Advertisements

The Easter of Democracy: Lincoln at Gettysburg

img_3291

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 […]

The Democrats Have Had a Failing Strategy for Decades

img_3190

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 […]

#NeverTrump 2016 Was A Repeat of #AnyBodyButBush 2004

img_3190

#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 […]

In Nevada, We Did Our Best

2dcf10cd-1e0d-4f39-a7aa-9370bdb9ce6e-1

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 […]

My Election Day Predictions

img_3203

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% […]

Voter Intimidation Against BYU-Idaho Students

img_3155-1

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 […]

President Kennedy from Temple Square: September 26, 1963

1220239

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 […]

New Beginnings and Red Shoes

img_2784

The last time I bought red Converse All-Stars, I had just left Casper College. It was a time of deep pain and frustration. When we recently did a little back-to-school shopping, I decided to get another pair of red All-Stars. It was partially because their was a BOGO sale at Famous Footwear and Shem needed […]

Trump Regret

img_2513

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. […]

Some Brief Thoughts on Voting Third-Party

img_2513

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 […]

2016 Hungry for Power Games

img_2497-1

“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.”

Reading Wiesel’s Night with My Mother

Nightbookcover

NOTE: I originally posted this on May 12, 2013 for Mother’s Day. Today brought my thoughts to this post for two reasons. First, it is my mother’s birthday. Second, Elie Wiesel died today. I re-post this today, with minor revisions, in honor of both of them. My mother Carla Henrichsen is Dutch. She was born in The […]