We Must Remember - And Honor - Our Military Veterans

This past weekend we honored our veterans, those who have served our country in the military. We feel particularly moved by those who paid the ultimate price, giving their lives in service to our country. 

While visiting the American cemetery in Nettuno, Italy, I came across the grave of a young man named Paul K. Jacobson. He was from Utah and died April 12, 1944, while serving in the 1st Armored Division, 81st Reconnaissance Battalion. He enlisted in June of 1943 in Salt Lake City and was 23 years old. He was an unmarried high school graduate who had been working as a cook. He was in the Army less than a year when he died. 

I've often wondered about this young man's family and what his parents must have experienced when they were notified of his death. 

My own father turned 100 years old this weekend. He is a World War II and Korean War veteran. My brother is a Vietnam veteran. One of my daughters served in the Army, and a granddaughter is presently in the National Guard. Two of my nephews - brothers - have served in the Middle East. One of them is also married to a young woman who served in Iraq. She came home with tuberculosis. All are proud to have served. 

Only 1 in 30 World War II veterans is still living, and I hope families are capturing the memories of these heroes. We must remember - and honor - those who have gone before and have preserved our ability to be an exceptional people. 

~ Mary Burkett

Remembering the service and commitment to our nation of current and former members of the U.S. military is important every day, not just on Veterans Day. Mary Burkett, Republican candidate for Utah's 2nd Congressional District's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, explains her views on the importance of honoring American military veterans.

All Life Deserves Protection

People tell me that I'm not being reasonable and practical at times. That's why sometimes I say that if we can't get a law changed, then we need to redouble our efforts to teach our children what is right. Just because something is legal, that does not make it right. 

Abortion is one of these issues. Having given birth six times, I know what it's like to have children. I know that babies in the womb are individuals. They are separate from their mother, only connected by a cord to supply them nutrition. Pregnant women do not have the right to take an innocent life, one separate from them, even though that life is within them.

Mothers are stewards. We are given a charge to help them through their development. We help them, but they are not us. They are separate beings with a right to life. 

I understand that many will take exception to this view. I won't win any friends, but I do believe that we can - and must - teach our children to respect life...all life. 

~ Mary Burkett

Abortion can be a divisive subject, but Utah Republican congressional candidate Mary Burkett breaks it down to a simple message: All life matters.

Americans Must Break The Habit Of Expecting The Federal Government To Solve Every Problem

Why do members of Congress in both houses think that they have to "do something" about every issue that comes up in the media?

How did we get to be $20 trillion in debt? By allowing Congress to do something about every issues that comes up in the media.

Congress does not have the authority to solve all problems, to be all things to all people. This process of expecting Congress to fix everything has happened over time, and it will take time to get Americans out of the habit of expecting federal government to solve all problems. 

According to the Constitution, the states and individual citizens have the majority of rights. With those rights comes the privilege to solve their own problems, to bond with others to solve problems, or to work with their state legislatures to solve problems. In this way, accountability is ensured. Government closest to the people governs best because accountability closest to the people works best.

With the federal government involved in so many areas of our lives - areas in which they have no authority - career bureaucrats have input into our lives. These nameless, faceless bureaucrats have no place in our lives. It's going to take legislation, including laws to balance the budget every year, to end this federal intrusion, and that will take time. We must start now!

~ Mary Burkett

The nation's debt is OUT OF CONTROL! Congress needs to pass a balanced budget amendment, and tax reform is imperative. Mary Burkett, Republican candidate for Utah's 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, explains her views on these and other important issues facing lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Congress Should Get Rid Of Ridiculous Over-Regulation

While visiting with relatives over the weekend, a cousin who owns a business that employs more than 100 people told us that his job, as President and owner of the company, is compliance officer. To what must his company comply? Government regulations, both federal and state. Rather than spending his time making new sales, finding new employees, or representing his company in the community, he spends his time ensuring that every project they do complies with government regulations. Some projects are so large that at any given time, it takes him and two other people to ensure that regulations are being met. 

People who make laws frequently have never owned businesses. They have no clue about how the laws they make stifle business growth. 

For the economy to grow in a lasting way, we have got to rid ourselves of ridiculous regulations. One way to do that is to eliminate federal government agencies that do nothing but stifle economic growth. The EPA is a big detriment to business and agriculture. It needs to be defunded so states can then take over those functions. States are closer to the people, and will be held accountable for unwise actions. Also, States can make regulations, if needed, more suitable to particular situations. When the EPA comes up with a regulation, it's one-size-fits-all and fits no real-life situation! 

Let's all look at the proper role of the federal government, and insist on electing people who not only understand it but will vote in Congress for getting the federal government out of our business! Literally.

~ Mary Burkett

Too many business managers and owners are forced to spend too much time working as "Compliance Officers," wasting too many hours making sure everything they do complies with cumbersome federal and state regulations. 

Illegal Immigration Costs America Millions Of Dollars - We Must Emphasize Legal Immigration

Illegal immigrant families cost American taxpayers between $74,722 and $94,391 per illegal immigrant family per year. States like Illinois, on the verge of bankruptcy, pay in the billions annually to care for illegal immigrants. Teaching English to foreign-language-speaking students costs $761 million every year. These are just a few of the facts about how illegal immigration is costing us. 

In the absence of an effective natural geographic barrier on our southern border, the method used by many countries to establish a border, a wall on our southern border - similar to the wall Saudi Arabia is building on its northern border with Iraq - will not completely stop the flow but it would certainly further reduce it dramatically. In 2006, even Democrats voted to build a wall on our southern border. 

Not all illegal immigration comes from Mexico, and we must find solutions to all of the avenues of opportunity to disregard law. Without law enforcement, we cannot possibly remain a sovereign nation. 

There are solutions. It's simply a matter of not allowing liberals and their media allies to manipulate our emotions. We must emphasize legal immigration, revamp it to make it less expensive and take less time to come to this country legally. It is legal immigration that contributes to the fabric of this country. We need to embrace and enhance this vital part of our society.

~ Mary Burkett

Mary Burkett explains that illegal immigration is costly to the country, and is unfair to those who came to the U.S. legally. She is a proponent of immigration reform, and agrees that a border wall can help cut down on illegal immigration. 

Gun Control Does Not Stop Crime

With all the talk of the Las Vegas massacre and the anti-gun folks using this incident as impetus to bring up gun control AGAIN, we need only to point to the city of Chicago. It has the toughest gun laws in the country and one of the highest murder rates. Gun control does not work!

In addition, the Constitution states clearly that the right of the American people to have guns "shall not be infringed." Why? Because the Founders knew human nature. They knew that once people get power, they will do anything to keep it. They were very clear that a free people needed the capability of defending themselves against tyrants. 

Do people sometimes misuse guns? Yes, they do. And there are laws in place to hold them accountable. Those laws must be enforced. Because some idiot is going to do something stupid does not mean that everyone must be penalized. 

Getting back to our constitutional roots is the only way we will ever get back on the right track.

~ Mary Burkett 

Gun control cannot work because it's the person, not the gun, that makes the decision whether to use it. Mary Burkett, Republican candidate for Utah's 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, explains the difference between conservative and liberal views on the Constitution and gun control. Preserving 2nd Amendment rights is a priority for Mary Burkett!

Las Vegas Shooting Shows How Americans Look Out For One Another In Times Of Tragedy

Tragedy has once again struck in our great country and Americans, as they do, have moved into action. There are reports of folks lined up around the block where the Red Cross in Las Vegas is taking blood donations, the most vital need right now. 

In our town, less than two hours from Las Vegas, the Red Cross is asking for blood donations today. I'll be headed over there shortly. 

The stories coming out of Las Vegas about how people helped others, saved lives and assisted first responders are quite remarkable. It's difficult to not be emotional when hearing and reading about how We the People look out for each other in times of trouble. 

May we all remember to pray for the wounded, the health care providers caring for them, and the families who have lost loved ones. 

When we come together, there is nothing we cannot overcome!

~ Mary Burkett

Mary Burkett donates blood to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting

Mary Burkett donates blood to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting

The State Should Determine The Best Use Of Federal Land In Utah

The federal government owns 67 percent of the land in Utah. Other western states are in the same situation, with the federal government controlling various amounts of western land. 

What most Americans do not know is that the Constitution states that the federal government does not own land. The Enabling Act, the legal document that makes Utah a state, spells out specifically that the federal government will "dispose" of land in Utah. We have asked them to “dispose” of the land back to the citizens of the state.

In spite of how the federal government mismanages land, often citing budget constraints, it fights giving up the land. It's a power play that slaps American citizens in the face! It undermines state sovereignty and the rights of the people.

One of the important issues that I will tackle as a member of Congress is the lands issue, teaching members of Congress who live east of the Mississippi to understand the rights of the states and put control of land back in the hands of the citizens of the various western states.

~Mary Burkett

The state should determine the best use of federal lands in Utah, not far-away bureaucrats in Washington D.C.

It's Official: I'm Running!

On Monday, September 19, I officially announced my candidacy for Utah's 2nd Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Here's a short radio news segment on my announcement: https://soundcloud.com/user-181862005/usnews-9-19-mary-burkett

I'll be blogging each week about the important issues and events, and I'm always interested in hearing what you have to say about the issues that impact your life. Politics shouldn't be a "business" or "career" - it's about public service. My goal is to bring the voice of the people in Utah's 2nd Congressional Districts to the forefront in Washington, D.C., so I will be continuing my "Leading By Listening" tour throughout the district to meet you, and speak in person about what you expect from your U.S. Congress representative.

I want to hear from you! Please use one of the contact forms you'll find throughout my website to tell me what's important for you, and what your Representative should be doing to help constituents thrive!

Check back next week for more...

~Mary Burkett