A wonderfully stated warning regarding the effect of government largesse: A sentimental utilitarianism argued that prosperity would abolish sin. It was a shallow argument, ignorant of history; for had it been true, all rich men’s sons, these many centuries past, would have been perfectly virtuous. To the student of history, as contrasted with the doctrinaire […]
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Dave Buer is director of communications at Sutherland Institute.
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Here’s a fun, easy-to-understand graphic on how a bill becomes a law in Utah. (Click to enlarge.) You can print it out and follow along with the 2014 Legislature …
Check out a few photos as we enjoyed an inspiring evening with Sen. Stuart Reid and the American Heritage Lyceum Philharmonic with guest artists Peter Breinholt and Nancy Hanson. The First Freedoms Forum at Thanksgiving Point gave Utahns the opportunity to gather in support of religious freedom and traditional marriage.
A federal judge has just struck down Utah’s Amendment 3 defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The amendment was originally passed with 66% support in Utah. We need to show that Utahns still understand and support the critical importance of traditional marriage to the health and success of our society! […]
“As we have pointed out, standardization is inherently designed for standard, not exceptional, achievement. Because statewide standards in Utah and other states, including Common Core, are of the type that lead to standardization, it is impossible to assert as a logical argument that any of these sets of standards is the ‘best,’ especially when no […]
Thirteen-year-old Logan LaPlante has two big goals for when he grows up. He wants to be healthy and happy, and he figures his education should play a serious part in that effort. He has crafted his education to include activities proven to produce happiness and health; heavy doses of creativity; technology and online resources; and […]
During this Thanksgiving season, particular thanks should be extended to Sarah J. Hale, “editress” (as she called herself) of the Lady’s Book and the reason we have a national day of thanksgiving today. Hale worked for 15 years placing “papers before the Governors of all the States and Territories — also I have sent these […]
Think back to late 2008. Many in the country cheered the coronation of the new liberalism: the über-confident, unstoppable, aggressive expansion of government powers, entitlements and welfare. Flash forward to the present, as Washington Post opinion writer Charles Krauthammer describes it: The centerpiece of this vision is, of course, Obamacare, the most sweeping social reform […]
The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. America tends to be pretty forgiving of its fallen idols. Bill Clinton and Tiger Woods immediately come to mind. We get it. We’re all human, we all make mistakes. So we are quick to forgive when we […]
The bastion of right-wing loonery known as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” is finding it difficult to buy President Obama’s standard crisis communications line of, “I found out about it when you did.” This past Monday, Stewart lampooned the president’s claimed ignorance of the looming problems with Obamacare and the NSA spying scandals. But […]