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Published: Monday, Oct. 28 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Burke, VA

Wow! Orrin Hatch goes from being a 7 term Republican Senator from one of the most Republican states in the nation, to being compared to a communist despot with one statement. And the Deseret News has nothing better to print in today's letters than (3) letters all saying essentially the same thing - Orrin Hatch is a traitor, communist sympathizer, non-patriot, just like the pre-revolutuionary British subjects etc, and Mike Lee, who used his lack of understanding of how laws are passed and funded to cause a $24 billion deficit in just two weeks time (of course with the help of his new big brother Ted Cruz), is a true patriot and "can't be rehabilitated."

I really do miss living in Utah. It was so entertaining.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

"for those who stand for freedom." Ha Ha! That's rich. I'd say "for those who cannot accept defeat and the will of the American People". Tea Party=Sour Grapes Party!

Enjoy the next election folks!

Ogden, UT

Thank you , Rose, for your humor. I needed a good laugh to start my day, and your comment provided it.

Here, UT

Mike Lee is certainly not a "true patriot". He's a grandstanding, self-important feeder at the public trough.

Salt Lake City, UT

Mike Lee stands for the freedom of irresponsible persons to get health care from the emergency room while those who were prudent enough to have insurance pay for it; the freedome of insurance companies to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, and to cap coverage; and the freedom of right-wing politicians to shut down the government and to cause the nation to default on its debt payments. What a champion of freedom!

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

A Senator take's this oath of office, administered by the President: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Defending the Constitution is the first duty of a Senator. Mike Lee did that. Orrin Hatch did not do that.

Salt Lake City, UT

Orrin Hatch isn't conservative enough?

Oh yeah? Well... you know who _also_ isn't conservative enough? Mike Lee!

Nope, Lee's not sufficiently conservative for my definition of conservatism. He's just a RINO.

What this country needs is a _truly_ conservative patriot.

See how easy this game is to play?

Provo, UT

Senator Hatch is a savvier politician than Mike Lee. He knew Republicans would win the ACA battle by allowing it to die of its own accord. Senator Lee's actions just strengthened the Democrats and the ACA. He had no chance of winning on this one and only hurt Republicans.

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

Mike Lee did his best to save the country from the train wreck which is Obamacare.

Orrin Hatch did nothing, but he talked a lot.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

Patriot is not the same as foolhardy. You can be one without being the other.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Neither a true patriot nor a true conservative would try to destroy the world economy to get what they want.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

The freedom to NOT have health insurance is something that needs fervent defending? No wonder the GOP is so fouled up these days.

American Fork, UT

Defending the cause of freedom? Thanks for the chuckle.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The far right goes father to the right. The extreme right is a tight corer as demonstrated by the universal put down of the tea party tantrum. The train-wreck is the off the rails tea party.

Salt Lake City, UT

Until the Tea's or the Republicans declare the don't tread on me crowd a third party, the real power of 10% of congress will not be apparent...no where near what they thing they have!

Mike in Cedar City
Cedar City, Utah

This uninformed letter tests the limits of my commitment to freedom of speech.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The problem with freedom is that freedom for some may mean oppression for others.

On the highway unlimited freedom to drive as one wishes can be viewed as the loss of others freedom to be safe in their worlds.

If the farmer and or processor has unlimited freedom to create and modify food in any manner he pleases, consumers of that food may lose the freedom to live.

Honest, decent and humane people readily trade their personal freedoms for the better freedoms for all people. Criminals oppose losing personal freedoms that give them power and control over others.

If we are to honor and support the freedoms for people we have to control the actions of criminals.

Steve C. Warren

Today's DesNews contains three letters strongly supporting Mike Lee and the tea party. Frankly, that's terrific.

What it suggests is that people like Mike Lee, Ted Cruz and their backers haven't learned anything either from the 2012 election or from the recent shutdown fiasco. This will prove disastrous for the Republican Party in the 2014 election. It may mean that President Obama, with a Democratic Congress, will be able to push through much of his agenda in 2015 and 2016. This, of course, will be good for the country and especially for lower- and middle-income Americans.

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

@Mark B "The freedom to NOT have health insurance is something that needs fervent defending?"

Everyone think about this question. It reveals something about the liberal mindset that you really need to know.

Yes, our freedom does need fervent defending. If a man weighs his options and chooses something other than health insurance, that is his choice to make. He shouldn't be forced to buy it. A government that taxes us in this manner has grown too large and intrusive.

@Steve C. Warren

You're not paying attention to the Obamacare rollout, I guess. We've seen only the beginning. Big Government is being discredited before our eyes, and its decline will take down Republicans and Democrats alike. Leaders like Mike Lee who tried their best to avoid the disaster will do just fine.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

How many times must I hear or read the silly parroted phrase "the train wreck that is Obamacare"? Good grief, people, do you not have the vocabulary to come up with something original, even if it's not accurate?

What the polls are showing is that there is only one train wreck on the horizon in America right now, and it is the divided, contentious, unimaginative GOP. And guess who's driving the train? Ted Cruz, with his chief coal shoveler, Mike Lee, right behind him. What they don't see is that the bridge ahead of them fell apart because of lack of government funding for infrastructure. No problem. Full steam ahead.

I'm impressed, though, that the Des News would find three letters to print on the same day that say the same thing. Scary. Oh well, I guess it is Halloween this week.

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