Politics seems to be a lot like basketball. The season never ends and
the games just go on and on. I bring this up because I went to
Granato's yesterday to see my good friend Sam Granato announce his
intention to enter the race for U.S. Senate.
Sam is a man who is a friend to everyone he has ever met and to hear
him today gave me hope for the future of politics in Utah. I've been
pretty cynical about politics and politicians over the years. That is
generally speaking but I have known many who are, or have been
wonderful public servants and have done many good things in their time
Sam is a man of few words so when he speaks people listen and when
others speak he listens. Today's announcement was typical of Sam. His
speech was short and to the point. He asks questions that all of us
would love to have answers to. "Why has our public debate on the
critical issues facing our nation degenerated into buzz words designed
to inflame, incite and frighten us when we need our courage the most?
Why is every word spoken by public officials examined, re-examined,
categorized and denigrated by radio and television talk show hosts in
search of an audience? Why does it take a budget the size of a third
world country to run for public office? And why is the movement for
campaign finance reform that the public so clearly wants not being
acknowledged? Why do political hopefuls think the only way to win
public approval is by blaming and trashing their opponent? What
happened to the ability to respectfully disagree?"
We can only hope that people of all political persuasions will one day
stop thinking in terms of "us vs. them" when in reality it is only us.
We are all in this together so lets try and figure out how to make it
work for......all of us.