Monthly Archives: November 2010

150–year seesaw of power tipped toward liberty on Nov. 2

(Centennial Fellow) If we see the competition for power between Democrats and Republicans as a main theme, then modern American political history is exactly one hundred and fifty years old.

This history can be neatly divided into three distinct eras: Republican dominance 1860–1930, Democratic dominance 1930–1980, and Republican restoration 1980 to present. Continue reading

Bipartisan games or downsizing government?

(‘76 Contributor) Bipartisanship is greatly overrated as a formula for good government. Every major government boondoggle in recent memory was launched with bipartisan enthusiasm. Bipartisanship has its role in the day–to–day affairs of government. What separates genuine bipartisanship from bogus bipartisanship is one thing: honesty.

In Congress or any state legislature, it is normal for hundreds of bills to be passed with bipartisan support because much of government consists of making adjustments or improvements in ongoing programs that have broad public support. When dealing with the core functions of government, we seldom see sharp divisions along party lines. Continue reading

Manifesto for the Grand Old Tea Party

(Centennial Fellow) This essay is my argument for why America needs the Republican Party and the Tea Party to combine forces to form a semi–new political party, the GOTP or Grand Old Tea Party. William F. Buckley wrote in 1955 that National Review “stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.” Had Mr. Buckley’s wisdom been heeded the Republican Party today would be yelling Stop! In fact, it is not yelling stop, nor has it yelled stop since at least the 1980s. At best, Republicans have been in concert with the Democrats using the refrain “slow down, slow down” to the opposition’s “speed up speed up.” Now more than ever, it seems that as Will Rogers once said, there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. Look to the record. Continue reading

Roar of disapproval or empathy deficit? Debaters differ

The Republican congressional landslide resulted from a “failure to communicate empathy,” not a rejection of Obama’s policies, says Susan Barnes–Gelt in the November round of Head On TV debates. Okay, says John Andrews, if this shellacking was an empathy deficit, Katrina was a light breeze. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over Colorado election results in state and federal races, the media’s role in 2010 campaigns, and the wide–open contest for Mayor of Denver as Hickenlooper moves up. Head On, presented by the Centennial Institute since 2009, as been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997. Here are all five scripts for November: Continue reading

‘In Dire Need,’ student’s vocal prelude to poverty seminar

As the Centennial Institute / Heritage Foundation seminar on ‘Seek the Welfare of the City” approached its climax on Nov. 11 with a talk by Robert Woodson of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, CCU senior Cha’Rel Wright brought down the house with an a capella performance of her own spiritual solo, ‘In Dire Need to End Poverty.” Here are the lyrics:

In Dire Need to End Poverty
Written by Cha’Rel Wright Continue reading

Middle America loves Wal–Mart, even if the left doesn’t

It is increasingly rare to find a report in the media that shows America’s largest employer, Wal–Mart, or any large corporation for that matter, in a positive or even neutral light. A loud minority have waged a cultural and public war against Wal–Mart, referring to and viewing it as an evil corporation, a burden on the economy, and even an oppressor of the lower class. But these viewpoints are erroneous and have been disproved by multiple studies showing that Wal–Mart’s existence is favorable to our country as a whole, while also providing benefits to millions of individuals, especially to those within the lower class. Continue reading

Twice in Iraq, and worth it: An American soldier writes

(See Editor’s Note) Dear Dr. Watson: Recent news reports have shown that less that 1% of our great nation has fought in Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. We have a population of over 310 million people and about 2.2 million soldiers have served in both wars. Defense Secretary Gates brought this fact to light at Duke trying to encourage more people to volunteer their service to this nation. Of the 2.2 million soldiers that have fought or are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan about half of them are from the Army. The Army is about the size of the Air Force, Navy, and Marines combined. So it is natural the Army bears the burden of these two wars. Continue reading

Obama & Pelosi invite us to imagination land. Don’t go!

(CCU Student) The tides have turned, but sadly worldviews have not. Politico.com released two intriguing articles this past week. The first article pertains to Barack Obama’s interview on 60 Minutes. The other discusses Nancy Pelosi’s views post–election.

I am all for a well–rounded proposal on any issue. But for once I want to hear the “how”! Most reoccurring during the previous two years and, proposals by the political left have pervasively (arguably“intentionally”) tiptoed around the ‘how’–question regarding virtually any idea, bill, plan, etc. Under crossfire and criticism our president, speaker of the house (now former), and many other elected officials of the Democratic Party have misconstrued reality and invited us into an imagination land in which ideas do not have to be clearly documented. Continue reading

GOP wave hit invisible wall from Colorado westward

(CCU Student) It’s November 7. The final ballots are being counted, and toss–up races are concluding in each of the states. Republicans have picked up sixty–one seats in the House of Representatives, regaining the majority that their Democratic counterparts have controlled since 2006. They captured another six seats in the Senate, conceiving a thorough enough presence of Republicans to prevent cloture. Conservatives nationwide should be delighted at the prospect of these events transpiring on election night; yet, the satisfaction that many Republicans such as myself sustain is severely fragmented. With an enthusiasm gap that favored the GOP from as many as fifteen percentage points, there was no reason to believe that the Republican Wave wouldn’t capture upwards sixty–five seats in the House and majority control of the Senate. Continue reading