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Published: Monday, Nov. 11 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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KJB1
Eugene, OR

"...he has stood strong for constitutional principles."

And where in the Constitution does it say that Congressmen can throw hissyfits and threaten the global economy if they don't the votes to enact their agenda?

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

"Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah is one of the greatest senators that Utah has ever had."

Wow, quite a claim. I wonder if Bobbi can name four other Senators from Utah.

"Because he is doing such great things and is being constitutional, the government wants him stopped"

Good heavens! The government wants him stopped? Sounds like the plot of a Political Intrigue novel.

Do you realize, Bobbi, that all the Senators are "being constitutional"? I'm very sure all of them were elected, per the Constitution. I'm sure that all of them when they offer bills are doing it through the constitutional procedures of the Congress. What is it, exactly, that you think these people are doing that is not constitutional. You realize, right, that even if they pass a bill that the Supreme Court finds unconstitutional, they still have not done anything unconstitutional? The constitution says nothing about the types of bills they have to offer or pass.

And you do realize that the Supreme Court is included in the Constitution? They get to say what is constitutional and what isn't. You realize that, right?

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

I needed a good belly laugh to start my day. This letter gave me just that. I laughed my head off -- thanks, Bobbi, for the comedy letter you wrote.

There is nothing "great" about Lee. In fact, the truth is just the opposite. He is a disaster that, unfortunately, found a place to happen and the country (and Utah) has suffered as a result. We deserve better.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Sorry, but he is going against the very Constitution you claim to support. The Founding Fathers never would countenance what Lee and Cruz have been doing. They set up a system of government to bring order, and your boy has brought in disorder, chaos, anarchy, blackmail, extortion and other wrongful acts on matters that were adopted by the Constitutional process and upheld by the courts. Lee wants to overthrow what amounts to a difference of opinion on policy matters. No, dear writer, an agreement with Lee on policy does not entitle a small minority to effectively attempt a coup. Lee makes a mockery of the Constitution. His words say one thing, and his heart and actions are far from it.

Creaver
Sandy, UT

Wow. So speeches and rhetoric are more important than results? Because the results of Lee's intransigent grandstanding have been damage to both the Republican brand and conservative policy goals, not to mention billions of dollars in real-world economic damage.

He talks a good talk, but, in practice, he's actually te eat friend the Democrats ever had.

Creaver
Sandy, UT

The best friend, not "te eat" friend. Typos are unconstitutional.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Yes, how dare Mike Lee or anyone else demand honesty and accountability from our president? How dare he? Doing so is very destructive, right?
Mike Lee should be regarded as a hero for shinning just a little bit of light and truth on the Obama Administration! Even if they don't like it! That's HIS job!

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He is a tea party wolf as he has proven. Just in sheep clothing after causing economy to falter and loss 6 Billion.

10CC
Bountiful, UT

One thing I've noticed is tea partiers tend to see things in black & white, good or bad, right or wrong. Grey areas tend to be confusing, and end up being part of their big hairball of frustration, the great injustice of it all they rail against.

Perhaps the very first major instance of a US President undermining the constitution was the Louisiana Purchase, by Thomas Jefferson, in 1804. This large acquisition composes all or part of 15 current states, but many people at the time opposed it because it was viewed as unconstitutional.

The question for tea partiers is what we should to do to correct previous unconstitutional injustices? If we're going to honor and defend the constitution, it seems to me that includes correcting past breaches of constitutional authority: the Department of Energy, Medicare and the Louisiana Purchase.

Louisiana Purchase - do we sell it back to France? Yes or no?

T. Party
Pleasant Grove, UT

The lefties are in top form today.

"...threaten the global economy...."
"...disorder, chaos, anarchy, blackmail, extortion and other wrongful acts..."
"...causing economy to falter and loss [sic] 6 Billion."

Mike Lee supported a budget that pays for all of government except Obamacare. This includes the payment of our nation's debts. There was only one side threatening default, and it wasn't Mike Lee. It turns out he was right about Obamacare -- the thing is a train wreck. He did the best he could to avoid it.

If anyone deserves our contempt, it is the man who lied to the American people to bring us Obamacare. "If you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan. Period."

Obama told a flat-out lie. Period. Mike Lee was right to oppose him.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@T. Party
" There was only one side threatening default, and it wasn't Mike Lee."

That's incorrect. The Senate passed a budget that funded everything at the House levels except Obamacare which they set their funding levels for. The House never voted on it like the Senate voted on the House versions. So... there were two sets of people threatening default. 1. Boehner and House leadership which changed the rules on bringing up Senate bills for a vote (limiting it only to House leadership rather than anyone, blocking Democrats in the House). 2. The 80 or so tea partiers that signed onto a letter expressing support for shutting down the gov't if Obamacare wasn't defunded.

isrred
South Jordan, UT

Mike Lee is an embarrassment. Period.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

That is hilarious. Even his own party members are distancing themselves from this one-and-done senator.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Every week a letter gets published that, in all honesty, has to be taken as purely tongue-in-cheek. This is our winner.
Unless, of course, Mike Lee wrote this himself.

dave
Park City, UT

This letter reads like a Fox News random talking point generator. The frightening thing is that people actually believe the hype.

Folks, These talking heads that give you these talking points are entertainers. nothing more. Taking the seriously is like taking Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island seriously. Their sole motivation is money. The more outlandish they are the bigger their audience and the more money they take home.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah is one of the greatest senators that Utah has ever had.
[Seriously?]

I, for one, am tired of hearing him bashed.
[He deserves it.]

Because he is doing such great things and is being constitutional,
[Biggest lie of them all -- Please show me how extortion and Shutting down the Government over a law that was Constitutionally passed by the House, the Senate, the President, and the US Supreme Court counts as being Constitutional? If he was following and defending the Constitutional, he would get the Constitutionally required votes to change things.]

the government wants him stopped — the people do not want him stopped.
[and of course, It would not be complete without the Cabal Conspiracy Theory to counter or explain the obvious or unexplainable.]


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2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't know if Lee is a "Great Senator" or not yet. This is his first term. You kinda have to have a track record go be "Great" IMO. That's why I was so surprised when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize BEFORE he even became President. BEFORE he had done anything besides serve one term in the Senate.

Let's wait and see on Mike Lee. IMO you can't become a "Great" Senator in just ONE term (whether you are Barack Obama or Mike Lee).

Mike Lee is a good Constitutional Scholar.. I give him that. He has many years of doing that and a track record on that. But he's new to the Legislating. We'll have to see if he is a good "Legislator" or not. Being a Constitutional Scholar doesn't always make you a great Legislator. Just as being a fast talking Senator doesn't always make you a Great President. There are different skills required for each of these jobs that don't automatically translate into making you "Great" at the other.

What Legislation has Mike Lee proposed and passed?

THAT would make him a "Great Senator".

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

This letter would be one of the funniest in decades, except that I have a sneaking suspicion that the letter writer is dead serious. In that case, this letter is tragic, because, unfortunately, there are a lot of Utahns who agree with her. And Mike in Sandy, don't be so sure Lee is a one-and-doner. Don't put it past Utah voters to send this guy back to Washington for another dreadful term.

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

Speaking of Mikey's tea party, I saw Sarah Palin on the Today Show this morning. She was angry, irrational, shrill, and determined. She refused to answer questions posed to her. She gave vague, evasive answers to other questions. Reminded me of 2008. But this is what drives the tea party. It is mostly misdirected anger and alarmism. Mike Lee is less shrill and irrational, but he too is peddling alarmism and anger over symptoms rather than the real disease. Don't be taken in by the rhetoric. It is dangerous, and it is not going to simply go away because 70 percent of the country is tired of it. Our best hope is that it will split the GOP in half, thus rendering both less perilous.

Semi-Strong
Louisville, KY

10CC,

Great post. Thanks.

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