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…

More Gun Laws will not Help

In the last Democrat debate, the issue of gun violence in America gained even more steam among the candidates. The left, which has traditionally soft-pedaled the idea of removing any type of firearm from American society, has taken the gloves off at this point. Candidates, such as Beto O’Rourke and Elizabeth Warren, are no longer pretending that gun bans and gun confiscations are off the table. The point the voters need to understand is, that short of complete confiscation (which would bring a different set of problems) more gun laws…

Medicare for All is Care for None

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Medicare For All Act Of 2019

“The true purpose of the Affordable Care Act is to destroy private insurance companies and make single-payer unavoidable.” – Chief Obamacare architect Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel “We must defeat them (giant health insurance lobbies) together. That means: Joining every other major country on Earth and guaranteeing health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.” – Berniesanders.com “The Democrats believe that the only solution to a failed government program is another government program.” Andrew Wilkow, Patriot XM Radio. One of the key issues on…

Green No deal

“The Green New Deal wasn’t originally a climate thing at all…we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.” – Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. “As President, Bernie Sanders will launch the decade of the Green New Deal, a ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered around justice and equity during which climate change will be factored into virtually every area of policy, from immigration to trade to foreign policy and beyond.” – Berniesanders.com Here we are many months after the idea of the Green New Deal was forwarded. Initially thought…

Utah gets a new liberal arts college

In a development which no doubt has traditional higher education quaking in its boots, the Board of Directors of Mount Liberty College has announced the establishment of the College and set its opening for 26 August. Seriously, folks, since Mount Liberty will matriculate no more than 20 students in its freshman class, it is unlikely that the Big Eight or BYU will even notice. But for the increasing number of students in Utah who are looking for a continuation of the liberal arts training they have received at home or…

First Amendment Fragility

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” – Mark Twain There is a trend that is growing in its magnitude. Freedom of speech, the preeminent right espoused in the First Amendment, is under attack and undergoing censorship across the western world. The United States is not immune from this viral philosophy, a viewpoint that inevitably results in complete loss of freedom for peoples and countries. In Europe, Canada and in America, within the halls of academia, in the forums of…

Race and Diversity at Utah Colleges

An article in the Salt Lake Tribune of 18 May conveys some good news and a dire warning of future mischief. The article asks “how many women and minorities are faculty at Utah’s universities.” The good news is (tho that is not at all the conclusion of the reporter, or of her sources), again in the words of the article, “no one really knows.” I regard it as profoundly encouraging that, though the Utah Board of Regents, the supervisory body over the state’s eight public institutions of higher learning, has…

Book Review | Melting Pot or Civil War: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders by Reihan Salam

Let’s talk about immigration for a moment. It’s strange. In a country that was entirely founded, built, and peopled by immigrants and their descendants, few policy debates are more divisive than those dealing with immigration. Politicized to the extreme, the issue polarizes us. Few seem willing, or able, to compromise. Racism and resentment and limited resources combine to provide politicians with ample fodder to raise tensions and exploit fears. Reihan Salam thinks there is a way, however, a compromise that can solve our immigration conundrums, and his book “Melting Pot…

A right or privilege?

“An armed citizenry is governed, and unarmed citizenry is ruled.” The National Rifle Association As expected, following the New Zealand shootings, their Prime Minister announced a ban on all semi-automatic weapons as a response. Couched in the rhetoric of “safety” this ban uses the usual ineffective approach to such issues. In the United States, we have the protections of the Second Amendment. The fundamental question that needs to be answered is whether gun ownership as a method of self-defense is a right or a privilege. There are several disturbing trends…

The real scandal

The real scandal is, or at least ought to be, that grade inflation and credentialing are alive and well in our world. A thinking observer should say “OK, so Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin could buy their kids into Stanford or Harvard, but how could unqualified kids survive there?” Sadly, admission IS the game when it comes to top schools. The rest is, in two words from Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork, “grade inflation.” For decades the top schools give students grades they don’t earn so as to guarantee their…