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“Our great little Madison”: Ten reasons to admire the father of the Constitution

By |February 8th, 2016|Categories: America, History|Tags: , , , |

(By Ellen Densmore, '76 Contributor) One of the unsung heroes of the American founding era is, ironically, the father of American independence himself. While it’s true that there would have been no freedom from Britain [...]

Morning in America: Celebrating Reagan’s Birthday

By |February 6th, 2016|Categories: 1776 Scholars, America|Tags: |

(By Ellen Densmore, 1776 Scholar) Ronald Reagan’s 105th birthday is today, and it’s making me consider just what a beloved American hero he was. He had a passion for liberty, a sincere love for the people of this great nation, and a determination to remind America that the sun always rises again. […]

Publius #3 – Our Factious Nature

By |January 31st, 2016|Categories: America, Conservatives, constitution, Culture Wars, Economics, Eye On Politics, Government, History, Ideas, Law, Leadership, Liberty, Media, Opinion, Policy, Politics, Republicans, Uncategorized, Values|

“The latent causes of faction are thus sown in the nature of man; and we see them everywhere brought into different degrees of activity, according to the different circumstances of civil society. A zeal for [...]

Publius #2 – No Angels Among Us

By |January 30th, 2016|Categories: America, Conservatives, constitution, Culture Wars, Elections, Events, Eye On Politics, Government, History, Ideas, Justice, Leadership, Liberty, Opinion, Policy, Politics, Republicans, Uncategorized, Values|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. The interest of the man must be connected with the constitutional rights of the place. It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be [...]

Publius #1 – Oh, Posterity! We Need to Talk …

By |January 28th, 2016|Categories: America, Conservatives, Elections, Liberty, Politics|Tags: , , |

“Posterity! You will never know, how much it cost the present Generation, to preserve your Freedom! I hope you will make a good Use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven, that I ever took half the Pains to preserve it.” – John Adams, 1777 My Dear Descendants, We need to talk about this election. You see, for far too long, your forbearers have been dismayed at all the ruinous ways in which you are sullying the fruits of our labor and sacrifice, our legacy, our gift to you and the rest of the world: a free, constitutional republic. To paraphrase my dear friend Dr. Franklin, we gave you a republic, if you could keep it. […]

What a debt we owe Washington and Hamilton

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: America, Books, History|Tags: , , , , |

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) With the new year comes a superb new book that sheds important light on what we often forget is the single most important period in all of our nation’s history. Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America is a book you won’t want to miss. […]

I Have a Dream

By |January 18th, 2016|Categories: 1776 Scholars, America, Centennial Institute, History, People, Race|

(By Ellen Densmore, 1776 Student Scholar) Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice reality for all God’s children. One hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr. led black Americans in the charge for civil rights. In the 1860s, they were freed from the literal bondage of slavery. In the 1960s, they sought liberty and equality legally and culturally—they sought to secure those rights that were acknowledged in the Declaration of Independence: […]

What if it’s not possible to be both a good Muslim and a good American?

By |January 3rd, 2016|Categories: America, Books, Colorado, Conservatives, Ideas, Islam, Jihad, National Security|Tags: , , , |

  (By John Andrews, Centennial Fellow) Can a good Muslim be a good American? Brian, a constitutional scholar, put the question to Michael, a national security expert, […]

Book: What happened to America’s backbone?

By |December 15th, 2015|Categories: America, Books, Colorado, Ideas, Politics, Values|Tags: , |

John Andrews, former president of the Colorado Senate and director of Centennial Institute since its founding seven years ago, marks his transition to the new role of Centennial policy fellow in American thought with publication of an essay collection about what he calls “America’s backbone crisis.” […]

Could superheroes teach us to fix a broken world?

By |September 29th, 2015|Categories: America, Politics, Pop Culture|Tags: , , |

  (By Ellen Densmore, CCU Student) Our world is broken. America is broken. We all recognize that, but we may not have our minds around a strategy for conquering the conundrums and build a better world.  Many optimistic patriots seek to rebuild, but we often don’t know where to start and, more importantly, we can’t really put a finger on what exactly we’re striving for.  But there are two men who had a grasp […]