Wednesday, November 21, 2012

No Love for Mia

Mia Love, Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah
Speaking at the Republican National Convention
There are 768 people in Utah's 4th Congressional District I would personally like to thank. That is how close the vote was after all ballots were finally counted yesterday to re-elect Jim Matheson as Utah's only Democrat in the state's Congressional Delegation. Of course Matheson is about the bluest Democratic dog in the House, but that's beside the point. He's not in or of the tea party as is Mia.

I rarely have these kinds of gossipy story to share, but here goes. A friend of my who lives in Salt Lake City and not part of the "dominant culture" (she likes that phrase and has adopted it) went to a neighborhood open house to meet Congressional Candidate Mia Love. She dragged her 14-year-old son with her to give him a lesson in Civics (whether he liked it or not).

My friend had a chance to ask Mayor Love what her position was on Utah's attempt to "take" the public lands of the United States. Love launched into platitudes about self-determination and rugged individualism  from an unresponsive, canned speech.. My friend thanked her and thought to herself, "That's all I need to know."

When they got in the car to leave, her son said, "That lady didn't know what she was talking about, did she?" A wise mom answered, "No," pleased that her son had learned something about politics and civic involvement.

Question the powers that be or otherwise would be.


  1. I take my kids to political rallies from all sides for reasons similar to your friend's reason. It is good for them to hear what people say, and then be able to talk about if it makes sense. Even young kids can tell when people don't make sense, while still seeing the people are people on both sides.

  2. The one thought I've had about politicians is this: it's hard to know about everything. These people have to be extremely well-informed and their knowledge base often differs from what ours is. Maybe Mia didn't know how to answer that question, but perhaps should could have answered seven other questions brilliantly.


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