Monthly Archives: March 2016


Living as a Believer in the Nation We Have Now


The following is being delivered at Brigham Young University on March 22, 2016.

I’m here today because I believe the friendship of the LDS and Catholic communities is important. The better we know each other’s stories as religious minorities in this country, the better we can support each other in pursuing some of the vital issues we share. And that serves not just our beliefs and concerns, but the health of our entire nation.

I want to begin by giving you some background on the Catholic experience in this country. I’ll do that through the lens of a particular Catholic bishop—me. I don’t claim to speak for all or even most Americans who describe themselves as Catholic. But my comments do reflect the views of many Catholics who rank their Catholic faith as the most precious thing in their lives—and actually live that way.

So let’s start with a simple fact: Catholics have never entirely “fit” in America. We’ve tried, but the results are mixed. In fact some years ago Stanley Hauerwas, the distinguished Protestant theologian, said that we Catholics not only don’t fit in America, we also know we don’t fit. And because we know, we’re doubly eager to prove that we’re more American than anybody else.

Ten Commandments for Our Next President

CA Farm Workers to Gov-t: STOP HELPING US

CA Gov. Jerry Brown tries to force unionization

Thousands of farm workers in California must now abide by an unwanted unionization deal struck decades ago and never enforced.

That’s because a California judge with the state’s ag

ricultural labor relations agency on Friday ordered the ballots destroyed from a labor union decertification election, rather than have them counted.

The vote was expected to overwhelmingly support decertification, which would have removed the workers from the union’s undesired purview.

Workers’ pleas to the Democratic governor, the Democrat-controlled legislature, and the Latino Legislative Caucus have fallen on deaf ears.

Thousands of workers at Gerawan Farming, one of the nation’s largest family-owned fruit producers, have been trying since October 2012 to decertify the United Farm Workers labor union. The workers are not only being fought by the UFW but by Gov.

Why Can’t America Win Its Wars?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Editor’s note: This article is part of a Hoover series of essays on military history. 

In his opening speech to an assembled body of troops in the iconic 1970 movie Patton, the title character (played by George C. Scott) intones, “Americans play to win all the time. Now, I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.” The moviemaking moment was full of irony: as the movie character Patton inspired the troops who would soon go on to cinematically annihilate Nazi Germany, a newer generation of American soldiers was fighting and dying in a war in Vietnam that the United States would definitively lose.

Solving Uncle Sam’s Overspending Problem

 Charles Blahous | 03/07/2016

At a time when the presidential campaigns seem to be about everything other than the federal budget, the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) serve as a stark reminder that Americans will suffer grave economic consequences if the federal government does not repair its broken fiscal practices. It is often rightly noted that federal debt is at historic highs and threatening to grow to catastrophic levels. What is too seldom recognized is a point made by Hoover scholar Keith Hennessey (my former boss at the White House): to say we have a problem with deficits and debt is an oversimplification. What we have instead is an overspending problem, and the federal debt is essentially a symptom of that problem.