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…

Hobby Lobby scores one for Liberty in the Supreme Court [Hub Debate]

“It is God who gave us life and liberty. Can the liberties of nations be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson.   Last week, a landmark decision came down from the Supreme Court in the case involving Hobby Lobby. To make a long story short, Hobby Lobby sued the federal…

State’s Duty to Children Only Secondary to Parents [The Hub Debate]

This is a Hub Debate on the role of boards of education. For more background, read this.  Participate in the comments or submit a response for publication to UtahPoliticoHub@gmail.com. The question is: “Who do you think the board should serve?  Parents? Students? Why?“ Thomas Jefferson addressed who should be in charge of education nearly two centuries ago.   ‘…[I]f it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by …any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience.’ Parents have a…

HOUSE OF CARDS: The Gospel According to Francis Underwood — Part I

(Note: this piece contains no season two spoilers.) Francis Underwood is the main character of the Netflix original series House of Cards. Francis is the Democrat House Majority Whip, and a consummate politician. When he is passed over as Secretary of State, he decides to rain hellfire on Washington and amass as much power in himself as possible. In Francis’s world, everything is about power and control. Religion is no different. It is nothing more than another means to an end. In House of Cards, the Gospel of Jesus, which…

Religious Belief Doesn’t Matter

I am an active Mormon, but my deeply held religious convictions don’t matter to the judge. In Reynolds v. U.S. the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that religious beliefs are not a sufficient defense for breaking law, and thus Mormon polygamy was definitively outlawed. The opinion of the court delves extensively into the question of religious liberty, its roots and how the court must balance First Amendment religious guarantees against the law. As “religious freedom” debates move to forefront of Utah’s ongoing Amendment 3 battle, here are three takeaways from Chief…