Sunday, December 03, 2006

Salt Lake County Republicans Reject Rushing New 4th Congressional Seat

I am pleased to report that on Saturday, December 2, 2006, the Central Committee of the Salt Lake County Republican Party voted overwhelmingly to adopt a resolution, introduced by Jeremy and Amy Roberts, expressing OPPOSITION to the proposed federal legislation seeking to immediately create new congressional seats for Utah and the District of Columbia. Instead, the party voiced its SUPPORT for waiting until after the next census to legitimately obtain additional representation for Utah independently of the District of Columbia.

I was proud of both the party unity displayed in the lopsided vote, as well as the principled course my fellow Republicans advocated for the good of our country. It bolstered my faith in the ability of grassroots citizens to understand complicated concepts and to arrive at wise decisions. It is my hope that this act will provide additional motivation and political support for our elected representatives who seek to strengthen constitutional authority within the United States.

Thus, I hereby urge our governor, state legislators, and federal congressional delegation to do all in their power to send a clear and unmistakable message back to the nation’s capitol that Utah would rather wait until after the next census to legitimately and constitutionally obtain an additional seat in Congress. What little we would gain in the near term by rushing after the proposed fourth seat now, is not worth the damage that would be done to the nation in the long run.

The full text of the resolution follows:


Whereas, in 1911 Congress limited the House of Representatives to 435 members;

Whereas, Apportionment of the 435 Congressional seats among the states depends on the size of the population in each state,

Whereas, Current population growth in Utah will prescribe a Fourth and possibly a Fifth Congressional seat within the next 5 years;

Whereas, Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States reads: “Representation…shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective numbers…within every subsequent term of ten years, in such manner as they shall by law direct”;

Whereas, The Republican Party supports strict construction of the Constitution and believes giving representation to Washington DC is unconstitutional;

Whereas, In 1978, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have given full congressional voting representation to residents of the District of Columbia passed through both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives;

Whereas, In 1985, when the seven year limit on ratification of the amendment set within the Congressional resolution adopting it expired, the amendment had only passed in 16 of 38 states necessary;

Whereas, This latest fiasco is clearly an attempt by Democrats to get via legislation what they could not get via a Constitutional amendment;

Whereas, This sets the precedent for Washington DC to get Senate seats and Puerto Rico, Guan, American Samoa, and citizens living abroad to get voting seats;

Whereas, The GOP would be giving up decades of population shift in our favor;

Whereas, There is no reason to give the Democrats a safe seat in Washington DC when we get our safe GOP seats for free if we just wait a bit; therefore be it:

Resolved, The Salt Lake County Republican Party does not support current efforts to immediately secure a Fourth Congressional Seat for the State of Utah;

Resolved, That the Salt Lake County Republican Party admonishes Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. and the state legislature to be prudent and patient by waiting until after the 2010 census to change congressional boundaries;

Resolved, That the Salt Lake County Republican Party admonishes Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Robert Bennett, Congressman Chris Cannon and Congressman Rob Bishop to be prudent and patient by waiting until after the 2010 census to secure a Fourth and possible Fifth seat for Utah, and,

Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be mailed to each member of our Republican state and federal delegation.

Respectfully submitted November 17, 2006 by Jeremy Roberts, Legislative District 41 Chair, and Amy Roberts, former County Party Secretary


At Sunday, December 03, 2006 9:27:00 PM, Blogger Voice of Utah said...

$5 says the legislature ignores the Salt Lake County GOP's resolution and goes right ahead with its plans. If so, then you'll see how the rest of us feel all the time (being ignored by the legislature).

At Monday, December 04, 2006 12:47:00 PM, Blogger Alienated Wannabe said...

Dear Voice of Utah,

Thanks for dropping in! I honestly do not know what to expect in this special legislative session, but I want to hope for the best.

This is going to sound sappy, but I have come to believe that one of the most precious things we as human beings are born with is childlike innocence--the capacity to be trusting and believing, the capacity to be idealistic.

In this punishing world of ours, this trait is not an easy thing to hold on to. But, I think we need to try, because it is the thing that makes life worth living, the thing that drives us to successfully reach higher.

Without such innocence, the world suddenly becomes much darker and colder. I do not want to live in that world. So, I choose to believe that people are basically good, that we can be taught, that we can grow, that we can be reasoned with.

Does this mean that I am refusing to see reality?

Well, what reality are we talking about? I believe that there are many realities out there. We have the power to choose the one we want.

Remember, as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he too was able to walk on water! But, once Peter began to look at the waves of the storm, and that became more real to him, he began to sink. So it is with us.

I know that it is cool everywhere to bash the legislature. And, as much as I would like to have "street cred" in the blogosphere, I think that our legislators are actually fine people, trying to do the best they can.

If they make a mistake on this current issue, I believe that it is a mistake in which many of us share the blame for failing to adequately educate them. I am hoping, though, that we have managed to undermine enough of the momentum to actually make a difference in the final outcome. That is all that really matters.

Thanks again for visiting!

Alienated Wannabe

At Thursday, December 07, 2006 12:50:00 AM, Blogger Alienated Wannabe said...

Paying Up

At Wednesday, December 27, 2006 1:11:00 PM, Blogger Voice of Utah said...

Just wandering over here to say "Dude, you're funny!" and Merry Christmas.

At Tuesday, January 02, 2007 5:22:00 PM, Blogger Alienated Wannabe said...

Thanks, Voice of Utah! Coming from you, that's a real compliment. Yours is perhaps the most funny and clever of all the Utah political blogs. (I only wish you were a Republican!)


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