It is better to frankly acknowledge that Donald Trump has fundamentally re-written the rules about what it means to be a Republican than to pretend that he still, somehow, represents “conservative” thought.
So argues R.R. Reno, in a Sunday Review piece in The New York Times. Republicans are now the "America First" party: Get over it and embrace it, he says.
Reno begins by enshrining his Reaganite conservative credentials. (Reno is the editor of the thoughtful social conservative magazine First Things):
Of all the people still trying to process Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency, perhaps none are more confused than my generation of conservatives, who came of age under Mr. Reagan and drank deeply of that old orthodoxy. We are, by now, the establishment — the senators, governors, think-tank presidents and columnists who, until Mr. Trump came along, got to define what “Republican” and “conservative” meant. My cohort simply cannot accept that Mr. Trump has taken away that coveted role and revolutionized not just our party, but also the very terms of the American political divide.
But accept it they must. Unlike Republican candidates like Cruz, Trump won the nomination because he did "not adopt Ted Cruz's strategy of trying to revive the rotting flesh of Reaganism."Read more
Editor's Note: Watch the video of our October Utah Breakfast Club Event below:
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 26, 2016 - "Polls May Be Underestimating Evan McMullin's Chances in Utah," read an article Tuesday on the respected election forecasting site fivethirthyeight.com.
The presidential contest in Utah becoming "one of the last cliffhanger results in this race." Against that backdrop, four expert Utahs -- including a GOP elector, two former members of the Utah House of Representatives, and the founder of a non-profit organization, the Alliance for a Better Utah -- will speak to the question of the presidential election at a special Utah Breakfast Club event at Noon ET/10 a.m. MT.Read more
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, October 24, 2016 - Can it be true that the most Republican state in the country is now up for grabs in the 2016 presidential election?
Come see for yourself and hear a panel of expert Utahns discuss their perspectives on this year's contest at a special Utah Breakfast Club event titled "Utah and the Presidential Election."
Currently, GOP candidate Donald Trump is suffering mightily in the Beehive State. The campaigns of Democrat Hillary Clinton, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and independent Evan McMullin are seeking to capitalize on Trump's woes.
Soon after the Billy Bush / Access Hollywood audiotape of Trump became public, the Deseret News - in a nearly unprecedented editorial - called on Trump to resign from his presidential campaign. The Deseret News had also called for the resignation of former President Bill Clinton in 1998.
At a Utah Breakfast Club event at the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, former Utah GOP Representatives Jim Nielson and Holly Richardson join with Alliance for a Better Utah Chairman Josh Kanter and GOP Activist and Elector Cherilyn Bacon Eagar to discuss the state of the presidential campaign in the Beehive State.
Please register to attend this FREE event and webcast live from the Utah State Capitol on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.
The event will be streamed live at 10 a.m. MT (Noon ET/11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT/9 a.m. PT). If you are attending in person, please arrive at the Auditorium of the State Capitol Office Complex by 9:30 or 9:45 a.m. MT.
The event will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at the Utah State Capitol Building. The event will be hosted by Drew Clark, founder of the Utah Breakfast Club. Please help spread the word for this FREE event.
- Cherilyn Eagar
Cherilyn has served on political boards, as a state/county delegate and a campaign manager and a citizen lobbyist from the local school board, state legislature, Washington DC and at the U.N. She serves on the late Phyllis Schlafly’s national committee on a variety of national projects including leadership development and candidate recruitment, and constitutional studies.
- Josh Kanter
Josh is chair of the board of the Alliance for a Better Utah, which he founded in 2011. Professionally, he is President of Chicago Investments, Inc. and Vice-President of Windy City, Inc., closely held investment management firms, and counsel to the Chicago law firm Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum & Nagelberg, specializing in securities, corporate and real estate law. He is also Vice‑President and a Director of the Kanter Family Foundation.
- Jim Nielson
Jim served for two terms in the Utah State Legislature, five years on Utah’s Architect Licensing Board, and two years on the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s program development task force. In 2015 he was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows, a select group of about 3,000 architects nationally on the basic of service to society and the profession with national impact.
- Holly Richardson
Known affectionately as “Holly on the Hill,” Holly writes a blog by the same name. She is a common-sense conservative who has been active in Utah politics for 13 years. She has been active in the Republican Party, including: precinct chair, legislative district chair, county and state delegate, State Central Committee member, and as a member of the Utah House of Representatives.
- Drew Clark, Moderator:
Drew is the founder of the Utah Breakfast Club, a monthly gathering that aims to enhance advantages and confront challenges of life in Utah. A Utah attorney specializing in telecommunications and technology, he is currently also serving as a consultant to the Gary Johnson-Bill Weld presidential campaign. He is on leave from writing his weekly column for the Deseret News, and he previously served as Opinion Editor of the publication.
Politics is about more than policy positions. When electing our president, we also need to choose a candidate who brings character and experience in governance.
Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, and Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts, are the only candidates this year that meet all of these necessary qualifications. They are on the ballot in all 50 states. Among independent voters, they are leading in the polls over Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
As a Utahn who believes in common-sense conservative solutions, I’ve noticed a number of my friends express some interest in Provo native Evan McMullin, the former CIA agent who declared his candidacy for president in August. He seems to be a conservative, and his positions are superficially appealing to people of my political background.
But here’s why I’m supporting Johnson, not McMullin: The presidency is about more than one’s positions. Executive experience in government matters, as does honesty. And while Trump and Clinton fail on both of these tests, McMullin fails on experience. He and his newly-named vice-presidential candidate Mindy Finn, a Republican political consultant, don’t have presidential-level credentials.
By contrast, both Johnson and Weld were two-term governors. But that doesn’t mean they came to government via politics, the way Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton did. Johnson was a handyman entrepreneur who grew from a one-man shop to a 1,000-employee construction company in New Mexico. He ran for governor as a political outsider, and won.Read more
The Commission on Presidential Debates has been explicitly organized by the two major political parties to keep viable alternatives — including Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and running mate Gov. Bill Weld — off the podium.
The CPD may seem like a government agency. It is instead a private charity under 501(c)(3) of the tax code that may not “endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or political parties.”
And yet the CPD endorses the bipartisan system, and it opposes other political parties. When 42 percent of the population tells Gallup that it identifies as independent, that’s a problem.
Today, Johnson and Weld are surging. According to a national Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, the ticket is at 13 percent nationally. That’s within the margin of error for obtaining the CPD’s arbitrary 15 percent threshold for being on the debate stage.Read more
The presidential election is getting so much attention that neighbors are beginning to talk. Here’s how I expect a visit with one of my neighbors — who was also a delegate to our neighboring Republican Party precinct — would transpire:
My neighbor: "Hello and come in, Drew, I've been looking forward to our visit."
Me: "That's very kind of you. How's the family?"
"They're all downstairs. But before I call them up here, I have a question about politics."
"Uh-oh. Sounds serious."
"At the state caucuses in March, we were both elected delegates by our precinct for the Republican Party state convention. We both favor practical, pro-immigration and free-market conservatives. On a national level, now that the Republican Party has nominated Donald Trump, I don’t know what to do. I've been a life-long Republican!"Read more
In this election, I cannot in good conscience cast a vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Neither of them has the character,
They are each an archetypical model of the type of candidate that a responsible and self-governing citizenry needs to reject.the experience or the principles that commend themselves to the American electorate.Like many Americans, I've voted for different political parties over the years. I voted for George W. Bush in 2000. I voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
Fortunately, we have another choice: Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico and Gov. Bill Weld of Massachusetts, the presidential and vice presidential nominees of the Libertarian Party.
I consider myself a conservative because I am skeptical of government power. I have a deep love of the Constitution and its checks and balances. And I believe that our national unity depends upon civility and a certain sort of refinement.
Johnson and Weld both have those traits. As the Republican governors of their respective states, they wouldn't both have been overwhelmingly re-elected if they hadn't reached out and worked well with Democrats.Read more
The Democratic and Republican parties are preparing to select Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as their nominees. Do voters have any reasonable alternative?
Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of the very Democratic state of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, hopes to provide that choice.
And if he can make that choice seem real to American voters, he could be an agent for something much greater: A realignment of our political parties.
"If I can win the Libertarian Party nomination [next week], I will be the only third-party candidate on the ballot in all 50 states," Johnson said in an interview in Salt Lake on Wednesday. "And I'll be running against the most polarizing figures in U.S. politics."
Johnson also announced that he had selected William Weld, the former Republican governor of the very Democratic state of Massachusetts, as his vice presidential running mate on the Libertarian Party ticket.Read more