Who are the real radicals?

“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.” – Hillary Clinton in a recent CNN Interview Within any political system, you historically find two ends of a spectrum. At the one end you have those considered “ultra-conservative” and at the other, those who are deemed “radicals”. Conservatives generally hearken to traditional and entrenched values, radicals…

Why Trump will destroy the GOP (and probably take the Democrats with him)

Donald Trump did what I didn’t think was possible: he got elected President of the United States. Nothing else has changed. He is still a vulgar ideologically-unmoored proto-fascist con man who has enabled and emboldened the worst elements of the alt-Reich. No amount of surrounding him with GOP handlers is going to keep Trump from, well, being Trump. In fact, this is likely to transform the GOP from a party that at least pays lip service to the idea of limited government into a populist party of anti-liberal grievance politics.…

A brief overview of political parties in presidential elections

1788 George Washington (Independent) Unopposed 1792 George Washington (Federalist) Unopposed Washington refused to run for a third term, a tradition honored by his successors for almost 150 years until FDR ran for a third term in 1940. 1796 John Adams (F) Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican) 1800 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) John Adams (F) 1804 Thomas Jefferson (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1808 James Madison (D-R) Charles Pinckney (F) 1812 James Madison (D-R) DeWitt Clinton (D-R) Unable to agree on a candidate, the Federalists decided to endorse Clinton. 1816 James Monroe (D-R) Rufus King…

Questions to ask Democratic candidates in the CBS debate

This week Fox Business Network proved a political debate can actually be about substance if the moderators want it to be. Even more impressive, they got substantive positions out of candidates while still getting astronomical ratings for a primary debate. Neil Cavuto in particular followed up with candidates who strayed from their questions and forced them to indicate support or opposition to various issues: $15 minimum wage hike, etc. This is good for America. And in the spirit of good debate, here are a list of substantive questions that moderators…

Honest Press Releases | House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah

What if press releases were completely honest? The following is satire.  For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015 Contact     Utah Politico Hub www.utahpoliticohub.com House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah Salt Lake City – In light of the low-grade Utah has recently received by the Center for Public Integrity, House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement: “We welcome this effort to shed light on problems with Utah’s political process. We welcome any effort at all that could help move the Utah Democratic Party from a…

House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah [UPH Wire]

Media Statement For Immediate Release: November 9, 2015 Contact:       Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director                     Utah House Democratic Caucus                     801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov House Democratic Leader Not Surprised By Recent Integrity Grade for Utah Salt Lake City – In light of the low grade Utah has recently received by the Center for Public Integrity, House Democratic Leader Brian King issued the following statement: “We welcome this effort to shed light on problems with Utah’s political process. The Medicaid expansion discussions that have been carried out over the last few months…

Hillary’s Wizard of Oz Problem

The latest polling numbers are a serious problem for Hillary Clinton, and she knows it. Sure, her “trustworthy” numbers have fallen, but that was always going to happen when Americans were reintroduced to Clintonian ethics. Her campaign staff, Democratic strategists, and most Democratic voters have long embraced the “ethical lapses” rider that accompanies any Clinton Presidency. But this weekend’s polling suggests she is losing to Republicans (including Donald Trump) and is faring worse than Sen. Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden in most cases. That spells serious trouble. This…

Are the new Democrats socialists?

“The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the type of programs they choose to overspend on.” – former Senator Bob Bennett, 1993. “Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.” – American Communist Party, Goal #15 of 45 goals to destroy America, as documented in the book “The Naked Communist” by Dr. Cleon Skousen. There was a time when a public figure who subscribed to goals or principles that had the possibility of undermining American liberties, constitutional principles, or our general way of…

Current Foreign Policy and Global Unrest

Foreign policy is an interesting animal. Get a group of political analysts in a room and you could set the tone for an endless debate over the rights and wrongs, virtues and vices of any foreign policy. In Utah, foreign policy barely makes the evening news, right up there with Dixie College football or environmental objections to hunting. Here is a simple fact. In 2014 there are 247 separate countries and sovereignties across the globe. Of those countries, 93 have population of roughly 10 million or more and 43 countries…