For many, the image of a lynch mob seems more like a period piece, set in the late 19th or perhaps the early 20th century. Yet, this year, the United States and indeed the world, was witness to a horror that was once used to terrorize the few, and was now being used to target our Democracy.

On the morning of February 13, 2021, those who followed the Second Impeachment Trial of Donald J Trump, awoke and readied themselves for what was scheduled to be the final day of an extraordinary and haunting trial. However, new evidence from Republican Congresswoman…


We Are A Republic. And We Intend To Keep It.

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for federal felony counts that included mail fraud, wire fraud and racketeering. He was convicted in a scheme of providing kickbacks to family and friends for city contracts. He served 7 of those 28 years.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on federal corruption charges regarding the filling of President Obama’s vacant Senate seat and other charges. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He served 8 of those 14 years.

Both men sentences were…


Reuters

On January 6, 2021, an angry mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S Capitol Building in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. Donald Trump incited this insurrection for years by telling his supporters that the only way he could lose is if the election was rigged or the other side cheated. There was no widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, but it doesn’t matter. …


Understanding Whistleblowers

Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act

According to the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA), Intelligence Community whistleblowers can voice concerns to oversight entities responsible for investigating, adjudicating and correcting wrongdoing.

The intelligence community whistleblower statute is set up to provide a pathway for individuals to come forward with allegations of urgent concern in a way that does not endanger classified information.

Someone making a complaint would first go to the inspector general (IG) to relay it. The IG for the intelligence community (IG IC) would then spend two weeks conducting a preliminary investigation to determine whether the complaint…


Right Used to Matter

In the communist Soviet Union, men and women were punished or killed for acting against the regime. In modern day Russia under President Vladimir Putin, critics are investigated and silenced, and political opposition leaders are imprisoned or found dead. Semyon Vindman fled that country and arrived in the United States in 1979. He taught his sons, Leonid, Yevgeny, and Alexander that in America, they would not get into trouble for telling the truth.

During the impeachment hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman spoke to his father. His father was worried for…


I originally began this as a response to a Facebook post that commented on my op-ed ‘A government of laws, not men published in the Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, December 22, 2019. I’d started responding to the post on my cell phone and somehow navigated off of the page and lost it all. Needless to say, I was pissed. I work in Information Technology. I know better. Never do that! So frustrating!

But, like most of my writings, it became too long to post on someone’s page. It’s 101 of social media etiquette: don’t write long-winded responses on someone…


I was in my living room when I got the call. My husband grabbed me to keep me from hitting the floor. My father had relayed the news to me as gently as he could, “She’s gone.”

The last three years of my mother’s life she was on dialysis. Dialysis, while life-saving for half a million Americans, is a cruel way to have to exist. Three days a week for several hours each day she visited the dialysis center for treatment. These visits prolonged her life, but prevented her from having the ability to do much else. Her AV fistula…


There are times in history when the future had been predicted with an amazing degree of accuracy. In light of recent events, two such moments in American politics truly stand out.

One moment that immediately comes to mind is the repeal of Glass–Steagall legislation by President Clinton in 1999. The Glass–Steagall legislation described four provisions of the Banking Act of 1933 separating commercial and investment banking. The legislation was enacted as a response to the financial collapse that caused the Great Depression.

In reaction to Clinton’s signing of the bill, Senator Byron L. Dorgan from North Dakota took to the…


In the early morning hours of December 7, 1941 a U.S. Army private noticed a large flight of planes on his radar screen approaching Oahu, Hawaii. He was told to ignore them. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began at 7:48 AM. At the end of the ninety minute attack, 2,403 people were dead. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan. Three days later the U.S had entered World World II.

Later investigations into Pearl Harbor indicated that U.S intelligence officials had been aware that Japanese aggression was probable. There was no intelligence on when, where, or…


I remember 2008 and 2009 very well. I sat on the edge of my seat like most of the world wondering if the U.S was really going to elect the first African-American President. I remember being at the packed Democratic Party headquarters in downtown Salt Lake City watching the election results roll in. I remember the hugging and crying when the race was called for Barack Obama. It was indeed a moment many of us will joyfully share with our grandchildren.

I also remember paying close attention to what was happening in the market and the economy leading up to…

Darlene McDonald

Author and Senior Technical Analyst

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