Syria scapegoating

Last week the U.S launched a retaliatory strike on Syria against alleged chemical attacks by the Assad regime upon a segment of their own citizens. This action is problematic on several levels and reverses President Trump’s assertions just a few weeks before that he would be “withdrawing our troops from Syria”. This action teeters on the brink of massive geopolitical consequences and the questions need to be asked: just exactly what is going on here? The whole premise of chemical attacks by Assad on his own people is specious from…

Sheepdog shoutings

Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. – Benjamin Franklin It is time to fess up to a personal fact. I am a long-standing member of the NRA. Why do I mention this? Because I am sick of hearing gun control advocates vilify the organization. When they blame the NRA for gun violence they are in essence blaming me for that crime. And I have had enough of that nonsense. The NRA is an organization that represents the firearms…

Second Amendment sanctity

“We need to repeal the Second Amendment because most gun-control legislation is ineffective when most Americans have a guaranteed constitutional right to purchase deadly weaponry in nearly unlimited quantities.” – Bret Stephens, NY Times 2/16/18 As the rhetoric continues to heat up in the media and across the country after the Parkland, Florida shooting the ultimate leftist agenda is revealed. And the issue continues to divide America across partisan lines. Do guns have a place in civilized society? Is the Second Amendment outdated, antiquated or unfit for modern society as…

Guns are not criminals

The latest gun-related tragedy, the shooting in a Parkland, Florida High School, has kicked the gun control debate back into overdrive. The emotions around such awful occurrences often obscure the facts and principles. And feelings run strong on both sides of the debate. But an incontrovertible fact stands: guns are not criminals, they are tools. A gun in the hands of some defends life, liberty, and property. A gun in the hands of another provides food for their table. In others’ hands, guns are used in some of the highest…

View from the hole

In a disgraceful move of political tattling, Dick Durbin recently accused President Trump of using a crude reference of certain countries as holes. We are all familiar with the reference and anyone who has ever sat in a Union meeting has heard far worse references on a panoply of subjects. The attack dog media immediately jumped on the news as more proof positive that flummoxed Americans have placed a blatant racist in the White House. Despite his alleged reference would President Trump have a point? I can answer unequivocally yes.…

My kind of crazy

With the book Fire and Fury, the drums of the newest strategy to remove Trump are beating ever louder. Trump is unfit. He is unstable and incompetent. In short, Trump is crazy. Or…perhaps Trump is not the crazy one. After all, the sanest person in an insane world would be the one with the highest degree of insanity. If Trump is being condemned by the system, is it possible that it is the system that is crazy? Perhaps it is crazy that we have leadership in America that has not…

Tax plan puts Trump and Republicans on the hook

President Trump is unusually ebullient when it comes to political victories. And with an obstructionist Congress and insurgent press, they have been rare indeed. However, there was a lot of crowing over the holidays as the Tax Reform bill squeaked through Congress on a purely partisan vote. President Trump, along with Congressional leaders such as Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, is very vocal about taking responsibility for the “largest tax cut in our country’s history”. Some enthusiasts are happy with the result. Many other analysts are not sure how this…

Fire and Fury…and falsehoods

“I have been saying consistently for well over a year now Steve Bannon is not a powerful figure. Steve Bannon doesn’t know anything. Steve Bannon is a leech on the ass of power who rode Michelle Bachmann’s name, to Sarah Palin, to Andrew Breitbart who died, to Donald Trump to the Mercer family. That’s all that happened here, but the media will jump on this. So ignore the media”. – Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire, Jan. 4, 2018. Michael Wolff’s new book “Fire and Fury” will undoubtedly dominate the news…

An open letter to John Curtis

Dear Representative Curtis, Congratulations on a convincing win. As you attempt to wrap your arms around the situation you find yourself in, perhaps a few words of understanding and encouragement are in order. It has been a pleasure to know and work with you through your mayoral tenure in Provo. You are indeed a man of principle and a man of the community. In events that we have participated in together through Rotary and elsewhere, nothing was clearer than your genuine concern for the welfare of the people and community of…

Shootings and scandals and bears, oh my!

“The indictment of Flynn is just cheese on a nothing burger. It is unthinkable that the mainstream media is jumping up and down declaring this the end of the Trump presidency” – Andrew Wilkow on XM Radio, 12/01/17 A perusal of news cycles over the last few weeks reveals a burgeoning and troubling trend. Controversy with its many faces is being multiplied greatly. The incessant howling and hysteria within the media and related tragedies, scandals, and other harmful events seem to be rolling out one after another. And the propaganda…