Destry Griffiths is a family man, former policeman, student of history, local conservative leader, Republican, and lover of freedom.
Learned the value of hard work at a young age, recognized opportunities to serve the community and sought a job as a policeman to "protect and serve". Recognizes the proper role of government in our lives and our community and wants to improve community trust by removing artificial barriers that make life, work, and business in Iron County unneccessarily complicated or difficult.
Destry is the conservative choice.
Starting in 2010, discovered that freedom-loving individuals need to get educated and involved in the political process to protect the freedoms we love. Like everything else, our rights need to be exercised to keep them strong.
As a peace officer, Destry sought to do his job as a "public servant", placing himself in front of the public as a shield to protect them from harm.
I am running for Commissioner because I want to defend the Iron County Citizens from the violation of our rights that is constantly increasing from Federal, State, and Local governments. I ask for your vote to allow me to protect and serve Iron County as your Commissioner in Seat A.
Vote Destry Griffiths For Iron County Commissioner Seat A
Mankind is "endowed with", and "entitled to" freedom and dominion over the earth. Governments are created by men (and women) to secure these rights; which are unalienable. That means they cannot be taken, or given, away. Governments get their powers by delegation from the people and only with our consent. That power comes from Almighty God, is given to mankind, and delegated to Government. That is the proper chain of command. (sourced and paraphrased from the Declaration of Independence)
The US Constitution was inspired by God and created the freest nation in human history. The Preamble remains unchanged, and preserves important distinctions (notice the verbs):
"The Conservative does not despise government. He despises tyranny. This is precisely why the Conservativereveres the Constitution, and insists on adherence to it." --Mark Levin
"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." --Thomas Jefferson
I affirm freedom for every individual as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution. I believe government properly exists by the consent of the governed and must be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens. The function of government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. I support the individual, constitutionally-protected, right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes. I believe that the best way to control government is to strictly control the amount of taxes imposed on the people. I recognize that government regulation can be a major impediment to productivity and to competition. We must rely more on market forces and less on government. (sourced from the Utah Republican Party Platform)
Utah is a sovereign state. I believe our County officials should always be engaged in efforts to wrestle back control of land claimed by the Federal Government within the borders of our county. Equal tax revenue alone on that land could fund our county government operations. Besides the inefficient limitations put on our public use of the land the Federal Government claims, and the lack of tax revenue, the benefit it could serve the citizens of our county far exceed the pennies given in PILT. At a minumum, the land in Utah is sovereign state land; I believe that local control and use of that land is most appropriate and worth fighting for.
Kim Whitehead & Doyle Whitehead
Sheriff Richard Mack
David "Dude" Benson
Jeff & Marilyn Porter
Brad Green Destry is wililng to stand against the status-quo, and work to change, or eliminate, harmful policies.
I believe he will fight to make our county more efficient, help county staff be proud of their service, and push for lower tax burdon on county citizens.
Richard "Jax" Jensen
Dixon & RoseMary Tiffany
Ron & Patti Maser
Bruno De Backer
As someone who knows Destry very well, I whole-heartedly endorse him for Iron County Commissioner
William "Liam" & Rebecca Gent
Robert "Bobby" Ennis
John & Jamie Imlay
Lorrie & Lyman Platt
I commit to working full-time as County Commissioner, and holding no other jobs.
Full-time work is needed for a 3-member commission in a county growing as fast as Iron County. Committee meetings are better managed when the public's representatives are present and participating. Most committees were designed to have a Commission Liason, and we need commissioners who can help those committees be successful and serve the public as intended.
A Commission member who is full-time will put the County's needs above other jobs, and will be most loyal to the citizens of the County. This specialization, loyalty, and trust are what we need in a Commissioner.
The proper role of government is to protect our God-given rights
We the people were intended to be free, by right, and we have an obligation to protect and preserve that right.
We have a right to property. With that right is included the right to use that property and "reap what we "sow". Nothing should prevent us from profiting from our labor, and taxation should be constantly reduced and moved into voluntary and fee-for-service structures.
We have a right to defend our lives, families, property, conscience, and efforts from any threat. Firearms are an efficient means of defense, and our right "to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". The US Constitution is the "supreme law of the land" and its protection of this basic human right is something we are wise to preserve.
The family is the organizational unit of society. The saying goes that "the government closest to the people governs best"; the family, and the individual is the closest that gets. Government should respect individual and family choices to the maximum extent possible that also preserves the rights of others in society.
Due process is critical for a rule-of-law, civilized, society. An often overlooked pillar of due-process is that laws need to be clear enough to be understood by all those governed by such laws; and they need to be applied evenly, so as to avoid arbitrary exercise of government power (interesting case Musser v. Utah -1948). Our laws need to be drastically reduced and simplified.
The primary responsibility for meeting basic human needs rests with the individual, family, and voluntary charitable organizations. It is each of our duties, individually, to support charitable causes whenever possible. Government has no proper role in usurping this duty.
Civilized society must reject and fight against the initiation of violence, fraud, and corruption. A free people are wise to hold their government, and elected officials, to an even higher standard than they do their neighbor. We should each hold ourselves to the highest standards; to think, act, and govern ourselves.
I choose to live by faith in principles, not speculation or chance. I choose to create more value than I consume. I choose to pursue freedom, prosperity, happiness, and peace. I am committed to the fundamental principles enshrined by America's Founding Fathers in the Declaration and the Constitution.
I will stand up for freedom, no matter what the cost.
Communities thrive or die on the alter of infrastructure. The county commission has many burdens, but chief among them is ensuring the community has the infrastructure it needs to survive.
Water is directly connected both to growth, and long-term sustainability of our community. The recent doughts have showed us that our valley's water capabilities didn't perform as well as expected by local and state water experts forcasted over the last 80 years; and now newer water rights are being threatened with invalidation.
The system we use for water rights is a long-standing property-rights issue that is clearly defined and protects those with established rights to water. To protect our community's future, we need to work together to find ways to make better use of the water that flows into our valley, and develop new water infrastructure so our kids and grandkids can also plan for a future here in this wonderful community.
Roads are our economic lifeblood. The small-town feel that we enjoy is perhaps felt most by getting around without being stuck in traffic. Our government officials are wise to spend the time and energy needed to forecast county growth and preempt that growth with roads and traffic connections. I will work to proactively ensure that traffic flows smoothly on major thoroughfares, and not spill over commuter traffic into residential neighborhoods.
Drainage is often overlooked. While water is revered as "a blessing" in desert communities, it can seem like a curse when we haven't made adequate preparations for above-average precipitation and/or infrastructure failure. This part of infrastructure needs thoughtfullness, vision, and cooperation. I pledge to find new ways to use unexpected floods to recharge our aquifers, instead of overcharging our credit cards.