Why Do I Think We Need a New Mainstream Political Party in Utah? cont…

 

I told my husband last night that I think well intentioned politicians have traded asking what is morally right for what is right in the moment.  Each moment of political decision making is complicated by weighing out the fiscal implications, the potential transfer of power and the long term ramifications that may come from these decisions.  I do understand the road that has lead us to this point.  But I don’t accept that this is the way that it has to be.  And I am not alone.

 

 

“In the fall of 2016, a small group began to talk about what to do about the dysfunctional state of politics in Utah. Some were Democrats… Others were Republicans…. The group began to consider something totally new in the Utah political landscape – a political party that reached across existing party lines and favored moderation rather than extremism and pragmatism, problem-solving rather than ideology. The group began to reach out to others to discover whether there was broader interest in such an idea. The numbers of those interested in the idea grew.” https://www.unitedutah.org/first-steps

 

 

It is one thing to seek for the middle but quite another to actually define the parameters of the idea.  Through the 66 pages of the GOP’s and the 50 pages of the DNC’s national platforms, voters have become conditioned to believe that if we detail every contingency of what a Democrat or Republican believes, aligning ourselves with the candidates in our parties will assure that our representatives have our best interests at heart.  But I believe that this shift to polarization has exacerbated the gap between what the average American wants and what is occurring in government.

To that end and with a vision of “using a pragmatic approach, finding common ground with others, and encouraging widespread public involvement in the resolution of public policy issues“, the United Utah Party was formed in May of 2017.  The platform is simple- recruit candidates and elected officials who share values that promote a more respectful, reasoned, and civil society with 9 areas of focus;

 

Economic Growth Preserving the free market system as the engine for future economic growth. However, such economic growth must “raise all boats” and therefore public policy must promote economic opportunity for all, regardless of social and economic class.

Education Supporting increased funding for and reform of public education as a vehicle for creating good citizens, preparing Utahns for the future, and improving the economic prospects of all Utah citizens. Favoring significant education funding increases along with accountability from Utah’s education system for its role in educating Utah’s future generations.

Environmental Stewardship Advocating the importance of human stewardship over Utah’s environment that conserves natural resources, promotes renewable energy, and leads to clean air and water to sustain and improve human life.

Faith Protecting the role of religious belief in public life as well as the constitutional right to free exercise of religious expression for all.

Family Supporting the family as the traditional unit of society and upholding the sanctity of human life that includes opposition to abortion except in cases such as the life of the mother or serious damage to the health of the mother, fatal fetal deformities, rape, or incest.

Government Reform Promoting government reform that furthers greater responsiveness, accountability, and transparency. This includes greater transparency of proposed bills, open legislative caucus meetings, ethics reform, open primary elections, term limits, campaign finance limits, more non-partisan elections, and independent redistricting.

Immigration Endorsing federal action that creates an immigration system that respects the sanctity and dignity of families while enforcing the law.

Second Amendment Endorsing the right of Utahns to possess firearms, as well as regulations that limit firearm possession in the hands of those who would use them irresponsibly.

Taxes and Regulations Supporting a simpler tax system that minimizes loopholes, reduces negative effects on working class families, and demands a fair share be paid by all regardless of wealth. This also includes instituting a regular review of government regulations to assess their continued value in a changing society.”

 

Additionally, the party believes that politics should represent ordinary citizens more than politicians and is actively pursuing change in the following areas:

  • Term limits for public officials
  • More non-partisan elections
  • Independent redistricting
  • Stricter campaign finance limits
  • Ranked Choice Voting

 

If you are interested in learning more about this party, feel free to leave a comment, contact me, read more here or follow the United Utah Party on Facebook  If you are interested in changing your party affiliation you can do so here.

 

Next week I will write more about the 19 candidates who are running through the United Utah Party.