This ordinance that the Council of this city passed was to protect people from the influence of the third parties, no matter who they are. The aim was to limit the extent of the outside political impact on the government and the people of the La Verkin City.
On July 4, 2001, the La Verkin City Council passed Ordinance 2001-09, the United Nations-Free Zone of La Verkin. This ordinance soon proved unconstitutional and 20 days later Resolution 2001-11 was written.
The purpose of the Ordinance 2001-11
The purpose of Ordinance 2001-11 was to protect personal freedom and self-government; to oppose the United Nations Charter; to resist the United Nations’ unconstitutional and illegal usurpation of the United States; to restore completely the People of the Several States as the final and ultimate civil authority in these United States of America; To recognize no executive, legislative or judicial power within the city limits other than those powers duly constituted by the People; to protect the citizens of the City of La Verkin from taxation without representation; to establish a citizen’s right to know about, and to increase citizen awareness of, the activities of the United Nations.
Ordinance 2001-11 prohibited: United Nations Flags and Symbols to be displayed or flown from the city’s flag mast; United Nations Personnel; United Nations Tax unless expressly authorized by state or federal law; Financial contributions by the city to the United Nations; United Nations Restraints; and International Court Decree. Any violation of the Prohibitions was considered a Class C misdemeanor.
Changes that Resolution 2002-01 brought
Resolution 2002-01 came about in January of 2002; A resolution reaffirming constitutional principles and petitioning for unity. It reaffirmed principles set forth in the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Utah. It reaffirmed La Verkin’s opposition of any entity foreign or domestic making any effort to deprive the citizens of La Verkin of their rights guaranteed by the Constitution. It also encouraged citizens of the community to be actively engaged in the public business of governing; to attend community and council meetings and make their views and preferences known in an atmosphere of respect and decorum; to volunteer for service upon municipal boards, committees and groups; and to be good neighbors one to another.
The city council decided to let the citizens of La Verkin vote on whether or not to remain U.N.-free and signed Ordinance 2002-01, repealing all of Ordinances 2001-09 and 2001-11.
On November fourth, La Verkin Citizens will have the opportunity to vote on Ordinance 2002-01. Two options are available on the ballot; “Yes, I want La Verkin to be a a U.N.-free Zone (repeal the ordinance)” or “No, I do not want La Verkin to be a U.N. Free Zone.”
The power in the hands of people
“La Verkin, Utah doesn’t need an anti-United Nations Ordinance,” says Gary McKell. “If the Untied Nations charter was amended, if U.N. resolutions recommending gun registration were passed, if a U.N. environmental court was established, even if taxes were levied by the U.N., none of these actions would affect he United States of America, let alone the citizens of La Verkin unless the U.S. Congress agreed by a two-thirds majority to accept them.” Al Snow doesn’t agree. “A yes vote for the Citizen’s Referendum No. 1 will assure citizens of La Verkin their sovereignty, and set a precedence for others to follow. The definition of sovereignty is, a country’s citizens are free to control their own destiny, the right to self-government and self-control of their own property.” Al also quotes the land policy of the United Nations as reason to make La Verkin U.N.-free. “The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable . . . .” (Agenda Item 10 of the U.N.’s Conference Report) “The preamble is followed by nine pages of specific policy recommendations endorsed by the participating nations, including the United States,” says Al.
People decide on laws that affect them
“La Verkin City residents are quite capable of deciding their own feelings and then letting city, county, state and national elected officials know how they feel about any issue,” says Gary McKell. “We need to take care of La Verkin and let the Constitution take care of America as it has now for well over 200 years. The La Verkin City council has public safety, water rates and potholes to deal with. Let’s defeat the anti-U.N. ordinance and elect good, strong representatives who will work for the benefits of all the citizens of La Verkin.”
According to the primary elections on October 7, the anti-United Nations fervor may be dying down. Councilman Al Snow and Dan Howard, two of the biggest anti-U.N. supporters were eliminated as candidates for the three seats available on La Verkin City Council.