Donald Trump vs the Squad

Donald Trump saw “The Squad” getting all of the attention and wanted to involve himself somehow. Or maybe he saw too much attention being paid to his former friend Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex abuse case, or to the deplorable conditions in detention centers by the border, and he wanted a distraction. Whatever the motivation, it was a good political strategy to enter the fray with the “Dems in Disarray.” Unfortunately, he did it in a racist way. The Squad are to Nancy Pelosi what the Tea Party was to John…

A Summary and Analysis of the USWNT Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

As I write this post, the United States Women’s National Team (UWSNT) is preparing to play in the final game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with an opportunity to win a second consecutive and unprecedented fourth overall world title.  It’s hard to think of a more successful United States international competition team. While it’s always fun to watch and support a winner, the USWNT is a joy to watch for reasons outside of on-the-field dominance.  It’s full of strong personalities and hard workers, who, in my estimation, represent…

Kamala Harris Rises, Joe Biden Falls in Night 2 of Democratic Debate

I skipped Night 1 of the debate. I went back and watched highlights but wasn’t really that enthused. Night 2 had more of the bigger guns (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg), and they didn’t disappoint, at least as far as drama goes. My impressions of how they did, in order of how well they did. 1. KAMALA HARRIS – She has presence, which is very important in debate performances. She had commanding use of her time and had the best one-liners. She looked like she belonged. But…

Review: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff

Coddling of the American Mind

One of my favorite aspects of my job is the opportunity to work with interns during the Utah legislative session. We usually hire several interns from the colleges and universities across the state, and they help us during the state legislative session as we track legislation and communicate with staff and legislators. They are all bright, capable, and intelligent. I don’t necessarily think college is for everyone, but for me, getting accepted and then going off to college was akin to receiving my letter to Hogwarts and boarding the train…

An appeal to Romney

Dear Senator Romney, As an informed constituent who voted for you and listened to your rhetoric as you speak across the state and nation, I must ask a simple question: I understand you are concerned about President Trump, but what exactly is your platform?  I am a bit confused. I have spoken with people around your inner circle. They all agree you are a principled, independent, data-driven person who looks at the facts. But do you actually have all the facts? And based on those facts, do you stand independently…

First Amendment Fragility

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” – Mark Twain There is a trend that is growing in its magnitude. Freedom of speech, the preeminent right espoused in the First Amendment, is under attack and undergoing censorship across the western world. The United States is not immune from this viral philosophy, a viewpoint that inevitably results in complete loss of freedom for peoples and countries. In Europe, Canada and in America, within the halls of academia, in the forums of…

Race and Diversity at Utah Colleges

An article in the Salt Lake Tribune of 18 May conveys some good news and a dire warning of future mischief. The article asks “how many women and minorities are faculty at Utah’s universities.” The good news is (tho that is not at all the conclusion of the reporter, or of her sources), again in the words of the article, “no one really knows.” I regard it as profoundly encouraging that, though the Utah Board of Regents, the supervisory body over the state’s eight public institutions of higher learning, has…

A look at the candidates for Utah GOP leadership

With most of the county conventions over, Utah Republican Party delegates will choose new leadership this Saturday morning at UVU. With a turbulent last two years, this promises to be an interesting Convention. More information can be found at http://utah.gop/2019-state-organizing-convention/ The candidates for Utah Republican Party Chair Derek Brown Derek Brown has quite the political history from beating an incumbent Democrat to being deputy chief of staff to Senator Mike Lee. He is very concerned about Utah turning into a blue state. He has seen the surrounding states like Colorado…

Candidates for Utah County GOP leadership (2019)

Another county convention is upon us and we have four competitive leadership races. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Mountain View High School, the Utah County Republican Party will hold its organizing convention. More information can be found at https://www.ucrp.org/april-27-2019-ucrp-organizing-convention/     Candidates for Chair: (Written by John Mulholland) Ben Stanley Ben Stanley is a lawyer that works with technology firms. He believes that clear procedure and professional behavior is needed in the party to overcome the current infighting. And as we generate more unity, we will generate more enthusiasm and participation…

Candidates for Salt Lake County GOP leadership (2019)

Salt Lake County chair is running unopposed but there are three good candidates for vice-chair. Their convention will be held April 13, 2019, starting with a Meet and Greet at 8:00 am at Cottonwood High School. More information can be found at https://www.slcogop.com/convention.html Here’s some very brief information on the candidates. FOR VICE-CHAIR Scott Rosenbush Scott is a relative newcomer to Utah, only living here for four years but brings a wealth of experience being an elected Republican in New Jersey for 19 years, including 5 years a mayor. He…