In 1976, two years before the U.S. Department of Education was created, a man won Utah’s U.S. Senate seat from an 18-year incumbent after one rhetorical repartee: “What do you call a senator who’s served in office for 18 years? You call him home.” That same man who began service in 1977 is now, 40 years later, the continuing incumbent of that same U.S. Senate seat.
So what do you call a senator who’s served in office for over 40 years? You can call him out, call him on the carpet, call him names, call him on a mission, or any number of other options. For me, I would like to call him up, with a lunch invitation, to both commend him for his years of service, and to ask if he would be willing to step aside and support me in a candidacy for his seat in the United State Senate in 2018.
My name is Chris Forbush, and I am officially announcing that I have created an exploratory committee in preparation for running, in the Republican Party, for the United States Senate. In the coming weeks I hope to meet with Mr. Hatch and complete my social media and internet presence in preparation for an official candidacy announcement.
A variety of reasons have inspired me to enter this race. Among them are not the reasons commonly repeated ad nauseum by politicians. Yes, “Washington is broken,” yes, people want “change,” yes, people want someone who will “get things done.” Nevertheless, for me it is something more.
“Getting things done in Washington” has been the siren’s song of every politician as far back as we can all remember. Sadly, it is precisely this idea that is unraveling the fabric of freedom and federalism in the United States. What a politician can manage to “get done” is often simply a measure of how much less free and more burdened he or she has made the lives of the people, and how much more constrained he or she has made the sovereignty of each state.
At variance with the politician’s approach is the approach of a statesman, whose course of action should be to undo things in Washington. Imagine if we could get things undone? What if we undo the tax code and the graduated individual income tax — which is one of the 10 pillars of the Communist Manifesto — and replaced it with a simple flat tax of some workable form?
What if we undo Obamacare, undo the TSA, undo federal involvement in primary and secondary education like Common Core or No Child Left Behind, undo foreign aid, undo effective federal ownership of state land, or undo a host of other failing and problem-causing laws and policies that are manifestly outside the proper role of our constitutional government? What if we sent a second senator, alongside Mike Lee, to give our government the Reagan rollback it needs?
I turn 33 in June of 2018. The average age of a U.S. senator is 61, while that of a U.S. representative is 57. We, those of us under 50, are being saddled with prohibitive statutory and regulatory burdens and taxation that none of us is able to bear. The national debt is presently about 45 times larger than when Orrin Hatch took office.
Is he to blame? Nobody can fairly blame one man, but he and his generation of politicians have voted for and overseen spending that has outpaced GDP during his entire tenure in office, and we, today, are obliged to pay for programs and policies that they passed way back before most of us were even born. They have spent us into generational debt using wealth that has yet to be created. It is unsustainable, and those of my generation, and our children, and those yet unborn, will be held responsible for their irresponsibility, shackled to the debts they incur.
This is why I desire to run. I will give a sustained effort to undo, rollback and block repugnant laws, bad policy and federal overreach and lend my support to my Senate colleagues in their efforts for the same. I will support any measure that (1) appropriately advances or protects any freedom contained in our Bill of Rights, or (2) is proper and within the scope of the legitimate and original powers delegated to Congress under Article 1. My singular deepest desire is to save what is left of our constitutional republic.
Although long overdue, as we finally call him home, may we all give our seven-term senator, Orrin Hatch, a tip of the hat for what good he has accomplished in Washington during what certainly has been a very protracted and challenging career in politics. May he rest well from his labors with our thanks.
Chris Forbush graduated with honors from Brigham Young University Law School and currently practices law in Provo, Utah. For more information on his candidacy for United States Senate, visit www.chrisforbush.com (under revision) or visit his Facebook page www.facebook.com/OneStatesman.