Monthly Archives: July 2009

Calvin, 500 this month, foresaw dangers of power

John Calvin, one of the giants of Christian history, was born 500 years ago this month: July 10, 1509, to be exact. To mark the half-millennium of his enduring influence, Pastor Don Sweeting of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church—and a trustee of Colorado Christian University—wrote a three-part tribute on his blog.

Under the overall title of CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF JOHN CALVIN, you’ll find Sweeting’s perspective on… Continue reading

Intervention may prolong the slump, history suggests

Just last week, Vice President Biden informed us that the Obama administration had underestimated the severity of our country’s economic situation. On Monday, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D) informed us that another stimulus bill is probably needed. What we are witnessing is the machinating and vicious cycle of modern liberalism: government programs and initiatives aren’t working—solution=more government programs.

As the U.S. economy continues to struggle along, the temptation for the Democrat-led government is to meddle some more. So when the TARP funds are gone, the stimulus money has been spent, and the takeover of the auto industry has failed to achieve anything, their solution will be to spend more and increase federal control of the economy. Their failure to learn from history is indeed troubling. Continue reading

Govt. auto policy meets Alice in Wonderland

This is truly unbelievable. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and 14 fellow Democrats have introduced the Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act of 2009. Now we not only have the government competing (through Chrysler and G.M.) with other automobile companies. With this bill, we also have some congressmen who want the government to compete with itself by passing legislation to restore the dealers’ rights, even as it runs the auto companies who terminated those same dealers! I wonder who’s going to pay for that?

Sense of place, sense of history enliven Independence Day

(Denver Post, July 5) In lieu of fireworks, a cannon boomed at sunrise and sunset over Lewis and Clark’s campsite on a Missouri River tributary in present-day Kansas on July 4, 1804. They drank a toast and named the place Independence Creek. It was the first-ever Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi, writes Stephen Ambrose in “Undaunted Courage.”

This weekend, 233 years after the Declaration of Independence claimed for Americans our “separate and equal station… among the powers of the earth,” the Colorado map abounds with reminders of the nation’s heroes and heritage. We overlook them amid the daily routine. Let’s note a few examples and think about why they matter. Continue reading

Unbeliever in the White House

July 4, 2009, finds me filled with positive patriotism as always, but with a shadow of concern.

Our country has had the occasional president who did not believe in the truths of the Declaration or the restraints of the Constitution. But we have never had one who did not believe in the essential goodness of America itself. In Barack Obama, sadly, we now have a president who is an unbeliever of all three.

I am confident we will defeat him and survive him. Yet this is a somber Independence Day for me, because of the grave danger he and his personality cult and his socialist agenda pose to this land we love. With this bad man in power, Americans face a new and deadly challenge to our ideals. Let us rise to the occasion.

More government won’t fix health care

The country is now immersed in a deep debate. President Barack Obama is advocating sweeping “reforms” to the American health care system that will inevitably lead down the dark path to socialized medicine. But it’s not more government we need to reform healthcare—it’s more freedom.

The thought of nationalizing healthcare is tantalizing for many Americans. Yet socialized medicine would cost hundreds of billions of dollars, create lengthy, life-threatening wait lines, push out private industry and result in inferior care. Not to mention that nationalized healthcare is not truly free because somebody is going to pay for it—and that somebody is you, the taxpayer. In order to compensate for the costs, our taxes would have to go up, violating the President’s pledge against raising taxes on the middle class. Continue reading

Liberty is the answer, year–round

It’s not hard to love Independence Day. There are fireworks, picnics, baseball games, and a long weekend. What’s more, the air is filled with patriotism. On the Fourth, it seems everyone is thankful for freedom and proud to be an American.

My Fourth of July wish is for this attitude to last all year long. Our public dialogue these days seems to focus on pragmatic questions, like “How much will taxes go up?” or “Can government spend enough money fast enough to mitigate unemployment?” That sort of talk is a missed opportunity for those who believe in both America’s greatness and its founding principles. Continue reading

Into a twisted future with ‘Kicker’ and Wolf

Imagine a world in the near future where the Left has saddled pro sports with quadriplegic refs, transgendered concessionaires and stuttering sportscasters. Now the festering forces of radical feminism have decided to launch a direct assault upon the blatantly oppressive, misogynist and patriarchal world of “maleness” that is professional football.

Such are the premise and storyline of a new novel by author Gary Wolf. A rational person in a rational world should be able to say all this is silly, ridiculous, and prone to flights of fancy. Unfortunately, in the first decade of the 21st century the subject matter and conjecture found in the pages of The Kicker of St. John’s Wood is not so far-fetched and is indeed instead a remarkably accurate and reflective look at the forces, feelings and mindset of the modern-day Left. Continue reading

Deficit Deja Vu: Ritter learning too slowly on budget

Grappling with declining state revenues makes for some very unpleasant budget choices, as Gov. Bill Ritter and the Democrat majorities in the state legislature learned over the past 12 months.

It’s fair to criticize those choices, including the governor last year denying for several months that a problem existed. Yet anyone who has shouldered the responsibility of balancing a budget during a recession understands that learning from your own mistakes is inevitable. Continue reading