What election?

In less than two months, the US will conduct a very important election, and here in Utah you would not know that an election is near. That is because the election in November is largely a formality. There are few yard signs visible and no television ads. Our elections were decided in the Republican caucuses. Most GOP candidates are older white men. The only election not yet decided is Mia Love’s second attempt to be elected to Congress and she is none of the above, being young, black and female. She does have the advantages of the GOP nomination and belonging to the Mormon church. That may be enough.

It was not enough two years ago when she lost narrowly to a popular incumbent who has now retired. This time she is running for an open seat and I believe that she will win. However, I do not live in that district and my information is limited. Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Senator Mike Lee asking for a donation to Mia Love’s campaign. Either he was using scare tactics to raise money or the Love campaign is actually running scared. We will see on election day which is the case.

“If Money Is Speech And Speech Is Freedom…”: Those With Less Money Get Less Freedom, Less Speech, Less Representation

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:

If money is speech and speech is freedom, then it follows that those who have more money will have more freedom.

This includes the freedom to determine who gets to vote, the freedom to dictate how much workers are paid, and the freedom to impose their agenda regardless of public opinion.

It also follows that those with less money will have less freedom, less speech, and less representation.

These are the basic tautologies in logic that Conservatives refuse to address. By equating freedom with money, the Party That Loves Liberty and Freedom is actually reducing the liberty and freedom of the vast majority of Americans. Yet when the majority of Senators tried to correct this problem, obstructionist Senate Republicans killed the proposal with a filibuster. Conservatives accused the Democrats who supported the proposal of trying “to radically shrink First Amendment protection of political speech.”

Constitutional guarantees of free speech, it…

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John McCain, half right

Over the years, John McCain has advocated bombing countries in Asia representing about half the total land mass of the entire continent. Given his way, Asia would be a much smaller continent, at least in area fit for human habitation. John McCain was half right, the half of the continent that he did not want to bomb, at least so far.

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John Yoo

Crisis and Command, The History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush by John Yoo. Yes, that John Yoo who authored a legal brief supporting the use of enhanced interrogation during the Bush administration’s war on terror. The purpose of this book is to analyze the use of presidential power during the administrations of important presidents in our history. Yoo also makes the case that G. W. Bush was a better president than his critics admit, and Yoo also defends the use of enhanced interrogation (torture) techniques. Yoo is now a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley. The book is worth reading even if you disagree with Yoo.