In recent years, a growing number of voices including those of Dennis Prager—who will speak at next week’s Western Conservative Summit—Colorado’s own David Kopel have suggested that America is in grave and immediate need of a Fourth of July Seder. Even secular Jews know what a Seder is. They remember it from childhood as that ridiculously long meal in which at least one person wants to know how long it’ll be ‘til we eat and three more provide a detailed analysis of the consistency of the matzoh balls.
(Centennial Fellow) As we observe the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this Fourth of July, we should consider the unique form of government for which our Founding Fathers chose to risk “their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor” against the militarily-superior British. The definitive passage in the Declaration reads: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
As the confirmation hearings for nominee Elena Kagan begin this week, we again return to the question of how Supreme Court justices should interpret the Constitution. Central to this inquiry is the approach that justices take towards both the text and the fundamental principles which undergird our Constitution. There has been a long-running debate concerning this among varying judicial philosophies, one that in many ways mirrors current tensions among the Christian church. The recent phenomenon of the emergent church movement provides us with a striking similarity to the approach taken by many of our nation’s modern/activist judges.
The Colorado Senate President, a Democrat, writes in the Denver Post today that he prefers "shades of gray" to my "rigid ideology" as expressed in a 6/20 column(previous post) framing this year's election around whether
(Denver Post, June 20) Are we fit to be free? That’s the big question for Americans to decide in election year 2010. Above the chatter of daily headlines, beyond the jockeying of parties, two opposing visions of human nature vie for expression in the political choices we will make. One vision sees mankind as endowed with liberty and equality by our Creator, individually capable of self-determination in most areas of our lives, and inherently (if imperfectly) responsible in choosing for ourselves and taking the consequences.
In February of 2008, while the primary season was still in full swing, David Von Dreihle wrote a column titled: “Does Experience Matter in a President?” His central question was whether or not the fact that Barack Obama’s limited experience of eight years in the Illinois legislature and three years in the United States Senate was something voters should take into consideration. Notably missing from this résumé was any real executive leadership experience (save running a community organization). At the time of Von Driehle’s essay, Obama was still in the midst of his battle with Hilary Clinton to secure the Democrat Party nomination and was facing the charges from the Clinton administration that he was, indeed, unprepared. It was around this time that the “3 AM Phone Call” ad was run by the Clinton team.
Poor Bubba. Not only is he exposed as Obama’s messenger boy in the sleazy Sestak affair, but now friends report he is absolutely livid over the devastating portrayal of him in the new HBO drama “The Special Relationship” in which Dennis Quaid’s spot on Clinton tries hiding behind every international institution- U.N., NATO, EU – to avoid a decision on the Kosovo genocide until he is shamed into action by a decisive and principled Tony Blair.
Well, well. So my former legislative colleague and adversary Andrew Romanoff now styles himself a man of “backbone” in the Democratic Senate primary against Michael Bennet. Interesting since for upwards of 15 years, as Lynn Bartels noted in a Denver Post blog, yours truly has been using the imaginary town of Backbone Colorado USA to symbolize the qualities Americans must uphold if our country is to survive.
I spent most of May 2010 in predominately Muslim neighborhoods in the UK. As I walked the streets, I had often had the feeling that I was in the Middle East. I took a group of CCU students over to England to build relationships with Muslims, and to share Jesus with them. We set up book tables offering free New Testaments, the Jesus film with subtitles, and other literature in English as well as several other Middle Eastern languages. I implored my students to never say anything which could be construed as anti-Muslim, but only to promote Jesus, whom Muslims consider an important prophet. I was amazed at how open most Muslims were to reading the words of Jesus. Although a few wanted to argue, we avoided doing so, merely challenging them to better inform themselves of what Jesus taught.
(Centennial Fellow) CCU’s second annual Washington Week took 13 students and three faculty to Washington, DC, from May 23rd to 29th. It was an intensive “immersion” experience into the workings of our government, public policy think tanks, and current issues facing our nation. The group spent several hours each day hearing directly from some our nation’s most important experts in policy areas spanning domestic concerns (budgeting, healthcare, the environment) as well as global issues (missile defense, terrorism, genocide). Students from diverse backgrounds and interests all gained remarkable insight into current issues facing our nation. They represented majors ranging from History, Communications, and Business to Music and Youth Ministry.