Last week Governor Gary R. Herbert was inaugurated to his first full term as Utah’s chief executive, having first accepted the role in 2009 when then-Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. was appointed ambassador to China.
Conducted in the rotunda of Utah’s magnificent State Capitol building, the ceremonies included outstanding music by a trio of the Governor’s and First Lady Jeanette Herbert’s sons, who beautifully sang the National Anthem, the One Voice Children’s Choir, the Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, and the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.
In his inaugural address, “From Adversity Comes Strength, From Strength Comes Success,” Gov. Herbert shared insights that every Utahn would be prudent to remember and embrace:
In times of great strife and difficulty, when our course is steep and we are weary, it may be tempting to take a shortcut, to postpone difficult decisions, to abandon our commitment to principle in favor of political expediency. But as I was taught by my parents, principles are not relative. Whether you are a contractor like my father, or a teacher, or a small business owner, or a doctor, or a farmer; for a family or for the government, principles always hold true. And true principles are the surest foothold for good governance.
In Utah we honor the principle of individual liberty coupled with individual responsibility – the power of people to work, to produce, to innovate, to be self-sufficient, and to be rewarded for their efforts. We understand that the most powerful engine for prosperity in the history of the world is the private sector, operating in a free market system. We believe in the principle that we achieve the best outcomes when everyone is engaged….
…We all know that the correct path is often not the easy path.
Amen, Governor Herbert. We heartily concur.