Fighting City Hall

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  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 2, 2013 8:34 p.m.

    It's pretty clear that the Utah Republican party knows it has the Utah electorate right where it wants them. It really takes a misstep of monumental proportions (think Swallow or Garn or Killpack) to run afoul of the predominant party.

    There is no blue state of comparable political bias, that the GOP enjoys in Utah, and while they have this level of hegemony, there's no reason for them to *not* take steps to consolidate power accordingly. The public in Utah is more than happy to play along, in general. Certainly there are moments when the public rebels, ala the HB 477 of a couple of years ago, but in general the public is predictably and consistently loyal to the GOP, without any question or second thought.

    It's not unlike the level of support the Chinese government has among the Chinese public. There may be cases of individual misconduct - like Swallow, Garn or Killpack - but there is unquestioned loyalty to the GOP, very much as though it is an article of faith. The GOP represents "correct principles", end of discussion. Whatever they decide can't be that bad. Certainly not as bad as the Democrats.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 2, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    Heaven help us if ordinary people expect to have a say in government.

    This is -- after all -- a compound republic or something like that.

    Giving ordinary people influence in government might turn it into a {shudder} DEMOCRACY!


  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    March 2, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    Utah's legislators don't want to be second guessed; especially by the peons.