Two weeks ago a group of 9.12 organizers, tea party organizers, and various campaign volunteers, most of which are also State and County delegates for the Republican Party met with Senator Orrin Hatch over lunch. (The opinions expressed in this article are mine, and are not necessarily the opinions of the other people invited to the luncheon.)
- Larry Jensen, a Salt Lake County 9.12 Organizer part of Utah Rising, and State Delegate
- Brandon Beckham, from Slate It Up Films
- Susan Benson, State Delegate
- Rebekah Whyte, activist, and homeschool mom
- Donald Cutshaw, State Delegate from http://patrioticutahns.com
- Steve Jones, a state delegate, member of Utah Rising and iCaucus, as well as volunteer trainer for Morgan Philpot’s campaign
- Susan Southwick, State Delegate and Tea Party Organizer part of Utah Rising in Salt Lake County
- Jacquie Nelson, State Delegate
- Margaret Wilkin, County Delegate, and 9.12 member
- Marc Pelissie
- Myranda Holgerson, Leg. Chair, Precinct Chair, UHEA Legislative Liason, homeschool mom.
- Jacqueline Smith, State Delegate and Founder of The STAR Forum, the Summit County 9.12 group, part of Utah Rising, and homeschool mom
There were others there as well, and I apologize if you were not included in the list.
This lunch was organized by Hatch as a way to reach out to the 9.12 groups and tea party movement. After the unseating of Senator Bennett, I think that Hatch is smart to reach out. He bought us lunch, and that was very nice. He didn’t have a chance to eat much because we were pretty excited about hearing his answers and had a lot of questions.
We had three main questions. Larry Jensen presented the first question regarding our caucus system. We asked him,
“Each of us here today spent hours, days and weeks of study and civic involvement to become elected representatives of our neighborhoods in Utah’s Republican caucus/convention system. We are here again today representing our neighbors who elected us. Senator Hatch, do you favor this traditional form of representative system of choosing candidates for the Republican party or do you favor a direct primary?”
Hatch responded that it has served him well so far, and the reason we have it is so that a relative unknown without a lot of money can actually win the seat for the party. He said that is the system we have and that he is willing to live with it.
The next question was asked by me,
“I applaud your thoughtful and well-reasoned opposition opinion to general Elena Kagan’s nomination for the Supreme Court. It represents the near unanimous conclusion of everyone I have discussed this with during the last two weeks. Beyond the reasons you cited, there is significant evidence that Ms. Kagan has a history of association with people tied to three interrelated organizations, the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee/Democratic Socialists of America and the far left Washington DC “think tank” Institute for Policy Studies. We cannot allow a person with her documented background of associations to serve on the court. What actions do you plan to take to prevent Kagan’s confirmation?”
Hatch feels that a filibuster is unconstitutional and shouldn’t be used. He has come out publicly with his reasons for opposing Kagan. He doesn’t want filibuster used by Republicans or Democrats.
This answer troubled me, because even though I know he is a seasoned politician and well entrenched in the ways of Washington, I believe he is mistaken about the gravity of the current situation we face. We are facing a near coup d’état of the Democrat Party by the Communists and Socialists in this country. Has he been there so long and the transition been so slow, that he is unaware of the changes? Not that he needs to be disagreeable or combative, but is Hatch really willing to call it as it is, instead of hiding behind friendships of the highest aristocracy created in our American system?
While I don’t think filibuster is necessarily the answer, what else can be done? Can he get his face and voice out on the radio waves and television enough to send a strong message to the conservatives in other states so they are contacting their liberal Senators and swaying the vote? Is he willing to bring enough attention to the matter? Would he sacrifice his position and make some serious enemies to help our country block poor nominees, and put in Supreme Court Justices that will uphold the highest and first law of the U.S., the Constitution?
The third question was asked by Marc Pelissie about auditing the Fed.
“What has to happen for you to champion a comprehensive audit of the Federal Reserve?” and as a follow-up “What can we do to ensure that happens?” or “What can we do to support you in making the audit happen?”
This answer came as a surprise, and a disappointment. Hatch told us the Federal Reserve does get audited. I realize it has some type of audit to be in business, because it is a private business remember, but it has not been audited in a way that gives the American people a good look at who is pulling the strings of this country. Hatch also responded by saying in his 34 years in the Senate they have never had a fiscal majority. I was 11 years old when Hatch went into office. Through the Reagan years, through the majority in the Senate when Clinton was in office we’ve never had a fiscal majority? Since Hatch has been in office the Republicans have held the Senate Majority over the 97, 98, 99, 104, 105, 106, 108, and 109th sessions of Congress. He told us to get fiscal conservatives into the Senate with him. He spoke of his seniority there on different committees and how we need to send “him” back to Washington.
So… is Hatch a fiscal conservative? Well, he voted for Bush’s tarp, and I haven’t forgotten that. Is it fiscally conservative to side with a President that says he is “abandoning free-market principles in order to save the free-market?” The day AIG received it’s bailout, I told my husband we may have just witnessed “Black Wednesday,” instead of Black Tuesday, for our generation.
He also made a really big deal out of the BCS when the health care debate should have been the sole priority.
Hatch asked us to make sure in November we elected more fiscal conservatives to the Senate. I have a strong feeling that November will bring a great number of new conservatives in every respect to the Senate. As sung by Krista Branch in her video “I Am America:”
“You stuff your pockets while Rome is burning,
I’ve got a feeling that the tide is turning.”
This could go two ways for Hatch that are completely positive. One, he has two years to prove he’s really fighting for the very threads that bind our country together. He will need to lead out in ways he never has in the past. We will be watching him, and we will back him, if he puts himself out there and puts his own personal “career” aside, and has instead public virtue. Two, he steps down without a fight in two years, and gets behind a freshman and mentors him, as our founders did not want career politicians. The aristocracy of the Republicans and Democrats must come to an end. A great book to read on aristocracy is “The Coming Aristocracy” by Oliver DeMille.
Some of the things we heard him say were also heard on the Glenn Beck program last Thursday. Here are the clips for you to hear. Much of the same speech was given to us at the luncheon.
Hatch invited three of my 9.12 friends to the fundraising event on Friday before Glenn Beck’s Salt Lake City show to have dinner with Glenn. At $2,500 a plate, that is quite a gift. Becky Pirente, Darcy VanOrden, and Brian Halladay all attended this very exclusive event. All three are 9.12 organizers or activists in the more populated areas of Utah. It was generous, and for a good cause. Again, he is reaching out hard to the people who are currently now the Republican Party of Utah with the most say.
It’s the delegates that will be in charge, and Hatch will work much harder than Bennett to ensure he has his delegates in place in 2012. Based on the cycles of history we will probably be in even more serious political upheaval by then, but time will tell. In the end the people will decide, and Hatch’s seniority isn’t going to be the thing on which their decision hangs. Those tactics will not work in this political environment.
Jason Chaffetz is a great example of what attention a freshman can create, and the waves that can be made when you stand for what you believe. Is he getting anything done? We don’t care, because we would actually like to see a Washington where nothing gets done and we, the people, are left alone. Chaffetz is a watchdog, and workhorse for our rights, and he’s not afraid of digging up the dirt.
Jason received a great amount of applause at the Glenn Beck American Revival in Salt Lake City compared to Hatch. Hatch should read the writing on the wall, and do the right thing, instead of the thing that keeps him in power. Chaffetz is well-known, and well-liked by the liberty-loving crowd in Utah. Rumor is that in 2012, Chaffetz may well be the one to challenge the, by then, 36-year incumbent. Until then, we can only hope that Hatch pushes hard for the truth, the law, and the correct principles that Save The American Republic.