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2016’s gonna be a nightmare, believe me

By |March 28th, 2016|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, '76 Contributor) “Our long national nightmare is over,” President Gerald Ford declared at his swearing-in, marking the end of the most dangerous constitutional crisis since the Civil War — Watergate. After becoming the only [...]

Kindergarchy and our clash of civilizations

By |December 5th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) With the civilized world reeling from the Islamic State’s “no lives matter” terrorism, it’s worth recalling how Gen. George Patton inspired college-age GIs to vacate their safe spaces for D-Day’s [...]

Draining Washington’s swamp, Fred Thompson-style

By |November 16th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, '76 Contributor) “I often long for the realism and sincerity of Hollywood,” joked Sen. Fred Thompson, the “Law & Order” star who recently died. A real-life prosecutor and Watergate counsel, Thompson formulated the famous question [...]

Jeffco school reformers face social-media lynching

By |October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Colorado, Education, Politics|Tags: , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, ’76 Contributor) As a giant marketplace of ideas, Facebook is an astonishing barometer, for better or worse. Its force-multiplying “likes” and “shares” can direct masses toward aspirational “Arab Spring”-type movements or incite mobs with false grievances, […]

The pope and Sanders: misguided economic missionaries

By |October 10th, 2015|Categories: Economics, Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, '76 Contributor) If only Pope Francis were in my Buenos Aires taxi last Christmas. I could have used his moral authority (and Argentine-accented Spanish) in negotiating with a driver who’d forgotten the [...]

Think Again: The Real Debate: Are Americans Getting Trumped?

By |September 26th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, '76 Contributor) “There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the entire government working for you,” Will Rogers quipped, capturing his era’s zeitgeist and explaining the popularity of our moment’s [...]

Think again: Trump, Obama and evidence-free politics

By |August 13th, 2015|Categories: Foreign Policy, Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

Last week during the most-watched primary debate in history, a U.S. senator fired a cogently argued objection at his party’s leader, drawing a contemptuous and insulting personal attack. No, it wasn’t Sen. Rand Paul, who [...]

Search for truth amid the propaganda

By |August 1st, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, <em>'76</em> Contributor) At a recent 11,000-strong Netroots Nation conference, irate protestors booed presidential candidate Martin O’Malley for proclaiming, “Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter.” That O’Malley’s echo of “all [...]

Spinning White House yarns and Iranian nukes

By |July 18th, 2015|Categories: Foreign Policy, Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

(By Melanie Sturm, '76 Contributor) Unable to ignore millions of cancellation letters and a rare presidential apology, fact-checkers at PolitiFact and the Washington Post designated “If you like your health care plan, you can keep [...]

Graduation advice for troubled times

By |June 6th, 2015|Categories: Ideas|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It’s not a “Mad Max” world into which students are graduating, but it’s a mad, mad one, fraught with genocidal fanaticism, proliferating scandals and morally deficient leadership. As terrorists claimed swaths of Iraq and Syria [...]