(By John Andrews, Centennial Institute Fellow)
The media, the schools, and the culture are massively misleading Millennials about how America’s free government is supposed to work. And as Reagan warned, such political fairy tales put our liberties at risk in this new century.
Take the fake constitutional crisis that President Donald Trump’s enemies have ginned up over his perfectly legal firing of FBI Director James Comey. The Constitution is clear. Nothing bars any president from dismissing any executive branch official. They all serve at his pleasure, partisan hysteria and media innuendoes to the contrary notwithstanding.
But anyone in the Millennial generation is at risk of not knowing this. To have been born since the 1980s is to have lived your whole life in a miasma of civic illiteracy, fostered by leftist dominance of the national conversation — even during interludes when the center-right briefly prevailed. These wicked times have ill equipped you to see through the lies.
If you’re under 35, in other words, the knowledge elites have spent decades marinating in your mind is the fallacy that our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, don’t really mean what the words on paper say. Rather they mean what “your betters,” the secular utopian priesthood, want them to. As I said: political fairy tales.
It takes a tough-minded, resilient, resourceful individual to buck the system and fight through to an empirically true understanding of what our representative republic actually offers you and asks of you, the free citizen. So if you — you looking at this screen — are even reading this, congratulations. You’re a brave outlier, and our country needs a million like you if it is to survive.
For as Ronald Reagan recognized, way back in 1964 when the presidency hadn’t yet lured him and I was barely of age, freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. The young don’t
Ambrose and Andrews
Weekly columns by Colorado’s elder conservative thinkers.
Jay Ambrose is a columnist whose work is nationally distributed by the Tribune Co. in Chicago. He has served as editor of two metropolitan daily papers, including the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and a country weekly in the Appalachians in his early 20s. For nine years, he was director of editorial policy for Scripps Howard Newspapers in Washington, D.C. He has been a Pulitzer Prize judge and served on the board of directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. His writing awards include the national Walker Stone Award for Outstanding Editorial Writing. He also has been a moderator of leadership discussion groups on major issues in Denver, Boulder and at Lockheed-Martin in Littleton. He is a media fellow at Centennial Institute.
John Andrews, for decades an influential voice in the Colorado political debate, is now one of his state’s Christian conservative elder statesmen. He has led five think tanks, most recently the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, and was the originator of the Western Conservative Summit, Backbone Radio, and the Head On TV debates. Andrews was previously President of the Colorado Senate, chairman of the State Policy Network, and director of TCI Cable News. He was a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon; an education appointee under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; founder of the Independence Institute and co-founder of State Policy Network; and Republican nominee for Governor of Colorado in 1990.
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