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Good ol’ boy politics in Idaho?

Letter to the Editor

The guest editorial by Representative Priscilla Giddings in the Clearwater Progress (Despotism in Idaho?) on March 16 was remarkable in more ways than one. First of all, why is it that we hear about these events only from a newcomer to the state legislature? Every single one of our representatives should be talking about the fact that international, non-governmental entities, such as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), are crafting legislation for individual states! Groups like this are spawned by the “one-world government” elite mindset; certainly not any “rugged individualism” of Idaho people. We should all be asking our representatives why bills generated from local grassroots levels are being shelved and/or “shredded” while they are complicit in trying to pass legislation foisted by internationalists without so much as reading the bill—let alone debating them?

Also, it is remarkable that when Rep. Giddings astutely called her fellow legislators to the carpet on the subject, their reaction was typical good ol’ boy vindictiveness, replete with mud-slinging and name-calling.

Perhaps they are (and should be) embarrassed by the fact that they are virtually asleep at the wheel, not doing the jobs they were elected to do, or just not smart enough to be aware of what they’re voting on.

Students are required to take an aptitude test (SATs) to determine if they have the scholastic aptitude for higher education. Why shouldn’t our elected representatives have to take a GAT (Governing Aptitude Test) to determine whether they are intellectually fit to govern? They should at least be able to pass a test of basic geography and political science similar to what is required for U.S. citizenship. Our representatives were elected to do a job, not a membership in a private country club—which more than 80 percent of them seem to think.

Please correct me if I am in error; but I thought it was remarkable too that her letter was not reproduced in the Idaho County Free Press! After all, not only is Rep. Giddings a local native of White Bird, but the subject of internationalists crafting laws for our state is certainly of concern to I.C.F.P. readers.

Steve Howland



(Editor’s note: Due to limited space on the editorial page, Rep. Giddings’ guest opinion ran in full online March 15. Click here to read.)


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