Monthly Archives: September 2012

Obama or Romney? We’ll soon know

Forty days from the presidential election, conservative Republican John Andrews and liberal Democrat Susan Barnes-Gelt went up on Colorado Public Television with another round of Head On mini-debates over the politics of 2012, especially the race for the White House. Starting off with foreign policy, newly prominent in the campaign, Susan lauds Obama for having “kept our country safe for four years,” while John says his failed policies are “killing us… this appeaser has to go.” Their disagreement on the merits of Romney vs. Obama on domestic policy is equally sharp. Here’s the script: Continue reading

The American Dream

What do the words “American Dream” call to mind? A home with a car in the driveway (perhaps another in the garage), a couple of kids and a golden retriever? A job you like, that pays well, and employs your talents? Or is something less tangible like freedom, equality, and opportunity?

For a lot of Americans, the American Dream means not just doing well, but doing better than the previous generation and looking forward as the next generation flying even higher. Continue reading

Left & right agree for once: Colorado taxed enough already

It’s something new and notable in Colorado politics: An unapologetic liberal and an unwavering conservative agreeing in spite of themselves that tax increases for metro-Denver municipalities and school districts on the November ballot are an overreach.

In the September round of Head On mini-debates for Colorado Public Television, sponsored by Centennial Institute, Continue reading

Think again: America must revive ‘peace through strength’

(‘76 Contributor) American revolutionary Patrick Henry famously declared, “Give me liberty or give me death!” This month, furious mobs throughout the Islamic world decree death, a sentence they imposed on four Americans in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens — the first U.S. ambassador murdered in the line of duty since 1979. Before buying the spin that the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video, Think Again. Continue reading

Ten reasons why those legislative races are important

(Denver Post, Sept. 25) “It’s sucking Colorado dry,” a Republican state senator lamented the other day. He wasn’t talking about the demand on our rivers from Arizona and Nebraska. He meant the massive outflow of campaign dollars to Obama and Romney, diverting money from state races in this election.

If you don’t have to think about political fundraising, as do state Sen. Bill Cadman, Continue reading

I voted for Michael Dukakis

It was my first election and I was a registered Democrat. As a young, single woman attending college in Boulder, Colorado, no one was surprised that my choice for president was the Governor of Massachusetts, Michael Dukakis. To be honest, I was a bit to the left of the governor. I looked longingly at Europe where students attended college for free. I was smitten with the idea of free health care, free tuition, high taxation and cradle to grave care. Europeans seemed so enlightened and compassionate. Americans, by contrast, seemed stingy and backward. Continue reading

Why elections matter: More from a worried businessman

(‘76 Contributor) How fragile, very fragile, is our democracy, our free market economic system, and our country. For the first time ever, I am concerned that America’s best days are behind it.

The Supreme Court decision on Obamacare upheld the most far-reaching, burdensome, and intrusive legislation in the history of our country. Continue reading

Election asks Americans to decide if freedom is passe’

(Boston) If a traveler would discern in a single place in a single day the origin and meaning of these United States of America, no better setting could be found than this city’s justly famed Freedom Trail. Along the winding cobblestone streets and adjacent harbor that George III decried as a ”hotbed of sedition and treason” one can trace the footsteps of Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine, Samuel Adams, and many others who prepared the way for Revolution and Independence. Continue reading

Sex is no big deal? Don’t you believe it

(CCU Student) One of the touchiest, most tip-toed-around issues today is the choice of abstinence until marriage. As the world becomes more tolerant and even encouraging of promiscuous behavior, many Christians are hard-pressed to remain strong in their stand of remaining pure until their wedding night. And then beyond that, there is the challenge to stay faithful throughout their marriage. Continue reading

Bumbling negoriator-in-chief exposed in Woodward book

Bob Woodward has been telling on presidents since he and Carl Bernstein teamed up to reveal the Watergate misdeeds of President Richard Nixon in the mid-1970s, and he’s at it again. This time, it’s President Barack Obama who is feeling the sting, not because of criminal acts, but because of ineptness, arrogance and other attributes that in combination spell peril for America. Continue reading