Kissing Cousins: Salt Lake Chamber Of Commerce – Utah Government Elite Interconnections Wag The Dog

The article is lengthy but ends up being an easy read as you delve into the various front groups used to create nifty confirmation bias for politicians to justify their tax and policy excesses favoring connected businesses.

The article (WHO CONTROLS UTAH? An Investigative Report on Utah’s Elite Political Brokers) starts with a key points summary but it is well worth the read for the details supporting the conclusion:

When discussing public policy in Utah, it is important to recognize that policy elites use every tool at their command to achieve the results they want. Any pretense of objectivity is just that – a pretense.

It’s fun to have your finger on the scales of government power. It’s a good time to be a crony capitalist in Utah.

Ironically enough, the article misses the most recently created Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce front group:

Our Schools Now

Gee, I have no idea why Zions Bank would want to run a group that seeks more bond money. Oh and the address for Our Schools Now? It’s co-located with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

And these folks still wonder what produced Trump.

Trump Wins And The Work Begins

I was not in the #NeverTrump camp, quite the contrary. Am I happy he won? Sure, we have temporarily dodged a bullet. I’m not going to rain on anyone’s parade so despite writing this the day Trump became President-elect, I held off posting this until today.

Let’s start with the good. Trump’s election shows that the electorate (particularly the blue-collar middle class) has soundly rejected:

  • Crony capital schemes (on a national level, at least) – Enough with the sweetheart deals for the politically connected. Nobody has ever liked them and everyone is sick of getting them shoved down their throats by the political class.
  • Obamacare – Trump was clear on this and people have been clear on it for years after everyone was forced to eat that crap sandwich via unconstitutional and unethical congressional maneuvers. Much of this goes hand-in-hand with the point on crony capital schemes.
  • Political correctness and the politically correct despots (“Social Justice Warriors”) – I never bought into the SJW tyrants and their ‘good for thee not for me’ rules. That includes their media enforcers.
    Certainly, SJWs and their main stream media enforcers will continue to try to personally destroy anyone who opposes their absurd rules. They’ll also continue to try and extort businesses into capitulation. But maybe this indicates a turning point of people finally telling them to pound sand and returning to the capability to vehemently disagree and understanding that being offended isn’t a crime. I also hope this will indicate a willingness to take people on their intents (everyone misspeaks and says stuff they regret in the heat of a moment) rather than solely seeking to set traps and savage them with innuendo and effectively strangle free-speech* (critical to a nation’s health).
  • The elite and their double standards – People are tired of the ivory tower dwellers telling us they know how to run our lives better than we do. Basically, see the above for starters. Glaring examples include exemptions from laws that affect others (eg insider trading) and all the crony back-room deals and preferential treatment in economics and media. The incestuous Washington DC cabal needs to end. Succinctly, Drain The Swamp!
  • Open borders – People are not at all interested in open borders. While Americans are compassionate, we aren’t foolish and willing to trash the nation. If you kill the goose, you have no golden eggs to be compassionate with. Both illegal and legal immigration need to be addressed (including “anchor baby” rules – no more birth tourism and auto citizenship for those illegally here). Build the wall (and pass E-verify) and improve the entry process!
  • Oligarchy – People want a real rule of law. They want Lady Justice blind. Hillary represented oligarchy with the obvious capricious application (exemption) of laws that would have any other person in prison.

Ok. Now for the rain on the parade. I don’t trust Trump. I have hopes but I don’t trust him and that’s a good thing. As Hamilton said in Federalist 25:

For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.

Trump’s died-in-the-wool supporters and those who voted for him can’t be naive and think the above rejections are on autopilot. Not even close and I don’t trust Trump to fully follow through. SJWs, the media, entrenched politicians and corny capitalists are going to fight like hell so you better plan on doing so as well. Furthermore, I also implore people to not give into the expediency of getting something they want but gauge such through the filter of Constitutional propriety. I plan on fighting Trump if he blows off constitutional bounds ala Obama. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz I hope will also help beat the drum on this as well. Again, this is only the beginning.

The first and most crucial step to national restoration is to repent and turn to God. We need to pray for a return to divine values and righteousness as a nation. Certainly this includes praying for Trump to do so as well but the course of a nation and it’s acceptance of God’s grace and blessings is the duty of the people, not just their leaders. This starts with you.

Along with a return to God, we need a return to constitutional values and respect. The two really goes hand-in-hand. Please read the Constitution, read the Federalist Papers, discuss them with your children, friends and co-workers and press for them to be taught in schools.

Now, let’s go Make America Great Again.

*If unfiltered free speech floats your boat, look at Gab.ai as an alternative to Twitter. Twitter and Facebook have shown themselves to be SJW-dominated (including site ownership/admin) tyrants. Gab gives you the power to set your own filters (rather than being imposed on you by big brother Jack) and engage as wide or limited points-of-view you desire. And, no, I’m not affiliated with Gab other than just being a user.

2016 Presidential Quiz: Name That Candidate

See how few questions it takes for you you to correctly guess the answer (the last few are spoilers and no clicking links until you finish the quiz!):

Over the history of Presidential elections, there is just one Presidential candidate that all of the following apply to. Who is it?

  1. Which Presidential candidate was put forward as a dark horse candidate that Latter Day Saints could vote for in good conscience?
  2. Which Presidential candidate felt he could name the next President by winning just one state?
  3. Which Presidential candidate relied on funds from others to pay off debts?
  4. Which Presidential candidate declared personal bankruptcy?
  5. Which Presidential candidate had multiple marriages?
  6. Which Presidential candidate was sued for failing to deliver on promises made in his business deals?
  7. Which Presidential candidate said ““When I look into the Eastern papers and see how popular I am, I am afraid I shall be president.”
  8. Which Presidential candidate’s platform called for reducing the size and pay of Congress?
  9. Which Presidential candidate’s platform called for reforming the jail system so imprisoned persons could learn a trade while serving their time?
  10. Which Presidential candidate had a warrant issued against him for banking fraud.
  11. Which Presidential candidate was charged with inciting a riot?
  12. What Presidential candidate eloped because his bride’s father would not give approval for the marriage?
  13. Which Presidential candidate and his wife lived with his parents when they were first married?
  14. Which Presidential candidate married a 14 year old girl?
  15. Which Presidential candidate was arrested at least 42 times?
  16. Which Presidential candidate was indicted by a grand jury for perjury, fornication and polygamy?

Get it? Yeah, it was a trick quiz designed in the hope to give people pause about judging without context. Interestingly, the first few questions could apply to a couple of the candidates running. In the end, the answer involves someone very different from the current candidates who has had a lot of spin and falsehoods spread about them (then and now). Bear in mind too that: “…every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

The moral is don’t judge a book by its perceived cover and pray to see the truth and reality of a person and situation. We all have to make judgments prior to a decision and often we aren’t left with ideal options (far from it). Good luck.

*Source info: I am not the quiz author, it was written by Ron Mortensen and passed on to me by my request.

Does Evan McMullin Reflect Utah Values?

The answer to the question all depends on what values you think Utah holds.

1. If you think Utah values are Hillary Clinton’s values of corrupt favoritism, Constitutional degradation, cronyism, partial birth abortion, “opposition” complicity, then you have your man. By his own admission, he’s ultimately in the race to ensure a Hillary win:

2. If Utah values include having your top advisor use expletives, threats, and sexually degrading comments to women, you have your man:

If that is the case, then why are McMullin and Finn associating with Republican, establishment political strategist, Rick Wilson who has a history of demeaning others and going on obscene Twitter rants, the very thing that McMullin and his supporters profess to find so abhorrent in Trump?

The specific quotes Rick Wilson used are at the link. Most are censored (you can figure out the word used) but the sexually degrading comment is not something that can be censored and I’m not going to post it here. To read McMullin’s super Utah-values advisor quotes, click the link.

Anyone who’s been around politics, knows the type of tactics and language Wilson uses so I’m not going to accept this is some kind of shocking revelation to the McMullin-Finn campaign. Nor do I want to hear McMullin’s campaign chide Trump for his language etc. since they embrace it themselves. Of course, it’s all good since certainly these are conservative values totally in line with LDS/Mormon teachings…right?

Brutal Utah Reality: It’s Trump Or Hillary (McMullin Admits To Helping Hillary)

Sometimes reality bites. This is one of those times. If you’re voting for Evan McMullin, you’re only going to help corrupt Hillary Clinton win the presidency along with her media-establishment praetorian guard. She’ll be as corrupt as she pleases with no substantive opposition.

If this election had a ‘Perot’ who was on the ballot on all 50 states and polling in striking distance, reality could be different*. But McMullin is simply in the race to act as a spoiler. He’s been placed in that position by establishment republican backers who are too embarrassed to simply admit they prefer a Hillary presidency (and retain their power and DC social status). He’s a transparent fig leaf.

(Edit: Fig leaf no more – McMullin admits he’s ultimately in the race to prevent Trump and hand power to Hillary).

So reality bites. We face a candidate who’s corrupt and will be incredibly destructive to the rule of law, national foundations, and national character VS a horse’s backside who will be opposed and power checked at every turn. As Ace put it: Hillary is an alligator in a pack of jackals while Trump is a jackal in an alligator infested swamp.

Ideal? Nope. I would prefer a Constitutionally-driven, righteous candidate. We don’t have that but for LDS folks, they need only flip open their scriptures to see this is nothing new but bright hope remains. On the cynical-positive side: look at Omni and Ether 10 – jerk leaders who did the right thing for the people (the bible offers other examples). On the bright side, the plethora of redemptive stories: Jonah, Alma (the younger – who ended up as chief judge and prophet!), Corianton etc. etc. etc….

Certainly, both Hillary and Trump can change and be truly redeemed through Christ but the risks involved with the former not changing vastly outweigh the latter. So I’ll vote for Trump, oppose his policies as needed, and pray for him to change (or at least do the right thing) just as we should do with all our leaders and ourselves! Realistically, all of us need to repent and turn to the Lord to right our drifting ship.

*Caveat: Even if McMullin were on all 50 state ballots, I highly doubt he would be polling anywhere close to striking distance. Besides the now exposed fig leaf, he represents the decades of shady political games/policy people have revolted against. Again, Trump is the creation of the establishment GOP’s (in)actions.

Sidenote: Many of us called a spade a spade long ago: “[McMullin is] the latest GOPe* gambit to ensure a Hillary victory and somehow pretend they had nothing to do with it“.

Data Mining Utah’s Voter Records

This is follow-up to my recent post on this topic. Two news reports were posted related to this:

Utah voter info continues to be sold by the state for $1,050

and

Lawmaker wants to let you decide if Utah sells your voter info. From the second link:

“What I’m hearing from a lot of people is it’s the business of the government to protect the people, not sell your data,” Rep. Edwards said.

The information is a matter of public record. The Lt. Governor’s Office, which oversees elections in Utah, routinely sells it to political parties and campaigns for $1,050. The state elections director told FOX 13 that some of the information has also been sold to data mining groups.

Rep. Edwards, who ran similar legislation in 2014, said it is time the state changed its privacy settings with voters’ info.

“We have put voters in a situation where they are having to choose between registering to vote and protecting their privacy,” she said. “No voter in the United States should have to be put in that situation.”

Must be nice to know that your right to vote is contingent on data mining companies being able to have all the analytical fun they can with your data. People get upset with Google, Yahoo etc with personal information but don’t appear to realize that the State of Utah plays just as loose with information they’ve gathered based on exercising a right. Furthermore, the sale of these lists allows stalkers and abusers to identify unwitting “former” victims who may not realize that their information is up for sale and have not protected it (please go to the bottom of the first linked article for the document to protect your info!).

Here’s hoping Rep. Edwards succeeds but it will be an uphill battle against the Governor’s office and the Republican and Democrat parties.

Read Of The Day: After The Republic

I ran into this on the Ace of Spades HQ blog. It’s a longer article but well worth it.

After the Republic By: Angelo M. Codevilla

Here are a few teaser quotes:

Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. As John Marini shows in his essay, “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” this has resulted in citizens morphing into either this class’s “stakeholders” or its subjects. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic…

…What goes by the name “constitutional law” has been eclipsing the U.S. Constitution for a long time…

…This arbitrary power, whose rabid guard-dog growls and barks: “Racist! Sexist! Homophobic!” has transformed our lives by removing restraints on government.

…Americans will no longer live politically according to their prejudices; they will be ruled administratively according to scientific knowledge…

For what it’s worth, this article meshes will with a couple of things I posted over the summer. Feel free to peruse those posts after reading the above article:

Our Divine Constitution
Will We Accept God’s Help?