Facebook follies

Last week, with all of the decorum of the Ziegfeld Follies, Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of a congressional panel to answer questions about privacy issues. This originated with complaints that Facebook has allowed marketing companies to data mine from their site, which they consider a violation of privacy issue. Just shows that no one ever reads the whole user agreement. Throughout this political theater, only a few members of Congress actually touched on the real issue…censorship. In the last several months we are experiencing a wave of censorship on…

The Mero Moment: Conservative or Republican? July 21, 2016

Ted Cruz’s moment last night at the Republican national convention was an excellent, if not dramatic, reminder that being a conservative is different than being a Republican. Typically, in debating political differences here in Utah, we are focused on who is the real conservative and forget, that for most citizens anyway, the real choice is principle or party. In light of Cruz’s convention speech, many pundits hearken back to 1976, the last time Republicans really had a contested convention. Back then Ronald Reagan was the Ted Cruz figure and Gerald…

Who benefits more from Donald Trump v. Ted Cruz?

Ted Cruz gave a very good speech at the Republican National Convention. The crowd was eating out of his hand until the pivot, until the moment came when he signaled that he wasn’t going to endorse Trump. It was when he urged people to “vote your conscience.” Now he should have wrapped up shortly after that, but he kept talking for another five minutes. Then in Trumpian fashion, the Donald came out to wave to the crowd to step on the last couple sentences of Ted’s speech. It made Trump…

‘Rigged’ system helping Donald Trump

Donald Trump has been whining for weeks that the system is rigged. There’s no reason for him to be upset, for the system is actually unfairly rigged in his favor. Of the 23,172,618 votes cast thus far, Donald Trump has received 8,785,763 of them. That’s 37.9% of the votes. He also has 846 delegates out of 1798 so far. That’s 47% of the delegates. See? The system isn’t fair. He should only have 681 delegates. Likewise, Ted Cruz should have 500 delegates, not 544. If anyone is getting shafted, it’s…

Politically Speaking – 3/29/16

Just wanted to hit some political highlights and lowlights this week. 1. Random Donald Trump Quotes I Found After 10 Minutes of Googling “Nobody has more respect for women than me.” “Nobody reads the Bible more than me.” “Nobody knows the system better than me.” “Nobody’s done more for equality than me.” “On trade, there’s nobody more conservative than me.” On ISIS: “Nobody would be tougher than me.” “There’s nobody better to beat Hillary Clinton than me.” “Nobody builds walls better than me.” “There’s no one more pro-Israel than me.”…

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…

A flawed case for Ted Cruz

David Rogers has again weighed in for Ted Cruz as the vehicle for a Stop Trump Movement. While I agree with much of his analysis, I cannot accept it all. As I have admitted before, I am a committed supporter of Marco Rubio, but I like to think that does not determine my analysis, as much as it might provide a tinge of color. Passing over the question of whether Cruz or Rubio would run better against Hillary Clinton (my reading of the polls is that Rubio would – David…

Two to tango: But which two?

David Rogers in this space yesterday calls for unity against Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. His article, using an attractive dance floor metaphor, is a demonstration of why it can’t happen. Dave’s prescription is for Marco Rubio (and John Kasich, and Ben Carson – who already has) to drop out, clearing the path for Ted Cruz. My immediate reaction was “why should Rubio drop out? Why not Cruz? (full disclosure: I have contributed to Rubio and signed on with Utahns for Rubio.) The most recent RealClearPolitics polling average…

Ted Cruz: Who needs enemies when you have friends like this?

I am a fan of Senator Mike Lee’s justice reform efforts in Congress. They’re solid ideas, and they will make a difference. I appreciate his efforts to find ways to create conservative and pragmatic solutions to big problems. He’s a serious-minded policy maker, and his efforts to reform the justice system could be significant. Senator Ted Cruz, however, was not a fan of Lee’s justice reform bill. Despite  writing that no one stood by him “more courageously or indispensably” than Lee during his 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech that preceded the 2013 government shutdown,…