Letter: Private political parties

Published: Tuesday, March 11 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Private political parties are the backbone of a free society. When we infringe upon the rights of how parties want to vet their representatives, we step on a slippery slope. The parties need to be responsive to those they represent and should work through the established framework of each private party to address ways to allow for maximum participation.

This may take time, but policy can evolve to meet the needs of the people. Just as the Constitution of this great country was established to allow for adjustments through a long and protected process, we must respect the same rights of private political parties. Political parties are private institutions. The government through legislation or a ballot initiative should not infringe upon their rights. The caucus system has brought us elected officials of different political views who have served us well. It is interesting that the system that helped many of these individuals to get elected is the same system some of these want to change.

These people know how much hard work is involved to meet with delegates in all parts of the state of Utah and know how the needs and concerns of the people are made known to candidates.

Should power in the state be based solely on a candidate’s name recognition and money? It will if we change the system of private parties using the government as the force.

Kim Pickett

Gunnison

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