The Liberals’ American makeover

It seems that the liberal transformation of America is almost complete. Conservatism is under attack at every turn. The powerful combination of political office, media control and domination of educational institutions is now bearing fruit on a new and impressionable generation of Sanders loving socialists. This is most clearly manifest at this pleasant time of year when college graduates line up to toss their caps in various convocations across the country. In a recent New York Times article by Nicolas Kristof we discover that liberal speakers at convocations outnumber conservative…

Dear GOP, I think we should see other people

“I am Harry Caines and I want to change my party affiliation.” —Me, on Wednesday at the Cache County clerk’s office. I always advise people to avoid speaking in absolutes. You never know what the future will hold. As Benedict rhetorically asks in the play Much Ado About Nothing, “doth not the appetite alter?” As we grow older we frequently change our minds on a great many subjects. As such, I have untethered myself to many unequivocal testaments of belief. I now afford myself the right to change my mind.…

“Hope” and “Change” 2016?

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable.” – George Washington “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams This election year portends a new message of hope and change. This time the Trump, Sanders and Cruz campaigns all bemoan the status quo while promoting their particular panaceas. Hillary Clinton is the sole voice casting a positive version of recent history with simple room for improvement.…

Why the silence on education?

By Christine Cooke Have you noticed what’s missing from this presidential election cycle? It’s not social media wars, parody, physical assaults, or other drama. It’s a substantial discussion of education. In January one Slate writer wrote, “None of the [2016 presidential] candidates are talking about education. Like, at all.” The head of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools noted, “Candidates on both sides of the aisle have said distressingly little about K-12 education.” The observation seems to be a fair characterization. Education doesn’t seem to be the biggest issue…

Three ways to fix the Utah GOP’s online voting experiment

There are always some flaws to be found and lessons to be learned with any new experiment, and unfortunately there are times when you can’t fully test a system. Yesterday’s digital caucus was one of those times. While some voters had a good experience, others didn’t get a PIN or weren’t able to log in due to loads on the system. This was essentially a live beta, and it has shown some benefits. Unfortunately the processes and realities of voting left it showing some large and concerning issues as well. If…

Utah Presidential Caucus: Character and office

“The only difference between a Democrat and a Republican is the type of programs they choose to overspend on.” – Former Utah Senator Bob Bennett, 1993. “The United States of America deserves whichever president is in office. If we are not living godlike lives as a nation, we will not have a godlike president. Men will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” – Benjamin Franklin; Spirit of Liberty, Spring Creek Book Company, 2013, page 13. The technical machinations of the 2016 election move forward. The contentious debate that…

The case for Ted Cruz

Let me state up front that this article is not an endorsement for Ted Cruz, or any other candidate at this point in the primary proceedings. Questions concerning why and how to best Donald Trump are on many conservative’s minds, including most recently our very own Mitt Romney. The epithet “hijacking the Republican Party” is appearing more and more in the media, and the truth may not be that far off from the rhetoric. The case for Ted Cruz is simply the outcome of a logical analysis of what it…

Super Tuesday: Time for two to tango

The bands were playing all across the country this Tuesday. The music was the spritely-timed tango of Super Tuesday. Delegates danced around their vision for the most recent version of hope and change. Candidates aligned themselves carefully in the week preceding hoping to polish up their message as melodically as possible. The results are in and the beat of this primary song is becoming very clear. Hillary Clinton has all but secured the Democratic nomination, not that the surging popularity of Bernie Sanders was ever a real concern for her…

Straws in the wind

John English has given us some numbers and analysis of the Super Tuesday primary elections. Using his numbers (and filling in a couple of blanks), I quickly did a little check on meets/fails to meet expectations, comparing polling predictions with the actual outcome. Overall, all the candidates garnered votes above the numbers shown in the polls. I assume that is because Don’t Know/Refused was not on the ballot, and because Ben Carson more or less disappeared. In general, then, each of the three leading candidates should have been expected to…