Lacey Smith

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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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The Importance of Starting Young

In Current Events, Politics on January 14, 2014 at 1:01 am

I recently attended a training in advance of the start of the Utah Legislative Session. While I am intimately familiar with the process in Idaho, Utah has it’s quirks – including an asininely short 45 calendar day session – that have made it hard for me to get my arms around.

The training itself was quite good and definitely cleared up a few things for me and it was a great chance to network and meet people in real life I’ve only met on Facebook. However one of the things that struck me was relatively middle aged the participants were. In fact, with a few notable exceptions (including my 15 month old daughter), I may have been the youngest person in attendance. Read the rest of this entry »

Misleading Facts and Critical Thinking

In Current Events, Education on October 11, 2013 at 2:04 pm

My sister recently shared a video from Upworthy about wealth distribution in America. It leaves the distinct impression that things are unfair in America’s economic system. It uses facts and sources to back up it’s point. And it is very convincing.

However, it also left me with some questions. Lots of questions.

Questions like: Did the overall standard of living go up as well? How does the poverty level today compare with the poverty level in the decades they were comparing? In other words, in real dollars, has the poverty line moved or stayed the same? Has opportunity to join the ranks of the wealthy gone up or down? What caused this? How does America’s poor compare with the wealth and poverty of other nations?

Without debating the actual facts of the video, the message it sends or the mistaken concept of wealth as a finite resource instead of a renewable or expanding resource, I want to address these sorts of videos as a general whole. Read the rest of this entry »

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