Author Archives: Peg Brady

Western Conservative Summit recap: Three days of empowerment

Editor’s Note: Peg Brady of Centennial CO, a Western Conservative Summit delegate since our first year in 2010, annually contributes her exhaustive program notes for the benefit of fellow summiteers as well as those who couldn’t attend.  I liken her to James Madison, stenographer of the Founding, whose personal record [more] of the 1787 constitutional convention captured it forever in history. – John Andrews

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Eight centuries of the magnificent Magna Carta

(’76 Contributor) June 15 commemorates the affirmation, 798 years ago, of our fundamental rights. Magna Carta, the Great Charter, confirmed “for us and our heirs in perpetuity” that the government, even the king himself, must honor citizens’ rights and operate within law and custom.

Despite the fashion to demean Magna Carta, the Great Charter clearly acknowledges the rights of “all free men.” Here are a few of the 63 clauses. Continue reading

Unchecked government, once England’s nemesis, now threatens America

Government’s responsibility “is to preserve the independence of property, on which is founded all human liberty and all human excellence,” explained Princeton history professor Lawrence Stone in his book The Causes of the English Revolution: 1529–1642. He continued, “but to govern is to wield power and power has a natural tendency to encroach. It is more important to supervise government than to support it because the preservation of independence is the ultimate political good.” Continue reading

The myth of ‘government money’

Another bailout—mortgage banks, this time. Issuing and taking loans requires careful, fact–based deliberation by both the lending agency and the loan recipient. Instead, those making irresponsible fiscal decisions rely on the government to bail them out.

But there is no “government money” to fund such largesse. The only money that any government has was taken from us taxpayers.

Government agencies extract money from us, spend much of it on themselves, and dole out the remainder to buy votes.

And then they play a finger-pointing blame–game to distract us from their deeply flawed self–interest, all the while ensuring us that there will be no more costly bailouts.

Prager & Hewitt energize Coloradans at ‘Obama 365’ rally

Editor: Five hundred Colorado conservatives filled the Douglas County Events Center in Castle Rock on Nov. 7 for the “Obama 365” rally sponsored by Salem radio stations KNUS and KZNT, one year out from Election Day 2012. Featured speakers were Salem radio hosts Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt. ’76 Blog contributor Peg Brady produced another of her meticulously detailed steno summaries of the evening. Here is Peg’s report: Continue reading