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Published: Monday, April 28 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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The Greatest Statist
Layton, UT

"How can I help America return to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people? Please tell me, what I can do?"

If you really want a return to government "of the people" stop seeing everything through a party lens. That- more than the claims we're about to read in the hyper-partisan comments from both sides in response to your letter - would return us to a government "of the people".

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Excellent letter.

The truth is, there's not much we can do because right now even the moral compass of our country, the Supreme Court, believes that bribery is a form of free speech. How perverse is that? All 5 of the 9 SC judges believe that bribery is free speech and all 5 are Republican.

The solution?

We need to vote the Republicans out and elect Democrats. We need to hold Democrats to the fire to fulfill our wishes.

To be continued...

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

Anyone interested in reading about the GOP's extremism and the situation in Congress should read the book written by 2 political scientists who have worked in Washington for over 40 years. The book is titled: "Even Worse than we Thought."

They had an op-ed in the Washington Post titled: Let's face it, Republicans are the problem.

Our current state in DC is just despicable. It's almost as if we have a winner take all parliamentary system where the majority party doesn't have to reach across the aisle to govern. Unfortunately, because of the separation of powers, in order to govern one must reach across the aisle.

Which is why the tea party has made governing impossible.

Which sadly, is exactly what the anti-government folks like Norquist and Koch bros want. If government is destroyed then corporations are free to gouge, cheat, pollute, enslave, and do whatever they want.

We have gotta get rid of the tea party and enact serious campaign and ethic reform in Washington.

Then, we must focus on protecting the American worker, raising taxes to sane levels, enacting serious regulation on the banking industry, and rebuilding our infrastructure.

Ranch
Here, UT

Answers to your questions:

1) There's a black man in the Whitehouse.
2) He's a democrat.

ohiowhit
New Albany, OH

I think you're way off-base laying blame on Republicans. The same things are being said about Democrats regarding these, and many other issues, all led by a President who has no regard for the Constitution, the people's wishes or even the laws of the land.

Without a responsive, unbiased media, we're helpless save for elections... and here again, consistent voter fraud is a hallmark of the Democratic party.

In my experience, there are receptive, fair politicians in both parties who will at least tell you why they oppose or support what you want. Write to your Senator and Representative and get their reasoning straight from their office. I've found almost without exception that what they tell me is either different, or much more clear than what the media is saying.

Mountanman
Victor, ID

Robert. From what polls are you getting your information? I could find no poll suggesting what you claim. But I did find several polls about Obamacare and Obama's approval that will not make you happy.

Roland Kayser
Cottonwood Heights, UT

"Why? Must they act only to satisfy their corporate donors? Are we no longer a functioning democracy and instead really an oligarchy primarily serving the desires of the wealthy?"

Yes.

SLars
Provo, UT

53% think neither party represents the American people, both parties have a credibility gap (Rasmussen reports). Most major media believe that Obama will hurt the Democrats in 2014.

There You Go Again
Saint George, UT

Resurrect Ronald Reagan.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Does the letter writer think that he has the right to impose rules and regulations that are expressly forbidden by the Constitution? Who gave him that power? We have a contract between government and the people. Government cannot impose firearm laws - period. They cannot regulate the number of rounds that a firearm's magazine holds - period. They cannot require permits to use firearms - period.

They cannot censor what we say - period.

They cannot dictate religious doctrines - period.

They cannot search our email or listen to our phone calls unless a judge has authorized it based on probable cause - period.

They cannot seize our stock or bonds without paying for those stocks or bonds - period.

They cannot tax us for anything not listed in Article 1, Section 8 - period.

They cannot legislate on the federal level unless we have preauthorized that duty - period.

The letter writer obviously doesn't believe the words written in the Constitution. He blames the Republicans. Perhaps he should blame himself.

prelax
Murray, UT

NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll mid March asked respondents whether they would be more or less likely to vote for a candidate who "supports a pathway to citizenship for undocumented.". Forty-two percent of those surveyed, said they would be "less likely," while thirty-six percent said they would be "more likely" to support a candidate who supports amnesty.

ABC News-Washington Post poll last week that found that 39% of registered voters were less likely to vote for a candidate who supports amnesty. That poll found that only 27% of registered voters were more likely to vote for candidates who support amnesty.

Big business lobbyists are arguing that the Republicans need to pass amnesty, or get voted out. It's just the opposite.

Badgerbadger
Murray, UT

Suggestions 1, 3, and 4 would be against the law, even against the constitution. Quoting liberals, you can't just vote to violate the constitutional rights of others.

Then there is the equal pay issue. It is a non-issue. Currently women in the same job as men make 7% MORE than than the men. It is only when you factor in the many women in unskilled jobs that there is a gap. Folks, you have to do your research on every claim your beloved Obama makes. Haven't you learned this yet?

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

It is the Tea party radicals. The people that support Bundy from Bunkerville.

airnaut
Everett, 00

Mountanman
Victor, ID
Robert. From what polls are you getting your information? I could find no poll suggesting what you claim. But I did find several polls about Obamacare and Obama's approval that will not make you happy.

7:08 a.m. April 28, 2014

[Holy Cow Mountanman -- the DN had it Hyper-linked in the article FOR you -- it don't get any easier than that]

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Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah
Does the letter writer think that he has the right to impose rules and regulations that are expressly forbidden by the Constitution?

[Please show us where in the Constitution that open and unlimited bribery of our political representatives is Consitutional.

Because as I read it in Section 4 -- Bribery IS an impeachable offense under high crimes and misdomeanors.

And DON'T try to tell me that politicians are taking in 110's of millions of dollars with NO strings attached.

No business man worth his salt invests money is something and does not expecting something of equal or greater value in return.]

procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "How can I help America return to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people?"

Step one -- stop listening to disingenuous liberal bleating about what real people want.

Exactly none of your assertions about what Americans really want is actually true. Those are just liberal talking points that seem to them to resonate -- but only in the liberal echo chambers.

Those that purposely exclude input from real people.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

re: airnaut,

How many people in the DOD (you know, the department of the government that YOU work for) lobby Congress to keep YOUR job in Utah? Is lobbying for the DOD "bribing" people in Congress? What's the difference between you and your peers twisting the arms of Congress and me and my peers asking them to do something? The difference is that it's YOUR job and because it's YOUR job, it's important to YOU. Why did Hatch work so hard to get the NSA complex built in Bluffdale? Was that the "bribery" that you're talking about?

Words have meaning. When you use "bribery" instead of "free speech", isn't that slander, or does the meaning of a word depend on who uses that word? If the Supreme Court rules against your wishes, have those Justices been "bribed"? I wonder what they would say about that if you had to defend yourself before them? Would you rely on "free speech" when they discussed the word "treason" with you? It's easy to throw around the wrong word, isn't it?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Robert,
Let’s look at the issues you raise and where you falsely try to put the blame

Equal compensation for equal work – laws are already on the books, this is just a boogeyman dems are trying to create to deflect attention from their failed policies. Why has BO NOT been enforcing those laws already on the books? Maybe if they spent less time persecuting their political opponents and enforcing laws ALREADY ON THE BOOKS, there would not be an issue.

Favoring requiring birth control in health plans – there’s a little thing called the bill of rights, giving protections to people of conscience. Even IF the poll is correct, it CANNOT override the 1st amendment.

Illegal immigrants and residency – Repubs HAVE been willing to talk about this, but dems REFUSE to go along with a secure border. Without a secure border, no other fix works.

No, when properly viewed, fault for the problems you cite lie at the feet of the dems.

And ignoring the will of the people? You mean how the dems rammed Obamacare through when the majority of the population OPPOSED it?

Ranch,
Playing the race card shows the weakness of your position.

Thinkin\' Man
Rexburg, ID

Show me polls from unbiased sources first, and then I might listen.

HaHaHaHa
Othello, WA

Maybe you should move to Canada or Mexico, where there are no Republicans, and your healthcare will be free and plentiful, and illegal, undocumented entry into these respective countries is encouraged and welcomed! Or maybe not?

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

What we are seeing here are more and more attempts by demos. to deflect from the issue of Obamacare which WILL result in many demos. losing their coveted elected positions in 2014. They (demos)are trying their best to talk about ANYTHING but Obamacare.

Notice the author forgot to include the demographic that reflects the fact that over 50% DON'T WANT Obamacare.

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