As a former unaffiliated voter and recently registered Republican, I object to anyone who questions my integrity holding out membership in any political party as some kind of sacrosanct matter requiring a scrupulous defense to preserve ideological purity.

What self-serving crock. Political parties are wholly fabricated artifacts of the political process inspired by the struggle to ditch an anemic national government under the Articles of Confederation, utterly incapable of preserving our dearly won freedom, and replace it with the more robust central government structure in the U.S. Constitution.

Yes, competing factions quickly organized themselves into “Federalists” and “Anti-Federalists” to defend/decry the plan up for ratification by “we, the people.” But nothing in the Constitution itself either establishes or prohibits how citizens organize themselves for the purpose of exercising political rights and powers.

Where power of any sort is exercised, it will always be true that organized efforts will trump the individual. And designing men seeking to harness that power will be the best organized.

But the power they seek belongs to the people, not their organization. Individuals who want to preserve their personal interest in that power should — no, must — participate in ways they find that best serve their interests.

Bill Anderson, South Salt Lake