'76 Blog

Still striving for freedom

Eight hundred years ago on 15 June 1215, the English people compelled King John to endorse the Great Charter – Magna Carta. The Great Charter confirmed the ancient rights of “all the community.” […]

By |June 11th, 2015|Categories: History|Tags: , , , |

Summit Surprises: Did You Know?

(By Centennial Institute Staff) Yes, Western Conservative Summit 2015 is very much about the invisible primary for president next year.  Seven GOP contenders are coming, others may come, and we even invited five Dems (not holding our breath).  But there’s a lot more to WCS15 that you maybe didn’t know about.

Graduation advice for troubled times

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 […]

U.S. and British elections: changing patterns of party alignment

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow)  Dateline Washington, DC: As I write from the Imperial City- ablaze as always with partisan speculation – the conversation at our table at the Old Ebbitt Grill is about an […]

By |June 6th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

The state of education reform today

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow)  This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the landmark legislation that launched the Federal Government as the principal force in American school reform. Hailed as a key element in Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” program, the law was quickly transformed into a generalized entitlement with only limited impact on real reform. This baleful precedent set a pattern […]

By |June 5th, 2015|Categories: Education|

When ambush journalism is in the public interest

(By Jason Salzman, ’76 Contributor) When Fox 31 Denver’s Eli Stokols left town in April to cover the presidential campaign for Politico, he told the Columbia Journalism Review that Denver reporters should “be a little tougher on some of the people that we cover.  I don’t know if I saw that enough


By |June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Immigration policy & politics won’t be solved by judges

(By Helen Raleigh, Centennial Fellow) Recently, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a lower-court injunction that temporarily blocked  the Obama administration from carrying out President Obama’s executive order which would make illegal aliens eligible for “lawful presence, work authorization and associated benefits.” […]

By |June 1st, 2015|Categories: Immigration, Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Still striving for freedom

(By Peg Brady, ’76 Contributor) Eight hundred years ago on 15 June 1215, the English people compelled King John to endorse the Great Charter – Magna Carta.  The Great Charter confirmed the ancient rights of “all the community.”  So what?  Magna Carta is the foundation of America’s Constitution, our defense against tyranny, corruption and civil decay. […]

By |June 1st, 2015|Categories: History, Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

Conservatives would be wise to resist populist temptations

It’s a not uncommon phenomena in American politics for left and right to circumnavigate the spectrum and forge periodic and unlikely alliances. This is particularly prone to occur when elements of the right succumb to the temptations of populist ideology. […]

By |May 29th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , |

Can we trust the government with the death penalty?

I shall ask for the abolition of the punishment of death until I have the infallibility of human judgment demonstrated to me. -Gilbert du Motier, Marquis du Lafayette (yes, that one)

I find that I am essentially for the death penalty in theory, but against it in practice. That’s one of those statements that is in danger of meaning nothing, like “supporting the troops but not the war.” In this case, however, I understand my position well enough to use such a platitude with my eyes wide open. […]

By |May 26th, 2015|Categories: Ideas, Politics|Tags: , , , , |