Category Archives: Centennial Institute

America hasn’t peaked yet

(’76 Editor) “Contrition is BS.” Press secretary Ronald Ziegler’s acid tone shocked me – and he didn’t use the initials. It was 1973, a bad year in a bad decade for America. I was a young speechwriter in the Nixon White House, assigned to gather input from Ziegler and national security advisor Henry Kissinger for a TV address Continue reading

The Right Movies: WCS14 film screenings announced

Western Conservative Summit 2014 reminds delegates of the power of conservative film with its popular nightcap feature, “The Right Movies.” Feature films and documentaries that friends of freedom can applaud are screened Friday and Saturday evenings Continue reading

Legislating morality is the wrong question

(’76 Contributor) Let me comment on the March 10 forum at Centennial Institute, “Can We Legislate Morality? Marijuana, Marriage, Murder,” which I was unable to attend.  It’s an attention-getting topic, since in my view the libertarian trend is becoming a suicidal libertine trend, demanding total freedom and a social safety net which becomes unaffordable. It’s also on its way to endorsing NAMBLA as the next step after gay marriage. Eventually the victim list will get some attention. Continue reading

Five Lessons from Conservative Persuasion Bootcamp

It happened right under our noses, even though we all knew better: a cabal of determined con men and women got everyone to believe that they were championing open and enlightened discourse, while they were actually just frightening everyone into silence ahead of the reality that the oligarchic governmentality to which they entitled themselves was in fact completely incoherent. Continue reading

Allen West sees a new generation of optimistic conservatism

After a moving speech by Mia Love, encouraging insights from Governor Mike Huckabee, and a profound expose of the left’s moral bankruptcy by Bill Whittle, Colonel Allen West took the stage to bring the fourth annual Western Conservative Summit to a close. The former Florida U.S. Representative touched on the topics that had been echoed throughout the weekend by such speakers as KT McFarland, Jonah Goldberg, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and others.

“So here we are, on the Lord’s Day, committed to the timeless principles of conservatism that have made us, America, the envy of the world,” West began. His remarks were Continue reading

Former U.S. Rep. Allen West’s prepared remarks for Western Conservative Summit

Thank you! It is an honor, a pleasure, a privilege to be able to speak to you today! What a rush it is to be with this wonderful group of freedom-loving, God-fearing American patriots. Though only in its fourth year, the Western Conservative Summit has already become Continue reading

America: A Center Right Nation?

Director of the Centennial Institute, John Andrews, posed a question to the three person panel that is at the heart of this weekend’s summit. Even with the right message, Andrews asked, “Are we talking to a Country that just doesn’t want what we have to offer?” Are we still a center right nation? The question is at the heart Continue reading