“A Very Stable Genius” portrays a very unstable President

Pulitzer-prize winners Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig have put the last three years of Trump into one book: A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America. It’s a condensed recap with on- and off-the-record sources guiding us through the behind-the-scenes drama that has unfolded in the White House. The authors portray a president who most of the time acts like a spoiled 12-year-old who thinks it is impossible for anyone to be smarter than him. He is surrounded by staff who are either true believers or believe they…

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.…

Thoughts on Trump and Impeachment

Forgive me for thinking out loud but thinking on paper is often useful, and I think could be helpful for others.  Should President Trump have been impeached and should he now be removed from office? What deserves impeachment: I believe that the Founders meant for impeachment to happen more often then we have used it.  James Madison in the debate of the constitution said impeachment was necessary “for defending the Community [against] the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate.” Also, saying after the election the President could, “lose…

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…

Not An Apology.

“Only Nixon could go to China.” —Old Vulcan proverb. When I started writing columns for cachevalleydaily.com a decade ago, there was an agreement between me and Eric Frandsen, CVD’s editor, about what my schtick was. As I had been on my occasional spots on KVNU radio, I would be the boorish Philly guy that took a sledgehammer to “Utah nice” when discussing events related to Utah; especially on the subject of politics.  Many of my CVD polemics were republished on Utah Politico Hub, where I served the same purpose. The…

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…

Six Thoughts on Trump’s Impeachment

As the House votes to make Donald Trump the third president in American history to be impeached, I had some thoughts. 1. The Imperial Presidency was curbed after Nixon resigned, but it’s grown back up. Congress no longer views itself as a co-equal branch of government, at least not when “their guy” is in office. The return to the Imperial Presidency ramped up after 9/11 under GWB, kept going under Obama, and now it’s full-fledged under Trump. Why do so many hate politics? You look at what both parties said…

An open convention?

In 1968, Hubert Horatio Humphrey was chosen by delegates to the Democratic Convention in Chicago on the first ballot. He did so without contesting a single primary election in any state. The diminishing number of people as old as I remember that convention, which was marked by riots and clashes between Mayor Richard Daley’s police and the Chicago Seven (or Eight) and their epigone. A fond memory of the convention was Dan Rather (I think) “reporting from the floor of the convention,” meaning literally on the floor, where he had…

Inflamed Impeachment Inquiry Intimates International Influence

“People need to keep in mind we have a legal system in this country, but not necessarily a system of justice”. – Former CIA Regional Director Robert David Steele “#MadamSpeaker today, #PresidentPelosi shortly thereafter, #MLKWeekend is underway” – January 18, 2019 Tweet by Donna Brazile, Former Chair of the Democrat National Committee As yet another ill-conceived attempt to delegitimize the Trump administration continues the question lingers as to what continues to drive all of this. As the inquiry drags on the case against Trump gets thinner and thinner and the…