Monthly Archives: May 2009

Obama’s illusion of placating Iran

Bibi Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel, after discussions with the great compromiser, President Obama, agreed to allow the United States to negotiate with Iran before taking action to protect Israel from sure annihilation. The United States has been thwarted time and time again when attempting to negotiate with terror nations. These governments do not have our values. One believes in jihadism and the other is atheist. We should never compromise our values … and neither should you. Continue reading

DC, Days 1-6 in Pix

If you’re on Facebook, see hundreds of great photos from CCU’s Washington Week by going to Matt Lenell’s page. (Must “friend” him to see the pix.) You can also search for the group he founded, Washington Week 2009, and join that. And if you’re not on Facebook, you should be. Get with it. Hat tip to Matt for also serving as our videographer throughout the trip, capturing a complete archive of all the briefings and study sessions.

DC, Day 6: Capitol Capstone

CCU’s Washington Week was capped off perfectly on Friday, May 15, as eminent Coloradan Hank Brown treated us to a six-hour roving seminar through public and private areas of the United States Capitol, where he served as a congressman and senator from 1981 to 1997. In the Senate Brown succeeded Bill Armstrong, who is now President of CCU. After retiring from public office he served as president of both UNC and CU, and he continues today as a faculty member at Boulder, where he teaches a political science course on American history and government as brought to life in the US Capitol’s art treasures. A short version of that course highlighted the final day of our study trip. Here are five snapshots. Continue reading

Dem legislators’ money grab gets worse

If Democrats in the 2007 General Assembly were devious for passing Gov. Ritter’s infamous property tax hike without voter approval, the current crop plunges to new depths.

In an act of sheer arrogance, this year’s Democrat majority poked taxpayers in the eye just for spite.

Recall that the aforementioned property tax hike increases the burden on local property owners while reducing the state’s obligation to fund K-12 education. Continue reading

My pro–life epiphany

This week the Gallup organization reported that their latest poll showed 51% of those people polled considered themselves pro-life while 42% considered themselves pro-choice. I wasn’t surprised. I am writing this while President Obama is conferred an honorary degree from Notre Dame University. Last autumn, while pondering the “life” question on my mail-in ballot, I had an epiphany: I support life.

For over 40 years, I considered myself pro-choice, but I was never radical about it. When I changed my political affiliation in 1989 from Democrat to Republican, it had nothing to do with life. I continued to support a pro-choice position. Yes, I suffered repercussions from my beliefs, but I was okay with it. I chose to be kind to others who may not agree with me. Kindness was returned. Continue reading

Speaker Pelosi’s glass house

Nancy Pelosi has made a veritable career out of Bush bashing. She owes her position as Speaker of the House to the Iraq War, having come to power after the 2006 mid-term election that was an anti-Iraq referendum. She has since played the role of Democratic gadfly, prancing from issue to issue to place blame on the opposition while taking credit wherever and whenever possible. She has also become the perfect shill for her far-left constituents in San Francisco and the bevy of left-wing interest groups that line her coffers with cash at every opportunity. From Code Pink to MoveOn.org, Pelosi is the voice of the left in Congress. Continue reading

Live from Zell Miller’s book tour

Zell Miller, the former US Senator and Governor, a principled Democrat who electrified the Republican National Convention with his 2004 keynote speech, is at it again. The ageless Georgian has written another book, his eighth, entitled Purt Nigh Gone: The Old Mountain Ways, and he’s on the road selling it. The other day I drove up to the Amazing Grace Christian bookstore in Gainesville, Georgia, and enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime visiting for over an hour with Shirley and Zell Miller after they came on time and as scheduled. Zell had just arrived from a radio interview with Martha Zohller, a well-known talk show conservative with North Georgia media. Continue reading

DC Day 3: ““Darkness hates light”

Tuesday of CCU’s Washington Week was packed with informative briefings for our student/faculty group. “Darkness hates light,” Examiner editorial page editor Mark Tapscott reminded us in the words of Jesus. It was his clinching argument for why all concerned Americans, and Christians in particular, should value journalism and consider being journalists—which the Internet now makes feasible for any of us, he pointed out.

America’s role in a dangerous world was the day’s main theme. At the Center for Security Policy, director Frank Gaffney spoke on issues that threaten America’s sovereignty, from transnational governnance schemes to the march of Sharia law. At AIPAC, student outreach coordinator Amy Berelowitz updated us on the US-Israel alliance and her group’s campus organizing efforts. Over dinner at the Alliance for Vigilance, a former FBI expert on counter-terrorism outlined the Muslim Brotherhood’s vision for an Islamic America. Continue reading

Civilization & citizenship keynote Washington Week

(Washington, DC) Thomas Krannawitter’s “Citizenship for New Americans” and Samuel Huntington’s “The Clash of Civilizations” were the prep readings for our delegation from Colorado Christian University as a weeklong study trip to this world capital began today.

Prof. Bill Saxby, CCU humanities dean, and Prof. Stan Dyck, history department chairman, are leading the group of 16 students representing 10 different majors. I’m along to offer context from my experience as an appointee of Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush, and to explore Centennial Institute opportunities for future internships and onsite learning. Continue reading

Are you better off?

(My Denver Post column, May 10) Colorado Democrats are having a lousy year. It’s been a tough 2009 for the party in power, and 2010 may be worse. Which is odd, because 2008 was great for state Dems. They gained a Senate seat, a House seat, and threw a coronation party for Obama, who is now embarked on the most brilliant reign since Louis XIV, the Sun King.

Yet with the legislature done and election year eight months off, there’s a sense that Democrats have worn out their welcome with Coloradans, creating an opportunity for Republicans to reintroduce themselves and get back in the ballgame. Malaise hangs over the Capitol. Will Gov. Bill Ritter do a Jimmy Carter and become a one-termer? Continue reading