The “Resistance” to Trump: Leslie Knope Strikes Back

Parks and Rec

The television sitcom Parks and Recreation is one of only a handful of fine moments in television’s recent history.  Whoever came up with the idea of a show having a rabid libertarian as the director of a city parks department — the very archetype of comfortable bureaucratic inefficiency — I mean, the jokes write themselves!  It was a stroke of genius. And, apparently, also prescient.   Because the longer I watch the ongoing battle between Donald Trump and the self-styled resistance both from outside and from within “his” own executive…

Cedar City’s Planned Ice Rink Becoming Rent-Seeking Run Amok

Ice Town Costs Ice Clown His Town Crown

Fans of the TV Show Parks and Recreation may remember an episode in which it’s discovered that City Manager Ben Wyatt was once mayor of a city in Minnesota. Voted in at 18, he quickly ended up bankrupting the city by building a winter sports complex named Ice Town. He was subsequently removed from office after a scant two months and constantly asked about the failure whenever he’s in a high-profile situation. In a case of life imitating art, Cedar City is plotting a course all too similar to this…

Coup or Crackdown; Race against History

“Trump is turning over rocks and the snakes are angry. He has turned on the lights and the cockroaches are scattering. The only way out for these people is to impeach the President” – Andrew Wilkow, XM Patriot Radio “It is the most reliable standard in politics. In fact…this is the Rosetta Stone to American Politics. Whatever the left accuses you of is exactly what they are doing themselves. Every time.” – Tucker Carlson, Fox News The newest impeachment efforts against President Trump are yet another fabrication by the left.…

Arabian Knights?

It has been almost two weeks at the time of this writing that missile and/or drone strikes were launched against Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. Lives were lost and a dent was put in global oil refinery capabilities. It is estimated that these attacks destroyed some five percent of the entire global refinery capability. Most readers might worry about the impact at the gas pump, but increased gas prices may be the least of our worries. To understand the full implications of this situation we have to go back to…

Crisis of Confidence

The last few weeks have exposed a major problem in the current political fabric in America. The Lewandowski hearings, the exchange with the President of Ukraine that is being used for more phony impeachment talk, along with other hysterical leftist carryings-on, has emphasized a growing lack of confidence in our national leadership. Little good can come from this accelerating phenomenon. Just a week ago Corey Lewandowski mocked a congressional inquiry panel about his involvement in the alleged Russian scandal. His responses were nearly as sophomoric at times as the punitive…

A History of Commission Districts in San Juan County, Utah

Because history gives context and perspective to current situations, the history of commission districting in San Juan County bears repeating. And perhaps I know this history best from my personal involvement. It is not my intention to fuel anymore contention, just to give some history. San Juan County was the first county in Utah to district county commission seats. That was in 1984. Up until that time, all counties in the state had a 3-member commission, each member elected at-large with two seats being four-year terms and one seat being…

Freedom’s Last Stand?

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan Last month my wife and I took a cruise into the Western Caribbean. It has been many years since we were able to embark on such a vacation. It was a welcome respite from the daily routine. This trip was a bit different than others. This excursion was experienced through the lens…

#worsethanstelter

Brian Stelter

“I must have killed more men than Cecil B. De MIlle.” — The Waco Kid, aka Jim, from the film, “Blazing Saddles”. When I look back at many of the polemics I entered for submission to cachevalleydaily.com and Utah Politico Hub regarding Donald Trump over the past four years, I must admit that I have allowed hyperbole to run amok.  So intense was my disdain for Trump as a man and as a politician that I relegated my weekly column to become nothing more than an amalgam of frothy magniloquence.…

The Godfather of All Nicknames

“Fredo, you’re my older brother, and I love you. But don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again…ever.” —Michael Corleone, from the film “The Godfather” There are many rules and standards a person should adhere to if they grow up living in a South Philadelphia neighborhood. Near the top of that list is to never be outwardly upset if you are given a terrible nickname. If you do, it will stick. You might as well tattoo that nickname on your forehead. If your friends are in charge of…