Electoral College vs. popular vote in presidential elections

We’ve had 58 presidential elections, one every four years since 1788. Twice the president was selected by Congress when no one succeeded in getting a majority of electoral votes. In both instances, Congress gave the presidency to the candidate who came in second in the popular vote. 1824’s John Quincy Adams only won 30.9% of the popular vote among four candidates. The other was 1876’s Rutherford B. Hayes, who won 47.9% of the popular vote and vowed to only serve one term. Three other times a candidate has won the…

‘Highly resolved’: More than just giving it a try

By Boyd Matheson When we honor those who have paid the ultimate price we rightly reference the words of Abraham Lincoln, that “they gave the last full measure of devotion.” We often miss, however, Lincoln’s powerful and immediate pivot to the future, to us – “that we here highly resolve.” He recognized that that those we honor have already done their part and passed their test. Lincoln knew the real question was whether each of us would be highly resolved to do our individual duty. To be highly resolved is…

Get off the sidelines and get in the game!

When Abraham Lincoln said that the “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” he was not making a pronouncement of fact. He was issuing a call to action.  If we want to see a government of the people, by the people and for the people, then WE must “highly resolve” to “take increased devotion to that cause” – the cause of freedom. Frankly, politics is a team sport and we need you. We need you to be in the game and…

The Mero Moment: The Fantasy of Neutral Corners. July 9, 2015

I’ve often wondered how freedom-loving people hold freedom-destroying ideas. Those familiar with my commentaries know I hold progressivism in disdain, both kinds of progressivism – the liberal left kind and the libertarian right kind. As long as I can remember in my profession I have tried to explain the problems with progressivism and how they get freedom all wrong. Perhaps the best explanation I’ve read in a long time comes from a new book titled, Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy. Surprisingly, the author, Michael Sandel, is…

UTGOP Statement Commemorating President’s Day [UPH Wire]

View this email in your browser FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, February 16, 2015 Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: 435.574.1560 *UTGOP Commemorates President’s Day* SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following message to commemorate President’s Day: “Today, our nation honors two of our greatest Presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln,” said Chairman James Evans. “Both Washington and Lincoln played monumental roles in our country’s history. We remember Washington as the father of our country who dedicated his life to establishing a nation based on freedom and…