Single Party Domination

By: Mormon Heretic
November 25, 2013

John Swallow, former Attorney General of Utah

Whenever one party dominates a region, it seems that corruption is the result. Detroit has been in the news recently as the democratic mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed for 28 years for corruption. The city is now in bankruptcy. The last 3 democratic governors of Illinois have all ended up in jail for corruption (most recently Governor Rod Blagojevich for trying to sell Senator Obama’s seat following his election as U.S. President.)

Republican-dominated Utah has seen its own share of corruption. Most notable was the 2002 Olympic bribery scandal (in which Mitt Romney came to save the day.) Now recently-elected John Swallow has finally resigned following charges of violating campaign finance disclosure laws, as well as trying to bribe senator Harry Reid (though the Federal government is refusing to press charges on this second issue.)

The fact is that corruption is prevalent in both parties, and seems more rampant where one party controls politics. Just as we complain about corruption democratic-dominated places like Illinois, New York, California, and Massachusetts, it seems that republican-dominated places like Utah and Texas have those same problems. I find myself chafing against any majority. When I lived in New England, I tended to favor republicans because of the corrupt majority democrats. Now that I live in Utah, I tend to favor democrats in republican-dominated Utah. I think it is important not to be dominated by one party. I am also concerned about corrupt lobbyists writing the laws of Congress, especially in the finance and environmental industries.  What say you?

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15 Responses to Single Party Domination

  1. Hedgehog on November 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    My main fears when a single party dominates are
    A) that they’ll see it as an endorsement of ALL their election manifesto policies//promises when I for one, usually have to compromise some things when deciding who to vote for.
    B) that there will be insufficient scrutiny,both of policy ideas, but also of political process.
    C) power can go to their heads, and if in office overlong, they seem to lose a grip on reality for normal folks. They seem to forget their connection with the electorate.
    All in all I like to ring the changes, and keep them on their toes. And I feel a strong opposition is essential.

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  2. hawkgrrrl on November 25, 2013 at 6:15 AM

    It narrows the Overton window. Fewer and more extreme ideas result.

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  3. Will on November 25, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    MH,

    Utah corrupt? Seriously dude you need your head examined. First off, John Swallow represents one guy and is resigning because defending the ACCUSATIONS is breaking him financially. Hardly corruption.

    Secondly, Utah has been voted by Forbes and others as THE best run State. Not only does it have a surplus, it actually has a rainy day fund. ( real money saved) Nice try though.

    I don’t know much about Texas other than they aren’t on the edge of bankruptcy.

    Of course Detroit is broke, it is run by liberals who chased away the private sector with tax and spend policies. All that is left are the people dependent on the government.

    As for New York, They easily forget. Rudy (a republican ) fixes the budget and crime problems and the city flourishes. Since leaving office it has gone downhill. With the recent election of a member of the communist party ( no joke he was registered as such) crime and poverty will spike and will not only ruin a great city, but will destroy a once great State. Soon it will be near bankruptcy like the Socialist Republic of California.

    The issue is not ONE party, but A party. Utah, Idaho, Texas, the Dakotas (even states like Indiana, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Ohio that were destroyed by liberalism) and other states run by Republicans are flourishing; while states run by Democrats are at or near bankruptcy. Hum…I wonder why,

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  4. mh on November 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Will, you conveniently didn’t address the Olympic scandal. I have a republican friend who says swallow and shurtleff (the previous attorney General) are both corrupt. They were both implicated in bribing Harry Reid for a corrupt friend. But will, I am not at all surprised to see you defending corruption of republican cronies. You are corrupt as well.

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  5. Nate on November 25, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    I’m not sure there would be a correlation between more corruption and single party domination. Perhaps, but a few hand-picked examples don’t nescessarily support a trend. Maybe if I could see more evidence.

    My impression is that even within single parties, there is a lot of competition, enemies within the party who will be complaining and reporting to the media for the slightest infraction. Sarah Palin became a popular governer by railing against corruption within her own party.

    I would say that corruption is more rampant at all local levels, regardless of party politics, because media oversight is rare, public interest is minimal, and schemes are easier to manage and hide.

    But at the federal level, I think corruption is extremely low, and that all these wild conspiracy tales are mostly bunk. There are perhaps things that could be argued as unethical, regarding lobbying and such, but breaking the law is rare. I think the machinary is too complicated, the power is too diffuse, the beurocracy too intense, and the media oversight too great for there to be corruption in federal government.

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  6. nuovoiconoclast on November 25, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    I think there probably is a correlation between more corruption and single-party domination, especially in recent years when the parties are busy faking rivalry rather than being public about their cozy collusion. And the Overton window certainly does get narrowed – but in the case of an uninformed or misinformed electorate, where the Demo-antons control the media and the Republi-antons control the counterpoint voice, the window is not narrowed as much by single-party dominance as it is by two-party “competition” (or, as I think of it, as the sham contest between the Elephant and Jackass wings of the Gadianton Party). Options available to the electorate are pretty tightly controlled by both sides looking for power, and they aren’t far enough off each other for it to matter much to the average citizen.

    This is why I inevitably vote third-party, usually L(l)ibertarian, when possible. There’s no sense encouraging them. Mormon resigned his generalship of the Nephite armies, not because he was ready to retire, but because “Nephite” no longer meant “righteous.” Trying to counter-balance single-party Gadianton Republican (Democrat) rule in Utah (Massachusetts) by voting for or favoring Democrats (Republicans) to “even things out” just gives you a different flavor of corruption.

    Resist dichotomous thinking. It isn’t either grace or works, it’s some of each.

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  7. Will on November 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    MH,

    Be careful on what you say about this because I was hired as a consultant (by both Democrats and Republicans) and know the situation and people behind the Olympic Committee personally.

    First off, these were not elected officials, but were appointees. Tom worked for Smith’s (now Kroger) and Johnson sold cars. I won’t get into them, but Tom had other issues he was dealing with. Deedee Corradini, an elected official and member of the board was the DEMOCRAT Major of Salt Lake City. Remember, she resigned amid the scandal. Please see:

    http://www.nytimes.com/1999/01/12/us/salt-lake-city-mayor-quits-as-olympic-scandal-grows.html

    Joklik ran Kennecott and took over after the scandal – he was not part of the original committee. He was from Austria or Germany if I recall, a great guy, but I don’t think he was all that political. If I remember, he was not a US citizen.

    How can you say this is a Republican Scandal?

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  8. Mormon Heretic on November 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Will, seriously you sound ridiculous: Democrats = corruption, republicans = pristine. I’m perfectly happy to throw all democrats under the bus when they’re corrupt. You defend your crony friends. This is a perfect sign of your corruption. If Bill Clinton was a Republican, you would defend his honor to the death. If John Swallow was a democrat, you’d howl like crazy at how corrupt he is.

    As for the Olympics, all of those appointed positions were appointed by who? Corrupt republicans. Even though Deedee Corridini was a democrat, she was corrupt as well. I’m happy to throw her under the bus. Corruption knows no boundaries–it infects republicans and democrats. You, however, only see the democratic corruption. Seriously, get a moral compass.

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  9. Will on November 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    MH,

    I am not saying that, I am saying you failed to make your case there is corruption in Utah. Assuming Swallow is guilty (it is still just an accusation) one case in 70 years of Republican rule in Utah does not a case make.

    As for the Olympics, yes they were appointed by a Republican Governor, but I fail to see how this is ONE party corruption. 1) No connection was ever made back to any administration. It was the appointed members that acted inappropriately 2) these appointed members were apolitical, or represented BOTH parties. In fact, the Gov appointed members from BOTH parties to the oversight board.

    You failed to make your case of corruption in Utah Government. I would suggest Utah selected at the BEST run State year after year after year would support a clean image.

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  10. el oso on November 25, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    I have not lived in Utah for many years and cannot comment on the current level of political corruption. I have lived in many places around the country including one party dominated areas for both democrats and republicans. Based upon my personal observation of state and local governments there is little comparison. Single party rule by democrats is far more corrupt than any other of the options I have experienced. Part of the reason for my observation may be that one of the republican strongholds that I have lived in is Utah, where corruption is lower than the national average. Another reason may be that Illinois is one of the single party democrat areas where I have lived. Chicago was and remains very corrupt.
    Another reason is that the recent political environment has shown that republicans will get challenged by their own party far more than the democrats in elective office. This is a clear benefit to some areas of the country from the Tea Party movement. Kicking out a sitting politician from a primary challenge in one district has a salutory effect on the neighboring “safe” districts.

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  11. Jared on November 25, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Corruption. What does that mean?

    The Book of Mormon says it best:

    4 And seeing the people in a state of such awful wickedness, and those Gadianton robbers filling the judgment–seats—having usurped the power and authority of the land; laying aside the commandments of God, and not in the least aright before him; doing no justice unto the children of men;
    5 Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills—

    (Book of Mormon | Helaman 7:4 – 5)

    I think everyone would agree that Utah and the rest of the nation haven’t arrived to this level of corruption. But it is possible we will get there. We’re off to a good start.

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  12. Will on November 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Jared,

    Corruption to me is lying to the American people telling them they can keep thier insurance plan knowing they won’t be able to; lying to the American people telling them thier rates will drop by $2,500 knowing it will increase by at least that amount; lying to the American public telling them they can keep the Doctor knowing they won’t be able to; lying to the American people telling them
    It will only impact 15 million (only) knowing over 100 million people will lose thier policy (when employer mandate kicks in) and be forced into the exchange.

    That is corruption. It is Book of Mormon level corruption, ironically implemented in large part by a very corrupt Mormon (Reid)

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  13. MH on November 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Will, if Harry Reid was a republican, you wouldn’t say he was corrupt. He’d be your most favorite Mormon. If Mitt Romney was a democrat, you’d despise his RomneyCare.

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  14. Will on November 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    @ 13

    Baloney. I oppose them because they are liars and leftists. I was opposed to this insurance take over because it is socialism, not because of the people implementing it — I oppose them because of their leftist views, not because of them personally.

    Obama (mainly), Reid and Pelosi have committed the single greatest act of fraud ever imposed in American History by the President, Speaker and Majority Senate Leader. They had to lie to get it passed (which they have now admitted). They knew it would impact 100 million policies when they pushed it through (they have not admitted this yet). You talk about ONE party rule and corresponding corruption, this is the perfect case.

    As it rolls out (unless it is stopped, mostly by democrats seeking re-election) and over 100 million people lose their current policy and are forced into the exchange there will be intense anger – anger like you have never seen. It will be the single largest tax increase EVER imposed on the public. Middle class Americans will bear the brunt of this law and will pay at least 2,500 more per year for insurance as a result. Ironically, (and another lie) it will mostly impact those making less than 250K.

    How does what John Swallow impact you personally? This fraud committed by the President will have a huge impact on you and most of the people you know. It will negatively impact your income, your premiums and your health care. Most importantly, the ONLY way they got it passed was the ends justify the means mentality (a lie). That is the essence of corruption.

    By the time this is done Pelosi, Reid and Obama will have approval rates less than 20 %. A CNN poll last night shows 59% of Americans don’t trust the president. Like virginity, once you loose trust it is nearly impossible to get back.

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  15. Jeff Spector on November 26, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    It’s a pretty simple formula. American Politics equals corruption. If not illegal corruption, then it is the corruption of honesty, integrity, loyalty and doing the right thing. Given that almost everything about the political system is corrupt, then those who choose to be a part of it, are guilty by association.

    And the American Sheep, I mean people, who continuously elect these jokers and crooks get what they deserve. And while there may be two de facto parties, they act primarily as one entity when it comes to the “system,” so in essence, no matter what party we elect, we really have a ‘one-party” system. Which we typically condemn except when it is us,

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