Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Can Utah sustain a constitutional-based government, or revert to a tribal mentality of governing people?

Utah can be a beacon of light and hope. Utah can lead the way back to a Constitution that was designed to be the bedrock foundation of any nation seeking to establish a form of government that minimizes the harm driven by the dark side of primitive tribes. Humans must shed their primitive animal past and transition to an enlightened mind with expectations leading toward a higher quality of life. The past can't be changed. The future can be.

The human species has always been comprised of competing tribes scattered about the world. When tribes grow large they split into smaller tribes. Each tribe chooses its leaders, god, rituals and rules. Each tribe resists change and compromise — a constitutional form of government requires both.

A constitutional or a tribal form of government seems to be our only choice. Reason tells us that a Constitution-based Utah would benefit the long-term welfare of the state and our nation. But states that divide themselves into Republican, Democrat, Christian and secular tribes are destroying any hope of a constitutional republic form of government. World citizens are increasingly aware that primitive tribes, such as ours, are destroying any hope of building constitutional foundations that provide security and hope.

Today, tribes are divided when tribal family members choose to split and join competing tribes with differing views. Hopefully, all tribes will unite and choose the Constitution as the foundation for forming a dedicated United States seeking the common welfare. History shows us that tribal power seeks to punish all levels of society: men, women and children who fail to adhere to tribal beliefs. Tribes especially seek to bully one another and defenseless minorities that have no protection under the Constitution. They bully women seeking equal rights, those with sexual differences and emigrants seeking hope for the future. The list goes on and on.

Tribal leaders fail to teach citizens their role in a Constitution. They expect citizens to follow, not lead. Citizens knowledgeable of the Constitution and the Federalist Papers would understand they are responsible for electing and being accountable for assuring responsible leaders. History tells us the human race is incapable of sustaining a constitutional government.

However, enlightened citizens can decide a major change is required. Only then can Utah set a governing standard that all other states and nations strive for. Perhaps then, Utah citizens and elected leaders can be free from partisan political parties, lobbyists and special interests and regain respect for themselves and their leaders.

Utah can lead by demonstrating that constitutional law, if followed, yields the following: First, elected leaders, free from partisan politics. Second, elected leaders with the backbone to tell their constituents no when their demands interfere with the long-term welfare of their state and nation. Third, elected leaders free to look the electorate in the eye and tell them what sacrifices will be required to resolve critical environmental and social issues. Forth, elected leaders, under electorate scrutiny, actually working full-time resolving critical and complex issues. This is what the Founding Fathers intended.

Jerry B. Lucky is a resident of Washington, Utah.