Category Archives: Conservative Thought

Conservatism in Utah

Grass roots conservatism in Utah, and the rest of the country, has never been stronger but attacks against traditional values and ideals are a constant threat to our culture of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Under the guise of equality, freedom is threatened everyday by new tax and wage legislation. Traditional values are being mocked in the media. Same-sex marriage is legal in 17 states. Legislatures are limiting pro life protestor’s freedom of speech. It’s easy to become discouraged.

There is hope. Conservatives have fought and won legislative battles to protect traditional marriage, to limit abortions, and to lower taxes. It will be a long and hard battle for conservatism to win, but Sutherland Institute is here to offer insight, analysis, and the latest news about national and Utah conservatism.

Scholar Robert P. George speaks at Sutherland dinner on the pillars of a decent society

Princeton’s Robert P. George spoke at Sutherland Institute’s annual dinner on Tuesday, giving an impassioned defense of the traditional family structure as the key to a free, prosperous and happy society. “Although no family is perfect, no institution matches the … Continue reading

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Growth: The new Conservative vision?

The Weekly Standard recently posted a pair of articles about the need of the GOP to craft a policy and political agenda centered on “growth.” The authors focus on economic growth, but they focus on how that growth improves opportunities … Continue reading

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‘The Cause of Freedom’

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations: At the 2013 Sutherland Institute annual dinner on April 9, we will release two new publications: a booklet titled The Sutherland Idea: … Continue reading

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Debating the future of U.S. conservatism

Since the 2012 presidential election, there has been an ongoing and lively debate about what the future of conservatism is or should be. For example, Commentary magazine recently published a “symposium issue” containing brief articles from more than 50 conservative … Continue reading

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Foreign relations: the practical case for a conservative view

A friend posted on Facebook a quote from LDS Church leader Ezra Taft Benson that states, in part: Nothing in the Constitution nor in logic grants to the president of the United States or to Congress the power to influence … Continue reading

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New York Times editor admits to liberal bias at paper

In a somewhat stunning vindication of long-standing suspicions of a liberal bias in traditional news media, the public editor at The New York Times recently wrote a column openly stating that “the paper’s many departments … share a kind of … Continue reading

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Lord Acton and the correct meaning of liberty

A very confused and overzealous friend believes that John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton (Lord Acton, 1834-1902) was a libertarian by today’s standards. This confused friend also thinks my use of a quote from Acton’s writings about liberty being “the right of … Continue reading

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Mero: Why I am a conservative and not a libertarian

Below are the opening and closing remarks delivered by Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero Thursday during the 2012 Freedom Fest held in Las Vegas. He was part of a debate on the topic of whether LDS Church members (Mormons) should … Continue reading

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What Governor Walker’s recall victory means for Utah conservatives

Conservative policymakers are often pushed by advisers and insiders to avoid or abandon conservative policy positions because, the advisers and insiders argue, those policies will come back to haunt them in election season. Conservative voters, on the other hand, are … Continue reading

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From ‘the greatest generation’ to ‘the greatest generational failure’

  Has the baby boom generation become one of the greatest failures in leadership in American history? Walter Russell Mead, himself a boomer, recently published a thought-provoking essay in regard to this question, and his answer seems to be an … Continue reading

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‘Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries’

  Two people – Harold and Patricia – each decide to buy a house. Harold doesn’t really need a house and doesn’t know if he can afford one, but he just wants a house, so he looks at several online, … Continue reading

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