On Thursday I had the opportunity to attend the caucus meeting for my district to choose our representative to elect our senator at the upcoming primary election. By a large margin Orrin Hatch was the victor(Incumbent R-UT). I was so disappointed in our district. Not necessarily at the election of Mr. Hatch, with whom I do not agree with, but this is the way the system works, but at the reasons given to keep him. Here are some of the reasons I heard
- We should not vote against Hatch but for someone else. This I agree with, but when you know the person in office is not the right person then you need to get rid of them and find an appropriate replacement. We do not need to settle. I think we as voters need to remember we can change who we put in office. We can stand on principle.
- He has seniority or will be on a high-ranking committee. The purpose of the senate and congress in general is to protect our rights. Giving someone power to tell us what they are going to do to help us is the wrong way to go about it. We want them to stop taking away our money, not tell us how much we are going to get back.
- He is electable. Everyone is electable if we stand behind and support them. The incumbent is more electable since he has more money. He has more money since we live in a system where corporations are in cahoots with the government. We need to start standing up for a system where the elected official represents us, not the other way around.
- That is the way the system works. I heard this statement and almost started to cry. This statement in and of itself is the reason we are in the place we are in. We have to change the way we look at the system. You may not get back as much money from the feds until you start to change. Leaders have to lead and it may not be profitable for them initially, but down the road we will all be better for it.
- If Romney wins then he will need Hatch. Romney does not need a rubber stamp from Utah. He needs to present his ideas so the people in Utah will vote for them. Our state comes first not the other way around. We do not need Washington to keep saying yes. We need them to start saying NO.
I get the sense we were voting out of fear. If we do not vote for the incumbent then things will be bad. Guess what folks, we have right now what we deserve. We have an oppresive government because we have voted for people who want an oppressive government. Until we realize there is going to be pain for everyone involved and we step up to the plate to take care of each other and not have some government entity do it, then we will continually keep passing the buck.
This is why this site and community are so important. We are trying to prepare ourselves for what we see ahead. We know it will not be good, but we are going to work to the best of our ability to help as many people as possible. I want you to realize despite my gloomy Thursday, I am optimistic about the future. People are waking up. Two years ago at the same caucus meeting we had 10 people. This year we had 80. I can see the worry in their eyes. I want you to be a light on a hill showing them the way to prosperity is through liberty and freedom. We will keep showing them when you are prepared you become less of a slave to someone else. And when the someone else has to go away because of budget cuts or some other reason, then you will be able to step in and help. This way of life is the way of the future. It is the solution. Lets stay together as a community and keep spreading the word. Get involved in your local politics since it is where the largest difference is made. But remember what you do matters.
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