On May 20th, 2009, KUTV Channel 2 reported on a gathering of the Patrick Henry Caucus in Salt Lake City, Utah. Several hundred people assembled at the State Capitol cheered as state lawmakers officially launched the "Patrick Henry Caucus." Patrick Henry is well-known for his famous "give me liberty or give me death" speech which helped launched the American Revolution. Read a May 17th story in the Provo Daily Herald for additional media background.
From stimulus money to guns, some members of the caucus want the federal government out of the lives of people in Utah. Caucus members are interested in the promotion and assertion of the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. But House District 51 Rep. Carl Wimmer (R-Herriman) said the caucus is not interested in either a Constitutional Convention or secession, but more interested in promoting a raft of legislation that could trigger court battles over education, abortion, guns, and civil unions. To the list of concerns above I will personally add increased incidences of abusive and corrupt behavior by Federal agencies, to include the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Justice. Rep. Wimmer does not intend for Utah to go it alone; he invites residents from other states to join in and replicate the organization wherever they're at.
Caucus organizers said one of their first objectives would be to introduce a bill to limit the effect of federal gun regulations in Utah. It would bar Washington from having any authority over guns or ammunition manufactured in Utah if the weapons and bullets stay within state boundaries. Montana lawmakers first came up with a similar measure. Although Utahns already have that right, Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem) believes that it is under threat from the Obama Administration.
While KUTV has news video, a YouTube video of Rep. Wimmer's speech, posted on the separate Patrick Henry Caucus blog, is of greater interest:
The Caucus blog also posted videos of speeches by Stephen Sandstrom, Chris Herrod, and Ken Sumsion. Also watch two videos of Glenn Beck interviewing Rep. Wimmer on his program posted on the site.
The official Patrick Henry Caucus website spells out the organization's goals and suggests organizing techniques in their call to action. This appears to be a serious organization in the hands of sober-minded patriots calling for thoughtful and prudent action. In many respects, the organizers of the Patrick Henry Caucus seem to replicate the qualities of our Founding Fathers. The growing Federal tyranny, not too much unlike the tyranny of the old Soviet Union, necessitates action.