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Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

"...ongoing socialist takeover of America..." What? Obama is a centrist's centrist. The ACA is an attempt to save the private health insurance business in the face of its nonperformance. Obama's foreign policy is a carbon copy of Bush.

Obama's patches won't save capitalism, which is in its final epoch. I know this because wealth is becoming ever more concentrated in fewer hands, corporations are getting bigger and bigger, and wages are frozen. This is capitalism in its death throes.

The writer will soon find out what socialism is really about (it's not a bad as he thinks).

Ogden, UT

Lee has no principles, unless you think that doing what is necessary to pander to the far right so he can get money is a principle. Lee was playing politics to pander to the far right. Nothing more, nothing less. As a result, the country suffered. It's long past time to get Lee out of office.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

The problem with hyperbole (“a tidal wave of socialism”) is that when used in place of accurate descriptions, when you actually see the real thing you have no words left to describe it.

Like those old commercials showing a frying egg with the message “this is your brain on drugs,” when I see letters like this full of doom & gloom and self-righteousness (usually masquerading as Principle), the first thought that comes to mind is – “this is your brain on fear-based media.”

Salt Lake City, UT

Sorry, but a true statesman seeks common ground and compromise, neither of which describes the self absorbed senator.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Mike Lee sets a bad example because he walked away from student loans and a mortgage.
He is too narrow-minded and tunnel-visioned to be an effective senator.

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

"....may just save the Republican party from itself as it moves toward abandoning substantive defense of its own platform in a descent to irrelevance."

Are you KIDDING? He is the best campaign manager our next president, Hillary Clinton could ever hope for!

Dave M
Louisville, KY

In standard English, "may just save the Republican party" translates to "leave the party in a smoldering heap of rubble".

Mike in Sandy
Sandy, UT

Wow...any supporters of this opinion out there?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

"The socialist takeover of America"
Tell me about it! Every time I go to Europe I feel so bad for those citizens. You can just see the sadness in their eyes that they know they will never be burdened by unneccesarily large healthcare costs. You can just see how badly they want to pay their own huge medical bills.
Also, some countries even cover the cost for college. Those poor kids will never know the huge blessing that comes with tens of thousand of student loan debt.
Please, don't ever do those things in America. We need our huge debts in order to find true happiness.

Springville, UT

Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are more like the rebels of South Carolina. I'll stand with the principles of Lincoln rather than those who would tear the nation apart. I guess the real test for these mindless anarchists is when a President is eventually elected (if it ever happens again) from their own party. Will they still keep singing the same song, or will all their problems magically go away?

Kent C. DeForrest
Provo, UT

This letter reads like a summary of all the right-wing radio talking points. Did he leave any out?

Is there really any rational way to defend Mike Lee? I mean, even Orrin Hatch is attacking him, now that the crisis is over. Before it ended badly for the Republicans, I could have sworn Hatch was a tea party defender.

Lew Scannon
Provo, UT

Standing on principle is a good thing, but only if your principles are good. Unfortunately, Lee's principles are a mixed bag, and by standing on the worst of them, he imperils his party.

Salt Lake City, UT

Great letter. I'm proud of Sen. Lee and Sen. Cruz for their courageous stand on Constitutional principles.

Salt Lake City, UT

Statesmen work to get things done together. They meet in the middle, compromise. It's those Kennedy-Hatch bills. That's not Mike Lee.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

History is full of people who stood on their principles and made others suffer for it. The Ayatollah Khomeini comes to mind.

Orem, UT

Marxist: Although I am a conservative, I recognize that Mike Lee is way to the right on the political spectrum. But I have to laugh when committed leftists insist that Obama is somewhere in the middle. He is about as left as they come. I guess to a marxist his policies make him seem like a "centrist's centrist".

Mike in Sandy: There are lots of us who support conservative principles. We just don't spend all day logging in under a dozen different user names, make similar comments, and "like" all the other stuff we wrote so that it seems like there are lots more of us than there are.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

"He is acting the part of a true statesman insisting on more than pretend push back against the tidal wave of socialism that is sweeping America even amidst calls by many self-styled conservatives to compromise."


That's some carnival barking to put even Joseph Goebbels to shame!

And yes, the Nazis represented the uber-far-right-wing.
and No, they were Fascists, not Socialists - even though they used "Socialist" it in their name to win support from the Unions.

Unreconstructed Reb
Chantilly, VA

The last month has not been kind to Mr. Lee's poll numbers in his home state, and he's even lost support of many influential business leaders who backed him in 2010.

Sun Tzu succinctly addressed the biggest problem facing Mr. Lee and the Tea Party: "Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."

The last month has made it abundantly clear that the Tea Party has no strategy for winning the GOP's civil war, much less a general election.

Sandy, UT

This is promoting Tranquility? I think it's nothing more than fund raising since he has offered no reasonable solutions to the issues at hand.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The Senator when all in and shutdown government threatening not to open unless the funded ACA was defunded. He lost. he owns it, and should resign.

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