Letter to the Editor: Who speaks for the West?

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OPINION — Who speaks for the West? Who looks broadly across policies, laws, regulations and politics to make sure the interests and needs of the modern American West are represented? Who ensures government bureaucrats thousands of miles away from the West are not more powerful than locally elected state & federal officials?

While possessing a significant amount of the geography of the United States, the West does not have the major percentage of the population. In fact, 92 percent of all federally owned land rests in 12 western states. This creates the situation where those with the least amount of geographic representation make decisions for those with the larger land mass.

While the West produces much of the food and energy and most of the minerals of our country, the West is collectively underrepresented in determining the disposition of those resources. Many of these decisions are made by government bureaucrats who have never stepped foot in or have a vested interest in the overall success and stability of the West. Open spaces, sparse populations and a history of living off the land create different ways of looking at things.

Two centuries of westward migration and the saga of the Old West have left their mark. The West matters.

The West needs more vocal advocacy to make sure the voice of conservative Western America is heard. Conservative Western Priorities has been created to promote policies and political candidates that understand the unique needs, principles and priorities of citizens who live in the Western United States. We will support and collaborate with similarly principled organizations and stand up to the liberal environmental lobby that has largely gone unchallenged in the West for decades.

Conservative Western Priorities is an issues-based organization and these are our values:

  • Conservative American Values: Those truths we hold to be self-evident as the signers of the Declaration of Independence stated.
  • Proper and responsible land use whereby land is conserved, but also shared and used for agriculture, public use, sporting use and other uses in good measure.
  • Protecting our 2nd Amendment rights as specified in the Bill of Rights and re-affirmed by lower courts and the Supreme Court as a guaranteed individual right.
  • Conservative Conservationism: Takes a Constitutional, objective approach based on the latest scientific and technological advances to protecting the environment, water use and conservation.
  • Strong National Security and Border Protection to ensure the common defense of our Nation. Each branch of the federal government must be held accountable for this Constitutional responsibility.
  • Protecting Religious Freedom: It is no secret that the freedom of religion is under attack. CWP unapologetically supports the freedom of religion and will stand against organizations and policies trying to weaken or eliminate this constitutional right.
  • Eradication of Human Trafficking by ensuring freedom for all. We condemn individuals and governments that trap an estimated 27 million people worldwide in modern slavery and support policies and candidates seeking to end this practice.
  • Proper Representation of the people by officials elected to federal public office. We insist that elected officials represent the local people who put them in office with dignity and integrity.
  • Recognition of the importance of Israel as our democratic ally in the Middle East.

Factual debate of issues urgent to the West will help us identify elected and candidate officials who will best represent conservative western priorities and receive our support. The political process is an essential way of addressing issues and represents an important means to important ends. The West matters and resolution of issues and representation of the interests of Western people are our goals. We love our country, we love our lands and we love our peoples.

Who speaks for the West?  We do.

Written by LARRY COX, Salt Lake City. Cox is the president of the board of directors for Conservative Western Priorities, Info@conservativewesternpriorities.org

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  • Chris December 16, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Great! Another crackpot Utah “think tank” that purports to represent “the West”, despite the fact that California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico all vote reliably for Democrats and liberal policies. Arizona is next to fall in line. Larry Cox is just one of a long line of Utah morons who believe that everyone in this part of the country thinks alike.

    • desertgirl December 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      The morons as you put it are the leftist progressives. You sound exactly like one their wind-up monkeys with sheepskin. Liberal policies= big brother and continual loss of freedoms and liberty. Sad that those like you give everything away for a false promise of some grand equal society. Never has succeeded and never will. Why? There will always be those of us not willing to be slaves for a paltry life. When and if it all goes down you’ll be the first the government powers take from; you are so easy.

      • Chris December 16, 2017 at 9:02 pm

        With your poor command of the English language, it’s obvious that you already have a “paltry life.”

        • Utahguns December 17, 2017 at 2:30 pm

          Maybe you’d understand ebonics better ?

  • Uncle Lenny December 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    “Proper Representation of the people by officials elected to federal public office. We insist that elected officials represent the local people who put them in office with dignity and integrity.”

    How about local public office?

  • Waid December 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Protecting religious freedom: I scoff every time some holier-than-thou, bible-thumping religionist talks about how religious freedom is under attack, and how they are going to protect it by forcing everyone else to live by their particular flavor of Christianity. Because, of course, they are the only ones qualified to tell the rest of us how to live and what to believe! Utah is a perfect example — everyone living under Mormon Sharia Law, legislated and enforced by state and local governments that are mere extensions of the Mormon church.

    There is no attack on religious freedom, just the removal of enforced and usually unwanted Christian prayer and religious symbols from public facilities that belong to all citizens, not just Christians. It’s long past time for Christians to recognize that there are many religions in America, and many millions of non-religious citizens. Stop trying to foist off your brand of superstition on the rest of us! And stop whining about this phony attack on religious freedom. You are the ones attacking religious freedom by attempting to force everyone else to accept your mumbo-jumbo!

    • ladybugavenger December 17, 2017 at 9:26 am

      The Bible is playing out right before your eyes…

      It’s quite remarkable.

      Merry Christmas! Happy New year! May it be blessed and you get everything you desire.

    • ladybugavenger December 17, 2017 at 9:34 am

      I also can see how y’all are expecting everyone to conform to your ideology, ie. Gay marriage, abortion, open borders. If they don’t, y’all call people really bad names, like, homophobic, religious freaks, racist. (thats about as clean as i can get)

      Enjoy your day!

  • commonsense December 17, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The federal government owns 70% of Utah land. That means a handful of people in Washington DC control the usage of the vast majority of this beautiful state. New York by contrast has only 0.4% of its land owned and controlled by the Feds.

    Utah is over a thousand miles and culturally, a millennium away from the Washington DC. The last two Democrats president’s screwed Utah on their way out the door by designating over two million acres as national monuments. This was done out of spite. Thank goodness the current POTUS listens to people in the West so our lands can be for the benefit of our people.

    • Utahguns December 17, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      That’s what democrats do….screw things up.

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