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Welcome to Silly Season in Utah

Silly Season: The period lasting for a few months typified by the emergence of frivolous news stories in the media.

Beware of Silly Season Slanders

Newspaper Owners make money by selling newspapers.  Nice puppy-dog stories do not sell newspapers.  Juicy, trashy stories sell newspapers.

Candidates running an election against another viable candidate need to find ways to beat their opponent.  Some candidates keep their races clean, but other candidates play dirty.

These candidates who like to play dirty are often favored by the newspapers (and other media outlets) because they will help create the juicy stories that the newspapers need to stay alive.   The candidates don’t usually do their own dirty work, but instead recruit others to do it for them.  They will look for big flaws in their opponent and expose them to the news media.  If they can’t find big enough flaws, then they have to find anything they can and twist it into something that will cause voter outrage against their opponent.  And, if neither candidate plays dirty, the news reporters have to do the dirty job themselves.

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The news media is not required to tell the truth, so they take these twisted stories and make “news” out of them.  If they get enough people to take the bait of the “news” story, then they keep printing different variations of it to keep people outraged.  The candidate’s campaign (or their opponent’s enemies) will jump on the band wagon and send in letters to the editor to perpetuate the twisted stories so more people will believe them.

Some of these created stories are so far fetched that it is mind boggling that anyone would believe them.  Often you will end up with accusations against candidates claiming that they are racist, because they disagree with someone of a different race.  Or, they are sexist if they disagree with someone of the opposite sex.  Readers who do not know the candidate or the real situation can often be sucked into these false accusations.

People like the underdog, so creating a situation where one candidate appears to be the underdog (even if they are not) can endear them to voters.  David vs. Goliath stories sell newspapers, so the media loves to help create this misrepresentation.  More often than not, if you did the research yourself, you would find that the media is portraying David as Goliath and vice versa.

Silly Season Starting Early

In some parts of Utah, Silly Season is starting early this year.  If you open your eyes and pay close attention you will see through the propaganda.  If you don’t, you will get sucked in by it and become angry at someone–just because the news said they are the bad guy.

Please do your own research and find out what the truth really is!  Please don’t perpetuate the Silly Season Slanders!

Lynda Pipkin

Lynda Pipkin

Lynda Pipkin
Lynda Pipkin

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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke. I think our Federal Government has grown out of control and I cannot keep my head buried in the sand and do nothing. This is why I do what I can to educate myself and share what I learn with others. This is why I seek out good candidates and do what I can to help them get elected.

“But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime.” - Claude Frédéric Bastiat. I agree with Bastiat that if it is not legal for me to steal something from one neighbor and give it to another neighbor, then it is not legal for any public servant (elected to represent me) to steal from one and give it to another. Yet this legal plunder is quite common today.

“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” - Claude Frédéric Bastiat. Government was created to protect our life, liberty, and property. Yet, what I see the Federal Government doing is pretending to protect “us” from all kinds of things, but by doing so they are destroying our life and liberty, and taking our property.

“If government makes everything illegal, then everyone is a criminal.” - Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin. There are so many laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, acts, statutes, and whatever else you want to call them, that it is impossible to know them all. How many “criminals” do you know? Are you a “criminal”?

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