I’m plagued with a wandering mind. I find most speakers unsensational and my mind goes sideways about the people I am dutifully supposed to listen to. I wonder what they had for breakfast, what they wanted to be when they were a kid and what books sit on their nightstand these days.
So who can hold my interest? Today, as when I was in college, it tends to be the real-world adventurers, the story tellers, those that had the guts to start businesses, invent stuff or start a crusade. Continue reading →
(Denver Post, Apr. 29) If I undertook to write about partisan politics for dummies, I’d immediately have your attention. Many people think that’s all partisan politics is for. It’s everyone’s favorite punching bag.
But I’ll argue that partisan politics is forever with us and a good thing, so we may disagree. Continue reading →
As part of his 20-day book tour to promote No They can’t, John Stossel, Fox Business Network host and commentator, spoke to attendees of the Values-Aligned Leadership Summit on Wednesday, April 18th put on by Colorado Christian University. John marveled the audience of over five hundred attendees with his gift for entertaining while saying something profound. Continue reading →
(Hilton Head, S.C.) As the United States moves through the second of its four years of commemorating the sesquicentennial of its’ Civil War (1861-1865) it is instructive to reflect on the interplay of History and national memory.
For those wishing to visit historic sites or observe various commemorations, South Carolina – the first state to secede from the Union – can be a useful base of operations. Continue reading →
The lesson already from Supreme Court deliberations over the constitutionality of Obamacare is that unlimited government makes most Americans queasy, says John Andrews in the April round of Head On TV debates. No, replies Susan Barnes-Gelt, the big takeaway is conservatives’ inconsistency, suddenly favoring the very judicial activism they long opposed. John on the right, Susan on the left, also go at it this month over Romney vs. Obama, the Trayvon Martin shooting, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, and the urban freeway wars. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997, with sponsorship by Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for April: Continue reading →
What we generally take for granted as “the world around us,” the great John Bunyan described figuratively as a colorful, raucous, irresistible riot of carnal commerce called Vanity Fair. The whole thing, he warned, is set up to turn us from the love and rewards of God—yet in Bunyan’s telling, every pilgrim journeying toward God is obligated to go there. One must push through, resist capture, break out and with divine help at last leave Vanity Fair behind. Continue reading →
(Centennial fellow) Almost every Friday morning, a friend and I get together for strong coffee and bracing political discussion, and sometimes he will say journalists lie. No, I respond — they make mistakes and their biases pop through their reporting, but it’s not lying. What am I to argue now that we’ve learned about NBC News and the doctored tape? Continue reading →
(‘76 Contributor) According to news reports, the Obama reelection campaign will take the offensive against likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney on matters of national security. It’s an unusual ploy for any Democrat seeking the White House, and one utterly unsupported by the evidence in this case. Let’s look at the record. Continue reading →
(CCU Student) Americans have created a culture where we don’t like to be pushed around, where we value our ability to make decisions for ourselves. This ideal is reflected heavily in popular culture, where our most well-known characters are rugged individuals that forge their own path (i.e., John Wayne). But if this is the case, then why are we allowing such expansive legislation to pass in Congress such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? Continue reading →