Monthly Archives: May 2009

Political Surf on the other Parley P. Pratt life history

Few people, even Latter-day Saints today, understand how very popular the early Mormon apostle Parley Parker Pratt was in the first several decades of the LDS Church. His books, such as “Key to the Science of Theology,” were as common … Read More

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Political Surf on two questions Sotomayor needs to answer

Let’s all agree that Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be the next U.S. Supreme Court associate justice. It’s already considered a GOP attack strategy — and just plain bad manners — to criticize her. However, before she receives 70 … Read More

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Political Surf on the risks of change we voted for

Michael Kinsley, columnist for The Washington Post, wondered how ready we actually are for real change. Kinsley’s take is that “change” has been mere words, spun by cynical vote-trolling pols who knew, deep down, that with gridlock, “change” wasn’t likely … Read More

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The Political Surf on Mormons and the cross

The cross is the most powerful signal of Christianity. To believers it signifies the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for humanity and an invitation to become a Christian and be, presumably, saved. The cross is ubiquitous, whether it’s on churches, on … Read More

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Political Surf on why Dick Cheney's winning the debate

Dick Cheney is showing far more conviction and integrity than his Democratic adversaries  in the debate over the tactics used by the Bush administration to keep Americans safe from terrorism the past eight years. Too many Republicans need to learn … Read More

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The Political Surf on our pro-life nation

More evidence that our nation President Obama leads is moving to the right. According to a Gallup poll completed on May 10, a majority of Americans consider themselves pro-life on the issue of abortion. 51 percent of Americans call themselves … Read More

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Political Surf on the deadly LDS handcart treks

As an active Mormon, I am accustomed to the romantic tales I hear in church of the wonderful “faith-inspiring” teams of pioneers who traveled to the Salt Lake valley with all their possessions in a handcart, presumably whistling as they … Read More

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The Political Surf on damn Jon Stewart is funny

If Republicans are ever going to get back in power, they need to get funny. Conservatives don’t have a Jon Stewart right now. P.J. O’Rourke and Dennis Miller come the closest, but they are rarely on TV. Watching Stewart’s daily … Read More

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Political Surf on Obama's conservative nation

President Obama has a problem. He was elected by a conservative nation, yet he has to please his liberal base, those energized Dems who helped elect  him through grunt campaign work and lots of money. Obama’s base includes liberal elites … Read More

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Political Surf on the myth of a GOP decline … and gum

There is a myth spreading in the media, mostly bred in condescension, that the Republican Party is heading for an irreversible decline. This myth, egged on by ideologues in the media, Democratic partisans and enabling Republicans who wish to be … Read More

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