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.…

Stormy waters ahead

How many times have we heard our friends and neighbors saying, with a bit of a sigh, “I just can’t wait for this election to be over”? That may be the most widely uttered phrase in America at the moment. There is only one problem with this wishful thinking. This election is likely only the beginning of our troubles. Whichever result we get, it will portend stormy waters ahead. How might you ask? Let’s look at the situation sans any partisan rose colored glasses. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton…

Hillary for president

I am a man of many mantras. I speak in idioms. I am not so much a person that teaches lessons in parables, but am a scholar who tries to impart my life’s experiences onto others with a sagacious, laconic phrase. One of those mantras has been oft repeated by me in the past year with such frequency that I can scantily go a day without giving voice to the words. That phrase is: Never speak in absolutes. Since the early days of 1992, I have found the pathological lying,…

No amount of smart justifies Trump

Over my lifetime, like all of you, I’ve had the chance to work with great colleagues who have become dear friends. One of these friends of mine is Janice Shaw Crouse – a beautiful lady, inside and out. Janice has her Ph.D., was a presidential speechwriter for Bush senior, an appointee by Bush, Jr. as an official US delegate to the United Nation’s Children’s Summit and the Commission on the Status of Women. Janice was a longtime senior executive for Concerned Women of America and she’s a very accomplished author…

WikiLeaks wackiness

I wonder how many people in this country could identify Julian Assange? He is the founder of an inconvenient operation known as WikiLeaks. He is the individual responsible for digging up more dirt on people in power than anyone in history. He is an Australian-born entrepreneur who is currently living under asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He is the person responsible for exposing widespread corruption around the DNC and the Clinton campaign (among others), recently releasing thousands of e-mails from Clinton insiders outlining massive legal and ethical violations…

The Trump apocalypse

“I’m the last thing standing between you and the Apocalypse.” —Hillary Clinton, October 11th, 2016. If I made a list of of my favorite CVD columns, the one entitled “Zombie Moralism” would most definitely be ranked high. This column, which I scribed two years ago in October, dealt with a storyline that was current at the time on the television show “The Walking Dead”. In this space I have mentioned “The Walking Dead” often. The show is about a group of survivors in a zombie apocalypse trying to stay alive whilst…

Testing Evan McMullin

Last week, Wednesday evening found me in the ballroom at the historic Provo City Library at Academy Square, doing something I had never done before: listening to an independent presidential candidate speak. The candidate was Evan McMullin. The crowd included infants, children, youth, middle-agers like me, senior citizens, and countless late millennials and early post-millennials, that is, college students. We were only a few blocks from BYU, after all. I already had a mixed bag of first impressions. In press appearances, Mr. McMullin sounded like an intelligent guy with a fine…

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…

79 things I learned from the 2nd presidential debate

Before the presidential debate even began, Donald Trump held a press conference with Juannita Brodderick, Paula Jones, and Kathleen Willey, all alleged victims of Bill Clinton, from rape to harassment. It was like the Drudge 1990’s were finally getting their revenge. You could see Steve Bannon gleeful on the sidelines as reporters entered the room and realized what was happening. Kathy Shelton was also there, who was 12 when she was assaulted. Hillary Clinton was the public defense attorney for her attacker. I had been thinking of having some of…

52 things I learned from the vice-presidential debate

Let’s see how the Battle of the Bland Dads Vice-Presidential Debate goes. 1. Heh. Moderator Elaine Quijano starts out by name-dropping Lloyd Bentsen, reminding all of us that a VP debate could contain an eternal moment. 2. Kaine’s humbled to be here. So’s Pence. These two seem so gosh-darn reasonable. 3. Kaine asked to defend Hillary’s trustworthiness; Pence asked to defend Trump’s insults. 4. Kaine interrupts Pence three times. Looks like this is the new normal. Whoever interrupts more is seen as the winner. 5. Kaine has a few zingers…