Less than two hours after the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil since 9/11 FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that his investigators were “definitely not discussing terrorism”. Soon after President Obama urged Americans “not to jump to conclusions”. When reporters asked what the President meant by that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had no coherent answer. Continue reading
(CCU Staff) After two years of campaigns, hopeful orations, and double speak, the only citizens experiencing sweeping change may be the janitors on Capitol Hill. With the House passing the Democrat’s health care bill last week, that could change should the Senate follow suit. Failure regarding this bill, the President said, was not an option. But what if that isn’t true? What if failure is part of the design?
One of the hotly contested measures in the Democrats’ bill is an insurance mandate, which would force healthy people who do not use much health care, and often choose not to buy insurance, to purchase coverage. Continue reading
(’76 Editor) When Scott McInnis, Josh Penry, and Dan Maes faced an audience of almost 300 at Centennial Institute’s forum for gubernatorial candidates on Nov. 3, the outpouring of written questions from the floor added up to a comprehensive examination of the rivals’ readiness to lead Colorado if elected in 2010. Since our panel was only able to ask a few of the questions that night, we’ve compiled all of them here for your reference. The order is random, and there has been no editing to avoid repetition or overlap on some topics—since that serves to illustrate concentrated areas of concern among those who attended. Panelists’ questions are listed separately at the end. Continue reading
(’76 Editor) Before Tuesday, only one loss had ever marred Barack Obama’s smooth ascent to greatness. From the Harvard Law Review to the Illinois Senate to the United States Senate to the White House, the charmed young leader rose unstoppably. The lone speed bump was his congressional primary defeat in 2000.
Then came the shellacking of 2009. Governorships in two key states flipped from Democrat to Republican despite the president’s best efforts. Continue reading
(CCU Student) In most aspects of our world today, we see the increasing absence of moral authority. Citizens in all venues of vocation are striving for premier results, success, and position, and moral authority has become forgotten and lost all meaning and value. Ethics and principles have been replaced with mendacious and disingenuous acts, most of the time being intentional. An area that I feel has lost its honorability and morality is our current government. This is not a statement made based of feeling, biased, or emotion; rather, on facts and evidence. Continue reading
(CCU Faculty) In the landmark abortion case of Roe v Wade, the late Chief Justice Rehnquist (then Associate Justice) wrote a dissent opposing the majority’s opinion that the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure included the right for a woman to have an abortion. Justice Rehnquist was indeed correct in his reading of the Bill of Rights. What Rehnquist did not do, however, was recognize the fundamental right to life of a fetus. In fact, had Rehnquist managed to forge a majority around his interpretation, thus siding with the Texas abortion restrictions, there would have been no prohibition of abortion in America. The issue simply would have been reserved to the individual states to decide for themselves. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Here’s a sampling from the major news outlets this morning and how they are covering this story. Note these key points: 1) Most barely touch on the fact that Hasan was Muslim, despite the fact he shouted “Allahu Akbar” before killing 13 people at Fort Hood. 2) The commander of the base and the investigators are still “stumped” as to the motive of the shooter. 3) Nearly all reports contain a portion of the press release from the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR – known Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas entity). 4) The New York Times and CNN make no mention of the facts that Hasan is Muslim, went to Mosque, or attended the Muslim Community Center, Silver Spring, MD. Continue reading
(Regis Student) President Obama is right. When it comes to healthcare, the status quo is unacceptable. Too many people are without access to affordable health coverage, and millions of people are uninsured through no fault of their own. We need change. But President Obama’s government answer is not the way to go.
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. The most critical aspect of reform, and the starting point, must be increased competition—something else President Obama claims to favor. Continue reading
(’76 Editor) Beyond Vail, beyond Durango, all the way to the Oregon woods and the West Virginia coalfields, Americans with an appetite for politics got the word about Centennial Institute’s forum for Colorado gubernatorial candidates one year ahead of Election 2010. Search-engine maven Jonathan Watters of the CCU University Communications office compiled the following sampler of media coverage: Continue reading
(CCU President) A packed house at Colorado Christian University’s School of Music auditorium gave gubernatorial candidates a rousing reception last night, as they spoke at CCU’s Candidate Forum, sponsored by the university’s Centennial Institute.
Candidates Scott McInnis, Josh Penry and Dan Maes presented their credentials in an hour long televised forum hosted by Centennial Institute Director John Andrews. An audience of 300 was invited to submit questions which were posed to candidates by CCU Seniors Chad Ryder and Samantha Scoggins. Continue reading