Review: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

Coddling of the American Mind

One of my favorite aspects of my job is the opportunity to work with interns during the Utah legislative session. We usually hire several interns from the colleges and universities across the state, and they help us during the state legislative session as we track legislation and communicate with staff and legislators. They are all bright, capable, and intelligent. I don’t necessarily think college is for everyone, but for me, getting accepted and then going off to college was akin to receiving my letter to Hogwarts and boarding the train…

An appeal to Romney

Dear Senator Romney, As an informed constituent who voted for you and listened to your rhetoric as you speak across the state and nation, I must ask a simple question: I understand you are concerned about President Trump, but what exactly is your platform?  I am a bit confused. I have spoken with people around your inner circle. They all agree you are a principled, independent, data-driven person who looks at the facts. But do you actually have all the facts? And based on those facts, do you stand independently…

First Amendment Fragility

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” – Mark Twain There is a trend that is growing in its magnitude. Freedom of speech, the preeminent right espoused in the First Amendment, is under attack and undergoing censorship across the western world. The United States is not immune from this viral philosophy, a viewpoint that inevitably results in complete loss of freedom for peoples and countries. In Europe, Canada and in America, within the halls of academia, in the forums of…

Color Country Politics Vodcast – Episode 13: This Place is Growing on Me

We’re back for season 2! Hosts Jennie Hendricks and Jesse Harris speak with Cedar City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris McCormick about Vision 2050, a roadmap for how the city can grow over the next several decades. Music by Amoebacrew licensed under Creative Commons: https://soundcloud.com/free-cc-music/background-indie-rock Original image for the logo by The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company licensed under Creative Commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsec/40582095822/in/photostream/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColorCountryPol Facebook: https://fb.me/ColorCountryPolitics YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjwFph4yuEORlHk5VCR-vEQ

Race and Diversity at Utah Colleges

An article in the Salt Lake Tribune of 18 May conveys some good news and a dire warning of future mischief. The article asks “how many women and minorities are faculty at Utah’s universities.” The good news is (tho that is not at all the conclusion of the reporter, or of her sources), again in the words of the article, “no one really knows.” I regard it as profoundly encouraging that, though the Utah Board of Regents, the supervisory body over the state’s eight public institutions of higher learning, has…

Russian roulette

Sitting on my desk, queued up in my reading list, is a paperback copy of Cleon Skousen’s landmark 1958 book entitled “The Naked Communist”. Skousen outlines, way back before the Beatles were a thing, the global communist plans to destroy America. He draws on his years of experience in law enforcement, along with considerable scholarly research, to outline the various communist political methodologies to accomplish such nefarious goals. This work was so compelling that on January 10, 1963, Congressman Albert Herlong of Florida had the forty-five goals of the Communist…

Trump, the tragic hero

“Here the thing I think about Trump. Say what you will about him, I think his outer voice is an entirely accurate depiction of his inner voice, as crazy as that is on some things. I don’t think Hillary Clinton’s outer voice and inner voice have ever even had a cup of coffee together[.]” – Dennis Miller on the Ben Shapiro Show. In the aftermath of the Mueller report, we now have information surrounding the origins of this fiasco coming to light. Despite the report finding no evidence of conspiracy…

A look at the candidates for Utah GOP leadership

With most of the county conventions over, Utah Republican Party delegates will choose new leadership this Saturday morning at UVU. With a turbulent last two years, this promises to be an interesting Convention. More information can be found at http://utah.gop/2019-state-organizing-convention/ The candidates for Utah Republican Party Chair Derek Brown Derek Brown has quite the political history from beating an incumbent Democrat to being deputy chief of staff to Senator Mike Lee. He is very concerned about Utah turning into a blue state. He has seen the surrounding states like Colorado…

What market failures can teach us about the Utah Republican Party

There comes a time in the life of every business where the market they serve shifts under their feet. While a few businesses anticipate these changes and adapt quickly, more of them find themselves unable to cope, thrashing wildly about in an attempt to find solid footing. Reduced to a shadow of their former success, they often limp along until bankruptcy claims the withering husk. In many ways, the Utah Republican Party is at this point, and the fight over its future will determine its eventual fate. What’s happening in…

Candidates for Utah County GOP leadership (2019)

Another county convention is upon us and we have four competitive leadership races. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Mountain View High School, the Utah County Republican Party will hold its organizing convention. More information can be found at https://www.ucrp.org/april-27-2019-ucrp-organizing-convention/     Candidates for Chair: (Written by John Mulholland) Ben Stanley Ben Stanley is a lawyer that works with technology firms. He believes that clear procedure and professional behavior is needed in the party to overcome the current infighting. And as we generate more unity, we will generate more enthusiasm and participation…