Since Mike Lee threw his hat into the Utah senatorial race, people have been asking me why I support him. They aren't trying to be rude, well not all of them, some really want to know. The first time I was asked that question I had to stop for a second, because why Mike should be Utah's next senator is so patently obvious to me.
The first reason is rather intangible, from the first time I heard Mike speak about the U.S. Constitution hope infused my soul. This was the first time it had done so since November 4, 2009. When hope becomes present, a wise person seeks the source and does all they can to keep that source burning brightly...in this case, keeping the light of freedom burning brightly, and it does that in Michael S. Lee.
Now on to the tangible reasons, and they are many:
* Mike Lee is a man of integrity, courage and strength. He is unafraid of anyone in Washington, D.C. As a law clerk of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, he worked on some of the most critical cases in our nation. He has stood, even in uncomfortable places, for what he believes in no matter how unpopular that stance may have been.
* Mike Lee has a deep, abiding love and respect for the U.S. Constitution. The topic of conversation over the dinner table growing up, as the son of Rex Lee, former Solicitor General, Mike learned of the Constitution nightly as the family members discussed one of the most profound and divinely inspired documents on the face of the earth, ever. Mike has spent his career as a constitutional attorney defending the U.S. Constitution at all levels of America's judicial system. He carries the Constitution in his suit coat pocket and will pull it out to quote clauses, although he seems to have the whole memorized, so he doesn't really need the physical text of the Constitution.
Mike is in direct contrast to the incumbent (Bob Bennett) in this matter, who has publicly stated: "I would be careful about holding candidates to their oath of office because the Constitution can be interpreted many, many ways."
When Mike asked Senator Bennett if he'd measured TARP against the U.S. Constitution for its constitutional viability, Senator Bennett answered, "Well, I haven't read the Constitution in a long time."
It should be obvious to anyone why I've chosen Mike Lee on this matter. There is no one in the race right now who knows and understands the U.S. Constitution better than Mike Lee.
Reagan White House staffer, Paul Skousen, son of the late W. Cleon Skousen (author of The 5,000 Year Leap) has publicly endorsed Mike Lee: “To make a difference in today’s hostile Washington environment you’ve got to have in-your-face experience, in-depth knowledge and understanding, and a firm grip on the principles of freedom locked into our Constitution,” he said. “Mike Lee has demonstrated all of that—experience, understanding and application. That’s why I’m endorsing Mike Lee.”
* Mike Lee strongly advocates a limited federal government and strong states rights. His plan for returning America to her former glory, for he loves this nation dearly, and like me, believes she was created for divine purposes, is simple and straightforward:
-- End deficit spending: Deficit spending facilitates the continuing growth of the federal government. It is far too tempting to shift the cost of today’s federal expansion to future generations. Until we require Congress to operate under a balanced budget, that expansion will continue. A balanced budget amendment is essential to restoring the original, proper role of the federal government.
-- Strengthen National Security But Stop Nation Building: A core constitutional function of the federal government is to “insure domestic tranquility” by protecting our country. We must continue to develop sophisticated, cutting-edge tools to defend our citizens from threats of terrorism. But our focus must be on rebuilding our own nation. We should not and cannot afford to continue the quest for nation-building.
-- Reform the Tax System: With 50% of wage earners paying little or no taxes, too many voters have no “skin in the game”—and no reason to question new government programs that are funded by the real taxpayers. Until we reform the tax code to give all Americans a stake in their government (through a flat tax), Congress will continue to adopt new entitlements, new bailouts, and new relief programs.
-- End the Era of the Lifetime Politician: The runaway growth of the federal government will continue as long as we retain a system that assures the existence of lifetime politicians. A career member of Congress inevitably will come to believe that that body has the answer to all social problems. The Constitution should be amended to limit service in each house of Congress to 12 years.
It's a solid plan and one I support wholeheartedly.
* When Mike Lee announced his intention to run for the U.S. Senate and Bob Bennett's seat, I asked him in front of those who had endorsed him and all the press, "Mike, do you have the spine, the backbone to go back to Washington, D.C. and take every single law and piece of legislation in the pipeline and measure it against the U.S. Constitution? And, if you find any of those things violating the U.S. Constitution, will you promise to put your efforts into the repealing of those laws and the defeat of those legislations?"
His answer was simple, "Yes. I have the backbone to do that. I cannot promise it will be easy or quick, in fact it will be very difficult, but I can promise that I will do that. I will use the U.S. Constitution as my measuring stick."
* When asked if he would vote on legislation he hadn't read, he quoted James Madison's opinion on voluminous legislation, "It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. " Mike stated his default vote would be "no" if he was not given reasonable time to read the legislation before him.
I could go on and on, but it is enough for me to know that he is a wise, experienced, knowledgeable man who has immersed himself in the U.S. Constitution, tempered himself with integrity, bravery and honor, and has remained true to his values and beliefs throughout his legal career. Mike Lee is a man I sincerely like and have come to respect.
These are but a few of the reasons I support, and publicly do so, Mike Lee for the U.S. Senate.
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