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From the Archives: The indomitable American spirit

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm

This post is from the Archive and was originally posted May 26, 2011. As I was rereading it today, I wanted to share it again. THIS is where RightsAndReason is going and THIS is why we are doing what we are doing. America, and the whole world, faces significant challenges. However, no one is better suited to address them head on than those who still feel the strength of the indomitable American spirit.

I’ve been really hard on Americans recently. I’ve implied or outright stated that Americans are lazy, uneducated, too trusting, compliant, unprincipled and apathetic. I have given a number of reasons of why America is broken. And I’ve pulled no punches. I am calling things like I see them.

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Changes coming!

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2014 at 6:02 pm

I’m excited to announce that there are big changes in the works for RightsAndReason. Over the next few months you will see some small changes on the site here before we unveil a new and much bigger site this fall.

You may have already noticed the new “Contributors” page. Over the next few months we will add a number of additional writers to our staff who bring perspectives on freedom from the throughout the world.

Additionally, we will be expanding RightsAndReason from a print-only site and adding audiovisual media in the form of serial podcasts and, eventually, video presentations.

These initial changes are just the early and small steps that RightsAndReason will be making and there are great things in store as we work to support the restoration and expansion of freedom in the United States and throughout the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Caucus Questions Answered!

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I’ve received a number of questions asking about the upcoming Utah caucuses.

Utah’s democrats will hold their caucus on Tuesday, March 18. Utah’s republicans caucus on Thursday, March 20. The Constitution Party of Utah will also hold a caucus a week after that, Thursday, March 27th. Read the rest of this entry »

Analysis of Selected House Bills

In Politics, Uncategorized on February 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

Utah’s Legislature is in full swing. To help you get involved, there will be two (or more) posts analyzing selected House and Senate bills with a short summary and a position (strongly oppose to strongly support). If one of these issues concerns you, please contact your legislator and talk to them about it. You can find out who your legislature is by visiting the Utah State Legislative District Map site.

Here are the selected House Bills: Read the rest of this entry »

Rand Paul’s Filibuster

In Uncategorized on March 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Senator Rand Paul (R-TN) is currently on the floor of the Senate filibustering the nomination of John Brennan. He is doing this primarily over the issue of whether or not the Obama Administration can order drone strikes against Americans on U.S. soil.

The Blaze reported on this yesterday and included a copy of the letter from Eric Holder which states in part:

“The question you have posed is…unlikely to occur, and one we hope no President will ever have to confront. It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the United States. … Were such an emergency to arise, I would examine the particular facts and circumstances before advising the President on the scope of his authority.”

Translation: We are claiming it’s unlikely in hopes that you leave us alone, because we haven’t done it yet but we might. Read the rest of this entry »

Accepting our differences

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2013 at 4:31 pm

So clear back before New Years, Christmas, the Sandy Hook tragedy and the ridiculous “Wear Pants to Church day”, I was working on this post.

As I wrote it, it became clear that it really needed to be at least two posts.

I know there is a possibility of offending people on this and a real likelihood that there will be a lot of disagreement. However, I think it’s time we really had this conversation.

When I look at where we are as a country today and where so many individuals are in their lives, I see common factors, good and bad. One of the bad ones is that our homes, our families, our very natures are degraded. Somewhere along the way, we have lost what it means to be who we are. Read the rest of this entry »

In mourning

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm

I just wanted to put out a quick post in light of the tragedy that happened in Connecticut this morning.

In case you haven’t heard, at least 27 people – most of them young children – were killed this morning in a mass shooting at an elementary school.

Inevitably, this is going to be politicized and used to hold up various groups’ agendas. However, this is not about guns or school safety.

It’s about a truly despicable individual who brutally destroyed the lives of some of the most innocent among us.

This tragedy, especially this close to Christmas and given the age of the victims, is heartbreaking. Let us not lose sight of that is this gets spun into a political opportunity.

I cannot fathom what the families are going through, but God knows.

Today, and in coming days, I hope we can set aside politics and pray for the families and for the gunman. As hard as that is for us, it is what Christ taught.

My heart is with those families. God help us forgive.


Our responsiblity to parent

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

I’ve had this post sitting in my drafts for well over a month, too chicken to post it.

However, I was thinking this week about the news story that inspired it and wondering whatever happened to the people involved.

The story – a horrific video of a school bus monitor being bullied brutally that surfaced last June.

(If you haven’t seen the video, you can watch it on YouTube here. A warning: the video and language are disturbing.)

I was wondering what happened not only to the bus monitor, but to the kids. I’d love to find out that the kids involved were properly parented and now they look back and have deep regret for what they did and have changed because of it.

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Romney/Ryan, Wasserman Schultz and Entitlements

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

I’ve been a little disconnected from politics of late, especially when it comes to people. Frankly, on a lot of levels it’s business as usual and I’m tired of it. Utah’s Tea Party is sort of AWOL and in Salt Lake it’s hard to stay engaged locally the way I did in much smaller Idaho Falls.

I’ve stayed fairly invested in policies, but the politicians are driving me nuts.

However, the Romney VP pick of Paul Ryan actually has me a little excited about the election and I think it makes a Romney win more likely.

It also opens the election up to a change in narrative and provides an interesting challenge to the Romney campaign in controlling the narrative – something his campaign, and the Republicans in general, have not shown to be very good at.

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Restoring Love

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Two weeks ago, I was in Dallas, Texas. The three days I spent there were incredible. It reminded me who I was and who my fellow Americans are.  I am optimistic for the first time in years that there is hope for our country.

It’s taken me this long to write this post because the trip was very demanding and life has not slowed down in the weeks since. I had to have time to really process three days of intense and incredible growth and spirit.

It also doesn’t fit into one post at all well.

Two weeks ago, I was in Dallas for a three-day event called Restoring Love. It was an amazing weekend.

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