ANNOUNCEMENT OF RETIREMENT
I love America. And I love the traditional values, the absolute moral truths – the foundational truths – that the founding fathers wove into the fabric of the United States Constitution. Law, founded upon moral truth, has preserved our nation; indeed it is the only thing that can continue to preserve it. That is why my campaign theme has always been “Defending Traditional Values.”
I also love Utah and the opportunity I have had to serve as a state senator. This has been an enormous responsibility and a privilege. I can honestly state that I have never compromised in the defense of traditional values, nor have I ever voted on any issue to promote a personal agenda or simply to improve my chances of re-election.
I believe freedom must always be defended on every front, as there are people and ideologies that seek to undermine, devalue, and outright destroy our Constitutional freedoms.
Novel concepts such as “moral relativism” or “social construction” promote the philosophy that everything is relative and that there is no such thing as absolute truth. This philosophy provides no foundation on which anything solid can ever be built. It is, I believe, a great danger to our Constitutional freedoms, although it presents itself as only a friendly new approach to world equality. Freedom guided by moral truth can be a wonderful servant, but a view of so-called “freedom” unconstrained by higher moral principles will only result, over time, in coercion, restrictions on conscience, and human suffering.
Unfortunately, as we all learn, there are other truths beyond the moral truths. One of them is the fact of our human frailty and mortality. I turn 69 this year, and let me tell you, getting old isn’t for wimps; it’s a tough thing. Consequently, it is time for me to retire and pass the torch to another. I only hope that the next person who fills this chair will have the fire of freedom – grounded in solid moral truth – in his or her belly.
I hereby submit my resignation letter to President Waddoups, effective upon final adjournment of this legislative session.
Senator D. Chris Buttars, District 10
We will miss you, Senator Buttars.
Thank you for your years of dedicated service to the people of Utah.