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We can work together to build a better Utah

My name is Chuck Goode and I am running for the Utah State Legislature in District 71.
As a resident of Utah for more than two decades, I feel I am a part of this beautiful state and proud to be one of its citizens. We treasure the Constitution as our framework for liberty and equality. In 1787, no one imagined that this nation would establish the strongest national government ever created.

We believe that governments are created through the consent of the governed with the purpose of securing the blessings of liberty for its people and their posterity. Each state, including Utah, gave up a huge part of its autonomy and its sovereignty in order to join this national government.

Most people admire the Constitution for its establishment of horizontal checks and balances among the three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial. But perhaps more important was the vertical establishment of federalism.

Federalism permits the rule of law to be applied at the appropriate social level — national, state, county, city or local district. The Bill of Rights is meant to secure liberty. Federalism is meant to secure equality.

For example, the Department of Education was created in 1867 by Andrew Johnson but demoted the next year to the Office of Education for fear of overreaching into states’ rights. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited segregation and discrimination based on race in public schools.
In terms of federalism, the equality of access to a good education was considered a national priority. A new Department of Education was created in 1979 to give equal access to education to all people. The American Disabilities Act was implemented by this new department to secure equal access to education for children with special needs. Even though people at the local level continue to reject national interference with local schools, federalism limits the liberty to discriminate against children based on race or special needs.

Today, federalism at the national level is establishing equality for LGBTQ individuals as evidenced by the Supreme Court decisions concerning gay and transgender rights and same-sex marriage. Many schools and churches are dealing with the delicate balance of how to maintain their liberties with this new equality.

Our Constitution gave us federalism as a way to create a more perfect union. At the national level, we do what is just and equal for everyone. At the local level, we do what is individually-freeing and liberating for everyone.

Balancing liberty and equality takes years. We, the people, have to listen to each other. We must share the narratives of our lives, our traditions and our cultures.

The legislature would be wise to consider where each question lies on the spectrum of equality and liberty before making a decision. America is not easy. Our experiment with democracy has come a long way but still has far to go. Remember that government is by the people. Ask the people what they want and listen to what they say.

Most Utahns want more education funding and expanded Medicaid. The legislature is not listening. I know a large number of citizens who are not being heard. We, the people, have a powerful tool at our disposal to remedy this — our vote. Let's use it.

Chuck Goode is the Democratic candidate for Utah House District 71. He lives in Toquerville.


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