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Stories by RAStowell

Rich Stowell is a writer, a teacher, and a soldier. He dares you to visit him at Facebook.com/RichLikeMe.

Trump and Obama: Birds of a Feather

Just as Barack Obama was able to strike a chord in the electorate because of dissatisfaction with President Bush eight years ago, Trump is rising as reaction against Obama.

‘My Fellow Americans’ and Obama’s other empty words

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Americans have their president. But their president doesn’t have them. On the heels of Hope and Change in 2009, President Obama has slowly, but decisively, drifted away from his unity message. Oh, sure, he mentions it now and again—like a bad shirt that you wear every now and then ...

Scoring the GOP Debate: Why Ted Cruz won in Milwaukee

SALT LAKE CITY, November 11, 2015 — Teachers use rubrics to help grade assignments. They are good tools to help quantify a qualitative judgement. Put another way, they make a subjective evaluation more objective. Through the first three GOP debates, countless pundits have offered assessments on candidates’ performances. A rubric boils down all those judgements ...

National Guard helps calm Ferguson fiasco

KANDAHAR, August 24, 2014—So Ferguson is calm…ing. The improved situation is thanks, in part at least, to the National Guard, which, by most accounts, performed admirably. Gov. Jay Nixon sent Missouri Guardsmen to carry out a “specific, limited mission of protecting the Unified Command Center so that law enforcement officers could focus on the important ...

Can the Taliban make a comeback in Afghanistan?

KANDAHAR, August 9, 2014—Pessimism has infected Americans’ outlook on the world. Nowhere is the tendency more evident or pronounced than in Afghanistan. It is a bipartisan affair, too. Conservatives seem resigned that a Muslim country will go the way of our other two recent interventionist projects in Iraq and Libya. Liberals are convinced that military ...

Two cheers for John Kerry and the Afghanistan Presidential standoff deal

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 22, 2014—Afghanistan’s election officials say that they will complete a nationwide ballot audit within a few weeks. Don’t hold your breath. Today marks the day that the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan was supposed to have certified the winner of the runoff election and declared a winner. Things didn’t go as planned, ...