Utah Republican insider and state party conservative party hack, Morgan Philpot, should be easy to beat in the 2nd Congressional general election by either Claudia Wright, the front runner, or Jim Matheson the incumbent. After the hysteria generated by the Tea Party Frankenstein has subsided, folks in Utah will wake up and realize we must move forward as a state and as a nation. The “Little House on the Prairie,” return to our roots dream is attractive but certainly not realistic.
So far, about the only thing Morgan has done that has impressed me is that he became an Eagle Scout. Admittedly I am jealous because I only made it to Life Scout before by family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and the troop there was run by rabid christian fundamentalists. But before that, I was a member of Troop 1-out of Ardmore, PA, and the first Boy Scout Troop in America. Our jamborees used to be at Valley Forge.
Maybe if Morgan were to become elected we could go back to wearing those spiffy hats and costumes that everyone was wearing at Valley Forge; since he wants to return us to the late 1700’s. For myself, if we are going backwards we might as well go all the way. For me, having seen the movie “Jeremiah Johnson” with Robert Redford (and shot at Sundance Resort), a part of me wants to leave civilization behind and move to the Rocky Mountains. Wait a minute, I just realized I am in the Rocky Mountains. But on the blue tarp side of the continental divide. I do not know about you but I would not want to live along the Front Range.
Besides the population density, the Front Range is the headquarters of the Focus on Family group. You know the one with their co-founder in the news cavorting with male prostitutes. Good thing that sort of thing does not happen here in Utah (Idaho does not count).
But I seem to have digressed from Morgan and I do apologize. I guess I have not done my homework because I am on his website now and see he was a sponsor of the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship which created an educational voucher program. I guess our underfunded public school system was not doing its job.
Oh, and I see he is for guns. I am too but I am for reasonable laws that prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands and for those who own guns to be better stewards. Was Morgan a part of a bill this last legislative session that wanted to do away with the Federal background checks on weapons bought and sold in Utah? Furthermore, thanks to Morgan and his friends my Utah Concealed Weapon’s permit is no longer valid in many other states because our permitting process is too dangerous and lax.
I see also that he is still using that same “grass roots,” message he had back in 2000. I guess the meaning of “grass roots,” is pretty subjective these days. Did everyone see his cake with the words “Grass Roots,” on it at a recent fund raiser? I guess I am going to have to look that phrase up again because I am a little confused.
Another thing I am confused about is statement on Morgan’s website: “his real life struggles and experiences uniquely qualify him to serve the families of Utah as the next congressman from the second district.” Wow, and at 38 years old too! Truly impressive since most of the 30-40 year olds I know are clueless when it comes to local, federal and international issues. Compared to Claudia and Jim this guy is just a kid that made eagle scout.