Letter: Why waste votes on candidates – like Owens and Stewart – who cannot differentiate between fact and fantasy?

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah representatives from left, Blake Moore, Chris Stewart, Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney and Rep. Burgess Owens take the stage before delegates attending the Utah Republican Party’s 2021 Organizing Convention at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

We watched in horror the committee hearings on the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol culminating with the brazen attempts to overturn the official 2020 election results.

Sworn testimony demonstrates that there was a well-planned operation of disinformation, baseless theories, and fear mongering in an attempt to take the presidency away from the rightful winner. Then, just hours after the Capitol was over-run by a well-planned invasion, Congress met to certify the election results.

Despite two months of failed efforts to find evidence of fraud, and 63 failed lawsuits, both Rep. Burgess Owens and Rep. Chris Stewart still voted to decertify Pennsylvania’s electors … still voted to override the will of Pennsylvania’s voters. Now I get why each of these men, with personal histories of devotion to their teams (NFL or USAF), and hyper-focused on winning, might have been willingly duped by the lies, and their own wishful thinking that their team had won.

What I don’t get is why, in our Utah primaries, over 100,000 Utahns still voted for Owens and Stewart. Do we really believe that these men are going to be suddenly skilled at thoughtfully weighing all the facts and data in their decisions? That they will resist the temptation to win at all costs?

Our vote is our power, and our sacred responsibility. We should not waste our votes on candidates who cannot be trusted to judge fact from their own fantasies.

William E. Cosgrove, Cottonwood Heights

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