Where is the real Russian scandal?

“I think we are on the edge of the greatest corruption scandal in American history. The first thing Congress should do is demand that every single dollar donated to the Clinton Foundation and its charity initiatives be made public to show exactly where the Clintons derived their money.” Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, writing on FoxNews.com, 10/27/17 It is estimated that the Mueller investigation on so-called Trump campaign collusion with the Russians has exceeded twenty million taxpayer dollars spent. With a relatively unlimited budget and nine months of…

Trump leverages DACA

The Trump administration has officially announced its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for current recipients. As a career Real Estate Developer President Trump understands leverage. In one shrewd move, he has challenged Congress into crafting serious comprehensive immigration reform. While the left loses their collective minds claiming Trump is insensitive, racist, lacks compassion or whatever the talking point du jour requires,…

In interview with Putin, Megyn makes a mockery

“Presidents come and go and even the parties in power change, but the main political direction does not change. That’s why, in the grand scheme of things, we don’t care who is the head of the United States. We know, more or less, what is going to happen. And so in this regard, even if we wanted to, it would not make sense for us to interfere.” Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly, June 5, 2016 I remember watching Megyn Kelly’s first show on Fox News. She was fresh, feisty…

The day the panic died

Well, folks, it’s officially a brave new world. It’s hard for me to believe it’s been 8 years since I, along with a small band of other Utah Supreme Court clerks, clustered in the hallway at the back of the fifth floor of the Matheson Courthouse and watched Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. I had mixed feelings. I believe I was the only person in our little group watching that day who hadn’t voted for Obama.  I wasn’t quite sure what to…

Are Democrats obsolete?

“What is the purpose of the Democratic Party in this country, since it seems to advance policies and promote principles that are un-American? They despise our economic system (which is why Bernie Sanders almost won)… they oppose the military, they oppose law enforcement, they oppose our constitutional system, they oppose capitalism, they oppose the sovereignty of a nation-state and a border. Where do they want to take this country? How much further do they want to take us down this road? They are the largest party in America, led by…

Debunking the Obama Administration’s myth-making

“The President prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself.  That’s because that’s who he is – and I think that’s what really resonates with the American people.” – Valerie Jarrett, Senior White House Adviser to the President. Eight years of an Obama Presidency draw to a close. History was made in the election of Obama in 2008 as the first person of African-American descent to ascend to the White House. History, in retrospect, may also have been…

Eight political lessons from 2016

The 2016 political year has drawn to a close. Perhaps the most pressing question to ask is: has America understood actual history in the making over the past year? Nothing about the political landscape in 2016 was typical or ordinary. One of the most tumultuous elections in history has concluded and the smoke has still not settled seven weeks later. History has been and continues to be made in an unprecedented manner. What lessons have we learned? The most revealing lessons on a national scale were learned within the context…

Hacking hysteria

“There is no serious person who would suggest it was possible to rig American elections. I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes. If whenever things are going badly for you and you lose, you start blaming somebody else, then you don’t have what it takes to be in this job, because there are times when things don’t go our way — or my way.”- President Barack Obama, Colorado Springs, CO, Oct. 18, 2016. Obama, Clinton and their tidy team of…

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…

WikiLeaks wackiness

I wonder how many people in this country could identify Julian Assange? He is the founder of an inconvenient operation known as WikiLeaks. He is the individual responsible for digging up more dirt on people in power than anyone in history. He is an Australian-born entrepreneur who is currently living under asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He is the person responsible for exposing widespread corruption around the DNC and the Clinton campaign (among others), recently releasing thousands of e-mails from Clinton insiders outlining massive legal and ethical violations…