July 25, 2016

Can idealism save the Grand Old Party?

I is for idealism, which may very much be the future of the GOP, if it is to regain relevancy.   For 37 years, Ron Paul was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Largely ineffective there, he earned the nickname Dr. No for his unwillingness to vote for government spending. It wasn’t until […]

Could Rand Paul bridge the gap between libertarians and Republicans?

Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul and Senator from Kentucky, is considering a run for President in 2016.

I know:–Mitt Romney’s campaign is barely dead and in the ground and already we’re hearing the rumblings of 2016’s challengers. Marco Rubio made headlines at a fundraiser in Iowa by commenting on the age of the Earth (HUH?) and now we hear that Ron Paul’s scion is openly interested in running, too.

For the kind of change needed in the Republican Party, it may not be too soon to start thinking about it.

Chanting and shouting, Paul supporters kerfluffle with Romniacs

After much discussion, some negotiation, a few compromises, and a vote, the RNC rules committee has agreed upon a rules adjustment to assure that delegates vote for the candidate that won the primary in their state.

[Hold the line while Ron Paul supporters and other grassroots activists prepare to lam-blast me for misstating the issue.]

OK, I’m back. We ran into the issue directly when we (myself and my Better-half, each with recorders in hand) spread-out through the convention on a story about delegates’ response to Mitt Romney’s faith. Suddenly, we found ourselves on the edge of a crowd chanting.

“ROMNEY! ROMNEY!”

“RON PAUL! RON PAUL!” [cont…]

One libertarian’s rationale for UTOPIA

There are many cases where government may usurp a function better handled by private companies, and many more instances were government decides to support a politically-connected entity to the detriment of others. Upon a closer inspection, there are all arguments that actually supports UTOPIA’s existence. [cont…]

I want your vote: KSL’s “Star Correspondent” Competition

If you’ve been following or reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I like to talk about politics. With the National Republican Convention in August, the local news station (and one of the largest, if not the largest, local news outlets in the country), is sending one person on an all expenses paid trip to the convention as a “Star Correspondent.”

I want to be that Star Correspondent. [cont…]

Will Utah Matter in the GOP Race for President?

According to a Deseret News/KSL poll Utahns believe Mitt Romney alone can beat Barack Obama in November (surprise!). And yet, today, on Super Tuesday, as ten states hold primaries, Utah is not one of them. In fact, Utah casts its vote for the Republican nominee dead last. Even with a nomination battle likely to continue into the spring, the Republican nomination may be over before by then.

Maybe.

Remember when there were eight candidates in the field? [cont…]

Are we there yet? GOP Candidates Face-off for the Twentieth Time

With fingers crossed that this would be their last debate together, the final four Republican contenders for President faced off in Arizona on Wednesday night. The stakes were high—for some more than others. Without Governor Mitt Romney’s money, Senator Rick Santorum and Speaker Newt Gingrich knew that this might be their best chance to pick up undecided votes in the upcoming Super Tuesday primaries. For Romney, it was a chance to retake the lead in the race for President. Lest we forget, Ron Paul came along, too, but, despite a strong performance, is increasingly playing the role of side-kick to front-runner Romney.

So how did they do? [cont…]