Is Utah the Last Sane Place Remaining?

My history is not the same as the average Utahn. I was born in the Midwest and have lived in sixteen cities in twelve states over my lifetime, including three different locations in Utah. My formative grade school years were in Atlanta, so in essence, I am a Son of the South. But high school and college were in the Northeast, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. I never saw the Rockies until I was in my twenties when I traveled to BYU for graduate school. In essence, I have…

Dividing a Nation

I warned last week in an article entitled No Peaceful Outcome? that there might be attempts upon this presidential election to create confusion and perpetuate various forms of election fraud. We now sit a week after the official election with a media declaration of a Biden win. But there are ominous clouds hanging over this election, and the Trump campaign is not about to concede. Anecdotal evidence of fraud is being broadcast by Trump and his surrogates. Whether actual physical evidence can be brought remains to be seen, but the…

A Few Last-Minute Election Predictions

Election Day is finally here, so let’s see how well a few Utah Politico Hub contributors can prognosticate. Answers from Beau Sorensen, Bob Aagard, and John English. 1. Who will win the 2020 presidential election and by how much? SORENSEN: Despite all the handwringing about what will happen if Donald Trump loses by a little, in the end it was much ado about nothing. Joe Biden takes back states that had turned red in 2016 (Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan) and flips a few others (Arizona, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida).…

The Bottom Line

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed…

No Peaceful Outcome?

Since the days of George Washington, the peaceful transfer of power from President to President in the United States has become a unique historical precedent. We forget that in the vast fabric of history this was a first, a singular event. The cornerstone of our new Republic. In last week’s presidential debate, Joe Biden accused Trump of precisely what he and his Party are guilty of. Not accepting a peaceful transfer of power. Trump rightfully responded in the debate that the Democrats have not accepted his election results since November…

Free Markets versus Big Government

A critical review of the Trump and Biden platforms reveals more than just two differing visions of America, they involve two very contradictory paths to govern America in the future. One involves deregulation and the further release of free-market capitalism. The other involves tighter controls and a rapid swing to government-sponsored Socialism. The Biden platform is concerning. The one hundred and twenty-page platform document reads at times like the Communist Manifesto. It is, in essence, the Bernie Sanders “Democratic Socialism” playbook wrapped in a new cover, championed by the furthest…

Could Donald Trump Still Win?

We’re less than two weeks away and the polls would suggest that Joe Biden’s on his way to finishing above 300 in the Electoral College. Could Donald Trump still pull this off? Does he have a chance? Could some of the state polls be as off as they were in 2016? Or as accurate as they were in 2012? Approval rating average of the president 11 days before his possible re-election v. how much of the popular vote they got (per 538) 45 Donald Trump – 42.5% 44 Barack Obama…

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…