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Published: Monday, Nov. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Wanda B. Rich
Provo, UT

Wish I could afford to be part of the "inner circle." I guess that's what GOP economics is all about. I just haven't figured out how to make it work for me.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Thanks for a sensible letter.

Now we ALL need to get to work and help mend this nation. It's going to require hard work, courage, and above all -- cooperation -- from all sides.

salt lake, UT

SO nice to see a graceful letter.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

One Old Man,

How do you propose that we get this nation to work? The same people with the same ideas are in office. The election changed nothing.

Please don't suggest that the Republicans need to "compromise" until you've looked at a map of counties that voted Republican. It wasn't just a majority of counties that voted Republican, it was not just a super-majority of counties that voted Republican. This country has so few counties that voted Democrat that those Democrat counties are almost just a blip on the map.

Implying that one man in the White House decides what Congress should do is anti-American. Implying that one Senator has the right to negate the vote of 435 House members is anti-American.

The people chose a Republican majority to represent us in the House, where budget bills originate.

If Obama and Reid get behind the will of the people, progress will be made.

Kearns, UT

Wanda, guess what. You wouldn't have gotten a sniff from Obama either.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Mike, surely you know that the only reason the House is still as Republican as it is was due to gerrymandering and nothing else.

I guess we can keep hoping that someday, people like you will finally see the light and understand why you've been so wrong for so long.

Mad Hatter
Provo, UT

Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah

Wasn't Obama's re-election the will of the people? Or are you talking about "real" people as in "real" Americans?

Somehow, there is a disconnect here. It's as if we're hearing that the "will of the people" wasn't really expressed in the election. Were they hypnotized to vote against what they really believed? It takes chutzpuh to speak for "the real people" when one is only expressing one's singular opinion.

Or are those people who didn't vote your way deluded and should never have been allowed to vote to begin with? Counties don't determined elections. People do. The shock of the election results will pass. The Republicans lost 3 seats in the House. Also, take note that Republicans returned to the House with only a 4% majority. This is not a resounding victory for the conservative cause.

If congressional districts were drawn by a non-partisan committee based simply on population and not gerrymandered for political advantage, do you think that the Republicans would still be in the majority? It's obvious that "the people" are not "your people" and that's the difference!


As a libertarian, I can only hope nothing gets done in the next 4, no make it 12 years. Government standstill is what I hope for. A fast acting government is one I'm scared of.
So for me, the answer is I hope you, Mike, and other conservatives stand your ground.


@ Midvaliean: There is a difference between a slow moving government and a government that gets nothing done. It is one thing to want a government that moves slow and thinks things through - it is another thing entirely to want a government that is unable to meet the needs of those it governs and protects.

A government that gets nothing done fails its citizens and leads to hardship and disaster.

Is this really what you and Mike want - the complete failure of America as we know it?

@ Mike: Counties do not vote for President or members of Congress. The people who live in those counties do. And by sheer numbers, more Americans voted for Obama.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT


So now we're counting election results by counties? I don't think that's in the Constitution, is it? You'll spin it so that you'll always be in the majority, no matter how small your far-right group gets. This election was nothing if not a repudiation of the Tea Party.

Eugene, OR

Mike Richards:

More people voted for Obama than for Romney. The Democrats gained seats in the Senate. The Republicans lost seats in the House. Spin all you like, but these are the facts, and looking at a map of counties is meaningless. Land doesn't vote, but people do, and those people gave Obama and the Democratic Party a clear victory.

And compliments to Nate Sharp on this graceful letter. Hopefully some sense is starting to come to the Republican Party...

Bronx, NY

@mike richards
so you think a county like toole utah with a population small enough to fit on one city block in NY should hold the same weight as my county that has over 8 million people (three times the entire state of utah) in it? republican counties may look impressive in terms of land mass but when you look at actual population not so much. I have to say this is your weakest argument yet.

L White
Springville, UT

The election is not over. Foolish people tell us that they elected Obama. They did no such thing. Obama WILL BE elected by electors, not by popular vote. About three hundred people will elect Obana, about one for every million citizens.

Obama can never say that the people elected him, because that is a complete lie.

The map that Mike Richards told us about tells the real story. This is truly a Republican nation. No matter which direction you travel, you will be in a Republican county except for some isolated Democrat strongholds.

Maybe the Deseret News would be good enough to print that map. Maybe Obama would be wise enough to look at it.

Othello, WA

Still funny to see, that a 1.5% effective margin difference in the election, is still considered a landslide, by the hyper slobbering Democrats. They always forget about the 48.5% of the people, who voted against the anointed ruler Obama. That equals dozens of millions of people. Not to mention all the DN turncoat, wannabee conservative posters on these boards, but are really libs and don't want to admit it, that claim they really wished to vote for Romney, but just couldn't. They must represent several million people's viewpoint also. Then there are the Union hacks, who go out and vote for the regime, because their vote was paid for, or they are just following orders. Lastly there are the weak minded who voted for the regime, because they swallowed the propaganda of so called journalists, who have an agenda to re-elect Obama, or they follow some hollywood airhead who they worship and mindlessly do what they are told. Suddenly that "landslide" doesn't seem so convincing afterall!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Nice letter. That Mike Richards is a real funny comedian. Where does he get his material?

Eugene, OR

L. White and HaHaHaHa:

I'm sure that's exactly what you'd be saying if Romney won. You'd be saying that the electoral college elected him instead of the people and that winning 50.6% of the popular vote is no mandate and that he'd better compromise with Democrats. Right?

Do you guys want to go on losing elections? Just keep talking like this.

Bronx, NY

@L White
So I have to wonder how little you must think of the rest of us if you think we do not understand land area does not equate population? Do you understand juab county which makes up seven times the land area of new york city has a total population of just over 10,000 people compared to new york city with 8.8 million people? the entire population of juab county would fit in one high rise apartment building in new york. land area does not equal majority of the population. More people voted for Obama then voted for Romney, so by that measure alone we are not a republican nation.

Othello, WA

RE: KGB1 I haven't seen anybody in the GOP dispute that your guy won. Yeah it's puzzling, but either way you cut it, e. college or straight vote count, he won. My point is, that it wasn't a mandate, or a landslide, as your arrogant president seems to think, or most of his flunky followers, like you. A 1-2% margin is very minimal and only indicates a small favoring by the electorate. If my guy won by that margin, I would happily admit that it was a very close election, and that he is not supported by a large percentage of the citizens.

salt lake, UT

@l white

"The election is not over. Foolish people tell us that they elected Obama. They did no such thing. Obama WILL BE elected by electors, not by popular vote. About three hundred people will elect Obana, about one for every million citizens."

your right its the same process that every modern president has been elected by, the peoples popular vote (he majority of the population) and then our electors go and make our voice heard. the only way that our voice would not be heard is if the electors went against the majority of voters, so unless Romney wins the peoples voice was heard. So again not really understanding how your argument really changes the fact Obama was voted by the majority of americans (so by definition not a republican nation) and will remain president.

salt lake, UT


"as your arrogant president seems to think"

did you move out of the country since the election? if not that would be our president.

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