The state attorney general is an elected office, as is the governor. They are given authority over their respective offices by a majority voice of the people. By a majority voice, we gave Jan Graham dominion over our affairs and power to mind the flock we put her in charge of.
Apparently, Gov. Leavitt is unsatisfied with the small block we gave him, so he's using his influence to try to usurp some of the flock we gave Graham.Maybe I'm deaf, but I do not hear a majority voice of the people asking or giving him the authority to do this. If, somehow, we did give him the authority by electing him, then here's another good example of why our whole political system needs to be overhauled.
We've hired lawyers to write our laws for so long that even a fairly well-educated person cannot tell right from wrong by reading the law. Luckily, the Constitution wasn't written by modern-day lawyers and professional politicians, although they are trying to rewrite it every single day.
We now have the technology to make our government run correctly most, if not all, of the time. It is egregiously wrong to give power over so many to so few. Especially since the few have so many screens to hide behind.
Let's turn our ATMs into voting booths. Every registered voter will receive a magnetically coded voting card and a PIN number. We'll turn out elected officials into elected reporters. Those reporters will hold a televised town meeting every Tuesday night. There they will present issues and debate proposed solutions. The voters will then run to the corner ATM and let the reporters know who won the debate.
In the case of the attorney general's office, Leavitt should spend his time mending the fences in the pasture he asked us to put him in.
Keith A. Hamblin