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If you disapprove of the Hill Bill, then remove those who did it from office

Feb 18, 2014 - Lyle Williams, Evanston

Editor:

It occurs to me that Wyoming Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau is guilty of many sins, among them bearing false witness. Last session, Speaker Lubnau accused his colleagues in the State House of Representatives who refused to join in the passage of SF 104 (the Cindy Hill Bill) of violating their oath of office. This was a most serious accusation because the Wyoming Constitution provides that "Any person who shall be convicted of having sworn or affirmed falsely, or having violated said oath or affirmation, shall be guilty of perjury, and be forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit within this state."

As it turns out, those colleagues who had the fortitude and sense of honor sufficient to stand up against the likes of Speaker Lubnau, Senate President Tony Ross, Sens. Hank Coe and Phil Nicholas, Repr. Matt Teeters and Gov. Matt Mead are the only ones who can legitimately plead not guilty to that charge.

Given the fact that the Wyoming Supreme Court, the final arbiter in such matters, has declared SF 104 unconstitutional, and the fact that House and Senate leadership virtually rammed it down our throats, It seems only appropriate that the guilty parties be held accountable in a court of law for their actions. Barring that, I plead with every loyal and law abiding citizen of this state to uphold their responsibility to our state and our nation, and to the constitutions of both.

Come together and, at the very earliest elective opportunity, return the governor and every single legislator who participated in this attempted coup to the status of private citizen.

Whether you be liberal or conservative, Republican, Democrat or Independent, you owe it to yourselves and to your posterity to strike back against the enemies of freedom while their flank is exposed. If you have ever thought of running for office, now is the time. It is also time for each and every one of us to become really involved.

Andrew Jackson said it much better than I can: "But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing. It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your states as well as in the federal government."