Tag Archives: rights

We the People March Forth!

Today was an event that I helped organize:

It was a great event. People I’ve never seen before came – and represented all political veiwpoints. The program consisted of speakers, interspersed with volunteers from the audience reading the 10 amendments to the constitution – The Bill of Rights.

While it all was inspiring, the most touching moment for me was when a Utah Minuteman Member became emotional after hearing a member of the Brown Berets speak. This was quite contrary to his attitude towards the Brown Berets before the event started.

After the program we showed the film by Aaron Russo, “America: Freedom to Fascism”, a very well made documentary on the state of the rights of people living in the U.S. I recommend that everyone view this film.

It was truly a day of dialogue and the audience members requested more such events.

Here are photos, with one speech included:

See the rest of the photos and speech.

Habeas Corpus, 1789-2006

Watch this and pass it on:

Daryl at The Candidate says:
The recent bill passed by Congress gives the President unlimited authority to declare anyone as an enemy combatant, without any oversight. Once declared an enemy combatant, you can be legally imprisoned without a trial. Forever.

Lawmakers fail to raise minimum wage in Utah – Republicans limit public testimony

Utah’s minimum wage will not be raised, thanks to lawamakers in both the Senate and House voting down measures that would increase liveable wages for its citizens. The state’s minimum wage has remained the same since 1997. 18 other states and the District of Columbia have successfully passed measures to raise minimum wages this year.

The legislation, introduced by Ed Mayne, D-West Valley, first was proposed to increase the minimum wage from $5.15 – $7.00. Mayne later amended the bill to raise the wage to $6.50, in the hopes of getting more conservatives to advocate the measure.

During the hearing yesterday, despite dozens of advocates for the bill appearing to make testimony, only three people on each side of the issue were permitted to speak.

“This is just more and more hypocrisy to the process,” the senator said after SB43 was voted down, maintaining that his Republican colleagues voted to limit public testimony to three because that was the most they could round up to speak against the measure.

Hits and Misses

House OKs limits on records access
At least there is some hope for Utahns’ private information not being released.
House members approved legislation Thursday that would limit public access to Utahns’ addresses and phone numbers. HB28 would protect personal information required on government documents – unless the record is classified as public, such as voter registration forms.

Casting wide anti-terror net: Massive computer system to scan e-mail and blogs
While this is being billed as a safety measure for Americans, it’s yet another step toward the invasiveness of the government into our personal lives.
The U.S. government is developing a massive computer system that can collect huge amounts of data and, by linking far-flung information from blogs and e-mail to government records and intelligence reports, search for patterns of terrorist activity.

Seatbelt Law

One of the bills up for voting in the Utah Legislature this session is the Prmiary Seat Belt Law. The Utah Senate has already voted in favor of it.

Currently the seat belt law is a “secondary” law – that is, you cannot be pulled over for not wearing your seat belt. If you are pulled over for some other offense, you can then be cited for not wearing your seat belt. If it becomes a primary law, you can be pulled over for not wearing a seat belt.

This type of bill really bothers me and I am opposed to such legislation. I view it as an insult to citizens’ intelligence as to what safety measures to take for themselves. I know full well that wearing a seat belt increases my chances of surviving a crash or minimizing injuries in a crash. So does nearly everyone else. I feel it is entirely inappropriate for our representatives to be discussion a bill that dictates to citizens what they must do to protect their own bodies.

If I am not wearing a seat belt, it hurts no one but me. It has no impact on the driver or passengers in the cars around me. I resent being told I am breaking a law that was implemented “for my own good”.

The billed passed out of committee with a 4-2 vote. Sens. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, and Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, dissented.
“The question is what’s the best way to motivate citizens — I don’t think (the bill) is the best way,” said Bramble, whose daughter’s life was saved by wearing a seat belt when she was in a serious accident in Hawaii.
“Utah’s seat-belt use is well above the national average; it’s well above states that already have primary laws.
“I think educational campaigns are a more effective way (to promote seat-belt use),” Bramble said.

I concur with Bramble. It’s all about education, not dictatorship.

For the record: I am not opposed to wearing seatbelts. I am opposed to the government dictating to me that I must wear one or I will be cited for a misdemeanor. This is a waste of our legislators time (to even consider such legislation). IF passed and police officers begin pulling over citizens for not wearing seat belts, they will be spending time ticketing these offenders rather than being available for more serious crimes and incidents. Further, I don’t accept the excuse that not wearing a seatbelt increases the budget for emergency health care expenses for people who cannot afford to pay them.

Bull. This is a bad piece of legislation.