The day the panic died

Well, folks, it’s officially a brave new world. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 8 years since I, along with a small band of other Utah Supreme Court clerks, clustered in the hallway at the back of the fifth floor of the Matheson Courthouse and watched Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. I had mixed feelings. I believe I was the only person in our little group watching that day who hadn’t voted for Obama.  I wasn’t quite sure what to…

Why I will be watching Donald Trump’s inauguration

Every February, I take a vacation to celebrate my birthday.  This tradition started a few years ago and has led to some great experiences, from attending my first NHL hockey game to seeing the Space Needle and cheering on my Utah Jazz on the road. This year’s trip was thought up the week after I returned from my trip last year.  I was going to the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. When I told my boss of my intentions (since January is busier in my industry than…

Debunking the Obama Administration’s myth-making

“The President prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself.  That’s because that’s who he is – and I think that’s what really resonates with the American people.” – Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Adviser to the President. Eight years of an Obama Presidency draw to a close. History was made in the election of Obama in 2008 as the first person of African-American descent to ascend to the White House. History, in retrospect, may also have been…

Eight political lessons from 2016

The 2016 political year has drawn to a close. Perhaps the most pressing question to ask is: has America understood actual history in the making over the past year? Nothing about the political landscape in 2016 was typical or ordinary. One of the most tumultuous elections in history has concluded and the smoke has still not settled seven weeks later. History has been and continues to be made in an unprecedented manner. What lessons have we learned? The most revealing lessons on a national scale were learned within the context…

The wisdom of the Electoral College

Prior to this year’s presidential election, four times in our history has a candidate become president without winning the popular vote. In 1824, John Quincy Adams lost both the popular vote and the electoral vote to Andrew Jackson. But Jackson fell short of the electoral votes needed that year to claim the presidency. That election fell to the House of Representatives to decide and it chose Adams. I’ll come back to this example in a minute. In 1876, Rutherford B. Hayes won the electoral vote, by one vote, but lost…

Hacking hysteria

“There is no serious person who would suggest it was possible to rig American elections. I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes. If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job, because there are times when things don’t go our way — or my way.”- President Barack Obama, Colorado Springs, CO, Oct. 18, 2016. Obama, Clinton and their tidy team of…

A nation divided

“I would feel deeply frustrated [about welcoming Trump to the White House] not because of anything he’s said about me, but because I would fear for the future of our country.” – President Barack Obama “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables‘. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.” – Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton The 2016 Election is…

President Trump! Now what?

The election surprise of a new century is complete. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is President Elect. So now what? For those who have been paying attention, this outcome seemed most likely if your research came from anywhere outside the mainstream media, which is now a smoldering ruin for anyone who dares to think independently. A President-Elect Trump has many ramifications for our country. While Clinton lovers and liberals everywhere cry in their milk, protesters, likely backed by Soros dollars, take to the streets. The damage of eight…

Crunching some election numbers

My understanding is that there’s still over 100,000 absentee/mail-in ballots that have yet to be counted in states like California, Washington, Alaska, and Utah. It’ll be weeks before we have the full, final election numbers, but here’s where the count stands right now. 129,652,570 votes have been counted. It means that 2016 exceeds 2012’s vote total. It looks like Trump will get Michigan so the final electoral college count is 306-232. The popular vote count in 2016: Clinton – 61,929,605 (47.8%) Trump – 60,938,847 (47%) Others – 6,784,118 (5.2%) The popular…

Calm down and be tolerant

I hope people are taking the time after this election to really examine what tolerance is. I hope that we are looking at just how tolerant we are instead of just blaming the other side for being intolerant. When I was a child I remember telling Polish-invention jokes. They were about stupid inventions that only Polish people would make. The thing is, I had never met a Polish person and knew nothing about their country, culture, or history. Everybody else was telling the jokes so it must be OK. Fortunately,…