southern border to increase security. At this point there aren't many details on cost, numbers of troops or extend of the 'assignment.'
Both Presidents Obama and bush have used troops in the recent past on the border: Obama sent 1200 troops and Bush sent 6,000; so this is not unprecedented, but there are legal issues about it too.
AND in other areas, Trump's move last month to increase tariffs on imports of Aluminum and Steel has brought a response from China, which increased tariffs on 129 products which include beef, pork, what and electronics, as well as automobiles. Wait, isn't that the definition of a "Trade War" ?? H-m-m
Here in Utah this could be impactful !! Just in the Pork Producing industry, which a $141 million industry annually just here in Utah, with $21 million going to China. The impact is yet to be determined, but officials are already scrambiing to seek new markets to take up the anticipated slump or 'impact.' THEN add the impact to Iowa, Indiana and other areas the extent of just that one tiem for just Pork Producers.
There there is beef, wheat and the other 100+ items!! Do we really want to have a trade war with one our largest trade 'partners?' Really? Keep a watchful eye on this topic, as we will too !! And we will keep you appraised right here. Stay tuned !
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April 2 - -
Trump wants to withdraw troops from Syria? Really? Is the Syrian Conflict OVER? Is Syria stable, are Syrians safe now? Hell NO! So what is he talking about? Nobody knows, not even his new NSA or Secty of State, or any policy advisor!
And this one wasn't a tweet!! The Tweet'n'Chief is still at it . . . yet, we still need someone to take that Twitter Account away from the man, P-L-E-A-S-E !!
Was this an instance of foot-in-mouth? Secret Service agents need to protect POTUS' knee, because he would disappear if someone shoved hard enough on that self-same knee. Would that be a bad idea?? H-m-m-m
And then there is the VA Mess. Did Trump fire Secty David Shulin or did he quit? What really matters is if Ron Johnson, the Trump doctor who is now the designee to replace Shulkin, moves to privatize the VA . . . over my dead body!! that won't help anyone but the stupid insurance companies!! But then, that may be what we get with an inept 'business' President.
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March 29 - Passover
Yes, although I am not Jewish I do celebrate a non-traditional, semi-kosher type of Passover. doe;sn't Exodus 12:14 call for ALL of the House of Israel, by "commandment and by ordinance," celebrate 'this night' forever?
Since I am from the Tribe of Ephraim, according to my Patriarchal Blessing, I therefore follow the celebration of Passover, in my own way.
Okay, I'm weird - so so say my kids, and my wife, and most people who know my real extentricities. But . . .
Yes, I had my annual allotment of grape juice and Matzo, bitter herbs, salt water and eggs for another year.
For those who don't know about the WHY we, even as Christians, are suppose to celebrate Passover, check it out!
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March 19 -
Getting ready for Causus Nite. GOP and Dem Caucus' are scheduled for various locations (GOP = various Elementary Schools; Utah Dems= at Provo High school; Constitution Party in Mapleton, etc.)
Asked our State Chair (IAP - Independent American Party) if he could use my Accountability and Hom issue papers for the visitors to our neighborhood caucus, to kind of explain the IAP views and principles, besides the website.. We'll see.
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March 15, 2018 - -
Today I filed to be a candidate for Utah's Third Congressional Seat. There is a full crop of fellow 'nuts' certifying they all want a go at the current holder of this seat, Congressman John Curtis. This seat was held, previously, by Jason Chaffetz. He resigned to take a job at CNN as a consultant (ostensibly) but we believe he is planning to run for his NEXT office, that of Governor of the State of Utah in 2020.
We also believe he will have several other candidates running against Chaffetz . . . including, we expect: Josh Romney, Greg Hughes (both of which could become Jason's Lt. Gov ticket partner), et al.
For that we will have to wait and see, but this 2018 campaign for the 3rd District seat includes a full cadre of candidates, too. Besides Curtis the incumbant, we have four (4) Republicans: former State Rep. Chris Herrod (who ran against Curtis in 2017), Steven Stromness, Henry Kneitz III, Michael D. Leavitt; two (2) Democrats: Kent Moon and James Singer (although Mr. Singer also states he is NOT a member of a political party); and two (2) third party candidates: Melanie McCoard (member of the Utah United Party) and Gregory C. Duerden (member of the Independent American Party of Utah - and this blogger). Nuff for Now!!
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