Vegas and history

“Our grief isn’t enough. We can and must put politics aside, stand up to the NRA, and work together to try to stop this from happening again.” – Hillary Clinton Tweet, Oct.2nd I despise any individual that abuses our Second Amendment rights. It goes beyond the pain and devastation that affects individual lives to the violation of precious rights and liberties under whose umbrella such carnage is possible. The history of modern firearms is indeed violent, but a great majority of that violence (at least in America) has been used…

Trump leverages DACA

The Trump administration has officially announced its plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program – which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children – with a six-month delay for current recipients. As a career Real Estate Developer President Trump understands leverage. In one shrewd move, he has challenged Congress into crafting serious comprehensive immigration reform. While the left loses their collective minds claiming Trump is insensitive, racist, lacks compassion or whatever the talking point du jour requires,…

In interview with Putin, Megyn makes a mockery

“Presidents come and go and even the parties in power change, but the main political direction does not change. That’s why, in the grand scheme of things, we don’t care who is the head of the United States. We know, more or less, what is going to happen. And so in this regard, even if we wanted to, it would not make sense for us to interfere.” Vladimir Putin interview with Megyn Kelly, June 5, 2016 I remember watching Megyn Kelly’s first show on Fox News. She was fresh, feisty…

Prelude to war?

How did we get into this situation? Chinese and Russian troops are amassing on the North Korean border. The U.S. has three carrier groups steaming into the area between Japan, Korea, and China. The first time such a display of force has been amassed in that region since the Second World War. Russian bombers are testing our air defense systems over Alaska. The machinations of previous proxy wars have matured and the entire region is now a potential tinderbox.  Regime change is in the air, but at what cost? What…

President Trump! Now what?

The election surprise of a new century is complete. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is President Elect. So now what? For those who have been paying attention, this outcome seemed most likely if your research came from anywhere outside the mainstream media, which is now a smoldering ruin for anyone who dares to think independently. A President-Elect Trump has many ramifications for our country. While Clinton lovers and liberals everywhere cry in their milk, protesters, likely backed by Soros dollars, take to the streets. The damage of eight…

A View from the Deplorable Side

I have studied the lives and histories of many accomplished individuals. One of my favorites is Utah notable Brigham Young. A man of remarkable achievements and unique character. A giant, a blending of the spiritual and pragmatic rolled into one. One of Brother Brigham’s tendencies was to allow anyone he met with to sit and do the talking initially in a meeting. He was convinced that through a few minutes of allowing a new acquaintance to speak he would have a firm gauge of the individual’s character. And he was…

Utah’s online sales tax bill died because it had serious flaws

The Salt Lake Tribune carried an op-ed this week bemoaning Utah’s Legislature caving-in to Amazon by failing to enact an online sales tax this legislative session. While I certainly agree that the price differential is hurting Utah businesses, this bill was the wrong way to level the playing field. The primary obstacle to this bill was in its implementation. The bill declared that if internet companies advertised on a website owned by a resident or corporation (commonly called an affiliate link) that is incorporated in the state of Utah, that is enough…

Race for the White House 2016: Narcissist-in-Chief?

The Iowa Caucus has passed, and the surprise of the week reveals that Ted Cruz won overall while Donald Trump slipped to second, despite every prior poll suggesting a different outcome. While this is a bit of an upset, there may be a few reasons not related to positions, policies, or promises that could explain the phenomenon. Americans are clearly upset at “the establishment.” But many Americans are also frustrated that the current administration seems to be taking the country down a primrose path, with a very uncertain destination. Barrack Obama…

New York values, anyone?

In last week’s Republican debate a furor developed over Senator Ted Cruz’s comments on “New York Values.” “Everybody understands that the values in New York City are socially liberal and pro-abortion and pro-gay marriage,” Senator Cruz said. “And focus on money and the media. Not a lot of conservatives come out of Manhattan,” he concluded. “I’m just saying.” The remarks were intended to reflect on Donald Trump’s New York City roots, questioning his true commitment to more conservative values and positions in his campaign. What the comments actually did was…

2016: The year of living dangerously

A new year is upon us. I wish that optimism for 2016 was in order, but a conflagration of events suggests otherwise. Storm clouds gather on the horizon – economically, socially and politically. While there are many things that give us hope, there are also numerous reasons to be concerned. Indeed 2016 may become known as the “Year of Living Dangerously”, with apologies to any vague Hollywood references. There are many reasons I believe that 2016 may be a pivotal year in the history of this great experiment in liberty…