Morgan Philpot: Governor should be willing to defy feds even if it means arrest

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  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Dec. 5, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    The DesNews needs to assess its editorial policies and raise the bar on its reporting responsibilities to the public. Here you have a candidate who says he is willing to break the law. He is willing to put some vague and supposed interests of the state ahead of federal law. He refuses to acknowledge the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution. He refuses to acknowledge the legal and Constitutional outcome of the Civil War, and he refuses to acknowledge the hallowed words of Lincoln given at Gettysburg. He deliberately states he will ignore the law of the land and act against the interests of the United States of American because he doesn't think the law applies to him or that his views are greater than the law of the land. What would you call this? Why don't you, DesNews, call this for what it is? Why do you not step up and do your job as a powerful voice in the state and oppose this kind of talk - unless you agree. If you do, say it.

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    I believe I'm a conservative Republican. I'm no RINO. But the kind of talk already coming from Philpot is just irresponsible.

    I know there are a lot of Republicans, especially delegates to the state convention, who love red meat. But I pray they have the sense to know this guy would be a disaster as governor.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    When someone announces that he is above the law or in other words becomes a law unto himself, I'd say that's reason enough right there to question his ability to uphold the law as the senion executive of the state.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    Dec. 2, 2011 8:39 a.m.

    Why do I get the painful feeling when one of these guys stand up, that we will lose our birthright to OUR public lands and they will be sold to the highest bidder? My life is better because of puplic lands.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    Philpot once again proves he is not fit for public office. Why am I not surprised . . .

  • scootd28* SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 6:11 a.m.


  • AmPatriot Taylorsville, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 4:09 a.m.

    I'm for change and this guy may do it, but I do have to declare that he should stand up to more than the Feds. He must be willing to stand up against our legislators, Hispanic activist, special intrrest groups, departments of Justice, law enforcement, and other corruption in business and government with the same fervor. We don't want a single minded governor with a single minded crusade.

    He needs a spine of justice, right and wrong, morals, and honesty. Otherwise I may have to put my hat in the ring and declare that Utah is a member of the Untied States of America, its constitutions, with uncompromising law and order at the highest levels.

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 2, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    "It doesn't all have to be confrontational politics." - Philpot
    Yet another Utah politician who does not listen to himself. Philpot is all about confrontational politics at a time when we need less divisiveness and rancor. And, who is he trying to kid by taking on a leading Utah Republican after losing to a Democrat? That means people in his own party crossed the aisle to vote for his opponent. When that happens in Utah youre toast.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Dec. 1, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    "danaslc | 7:10 p.m. Dec. 1, 2011
    Kearns, UT
    You have got my vote. Herbert is Obama's friend along with Shurtleff. We have had enough of handing over illegal immigrant workers to take our jobs."

    You mean the same President Obama that has deported more people in 3 years than Bush did in 8?

    Philpot is just another big talking big spending Republican that makes Herbert look downright decent.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Dec. 1, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    I can't believe some people. As a state, Utah has done relatively we'll during the recession largely because it has invested hand in hand with the federal government on infrastructure like highways and mass transit. These are the types of projects that enable businesses to choose Utah for growth.

    But if you in turn have a governor that appears to have gone rouge, the flow of business dollars heading utah's way will dry up. Over the top claims are great for rallying the base, but do little to encourage businesses to plan growth in an unstable business environment.

    Utah has benefitted largely from the positive flow of federal dollars. Don't be stupid and shoot yourself in the foot just to win votes from those that will vote republican regardless.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    You have got my vote. Herbert is Obama's friend along with Shurtleff. We have had enough of handing over illegal immigrant workers to take our jobs.

  • JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt Beverly Hills, CA
    Dec. 1, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    ""...He stressed, though, he would not want the state to turn away all federal funding."

    It's all about the pork with these big talking Republican candidates but when the rubber meets the road they are big spenders.

  • DR Hall Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 6:20 p.m.

    The leadership we need all the time is someone who thinks and reasons before they speak and needs common sense to help make judgements. Too many people have made a lot of decisions based on wants and money in their pockets. Think of the last 11 years and the efforts to outsource jobs and to let investors make fast money with no regard for the economic wellbeing of our country. Then these greedy leaders do just that and shortly there comes a big recesion for the entire world and millions of people lose their jobs and many companies fail just to satisfy a few greedy people. What a loss of character and integrity for America.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    "...He stressed, though, he would not want the state to turn away all federal funding. 'I'm not going to tackle every single issue that every single person might believe is appropriate,' Philpot said, suggesting there might be room for COMPROMISE(?) with the federal government on some issues, such as Medicaid funding...".

    Republicans "compromise"?

  • OldSage CEDAR CITY, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 5:19 p.m.

    "Herbert would be a great governor in the 1990s, when times were good, but 'things have gone crazy.'" Makes sense then that we need a crazy man as governor. I think Philpot fills that bill. It's all about defying the evil federal government, isn't it? I'm sure it has nothing to do with seeking elected office after losing the last election.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 1, 2011 4:49 p.m.

    Herbert the Amnesty Governor is finally getting called on his RINO policies!

    Go Philpot!