September 25, 2016

What do attacks on the religious say about America and free speech? [KSL]

The following is an op-ed I wrote that was published by KSL.    SALT LAKE CITY — With the Human Rights Campaign’s tactic of attacking supporters of Amendment 3 for their religious convictions, we have seen an ugly shift toward divisive politics over civil discourse. Last week, Fred Sainz of HRC attacked Gene Schaerr, Utah’s […]

More information on Impeachment from Lockhart to House Members [Documents]

Speaker Becky Lockhart has sent another email to legislators on the impeachment process. It is the third such email, and her efforts to provide a cornucopia of information to legislators speaks highly of her office’s professionalism and due diligence. (In case you haven’t read the email or the documents attached to it, they’re embedded below). […]

What is your favorite part?

Today, in honor of “Constitution Day,” in lieu of any gratuitous platitudes and commentary I give you the US Constitution itself (minus amendments) from the online site of the US Archives. Links will take you to Amendments that have superceded sections of original document. Signers are at the end and are linked to their biographies.

Take a half hour and read through it. If you are feeling more industrious and interested, check out ConSource.org for an excellent resource in learning more about the Constitution as it was originally written. ConSource posts images of the original document along side the transcript, as well as links to documents that further inform the original meaning of various portions of the Constitution (for example, letters from Founders, the Federalist Papers, etc).

I agree with Bagley: Indefinite Detention of Americans is Wrong.

Our laws promise access to “due process” and the courts, but at a time when enemies do not wear uniforms, follow a chain of command, can use our own technology and resources to surveil and attack, our multicultural population to hide, and our large and porous borders to infiltrate, the difficulty of providing security has increased dramatically.

Fighting the Nazis and the Japanese in World War II was bloody, but the enemy was clear. Knowing who the enemy is in the twenty-first century is a much more difficult task, especially when the enemy often lives and works among us, looks like us, and acts like us.

That doesn’t mean we quit following the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. [Cont…]

“The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution” by Jack P. Greene

Time for a segment of “A moment in obscure history.” This time, we’re looking at the constitutional dispute that resulted in the American Revolution. Since sometime in 2009, the Tea Party movement has lead a revival of interest in the US Constitution.  Senator Mike Lee summed up why the increased interest of late during the release […]

A false dilemma: Support a Dictator, or Support Oppressed People…How about instead support the “Constitution, limited government, limited executive power to kill people, [and] limited executive power to put our armed forces at risk…”

When in doubt of winning a debate, re-frame it as a false dilemma. In other words, make it impossible for people to choose anything but your side. Never mind if it means ignoring the Constitution or killing people, just to start. It takes a lot of restraint to put things in their fair perspective. Evidently, Secretary Clinton does […]

Mexico files brief against Utah…federalism at issue?

Immigration is one of those issues that never seems to go away. While almost every policy can be debated, either passionately or with blithe calm, immigration seems to evoke a passionate and even angry response from people who are, otherwise, level-headed and even-tempered.