Monthly Archives: October 2010

Rove & Hewitt energize Colorado GOP for 96–hour push

On Friday evening, CCU political science students, as well as Centennial Institute Director John Andrews and Professor Gregory Schaller, attended an event at the Douglas County Events Center keynoted by radio host Hugh Hewitt and Former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove. Making appearances amongst the peaks of their campaigns were Colorado congressional candidates Stephen Bailey (CD-2), Scott Tipton (CD-3), Cong. Doug Lamborn (CD-5), and Cong. Mike Coffman (CD-6). In an effort to stump for candidates in highly competitive races, Rove tied their Democratic opponents to the “Unholy Trinity” (Pelosi, Reid, Obama), and the imminent danger facing the United States should their failed policies take effect sans repeal. Continue reading

Shouldn’t citizens monitor how courts treat constitution?

Former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky, in her Oct. 24 Denver Post piece “Keep integrity of courts,” disappointingly banged on the political drum to draw attention away from the voters’ interest in finding out how three Colorado Supreme Court justices, who each want 10 more years on the bench, have been deciding constitutional cases. The exaggerated commentary demonized Clear the Bench Colorado (“CTBC”) for taking to task three justices whose performance has been substandard. Continue reading

Colleges face political oversight; religious exemption offered

The battle to prevent another power grab by the Obama administration, this time in relation to private colleges and universities, entered a new phase this morning when regulations mandating political oversight of such institutions were finalized by federal bureaucrats in disregard of a three-month national protest effort led in part by CCU President Bill Armstrong. Armstrong released the following statement just before noon Thursday:

Defying expectations, and a tidal wave of criticism, the US Department of Education today announced its “final” rules regarding higher education. Until yesterday, Washington insiders were saying the rulemaking would be delayed for 60 or 90 days, but the outcome is online today—an 894 page document—and will be in the Federal Register tomorrow. Continue reading

Wandering in Liberal Land

(Stowe, Vermont) When a mix of personal and professional responsibilities had me traversing the East Coast from D.C. to Vermont, I seized the opportunity to don the cloak of undercover investigative reporter and spy on the liberals who abound in these precincts, get an update on why Barry Goldwater wanted to saw off this part of the country and “let it drift out to sea”, and generally get some insights on why the Lefties in our dear country are so discouraged, depressed, confused and cantankerous. Continue reading

Win or Withdraw? The Need for Clarity in Afghanistan

(CCU Student) Anybody who has wandered around their living room in the middle of the night will tell you the potential danger of moving in darkness. Yet for the past nine years, the United States has done just that in Afghanistan. And it is this lack of direction that has a potential for crushing consequences.

Immediately following September 11, 2001, the U.S. began organizing and preparing to strike at the heart of Al Qaeda by invading Afghanistan and toppling the Taliban government that had been harboring and training terrorists. Continue reading

Students liken White House 2010 to Kremlin 1920

As professor of European History at Colorado Christian University, I regularly teach courses on Communism. Last week my students turned in their book reports on History of the Russian Revolution by Harvard professor Richard Pipes. While grading their papers, I noticed that my students drew many comparisons between Lenin and Obama.

The Bolshevik government: Continue reading

Dems’ safe seats suddenly aren’t

(CCU Student) With eight days to go until Election 2010, there are many expert predictions that assert the GOP will pick up anywhere from forty to sixty seats in the House and five to ten seats in the Senate. While this indeed would be a definitive feat, there is an astonishing facet that has been under wraps in this election cycle. Republicans are running competitively in Solid Democrat seats, some of which have been held by Democrats for the past ten to twenty years. In most election cycles, winning in districts such as MA-4, TN-6, and OH-10 would be deemed unfathomable; just the mere thought of a Republican staying within 20% points would be a tall order in itself. But the political mantra of the GOP this midterm election has been ‘to attain the impossible’, and this attitude, shown by countless Republican candidates throughout the country who are looking to make history, has reflected positively in the polls leading up to this 2010 election battle. Continue reading

Fifteen reasons I’m voting for 60, 61, and 101

(’76 Contributor) What could a Colorado family of four do with an additional $300 a month? Should taxpayers be able to keep more of their hard-earned money? Will that help create jobs and business? Do Colorado citizens deserve to have more money left over after deductions and taxes—to spend, save, invest or give away? Do you?

[Editor: This post advocating the three tax measures is a counterpoint to Mark Hillman’s recent post opposing them. Centennial Institute never takes an official position for or against ballot proposals, candidates for public office, or pending legislation.] Continue reading

Blind to Islamic threat, NPR ‘earns’ cutoff by taxpayers

(Centennial Institute Fellow) National Public Radio has fired Juan Williams, and first off, the people who did the firing should get fired if they don’t hire him back, and next, the federal government should yank all its funding from the outfit.

This firing is political correctness gone bananas, a blatant, in-your-face, cowardly, utterly mindless assault on free speech coming not from a private entity that has to earn its way in a competitive world, but from a public, government-financed organization whose money comes largely from taxation. Even though NPR does first-class journalism, it is suddenly waging a war on words that were unexceptional, and given its special obligations, that is unacceptable. Continue reading

Election showdown: The people vs. the professors

(Denver Post, Oct. 24) “Beware intellectuals. Not merely should they be kept away from the levers of power. They should be objects of suspicion when they offer collective advice. Intellectuals habitually forget that people matter more than concepts and must come first. The worst of all despotisms is the heartless tyranny of ideas.” So writes British historian Paul Johnson on the last page of “Intellectuals,” his 200-year survey of the damage done by brainy elites in public life.

That was in 1988, and the hit parade hasn’t stopped. A sequel could chronicle Hillary Clinton’s debacle as health-care czar, Al Gore’s phony climate panic, the failed presidential candidacies of uber-smart guys Michael Dukakis and John Kerry, and Barack Obama learning the hard way that being president requires different skills than being, in Sarah Palin’s words, “a professor at a lectern.” Continue reading