Lincoln and the Easter of Democracy: 150 Years Ago Today

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Few words are more well known. I love the speeches of Lincoln. While this speech may not be his greatest, I think that in many ways encapsulates what made Lincoln great.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.This … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: Aces High

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The image of fighter planes taking to the sky to defend their homeland is haunting as I ponder what it must have been like living under the constant threat of falling bombs.I think Iron Maiden did an amazing job of tapping into the raw emotion of those days. For them, this is the story of their homeland and their parent's generation.Today, I share this as we think of the aces that took to the air not knowing if they would ever return. … [Read more...]

Harry Reid is Right about Mormons and Gay Rights and “That’s Good.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 7, 2013. (Saul Loeb / AFP )

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed Mormonism and gay rights recently in an interview with the Washington Blade, a prominent gay newspaper in Washington, DC. (UPDATE: In the original posting, I inadvertently left out this link.)The comments appear at the end of a rather lengthy discussion with Reid about the legislative obstacles and hurdles that have been cleared by the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and those that lay ahead, particularly in the Republican controlled House … [Read more...]

A Year Later: Election Day 2012

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November 6, 2012 was a great day. We fully expected to lose. It had been a hard campaign, but it had been a blast.We met lots of great people campaigning in all 23 counties of Wyoming during those 8 months. I really enjoyed talking with people on their doorsteps. For all the resentment I have for the political class and party insiders, the main thing I gained from the campaign was how much I love people...regular people.That night, I was bummed that my friend Joe Barbuto had lost his … [Read more...]

Obamacare, Student Loans, and the Future of the Republican Party

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If you went to college, you probably have student loans.  This year nearly 2/3 of all college graduates will graduate with debt.  It has become a common reality for many young people to take out student loans to fund their education.  But, while student loans are allowing more people to attend college, the federal government is also using them as a way to pay for Obamacare.Here is how it works: In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  The bill included a provision which … [Read more...]

No, Sen. Coburn the correct term is “badass.”

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

Politico reports that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) referred to the Senate Majority Leader an “absolute a—hole” during a fundraising gala in New York City on Monday.While apologizing for using the word, Coburn insists the frustration is real.I understand frustration with the current political climate and there are no shortage of a--holes in either party. However, I think in all that frustration, Sen. Coburn may have gotten his words mixed up.Back in July, Benny Johnson of Buzzfeed did a s … [Read more...]

Stop Judging Libertarian Mormons

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Gregg Collett is the father of 10 children and a Libertarian candidate for District 11, Position A of the Idaho House of Representatives.  He relies upon Medicaid to pay for his children’s medical expenses.  He is also a Mormon.  So does that make him a hypocrite? Here is how he answered the question.  “Am I a hypocrite for participating in programs that I oppose? If it was that simple, and if participation demonstrated support, then of course. But, my reason for participation in government pro … [Read more...]


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