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…

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…

Death of the Democratic Party

“However [Political Parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, unprincipled and ambitious men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people” – George Washington, 1796. If the Coronavirus crisis has revealed anything, it has revealed that certain Parties and players will drop any pretense of constitutional allegiance when the opportunity arises.  Both Parties have elected people in positions of power locally and nationally that have essentially thrown the Constitution to…

Capitalism vs Socialism

The present COVID-19 crisis is going to present us with plenty of lessons before it runs its course, but a news item I saw the other day offers an opportunity to highlight, in a concrete and specific way, one of the advantages capitalism offers over the currently-popular socialist ground-wave. I have no reason to think that it will be impressive to the up-coming generation, but maybe it will stiffen the upper lips of the generation that is still (thankfully) in charge. The item was that management at an auto manufacturing…

Freedom From Fear

Allowing government officials to impose edicts curtailing civil liberties in the name of safety is the irrevocable first step toward totalitarianism. I do not know anyone that has caught COVID-19. If I do, they either do not know it themselves or they are not telling me. Likewise, I do not have the virus. If I do, I show no symptoms.  I was in New York City on March 1st. I walked quite a bit of Manhattan after sitting in Madison Square Garden with 18,000 other hockey fans. The train there…

On the Wrong Side of History?

The billboard on the freeway encourages me to thank Mitt Romney for his integrity. I am wondering how I should feel about him for ignoring the facts of the recent Trump impeachment trial. The main concern here is worrying if my duly elected Senator has again come down on the wrong side of history. Senator Romney’s speech and vote to impeach President Trump has ignited a firestorm among fellow Republicans and conservatives and stoked the public relations machine of progressive opposition. None of this makes Romney or Utahans look good.…

Thoughts on Trump and Impeachment

Forgive me for thinking out loud but thinking on paper is often useful, and I think could be helpful for others.  Should President Trump have been impeached and should he now be removed from office? What deserves impeachment: I believe that the Founders meant for impeachment to happen more often then we have used it.  James Madison in the debate of the constitution said impeachment was necessary “for defending the Community [against] the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate.” Also, saying after the election the President could, “lose…

Four Reason’s Pelosi’s Faux Impeachment Will Fail

“It’s been going on for 22 months, okay? Two-and-a-half years, actually.” – Nancy Pelosi discussing Trump Impeachment on 12/13/2019. Nancy Pelosi has tipped her hand. She is usually more cautious, read more obfuscating. When questioned why the Democrats were pushing the Trump impeachment hearings at such a frantic pace, she openly admitted the fake impeachment charges forwarded by the House are merely an extension of a political process that began before Trump even took office. Pity that the “offense” under investigation allegedly only took place last summer. It is even…

Six Thoughts on Trump’s Impeachment

As the House votes to make Donald Trump the third president in American history to be impeached, I had some thoughts. 1. The Imperial Presidency was curbed after Nixon resigned, but it’s grown back up. Congress no longer views itself as a co-equal branch of government, at least not when “their guy” is in office. The return to the Imperial Presidency ramped up after 9/11 under GWB, kept going under Obama, and now it’s full-fledged under Trump. Why do so many hate politics? You look at what both parties said…