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The Easter of Democracy: Lincoln at Gettysburg

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 […]

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A Post Election Sermon

What a week this has been. I haven’t really had a time to digest it all, make sense of its meaning. That may take years though. not days. So if any of you still feel at a bit of a loss, remember, it’s only been days. It’s OK to not know what happened, where our […]

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#NeverTrump 2016 Was A Repeat of #AnyBodyButBush 2004

#NeverTrump of 2016 was a lot like #AnyBodyButBush in 2004. They both failed. I worried about this back in the early summer. In the ballot booth we vote for individuals (or parties). #Never and #AnybodyBut can be a starting point, but but they cannot be the central message. The Democratic Party prides itself on not […]

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Voter Intimidation Against BYU-Idaho Students

In Idaho, you can register to vote at the polls as long as you can show that you have resided in Idaho for the 30 previous days. This far into Fall semester, that would cover most Brigham Young University-Idaho students who are American citizens.  However, according to the above sign in the Madison County Elections […]

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My Election Day Predictions

Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com Two months ago, I would have predicted Clinton getting closer to the 350 mark. I think it is still possible, but I also don’t thing that is what the Clinton campaign is aiming for. In terms of the popular vote. this is my guess: Clinton 50% […]

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Is God in control of the 2016 Election?

A number of evangelical writers who are opposed to Trump and Hillary find themselves in the situation that one of the two candidates they oppose will become our next president. Knowing that this is the case they remind us and each other that despite everything God is in control and we can be at peace […]

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The Woman Who Must Be President

People continue to pile horrible criticisms on Hillary Clinton, even people who say they will vote for her. All of Clinton’s political rivals and many of her supporters (some reluctant #NeverTrumpers) cannot stand her. . . . Why?

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That Time I Was Investigated for Voter Fraud

  by Derek Willis ProPublica, Oct. 25, 2016, 10:08 a.m. Here’s how I learned that someone voted as me in the 2012 general election. On March 26, 2014, three investigators from Maryland’s Office of the State Prosecutor sat at my dining room table and showed me a signature on a photocopy taken from a D.C. […]

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President Kennedy from Temple Square: September 26, 1963

Less than two months before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy spoke in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Lake Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was September 26, 1963. LDS Church President David O. McKay was a host of the event. “Of all the stories of American […]

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Trump Regret

I just finished teaching a night class at a local university. The five week course covers United States and Nevada political and constitutional history. During our first meeting in July, we covered the Constitutional Convention and some basic aspects of the American founding. This time, we discussed the electoral college a bit more than usual. […]

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Some Brief Thoughts on Voting Third-Party

Like Bernie Sanders, I am voting for Hillary Clinton in November. However, many of my friends and others in my social media circles are thinking about voting for one of the third-party candidates for President. Keep calm. In a two-party system, we are trained to be skeptical of third-parties. That is fine, but it might […]

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2016 Hungry for Power Games

“Named for a money lender, so you know it is ruthless.” My favorite part: “Look, I know I am not supposed to be up here, but let’s be honest, neither is Donald Trump.”

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The Democrats Have Had a Failing Strategy for Decades

I turn 40 tomorrow. In my lifetime, Barack Obama is the only Democrat to secure more than 50 percent of the popular vote. Sure, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton got the plurality of the vote while losing the Electoral College. Bill Clinton won in 1992 (43%) and 1996 (49%) without ever breaking 50%. Third-parties played […]

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In Nevada, We Did Our Best

So I was way off with my predictions. The only thing that went my way yesterday was Nevada. Here, Clinton won. Catherine Cortes Masto defeat Joe Heck to keep Harry Reid’s seat in the blue column. Impressed by the Cortes Masto victory mostly because it seem like a low energy campaign. Also, defeating Heck was […]

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The Democrats’ Bad Map

  by Alec MacGillis ProPublica, Oct. 22, 2016, 2:30 p.m. Even as Hillary Clinton appears poised to win easily against a highly erratic candidate with a campaign in meltdown, a sobering reality awaits Democrats on Nov. 9. It seems likely that they will eke out at most a narrow majority in the Senate, but will […]

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Defeat the Clear and Present Danger

We are well beyond the point of his words presenting a clear and present danger. Trump is a threat to the safety and security of this country from outside forces, but he is also a threat to the safety of large portions of the US population because he has emboldened Alt-Right extremists and hate groups.

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The Democrats and Religious Outreach

Jacob Lupfer, at Religion News Service, has made a case for outreach to the evangelical community by the Clinton campaign and Democrats in general. As a Christian pastor I appreciate the sentiment but the recent Wikileaks involving efforts at outreach to Catholic progressives indicate what kind of problems can occur. To do outreach to a […]

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Hillary Clinton is a Liar

Why take all this time to break down a straight-forward graph of presidential candidates and their trustworthiness? Because I want the world to understand that I know Hillary Clinton is a liar.

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Hillary Clinton: The Right Side of History

Like Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson before, Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the president sits at a vital crossroads in American history.

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A Progressive Case for Hillary

I have a number of friends on the left whose judgement I trust. The bulk are voting for Hillary but not an insubstantial number are voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. This piece is not against those two candidates. It is a case for Hillary. As a Bernie Sanders supporter I am asked how […]

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Hillary Clinton: She is the Champion, My Friends

Hillary Clinton is not perfect, but she is more prepared to take the reigns of the American presidency than any previous president.

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Book Review: Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender

Title: Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender Author: Stephen Prince Publisher: Utah State University Press Genre: Biography Year Published: 2016 Number of Pages: 379 Binding: Cloth ISBN: 978-1-60732-476-8 Price: $29.95 Let all those who pass the bridge to council go unmolested, except Bishop Miller; kill him and throw him over the bridge – Order given […]

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The PC Charge

While some liberal commentators assume that the politically correct (PC) charge is a way to deflect from those wanting to buttress racism or some other ism I think the effect of the charge is wider, more pernicious. I have come to think of it as means to dismiss any opinion if it is currently identified […]

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My Name is Emmett Till

14 year old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi  on August 28, 1955. It has been 61 years since his death. Sixty One years and some days I wonder what we in the United States have learned. Sixty One years I wonder how much we have grown and how much has changed.  Sixty One years […]

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My Growing Disgust with the Presidential Race

I am beyond disgusted. The world I thought I knew is falling apart, and reality continues to grow increasingly subjective. In my previous post, I briefly addressed the wellspring of evidence that proves Donald Trump has no right even to be considered for the presidency of the United States of America, yet, despite all his […]

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Religious Freedom: Theirs and Ours

The amount of writing done by social conservatives on the topic of religious liberty is far more extensive than I can get a handle on. But after following prominent social conservatives on twitter, I’ll attempt a response. There are three ways in which religious liberty is construed by such authors. A. The ability to have […]

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It’s Clinton or (literally) Bust

My plan, for the next several weeks, is to post at least once a week on some of the goings on in our political climate. I will not hold back. I will attack. I will drop truth bombs and harrowing opinions achieved through common sense all the way up through critical thought. I will drop mics and do anything I can to get people to wake the hell up to the dangerous reality we face in this country.

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#TacosForTrump

To honor and celebrate Donald Trump’s impending loss in the US Presidential race, I intend on eating some form of Taco every Tuesday between now and November 8th. Tonight I had a fairly common U.S. Tex Mex ground beef Taco in a hard shell with, beans, cheese, and onions. I invite everyone to join me […]

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The Need for Liberal Protestantism: A Gay Generation X View

  This picture is from the summer of 1994. We were headed to see the 25th anniversary of Stonewall Pride Parade in NYC. Still have the old UM colors to boot! A conservative Episcopal writer remarks: In a world in which LGBT people increasingly have public affirmation and political protection, they no will longer need […]

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A Gay Christian Confronts the Sexual Revolution

This reads like an odd title to me. But after reading enough social conservatives over the last few months, I’m using their term to describe whatever cultural shake up which worked to create a space to allow us to rethink gender and sexuality as a society. The result in the last 50 years is we can […]

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Claiming my Heresy

A United Methodist pastor is writing a series on the most common heresies. Since I fit a number of them, I thought I’d offer my own reflections on the topic. Since he suggests to “just to admit you’re a heretic” I thought I would and given that he suggests I ought to “repent” I thought […]

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What They Need’s a Damn Good Whacking

After reading the news of drastic increases in the price of Epipens and Insulin over the last couple of years (as well as the unreasonably and unnecessarily high prices on many other life saving drugs), I want to dedicate this Hymns of Social Justice post featuring a live performance of George Harrison’s song “Piggies” (Originally […]