(Denver Post, Apr. 28) Watch closely as the legislature enters its final ten days of the 2013 session. This year is shaping up as a game–changer for the way Coloradans govern ourselves and seek the common good. Over the decades, we’ve seen a Republican–led House and Senate confronting a Democratic governor, and vice versa. We’ve seen the House and Senate controlled by opposite parties.
(Centennial Fellow) It is an easy, and not entirely inaccurate, observation to make that an overly latitudinarian and morally relativistic society is at least partially to blame for last week’s bomb attacks in Boston. It is not entirely accurate, either; in the final analysis, it is terrorists, and the strictures that motivate them, that are to blame for acts of terror. More importantly, it is how a society responds to such attacks that matter, and whether that response will be framed by an unchecked barbarous emotion on one extreme, a fanatically tolerant, multi–culturalist approach on the other; or a more pragmatic, realistic one that recognizes the incompatibility of our own culture with that of radical, fundamentalist Islam.
(‘76 Contributor) In his 1831 book celebrating America, Alexis de Tocqueville warned, “In democratic societies, there exists an urge to do something even when the goal is not precise, a sort of permanent fever that turns to innovations, … (which) are always costly.” After a spate of traumatic tragedies that impact the gun and immigration debates, feverish politicians are rushing to innovate complex legislation without thoroughly and publicly examining the underlying problems and before “we the people” consent to their solutions.
Editor: Cliff Dodge, a former state senator from Denver and now president of the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club, wrote this shortly before the 2012 election. It has only become more relevant since then. Being a mere mortal, I cannot see or predict the future. Several religious sects and their leaders have tried to predict the end of civilization and life as we know it, but to no avail. On December 21st, 2011 it was predicted the world would end.
The first Earth Day in 1970 came to pass with a plethora of statements from the usual alarmist suspects (e.g., Paul Ehrlich, Dennis Hayes, U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, et al) that, in hindsight, should make any sane person laugh out loud. The fact making these a lot less funny is that similarly outrageous statements are being made today by the likes of Al Gore & Co. A sampling of the 1970 stuff appears at the end of this commentary. The fatal fault underlying much said by these disciples of Thomas Malthus is their apparent ignorance of history.
Editor: After we reprinted the Rod Dreher article, “Sex After Christianity,” Centennial Fellow Brad Hughes offered this penetrating analysis of the same problem—the hollowing out of the church in the USA—from a different angle. It is secularism, not sexuality, that has seduced the saints and threatens to destroy America from within. America is following the path already traveled by Europe, the bastion of secularism.
(Centennial Fellow) Now that they have regained total control of the State Capitol, Democrat leaders in the legislature just cannot resist kicking rural Colorado every time they get a chance. It was necessary, they told us, for rural Coloradans—and gun owners everywhere—to compromise our lifestyle and our freedom as part of their irrational quest to make us safer by passing laws that will continue to be ignored by cold–blooded killers like James Holmes, Adam Lanza and the Boston bombers.
(‘76 Contributor) Rand Paul must still be licking his wounds after his recent foray into the halls of Howard University. When I read about Sen. Paul’s devastation as his prepared remarks unraveled, revealing a series of factual errors, misnomers, temporal confusions and a failed attempt to equate the post–1968 Republicans with the party of Lincoln, I couldn’t help but draw a comparison with another white conservative who had spoken numerous times to cheering, supportive crowds at Howard University: the late Jack Kemp—congressman, cabinet secretary, and 1996 GOP vice–presidential nominee.
(’76 Contributor) Little did I know that, years after being in a parachuting accident during a year at Oxford, I would meet Gen. James C. “Jim” Hall, USAF (Ret.), one of the greatest parachutists of all time, and then plan a recent celebration of his many professional and personal achievements. Gen. Hall is an American hero who has played a significant role in the history of aviation.
Colorado is not better off as the legislative session wraps up with Democrats having pushed through a hard–left agenda, says John Andrews in the April round of Head On TV debates. Susan Barnes–Gelt disagrees, lauding the session as enlightened and pragmatic. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over gun control, illegal immigration, lapses by law enforcement, and a sweetheart land deal in local government. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for April: