Monthly Archives: January 2010

Forgetting the Founders

There’s a case of Founding Father forgetfulness creeping through the GOP. Sarah Palin recently showed the extent of the infection. But it seems Colorado is not immune, and may be in desperate need of the vaccine.

In a recent interview with Glenn Beck, Palin was asked to name her favorite Founding Father. While visibly scrounging through her mind’s historical file cabinet, she bought some time by declaring, “Well, all of them.” Beck fired back: “Bull crap.” Like a young paralegal, she continued to search her files, eventually producing a name: “Of course, George Washington.” The light bulb above her head was almost blinding, the relief in her face embarrassing. Continue reading

Self–sufficiency can stop the bribery

Bismarck, Prussia’s Iron Chancellor, once said, “Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made.” In the case of the current government, bound and determined to take over our health care system regardless of public opposition, never have so many Americans been privy to the making of sausage—and it hasn’t been pretty. One must wonder if this much bribery and corruption are in plain view, what must be going on behind the scenes? Continue reading

Hickenlooper & Ritter are business-friendly? Who says?

After all the Hickenhoopla dies down, Colorado voters may experience a sick feeling of déjà vu as the Denver mayor and Democrat candidate for governor
claims that he’s “business friendly.”

We’ve been down this campaign trail before, just four years ago, when nice guy Bill Ritter bent over backward to ingratiate himself to every gullible business organization in the state. Only the most ardent Republicans refused to fall for the fallacy of a business-friendly Democrat, and business leaders and editorial boards across the state have been (deservedly) kicking themselves ever since. Continue reading

Alinsky connection helps explain Obama’s first year

(CCU Student) Since Barack Obama has entered office, the emotional state of the country has shifted from a polarized sense of hope to constant unease and skepticism. To understand how and why this has occurred, it’s first and foremost a necessity to learn about where Barack himself has obtained such principles and agendas that shadow his seemingly slick modus operandi. In particular, a closer look at the notable radical and social organizer named Saul Alinsky will reveal a much darker, yet detailed picture. Continue reading

Bankruptcy for owner of Denver Post

(’76 Editor) You have to read closely to see it, so elegant are the euphemisms, but the company that owns the company that owns the Denver Post is taking bankruptcy to get out from under $1 billion in loans it can’t repay. (“Pact lets Post’s owner cut debt,” Jan. 16.)

I note this with sadness, not any sort of pleasure, because Denver and Colorado need the Post—all the more so after we lost the Rocky Mountain News a year ago—and because I admire press lord Dean Singleton, whose MediaNews Group is the nation’s second-largest newspaper publisher in terms of circulation and who is one of the world’s true visionaries about where journalism is going in the digital age.

As today’s story explains, MediaNews is in relatively better shape than most other struggling or bankrupt newspaper owners, and given Singleton’s proven virtuosity there is reason to think he can pilot the company through current storms into sustainability when industry trends smooth out. For Colorado’s sake and in the interest of informed self-government, let’s hope so.

Disclosure: I am a Denver Post columnist.

One million signatures is Manhattan Declaration’s next goal

(’76 Editor) As a signer of the Manhattan Declaration on religious liberty, sanctity of life, and dignity of marriage, issued in November 2009, I received the following update from organizers Robert George, Timothy George, and Charles Colson. If you have not already signed, I urge you to click the link and do so at once.

Dear Colleague: Thank you for your support of the Manhattan Declaration. It is off to an amazing start – over 370,000 signers and growing. And it is indeed historic: Evangelicals, Catholics, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox Christians uniting to give common witness to the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage, and religious liberty for all persons. Continue reading

Black conservative: Reid is no racist

(’76 Contributor) Harry Reid is not racist and Republican calls for his resignation are misguided. There I said it.

The senate majority leader has recently come under fire for remarks attributed to him in the new book “Game Change.” Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann say that in 2008 Reid described then candidate Obama as a “’light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.’” The comments have been seen by some as being racially insensitive. Continue reading

A Socialist President? Thinking It Through

(’76 Contributor) During a recent “Meet the Press” the host, with feigned indignation, asked a Senator, “You’re not calling the President a Socialist, are you?” Without waiting for a response, he repeated the question for emphasis. This performance highlights the hijacking of political semantics. “Socialist” was replaced by “Liberal” which, in turn, became a pejorative, and now “Progressive” is preferred, and used in titles of dozens of political and welfare advocacy groups. Continue reading

Imagine a better legislature

(’76 Editor) While others play the personality game of who succeeds Bill Ritter, let’s talk policy. Imagine Colorado making itself so attractive to employers that we lead all 50 states in creating new jobs, instead of lagging in 20th place as we did in the decade past (our second-worst showing since 1890).

Imagine Colorado becoming a mecca for affordable health care by letting insurers from across the country compete on price and quality in our state marketplace. Imagine forging out as the nation’s futuristic energy leader, the state that builds safe nuclear plants for clean electricity powering homes, businesses, and vehicles. Continue reading