Race to the bottom

What a week in politics! With revelations from an eleven-year-old tape capturing self-described “locker room” talk about women, Donald Trump is suddenly the biggest Lothario in presidential political history. With last Friday’s bombshell hitting every news station and producing collective gasps from every left leaning and many centrist and conservative Americans, we have the stage set for the most volatile and divisive race to the finish in history. Governor Herbert, withdrew his endorsement while Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and other prominent Republicans expressed outrage. The Deseret News published an editorial…

Presidential debate hangover

As we look around the room and clean up the mess left by our first presidential debate, the events of Monday night conjure reflection. It must be remembered that politics is simply the institutional personification of a set of values. These values, in an ideal world, are translated into public policy. We have an upcoming national election. Perhaps the most important election in generations. On Monday we had our first opportunity to hear the two main candidates duke it out. My only response: my head hurts. The Lester Holt orchestrated…

A View from the Deplorable Side

I have studied the lives and histories of many accomplished individuals. One of my favorites is Utah notable Brigham Young. A man of remarkable achievements and unique character. A giant, a blending of the spiritual and pragmatic rolled into one. One of Brother Brigham’s tendencies was to allow anyone he met with to sit and do the talking initially in a meeting. He was convinced that through a few minutes of allowing a new acquaintance to speak he would have a firm gauge of the individual’s character. And he was…

The Trump conundrum

Start up the fog machines, crank the speakers, cue the lighting: the Election 2016 reality show is about to kick off another episode. It’s Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton, and no amount of hyperbole, outrage or plain misinformation is out-of-bounds in this well staged production. The mainstream media is almost all in Clinton’s corner. There are very few exceptions. The name of the game on this show is “create every political distraction to keep Americans from focusing on the obvious shortcomings of Hillary Clinton and create every possible perception of…

Twelve reasons why I will vote for Donald Trump

Enough time has passed from the primaries to get a good bead on the upcoming election. With apologies to Gary Johnson supporters, there are only two legitimate candidates running for President (that is with an actual chance of being elected). It is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Two candidates with unprecedented unfavorable ratings. What a country! I have mulled this over and researched the issues to death. There is only one choice if America is to have any chance at a future, and that choice is fraught with risk. I…

Hillary or Donald? Roll the Dice!

We are barely a week out of the conventions and the absolute insanity that will be remembered as the 2016 presidential campaign is underway. In previous pieces on this site and elsewhere, I have asked “Who is the real Donald Trump?” One cannot miss the rhetoric and conflicting viewpoints that are flowing throughout the media, mainstream and otherwise, over what amounts to the greatest opportunity for political theater in history. It is ever before us in loud, living color. But when the final analysis is in, the whole thing ultimately…

Who is the real Donald Trump?

In recent articles on this Utah Politico Hub by Jesse Harris and others, the bona fides of a Donald Trump led Republican Party have been bemoaned to a significant degree. As we watched the fireworks at the Republican National Convention and the ongoing character assassination at the Democratic National Convention there is a simple question hanging over our country:  Who is the real Donald Trump? And the ancillary issue is: can we ever rely on anyone in the mainstream media to help us find an accurate answer to that question? In…

Election 2016: It shouldn’t be all about the Court

Trump v. Clinton.  Double ugh. Whoever really thought it would come to that?  OK, apparently there were a few people.  And kudos to them, because I never saw a Trump nomination coming.  Nope, not a bit…until it was too late. But now the Trump Train’s here, baby, and you’ve got to decide whether to get aboard. Same with the Clinton Bus Tour, Part 4.  Do you climb on or stay off? (It might come around in a few more years, when Chelsea’s 36). It’s a tough decision for a lot of…

Is the fix in for Hillary Clinton in 2016?

In traditional Clintonian manner, Hillary Clinton once again seems immune to any consequence of scandal. No one can be this fortunate without a little help. As FBI Director Jim Comey announced last week, no criminal actions were indicated by their long investigation of  Clinton’s actions regarding unsecured e-mail servers while serving as Secretary of State. The average American is being asked to swallow hard and move on. Nothing to see here. The Clinton campaign tweeted that they were glad to see the matter finally settled. But has anything been settled, other…

The Crook versus the Clown?

Barring any shenanigans at the summer conventions, the presidential race is set for 2016. Hillary Clinton has sewn up the Democratic nomination, but only with the assistance of a cadre of super delegates. Her struggles against the aged socialist Bernie Sanders among populist voters decry the weakness of her candidacy, a fact Sanders is playing upon as he presses forward with no hope of any majority. On the other side of the aisle, Donald Trump has floated to lofty heights against all traditional political gravity despite the leftist press kicking…