Monthly Archives: February 2010

Democrats’ golden goose tax policy

Of all the fairy tales that liberal politicians seem to believe — such as man-made global warming or that more government health care spending will reduce the deficit — there one fable they seem unable to comprehend: “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.”

Most will recall the story of the couple blessed by a goose that each day produced one golden egg and made them rich. Not content with their good fortune, the couple decided to cut the goose open and collect the bevy of golden eggs inside. Continue reading

Totalitarian roots of political correctness

(CCU Faculty) In a graduate seminar at the University of California 30 years ago, I made the mistake of using the word ‘gals’ instead of ‘women’. The feminists in the class verbally assaulted me at being insensitive to their gender issues. It seems that wherever we go now, we must be careful not offend the hyper-sensitive feelings of those who wish to limit our speech, and force us to use the words they prefer. Continue reading

Honor him today: The greatest American who ever lived

(’76 Editor) This is Lincoln’s birthday. It used to be a holiday in this country; no more. Yet some of us still revere Abraham Lincoln as the greatest American who ever lived. He is a hero to me because of the moral penetration of his mind, his greatness of soul, his political subtlety and discernment, his determined rise from obscurity to eminence, and the genius of his statesmanship in not only freeing the slaves while saving the Union, but helping the nation to a second birth of “more perfect Union” by so doing. Continue reading

Politically disgusted? Pick up your pencil

(Denver Post, Feb. 7) “Both ends of the political spectrum are disgusting,” said reader Bill Hoppe in an email after my Jan. 24 column on bipartisan irresponsibility. “It becomes increasingly difficult to believe in our legislature at any level.”

Deborah Kelly’s letter to the editor, published here on Jan. 31, was equally despairing: “I can’t afford health insurance, and after the Supreme Court decision regarding campaign financing, now I can’t afford to vote either.” Continue reading

Biblical windows on Manhattan Declaration

(’76 Editor) The Manhattan Declaration on sanctity of life, dignity of marriage, and religious liberty was faulted by my colleague Kevin Miller at the Vanguard Forum on Feb. 5 for insufficiently addressing such issues as the divorce culture and the idolatry of the state.

I agree with Kevin that those issues must be honestly confronted, especially since Christians have been passively and actively complicit in the worsening of both for at least a century now. But I am proud to be a signer of the Manhattan Declaration, imperfections and all, since on balance it does the Republic and the Church far more good than harm. Continue reading

‘State of Palin’ address launches Sarah for 2012

(’76 Editor) Which big speech best expressed the concerns and hopes of most Americans right now, Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 26, or Sarah Palin’s forceful and confident speech at the Tea Party convention tonight? I give it to Palin hands down.

This may be the opening salvo of her presidential campaign for 2012, a campaign that stands a better chance of success with every passing week. It’s still very early, but three years from now we just might be getting used to the first woman ever to win the White House—and recalling that it all got started on Reagan’s birthday in Nashville, when American heard its next president give her State of the Palin address.

CNN seems to be the first news organization up with a lengthy text story on the speech (which wrapped up only 45 minutes ago). CSPAN’s website is promising a complete video file on the speech shortly.

Time for ‘We the Posterity’ to do our part

(’76 Contributor) A personal viewpoint is hereby submitted by William Dent Sterrett III, this date February 6, 2010. In honor of the Founding Fathers and the United States Constitution, and as a proud member of the Posterity, so eloquently referenced in our Constitution (with its intent to secure “the blessings of liberty” to this generation as well as the framers’ own generation), I hereby share my earnest and energized thoughts regarding our great and thriving nation. This position statement is presented for consideration, deliberation, and response. Continue reading

Why I’m skipping ‘Avatar’

(’76 Editor) “Avatar” with its leftist plotline, where capitalism and America are villains, is amusingly debunked by Denver Post columnist Mike Rosen today. Reviews in National Review, Weekly Standard, and Commentary did likewise. I’ll be skipping this overhyped dud.

After posting the above on Twitter and Facebook a short time ago, I was informed by one Victoria Livingston on FB that: “Americans have had a history of being bullies; it started with overrunning the Indians before the ‘settlers’ were Americans.” To which I then replied: Continue reading

Reserve now for Centennial coming events

(’76 Editor) This week Centennial Institute officially begins its second year. We’re working to become known in Colorado and nationally as the open forum where current issues are tested against timeless principles.

Our Spring 2010 events calendar features topics from drug policy to mobility strategies to the Christian testimony of an ex-Muslim terrorist. We’ll also feature Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute on capitalism in crisis, Douglas Bruce on taxpayer protection in Colorado, and Michael Poliakoff on the classical legacy of Vergil. Continue reading

How should an American college teach American history?

(’76 Editor) Particularly a college such as CCU, devoted to the same biblical truths and principles as most of our Founders? Centennial Institute asked for advice on teaching our country’s history to college students, from a dozen of the most thoughtful Christian conservatives in America today. Their recommendations on the most important ideas to be taught, and the best books to help do that, add up to a rich intellectual feast. Continue reading