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

In the wake of horror, a defense for Charlie

Much of the world was horrified by the savagery exhibited in Paris. That horror, at least in the West, was not so much that people had been killed — that happens regularly enough — but a response to the reason for which they were slaughtered: namely for the “crime” of publishing cartoons that displayed a rather unflattering portrayal of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Continue reading

Don’t punish taxpayers for prosperity

Colorado’s economy has shown remarkable resiliency in the wake of the Great Recession.

Unemployment has steadily fallen from a high of 9.6% in 2010 to an estimated 4.1% in November 2014.

Income indicators roared past pre-recession levels and now both wages and salary and per capita income are significantly higher.

In the past five years, taxes and fees paid by Coloradans to their state government have grown by 43% from $8.5 billion to an estimated $12.3 billion in the current year.

And next year, state revenue could surpass the state’s spending limit for the first time in 15 years, triggering a modest rebate to taxpayers of $116 million or 0.4% of next year’s state budget.

But those in the Government Always Needs More Money Choir just can’t stand this prosperity. They are howling that that this modest refund – and perhaps future refunds, if the economy continues to grow – are somehow strangling our state government. Continue reading

A Christian response to militant Islam

The advance of militant Islam with all of the terror attacks around the world in our lifetimes is one of the major issues of our lives. From attacks on targets in Africa, India, Pakistan, England, and France to the attack on America on 9/11 and the rise of the Islamic State across Iraq and Syria, Islamic terrorism and war is a major world problem, and likely the greatest one. Between the presidencies of George Bush and Barack Obama, America seems to be confused about how to think about the threat and how to handle the threat. As in all major issues, policies have to be based on the most important and enduring principles of truth. Continue reading

The happy history buff’s holiday reading list

(Boston) One of the delights of Holidays- beyond the joy of reunions with family and friends- is that by lifting us out of familiar settings and routines they provide the space to catch up on our reading.

For those enamored of well written History on substantive topics I offer the following “mini-reviews” of three books that brightened my Holidays. Continue reading

Who wanted dead cops, and why?

“Dead cops.” “When do we want that?” “Now.” You didn’t hear it for the first time here. You heard it all around the country recently after two separate Grand Juries, in two different cities, determined that there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against police officers who killed an “innocent” citizen with a gun. And those words of hatred were spewed by “peaceful” demonstrators many of whom were engaged in rioting and looting of businesses. Continue reading

Top news stories of 2014 from a global justice perspective

(Centennial Fellow) Heading up a Colorado-based nonprofit that seeks to make global justice concerns present and practical to ordinary Americans, I read the headlines with a different perspective than most people. International issues have been central in news stories throughout 2014 and have had an increasing impact on our communities, our country, and our world. While there are justice concerns in every region of the globe and many significant events from the past year, I highlight the following “Top 10” news stories for their impact during 2014 as well as their implications for 2015: Continue reading