The horror of human trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. But as the month winds down, and the fight against human trafficking carries on, how aware are we and what does that awareness prompt us to do? For many the term human trafficking does not have a clear definition. For others, the definition may be clear, but how it applies may be uncertain. Still others either don’t understand why this issue is drawing such attention or are turned off by the topic because of its salience in certain circles. The purpose of this article is to guide us toward a shared understanding of what constitutes human trafficking, how it impacts society locally and globally, and how we as individuals can address this injustice. Continue reading

We Need a Patriot in the Oval Office

I finally saw American Sniper, the film about Chris Kyle and his four tours of duty in Iraq. It shows the nature of warfare, the nature of human nature and the nature of peace through strength.

Warfare is barbaric. It always has been. And it shows the depth of human depravity. From the earliest records of warfare, the objective has been to win. Each culture sets its limits of what it will or will not do to win. Some will seek to protect non-combatants. Some have no moral boundaries at all. But regardless of the rules of engagement, the objective of winning requires killing a sufficient amount of an enemy to subdue him and his people. Most who engage in a war of aggression or defense seek the most efficient route to winning the spoils they want or protecting what they have. Continue reading

Ten Things I Learned in the Legislature

Editor: Republican attorney and businessman Spencer Swalm served in the Colorado General Assembly (as his late father also did), representing House District 37 in Centennial from 2007 to 2015, departing under term limits on January 7. We asked him to sum up the lessons learned from those eight years, all but two of them Continue reading

“Suicide By Doctor” fraught with risks for Colorado

“Physician-assisted suicide is dangerous for a myriad of reasons and should be aggressively resisted, “ say three attorneys in a new policy brief from Centennial Institute. Suicide By Doctor: What Colorado Would Risk on the Slippery Slope of Physician-Assisted Suicide, by Michael Norton, Natalie Decker, and Catherine Foster, is published as the Colorado General Assembly moves toward Continue reading

Think again: the real deflate-gate

Aired-out uproariously on “Saturday Night Live,” “Deflategate” has been a national fixation since word broke that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in their Super Bowl-berth-clinching victory over Indianapolis. The alleged-cheating controversy has even pumped up the loveability of the oft-despised Seattle Seahawks.

However, Think Again if you believe Deflategate is merely hot air. Though overblown, Americans’ disquiet reflects our fairness instinct and commitment to equality of opportunity — the ideal that all competitors in the race of life, no matter their status, can succeed on a level playing field. Continue reading

President’s cutesy speech omitted entitlement crisis

Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This country of ours? We’re a “tight-knit family.” Republicans? He wants to get along with them. To repeat a question he asked, really? Continue reading

Pantsed at the circus

Our president is the poster child of modern elite academic thought. In that world of secularism and relativism, reality is socially constructed by language. They believe that man is the creator of reality and that man creates that reality with his words. So, this president, with the magic of his words, has created a mystical universe of wonder that is hope and change. He has created better and more affordable health care and anyone like me who is dealing with a doubling of their health insurance premiums and a doubling of their health care deductibles is just a cynic. And the enemy, he tells us, is cynicism. I am the enemy because I dare to live in reality then I choose words that fit that reality. Continue reading