Tag Archives: politics

It Turns Out Elections Really Do Matter

An update to a hyper local story in my hometown is useful for participants in the American form of government across the nation. Despite all the cynicism about politics, the insistence that the politicians are indifferent to the moods of voters, it turns out elections really do matter. First, some back story. Earlier this year

Print Column: Maybe Partisanship Wasn’t Such a Bad Thing

MINOT, N.D. — The modern dysfunctions of American politics are not the product of partisanship but rather a lack of it. I’m not talking about bipartisanship, a term we use interchangeably with “compromise.” It is a necessity to governing. Rare are the moments in our system of government when one political faction can govern without

Print Column: Why Are City Governments, Park Boards and School Boards Separate?

MINOT, N.D. — Over the years I’ve had several conversations with Gov. Doug Burgum talking about a phenomena in government he describes as “siloing.” This is the practice of treating each segment of government as a sort of sovereign entity which doesn’t share much of anything else with other government entities. Burgum sees this as

Forcing a Woman to Wax Testicles Is What Happens When We Lose the Right to Say No

For years now we here in America have had a debate over where an individual’s right to say “no” stops, and where another individuals right to demand services from that person begins. Mostly this debate has circles around small-business entrepreneurs like bakers or photographers who, because of their religious beliefs, have objected to doing work

Mariano Rivera Guilty of Playing Baseball While “Right Wing”

As many of you readers probably know, I’m a bit of a baseball fanatic. A Yankees fan since I was a little boy growing up in Alaska. My teen years, from the mid-1990’s on, were spent watching greats like Paul O’Neill, Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera take the field. This weekend

The Left Has Cried Wolf on Racism So Many Times Their Criticism of Donald Trump Isn’t Penetrating

“Trump is a racist and that’s what 2020 is all about,” reads a headline over my colleague Mike McFeely’s most recent column. Problem is, that guy thinks just about everyone who disagrees with his orthodox liberal views is a racist. Which is not an uncommon sentiment among our friends on the left these days. If

Print Column: The Dumbest Thing Democrats Could Do Is Listen to Heidi Heitkamp

MINOT, N.D. — For some reason Heidi Heitkamp — despite just one, flukey electoral victory to her name in the last two decades — has been anointed an expert in certain Democratic circles on how to appeal to rural voters. Recently, the erstwhile senator delivered a luncheon speech to a convention of Montana Democrats, and

Oh Sure, Now Democrats Want to Have an “Honest Conversation” About Wearing Blackface

“We — all of us, black, white, gay, straight —got to start extending grace to one another so that we can start having honest conversations with one another and leave room for growth,” Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Corey Booker said at an event recently. He was talking about the controversy over two Virginia Democrats admitting

Print Column: Winning Elections by Dividing Is Bad for Society

MINOT, N.D.—It’s a fashionable thing, particularly in election years, to bemoan the tone of modern politics. I understand why—the word “obnoxious” may as well have been invented to describe desperate political campaigns raining down hyperbole and opprobrium on the electorate—but to describe this as a recent development is simply inaccurate. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson,