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…

The Case for Believing National Polls

I’ve noticed whenever I post or tweet about polls on the 2020 presidential election, someone will chime in with something “The polls were wrong in 2016!” They actually weren’t. The national polls were correct. It was some of the state polls that threw everybody off. In RealClearPolitics’ final average, they had Clinton at 46.8% and Trump at 43.6%, a difference of 3.2% with polls that averaged a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. This also meant that 9.6% of the electorate was voting third-party or hadn’t decided in the few…

Bostock and short summers

I’m sure all of us have had the experience of revisiting a place we knew well in our youth and being surprised at how small it seemed.  Or perhaps we’ve experienced the phenomenon of time seemingly flying by as we age — those endless summers of our childhood seem more like long weekends of yesteryear. Of course, it’s not place and time that have changed, it’s our perspective that has shifted.  A childhood summer that comprised a large fraction of our entire existence to that point seemed endless; as the…

On Racism and Rabble Rousing

“(We need ) to destroy the historic culture, to destroy the systemic racism, to destroy, in specifics… all of the things that make it so difficult to hold someone accountable when a life, like George Floyd’s, is so wrongfully taken.” – Minnesota Governor Walz. America is the most tolerant and beneficent nation in history. And it was a lot of work getting here.” Mark Levin, Former Assistant US Attorney General, Author, and XM Radio Host. I am a child of the sixties. I actually grew up in the Deep South.…

Utah GOP Attorney General Primary

There is an interesting race for Utah Attorney General between the incumbent of six and a half years, Sean Reyes, and the Utah County Attorney General of two years, David Leavitt. The winner of this month’s primary will face off with the Democrat for the November election. A debate between the two can be found below. Attorney General Sean Reyes Sean Reyes has served as the state attorney general since Dec 2013, replacing John Swallow after he resigned. AG Reyes said that his biggest accomplishment so far has been to…

Will George Floyd’s Death Lead to Actual Reform?

The death of George Floyd set off a firestorm that might actually lead to some meaningful change. We’ve had some changes in the past, even though this week it might not feel like it. One example: the more widespread use of body-cams have demonstrated that “bad apples” get caught while it can acquit the actions of others. However, things need to calm down before those new changes can happen. I didn’t go to the protest in Salt Lake City on Saturday. I wish I had now. I did go to…

COVID Conniving and Cover-ups

The intrigue surrounding the COVID situation drones on in America and across the world. Wisdom dictates that if one chooses to intentionally employ a bazooka to kill a fly, the most pertinent question becomes “what is next to the fly”? If anything about our present situation is self-evident, it is the fact that there are multiple agendas in play surrounding the declared pandemic. The flu is real and dangerous to certain specific demographics. Based on the numbers, however, the response has clearly been excessive for the population as a whole.…

Wrong Again Romney

What is it about our esteemed Senator that compels one to offer rebuke? How I crave to continue to like and support this guy. I remember the man who was a stake president and principal of Bain in Boston. I remember the hero on a white horse who saved the Utah Olympics. I resonate with the man who has been a poster child for the values so many Utahans hold dear. I cannot let go of the impression that Senator Romney is a good and principled person. But when it…

Finding Our Rhythm Again After COVID-19

Over the years, I have learned something about performing music: Most of the time no one can really tell if you play a few wrong notes, but they’ll immediately pick up on a break or a pause, no matter how slight. The predictable patterns of sound and space that form the rhythm of a song are taken for granted until taken away.  And, once removed, their absence is profoundly disorienting — both to the player and her audience. Like a melody, the daily details of our lives float along over…