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Haynes: God pushed me to run for governor

Dr. Taylor Haynes has audience members nodding their heads as he offers his take on politics and issues during a campaign appearance in Powell Tuesday night. Dr. Taylor Haynes has audience members nodding their heads as he offers his take on politics and issues during a campaign appearance in Powell Tuesday night. Tribune photo by Tom Lawrence

GOP candidate denounces federal government, calls Obama an ‘idiot’ 

Dr. Taylor Haynes really didn’t want to run for governor but God insisted, he said in Powell Tuesday night.

“The Lord won’t give me peace if I don’t do it,” Haynes said during a question-and-answer session on the Northwest College campus.

The rural Cheyenne rancher, businessman and retired doctor is running for the Republican nomination for governor, as are Gov. Matt Mead and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill.

Haynes, speaking to more than 50 people at the NWC DeWitt Student Center Lounge, said if he wins the nomination and the election, he can change the Wyoming GOP.

“When I’m governor ... it’s a new day in the Republican Party,” he said.

That “new day” would include some revolutionary ideas, as Haynes revealed during the two-hour presentation. He said the state has the power to nullify federal laws within its borders.

That’s an old argument that goes back to the 1790s and continued 30 years later when South Carolina expressed its right to “veto” federal laws. Other states have attempted to nullify federal laws, including in the years leading up to the Civil War, and again in the 1950s and ’60s when Civil Rights issues came to the fore, but none have succeeded.

While it has been revived in recent years by tea party members and other conservatives who point to the 10th Amendment, courts have consistently ruled that states cannot decide which federal laws apply within their borders, citing the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which has been interpreted to mean that only federal courts can decide which laws are constitutional.

But Haynes said he feels he has the right and duty to nullify federal laws and actions that he perceives as illegal.

“Nullification is, in fact, our job,” he said.

The U.S. Constitution is clear on it, Haynes said.

“It means what it says,” he said. “It is very simple language.”

Haynes said he would prevent abortions in the state, in part by mandating that pregnant women view an ultrasound of their fetus, which he said will stop 90 percent of the procedures and force abortion clinics out of business.

In addition, he said he would work to outlaw them entirely.

“I’m all for it, all for it,” he said.

Wyoming is a wealthy state that needs to take control of its assets, Haynes said. It could then decline federal funding, and by doing so, not be forced to follow federal mandates.

This would also bolster the state’s economy, providing more and better-paying jobs for people, he said. That’s why he does not have an expansion of government health care programs, since people making good money in “the energy patch” could afford their own health-care coverage.

Haynes said with Wyoming asserting its authority, it could also take control of Yellowstone National Park and make it a state park.

National parks are “a scam,” he said, and an “over-reach” of the federal government. When the state was formed, the federal government lost all rights to designate part of it as a national park, Haynes said.

The Wyoming National Guard should be kept in the state, he said, unless Congress declares war. Haynes said he also wants to provide proper care, including mental health treatment, for veterans who may be in need of it.

That goes for non-veterans as well, the retired suregon said. He said community-based facilities can offer more care for those who need assistance.

But he said he doesn’t think people who have struggled with mental health issues should be denied access to a gun.

“I understand the concern, but no, I would not have that as a disqualifier,” Haynes said.

He said he doesn’t believe in “background check nonsense” and said the government has no right to place any limits on gun ownership except for felons in prison or those who have yet to complete terms of their probation.

Otherwise, he said, if people want to own an F-16 fighter jet, “go ahead.” Haynes said people should own and know how to use guns and should carry them concealed, which will end crime.

People will not assault or attack others if they’re not sure if the person they are targeting is armed, he said.

He said gun control means this to him: “The people who have a gun should know how to control it.”

He wasn’t content merely to assail the federal government and its agencies. Haynes also had harsh words for President Barack Obama, calling him “a puppet and an idiot.”

The far-right talk was well-received by the audience, as applause broke out several times and people nodded their heads as Haynes spoke. He said he was merely being honest, not mean.

“I’m not hard-hearted, but I’m not soft-headed, either,” Haynes said.


  • posted by Jeff Hymas

    April 08, 2014 12:09 pm

    I appreciate that Mark clarified that nullification is different from secession and has been used numerous times effectively. In short, nullification simply says that in our state, we obey the Constitution. If the federal government, or any other entity or individual violates it, we will treat offenders as the lawbreakers they are.

    I also feel like I need to clarify the author's comments about the supremacy clause. It very clearly states, "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof . . . shall be the supreme law of the land." The condition as to whether a law is Constitutional or not is not left to the federal government to decide nor to the federal judiciary. The determining factor as to whether a law is the supreme law of the land or not is if it complies with the Constitution. If a law does not comply with the Constitution it is the duty of the state to nullify the law and to stand between an overreaching federal government and its people. That's why Dr. Haynes says "Nullification is, in fact, our job."

  • posted by Jeff Hymas

    April 08, 2014 11:55 am

    I would agree with Rose W.'s comments. The best way to get a feel for someone is to go and hear that person speak. Bring questions - bring your hard questions. I've never seen Dr. Haynes skirt a question rather I have found that he answers even the very tough questions in accordance with true principles of freedom. He is actually quite impressive. I think anyone listening to him person would have a similar experience.

  • posted by Thomas Davis

    March 31, 2014 7:04 pm

    Is it true that Mr. Haynes challenged Mead to a debate in an open forum for citizens to make an informed decision regarding the candidates, and Mead declined...

  • posted by TN

    March 31, 2014 8:38 am

    Mark,you moan about "progressive liberal democrats" like they are a plague.I would say your phony failed GOP is the one to point a finger at,especially in Park County where they fight like cats and dogs.Clean up your own doorstep first.

  • posted by Mark

    March 29, 2014 10:03 pm

    Love the misinformation about nullification. The author conveniently leaves out the fact progressive liberal democrats have used it successfully for marijuana legalization despite SCOTUS and the FEDS saying to the contrary, legalization of gay marriage despite DOMA, Stopping of the Real ID Act and Sanctuary Cities in defiance of Federal Immigration Law.

    Typical, so typical

  • posted by Jeff

    March 29, 2014 3:48 pm

    Great to see more governor's talk about Nullification!

    The idea that one town should control an entire country with it's dollar, an entire world for that matter, is contrary to a free society.

  • posted by Rose W

    March 27, 2014 1:20 pm

    Too bad that the writer used sound bites out of context. Taylor Haynes is the most qualified, most grounded and down-to-earth man, to run for office, that I've ever met. He has a lot of common sense, and those who are now living devoid of common sense don't see the wisdom in his words. Dr. Haynes has my vote, and rather than read about the man, go listen to him speak. Listen to him and THEN make a decision. If you get all your info from the media, be assured you're being led to a conclusion.

  • posted by Salty Dawg

    March 27, 2014 10:24 am

    Haynes also had harsh words for President Barack Obama, calling him “a puppet and an idiot.” Haynes just lost any respect I had for him,Obama may not be the cats meow,but he is no bigger of an idiot than any other POTUS who has roosted in the White House.Especially the last one.

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