Our Dystopian Existence

“Ay, sir; to be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.” — Hamlet, from “Hamlet” Has it really been 14 months since I last submitted a column to Utah Politico Hub? Let’s check the archives. Yes, indeed. And now, at least temporarily, the hibernation is over.  Time does fly when you are in constant anguish due to your civil liberties being stripped from you, your entire way of life has been forcibly altered and the people elected to serve you believe they…

The Theft of America

“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” – Lord Alexander Tytler, Scottish professor and historian In the current political environment, one has to wonder if Utah is the last fiscally responsible political entity…

The GOP Can Win; the GQP Will Lose

Is there a liberal version of CPAC that happens every year? I can’t think of it if there is. CPAC gets wall-to-wall coverage each time it’s held. Why is this? It used to be a place where the media could take a peek at mainstream conservative thought, a weekend Comic-Con where cosplayers wear tri-cornered hats instead of Batman masks. CPAC has eroded the past few years into an event welcomed now only by those in the populist-nationalist wing of the party, where Marjorie Taylor Greene is revered while Ben Sasse…

Right-wing activists seek to censure Mitt Romney

I get the distinct impression that I am not the only one wondering about our distinguished Senator Mitt Romney. When social media accounts broke with voters inappropriately harassing him at airports, one gets the feeling all is not well in the Romney camp. Many voters are left wondering if he understands or reflects some of their serious concerns. Now the Utah Platform Political Action Committee has voted to censure Romney. Why, we must ask, would anyone think this necessary? The Committee is not the mainstream Utah Republican Party, but an…

The Post Trump Problematic Paradigm

I greatly enjoyed Curt Bentley’s recent article Creating a Post-Trumpian Era. I agree with the majority of his assessment and his plea for each of us to stop looking at each other based on divisions, political or otherwise. But I think Mr. Bentley left out one important point. Let me illustrate with a metaphoric story. I have been an avid motorcycle rider since the tender age of sixteen. In the late eighties, I attended a popular road race at a historic venue back east. During one race, two bikes became…

The 2022 US Senate Seats Up for Grabs

Here are the Senate seats that will be subject to the 2022 US midterm elections, separated way too early into four categories. ==LIKELY TO FLIP== PAT TOOMEY (R-PA), 59 – Open seat; 2-term Toomey is retiring. Pennsylvania is a purple state that’s managed to have at least one Republican senator since 1947, save for those eighteen months where Arlen Specter flipped from R to D in an effort to keep his seat. Bob Casey Jr (D) is the other senator, but the favorability of the GOP has dropped there over…

Creating a Post-Trumpian Era

There are a number of great lines in the classic 80s film The Princess Bride. But there is one I love above all others, and that I think is particularly applicable to a number of situations, including to America’s current political climate. Inigo Montoya, speaking after finally avenging his father’s death, says, “You know, it’s strange.  I have been in the revenge business so long that, now that it’s over, I don’t know what to do with the rest of my life.” Let Him Go… Can you remember back to…

Barrett is a no-lose proposition for the American people

It is not as if the 2020 election year has not already had its share of intrigue. We must admit that the turmoil in our national politics has been nothing short of historic. The death of celebrated Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just added serious spin to the already reeling political discourse. There is a fundamental difference between Progressives and Conservatives when it comes to executing judicial office. There is a reason Presidents seek to appoint new judges at nearly every level when they take office. Progressive judges (read…

We’re Overdue for More Constitutional Amendments

As America gets further and further divided, it seems like we’re overdue for some Constitutional amendments to at least try to fix some of what’s broken about Washington. The Supreme Court Amendment XXVIII – 1. The Supreme Court shall be comprised of nine jurists, each appointed by the President of the United States, appointed to one eighteen-year term, with the advice and consent from Congress. 2. This will take effect on the first January after mid-terms upon passing of this Amendment. 3. Of the current jurists, the appointee who has…

It’s not the People, it’s the Premise

My latest post on the NBA has generated a tremendous amount of controversy. That is not unexpected. Race has been brought to the forefront in America as it often is. Strong feelings run in both directions on the issue. I have great affection for many people in the NBA and sports in general. I am well acquainted with past team presidents, current general managers, and several current and retired players. The tenor of the article may have caused many to miss the point. The attitude of players is sympathetic to…