I am Phil Lyman, and I’m running to represent Utah’s House District 73. I am running as a Republican because I am a Republican. I agree with the Republican platform of smaller government that is closer to the people. I believe Adam Smith was right when he said that the recipe for prosperity is “peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice.” In my experience, I find that all of these essential elements are grossly lacking in our country today.
If you live in the public-lands states, and especially in the public-lands counties within those states – like House District 73 – the situation is even more intolerable. How is it fair that those who live in states with virtually no public land are the ones who make regulations that will never affect them but will materially affect us? Similarly, how can the Wasatch Front or the Governor’s office make decisions that choke the life out of our public land counties?
Government plays a vital role in our lives, which is why we collectively delegated specific limited powers to the central government while retaining broad general powers ourselves. The objective was, and remains, to protect ourselves and our property from enemies foreign and domestic. This basic role of government is simple yet seen as deplorable by those who wish to dominate others. Unfortunately, government office attracts disingenuous kingdom builders. As W. B. Yeats said, “The best lack all conviction while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”
While I have had significant experience with those who abuse power in government – especially within the federal administrative state, my experience with the elected officials in Utah tells a different story. I believe we have some of the best men and women in the state representing us at the local, state and federal level.
Though in District 73 we are statistically underrepresented because of our low population, we are over represented because of great elected leaders who put principle before politics and are willing to take a stand for our counties. They recognize that we are all important parts of the great state of Utah, and that one county cannot say of another that they have no need of them. I saw this first hand with the opposition to the Bears Ears Monument Designation. The Governor, the Legislature, and our representatives in Washington were all unified in their opposition to the Bears Ears designation. They had all been engaged in working out an agreement, so the 11th hour sucker punch was intolerable. They did not shrink but used their power to protect the liberties of a very small and politically inconsequential group of people in Southern Utah and ended up not only with a reduction in Bears Ears, but a re-evaluation of monument designations nationwide. Of course, we also saw a long overdue reduction to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Great representatives like Mike Noel stood up. Through it all, we learned that one person can make a difference, and that small communities of honest people can rely on other honest people to stand with them.
As a legislator, I know I will be required to vote on a wide range of policies that will impact our state. Some will be complex. Some will be simple. As I vote on these issues, I will make it my top priority to evaluate whether they protect private property rights and increase private property ownership. I will fight for policies that allow Utahns to flourish in a free market and I will fight against policies that enable only those with political connections to succeed. I will do everything I can to keep regulatory burdens and taxes as low as possible. And I will continue to unequivocally insist on a “tolerable administration of justice.” If these things are important to you, then please help me make difference for the greatest district in Utah, House District 73.