So help us God

“Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule.” —President Gerald Ford, in his inauguration speech. August 9th, 1974. On Friday, a mentally unhinged narcissist will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. This will happen. I will not watch it. I refuse to do so. I take no pride in my country of birth, claim no allegiance to the U.S Constitution for allowing this madman to attain power through its edicts; and I consider this charlatan…

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…

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…

There are 3 types of players in state politics

If you can understand what motivates another person, you can predict how they will behave, and that is very valuable intelligence to have. In over eight years of working with many legislators, boards, administrators, committees, lobbyists, and other players in Utah politics, I have built a paradigm of the basic types that I think covers all of the players. People can move between these roles, but people are usually just one at a given time. The Technocrat “…in the trough of human feces eternally are the flatterers…” –Dante’s Inferno This…

UTGOP Statement Commemorating President’s Day [UPH Wire]

View this email in your browser FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, February 16, 2015 Contact: Julian Babbitt Phone: 435.574.1560 *UTGOP Commemorates President’s Day* SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans released the following message to commemorate President’s Day: “Today, our nation honors two of our greatest Presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln,” said Chairman James Evans. “Both Washington and Lincoln played monumental roles in our country’s history. We remember Washington as the father of our country who dedicated his life to establishing a nation based on freedom and…

A New Year’s Resolution

On December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Crisis.” He had witnessed the condition of the patriot army and their sinking ambition for the cause of freedom.  He wrote that, “The deplorable and melancholy condition the people were in, afraid to speak and almost to think, the public presses stopped, and nothing in circulation but fears and false hoods,” led him “in a passion of patriotism” to quickly publish his American “Crisis.”John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword…