We have all heard the common talking point from the left that conservatives are destroying democracy. The response to this claim is the same time and time again: “We’re not a democracy, we’re a constitutional republic!” This leads us to ask an important question: Are there any differences between the two, and if so, why do they matter?
The answer is simple: There are profound differences between a democracy and a constitutional republic that are crucial to every aspect of American life. These three quotes from the Founding Fathers remind us to defend our constitutional republic with all our might.
Alexander Hamilton stated, “Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.”
Hamilton recognized the first of three harms of a real democracy. Democracy excludes the minority’s rights. It reminds me of the classic saying, “Democracy is like two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch, but a republic is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
April 22, 2023 – Orem, Utah
I arrived at Convention 2 ½ hours early to get credentialed and help distribute flyers providing information and promoting certain desired outcomes to the arriving delegates. I was shocked when I was told, after allowing my drivers license to be scanned, I wasn’t in the database as a delegate, so I was sent to the HELP DESK. After rounding the corner, I stood in a line for 20 minutes before I made the desk. Once there, I waited for another 10 minutes and was told there was no one from my county to help me. Eventually I was led away from the HELP DESK to a dark corner where my county secretary was waiting to help. I was eventually found on the database (thank you Weber Party Secretary) and issued my credentials (unfortunately, because of the delay, I was unable to fulfill my earlier volunteer commitments). There are ~5,000 delegates in the whole state, a relatively small database to manage. When I made this observation, I was told by a nice woman, sorry, I am a volunteer. I understood her frustration and reminded her, as a delegate, I was a volunteer as well.
Once in the Convention Hall, I found a seat in my county’s designated section. I was not surprised to find my county’s section as far from the stage as possible (see photo at top). As long as I have been involved with the Party, my county’s designated section has always been as far from the stage (and microphones) as possible. I have reasons to believe why this is true but will save that discussion for another time.
Upon arriving, I immediately tried to locate the microphones. My repeated questions to the convention authorities, regarding where the delegates can speak, were received with blank stares. Eventually I was told there would be 4 microphones, two in the middle of the Convention Hall and two in the back (near our county section). I was ecstatic as I planned on getting to that microphone on a couple of occasions.
WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON WITH THE ATTEMPT TO CHANGE OUR REPUBLICAN PARTY CONSTITUTION WITH RESPECT TO DELEGATE ALLOCATION?
UTGOP State Convention April 22, 2023
The TRUTH BEHIND the proposed amendment "Constitution Article XII, Sec. 1: Precinct State Delegate Allocation Methods."
A rather large county has challenges allocating delegates based on the current criteria in our state Constitution. That current criteria uses a definition of “Republican strength” based on the actual voting record for registered Republicans in past elections to determine apportionment. For this large county to address its allocation challenges, they desire to change the definition of “Republican strength” in our Party Constitution. This will have an adverse effect on our Party as a whole.
The challenge our Party has right now, and the reason why there is so much divisiveness, is our Republican Party lacks real strength! The kind of strength that comes from a cohesive embrace of our shared values and principles. Without a clearer understanding of what makes us Republicans, many joining our Party get the R behind their name but lack a credible understanding of our policies, principles, and platform. In this respect, we have lost our way.
Should this constitutional amendment pass, the allocation of delegates based on a watered-down definition of “Republican strength” will only make matters worse by requiring party registration as the only criteria, rather than a proven allegiance to our Party by embracing our platform and voting consistently for our candidates.
This means if the Democrats register Republican (as they often do) the allocation of delegates could be determined by Trans-Republicans rather than those committed to the Party and its platform.
This amendment cannot pass. The large county in question must find a solution within its jurisdiction and governing documents to address their issue.
Leave the rest of us out of it.
Vote NO on this amendment at State Convention.
“In most societies it is understood that members are required to be of honorable charter and reputation…an organization or assembly has the ultimate right to make and enforce its own rules, and to require that its members refrain from conduct injurious to the organization or its purposes.” (RRofO p. 643 line 6 – 10)
Any member found guilty of “tending to injure the good name of the organization, disturb its well-being, or hamper it in its work, is properly subject to disciplinary action, whether By-laws make mention of it or not.”
On a rare occasion you will run into a presiding officer who, for whatever reason, ignores a member making a motion or moving an Appeal. There are a couple of things that might be done in that situation, but the first one is to get the motion processed.
In this unprecedented period of continual falsehoods against America, the full armor is the defense of faithful everyday Americans who are besieged and attacked by this lunacy.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
So, when Ron DeSantis, Florida’s conservative Republican governor and likely presidential candidate, said recently we need to put on the “full armor of God,” the media looked at him like he was crazy—or from another planet. But his supporters gave him a standing ovation.
As secular liberals, most of the press have no familiarity with the phrase, its origins, theology, or importance. They are bigots against religion and unschooled in what used to be the norms of American life, churches, and culture.
The press and nearly our entire elite ruling class, in academia, sports, politics, media, business, and culture are biblically illiterate and have no idea what the Jar of Nar (John 12:3) refers to; where the road to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35) led or who travelled on it; or even what happened in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26: 36-46).
Let me brief them on the context, content, and significance of the “full armor of God,” which are, of course, the words of St. Paul, found in Ephesians 6: 10-18. Yes, that is a book in the New Testament.
Encore post from 10/5/2021
ETHICS AND STANDARDS (Republican Party Platform)
“We demand honesty, integrity, morality, and accountability of our public officials. We will work to expose and stop corruption.”
The UTGOP does not operate under a Code of Ethics or have an Ethics Committee. The following is a proposal I put together as an SCC sub-committee Chair to address this omission in our governing documents. It fell on deaf ears!
The purpose of an Ethics Committee is to enforce all the governing rules of the Party equally among its members.
It is fundamental to the success of our republican system of government that all candidates, elected officials, party members and party leaders at all levels of government be independent and impartial, place the public interest above any private interest, and not give any appearance of impropriety. To that end, it is the policy of the Utah Republican Party, and the Utah Republican State Central Committee, to take a leading role in promoting the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and transparency in government.
The hallmark of this Code of Ethics is the simple truth that the public interest is and must be supreme for those who hold positions of public trust...
There's more to the U.S. Constitution than the Bill of Rights—there's the original document plus a total of 27 additional amendments. Here are interesting facts and figures you may not know about this important document that is the cornerstone of the American government.
The Bill of Rights
In 1789, James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution,” who at the time was a U.S. Congressional Representative from Virginia and would go on to serve as the fourth President of the United States, proposed 19 amendments meant to answer the objections that had already been raised by the States regarding the Constitution, which had been ratified only two years earlier. The House of Representatives approved 17 of the amendments, of which the Senate approved 12. Those 12 amendments were then sent to the state legislatures for approval. Only ten amendments were ultimately approved by three-fourths of the state legislatures; Virginia was the tenth out of the existing 14 states to do so, giving them the final go-ahead on December 15, 1791. Those ten bills became known at The Bill of Rights. Of the two proposed amendments that didn’t get ratified in 1791, one finally did in 1992.
Popular vote vs. Electoral College
When the 39 men signed the Constitution, they signed into law one of the most contentious processes in the world: an election mechanism still being debated today. James Wilson, who represented Pennsylvania at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, originally proposed that the President be chosen by popular vote. But according to the National Archives and Records Administration, “the Founding Fathers established the Electoral College in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.” It’s been an often-debated idea ever since. Per ConstitutionFacts.com, there have been 500 proposed amendments to change the Electoral College process, but this “indirect” system of electing the president is, of course, still intact—as we all were reminded in November 2016 when the winner of the popular vote, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, lost the election. Understanding the Electoral College is one of the confusing questions many are too embarrassed to ask about the American government.
Whether you're presiding over a meeting of 2,500 members or a small board or committee meeting, your job is the same when it comes to the goal of successfully managing a meeting. And to ensure that you manage successfully, here are some tips to help you establish yourself as a knowledgeable, well-organized and helpful leader.
Tip 1: Know Your Rules
One of the best ways to establish your credibility as a leader is to know your rules. If you don't, your members will know it. No feeling is quite as bad as standing in front of a room full of people who know more about your job than you do. For what it's worth, General Robert was in that position once, too. After his experience, he wrote a book on the rules! To avoid being caught unprepared, make sure you're well read on your group's charter, bylaws, special rules of order, and parliamentary authority. No one other than a person who has held your office before you (and your parliamentarian) should know as much about these rules as you do.
Tip 2: Plan Your Meetings
Nothing benefits you and your group as much as being prepared for your meetings. Planning your meeting in as much detail as possible assures the best chance of completing the agenda within the time available (or at least knowing if you need to hold an adjourned meeting to finish your business). The process of planning your meeting so that you can cover everything you need to cover is much easier if you follow the outline below:
Dear Fellow Republicans and those wishing to join us.
For too many years our Republican Party has encouraged participation but has failed to adequately teach and educate those who attain elected positions of responsibility.
Weber County Conservatives, a small band of conservatives in the Republican Party have developed this opportunity for all of those interested in understanding how we can come together under our Party platform to be become more productive citizens of our County.
Below is our training schedule through our State Convention on April 22, 2023. So far, we have 4 topics (Platform Education, County Delegate Training, State Delegate Training, and Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure).
After the State Convention, we will add additional training for Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs on running a successful Caucus as well as understanding their role as a member of the County Central Committee. We will also offer a class on SB54 and how and why it happened.
In order to give you a better chance of participating, we have scheduled training at 3 County Libraries, Ogden, Roy, and Huntsville. Classes will be repeated at each location. All rooms are reserved from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Training will be from 6:30pm – 8:00pm with some time for questions and lingering. All rooms will comfortably hold 80 - 100 attendees. The Public is invited. Tell a friend.
Weber County Conservatives was established to promote, protect, and defend our Republican Conservative Values & Principles.
About the presenter: Bill Olson, founder of Weber County Conservatives, is a member of the Weber County Republican Party, he has served as a County and State delegate, Precinct Chair and Vice Chair, Legislative District Chair and Vice Chair, and on the County Executive Committee, the County Central Committee, and the State Central Committee. He is well read and active in political debate.
According to the Weber County Republican Party Bylaws, “the power to conduct Party business” is “vested in the County Central Committee (CCC).” “The Executive Committee of the Party shall meet at least monthly, to conduct the business of the Party and shall be subject to direction from the CCC.” By vesting the CCC with the “policy making” duties, the Party intended for those closest to the grass roots of the Party to be the ones responsible for its policy.
Unfortunately, this bylaw has been overlooked by much of local Party leadership for years.
The CCC is made up of our County Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs, all elected by their friends and neighbors at their respective caucuses. These elected positions are most closely related to the grass roots membership of our Party. We have an obligation to organize these volunteers and help them understand their roles and responsibilities while assisting them in their duties.
The Bylaw committee and the Executive committee, who meet often, fiddle with our governing documents based on unknown interests until a hastily called meeting of the CCC is scheduled. Then, without much warning or understanding, the committees spring their suggested changes on the CCC for an up and down vote of approval without debate.
According to our governing rules, “all business conducted by the CCC shall adhere to the rules of parliamentary procedure…” That’s because the CCC is a deliberative assembly and deliberative assemblies deliberate, meaning they exhaust all debate before a decision or vote is made. Absent a parliamentarian, there is no chance for committee members to effectively participate in debate. Without participation, interest lags resulting in frustration and then people scatter...some never coming back.
“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”
Today, most conservatives with integrity know the Republican Party is no longer a place to call home. The UTGOP’s foundation as described in its own governing documents do indeed address a cause that is right and moral, yet the party’s actions have become nothing more than a conspiracy to seize power. Power, apparently, to ignore its very own principles!
It is no small task, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. History teaches us it has never happened. So, it may be that our task as a party is impossible. Yet, if we do not try…we will never know it cannot be done? And, if we do not try…it most certainly will never be restored…our Founders’ Republic, will be lost forever.
The Weber County Republican Party sits idly by while another signature gathering candidate willing to take gobs of money from special interests govern our county.
Disclosure is critical to any political finance program and its enforcement system. With full and timely disclosure, the public can find out during the election cycle who contributes to a particular campaign and how the campaign spends its funds. Why is this important? Because money wins elections…and whoever provides that money has considerable expectations of the candidate who receives it.
According to its website, Weber County is dedicated to the principles of openness and transparency in government. If so, why doesn’t our County Clerk/Auditor hold Weber County candidates to the same requirements it holds for its political parties?
Under SB54, we were forced to surrender our ballot…but we will not surrender our votes, endorsement, or the precious resources necessary to fulfill our mission as Republicans.
As members of the Utah Republican Party (UTGOP), “we are grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, desiring to perpetuate principles of free government and the blessings of liberty to our posterity.” Our State Party Constitution, our County Party Bylaws, and Robert’s Rules of Order Current Edition are the exclusive governing rules of the WCGOP.
Our general purpose is to “nominate and support the election of Republican candidates in partisan races for public office, promote the principles set forth in the State Party Platform, and perform Party functions set forth in the election laws of the State of Utah and the Constitution and Bylaws” of the WCGOP.
Our Party has members, officers, delegates, and a County Central Committee (CCC). All have their responsibilities within the Party. The CCC is made up of all county Precinct Chairs and Vice Chairs with the closest proximity to party membership. As a deliberative assembly, the CCC’s general purpose is to effectively govern the county Party. The CCC meets to determine, in full and free discussion, courses of action to be taken by the Party. Our governing documents contain a complete set of rules for conducting the Party’s business and establishing the rights of its members. As members of the CCC, we are responsible for following these rules within our governing documents, and ignorance of the contents of our governing documents is not an excuse for not following them. We can and will be held accountable for their content no matter how familiar we are with them.
The US Constitution is the law of our land and guarantees each state a Republican form of government (Article IV, Section 4). A republican form of government is a type of government in which the citizens of a country have an active role in the affairs of the government.
With the establishment of our Constitution…we are a Constitutional Republic…a form of government in which a representative is elected by the people to govern over them, according to the rules established in the law of the land…our Constitution.
We understand in a Constitutional Republic, voters don't decide issues, voters decide who will decide issues. Therefore, we must elect representatives that best represent our values. So, we have joined a political organization or party that subscribes to our conservative ideology. We then collectively engage in our Party’s most central associational mission…the selection of a faithful nominee.
Hello delegates! I’m Bill Olson, candidate for Weber County Commissioner.
By now, most all of you have read my emails, talked with me personally or on the phone, watched my videos or visited my website so you know my position on the issues. I thank you for that.
Today, I would like to remind us all about who we are.
The Utah Republican Party Platform is a statement of our principles and values. What does that mean and why is it important?
I believe there is a way that provides the government the revenue it needs while protecting the ownership of our homes. A consumption tax at the time of the home sale.
Every year, the government presents us a bill for our property taxes. Even if we already own our home, we must pay the bill.
Property taxes will always be with us. That’s because by law, all Tax Entities in the County (currently there are 44) are guaranteed the prior year’s property tax revenue regardless of overall property values. This means when property values change, there is neither an increase nor decrease to their budget. The tax entities get at least what they got last year. There is no zero-based budgeting…Perhaps something to consider.
You may recall the much-reported "95% efficacy" of the vaccine against COVID-19. We all assumed that if we were vaccinated, we would then only have a 5% chance of becoming infected. Sounds great, but the statement is misleading. In the Pfizer study, only 8 out of 18,198, or 0.043% of participants who received the vaccine, contracted COVID, while 162 out of 18,325, 0.884% in the control group who received injections of saline became infected. Therefore, while there was a Relative Risk Reduction of 95%, the Actual Risk Reduction was a mere 0.84%.
Here is the Pfizer study conducted by the Canadian COVID Care Alliance. This organization comprises over 500 independent Canadian doctors, scientists, and health care practitioners.
The Pfizer 6 month data shows that Pfizer’s COVID-19 inoculations cause more illness than they prevent. Plus, an overview of the Pfizer trial flaws in both design and execution.
- Pfizer’s most recent report indicates an Efficacy of 91.3%. (Which means a reduction in positive cases compared to placebo group.)
- But it also showed, compared to the placebo group, an increase in illness and deaths.
- There is no benefit to a reduction in cases if it comes at the cost of increased sickness and death.
“The trials did not follow scientific protocols, owing to the desire for rapid deployment. Follow-up studies were made virtually impossible because as subjects were unblinded — made aware of whether they had received the vaccine or the placebo. The unvaccinated largely chose to receive the vaccine. Thus, there is no control group remaining to study”
Where is the outrage?
I would urge everyone to read this study by going to the link above. Seek out other studies and reports. We all owe it to ourselves to become informed and educated about something this important. Our lives and those of our children are at stake. We must also demand more disclosure than we have been receiving from the drug companies and from our government officials. Their priorities, whether political or profit-driven, are different from ours.
I had my annual physical the other day and spent some quality time with my doctor. He is a relatively young man in his late 30’s with a good bedside manner. After saying hello. he gave me three words to remember, then handed me a blank sheet of paper and asked me to draw a clock…showing the time 10 minutes after 11:00. After acing the test, and remembering two of the three words, he continued with more questions. Do I have trouble remembering things? I reminded him I was on time for my appointment today. We talked about sleep, exercise, and medications. I told him I sleep every night…I confessed I should exercise a little more often…and I do not take any medications.
Then…I asked him… if I started to show signs of the “fake” virus would he write me a prescription for Ivermectin…he started to fidget, sunk a little lower into his chair, turning his head back and forth saying…no. Knowing my background, he knew what was coming. I asked him why? He preceded to uncomfortably explain that his superiors wouldn’t allow it. I asked him why? That’s when I got the deer in the headlights look. I looked him in the eye and said…so, it is not medicine you practice…its politics, right? He just froze in his chair... I then told him he sure picked a heck of a time to practice medicine...and he agreed...
As part of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization for their Covid 19 Jab, Pfizer is responsible for the management of all post-authorization safety data and is required to provide that data to the FDA in a “Post Authorization Adverse Effects Report” including all adverse effects data.
According to the report, “Pfizer’s safety database contains cases of Adverse Effects (AEs) reported spontaneously to Pfizer, cases reported by the health authorities, cases published in the medical literature, cases from Pfizer-sponsored marketing programs, non-interventional studies, and cases of serious AEs reported from clinical studies regardless of causality assessment.”
This report has been hidden from the public by the FDA since March of 2021. Suddenly, last month, on November 15, 2021, the FDA asked a federal judge to give it until the year 2076 to fully release the documents in its possession tied to the approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine including data regarding the adverse effects of the vaccine... What?
The Role of a State Delegate.
In our Caucus/Convention system your role is an important one. As a state delegate, you not only vet and select candidates for federal and statewide office, but you also vote for the leadership of the State Party, and on all motions and or resolutions brought before the body at convention.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER:
You are a member of a Deliberative Assembly
As a deliberative assembly, our state delegates meet at our state convention to determine, in full and free discussion, election of our state candidates and courses of action to be taken by our Party. To hold more efficient meetings and respect the opinion of each member, we adhere to the rules of parliamentary procedure. We understand parliamentary procedure cannot guarantee that every member will be pleased with the outcome of any decision; rather, by utilizing the expertise of a Professional Registered Parliamentarian along with an informed Presiding officer, every member can find satisfaction in the manner by which the decision was made, and that the decisions were made efficiently with consideration for every member’s opinion. If we truly understand the process, disagreement is healthy, and helps the organization make the best decision if voting and debate is approached fairly and consistently.
For me, integrity is fundamental to the Utah Republican Party. Integrity means doing what is right. By acting with integrity, we reflect positively on the values and reputation of the Party and its brand. In order to do what is right, for ourselves and for the Utah Republican Party, we all must follow the rule of law, act with integrity and honesty in all matters, enforce our rules and be accountable for our actions.
What business are we in?
The Weber County Republican Party of Utah (WCRGOP) is in the business of electing state, county and local candidates who support the Republican Party Platform.
What will we do?
We seek to improve the well-being of all citizens of the county, by promoting principles set forth in the county, state, and national Republican Party Platforms and electing candidates willing to do the same.
How will we do it?
By organizing likeminded citizens, we will;
Our Mission Statement:
Build a robust Republican Party in Weber County by electing strong leadership willing to educate our SCC representatives, County delegates, State delegates and Weber County voters on the value of their participation in our caucus-convention system by strengthening and improving the caucus-convention process...
No...Thanksgiving is not about Genocide or Violence...
The Pilgrims struggling to survive at Plymouth Plantation learned the importance of private property first-hand in 1623 when Governor Bradford adopted a free-enterprise system after just two years of communal sharing. Their experiment with socialism revealed valuable lessons that inspired the colony to shift to a free-market economic system that would serve as the foundation upon which America would grow into a great and prosperous nation.
As the Pilgrims learned, societies that respect property and the rule of law capture the benefits of free-market enterprise and enjoy high levels of prosperity. The benefit that we see from free markets is contingent on individuals having the right to own and protect property and to benefit from their labor.
“The settlers now began to consider corn more precious than silver” – Governor William Bradford
Plymouth Plantation was an experiment. Disgruntled members of the Old World left behind oppressive governments in search of a New World – both in terms of land as well as social, political and economic systems. The Pilgrims arrived at what would become the Plymouth Plantation in the late fall of 1620 and immediately implemented a communal labor system for the colony...
“When you’re talking about waste heat, every business, every industry, is generating some sort of energy byproduct, some sort of heat; it’s going up in smokestacks and nobody is using it. And the question is, can we capture that energy and use it in a smart way? That’s what ElectraTherm is all about.” - US President Barack Obama
September 11, 2001 changed me, as it did many of us, forever.
Prior to that fateful day, I was involved with a Silicon Valley Marketing firm I had founded with a partner while owning and operating the Players West Tour, a women’s professional developmental golf tour fielding tournaments to prepare young professionals for a chance at the LPGA tour. Too old to volunteer for military service, I directed my energy (anger) at ways in which I could help my country in the wake of the attack.
Drawing from my college days of studying oil politics in the Middle East, I decided to utilize my business development skills and get into the energy business. I was anxious to do something…anything to improve my country’s chances to survive in the post 9/11 world. With very limited knowledge of energy and the way it was used in America, I began my research to determine how I could make a difference…or even if I could make a difference...
The Utah Republican Party Platform is a statement of our principles and values. What does that mean and why is it important? “Principles are the internal rules we live by while values provide the general guidelines for our conduct within those rules.” So, a principle is a moral rule or belief that helps us know what is right and wrong, and a value describes the personal qualities we choose to guide our actions.
What happens when personal and political interests get in the way of our stated values and principles? You get the modern-day Utah Republican Party.
When we as a party focus solely on electing Republicans, we are pursuing our political interest to control congress and the legislature. However, if we are unwilling to strongly voice foundational principles and values that underlie these political interests, we become a joke. Just look at the dumpster fire electing Mitt Romney has created...
Seriously...what are the PCR tests testing for?
Virology is the study of viruses and viral diseases. Viruses are microscopic parasites, generally much smaller than bacteria. They lack the capacity to thrive and reproduce outside a host body so, they don’t benefit by killing the host. Viruses contain the key elements that make up all living organisms, DNA (some contain RNA but never both). The primary role of the virus is to deliver its DNA or RNA genome into the host cell so the genome can be expressed by the host cell. This is when our immune system responds to produce anti-bodies and proteins to do battle. The more the virus genome is expressed, the more it multiplies...the more it multiplies the sicker you get...if it multiplies too much...and you have comorbidity health issues, it could kill.
To determine whether a person has a virus, or for that matter which virus, you must test for its presence. To test for its presence, you must identify exactly what you are looking for. To say with any degree of certainty that something exists, you must first determine its origins and uniqueness in nature. You can’t say you have identified a piece of a unicorn…if you haven’t confirmed one actually exists. How do you confirm one exists? You identify it by its DNA or RNA molecules which contain elements of uniqueness not found in any other living organism...