The natural manure of libertyThomas Jefferson wrote, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Now appears to be the time for such a refreshing.

Before I begin here, however, a disclaimer. I am not, like many of my neighbors here in St. George espouse themselves to be, a constitutional scholar. I do not believe that the after-the-fact baptism of the founders somehow channels divinely inspired intellect into my brain enabling me to see clearly the superiority of God’s law over man’s.

I am simply a citizen. By way of military service to my country, I could be considered a patriot, but I am not blind to the notion that service to country does not in any way imply intelligence or honor. Such things must be earned and proven even in the line of duty. Any one who has served knows this.

I digress.

Jefferson may well have been referring to the necessity of occasional chaos or upsetting of the status quo to reset the system. The blood of patriots would be spilled whilst spilling the blood of tyrants and those who support and empower them. And while Jefferson was being quite literal, no doubt, this is waxing metaphorical.

And as it happens, it would appear that Donald Trump is shaping up to be one such tyrant.

Wisconsin and North Carolina federal judges have ruled the gerrymandering done by the Republicans unconstitutional. The latter of the two has ordered a re-election. It will probably go to the Supreme Court and it is likely there will be more states following suit.

It has been reported by the Central Intelligence Agency that the Russians interfered with our election to the point that they perhaps had a sizeable effect on the outcome.

These two facts, aside from an entire host of maniacal megalomaniac type behavior demonstrated by Trump, should be of great concern to all Americans.

That’s right, all.

Our political system has been hijacked not only from within but from without, and by default so has our system of governance.

I am of the notion that the takeaway for the Democratic party is a serious need to reform itself and demonstrate its commitment to all Americans, not just the coastal and swing states.

But more important is the need to address this faction that has hijacked the Republican party, which is anything but a conservative party at all but rather the party of the billionaire reactionary club.

Donald Trump is not the president yet.


See you out there.

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Dallas Hyland is a professional technical writer, freelance writer and journalist, award-winning photographer, and documentary filmmaker. As a senior writer and editor-at-large at The Independent, Hyland’s investigative journalism, opinion columns, and photo essays have ranged in topics from local political and environmental issues to drug trafficking in Utah. He has also worked the international front, covering issues such as human trafficking in Colombia. His photography and film work has received recognition as well as a few modest awards and in 2015, he was a finalist for the Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Based in southern Utah, he works tirelessly at his passion for getting after the truth and occasionally telling a good story. On his rare off-days, he can be found with his family and friends exploring the pristine outdoors of Utah and beyond.


  1. Still hoping the election will reset are we? You sound like you would rather have a crook at the helm that a tyrant? Our system has been hi jacked from within, really? And the majority of the states are also behind this planned tyranny? I think you should turn off the main stream media for a while and go fishing or surfing.

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