In addition to choosing a
president, Utahns have a choice to make very soon regarding who they will elect
for U.S. Senator. As in any other state, the person they pick will be a clear
reflection of their moral values and the example they would like to set for the
This is the first of several
short articles discussing this choice. There are five candidates running for
Senator Orrin Hatch's position. Hatch is again running and has occupied this
office since 1976.
My hope is to present a
sprinkling of what I see as significant issues that I believe Utahns should
ponder before entering the voting booth. I believe it is fair to say that these
issues go to the heart of the candidates' values. All candidates have their
own website and can be studied individually in more depth.
Republican, Senator Hatch, loudly beat the drums for entering the Iraq War. Being
on the Senate Intelligence Committee, he was in a unique position to learn what
was going on in that country, prior to the second U.S. invasion. Hatch assured the
citizens of Utah, and anyone listening, that Iraq had
weapons of mass destruction. He claimed to have clear evidence of this, but claimed
he could not reveal the sources because doing so might endanger them. Hatch has
yet to reveal these sources and why they were not taken to task, given that
there were no WMDs in Iraq.
As a result of Hatch and Co. beating the
war drums: 1) the U.S. spent over $800 billion tax dollars to date (a
conservative estimate from costofwar.com); 2) over a million human beings were
killed, maimed, or tortured in your name, most of them completely innocent; and
3) your taxes were used to set an industrialized country virtually back to the
stone ages. This, in spite of ten million people around the world marching to
protest the war (many in front of Hatch's office) and in spite of U.N.
inspectors assuring us there was no evidence of WMDs in that oil rich country.
Howell spends most of his campaign time attacking the alleged short-comings of
Hatch, while offering vague and fuzzy notions of what he would actually do if
elected to the Senate. He makes much noise of not sending U.S. jobs
overseas, yet also boasts of working for 30 years for IBM, often in managerial
positions--while that very company sent untold thousands of jobs overseas, as
it continues to do. Howell justifies this action (and his own inaction) by
pointing to tax loopholes that made this downsizing of America "economically
feasible." Translated simply, Scott Howell puts money ahead of people, while at
the same time proclaiming that residing on the U.S. Senate is "a sacred position."
Constitution Party is represented by Shaun McClausland. In his own words,
Shaun: "simply loves our country and the US Constitution. He believes that
the Constitution contains the answers to the problems that our country faces."
Bill Barron, running as an independent,
"believes that there needs to be a political revolution that is
not driven by partisanship but rather our morality and humanity." And that "[t]here
is an opportunity to unite as citizens and address the urgency to which we must
change course as a country to protect our natural world and defend the air we
breathe and the water that sustains us."
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In my run for U.S. Senate against Utah's Orrin Hatch, I posted many progressive ideas and principles that I internalized over the years. I'm leaving that site up indefinitely, since it describes what I believe most members of our species truly (more...)