Government and traditional marriage

Dieter Boenhoffer is a personal hero of mine. He was a Lutheran minister in Germany at the time of the Nazi takeover in Germany.  Most churches submitted to the will of the Nazi Government by preventing Jews from worshiping in their congregations, recognizing the government as having supreme control over religion and looking the other way when government began mass extermination of those the government felt were undesirable. Rather than consent to the will of the German government, Boenhoffer (along with other ministers) formed the Confessing Church.  This led Boenhoffer…

Utah needs to move beyond 10th Amendment saber-rattling

As I returned home to Blanding, Utah for my father’s funeral, I passed over the Recapture Dam and looked to the south. Almost 30 years ago, my father and I spent a few summers moving cattle up and down that canyon.  While you would occasionally see a piece of Anasazi pottery, that was always a sideshow.  We needed the canyon to graze our cattle as we moved them to the summer pasture on the Blue Mountain. I wonder if in today’s environment, we would be accused of breaking the law.…

The Power to Destroy

“The power to tax is the power to destroy,” said John Marshall, the fourth chief justice of the United States Supreme Court. Today we are taxed on nearly every activity in which we engage.  Go to the store? You pay sales tax. Fill up your tank with gas? You pay a gas tax. Work? You pay an income tax. Own property? You pay a property tax. Some taxation is necessary for government to fulfill its proper role.  For example a proper role of government is for our defense, and government…