Tuesday, October 10, 2006

What's Good For The Goose...

Senator Orrin Hatch helped spring Hip Hop producer Dallas Austin when he was caught in Dubai with 1.26 grams of cocaine and capsules of Ecstasy. Was it the right thing to do? Senator Hatch believes it was. An American in Dubai was just sentenced to four years in prison for posession of .14 grams of Marijuana. Should Senator Hatch step in? Absolutely, if only because he did it for Dallas Austin. And we said as much tonight on the Nightside Project. Listen to the segment.


Anonymous Eric Hamilton said...

I really hope they can do something about this. Four years is a long time for that tiny crime!

10/11/2006 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger Micah Bruner said...

Ethan, congratulations on the Nightside gig! It honestly could not have happened to a better man. You know how much I respect you, but, on this occasion, I have a different position on Congressman Cannon than you do. He actually enjoys my full support. In fact, I even did a little bit of venting recently to the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret Morning News regarding what I perceived to be Democrat and media hypocrisy:

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"Democrats and Media are Hypocritical"

Like most Americans, I have been disgusted by recent revelations that US Representative Mark Foley (R-Florida) is alleged to have had a history of inappropriate sexual interaction with congressional pages. As a result of this disturbing news, legitimate questions are being raised of Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois): Was he aware of these allegations much earlier? And, if so, why didn't he investigate and then discipline Foley if the charges proved true?

What further discourages me is the hypocritical double-standard shown by certain representatives of the local news-media and Democratic Party. They have been quick to pound their chests and bemoan the fate of Foley's poor victims, even to the point of launching what became a despicable feeding frenzy against Chris Cannon when his accurate observations were deemed to be insufficiently sensitive. But, where were these same bleeding hearts when the alleged Democrat sexual predator, Nick Floros, was purported to be engaged in similar kinds of misconduct for years within Salt Lake County government?

Where is the accountability for Democrat District Attorney David Yocum and Democrat County Clerk Sherrie Swensen who are alleged to have protected Floros? Both of these long-time public officials have been accused of staffing their respective offices with friends and relatives, constituting a "good old boy's network" which provides favors to one another. To his credit, Democrat County Council member Jim Bradley has expressed his anger and hinted that Floros had been protected by just such a "good old boy's network," but where are the other Democrats? Where is the press coverage? Why the outcry about Foley, but silence regarding Floros?

Both Sherrie Swensen and Yocum's anointed successor, Sim Gill, are running for office this fall. If elected, they will undoubtedly keep this allegedly corrupt network of friends and relatives in power. Am I the only one who thinks that the voters have a right to know about this? Shouldn't they have the opportunity to make an informed choice? Come on, somebody please speak-up!

Micah Bruner
Vice Chair
Republicans for Civil and Informed Participation (RCIP)

10/12/2006 01:39:00 AM  
Blogger Bob said...


Was Floros's conduct with minors?

Yes, Sexual Harassment is wrong. However, it is even worse with a minor.


10/13/2006 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger Kerrith Black said...

I am about as liberal as humanly possible and I believe that most drugs should be decriminalized. That being said, what kind of moron is traveling to and from the Middle East while possessing drugs? One should do a little bit of research into how severe the penalties are before choosing to act that way. The State Dept. web page would be a good place to start. 4 years in prison is fairly light considering some of the possible punishments. If we have prominent politicians interceding on behalf of every stupid American who can't be bothered to respect the laws of foreign countries we will only reinforce the Rude American stereotype that our culture has been cultivating.

10/13/2006 03:47:00 PM  
Blogger Micah Bruner said...

Bob, In answer to your question, I am unaware of any allegation that Nick Floros sexually harassed minors. To my knowledge, all of the women who have come forward with claims against him have been over the age of eighteen. It is also my understanding that not all of the pages Representative Mark Foley (R-Florida) is accused of harassing were minors either, but I take little comfort in that fact.

I suspect a good man like you would agree with me that the alleged acts of Mr. Floros and Mr. Foley are reprehensible, unjustifiable, and wholly unworthy of our defense. As for which is worse, I will take your word for it. But, I would be equally heartbroken if either my seventeen year old son, or eighteen year old daughter, were subjected to the kind of abuse these men are accused of committing. Personally, I would prefer not to compare either kind of cross.

My purpose is to expose the double-standard being applied to these equally offensive scenarios by certain local media members and Democrats. Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) is correctly being held accountable during an election year for how he has dealt with Mr. Foley. But, neither District Attorney David Yocum (D-Salt Lake) nor County Clerk Sherrie Swensen (D-Salt Lake) is having to face this same kind of scrutiny for how they handled Mr. Floros. Why?

Both Mr. Foley and Mr. Floros allegedly committed their crimes over the past several years. The alleged actions of both were supposedly communicated long ago to the appropriate authorities over them. Both were allegedly protected by the inaction and cover-ups of their political allies. Both sets of political allies are now having to face the judgment of the electorate.

The only difference is that the local media and Democrats would rather endlessly wail and moan over the misunderstood remarks of Representative Chris Cannon (R-Utah) than to properly inform the citizens of this community concerning a very real issue worthy of their attention. Again, I ask why? The only thing I can come-up with is that the Democrats have better timing with leaks than do the Republicans. I guess that we simply overestimated our collective attention span.

Now, the one ray of light I have seen concerning this issue has come from our own Ethan Millard. Last night he actually did briefly address the Yocum/Swensen combination, but there is so much more to tell. I don't know if his superiors at the Nightside Project will let him do it. One of the on-air personalities has apparently become rather chummy with Swensen after she hand delivered his voter registration card. He even went so far as to publicly praise her on the radio for doing such a great job! (Oh, how easily we mortals can bought!)

Now, in fairness to the good people who work in the media, I know that they are sincerely trying to do the best they can. I also know that it is not an easy job having to navigate the endless "wailing and moaning" from folks like me and my counterparts in the other party. But, I hope that they will seriously consider the issues I have addressed here. I honestly believe that they have merit. As for you, Bob, as a Democrat, your job is to advocate for your candidates. I am not blind, you have some good people running. But, so do we. Let's hope that the good folks on either side do well, and that the not so good ones stumble just a bit. Take care, and thanks for visiting with me.

Micah Bruner
Vice Chair
Republicans for Civil and Informed Participation (RCIP)

10/13/2006 09:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Lars Larson said...

Lets see...Huntsman under the bus, Cannon under the bus, Towner and Ridgway under the bus...I wonder what other notable Republican is looking for trouble?

May I suggest that Micah Bruner, one of the nicest and best men in the Republican Party, stop allowing someone else to put poison pens in his hand and decidedly "uncivil" words in his mouth?

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Micah, I love you, buddy. You deserve better. Why don't you lovingly call your organization's director to repentance, show him the door, and then find someone who actually matches your true decent temperament? Civility isn't something needed just within the Republican Party itself, but in all our public discourse. Yes, even with—especially with—Democrats.

Sherrie Swenson and David Yocum are human beings. It is not a light thing to take-on another person's reputation. Once you start throwing mud, you can't call it back. It's out there forever. Are you so confident that you know the truth that you are willing to damage someone else's good name? Please think about that before you allow yourself to be used as a slingshot again.

PS. Do you think you could put in a good word for me with Ethan? I really need to get back on the air.

10/16/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Micah Bruner said...

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10/18/2006 12:13:00 AM  
Blogger Micah Bruner said...


Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate your opinion of me. I hope that you will also trust me to choose the company I keep.

However, I think that your critique does raise an interesting question: How do people committed to civility participate in the political debates inherent to our democracy?

In many ways our country's political system is comparable to its legal system. It is designed to be "adversarial." Opposing parties present their respective positions, and then a jury or judge hands down a verdict.

The system supposedly works because each party makes its case and aggressively represents its own interests. For example, you can see that if the prosecution always agreed with the defense, and actually assisted the defense in making its case, that the system would surely fail.

This is so because no one would be delivering the arguments that flow naturally from the other side of the debate, and which need to be heard in order to reveal the complete picture. As a result, no one would ever successfully be prosecuted. No one would ever be held accountable for the crimes that are actually committed. The end result would be that dangerous villains would roam our streets and victimize our citizenry.

Would that outcome be civil?

No, civility is not the result of us pretending to be without differences. It does not result from us saying only nice things about one another. It actually comes about when we frankly discuss the issues, expose our differences, and enable a just verdict to be reached.

As a Republican partisan, I see my role as being that of someone who makes the case for my party's candidates--sometimes that even includes prosecuting, if you will, the Democrat candidates.

Having said that, in a court of law a certain level of decorum is also mandated. An everything goes, free-for-all, food fight atmosphere simply would not produce justice. Thus, like so many other things, it comes down to finding the right balance.

Besides being clear, honest, and direct, we must also be composed, reasoned, and respectful.

If on this or any other occasion I have crossed that line, lost my balance, and treated any of the Democrat candidates unfairly, I sincerely apologize. Further, I encourage my Democrat friends to hold me accountable. Please show me where I have erred. I want the truth to be told, nothing more and nothing less.

Micah Bruner
Vice Chair
Republicans for Civil and Informed Participation (RCIP)

10/18/2006 09:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Lars Larson said...

Interesting rationalization! I'm not sure what I believe about that. I'll have to think about it and get back with you. Thanks for answering me, though!

10/21/2006 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Lars Larson said...

Dear Scott,

Great idea! Would you please introduce legislation that would mandate all new highways built in the state be funded by making them toll roads?

I personally would like to see that idea go away as soon as possible. Everyone in the state had to pay for the existing roads through taxation whether or not they would ever use the road in question. It's not fair, now, that the rules be changed so that only certain folks have to bear the lion's share of the cost for a new road. It strikes me as being unjust. What do you think?

10/25/2006 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Lars Larson said...

Oops! Please ignore the preceding message. I posted it in the wrong place.

10/25/2006 02:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "woman" that has filed a lawsuit against Nick Flores for sexually harrassing her while she was employed at Salt Lake County, was a Democrat, also. I know this because she was my best friend. However -- she was NOT in the "good-old-boys" Democratic Autocracy. There certainly is a double-standard, and it is doubly hypocritical in the State of Utah, for some reason??? What my friend went through makes me sick, and Nick needs to stand up and be a man for once, and take the punishment he has earned.

9/06/2007 09:23:00 AM  

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