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We don’t get to choose the names that we’re born with. We can elect to change them later in life, but most people don’t and don’t feel the need to.

Apparently, some people think that other people need to change their names though, at least, according to Utah Governor Spencer Cox.

Cox is a fairly common last name and personally, I don’t think anything of it when I hear it because I’m not a 13-year-old boy, but someone felt called upon to send a letter to Governor Cox about his name and how he needs to change it.

The individual was demanding a name change from the “obscene”-sounding “Cox”, and calling it a “foul, dirty and obscene” surname. They also warned that if he didn’t change his name that we would face a recall. Not even kidding.

Dearest Governor Cox,

I do not know if you know this, but when people say your surname it sounds like the word c**k. It’s obscene! Us decent people here in Utah will not stand for it. The honorable Republican party will not stand for it. Most importantly, I will not stand for it. Because of your reluctance to change your foul, dirty and obscene surname myself and thousands of other Utahns will be sitting in protest, not standing, until you change your heinous surname to something less offensive. This is a social justice issue and we will not be denied basic human decency! If our simple request is not met we will assemble and do what democracy was made to do by recalling you from office because of your filthy surname. This is not a communist dictatorship. THIS IS THE GREAT STATE OF UTAH! We do not accept sick jokes to run rampant in our civil institutions. We demand a response to this letter and we expect to hear back from your office soon.

Love, A very concerned citizen

Although performing well with his traditionally conservative voters with a 66% approval rate, Gov. Cox has criticized President Trump for having “incited” a violent insurrection on our nation’s Capitol building on January 6th. And for that, he certainly has rubbed many the wrong way.

With its over-the-top mock-conservatism and feigned moral outrage, this letter looks like an SNL skit writ large, playing on the stereotype of an overly-sensitive, conservative “Karen.”

Utah has bigger problems.


Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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