by Kristy Nelson, Lehi
I'm grateful for Kristy's eloquent take on our Republic. She is spot on. I am also grateful for her support. This post can be found on her Facebook page here.
As a stay at home mom I spend a lot of time and energy focused on young children and taking care of them. My efforts are to make my house into a home, to make dinner for my family to eat, to read stories to my daughter, or to drive the carpool to activities. Part of my job is to watch out for the best interests of my family. Too many times I have not engaged in the political process, not because I didn’t care but because it wasn’t the right season for me.
This year is different. One of my priorities is getting more engaged in the political process. Why? As a country we face some serious troubles. I believe it is the responsibility of current leaders to create a better life for future generations, and to educate the younger generation in what our founders had as a vision for this great nation. We are dealing with a federal government that is massive. We need leaders who will spend less, who want the federal government to have less power, less control, and less influence on the lives of citizens.
In this election year, we are not only voting for the next president, but we have state and local elections that are even more important. Local elections choose local leadership, which have a greater impact on me personally. I can choose to pass a bond that will build a new school near my house. I can choose the person I want to represent me at the national level. My influence and my vote mean more on the local level.
So what’s going on at the local level? This year in Utah, something new is happening. I recently learned about SB54 or Count My Vote. Why is this important?
The founding fathers wisely constructed this nation as a representative republic. Remember that great story about Benjamin Franklin? “The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” (http://www.ourrepubliconline.com/Author/21)
The United States is not a democracy. What’s the difference? In a democracy leaders are directly elected by the people but in a representative republic we select individuals to represent us as a community. These individuals meet and question candidates about the issues. These delegates research the issues that are most important to the community, working to select a candidate that will reflect the best interest of the community.
I read a great article that explained this very clearly. Here are the parts that had the biggest impact on me: “Indirect Election. The logic of the representative principle could be carried even, further, as the Scottish philosopher David Hume had pointed out. If the people were likely to elect a moral superior as a representative, then why not call the elected representatives together and allow them to elect a representative of their own—who was likely to be still more virtuous? With each ascending tier of representation, there would be a refining process at work. Men (and women) of wider and wider reputation—and broader and broader outlook—would thus automatically be vested with the greatest authority. And they would be even further distanced from the passions of the multitude. [From Fox & Pope, American Heritage, pp 128-129, emphasis added]
Fox & Pope further illustrate the practical application of this principle…
(James) Madison and his colleagues discussed numerous ways to apply the principles of representation and indirect election in the proposed Constitution. The most notable was in the electoral college. Presidential electors would be chosen by the people solely on the basis of individual merit. These representatives would then convene and cast ballots of their own to elect the President and Vice President. The system thus featured two tiers of representation—a double refining process—while at the same time short-circuiting patronage. [From Fox & Pope, American Heritage, pp 128-129, emphasis added]
Madison, the primary pen of the Constitution, saw the wisdom of a multi-tiered vetting process of representative selection. This process of the People vetting candidates through multi-tiered elections has an inherent user-friendliness, transparency, and accountability.
Within the fundamentals of election process—more IS better! (The more tiers, the more scrutinized the candidate.)” http://ucrp.org/party-nominee-strength-is-the-participation-of-the-people/
My neighbors in Traverse Mountain have seen many signs for Mike Brenny. He lives here and is well liked. My kids go to school with his kids. However, I don’t think he is the best person to represent our district. He was a registered Democrat in Salt Lake County in 2010, but this year in January he registered as a Republican. I’m not sure that he represents my conservative values. Mike went around the caucus and chose to collect signatures, which works this year because of SB54.
One candidate I’ve chosen to support is Cory Maloy. He worked through the system as it was originally established. He has been vetted by those representatives we selected at our local caucuses. I appreciate his background and leadership within the Republican party. Cory is conservative both fiscally and socially. On a personal note, I met him and I liked him. I met his wife and I respect her as well. When I emailed him, he replied. He even called me on the phone to see if I had further questions. I appreciate his position on second amendment rights. I agree with him that transportation and education are key issues in the growing Lehi area. He said, “The Utah Legislature must focus on long-term critical projects that accommodate this growth: specifically in critical areas of transportation, water supply, air pollution, and education.” http://www.corymaloy.com/issues.html
It’s important to support those representatives who have fought to preserve the principles established by our founders so many generations ago. It’s important to vote. The strength of a republic is based on citizens who care. I love this land and the freedoms we enjoy. God bless America.
A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016