In a Constitutional Republic, like the United States, the importance of public participation in the election process cannot be underestimated. The phrase "you get what you deserve" is often cited when political pundits of both conservative and liberal persuasions discuss the political scandal or the lack of real progress on important issues.
Even well-informed citizens often lack a forum to discuss political issues and arrive at a consensus. Politicians often shy away from such forums, as their "political records" are put under a microscope and their motives for voting for this piece of legislation of that piece of legislation are exposed. However, if we simply go along with the crowd and vote based on party identity alone, that leads to low approval ratings of our elected officials and negative impacts on our quality of life.
As a "former" politician, who represented Davis County in the Utah State Senate from 1998 to 2002, I saw both the anger and despair of uninformed citizens and the attempts by those who are well connected to "rig the political game" for their own advantage.
Given the importance to our Republic of a well-informed citizenry, I looked for a way to both stimulate involvement and provide a forum for this necessary community discussion. As there were no other available alternatives, I decided to use my time and own financial resources to sponsor this series of political discussions.
I hope you will join me for one or more of these political sessions and share your opinion with me and your neighbors.
Terry R. Spencer, Ph.D.
Attorney at Law
2161 West 2300 South
Syracuse, Utah 84075