Bernie supporters, what did you expect?

Seeing and hearing the furor at the Democratic National Convention from Bernie Sanders supporters was quite a spectacle last week. Certainly they are at least as passionate as Ron Paul supporters I know, and their passion was ignited with anger with the recent DNC email leaks showing how the party machine worked against him. I’d say they are justified in their anger, but did any of them really expect differently going into it all? The Clintons are legendary for playing the game of politics. Even though I was in junior…

Delegate Diary: Sanders not feeling the Bern

Monday afternoon, Senator Bernie Sanders held a midday rally for his delegates. The theme of the rally could best be described as that the Bernie revolution is not about winning a Presidential election, it’s about building towards progressive victories in all races. Unfortunately, that message is being overlooked by one moment in particular. When Senator Sanders told those of us in attendance that the most important thing for his delegates to do in November is to vote for Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. That was met by thunderous boos and yelling…

Don’t underestimate the power of a small group of people

In 1993, Salt Lake County released plans to realign Holladay Boulevard where it intersected with 4500 South.  The county’s plans including tearing down several large pine trees that were likely planted by the first settlers of the Holladay area.  Students at nearby Olympus Jr High circulated a petition to save the trees.  However, the powers that be didn’t really care what a bunch of young people thought about the trees. Did the students give up?  No, they did not.  They spent the next several Saturdays going door to door through…

Politically Speaking – 3/29/16

Just wanted to hit some political highlights and lowlights this week. 1. Random Donald Trump Quotes I Found After 10 Minutes of Googling “Nobody has more respect for women than me.” “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” “Nobody knows the system better than me.” “Nobody’s done more for equality than me.” “On trade, there’s nobody more conservative than me.” On ISIS: “Nobody would be tougher than me.” “There’s nobody better to beat Hillary Clinton than me.” “Nobody builds walls better than me.” “There’s no one more pro-Israel than me.”…

Assume Bernie Sanders is president; what then?

It’s been kind of fun watching Bernie Sanders fans talk about all the things he’s going to do as president. Look, I get that kind of enthusiasm. I was a Ron Paul supporter in 2008 and 2012 AND I’m a Cubs fan, so I know all about believing despite the odds. But seriously, is there any way Bernie can do even a fraction of what he’s proposing? Not really, no. The most insurmountable problem in front of a potential President Sanders is Congress. Even in an optimistic scenario, Republicans are…

54 things I learned from #DemDebate

I know I’m late. Since the Democrats put this debate on Saturday night (because putting it on Pivot Channel at 2:00am would have been too obvious HRC and DWS didn’t want people to watch it), I DVR’d it and it took me a while to get around to watching it. So here goes. 1. Bernie Sanders is disgusted by what happened in Paris; his aide is disgusted they have to talk foreign policy at all. 2. Hillary Clinton says our prayers are with France, even though that is not enough. We…

#DemDebate: Hillary Clinton wins

On October 13, 2015, five Democratic candidate had a debate over their party’s presidential nomination. Hillary Clinton and only four candidates meant more time for answers, and CNN also helpfully decided to not spend half the time asking them to react to stuff Donald Trump said, or trivial questions like which woman should be on the $10 bill or what they’d like their Secret Service code-name to be. CNN telegraphed in advance they didn’t want to make the Democratic debate as big a brawl as they had with the Republicans.…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 4): Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders has been a tough candidate for me to decide on. He has the personal and political experience to be taken seriously. He has a vision that he believes in to sell to potential voters (as opposed to candidates who just have a pet issue). From all appearances he is a man of integrity who can be entrusted with whatever office voters choose to elect him to. The hard part about deciding if he deserves an endorsement is that his vision for the nation seems to be unrealistic. If…

Evaluating the candidates for President (Part 1)

David Miller will present his series of posts evaluating the candidates for president over the coming weeks and months (because there are a lot of them). This is the introduction to the series.  Eight years ago, with two crowded presidential primaries, I did a long series of posts evaluating each candidate for president. I evaluated every candidate I could find, not just those in the two major parties. It was an interesting exercise, although I opted not to do it again in 2012. I wasn’t planning to do it for 2016, either,…

Donald Trump – a golden calf with a golden hairdo: America’s longing for a leader

Understanding the Donald Trump phenomenon is really not that difficult. The simple reason is simply – the American people are starving for a leader, they are desperate to be led, they yearn to have someone fight for them and long to have a leader stand up and show them the way to better days. This isn’t new. You can go all the way back to the Biblical Children of Israel. The Children of Israel thought they had lost their leader when Moses went up to the mountain. Before long the…