Steven Montgomery wrote:

> At 04:11 PM 11/11/2002, Marc wrote:
> >       Here in Utah in part I think it's related to the fact that the
> > Democratic
> >Party has in the last 20 years waned to the point where it really is
> >almost not a
> >factor in our political life right now. And I think there is a feeling
> >that that
> >is not healthy at all -- that as a state we suffer in different ways. But
> >certainly any time you don't have the dialogue and the give-and-take that the
> >democratic process provides, you're going to be poorer for it in the long run.
> Political parties come and go.  Shortly after the U.S. was founded there
> were the Whigs and the Federalists. So now we have Republicans and
> Democrats--so what? The main point Elder Jensen was making imo is the
> "dialogue." If the Democratic party goes by the wayside there will always
> be another party willing to step in and take its place.

And that's fair enough. It was the lack of creative tension you have when there's
more than one party, and also the fact that the Church needs to "spread its bets,"
so to speak, that I think are their main concerns.  I don't think this is about
Democrats and Repubs. per se.

Marc A. Schindler
Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick
himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill

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