Published: Tuesday, May 15 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
Service to individual constituents is all well and good, and is valuable PR.
But consistent respect for the Constitution is VITAL. Yes, Sen. Hatch has done
some good things. But over the years he has become casual in his respect for
the Constitution, and has voted for massive programs that are far outside any
Constitutional limits. Such votes have led to our current national crisis.Hatch has further disrespected the Constitution when he has pushed to
amend it for trivial reasons. He even wanted to amend it so that his friend
Arnold Schwarzenegger (not born in America) could run for president.I've voted for Hatch in the past, but his growing arrogance, his lack of
respect for the Constitution, and his desperate, deceptive schemes to hold onto
power, have turned me the other way. He has become a power-hungry politician
who is part of the problem in Washington. By comparison, constituent service
I don't have as much time online as Peanut Gallery, but I disagree with him
and I hope that most Utah voters do too. Hatch is strong and will have the
experience and zest to defend conservative principles (much more effectively
than Liljenquist although he is a good man) - both in the economy and in family
values - whether or not the senate is controlled by a GOP majority.
When he votes "present" because his friend ted kennedy is in the
hospital and not there to cancel his vote, he is hardly faithful to his
So... because Hatch's staff does a good job at responding to constituents
with letters, he gets to be a Senator for life? I don't understand that
thinking at all. The man is trying to stay in office for 42 YEARS! Do you really
think that is what our forefathers were hoping and expecting would happen? Even
the best of men & women can and will be influenced, if not corrupted, by
power staying in office that long. There comes a time in every situation when
change is natural if not necessary. That time is now for multiple reasons.
Without demonizing Hatch, let's thank him for his service and allow him to
retire to his wife and children in a dignified manner.
Hatch arrogant? Hardly. Talk to him sometime.
I find it interesting that those who are quickly dismissing Hatch's
experience were the very same people who criticized Obama's lack of
experience (and demanded that McCain win because of his experience). It's
interesting to see how arguments change depending on who you individually want
to win power...I'm ok with Hatch being replaced. However, I wonder what Hatch's "constituents" are? Were they the
people who "voted" him in? Or were they the folks who funded his
campaign? I think many Utahns are under the (false) impression that
politicians are representing voters. In reality, they represent those who
finance their campaigns and ads.
Orrin Hatch has done a great job with his constituent outreach...ever since Bob
Bennett lost two years ago.
The duty of a Senator is to represent the State. If you want Hatch to represent
the people, then elect him as a member of the House. The duties of
a Senator and a Representative have some overlapping responsibilities, but those
overlapping do no include writing warm and fuzzy letters to the people of a
State.Utah is represented by two Senators, just like every other
State in the Union. Hatch's job is to see that Utah's needs are not
squelched by the government.Where was Hatch when Obama closed
Utah's oil fields? If Hatch had any power or influence, why didn't he
rally the other Senators to Utah's cause? All of the States are paying
suffering because the demand for oil is greater than the supply. Why did Hatch
and the other Senators allow Obama to lock up the oil in Utah, Wyoming and
Colorado?Instead of having his staff write warm and fuzzy letters to
the people of Utah, why didn't Hatch do his job to protect Utah from Obama?
Re: Flashback: I have talked to Hatch. In many ways he's a decent man.
But he HAS become quite arrogant. He doesn't like being challenged on his
views or his votes, and sometimes becomes condescending or offended or angry
that someone might disagree with him.He says Mitt Romney can't
get along without him, and Mike Lee can't get along without him, and Utah
can't get along without him, and the Senate Finance Committee can't
get along without him. At a delegate event he told state delegates that Utah
will never have a senator as good as himself. He's arrogant and desperate
to hang on to his power. I think we'll be just fine without him.
If we're just happy with receiving letters back from Sen. Hatch, then we
SHOULD be voting for the head of his "constituent services"
department.He/She's the one that responds to you, NOT Sen.
Hatch.Its doubtful the Senator even SEES your letters!
Spector said it all, his endorsement for Hatch is a final nail in the coffin.
Gee, Mike Richards, when did Obama close Utah's oil fields? If he did, why
is all that new drilling going on out in the Unitah Basin? And the natural gas
drilling south of there?Did I miss something? Or did you?
Some people "can't see the forest because of ALL the trees." Has
Orrin Hatch reached "revered status?" Is he "unfailing?" Is he
worthy of "veneration?" Erect a statue of him on the grounds of the
Utah State capital, and be dome with it! Hatch has served his time. He is old.
He ties with Senator Reed Smoot for length of service in the Senate. GREAT!
Thank you, Senator Hatch. Now go and do something else! Utahns deserve a
Senator that is vital, robust, and is supremely intellectual. Someone NOT
beholden to special interests, lobbyists, or right or left wing extremists. I
pray that the majority of Utahns are fair-minded, courageous, and far-sighted
enough to give a younger man the opportunity to prove himself. Isn't that
what AMERICA is ALL about? Yes, change is threatening. Newcomers are hard for
some to trust. I'm grateful someone gave me the chance to teach in the
public schools, to work as a professional genealogist, etc. Everyone DESERVES a
chance! I'm comfortable with Dan Liljenquist as Utah's new Senator.
I'm willing to place my trust in Dan. Please join me in giving Dan to
opportunity to serve
@ mike richards: Sir if you don't mind just when did Obama shut
down the oil fields in Utah and if you please a link to that also. I work the
patch and would like to know when that happened.
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