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Published: Sunday, Feb. 9 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Republicans only like "small government" when Democrats are in power. The GOP loves big government as long as they are the ones running it. The only president in the last sixty years to actually shrink government was Bill Clinton. Under Bush Jr. the government grew at the fastest rate since Lyndon Johnson. Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush Sr. all liked big government just fine.

Far East USA, SC

If only we could get back to the good ole days of yesteryear (2000-2006) when the beloved GOP controlled the all 3 branches. The sun would shine, the flowers bloom, and the universe could again be in balance.

Please people. Just pull the "R" lever. Don't we all want to live in Sandy's Utopia?

(disclaimer, No where did I advocate voting Democrat as a solution.)

salt lake city, utah

"There's nothing I'd like more than to change our country and transform it back into the land of the free and the home of the brave. "

As long as we can tell you what you can and can't do with your body, where you buy your liquor, who you can marry, etc. etc., and we have an all volunteer military.

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

And I join millions in gratitude for a great president who has made measurable progress at regaining our world-leader status.

The Bush administration did more harm to our nation than any in history. And Sandy Thackery wrote many many letters in support of Bush: The worst president in our country's history.

It absolutely tickles me to know that the next President will also cause much grief for Tea Partiers and Republicans!!!

Go Hillary!!!!

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

I was just reading in article in Governing Magazine that the state of Texas is the last "big" reliable red state, but that is threatened with its shrinking white population and growing Hispanics who are sensitive to immigration and interested in helping immigrants get public education to reach the American Dream. Rick Perry on the campaign trail got hammered by conservatives when he said he supported illegal immigrant children to get a free public education.

It seems that Texas' independent mindedness works both ways -- they may hate federal government intrusions, but they also hate outside conservatives telling it what to do regarding immigration as well.

While the GOP may value "freedom," for many immigrants and non-whites, that freedom largely means freedom for whites and oppression for everyone else.

The GOP needs to look at their values and figure out how to make these values work for non-whites, which is the fastest growing segment of America's population.

Salt Lake City, UT

You are so right, Sandy. Without these principles expounded by Tea Party affiliates the GOP seems to be floundering and might as well be a part of the Democrat party.

Huntsville, UT

It's all Obama's fault. Riiiiight.


In order to be relevant again the GOP must step away from so-called 'social issues'; gay marriage, abortion, birth control etc. The country has moved past them. The TeaParty just can't and the GOP follows the Reagan law, 'Speak no ill of another Republican'.

The GOP has a legitimate role in US government concerning fiscal policy. But they have to find someone more connected with reality. Romney may have been the one but he pandered to the TeaParty and lost. Christy would've also been a good candidate but he's also just about ruined it.

Jindal said the GOP has to "stop being the stupid party". May be they should nominate him.

Sandy, UT

The problem with the TEA party is that when you shrink the size of government you reduce the industries from which politicians can get campaign contributions to push policies in favor of one side or the other. Most long term Republicans are in the political favor business - just to a lesser extent than most Democrats. If government no longer has its hand in everything, who is going to contribute to their campaigns. The reason we should support the TEA party politicians is that they are championing causes which work against their political interests (but in the interests of the people as a whole). Why else would they be so demonized for the radical view that government should not spend more than it takes in. You can answer almost any question in Washington by simply following the money.

Salt Lake City, UT

I have some news for Sandy. If the Republicans continue to cater to the Tea Party extremists they will lose the next elections. They have to be more moderate to pick up that huge segment of independents. And who will the Tea Party vote for? Are they going to vote for a liberal Democrat just because the Republican candidate is too moderate? I do not think so. They will vote for the "lesser of two evils."

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

Its obvious that the gop needs to splinter. The Reagan wing has been marginalized; 1st by the the theocratic right and now by the tea party.

Salt Lake City, UT

Ask the people around Zion's Park how the Tea Party and Lee helped them out just recently. I don't think we can afford more of their antics.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

If the tea party is really as great as Sandy thinks it is, why don't they form their own party and swim while letting the GOP continue to sink?

Salt Lake City, UT

re: embarrassed Utahn!

"The Bush administration did more harm to our nation than any in history. And Sandy Thackery wrote many many letters in support of Bush: The worst president in our country's history."

I don't know about that. LBJ (also from Texas (ironically?)) could be thought of the worst.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Hearing " There's nothing I'd like more than to change our country and transform it back into the land of the free and home of the brave", doesn't really know much about our history. I would ask, When was America more free than now? Certainly we have more laws and regulations, but I am a believer of the quote "the law shall make you free".

The truth is that the freedom of all people comes from taking freedom from business minded people. So, if you are a businessman, your freedom has been diminished. But if you are one of the vast majority of people in America your freedom has been advanced.

However we still have a long way to go in the civilization of human beings before we can be labeled as the home of the free.

Sandy, UT

I for the life of me can not figure out this utopia the tea party keeps on talking about.

Sandy, UT

Ah, an amusing letter. "The good old days weren't always good, tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems" (Billy Joel). This a great example of how perception is not reality. If shutting down the government is your objective then your teaps are doing a bang up job, hurting all but the select.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Based on what T-partiers say, they don't want to be Republicans anymore. It sounds to me like they want a totally unregulated, "every man for himself," Somalia-style society which would be a nightmare for all of us. I respect mainstream Republicans who propose conservative improvements to our national house without threatening to burn it down.

Salt Lake City, UT

Sandy: The choice is a hard one, no question. On the one hand, if the Teas and the Pubs can work together they can dominate the U.S. House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate. On the other hand the Boehner led majority, know that if they continue down that road the Presidency will be the permanent possession of the Democrats. The principles of the Tea party while a big seller in Utah and a few other States, they are a non-starter for the nation at large. Hence devil is once again in the details. Stay the dominant party in the Congress or change direction and become once again a political force in national elections.


Sandy, everyone I know is still free and still brave.

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