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Published: Sunday, May 18 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Lincoln City, OR

Hear... hear... vote for that guy.


"When all of us feel that we are no longer seen as citizens but as potential suspects — a relationship of trust is impossible."

Have to agree, all levels of government are quickly becoming the all-controlling overlords predicted in so many dystopian novels. Overlords where laws and powers are continually expanded to control every aspect of life.

Don't you dare step of out lines you don't even know about!

Farmington, UT

Wow...a bit startling to learn the extent to which our current administration is arming the "non-military" departments of the federal government. Thank you Congressman for bringing this to our attention! With the proliferation of laws at both the federal and state level, we are rapidly approaching the point where the federal government can justify interrogating, detaining and arresting just about anyone. While that would not be alarming were we to trust the government to not cross the line, as Rep. Stewart points out, most of us do not trust the government to respect our rights. Not a good situation, to be sure.


I think it's great you want to defund the policing units, but the legislatures need to go a step further and forbid them to exist, immediately. Also, any abuse needs to be punished swiftly to the actors and to those in charge. Not investigate, eliminate.

slc, ut

Representative Stewart, I would like to ask you one question. Do you support Clive Bundy and his very well armed followers? A simple yes or no will suffice.

seattle, WA

How is it possible to reconcile this dilemma of trust between our government and the general public when the extreme elements of the general public are the ones making the agenda?

Mr Bundy in Nevada seemed to generate more support for his rebellion against paying his legitimately owed fees to the American public than did the efforts of the government to enforce a legitimate law? Was it legitimate to jail the polygamist who terrorized the RLDS communities and forced children to marry old codgers? Climate change deniers lack any semblance of credibility, yet it is dogma of one our political parties. These extremes and others are manipulated for the public sympathies by so-called conservative commentators to garner sympathies for their bizarre thinking.

I know that this piece would never have been written by this author if G W Bush was in office. I know that conservative voices would not constantly harangue and delegitimize the current President (show me the Birth Certificate!!!). This is just another attempt to tear apart the fabric of our democracy for political gain.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

The people the author talks about have broken the law. Transporting illegal milk across state lines surely breaks all kinds of laws. Say what you will about the benefits of un-pasturized milk, it's still illegal. Like pot. As for federal snipers for the rancher, the well-armed response of Mr. Bundy and his supporters justifies the belt and suspenders approach.

Yes, Americans do distrust their government. Both parties. The reason lies behind the heavy corruption caused by unlimited spending by the uber wealthy and large corporations. Free speech is for sale, as is the freedoms our founding fathers fought for. The wealthy new royals in America don't pay their fair share, they take and keep more than they need, and they put their money offshore, export jobs and they don't shed their blood for our country. No, they let the poor do that ... in defense of their financial interests.

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

The irrefutable fact is that the public cannot trust the current left-wing administration because the current left-wing administration has proven that it is untrustworthy.

The left has misled the public about Benghazi and the IRS's role in silencing conservative organizations, to name just two examples. Then, when caught, the left seeks to obfuscate and hide what has really happened.

Thomas F. Meagher once said that "sunlight is the best disinfectant." This is what is required for trust: open and transparent dealing by the government.

west jordan , UT


This country has changed so much just in the past few years and not for the better. One example is that gay have come out of the closet, which I am fine with, but it seems christians have been shoved into that closet now and if you speak your mind on gay getting married you are deemed a racist and can lose your job and be pretty much an outcast. People now fear that if they speak out against the President the IRS will be coming through the door. What happened to people speaking their mind and not worrying about the government coming down on them? Serving in the military I would like to beleive I defend peoples right to the 1st Amendment and it is looking more and more like people do not have those rigths any more.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

"...The simple reality is that Americans will never trust Washington...who can trust a government that believes it is OK to lie to you, spy on you, target you and then arm its agencies against you?...".


"...The heart of the problem is that the federal government no longer trusts the American people....we are no longer seen as citizens but as potential suspects...".



A complete failure to protect America while Republicans controlled the government (9-11) have anything to do with this breach of trust?

Two wars started on Republican talking points have anything to do with this breach of trust?

Medicare Part D shoved down the throats of Americans by a Republican controlled government have anything to do with this breach of trust?

Republican policies shoved down the throats of Americans leading up to an economic meltdown have anything to do with this breach of trust?

A Republican controlled SCOTUS have anything to do with this breach of trust?

Until Republican Kingmakers and the Republican Political Machine address these realities...

Americans will never trust Republicans again.

Informed Voter
South Jordan, UT

Stevo123 & Ordinary Folks illustrate the larger problem in America. They ignore the reality that government agencies are abusing their power and have no business having paramilitary/SWAT enforcers. Rather, Stevo & Ordinary People take the position that this is about something else, I.e., Bush or Bundy's action. Do they not know that the federal agencies have stockpiled hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition and purchased armored vehicles. And at the risk of being accused as hating Obama, have they forgotten that he called for an armed civilian force funded as much as the military and as well organized? An uniformed or uncaring electorate ready to justify and accept federal policies over ruling personal liberties and armed agencies bullying citizens is a greater danger to Americans than the act of an individual such as Bundy.

Bountiful, UT

People trust those who see things like they do.

Many in Utah don't trust Washington. A lot of others in Utah don't trust the Utah Legislature. There is some overlap in these groups, but not a lot.

Representative Stewart seems to be saying here that it's OK to disregard federal laws you don't like, and if you owe 20 years in fees to the US, that's OK, there should never be any enforcement.

I would trust Representative Stewart a little more if he agreed that Cliven Bundy needs to be held to account for owing the citizens of the US over a $1 Million, and that Cliven's son needs to be held to account for illegally entering areas that have been closed, on land owned by all Americans.

If Stewart can't agree on these two points, he is to be trusted less than he is now.

Murray, UT

The heart of the problem is that the federal government no longer trusts the American people. When all of us feel that we are no longer seen as citizens but as potential suspects — a relationship of trust is impossible."

Our government leaders treat Iran's crazies better than they treat our own citizens, especially our veterans.

Yes, move all those enforcement agency funds to our military, the real defense of our country, and to the veterans administration, after you have house-cleaned the corruption in it. But then we can't count on this administration to out corruption anywhere in the government, not the NSA, not the IRS, not the VA, not anywhere.

Yeah, we can't trust them at all.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Anyone else find it ironic that a sleazy tea party Congressmen who collected his paycheck when he helped to shut down the government (while millions suffered) is talking about the public's distrust of the government?

Maybe Mr. Stewart should look at himself?
Maybe people distrust the government because of Mr. Stewart's actions?
Maybe people actually trust the government but distrust sleaze balls like Mr. Stewart?

I love it when folks like Mr. Stewart talk about the distrust of the government... So what are you doing to fix that Mr. Stewart? Or when he talks about hating the government... So if you hate it so much, why are you a part of it?

It appears that Mr. Stewart doesn't have any solutions. All he wants to do is play political games of trying to convince the public to "hate Washington" but love "your Congressmen." Even though, it's sleazy Swallow-like Congressmen who are bought off and beholden to special interest which causes the public's distrust of its elected officials.

West Bountiful, UT

Our gov't is broken and cannot be fixed. It is too late. The oligarchy rules. When the cow has been milked entirely, we will move on, but not until then.

Ex-Pat of Zion
Lititz, PA

The author uses great license when he invokes "America" and, as I interpret it, implies a collective "we". If anything, there is greater trust issue among citizens and the dysfunctionality now on display in Washington is merely mirroring "Americans" if we truly have a representative democracy. If this is not so, the system is corrupted. If so, the elementary school who, what, when, where, why and how research needs to be performed. But maybe we need to separate true Americans from posers (a "who" question). Please, Chris ... do enlighten us!

Centerville, UT

Some civil liberties lawyers estimate that the average adult US citizen commits some obscure federal felony every single day because of the number of laws Congress has passed. These include postal laws, securities laws, tax laws, gun laws, on and on. If this is true, all the federal government needs to do to eliminate opposition is to assign a federal agent (or the NSA) to tail or monitor the rabble rouser for a short period of time, charge him or her with the obscure crime, conduct forfeiture proceedings to confiscate his or her assets, what assets are not confiscated need to be sold cheap to afford defense attorneys, and in the end, imprison the person. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and co-star of the show Shark Tank talked about how the feds targeted him for some federal offense he didn't commit, offered him a plea bargain if he would admit guilt. Fortunately, he had the money to fight to clear his name. 8 million dollars in attorney fees later he was found not guilty. How many Americans have that kind of money to fight a federal indictment. Wake up folks!

Centerville, UT

Thank Goodness for courageous men like Chris Stewart, Jason Chaffetz and Mike Lee who are not afraid to shake things up in Washington.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Just how, then, do you propose to enforce Federal laws if there are no enforcement capabilities, Rep. Stewart? Unpasteurized milk can kill people. It's illegal to transport it without certification. Should the FDA simply stand by and say tsk tsk, please don't? Should an FDA official show up at the crook's door and plead with him not to do this terrible thing? Then wait while the crook shoots him down? Again, how do you propose to enforce the laws of Congress, Congressman?

Mission Viejo, CA

So the fallacy of this article and most of the arguments in the comments is the belief the current administration is to blame for all these issues. Somehow this country magically started on Jan 20, 2009. These policies that Stewart decry have been in place for a long time now. Many were enacted under Republican administrations. But now, all of a sudden people have issues with them.

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