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Published: Thursday, Sept. 6 2012 7:42 p.m. MDT

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MapleDon
Springville, UT

Wow. DesNews finds someone who, after meeting Pres Reagan, changed parties to become a Democrat. Amazing.

You know there's a similar story, which the DesNews doesn't mind not sharing because they don't care for the guy. He grew up a Democrat. In fact, his mother is now married to Michael Dukakis. He was co-chairman of Michael Dukakis' campaign in Utah.

Unlike the DesNews' story, our unsung hero became a Republican after meeting Pres Reagan in 1990. Over the remaining years, this person's views became more conservative. Today, he represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His name is Jason Chaffetz.

So I applaud the DesNews for searching high and low to find a Democrat who was once a Republican and changed views after meeting Pres Reagan. Whoop-te-do.

The fact is, however, that Reagan changed many Americans' views during his era in office to follow him. Don't forget, in his last election, he carried every state but Minnesota. Reagan's 525 electoral votes that year (out of 538) is the highest total ever received by a presidential candidate.

All Hail Ronaldus Magnus!

Dadof5sons
Montesano, WA

Well I guess he did not embrace the self reliance lessons of scouting. Yet turned to the womb to the tomb nany party. Sad

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

"Hadfield said he reviewed party platforms years ago and concluded that the Democratic platform resonated with him more than the Republican platform".

Mr. Hadfield, reviewed tha platforms. He studied and made a rational decision.

If more people in Utah think about politics, study and reach a rational conclusion. I'm sure many would still be Republicans , but also, many would become Democrats.

Study liberate the mind.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

I'm surprised Utah County hasn't shun his family and run him out of town.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

Obviously he has made some very poor chocies since that time.

jpjazz
Sandy, UT

The fact that Mr Hadfield went on to participate in the political arena would be of some solace to Mr Reagan, as he too changed parties later in life. I have to credit my dem friends who work in the opposition party despite the heavy bias against their party.

I personally know of a democrat who worked in Utah County, after several years before he was outed and returned to the Salt Lake, I'm not sure he can be turned, but I won't give up hope for him.

Joe Moe
Logan, UT

Baccus0902, I agree whole-heartedly. I wonder how many people who proclaim themselves D or R have even read their party platform. Of course, platform is one thing and actual voting and policy and shenanigans are another. But still, platforms are important.

As a Republican, I find some things in liberals to admire. Primarily, their compassion for others and their priority for equality. Certainly there are Republicans who have those qualities and Democrats who don't, but I find that those things are more often a higher priority for liberals. I like that.

However, I believe the policies pushed by liberals often have the opposite effect from what they want in their hearts. And liberals have a strong tendency to think conservatives are stupid, which of course is a GREAT place from which to start a civic dialog....not! Meanwhile, conservatives have a strong tendency to think liberals are faithless and amoral (doesn't help that some liberals actually claim those labels...)

Baccus0902
Leesburg, VA

@Joe Moe
Thank you for a candid and balanced response.

I agree with most of what you say. But, I think many liberals will claim to be faithless and amorals just to get a reaction from conservatives and have a good laugh.

I must confess that I am one of those liberals who think that many, many conservatives are stupid. Not all, but a large number. On the other hand, I think that when we are able to talk with a cool head and long enough, we can be surprised on how much we can agree.

If you are a conservative because of economics and the distribution of resources, I'm sure we are going to be able to reach a compromise.

When you are a conservative because of your religion. There can be no compromise, because you couldn't and shouldn't compromise with what your God expects from you.

yarrlydarb
Ogden, UT

I just wonder how does the screener of comments can allow all the right-wing rhetoric and insults and publish them in the comments and disallow the other side from even making positive comments about their own political preferences.

Political aright-wing bias is alive and strong in the editorial staff of the DNews. Journalism (reporting the news) is no longer the objective of this newspaper(?) anymore.

Sad commentary. But, on the other hand, they know who buys their paper these days. Cater to you supporters at all costs.

Joe Moe
Logan, UT

Yarrlydarb, I find that a sizable minority of my posts never get shown. From what I can tell, it has to be technical, because there has never been anything in the content that would be an issue, and no trend as to which kinds of comments get left out.

So my angle is, DN, work out the technical glitches!

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