By Ed Wallace / Oct 14, 2020
Noted Attorney and Constitution advocate Morgan Philpot will give a presentation entitled “The End of All Nations” this Thursday, Oct. 15, 7pm, at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center, 850 S Bluff St, in St George. The event is free and is hosted by WashCo based Citizens For Constitutional Government. There are currently only 89 spots still available. Reservations can be made by clicking here.
Morgan Philpot’s legacy is staggering. He is one of the few lawyers that has fought the Federal government on Constitutional grounds, and won…. twice. He’s been a Utah State Legislator, a candidate for governor of Utah in 2012 (he came within a few percentage points of advancing out of convention to challenge incumbent Governor Herbert in the Republican primary), and a Republican candidate for the Utah State Senate in 2016.
On May 25, 2016, he became the lawyer for Ammon Bundy. Bundy and others were on trial for occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. On October 27, 2016, an Oregon jury returned a startling verdict finding Ammon Bundy not guilty on all charges.
Philpot subsequently served as co-counsel for Ammon Bundy in the Nevada Gold Butte Standoff trial where Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed the case against Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and Ryan Payne with prejudice in early 2018 due to, among other things, outrageous government conduct.
Morgan is not a defense attorney which makes these achievements more notable. He won because he knows the law and the Constitution.
Philpot also represents Jeanette Finicum in her wrongful death suit against the United States government for the killing of her husband Robert Lavoy Finicum during a combined FBI and Oregon State Police roadblock related to the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
He is currently preparing a case for eight Utahns against Utah Governor Herbert of Utah, the Utah Department of Health, and it’s Director, Rich Saunders, for overreach of delegated powers. The lawsuit is challenging Herbert’s authority relating to the COVID-19 executive orders and accuses the Governor of violating their civil rights.
The complaint states: “Plaintiffs’ children are being subjected to mental and emotional abuse at their schools by the Defendants for secretive and undisclosed purposes… Defendants have perpetrated a campaign of false information related to school age children.”
The lawsuit refers to the Utah State and U.S. Constitution, and the Book of Mormon, as authority. For a complete copy of the suit, click here. A Jon Twitchell KTalk radio interview with Morgan can be heard by clicking here.
Morgan was elected to the Utah Legislature when he was 28 years old. He learned the difference between the U.S. Constitution and “The Communist Manifesto,” and judged legislation by whether it moved society closer to one or the other and noticed the tendency to move public policy in the direction towards centralized government. The end result of such a push would replace the Founders’ vision with one approved by Marx.
During the debate on one bill, he held up a copy of each document on the House floor and asked his colleagues which of the two they favored. Some considered it a stunt but it brought attention to how little his colleagues thought about constitutional authority.
While in office, Philpot sponsored the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship bill, the Prohibition of Public Funding for Abortion and the Designation of Constitution & Bill of Rights Day in Utah. He received awards from the Utah Taxpayers Association, from “Grass Roots” which gave him top honors in 2002 (the first year they started the awards), 2003 and 2004. He also received the “Guardian of Small Business” from NFIB and the Statesmanship Citation from the Newquist group.
When Morgan was a Republican candidate for governor of Utah in the 2012 elections, he listed the following four central principles on his campaign website:
• God is the author of Natural Law. It is only by following natural law that individuals, families and societies can obtain liberty and happiness.
• Family is the fundamental unit of society. This is not just a trite phrase, it is at the core of a life and a society of liberty and happiness. It is critical and of paramount importance. .
• Freedom to… The third and fourth principles are actually a set of principles that I will simply refer to here as the “freedom to/from principles,” such as the freedom to practice religion, the freedom to worship God and to proclaim your religion, the freedom of conscience, speech, and the right to bear arms. This could also include the freedom to run a business or the right to educate your children.
• Freedom from… The “freedom from principles” contemplate our right to exist in Peace, Prosperity and Harmony unmolested by wrongful government interference or excessive bureaucracy, or to be free from the oppressive economic effects of crony capitalism and cartel privatization. Perhaps most important is the right of the family to be free in the home from wrongful government interference.
Morgan lives in Alpine, Utah with his wife, Natalie, and their five children.
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