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Letter: Join the GOP and forever change it
First Published Jun 27 2014 11:31 am • Last Updated Jun 27 2014 11:31 am

Several of my coworkers and I registered as Republicans so we could vote in the recent mid-term Republican primary election. Initially, we had every intention of switching back to our true party affiliations afterward, but then it occurred to me that if all Utah voters were to register permanently as Republicans, we could beat the GOP at its own game.

As registered Republicans, we could more easily infiltrate GOP backroom deal-making sessions and attend members-only caucuses to expose their intransigent tactics. And we could all vote in their private elections to advance their weakest or most moderate candidates (which is their greatest fear), while making it impossible for them to know who the "swing" voters are.

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Best of all, with a solid red precinct map, the Utah GOP wouldn’t know where to draw the dividing lines that gerrymander them into power time after time as they disenfranchise the rest of us. That should wipe the smug pomposity from the faces of the party elite.

Don’t worry. You won’t have to think, act or vote like a Republican. Just register as one.

Let’s break the stranglehold! Are you with me?

David E. Jensen


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