Road to Anarchy

It is not well known outside of family circles, but I married into a long history of law enforcement. My wife’s grandfather was the San Pete County Sherriff for ages, back in the day. My father-in-law and his brother were the cornerstones of the Provo City Police Detective Department for over twenty-five years. My oldest daughter married the son of a notable career Orem City officer. In our family, ethical law enforcement and the people that participate in it are personal. When we hear some of the absolute insanity circulating…

What is next for Huntsman?

The primaries are over and we are left with few questions to ask. Spencer Cox is in and will likely win the gubernatorial race. Jon Huntsman, at least for the moment, is out. We no longer need to explore the why’s of the Huntsman campaign. Why did he feel the need to step back in as Governor when he so quickly bailed for the national stage last time? Why, with all of his national and international experience, did he focus back on our state? The whole “service” ethic does not…

America’s Moral Dilemma

Another Fourth of July has come and gone. It is moving to see the flag flown and traditional values reinforced. Sometimes we lose sight of just what those values are, misplaced in a cacophony of voices decrying the evils of the American system. When it comes to leadership in a free society, a strong moral compass is essential. Our current crisis reflects moral breakdowns being inappropriately framed as political or systemic issues. In order to successfully maintain our liberties, it is important to be able to tell the difference. America…

On Racism and Rabble Rousing

“(We need ) to destroy the historic culture, to destroy the systemic racism, to destroy, in specifics… all of the things that make it so difficult to hold someone accountable when a life, like George Floyd’s, is so wrongfully taken.” – Minnesota Governor Walz. America is the most tolerant and beneficent nation in history. And it was a lot of work getting here.” Mark Levin, Former Assistant US Attorney General, Author, and XM Radio Host. I am a child of the sixties. I actually grew up in the Deep South.…

COVID Conniving and Cover-ups

The intrigue surrounding the COVID situation drones on in America and across the world. Wisdom dictates that if one chooses to intentionally employ a bazooka to kill a fly, the most pertinent question becomes “what is next to the fly”? If anything about our present situation is self-evident, it is the fact that there are multiple agendas in play surrounding the declared pandemic. The flu is real and dangerous to certain specific demographics. Based on the numbers, however, the response has clearly been excessive for the population as a whole.…

Wrong Again Romney

What is it about our esteemed Senator that compels one to offer rebuke? How I crave to continue to like and support this guy. I remember the man who was a stake president and principal of Bain in Boston. I remember the hero on a white horse who saved the Utah Olympics. I resonate with the man who has been a poster child for the values so many Utahans hold dear. I cannot let go of the impression that Senator Romney is a good and principled person. But when it…

Death of the Democratic Party

“However [Political Parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, unprincipled and ambitious men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people” – George Washington, 1796. If the Coronavirus crisis has revealed anything, it has revealed that certain Parties and players will drop any pretense of constitutional allegiance when the opportunity arises.  Both Parties have elected people in positions of power locally and nationally that have essentially thrown the Constitution to…

A wartime governor?

“Some people might not have realized that World War III has already begun” – Tweet by Nayib Bukele, President of El Salvador, March 22, 2020 One of my favorite moments in an epic movie, “The Godfather”, is when Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone, turns to Robert Duvall’s character Tom Hagen and says “You’re out Tom. You are not a wartime consigliere”. Duvall’s character had been a long standing attorney representing the family’s (legal and illegal) interests with a stellar track record. Yet he was removed in a period where a…

A Plea to Congressman Curtis

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom” – Benjamin Franklin Dear Sir, I write as a concerned constituent and believe I speak for many Utahans when I sincerely inquire after the state of our current representative governance. The Coronavirus phenomenon has clearly become a politicized boondoggle and I perceive flawed analysis of the problem and little critical inquiry into the proposed solutions. I must ask: where is our principled leadership? In your town halls, in our governor’s responses and elsewhere I hear the concern for our citizenry’s well-being and…

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,…