In my particular faith association there is a phrase that is frequently used.
“Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner.”
That conveys the idea that we should possess an attitude of grace toward all people. I, in fact, embrace that thought.
I recently received an extraordinarily vitriolic message from someone who “disagrees” with me about Congressman Chris Stewart. While praising him they called me everything but a white man. I smiled through most of the note…until I got to the part where I was accused of hating the Congressman. Then I became annoyed.
Because I criticize him for pandering to John Boehner and lying (or being astonishingly uninformed) to his constituents my latest fan believes I hate the man. That is just so much silliness.
Just as we are to hate the sin, but not the sinner we can also hate the policies and conduct of elected officials with hating them.
I don’t know Congressman Stewart well enough to hate or love the man. However, after over forty years of direct experience with candidates and politicians, and over half the time working directly with the policies imposed by them I do hate some of the actions. Pandering is just one of those actions.
Since taking office the congressman has appeared to be ill-informed. He also panders to whoever appears to be in minority power. John Boehner is Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Our Congressman show all the signs of worshiping him. I hate that.
This congressman seems like a person that leads with his finger; his finger to the political winds. That is pandering.
Utah is a state with scant influence in either presidential races or representation in Congress. In the bigger scheme of things “bigger is better.” California, Texas, New York, Florida all carry far more weight than Utah. Let’s face reality. Unless a presidential race is a sure thing nobody waits with baited breath how Utah is going to vote. However, when the results in California or Florida (perpetually late in announcing results-intentionally by the way) are called, then the entire election is called.
In Congress, when Ohio, California, or New York votes people say “oh!” When Utah votes people say “So.”
This is not meant to discredit Utah. If anything , as you will see, it is meant as just the opposite. Here is why.
Nearly since Utah became a state, and for most of its subsequent history, this state had fire brands for members of congress. The have been men of stature who stood up and required themselves to be heard. Fiesty, cantankerous, even bellicose? Yes, when a voice required to be heard.
Utahans, possibly even unwittingly, do not want to be represented by milquetoast members of congress. Senator Mike Lee is love and respected. Chris Stewart is tolerated because we have a death wish to support anyone claiming to be a conservative Republican.
Utahans like the leaders to be leaders. We object to House members that choose to be caddies for John Boehner.
Does that mean Chris Stewart will be replaced? Not likely! When your name is followed by an “R” you can be re-elected until you go to jail. Even then you might be re-elected if the judge let you out on the one day of the week that congress actually voted. That is all unfortunate. John Boehner does not need another caddy, nor does he need someone to carry around his excessive supply of taxpayer purchased sun tan lotion, or boxes of Kleenex. Stewart is happy to do any of those duties if it will get him that much more of the teacher’s pet.
He is not the only choice this November. neither is the Democrat.
It is time to get back having a spokesman for Utah rather than a mouthpiece for the oracle of Ohio.
That Is The Way I See It.