Politics

Work ethic or entitlements: Americans must choose

February 16th, 2015|

(Centennial Fellow) On this Presidents’ Day it’s worth recalling the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933: “Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.”

Although sometimes considered the father of the American entitlement state, FDR understood that our sense of achievement and self-sufficiency comes from our work. […]

Political junkies already eager for 2016 Senate races

February 15th, 2015|

(Centennial Fellow) The results of the 2014 elections had barely been tabulated before the Punditocracy launched into exhausting speculation about the 2016 Presidential contest.

For over three months a bemused public has been subjected to endless crystal ball gazing regarding the identity of America’s 45th President. With excruciating detail we’ve pondered profound questions like Why Mitt got in. then out? Will Jeb vacuum up the money? Will Huckebee and Christie have to lose weight? Will Hillary ever wear a dress? etc.etc. […]

Life imitates art: Brian Williams’ manufactured reality

February 11th, 2015|

In the 1987 film, Broadcast News, Tom Grunich, the news anchor played by William Hurt, conducted an interview with a woman describing how she was date-raped. The interview was filmed with one camera, facing the woman. When the interview was over, reaction shots of the reporter were filmed. At one point, Grunich manufactured a tear, which was later edited into the interview sequence so that when the interview was broadcast, he was shown with a tear running down his face as the woman described her traumatic experience. […]

We Need a Patriot in the Oval Office

February 5th, 2015|

I finally saw American Sniper, the film about Chris Kyle and his four tours of duty in Iraq. It shows the nature of warfare, the nature of human nature and the nature of peace through strength.

Warfare is barbaric. It always has been. And it shows the depth of human depravity. From the earliest records of warfare, the objective has been to win. Each culture sets its limits of what it will or will not do to win. Some will seek to protect non-combatants. Some have no moral boundaries at all. But regardless of the rules of engagement, the objective of winning requires killing a sufficient amount of an enemy to subdue him and his people. Most who engage in a war of aggression or defense seek the most efficient route to winning the spoils they want or protecting what they have. […]

Ten Things I Learned in the Legislature

February 1st, 2015|

Editor: Republican attorney and businessman Spencer Swalm served in the Colorado General Assembly (as his late father also did), representing House District 37 in Centennial from 2007 to 2015, departing under term limits on January 7. We asked him to sum up the lessons learned from those eight years, all but two of them […]

Latest State of the Union address mostly touts bad ideas

January 31st, 2015|

Rather masochistically, I sit through the State of the Union Address each year. This year, sadly, was no exception. […]

Think again: the real deflate-gate

January 31st, 2015|

Aired-out uproariously on “Saturday Night Live,” “Deflategate” has been a national fixation since word broke that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in their Super Bowl-berth-clinching victory over Indianapolis. The alleged-cheating controversy has even pumped up the loveability of the oft-despised Seattle Seahawks.

However, Think Again if you believe Deflategate is merely hot air. Though overblown, Americans’ disquiet reflects our fairness instinct and commitment to equality of opportunity — the ideal that all competitors in the race of life, no matter their status, can succeed on a level playing field. […]

President’s cutesy speech omitted entitlement crisis

January 23rd, 2015|

Unbelievable. President Obama, among the most divisive presidents in our recent history, gives an also divisive State of the Union speech, taking credit for things he did not do, producing a laundry list of mostly bad things he plans and at the end sounding oh, so nice. This country of ours? We’re a “tight-knit family.” Republicans? He wants to get along with them. To repeat a question he asked, really? […]

American Sniper: The Warrior Nation Within

January 23rd, 2015|

(Denver) Over time Hollywood’s portrayal of war has been broadly reflective of the attitudes of the American public, but in recent decades there has been a striking divergence with regional, cultural, and political overtones that tell us interesting things about who we are as a nation. […]

Pantsed at the circus

January 18th, 2015|

Our president is the poster child of modern elite academic thought. In that world of secularism and relativism, reality is socially constructed by language. They believe that man is the creator of reality and that man creates that reality with his words. So, this president, with the magic of his words, has created a mystical universe of wonder that is hope and change. He has created better and more affordable health care and anyone like me who is dealing with a doubling of their health insurance premiums and a doubling of their health care deductibles is just a cynic. And the enemy, he tells us, is cynicism. I am the enemy because I dare to live in reality then I choose words that fit that reality. […]