Border Wars

The newest strategy by the left to delegitimize the Trump administration and foment division is to blame Trump for policies on the U.S Border. Of course, every failing policy from past administrations is now Trump’s fault, even when he tries to correct them. The media recently exploded with accounts of “children separated from families at the border”. Cries of inhumanity began to circulate in prime time news. The new reality is peddled as “Racist Trump” or “Nazi Trump” implementing dehumanizing immigration policies at the borders. However, there are several difficulties…

Justice Kennedy divided America

In the span of 30 years on the United States Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy changed the face of America and, in doing so, created Donald Trump and deepened our political divisions. While Justice Kennedy is receiving great accolades for many important court decisions that he authored, his legacy should be judged by his activism more than by any wisdom he provided. Even after authoring Lawrence and Obergefell, perhaps Justice Kennedy’s greatest effrontery was his 1992 opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, upholding Roe v. Wade, wherein he wrote, “At…

Please, Senators, do not confirm Ron Mortensen

The Trump Administration has placed the name of Utah’s Ron Mortensen before the United States Senate as the administration’s nominee as the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration – and senators, especially Utah’s senators, should oppose Mortensen’s confirmation. The Bureau of PRM was created to “provide protection, ease suffering, and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people around the world on behalf of the American people….” PRM “provides aid and sustainable solutions for refugees, victims of conflict and stateless people around the world,…

Korean chess

“It’s important to stand behind our South Korean allies. But if we pay heed to the lessons of history talking to North Korea will be fruitless[.]” – John Bolton, National Security Advisor of the United States The subject of “historic” talks between North and South Korea, supposedly brokered by the U.S, and triggered with the appointment of John Bolton, are dominating real news headlines. Based on the current geopolitical landscape, this development, which some conservative pundits claim has brought Trump into consideration for the Nobel peace prize, is actually nothing…

Be prepared…to leave

“I would like to hear you scream in pain.” “Play some rap music.” — from the film “The Last Boy Scout”. Although it may grow tiresome for some that read my columns, there is a reason why I always harken back to my upbringing in South Philadelphia. Many times in this space, the mission of this column is to compare my former life as a big city kid to my current life as a middle-aged man in northern Utah. Your Humble Columnist attempts to convey to my dozens of readers…

Don’t laugh

“If it bends, it’s funny. If it breaks, it’s not funny.” Also, “Comedy is tragedy plus time.” — both from the Woody Allen film, “Crimes and Misdemeanors” This past weekend, the White House Correspondents Dinner was held. At this annual soiree journalists, media personalities, politicians, and actual celebrities intermingle as the Washington, D.C. media gives out awards. The two main events of the evening are the President of the United States making a few comments followed by a comedian scathingly rebuking all things Washington. President Trump has not shown up…

Facebook follies

Last week, with all of the decorum of the Ziegfeld Follies, Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of a congressional panel to answer questions about privacy issues. This originated with complaints that Facebook has allowed marketing companies to data mine from their site, which they consider a violation of privacy issue. Just shows that no one ever reads the whole user agreement. Throughout this political theater, only a few members of Congress actually touched on the real issue…censorship. In the last several months we are experiencing a wave of censorship on…

Syria scapegoating

Last week the U.S launched a retaliatory strike on Syria against alleged chemical attacks by the Assad regime upon a segment of their own citizens. This action is problematic on several levels and reverses President Trump’s assertions just a few weeks before that he would be “withdrawing our troops from Syria”. This action teeters on the brink of massive geopolitical consequences and the questions need to be asked: just exactly what is going on here? The whole premise of chemical attacks by Assad on his own people is specious from…

The Age of Unreason

America owes a great debt to the philosophers of the Enlightenment over 300 years ago. Many democratic virtues are the result of liberal ideas formed in the 18th century leading up to the American Revolution. Unsurprisingly, illiberal ideas sprang from the Enlightenment as well – label these ideas “if a little is good, more is better.” As the ink was drying on our new Constitution and its initial amendments, the French Revolution proved to the world that more is not always better. Illiberalism was invented through zeal and excess in…