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Utah's State Capitol a longstanding symbol of democracy

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  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 6:26 a.m.

    To say it is a symbol of American democracy is really overstating th8ings, to be honest. And a state with rocky beginnings, well, that is true. It can be argued that democracy did not come to Utah until statehood, or at least until 1877, when Utah was a close to a theocracy as ever existed in American history. To this date, I still think Utah culture is that of reluctant Americans. Much lip service is given, but theocratic principles take priority. Separation of church and state is seen as merely an instrumentality to be discarded when no longer needed. What is the biggest holiday in July? The 24th, not the 4th. No today we see leaders surreptitiously undermining the separation of church and state in their teachings. An interesting development, I must say.

  • dave Park City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    Well put Esquire.

  • Uncle Gadianton Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 7, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    I don't know . . . in my Utah hometown, the Fourth of July is a much bigger celebration than the 24th.

    And let it be said that other states have a history of not celebrating July 4th. Vicksburg, Mississippi deliberately did not celebrate the Fourth until after World War II.

    Finally, there are several highways leading out of this state. If you don't like living here, you're free to choose any one of them.

  • BoomerJeff Saint George, UT
    Feb. 7, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    I think the building is beautiful and we are blessed to have it.