Have We Lost the Underlying Moral Compass of our Political System?

“We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.” – John Adams “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. Where, say some, is the king of America? I’ll tell you… He reigns above.” – Thomas Paine “The great pillars of all government are virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend,…

Join the Hub Debate: Is Racism in America Dead?

Is racism in America dead? Utah Politico Hub Readers and Contributors: We invite you–because you have contributed thoughts and posts on the Hub in the past–to consider the following topic. Is racism in America dead? As protests about police killings, Eric Garner’s death, and Michael Brown’s shooting continue across the nation, more people are asking whether racism is alive and well in the United States. A headline in Esquire offers “IF YOU NEEDED FURTHER PROOF RACISM IS NOT DEAD,” sharing anecdotes about discrimination at drinking fountains and microwaves. Meanwhile, Forbes…

Obama to use Immigration as a Power Play [Hub Debate]

Will the President take executive action on immigration or other policies in his remaining two years in office? But more importantly, should he and what will be the effect if he does? A growing number of observers have been prognosticating the deteriorating condition of our legislative branch in Washington. Gridlock is at an all-time high, with little legislation able to make it through the House and Senate cleanly, much less past the President’s desk. The radical left drives the Democrats and the Republicans seem hopelessly fragmented. It is no wonder…

Same-Sex Marriage and the Attack on Religious Freedom [Hub Debate]

Could religious organizations be forced to perform same-sex weddings? The hysterical panic surrounding an Idaho wedding chapel certainly seems to suggest so. But as always, if you’ll forgive the pun, the devil is the details and the story is little more exaggerated hype. Conservatives have long used the fear of religious liberty being violated as a weapon against LGBTQ civil liberties. In Utah, that’s included claims that if same-sex couples were granted their constitutional right to civil weddings, the LDS church would be forced to perform same-sex weddings in temples…

Money in Politics: The Wealthy Have Better Lawyers [Hub Debate]

Is it the voter’s responsibility to shift through the lies? Or is there a role for government in regulating speech and money in politics?   A recent editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune titled “Does Money Influence Politics? Oh Grow Up!” makes the argument that no amendment or regulation will keep those with money and power from exploiting any political process to amass more money and power.  The author, George Pyle, is 100% right.  He’s also right that it is we, the (sometimes) voting public, who have the responsibility of seeing…

Three Reasons Mitt Romney Should or Should Not Run in 2016

Halfway into President Obama’s second term, the state of America looks shaky at best. Economic weakness continues, civil unrest flourishes and despots across the globe stick their tongues out at a Commander in Chief that appears neither chiefly or much engaged in anything that has the appearance of strong geo-political positioning. Excuses, blame, cover-ups and general deflection and burying of issues are the modus operandi for the current White House. Scandals abound among staff and appointees and despite the still reticent media pandering the popularity of both President and Congress…

The Balanced Response [Hub Debate]

Several commentaries have been offered on the internet about Ferguson, Missouri. Mora particularly, those comments have been made regarding the arming of police forces with “combat gear.” A more balanced response is necessary. One such post was right here on the Utah Politico Hub; “Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State.” It was written by David Rogers, whom I admit I do not know. In his post Rogers asserts “Many agencies now have the tools and equipment to impose substantial power and control on their communities if necessary. And…

How to Create a Downward Spiral of Fear and Paranoia [Hub Debate]

If you spent your entire day hearing about how murderers are lurking behind every corner, you’d probably never even leave your house. If you had to, you’d probably be heavily armed and ready to shoot almost anything that moves. Of course, it would be silly to live like that. Violent crime in the US is at historic lows, even better than the time period we associate with the Mayberry ideal. Unfortunately, we all still seem to still think of life as a “Detroit in Robocop” kind of hellscape and the “it bleeds,…

Ferguson and the Rise of the Police State [Hub Debate]

The local news and internet sites have been rife with images that taken independently seem a matter of course. However, looked at cumulatively a different story might emerge. The images are of men and material of an increasingly military nature being acquired by law enforcement agencies across the country. The events in Ferguson, Missouri over the last week might be illustration number one of a shifting future of law enforcement in America Traditionally, the policeman has been an admirable position in American society. The baby boom generation of the fifties…

The False Choice of Mayberry or Militarization [Hub Debate]

I saw this meme in a couple of social media places this week and it struck a chord with me. Look, I enjoyed The Andy Griffith Show as much as the next bored-on-summer-break elementary school kid, but if you want to know why we don’t have more Sheriff Taylors it’s because Mayberry doesn’t actually exist. There are bad people in the world, and sometimes police officers need guns.