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Letter: There are no more Honest Abes, so we must vote for the party, not the person

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Two supporters carry a flag made with the elephant symbol of the Republican Party.

Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

I used to think of myself as independent of any party — that I would vote for who I thought was honest, forthright and the best person for the job. After watching the presidential and vice presidential debates, I decided to do some fact-checking. I visited various sites and counted at least 20 misleading or totally erroneous statements made by both candidates during the vice presidential debate.

One that got my attention was Kamala Harris saying, “But Honest Abe said, ‘It’s not the right thing to do. The American people deserve to make the decision about who will be the next president of the United States, and then that person will be able to select who will serve on the highest court of the land.’” Research by both the New York Post and The Washington Post concluded that Honest Abe never said such a thing and that she made this up.

I came to the same conclusion after fact-checking Utah’s 4th Congressional District race. We have to face this fact: There is no Honest Abe running for office. Therefore, I have decided that rather than vote for a person, I must vote for a party.

I believe that if Democrats win the presidential campaign and take control of the Senate, the following is most likely to happen: the Supreme Court checks and balances will be compromised by packing it to accommodate a liberal agenda; further restrictions will be placed on religious and personal freedoms; the economy with be stifled with increased taxes and regulation; we will move to a socialist system that fosters corruption by centralizing more control into the hands of a central government; and China, Iran and other enemies will be emboldened and become more dangerous.

Bill Hunt

South Jordan