That was way back in 1830. Has it changed today? Would you say there is no party of principle?
I would actually say that there are several parties of principle, but they are all small parties. And they are small, in part, because they do have principles.
As I've gotten more involved in politics I've noticed what a huge role money plays in the process. I think that good people sometimes get caught up in the money game and make some questionable choices. I'm not blaming them, but I am suggesting we need some reform.
Let me state the problem more clearly by providing two examples. The first is Gary Herbert, governor of Utah. I think he's a good and honest person. But he has gotten caught up in the game. He was secretly recorded at a campaign fundraiser earlier this year making promises that he would make himself available to those who raise money. He said, "So I will go anywhere. I will meet with people. We'll come to your office, you bring them in and we will give them quality time, but we've got to raise the money, there's no ifs, ands or buts, we've got to raise the money somehow." It makes you wonder if he would give you "quality time" if you hadn't contributed to his campaign.
The second example is Mia Love. I also think she is an honest person. But she may get caught up in the game as well. If you go to "opensecerts.org" and look at who has contributed, you see a lot of people associated with wall street, banks and financial institutions. You also should know that Congresswoman Love is on the House Committee that oversees financial institutions. It seems unlikely that her judgment wouldn't be affected by the fact that some of her biggest donors are banks and financial institutions.
Smaller parties often choose, as a matter of principle ,to not take money from special interests. This is actually a big handicap, but it's the right thing to do, in my opinion. But it won't mean anything if the American people don't support these parties of principle.
I have chosen to join the Constitution party because I think that it best represents my views and the right policies for Utah. You can help it stand up to big money special interests by volunteering and funding its fight. I thank you for your consideration.