Two Visions of America

As we edge closer to Election Day 2020, at a time when mail-in voting has already begun, a careful analysis of the issues in play is crucial. It is not an overstatement to say that the 2020 national election may be the most important in history. While things in Utah are fairly status quo, on the national stage they are more tumultuous than at any time in recent memory. What is at stake are two fundamentally diametric visions of what America is and what we may become. Utah is a…

Barrett is a no-lose proposition for the American people

It is not as if the 2020 election year has not already had its share of intrigue. We must admit that the turmoil in our national politics has been nothing short of historic. The death of celebrated Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just added serious spin to the already reeling political discourse. There is a fundamental difference between Progressives and Conservatives when it comes to executing judicial office. There is a reason Presidents seek to appoint new judges at nearly every level when they take office. Progressive judges (read…

Not Their Finest Hour

The first presidential debate for 2020 is in the books. Or at least an event touted as a presidential debate. It came across more as a sorority sister spat over who had the richest boyfriend. In a year when the presidential election may be one of the most crucial in history and the American people need to clearly hear the policy differences between candidates, we received nothing more than mutual bullying and character assassination. We deserve better. This was truly not Biden’s or Trump’s finest hour. The ideological stances of…

Bait and Switch

The national presidential tickets are set and we amble with wobbly legs towards a November election. The 2020 elections will be historic for a number of reasons. One significant reason revolves around the curious origins of the Democratic presidential ticket. We finally have a vice-presidential candidate, but the choice is curious. As another proof that the Democratic Party pays absolutely no attention to their constituency whatsoever, we have Senator Kamala Harris. Her nomination may go down as the biggest bait and switch political event to date. Turn back the clock…

It’s not the People, it’s the Premise

My latest post on the NBA has generated a tremendous amount of controversy. That is not unexpected. Race has been brought to the forefront in America as it often is. Strong feelings run in both directions on the issue. I have great affection for many people in the NBA and sports in general. I am well acquainted with past team presidents, current general managers, and several current and retired players. The tenor of the article may have caused many to miss the point. The attitude of players is sympathetic to…

Why I am Done with the NBA

Professional sports has had a rough go of things in the last few years. An old truism dictates that too much money and power tend to ruin just about anything, and professional sports could qualify as Exhibit A. In a direct reflection of the state of our society as a whole, professional sports are in decline. After the postponement of their season, the NBA is back for an abbreviated season and playoffs. I, and apparently many others according to the ratings, will not be tuning in. There are several reasons…

Demise of Democrats, Inauguration of Independents

“There will be two great political parties in this country. One will be called the Republican, and the other the Democrat party. These two parties will go to war and out of these two parties will spring another party which will be the Independent American Party.” – Joseph Smith Jr., June 18, 1844. It is not typical to begin a political commentary with an obscure prophetic reference. Except, in this case, the groundwork for the fulfillment of said reference is now being laid. The current state of the Democrat Party…

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…