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,…

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…

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.…

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…

To My Friend Nate

“You always say ‘not defending Trump’ and yet you always are. There’s plenty of proof on each charge. If only one or two of the charges are correct, that’s very damning. He will go down as the most corrupt president ever.” –Nate on Facebook I want to respond publicly to my friend Nate. It is rare to persuade anyone who is convinced of a political position, but it is worth a try. Especially when that person is your good friend. Nate forwarded a post that listed twenty felonies Trump has…

Four Reason’s Pelosi’s Faux Impeachment Will Fail

“It’s been going on for 22 months, okay? Two-and-a-half years, actually.” – Nancy Pelosi discussing Trump Impeachment on 12/13/2019. Nancy Pelosi has tipped her hand. She is usually more cautious, read more obfuscating. When questioned why the Democrats were pushing the Trump impeachment hearings at such a frantic pace, she openly admitted the fake impeachment charges forwarded by the House are merely an extension of a political process that began before Trump even took office. Pity that the “offense” under investigation allegedly only took place last summer. It is even…