Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes speaks on Saturday at the Utah Eagle Forum’s annual convention at Salt Lake Community College in Sandy. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret News)
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SANDY – Government ‘encroaching on freedoms’ was a priority at Saturday’s annual convention of Utah Tories – the majority of whom did not wear face masks, despite a new active emergency public health order requiring them to do it.
Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah and other members of the Congressional leadership from Utah spoke at the large gathering about the importance of freedom and other conservative values, even mentioning concerns about the encroachment of the government over those freedoms during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said he had opposed various federal mandates requiring vaccines for businesses, healthcare workers and Head Start programs.
“The rule extends well beyond the authority given (to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), he said.” (It) can regulate hazards in the workplace. But this is not a specific workplace hazard. It is a communicable disease in our community, affecting over 80 million workers who must choose between a job and a job, and it is unconstitutional. “
Attorneys general in several conservative states have argued in the United States Supreme Court against the warrants, and Reyes said at least one judge has agreed that the power to issue those warrants should not rest with the executive branch, but with the legislative authority.
“We have had tremendous success in fighting these warrants, keeping them all and now waiting for the Supreme Court to decide the fate of the OSHA and (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) warrants. That covers a lot of it. vaccines, ”Reyes said. , who is vice chairman of the conservative group of heads of state, said.
He said they needed support, as “the last line of defense against federal excesses.”
Lee said that for the past 85 years, Congress has delegated the power to make laws to the executive, thus undermining parts of the Constitution.
“You cannot consolidate the power to make laws with the power to enforce the laws, because the same entity that would make tyrannical laws would predictably enforce them in a tyrannical manner,” he said, adding that this causes loss of freedom and makes things more difficult. that the government do what it is designed to do, which is to protect life, liberty and property.
“When government begins to do things that it is not necessarily supposed to do and that it is not uniquely or constitutionally qualified to do, government becomes less able and less inclined to do these things than government alone. can do, ”Lee said.
The Utah senator also spoke about abortion and argued that the Supreme Court did not have the power to legalize abortion because it is state law that defines murder and other crimes. He said that the Supreme Court gave itself that power, which created other problems.
“Human beings deserve the dignity of protecting other human beings, especially the most vulnerable among us,” Lee said. “We have to understand intuitively, this is one of the most important characteristics of government.”
Doug Yeaman, a business owner from Utah, said the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on businesses. He said he found himself at a county GOP caucus meeting asking questions and trying to come up with an answer “to where and when he surrendered his freedoms,” and how the government could “force him to stay at home or wear a mask “.
Yeaman said he learned that the American people “gave up” these freedoms when they allowed the warrants to be made, he let that happen.
“We have been involved and immersed in a system using our ability to believe something is true, which has created what I call the ‘religious covid cult’,” he said.
Citing the current number of COVID-19 cases in Utah, Yeaman said it’s important to look beyond the data and models that make sense of the numbers. As of Friday, the state had reported 682,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,887 deaths from COVID-19, which it said shows a fatality rate of 0.0057% for each case. He said these statistics are slightly worse than those for the flu, but the data is often “skewed” so that it looks more horrific than it is.
Yeaman is helping push legislation forward in Utah this year to ensure vaccine passports aren’t possible – because he believes vaccine passports are the “biggest threat in my life.”
Molecular biologist and toxicologist Dr Janci Lindsay spoke to the Eagle Forum group about his concerns with the COVID-19 vaccine and in particular, with the vaccine mandates. She said the United States Food and Drug Administration is aware that vaccines can cause strokes, heart attacks and other problems based on animal trials, but has moved ahead with them nonetheless.
“I decided to go into this fight because I knew the technology was brand new and had never been used until it was pushed at high speed. You are not launching a whole new vaccine technology at high speed. “Don’t skip animal trials. And we’re not putting new experimental gene therapy into humans without doing the necessary research,” Lindsay said.
She said there had been 22,000 deaths reported in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s database related to the COVID-19 vaccine. A CDC records check, however, shows that there were 7,771 vaccine-related deaths, each with a warning that the deaths are self-reported and have not been verified by the CDC.
Lindsay, however, believes the federal agency withheld the death reports, withdrew the reports and made it difficult to file a death report.
She also raised concerns about administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children, saying there is a risk of cardiomyopathy and the child mortality rate from COVID-19 is “insignificant” and “over. small as the chance for a child to die of suffocation or the flu. “
“I want you to understand that Pfizer, the CDC and the FDA are working together. We no longer have an intact safety and regulatory entity in the FDA and the CDC,” said Lindsay, also criticizing the push to deal with COVID -19 with remdesivir, instead touting the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.
Meanwhile, Representative Chris Stewart, R-Utah, spoke about what he believes will happen throughout 2022, again mentioning the government’s COVID-19 response.
“They will impose their will until we tell them they can’t anymore, and if you don’t believe it’s true that you haven’t looked at our company in the last generation and you don’t Surely not watched it in the past 11 months. Because everything we feared has happened, and more, “said Stewart.
He noted – as he has already done – that he is vaccinated, but has stopped attending Utah Jazz games because the venue requires proof of vaccination.
While the coronavirus warrants overwhelmingly dominated the conversation at Saturday’s meeting, speakers also spoke about how conservatives care about the climate as well; and, the cultural changes facing men and women, as well as other issues.