Monthly Archives: November 2009

Stuck in 9/10 mentality, Dems don’t ‘get’ interrogation

(CCU Faculty) Interrogation in normal police procedures is intended to gain information about a crime, with the ultimate goal being to gain a conviction. When police question a suspect or person with knowledge of a crime, they are trying to build a case that will be substantial enough to ensure that the guilty parties are punished for their offense. What is most frightening about our current Democrat leadership is that they view the capture and interrogation of terror suspects with this same mindset. Continue reading

On fast–changing landscape, a tale of three Novembers

(Centennial Fellow) What sets America apart from other countries is the extraordinary reservoir of idealism that has been a constant in our national life from the very beginning. The national narrative-a.k.a. The American Dream- has always been about individuals and groups who achieved remarkable things against great odds. Cynics for whom the glass is always half empty call the dream a myth but Americans know better for they have seen it fulfilled in their own lives or those of others for generations. Throughout our history the stories of Horatio Alger, Abraham Lincoln and countless others have reinforced our belief in the boundless potential of the common man and our deep conviction that such aspirations are no relic of the past but rather a living legacy for our children and grandchildren. Continue reading

Centennial hosts Western legislators conference

(’76 Editor) Recovering the Founders’ Constitution in American state and federal government, and reviving the civic virtues and character our Founders saw as indispensable to liberty—one huge challenge in the political realm and another in the cultural realm—these were the action points emerging from “Constitutional Principles for Legislation,” a conference for state legislators from throughout the West, sponsored by the Centennial Institute and the Rocky Mountain Family Council on Oct. 30-31 at Colorado Christian University. Continue reading

Health care the capitalist way: Part 2

(Regis Student) Ronald Reagan once said, “Individual freedom and ingenuity are at the very core of everything we’ve accomplished.” Indeed, everything that has made America great has come from empowering the people, including and especially when it comes to the market. Capitalism has been the engine of prosperity for this country going back to its founding. As such, I am now proposing that Congress and the President consider the “Capitalist Manifesto for Healthcare Reform,” several specific, free-market fixes for the healthcare problem. Continue reading

Let’s stop warping words

(’76 Contributor) Rhetoric often manipulates our understanding through bias-laden misuse of language. We all have encountered this. “Progressive, ” for example, suggests innovative, visionary and benevolent. But most “progressive” policies merely regurgitate antiquated notions that were disproved decades ago. A principal contemporary example of outdated “progressive” policy would be the flurry of big-spending, big-government legislation being touted by this Administration, merely repeating the failed economic policies that worsened and prolonged the Great Depression. Continue reading

Booklists on faith & freedom

(’76 Editor) Hearing from Greg Schaller, my CCU professor pal, about an online book club starting up at Redstate.com, I compared their list with mine as compiled a few years back at the suggestion of Kevin Teasley, my school-voucher activist pal. The overlap is interesting, and either list is a needed reminder that we’re well repaid by devoting more time to the writings that endure, and less to the ephema of journalism, TV-radio, or blogs (this one included). Continue reading

Videos now posted on candidates for Senator & Governor

(’76 Editor) Tom James of People’s Press Collective.com was at CCU to film the Nov. 10 senatorial forum as well as the Nov. 3 gubernatorial forum. Below are the links for both video files. PPC, as they call themselves, will partner with Centennial Institute to sponsor an all-day boot camp on “Blogging Right,” Dec. 5 at the Beckman Center on our campus. Email us at centennial@ccu.edu for details.

Here’s the Senate forum video.

Here’s the Governor’s forum video.

You better know a lot to get our vote, forum audience warns

(’76 Editor) Again at the Senate candidates forum on Tuesday, as happened at the gubernatorial forum last week, CCU’s big audience of students, faculty, and friends posed far more questions than we had time for. Here is a full transcript. Panelists’ questions appear after this list of 56.

1. What is your justification for the discrepancy between health care benefits Senators have and those planned for the U.S. citizens who put them in office? What happened to government of the people, by the people and for the people? Continue reading

How AP & two bloggers rated the Senate forum

Workmanlike, but not quite the Lincoln-Douglas debates… this was theme in three accounts of last night’s Centennial Institute candidate forum. Kristen Wyatt of AP noted the rivals’ sameness. Blogger Don Johnson was underwhelmed, while Ron Michel, his Arapahoe County neighbor, went further and expressed dismay. But the fact remains, as noted in this morning’s Denver Post, that we scored a first as far as putting the four main GOP contenders on the stage together. This stands as a bookend with the “last” scored a week ago, when Josh Penry made his final campaign appearance opposite Scott McInnis and Dan Maes before quitting the race on Tuesday. Here’s how Wyatt, Johnson, and Michel saw the Nov. 10 non-shootout shootout: Continue reading

Senate candidates face off at CCU forum

A cheering crowd of nearly 300 filled Colorado Christian University’s School of Music auditorium last night to hear four candidates for the U.S. Senate. Weld County D.A. Ken Buck, Former Lt. Governor Jane Norton, businessman Cleve Tidwell and former State Senator Tom Wiens addressed the Centennial Institute’s Candidate Forum. The program, which follows last week’s forum for gubernatorial candidates, will be broadcast statewide on Colorado Public Television and Salem Radio, including KNUS 710 in the Denver metro area. Continue reading