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"Remember, all who are spiritually hungry will not accept the gospel.
Undernourished children must be carefully fed; so it is with the spiritually underfed. Some are so weakened by mischief and sin that to begin with they reject the rich food we offer. They must be fed carefully and gently.

Some are so near spiritual death that they must be spoonfed on the broth of fellowship, or nourished carefully on activities and programs. As the scriptures say, they must have milk before meat. But we must take care lest the only nourishment they receive thereafter is that broth.

But feed them we must. We are commanded to preach the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people."

Apostle Boyd K. Packer, April 1984

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This is an important and balanced exploration of why some conservative intellectuals support Donald Trump for president and the underlying problems they hope to address through his election.

I'm voting for Evan McMullin for President. But I hope that he, and all true conservatives, can see the merit in this critique, reject "checklist conservatism," and really try to tackle the problems of the bi-partisan administrative state outlined in this article.

It is very long and includes too much academic inside baseball and too many tangents, but it makes some very, very important points.

Important excerpts for those who don't want to slog through the whole thing:

"What is that crisis? It's not the litany of items that usually come to mind—the $20 trillion national debt, economic stagnation, runaway regulation, political correctness and identity politics run amok, unchecked immigration that threatens to work a demographic-political revolution, and confused or unserious policy toward radical Islamic terrorism. These are mere symptoms of a much deeper but poorly understood problem. It can be stated directly in one sentence: Elections no longer change the character of our government."

"...the insidious political character of the 'administrative state,' a phrase once confined chiefly to the ranks of conservative political scientists, but which has broken out into common parlance. It refers not simply to large bureaucracy, but to the way in which the constitutional separation of powers has been steadily eroded by the delegation of more and more lawmaking to a virtual 'fourth branch' of government."

"The premise of the Constitution is that the people should rule. The premise of the administrative state, explicitly expressed by Woodrow Wilson and other Progressive-era theorists, is that experts should rule, in a new administrative form largely sealed off from political influence, i.e., sealed off from the people. At some point, it amounts to government without the consent of the governed, a simple fact that surprisingly few conservative politicians perceive. "

"The salient political fact is this: No matter who wins elections nowadays, the experts in the agencies rule and every day extend their rule further, even under Republican presidents ostensibly committed to resisting this advance. We still nominally choose our rulers, but they don't reflect our majority opinions. No wonder more and more conservatives regard the GOP leadership in Washington as 'collaborationists' with Democrats."

"For most of the last 50 years, nearly all successful presidential candidates, of both parties, have made their principal appeal as outsiders, running against Washington. Even Barack Obama, a sitting senator, ran largely in this mode. Does this not indicate fundamental disharmony between the people and their rulers?"

"In opposition to the slow-motion Progressive assault on self-rule by the people, the conservative establishment has been offering mostly what can be called 'checklist conserv-atism,' i.e., policy ideas with indirect or negligible political effect. What do Progressives stand for? Justice, equality, and the 'right side of history'! What do conserv-atives stand for? More tax cuts, school choice, enterprise zones, a balanced-budget amendment, medical savings accounts, a statutory cost-benefit standard for regulation, and other policy wonkery. All worthy ideas, to be sure, but none of them reach very far to halt the steady unraveling of constitutional government."

"Liberalism today goes beyond wanting to control your pocketbook; it now demands to control how you think. It resembles the state of play that Lincoln noted in his Cooper Union address in 1860—that the South would not be placated by toleration of slavery, but demanded that we ""'cease to call slavery wrong, and join them in calling it right. .  .  . Silence will not be tolerated—we must place ourselves avowedly with them.' Just as in 1860, the tacit platform of today's Democratic party is that the Republican party is illegitimate unless Republicans surrender their principles and get on 'the side of history.' "

"More than just a rebuke to political correctness and identity politics, a Trump victory would be, in their eyes, a vehicle for reasserting the sovereignty of the people and withdrawal of consent for the administrative state and the suffocating boundaries of acceptable opinion backing it up. "

"Reagan was more successful in rolling back the Soviet empire than he was in rolling back the domestic government empire chiefly because the latter is a harder problem."

"Trump certainly looks like an example of Caesarism run amok, though he may be better understood as an example of how low our standards have sunk, that someone as crude and ill-equipped as Trump can appear bold and fresh. That Trump can be made out to be the only candidate since Reagan who has represented a fundamental challenge to the status quo puts in stark relief the attenuation of conservative political thought and action over the last 20 years and the near-complete failure of aspiring Republican presidents to marry their ambition to a serious understanding of why the republic is in danger."

#politics #election2016 #government #constitution #conservative

But free government would be an absurdity did it require citizens all like Abraham Lincoln; yet it would be an impossibility if it could not from time to time find leaders with something of his understanding. —Harry V. Jaffa, Crisis of the House Divided For months it has been clear that in one vital respect Donald Trump's fate in the presidential election does not matter. Win or lose, he has divided and may yet shatter the conservative movement, ...
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2016 Election Song of the Day #2

Your Racist Friend by They Might be Giants

From the classic album Flood, They Might Be Giants quirky 1990 song is disturbingly fitting for the 2016 presidential election. Especially the line: "Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding."

Lyrics Excerpts

This is where the party ends
I can't stand here listening to you
And your racist friend
I know politics bore you
But I feel like a hypocrite talking to you
And your racist friend
Out from the kitchen to the bedroom to the hallway
Your friend apologizes, he could see it my way
He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking
Can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding

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2016 Election Song of the Day #1

A Farewell to Kings by Rush

Musically, Rush is an acquired taste. But they have a well-earned reputation for virtuosity and thoughtful lyrics. Released in 1977, the lyrics from A Farewell to Kings certainly resonate for the 2016 election.

Lyrics Excerpts:

When they turn the pages of history
When these days have passed long ago
Will they read of us with sadness
For the seeds that we let grow?
We turned our gaze
From the castles in the distance
Eyes cast down
On the path of least resistance
The hypocrites are slandering
The sacred halls of truth
Ancient nobles showering
Their bitterness on youth
Can't we find
The minds that made us strong?
Oh can't we learn
To feel what's right and what's wrong?
What's wrong

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Influential conservative pundit and author of the excellent book "Liberal Fascism" switches his vote from Sweet Meteor of Death 2016 to Evan McMullin.

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An astute and important observation from my friend Jeffrey Thayne:

"I've heard people say that if Utah votes for a third party, it may help Clinton get elected; or that if Utah votes for a third party, it may help Trump get elected.

The fascinating thing -- and most don't realize this -- is that this literally cannot be the case (the way the electoral college is set up). If Utah's electoral votes go to a third party candidate, it literally cannot help or hurt either of the two main candidates. That's because a candidate needs a majority of electoral votes to win outright (which, right now, means 270 electoral votes).

If Hillary gets more than 270 electoral votes, she wins. This is the case no matter whether Utah votes for Trump or a third party. Utah's votes going to Trump won't have stopped her from getting 270.

If Trump gets more than 270 electoral votes, he wins. This is the case no matter whether Utah's votes for Hillary or a third party. Utah's votes going to Hillary won't have stopped him from getting 270.

If Utah's votes going to a third party is what keeps either of them from getting 270 electoral votes, then it by definition keeps both of them from getting to 270.

In short, if Utah votes third party, it literally, mathematically cannot help or hurt either Hillary or Trump; it has a small, small chance of preventing both of them from winning outright, but no chance of helping either of them win.

If either Trump or Hillary win, it will not have been because Utah voted third party."

#Election2016 #trump #clinton #mcmullin #thirdparty #utah #poltics
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It's Sunday again. A day of worship, rest, and renewal for members of the LDS Church.

I invite my friends to join me again today in taking a break from politics on social media during Sundays to focus instead on faith, family, neighbors, and the gospel of Jesus.

#lds #mormon
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Take a look at this film project about my friends, The 5 Browns, their experience confronting the horrible sexual abuse from their father, and their efforts to heal and help others who have similarly suffered. Please consider donating.

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World renowned pianists and child sex abuse survivors fight for social justice. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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2016 Election Song of the Day #3

Taxman by The Beatles

A good reminder from the Fab Four about one of the two certainties. Read their lips.

Lyrics Excerpts

Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
Cause I'm the taxman, yeah, I'm the taxman
Should five percent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all
Cause I'm the taxman, yeah I'm the taxman
If you drive a car, car, I'll tax the street
If you try to sit, sit, I'll tax your seat
If you get too cold, cold, I'll tax the heat
If you take a walk, walk, I'll tax your feet

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For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Sunday is a day of worship, rest, and renewal.

I invite my friends to join me in taking a break from politics on social media during Sundays to focus instead on faith, family, neighbors, and the gospel of Jesus.

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For those Utahns who want to get a better feel for presidential candidate Evan McMullin, check out this transcript of an interview with SE Cupp posted on CNN about his views on Syria:

Also listen to this interview with Glenn Beck:

#mcmullin #election2016 #utah
Independent candidate Evan McMullin could play an unlikely spoiler to Trump and Clinton in Utah. But what he really wants to talk about is Syria, says S.E. Cupp.
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I'm a dedicated Mormon family man with wide ranging interests in religion, politics, history, science, nature, technology, education, language, and art.

An experienced web application engineer by profession, I'm formally educated in English literature and literary criticism with additional studies in physics and electronics.

On the side, I perform puppet-comedy shows, dabble in mime as time permits, and am trying to be a part-time farmer.

I am a firm believer in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I run a web portal for LDS blogs.  I also often write about Mormon related subjects on my own blog, Sixteen Small Stones.

As a conservative republican curmudgeon, I believe strongly that the U.S. Constitution should be interpreted through the natural rights philosophy of the Declaration of Independence and principles of limited government, liberty, responsibility, virtue, self-reliance, thrift, and self-control.

I was born and raised in the western United States. I have also lived in Santiago Chile and traveled in Puerto Rico, Italy, and Israel.
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