'76 Blog

Christ and his cross have lessons for leaders

(Centennial Fellow) The week that stretches from Palm Sunday through Easter is the most significant week of the Christian’s year. Historically and spiritually, this week marks Jesus’ triumphant […]

March 31st, 2015|Ideas, Religion, World|

A nation of citizens, not of immigrants

(’76 Contributor) I think it’s always good to know where people come from before you consider what they have to say. The truth of the matter is, with reference to this evening’s panel, I am not a legal immigrant […]

March 31st, 2015|Immigration|

Head for WCS15 with Walker, Carson, Hewitt, Horowitz & more

(’76 Editor) We are having, if I may turn a phrase you’ve never ever heard before, an absolute ball getting ready for Western Conservative Summit 2015 on June 26-28 at the Colorado Convention Center. […]

The Murder of a Baby: A Statutory Commentary

(Centennial Fellow) The case of Dynel Lane of Longmont, CO, who attacked a pregnant woman and killed her 7 month old unborn child, is shocking on many levels. Not only is this a particularly grisly crime, but it raises […]

March 23rd, 2015|Law Justice Courts, Pro life|

Seek justice for Michelle Wilkins' baby daughter

(Centennial Fellow) Murder charges should be filed against Dynel Lane, the 34 year-old Longmont woman accused of cutting the 7 month old fetus from an expectant mother’s womb. The victim, Michelle Wilkins, survived, but her baby daughter did not. […]

March 23rd, 2015|Courts, Justice, Law, Pro life, unborn murder|

Is Barack Obama a Christian and what difference does it make?

Over half (54 percent) of Republicans, 26 percent of independents, and 10 percent of Democrats, when asked in a recent poll which religion describes President Obama’s “deep down” beliefs, said he is Muslim. The poll was conducted in October 2014, by Alex Theodoridis of the University of California at Merced and released in February. Choices included Muslim, Christian, atheist, spiritual, or “I don’t know.” While 45 percent of Democrats said Obama is Christian, his stated belief, only 18 percent of independents and 9 percent of Republicans agreed. Many also responded “don’t know” – i.e., 47 percent of independents, 26 percent of Democrats, and 19 percent of Republicans. […]

March 18th, 2015|Politics, Religion|

Workers get new rights in Wisconsin

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has signed a measure freeing workers in his state from having to pay union dues if they want to keep their jobs, naturally enough upsetting labor honchos wanting to grab every worker nickel they can. Not the least of them: Randi Weingarten, chief of the American Federation of Teachers.

“Scott Walker fails the test of common decency and common sense,” said this woman representing teacher unions that commonly abet innocent American youths in failing standardized tests. Her comments came after Walker signed a bill making his state No. 25 in enacting a right-to-work law that does exactly what its name implies. It gives people the right to work without forking over their hard-earned money to unions relying on coercion as a mode of survival. […]

March 14th, 2015|Politics|

Islamic State authorization for military force scrambles Washington

Barack Obama’s request for a formal Congressional authorization to use military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State has produced the most amazing responses. Everyone seems to be switching sides and one cannot tell the players without a scorecard.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain went from earlier introducing a new War Powers Act requiring the president consult with Congress if he plans military action lasting more than seven days to saying, “To restrain [the president] in our authorization of him taking military action, I think, frankly, is unconstitutional and eventually leads to 535 commanders in chief.” Ranking Foreign Relations Democrat Robert Menendez went from introducing a more restrictive AUMF in December to supporting the president’s broader authority now. […]

March 14th, 2015|Foreign Policy, Politics|

I witnessed a speech that may change history

“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. […]

March 14th, 2015|Foreign Policy, Politics|

An Obama legacy of less freedom and more danger?

As the last two years of his tenure move toward their conclusion, President Barack Obama’s increasingly probable legacy — on top of the much-discussed debt he will leave to punish future generations — could be a nuclear-armed Iran and a striking diminution of rule of law and American freedoms. […]

March 9th, 2015|Foreign Policy, Politics|