Utah voters march down the red line in lockstep, and you have to assume that they know for whom they’re voting. So, it’s hard to blame Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, for her conspiracy-laden actions in the Legislature. Dayton is only one of many who see the federal government as covert enemies of the state—meaning the state of Utah. She continues her efforts to eviscerate the International Baccalaureate program, which encourages critical thinking, because she believes it plants anti-American thoughts in young brains. She seeks to make the Department of Health keep abortion statistics that are already required by the federal government—hey, you can’t trust the feds, and she wants to know all about it. And, of course, she wants to defund Planned Parenthood, a bastion for, yes, planning parenthood.
Then there’s the all-consuming disdain for federal just-about-anything because whatever it is, it must be socialistic. Or untrustworthy. This session sees Senate Joint Resolution 11, termed innocuously “Joint Resolution on Environmental and Developmental Policies.” This “rejects” the U.N. Agenda 21 (like, who’s heard of that?). The idea is that it would restrict property rights and has evil intent within its “sustainable development” clause. And OMG, social justice is deemed a right given to everyone to benefit equally from resources “afforded citizens by society and the environment, which would be accomplished by redistribution of wealth.” Get it? Socialism. Hmm. The U.N. has been trying since 1992 to socialize us, but it’s only now a real threat.
Information in and of itself can be overwhelming and less than helpful. But at least it’s a start. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank is making a stab at it by providing a website that contains all calls answered and completed by police. What to do with all this data will be up to the public, which needs to realize that most calls don’t represent crimes. Meanwhile, the Legislature is looking at a voluntary website where lawmakers can unload their e-mails. That could be a good idea, if legislators will do it. However, it seems less than likely they’ll be uploading anything of merit—or anything at all. And bill sponsor Sen. Curtis Bramble is angling to remove the state auditor’s representative from the State Records Committee, raising speculation that the auditor wants to target the committee and, by that, open records.