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Draining Washington’s swamp, Fred Thompson-style

By |November 16th, 2015|

(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|

(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|

(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 Golden […]

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

By |September 26th, 2015|

(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|

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 chastised […]

Search for truth amid the propaganda

By |August 1st, 2015|

(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 men […]

Spinning White House yarns and Iranian nukes

By |July 18th, 2015|

(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|

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 for […]

Applying Lincoln to our culture’s civil wars

By |April 9th, 2015|

Last week, as radical Islamists slaughtered 148 Christian students at a Kenyan university, America’s faithful celebrated Easter and Passover in tranquility, demonstrating why religious liberty is not the eccentric uncle in the human-rights family — it’s the matriarch. […]

I witnessed a speech that may change history

By |March 14th, 2015|

“All the world’s a stage,” Shakespeare penned, and last week I was fortunate to behold a performance for the ages, one that moved its standing-room-only audience.

Sitting in the gallery above a joint session of Congress and feeling history’s weight at our civilization’s fateful crossroads, I watched Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enter the House chamber to thunderous bipartisan applause before delivering a gracious, credible and consequential speech. […]