Category Archives: Constitution

Constitution, originalism and judicial activism – Sutherland Soapbox, 9/30/14

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A couple weeks ago, Utah and the country celebrated Constitution Day. September 17 was designated to commemorate the signing of the Constitution by … Continue reading

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Elder Oaks urges mutual understanding on religious freedom issues

I have heard people rant and rave and bellow That we’re done and we might as well be dead, But I’m only a cockeyed optimist And I can’t get it into my head Elder Dallin H. Oaks quoted these lyrics … Continue reading

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How Judge Shelby got the 14th Amendment wrong

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution has been at the epicenter of most controversial court decisions over the past 40 years. … Continue reading

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Bright, principled Sen. Lee makes the establishment cringe

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Just when I complimented my friends at The Salt Lake Tribune for being authentic for owning the cause of anything other than … Continue reading

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Is our 226-year-old Constitution in crisis?

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. This week, specifically September 17, marks the 226th anniversary of the United States Constitution. While our Declaration of Independence is the heart … Continue reading

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Some habits are hard to break

The Salt Lake Tribune reported recently on the legal answer filed in the federal lawsuit challenging Utah’s marriage laws. It seems that in response to the filing, an activist group brought a copy of the Constitution to the attorney general’s … Continue reading

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Responsible citizens, gun rights and the 2nd Amendment

httpv://youtu.be/hFT-6sPqCOs Text of Paul Mero’s remarks, as prepared, at the KVEL Radio 2nd Amendment Rally in Vernal on Aug. 10, 2013: I mentioned to our host that me sharing thoughts with you about the Second Amendment is like a student … Continue reading

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Government’s stalking of media is outrageous and creepy

As a former journalist who spent 20 years in the newsroom of a daily paper, I have watched with horror the news about the Justice Department snooping into the Associated Press’s records and conducting surveillance on Fox News correspondent James … Continue reading

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May 8: A big day for Utah in 1895

Wednesday, May 8, 1895, was the last formal day of the Utah Constitutional Convention. Unlike the lawyer-dominated Philadelphia Convention, the top occupation of Utah delegates was farming, though lawyers were certainly represented. The president of the convention was John Henry … Continue reading

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What makes for reasonable gun regulation?

Listen to the audio here:   The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I’ve possessed a concealed carry permit for over five years now. I believe in the right … Continue reading

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Celebrate Constitution with contest, concert, McCullough

On Monday, Sept. 17, we mark the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution – the foundation, along with the Declaration of Independence, of the American republic. Of this remarkable and most significant document, William R. Gladstone, … Continue reading

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Lincoln's legacy of leadership

Today marks 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln penned what has become one of the most frequently quoted writings of our nation’s 16th president. The letter, written in response to New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley’s blistering editorial published days … Continue reading

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Let’s be worthy of our great Constitution

  Tomorrow is the big rivalry game between Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. But before we head out to enjoy the great spectacle of the so-called “holy war” (a misnomer, by the way), we might all pause … Continue reading

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Why has no one replicated America?

  Here’s a question: If America’s Constitution, Bill of Rights, system of government and free market economy are the best solutions humankind has ever conjured to govern itself, why has no other country closely replicated our systems and, correspondingly, our … Continue reading

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Rep. Carl Wimmer Crafts Spending Limitation Proposal For Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (FEB. 17, 2011)—Representative Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, released a joint resolution today that would require the Legislature to limit state spending to the amount the state expended during the preceding fiscal year with an increase allowed for inflation … Continue reading

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