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Published: Saturday, April 16 2011 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Layton, UT

It would be interesting to see who/what entities are funding Mero's pursuit of alleged right-wing extremism. I find that anyone who tacitly approves of illegal immigration, either by a legislative "wink-and-a-nod" or by parsing words in the name of political and religious expediency, to be supporting the New Slavery. Trafficking in humans is most reprehensible. Mr. Mero, what part of "honoring, obeying and sustaining the law" don't YOU get? I'm sure that your handlers and donors are pulling the strings of your economical survival,so that you can perform their political wet work that they lack the moral courage to do.
Since I am adamantly and unashamedly against the scourge of illegal immigration and those who traffic and profit from it, and those who enslave illegal immigrants for their personal profit, Mr Mero, count ME, as an extremist.

Salt Lake City, UT

Your against 'right-wing extremism?'

That's extreme!

Sarcaism off.

It's nice to see self-proclaimed conservatives taking a stance against extremism.

It's too late, but it's nice.

The Tea Party Republicans have taken over. And their apparent extremism (Gonna Kill grandma, Birthers, Shut down the goverment) will work in the short term, attracting the fringe of each group...

but fail in the long-term, distancing themselves away from the curcial vote: Moderates & Independants.

Without this balancing influence, the party will continue to 'eat itself.' By calling for 'purity' and the decline of compromise. Allowing other influences (Bachman, Chaffetz, Palin) to be the leading powers in a declining party.

Leaving Moderates to side with the only real party left, the Democratic party. With their progressive and liberal ideas.

aka, the conservative movement, has gone crazy.

FYI, this is the very first time I have agreed with the Sutherland Institute.

Salt Lake City, UT

It is sad to be labelled 'extreme' for wanting to see laws enforced and to protect jobs, neighborhoods, our kid's identities and the values of American citizenship.

Salt Lake City, UT

"There is no virtue in thinking that you, as an adherent, know more about a faith than the authorities appointed to govern and administer that faith." (from: "The Poison of Extremism," revised April 14, 2011)

First, let's get something straight, Mr. Mero. You -- of ALL people -- do NOT speak for the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, which is the actual governor and administrator of the faith of legions of faithful Latter-Day Saints.

Second, the views, relative to the rule of law, of those whom you falsely accuse of being "extremists," do NOT "contradict" actual LDS Church doctrine, but happen to agree with it perfectly. I would remind you of the actual text of the 12th Article of Faith: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

I would remind you also of the Ninth Commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

Lastly I would remind you that actions speak louder than words. Satan himself, after all, would falsely refer to himself as a "Conservative," his doctrines as "Conservatism," and his church as a "Conservative Think Tank."

John C. C.
Payson, UT

How many "deportation caucus" enthusiasts would support more legal immigration? They talk as if it's all about the law, but if the law were to increase quotas and bring in more foreign nationals would they support those laws, too? I feel the real issue is about something less noble.

An honest economic review would show that we would benefit from welcoming more foreign-born residents. There's nothing illegal about changing the visa quotas.

Orem, UT

Mero is right in the broader sense: The extremists have control of the process in Utah. They are the ones who show up and are most vocal at the neighborhood level; and those of us with provable conservative credentials but who do not bow to their ultra far-right agenda are left on the outside. The losers: The bulk of the people of Utah.

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Mapleton, UT

John C. C., I cannot believe you are claiming that an honest economic review would indicate we need more foreign workers. Please point us to such a study so we can read it.

Murray, UT

I truly resent the condescending of attitude of Mr. Mero that we somehow needs him to "teach" us all about "extremism" , he seems to me to be the poster child for the subject. Arguing that someone whose first act in this country is to break the law by crossing the border with a backpack full of drugs to pay their way, and whose next act is to steal the identity of a child which they then use to steal job from an American citizen, and who then go to a hospital where they don't pay the bill and figure out any way they can to rob the state and national treasuries somehow ought to be put on a pathway to American citizenship is my definition of "extremism" Mr. Mero. You don't know the meaning of the word. If and when we need you to lecture us on anything we will let you know. The mere release of this drivel is about as arrogant an action as I have ever seen.

Anaheim, CA

LOL "Sutherland Institute takes aim at 'right-wing extremism'..." Perhaps they should take aim at their own right-wing extremist anti-government push. Remember, these are the folks who are pro-voucher and called the Utah people "uninformed" (I would like to use another word but for some reason Desnews wont allow me to say the "S" word and I'm not talking bad "S" word) for overturning the voucher bill, and these are the same folks who are against UHAA, and would like to see all government agencies disbanded and privatized. How's that for a "right-wing extremist" viewpoint?

Provo, UT

As a former friend of Gaylord Swim (RIP 2005), I am appalled by Mr. Mero's departure from the "authentic conservative" principles that should have been the foundation of the Sutherland Institute.

The Sutherland Institute always had similarities between its ideologies and the conservatism common in the LDS Church. But under Mr. Mero's poor leadership, the Institute has become nothing but a thin and superficial veneer over popularist religious rhetoric.

Mero's stance on illegal immigration is no only in direct contradiction of the Republican Party Platform, but also with the Sutherland Institutes's own principle: Personal Responsibility as the basis of self-government.

This principle asserts that "a free and prosperous Utah requires personal responsibility from its people... that every Utahn should act with honesty and integrity..."

But Mero does not demand illegal "Utahns" to live the same way? Mero wants lawbreakers to receive amnesty? Mero wants to turn his back on justice and the rule of law? Mero wants to make illegals and exception to "Personal Responsibility"?

The Sutherland Institute has lost my support (which was substantial).

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