Is Local Money Greener?

Both major parties have what might be called an embarrassment of riches when it comes to candidates running to replace John Hickenlooper as Colorado’s next governor. Some are rich, some are embarrassments (your own partisanship can decide which is which), but there appear to be quality candidates on both sides. Colorado Politics recently ran a…

Welcome to the 19th Century

On May 22, 1856, a man was brutally beaten with a heavy metal-capped cane. The attacker approached his target from behind, and then repeatedly crashed his cane into the skull of the seated victim, who tried to rise, bloodied and dazed. The assault continued for a full 60 seconds, until the victim was unconscious, and…

Sarah Sanders and the Passive Press

It was my honor to twice, during summer academic breaks from teaching at the AF Academy in the late 1990s, work on the National Security Council staff at the White House. I never walked through the White House gate without tingling a little bit and feeling awe at both the opportunity I was being given…

Our Duty To America’s Vets

One of the few issues that seem, at least on the surface, to unite Democrats and Republicans is the need, or more correctly the duty, to care for our veterans. From the aged warriors of the World War II era to the youthful veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, there is usually a common call to…

In Defense of Bureaucrats

The next time you see my old college roommate, Mr. G, be sure to thank him. For whether you know it or not, you are grateful to Mr. G for his hard work as a career bureaucrat with the Colorado state government. He has made your daily life much better – and your lives quieter…

How to Win a Political Argument

Did you see what I did there with the title? I said I’ll explain how to win a political argument, but I’m not really going to, because, well, you can’t. And the reason why is in part why we are in such a dark place politically. Way back in the before time – you know,…

Not Me…

As I type these words, the good people of Alabama are going to the polls to decide who will become their next United States Senator. By the time you read these words, you will know whether the folks from Huntsville to Mobile, from Tuscaloosa to Columbus, have picked a man whom a number of women…

Good People

I was planning this week to write another column on various perceived shenanigans going on within our state and national governments. But today I am going to write about something else: good people. This is in part because of the season, but more specifically because I learned just a couple of hours ago about the…

The Most Un-American Thing

There is a great deal I could write about this week regarding national politics – such as a President thinking it witty to tell a Pocahontas joke to a group of Native American war heroes, or the increasingly interesting race to become the next governor of Colorado. I could write about the dangerous and draconian…

Patriotism by Proxy

Back in the mid 1990’s, I was sent by the Air Force Academy to the University of Michigan to pursue a Ph.D., after which I returned to the USAFA faculty to continue teaching. During that grad school stint, we chose to live in a small town about 45 minutes north of Ann Arbor. We enjoyed…