The Mero Moment: Political Fundraising – May 16, 2016

Winston Churchill is credited with saying, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Observing campaign finance policy today, he could just as easily say, “Current campaign finance law is the worst form of electioneering, except for all the others.” The Salt Lake Tribune recently ran stories about a fundraiser that Governor Gary Herbert hosted for his reelection campaign. As reported by an unnamed lobbyist, present at the fundraiser, Governor Herbert and his election team were eager, implicitly unethical, to raise money. Doubling down on the…

The Mero Moment: Reclaiming enlightened civic participation – May 5, 2016

While I have long supported Utah’s caucus and convention system, I’ve made no secret about my concerns. As with freedom itself, our caucus and convention system requires enlightened people. When the people aren’t enlightened, the system breaks down. We need to be careful in our analysis of the caucus and convention system. We need to be discerning. The biggest mistake we can make is to confuse the honest voice of the people for the politics of marginalization just because we don’t like the winners and losers. Many people think the…

The Mero Moment: A case of rape – April 21, 2016

In 1988, Jodie Foster won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for the movie The Accused, portraying a young woman of loose morals who was raped by several men she had befriended in a bar. While the story centered on how three bystanders just watched the rape happen, a sub-theme of the story dealt with her culpability in the rape. There she was, immodestly dressed, late at night, in a bar, drunk, flirting with the men who ultimately raped her. The movie posed an interesting question: Did she somehow encourage…

The Mero Moment: Life changing events – April 14, 2016

As I’ve reflected on my life and career, like everyone, I have encountered moments that have changed the trajectory of my life. Of course, marrying Sally when I was 18 years old has had the biggest impact on my life. At the time I was a “pot head” working in a warehouse perfectly content in that lifestyle. I changed everything for Sally. If I’ve made anything of myself, she’s the reason. Wanting to be a better person for her sake led me to religion and, on September 30, 1978, I…

The Mero Moment: I, the Establishment – March 10, 2016

I signed the “Never Trump” petition. Despite his entertainment value, Donald Trump is an unprincipled opportunist, in my opinion. He certainly is not qualified for president in any sense of that term. He’s not the kind of person I want my grandchildren to admire or mimic. Trump is simply not a rational candidate if you’re a conservative and, frankly, I don’t know how rational people claim to support him. For those reasons, and more, I guess I am now a part of the Establishment. I hear how the Establishment doesn’t…

Why Utah conservatives attack Utah libertarians

I’m going to state right up front that I like, respect, and am friends with both Connor Boyack and Paul Mero. Even the people who disagree with every single last policy position of both can’t seem to avoid begrudgingly saying “yeah, those guys are mostly okay” if they’ve met them in person. (Believe me, I’ve seen it myself.) It also seems like the two of them seem to get into tiffs over policy positions on a somewhat regular basis. Heck, it seems like almost all of Paul’s recent posts allude…

The Mero Moment: Property Wrongs – January 14, 2016

If American liberty has any meaning at all, property rights are at the center of that meaning. So important were property rights to our founding fathers that you can hardly read any of their writings that do not mention them. So it’s with no little amount of curiosity that our founding fathers replaced the word “property” among our inalienable rights with the term “pursuit of happiness” in our Declaration of Independence. This subject has been written about and debated endlessly within the freedom movement. Libertarians insist the exclusion was a…

The Mero Moment: Deceptive Rhetoric from Utah’s Pot Lobby – January 7, 2016

By October 1987, the disease AIDS was still a mystery for the medical profession and for most Americans. AIDS gained a higher profile as it began to take the lives of several prominent people in the entertainment industry. In Congress at the time, a representative from West Hollywood, Henry Waxman, was chairman of the House subcommittee on Health and Environment, the subcommittee assigned to look into the problem of AIDS. Waxman was a dedicated liberal and loyal friend of the entertainment industry. In October 1987, Waxman moved the first congressional…

The Mero Moment: Blessed are the Peacemakers…and they fight – December 17. 2015

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” and in those words we have no reason to doubt its broadest possible meaning. When He champions peacemakers He champions every attempt we make to be our better selves in the face of an increasingly uncivil and often vile world. After several years of contentious debate, Utahns of the Mormon variety have been encouraged by their Church leaders to be peacemakers in the Culture War. In fact, they have been told that the term Culture War is a bit too aggressive itself. Instead, perhaps…

The Mero Moment: Madsen’s Pot Bill – December 10, 2015

The Utah Legislature soon will be in session and the controversial subject of medical marijuana will be front and center. On one side of the debate will be State Senator Mark Madsen and his bill to legalize certain marijuana products to relieve chronic pain. On the other side of the debate will be a Senate colleague, Evan Vickers, and a House colleague, Brad Daw. They will introduce an alternative bill that focuses more on the real science involved and less on pot-induced pain relief. There is at least one more…