Friday, September 5, 2008

"Deriving their Just Powers from the Consent of the Governed"

In politics it doesn't get any bigger than this: Picking a President! The leader to whom we, the people, will give our consent and the power to govern America for the next four years. We have just finished back to back conventions of the two major political parties, out of one of which we will have a new President and Vice President. In just two months, the American people will go to the polls and give their consent to the ticket they most believe will take our beloved country in the direction they most want. History is in the making! This year we will elect either the first African-American president or the first female vice-president, either of which will be an historic milestone for a country that was founded on the principle of equality.

It is my hope and my prayer that Utahns will catch the spirit, enthusiasm, patriotism and yes, even partisan zeal that we witnessed at both conventions, and keep it alive during the next two months of electioneering, debate and dialogue, and turn out in record numbers on November 4th to make their choice. There is a clear choice here. There is no doubt on where the two tickets stand on the issues. Both talk of "change" and polls show most Americans want change. Both major parties' candidates have stated their platforms, and through the next two months will more fully articulate policy specifics on how they will effect that change. It is our job as citizens of this great democracy to become educated on the issues and the candidates and then step into the voting booth to cast our vote and lend our voice to the symphony of the United States of America's greatest blessing: "Government of the people, by the people and for the people!"

In making that choice, I urge the people of Utah and the nation to consider the immortal words of President Calvin Coolidge in declaring that the people have the faith to remember that
this nation was built "upon a righteousness which will endure, a reconstructed faith that the final approval of the people is given not to demagogues, slavishly pandering to their selfishness, merchandising with the clamor of the hour, but to statesmen, ministering to their welfare, representing their deep, silent, abiding convictions.”

America is at a crossroads in history with issues that effect each and every one of us, our families, our children, issues such as the War on Terror, the economy, energy independence, conservation and morality. We can, we must, get involved and make an informed choice and turn out in record numbers on election day to give our consent to those who will represent us in addressing these issues.
The Choice is Yours:


Anonymous said...

I would add two things to your post. First, Choosing a president should not be the biggest thing we do politically. Picking our congressional leaders should be at least as big a deal. Second, Not only should we, as citizens "become educated on the issues and the candidates and then step into the voting booth to cast our vote" but we should also work for the next four years to hold the new administration and congress accountable for their actions and promises.

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said...

Well said David, I couldn't agree more. As an elected official I expect people to hold me accountable and want to be as open and approachable as possible to learn of concerns, complaints and suggestions. The primary purpose of this blog is to open myself up to fluid communication with the public. To share information and my thoughts and experiences and request responses. Thank you for responding and improving that effort.