OPINION – It appears former Utah Attorney General John Swallow won’t be resting on his laurels anytime soon.
Investigations into alleged misconduct by the former prosecutor do not appear to be going away despite repeated attempts to assuage the public’s concerns about him.
Local political observer, Bill Way, weighed in on Facebook saying: “What will ultimately come out is that some of our state senators definitely knew about the John Swallow shenanigans, and likely knew about the Harry Reid connection. Yet, even when they knew about his corruption, because of their corruption, they remained silent. This needs to be part of the full story.”
And there it is, no?
Anyone ever heard of Occam’s razor?
In simple definition, delivered by Merriam Webster, Occam’s razor is:
A scientific and philosophic rule that entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily which is interpreted as requiring that the simplest of competing theories be preferred to the more complex or that explanations of unknown phenomena be sought first in terms of known quantities.
In other words, the simplest or most obvious explanation is closest to accuracy.
The simpler theory in this context is that if you follow the money, you will arrive at the source of the problem. But you will pass through the office doors of many people when you follow that money.
And so it is with politics. We have come to expect, in fact become somewhat ambivalent towards, deals struck behind closed doors in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. We should not be at all surprised when there is a trickling effect of such behavior reaching the halls of our state Capitol as well. It has long become a norm rather than aberration.
Follow the progression, and one cannot help but wonder if that attitude trickling continues down a path of little resistance to the City Hall of St. George.
Does there exist a network of individuals who hold power in this city through business, social, or religious relationships, who manipulate code and the justice system to benefit one another’s personal and business bottom lines?
And if so, does the fact that the apparent house of cards Swallow built is now collapsing around him make our local leaders nervous?
“Nothing to see here folks. Move along.”
One can only hope for their sake that they are right.
An interesting and telling shift in the community is taking place, however. Despite differing attitudes about what this community should or should not be, despite political and religious affiliations which become increasingly diverse as the population grows, no one on any side of these cultural divides can abide abuse of power.
If in fact there are individuals who engage in or collude to engage in self-serving behavior at the expense of citizens – one would only need look at the recent scenario where City Councilman Gil Almquist flagrantly violated the very city codes he and the city enforced upon its citizens, ruthlessly and expensively – then they must be exposed and dealt with harshly.
If the relentless investigation into Swallow is telling, it indicates that the people’s attention to what their political leaders are doing is not going to go away.
It is said that truth is stranger than fiction at times and that doesn’t change the truth. And what may be true is that the incestuous nepotism that permeates our governing body here is no fiction at all but rather a reality that needs to be uncovered and remedied.
See you out there.
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Dallas Hyland is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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