Might the recent inauguration herald some real hope and change at last, wonders a tongue-in-cheek John Andrews in the February round of Head On TV debates. He even momentarily dons an Obama button before Susan Barnes-Gelt reaffirms the hardball playbook and reminds us it”s all the Republicans” fault. John on the right (button quickly discarded) and Susan on the left also go at it this month Hillary Clinton”s past, the GOP”s future, immigration reform, and gun control. Head On has been a daily feature on Colorado Public Television since 1997 and a presentation of Centennial Institute since 2009. Here are all five scripts for February: Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel can, and should, be honored for his service in Vietnam. It’s not for his heroism in 1967 and 1968 the nominee for secretary of defense ought to be evaluated, however, but for his analysis of the national security situation facing the nation in 2013 and beyond.
There would seem to be practical reasons for the Senate to seriously consider withholding consent to Hagel’s appointment. Continue reading
(‘76 Contributor) Considered a cancer-surviving “bad*** on a bike,” it turns out Lance Armstrong is just a bad guy — and a fraud. Armstrong”s admission that he doped his way to seven Tour de France titles even prompted CBS News CEO Jeffrey Fager to Think Again about his network”s role in the “Miracle Man”s” narrative. “We helped create the myth,” he acknowledged, because “we wanted to believe this absolutely inspirational story. But we were duped.” Continue reading
Liberalism, or ‘progressivism’ if you prefer, can be for many a very puzzling ideology to understand at times. The latest issue where common sense has been suspended for the sake of political expediency is the question as to whether or not armed guards or teachers should be allowed in schools. The premise being that the only true and constitutional way to protect the most vulnerable among us and only effective way to stop a mass shooter would be by armed intervention by another. Continue reading
(Centennial Fellow) Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the Declaration of Independence: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…” He then proceeded to lay out why the American colonies would rightfully “assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature”s God entitle them.” As he wrote this, Jefferson was laying the groundwork for what ultimately would become necessary: the forceful overthrow of an unjust political regime. Continue reading
(Denver Post, Feb. 3) Firearms are dangerous. When learning to use a rifle in boyhood, and later when training with a handgun, I was drilled hard on this. Instructors barked at my least show of carelessness.
But the force of government and political power is more dangerous than any gun. Our public officials are trustees over the organized monopoly of legitimate violence in this country. Under due process of law, they hold the dispensation of life and death over us all. How chilling if this fearsome power were to be used carelessly. Continue reading
(‘76 Contributor) If there is anything Americans love, it is options. Lots of them. Americans enjoy a variety of choices in retail, entertainment, automotive… you name it. Private industry tends to reveal what the American public finds most conducive toward happiness. What is good is invested in, what is bad, either ceases to exist, or must undergo some serious reforms to be competitive once more. Continue reading