Panic, Pandemics, and Politics

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help” – Ronald Reagan It is a demonstrated fact of history that times of crisis bring out the best and worst in people. Individuals, communities, and societies are tested by the occasional auspices of true calamities. With the Corona Virus spreading globally we are seeing some characteristics of our own economic and political structures being pushed to the limit. And the results are expectedly a mixture of both positive and negative. As usual,…

Capitalism vs Socialism

The present COVID-19 crisis is going to present us with plenty of lessons before it runs its course, but a news item I saw the other day offers an opportunity to highlight, in a concrete and specific way, one of the advantages capitalism offers over the currently-popular socialist ground-wave. I have no reason to think that it will be impressive to the up-coming generation, but maybe it will stiffen the upper lips of the generation that is still (thankfully) in charge. The item was that management at an auto manufacturing…

Freedom From Fear

Allowing government officials to impose edicts curtailing civil liberties in the name of safety is the irrevocable first step toward totalitarianism. I do not know anyone that has caught COVID-19. If I do, they either do not know it themselves or they are not telling me. Likewise, I do not have the virus. If I do, I show no symptoms.  I was in New York City on March 1st. I walked quite a bit of Manhattan after sitting in Madison Square Garden with 18,000 other hockey fans. The train there…

Bumbling Biden Benefits by Bernie’s Betrayal

What a difference a week or so makes. Through Iowa and New Hampshire, with some youthful and diverse gender options available in the field for the Democratic primaries, Joe Biden could barely manage a distant fourth place in Iowa and a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders should have won Iowa (thanks to some last-minute fudging for Pete Buttigieg) and won New Hampshire, although with Buttigieg hot on his heels. Biden dominated in North Carolina and within a few days both Buttigieg and Klobuchar mysteriously dropped out of the…

State of Disunion

February was a very difficult month for Democrats. It began with President Trump’s State of the Union address in early February. After delivering an inspiring and visionary address, the type of speech that “holds a mirror up” to that which makes America special, Nancy Pelosi responded with the “rip heard ‘round the world”. The petulant tearing up of the text of the speech while rising from the Speaker’s chair in front of the cameras was meant to come across as an act of principled defiance. Instead, it was the first…

“A Very Stable Genius” portrays a very unstable President

Pulitzer-prize winners Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig have put the last three years of Trump into one book: A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America. It’s a condensed recap with on- and off-the-record sources guiding us through the behind-the-scenes drama that has unfolded in the White House. The authors portray a president who most of the time acts like a spoiled 12-year-old who thinks it is impossible for anyone to be smarter than him. He is surrounded by staff who are either true believers or believe they…

On the Wrong Side of History?

The billboard on the freeway encourages me to thank Mitt Romney for his integrity. I am wondering how I should feel about him for ignoring the facts of the recent Trump impeachment trial. The main concern here is worrying if my duly elected Senator has again come down on the wrong side of history. Senator Romney’s speech and vote to impeach President Trump has ignited a firestorm among fellow Republicans and conservatives and stoked the public relations machine of progressive opposition. None of this makes Romney or Utahans look good.…

Republican Gubernatorial Hopefuls Don’t Have the Luxury of Hating on Trump

At the recent governor’s debate hosted at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit, the six Republican candidates were asked by moderator Clint Betts if they don’t support Trump. To the surprise of more than a few Utah politicos, nobody on that stage raised their hand. I found myself disappointed, but not terribly surprised. You shouldn’t be either, but probably not for the reasons you may be thinking. Moderator asks if anyone on the stage DOESN'T support Trump. No hands are raised. — Bethany Rodgers (@BethRodgersSLT) January 31, 2020 As a private…

Thoughts on Trump and Impeachment

Forgive me for thinking out loud but thinking on paper is often useful, and I think could be helpful for others.  Should President Trump have been impeached and should he now be removed from office? What deserves impeachment: I believe that the Founders meant for impeachment to happen more often then we have used it.  James Madison in the debate of the constitution said impeachment was necessary “for defending the Community [against] the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate.” Also, saying after the election the President could, “lose…

Utah should Declare Second Amendment Sanctuary

Numerous Utahans were able to listen to a preliminary gubernatorial debate this past Friday at the Silicon Slopes Summit. While the field is crowded, there are several quality candidates to consider. One question asked was about “gun control”. A typical generalized, non-specific answer was given and the panel moved on. But the issue of gun control is front and center nationally, and no state illustrates the problems divergent political camps might impose on civil society more than Virginia. It is time Utah took steps to defuse any potential conflict like…