Monthly Archives: May 2011

CCU convenes three generations of Coloradans in Congress

By |May 14th, 2011|

CCU Washington Week, the spring field study in public policy and politics for 16 students at Colorado Christian University, topped off its third year on Friday with a three–generation encounter of eminent Coloradans at the US Capitol. […]

Federal debt threatens liberty as well as prosperity

By |May 13th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) First in the Constitution, then in various laws and such devices as a debt ceiling, we Americans keep trying to keep the federal government from disastrous excess. And our representatives keep backing up—saying that’s OK, overreach all you want. Forget liberty. Forget economic prudence. Go for it. […]

Redistricting frenzy is a symptom of too much government

By |May 13th, 2011|

(’76 Contributor) Filed Friday, May 6: Redistricting of Colorado’s seven Congressional districts is entering its final weekend, at least for the regular Colorado legislative session. Absent agreement or a special session called by the Governor, the lines will drawn by the Courts. […]

Head On TV: Ryan vs. Obama & Romer vs. Hancock

By |May 12th, 2011|

Paul Ryan’s bold approach to federal deficits and debt will backfire, predicts Susan Barnes–Gelt in the May round of Head On TV debates. Not hardly, replies John Andrews; President Obama left a leadership vacuum on the fiscal debacle, and this lowly congressman has filled it. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over the mayor’s race in Denver, the politics of natural disasters, the 2012 presidential outlook, and results of Colorado’s legislative session. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for May: […]

To toke or not: Ancient Stoics & Hedonists had same debate

By |May 9th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) My post here a couple of weeks ago, “Marijuana Day at Boulder,” which juxtaposed an April 20 lecture on Puritanism and the Protestant ethic that I had given in my CU classroom with the thousands of pot smokers outside in the quad, has gone somewhat viral—but with notable inaccuracies. […]

Waterboarding helped get bin Laden

By |May 7th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Give the left an inch and watch for a thousand miles of hyperbole, as in concluding mainly from a few instances of waterboarding that the United States under George W. Bush became a sadistic, Nazi–style torture haven for no productive reason.

That last assumption—that nothing came out of the exercise to justify it—has once more been seriously challenged, […]

Muslim Brotherhood, not bin Laden’s al Qaeda, is our worst enemy

By |May 4th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Nearly flawlessly executing the operation in Pakistan to raid the compound where Osama bin Laden was living—among the military and police leadership of Pakistan by the way—the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six along with elements of other U.S. government assets killed America’s most wanted man. This is a victory for all of us—no doubt. A tremendous Bravo Zulu to the men and women who made it possible and gave the operation the best chance of success. Bin Laden is dead. What I am hearing from the media, the government, and our President, however, is making me queezy. […]

Fair & foul in the battle over congressional redistricting

By |May 4th, 2011|

(Centennial Fellow) Gerrymandering—the conspicuous, irregular manipulating of electoral district boundaries to advantage one political party or candidate—is widely considered a distasteful, if not downright corrupt, practice.

Through gerrymandering, incumbent politicians seek to choose their voters rather than vice versa, […]

After bin Laden: Vigilance maintained & joy restrained

By |May 4th, 2011|

(CCU Faculty) On the Sunday night news coverage on the killing of Osama bin Laden, all the networks showed people gathering at Ground Zero, in Times Square and around the White House. Most of those people were in a celebratory mood: singing and chanting about the death of bin Laden. The event struck me as odd. In the few days since, two thoughts come to mind: first, some thoughts on the Christian attitude toward celebration of anyone’s death and second, the reality of what bin Laden’s death means and doesn’t mean. […]

Spirit of 1776 is in our keeping

By |May 4th, 2011|

The Colorado Family Institute is truly on the frontline of the battle for our values and principles and we thank you so much for your work. Today, I wanted to share two things with you: my narrative and how this narrative relates to our work at the Centennial Institute.

Editor: How can conservative groups in Colorado help each other? […]