Monthly Archives: December 2015

Look past the popularity of candidates to focus on leadership

As many Republican financiers and strategists sit on the sidelines waiting for Donald Trump’s campaign to collapse, a persistent question remains unanswered: Why hasn’t it already collapsed?

Any reasonable answer comes across like trying to explain why an object defies gravity – no matter how many ways you try to explain it, the fact of the matter is the mystery object isn’t hitting the ground. Its existence momentarily suspends all reason. Everyone is left to simply wait for it to fall. read more

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The difference between a leader and a manager

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is weighing in on the presidential race in a profound way, calling for a “bipartisan screening committee that vets presidential candidates like we do anyone else applying for a job and recommends the best candidates possible.” Mr. Pickens has never flirted with running for president himself, but he has been known to influence the outcome in previous elections.

Perhaps he sees the success of his fellow billionaire Donald Trump as a threat to the process. When Mr. Trump was asked how he proposed to register Muslims in the United States, citizen and non-citizen alike, in a national database to track their every move, his response was “effective management.” We can surmise this also is his answer for how he foresees rounding up and herding millions of people across the Mexican border. read more

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Blessed are the Peacemakers…and they fight

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” and in those words we have no reason to doubt its broadest possible meaning. When He champions peacemakers He champions every attempt we make to be our better selves in the face of an increasingly uncivil and often vile world.

After several years of contentious debate, Utahns of the Mormon variety have been encouraged by their Church leaders to be peacemakers in the Culture War. In fact, they have been told that the term Culture War is a bit too aggressive itself. Instead, perhaps we simply lack love and understanding and with more of those ingredients perhaps we can peaceably heal many of society’s wounds. read more

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Power Play: PAC Gives Scorecards

On Fox News show Power Play with Chris Stirewalt discussing presidential candidate rankings from Leadership Project for America.

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Madsen’s Pot Bill

The Utah Legislature soon will be in session and the controversial subject of medical marijuana will be front and center. On one side of the debate will be State Senator Mark Madsen and his bill to legalize certain marijuana products to relieve chronic pain. On the other side of the debate will be a Senate colleague, Evan Vickers, and a House colleague, Brad Daw. They will introduce an alternative bill that focuses more on the real science involved and less on pot-induced pain relief.

There is at least one more opinion in this debate – mine…and I say do nothing. Keep pot illegal. read more

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The Naturals

I belong to a strain of conservatism I now christen the Naturals. Whether you have realized it or not over the years, you have heard me speak of this school of thought. You’ve probably heard me talk about the “natural family” and “natural law” as I’ve argued for freedom and against progressivism, both left and right.

My guess is you, too, are a Natural. Here are some of its characteristics. To be a Natural you need to believe in a personal God, a God from which you seek a personal relationship – you worship Him, you communicate with Him, and you seek His blessings and comfort. You also need to believe that He has a plan for you, a work for you to do, choices for you to make to conform your will to His. And you need to believe that we’re all His children – that we are literally brothers and sisters from the same divine parentage. This last point is important because of something Naturals call “commensuration” or the ability of every person to rationally see the same things and draw the same conclusions about the world around them. read more

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