Thursday, January 21, 2021

Full Report by President Trump's 1776 Commission

Your new President Joe Biden had the 1776 Commission Report removed immediately from the White House website.  We must NOT let this report lapse into obscurity.  We must all purpose to RESIST the move to silence and cancel us.  WE MUST!!!!!

 Let's demand that our public schools use the 1776 Commission's report in their curriculum

Please join me in this effort.

Fmr. CO Senator, Dave Schultheis


Saturday, October 3, 2020

2020 Election Suggestions

To Interested Voters:

Here, you will find my voting recommendations for this November 3rd.  Never have I seen a more important election...NEVER.  I am recommending that you don't mail your ballots, but either place them in the appropriate boxes around the city, or vote in person.  The location of Drop-Boxes and or Polling Places can be found by clicking here

The Republican and Democrat platforms are quite different.  If you are uncertain of where each Party stands on issues, inform yourself by checking the comparison between Republican and Democrat Party Platforms here

You can also find a well-done analysis of all Colorado Ballot issues on the Ballotpedia website.  You can also observe how much money has been donated by the pro/con sides.  The LEFT has donated huge funds to several issues.

One last recommendation:  Early in his Senate tenure, Sen. Cory Gardner made a couple votes that infuriated many Republican voters.  Many said they would never vote for him again.  However, since then, his voting record has been quite admirable with a Heritage Scorecard of 83%.  Please do not your initial impressions keep you from voting for Sen. Gardner.  We desperately need his votes in the U.S. Senate to stop the radical LEFT, as our numbers are very close.  Thank you for considering this request.

Yours for Freedom,
Fmr. Colorado Senator, Dave Schultheis

Donald J. Trump (R)  --YES!!!!
Vice President: Mike Pence

Joe Biden (D)
Kamala Harris (D)

U.S Senator 
  • Cory Gardner  -- YES  
        Heritage voting score:  83%  Very Good.  It is imperative that we reelect                    Sen.Gardner so the Republicans can keep the U.S. Senate.  This is critical to         ensuring President Trump can continue to nominate conservative Supreme             Court and Federal Judges.
U.S. Congressman
Colorado State Senate Candidates:
For those Senate District Candidates not shown below, Please refer to Ballotpedia
Democrats currently control BOTH the Colorado House AND Senate, preventing any reasonable discourse.  

Senator Larry Liston (R) -- YES

Colorado House of Representatives Candidates





George M. Rapko (R) - YES
Marc Snyder (D)
Nathan Foutch (U)


Representative  Terri Carver (R) --YES

Mary Bradford (R) -- YES
Michael Seebeck (L)


El Paso County Commissioner Candidates

Commissioner, District 2
Carrie Geither (R) -- YES
Robert Edward Berg (L)

Commissioner, District 3
Stan VanderWerf (R) --YES)
Timothy Campbell (L)

Commissioner, District 4
Andre Vigil (D)
Victoria Ciraolo (L)

Colorado Supreme Court Justice
Hart -- NO  Appointed by Hickenlooper
Samour Jr.  -- YES

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge
Welling -- Strongly NO

El Paso District Attorney 
4th Judicial District

District Court Judge -- 4th Judicial
Bain -YES  One of the best
DuBois - NO,  Activist Judge
Kane - YES
McHenry -YES
Prince - YES
Sokol - NO,  Activist Judge
Werner - YES, Stern, but fair

County Court Judge - El Paso County
Findorff - YES
Gerhart- YES

District Court Judge -- 10th Judicial
Alexander - NO
Ernst - YES
Silva - YES

District Court Judge -- 16th Judicial
Vigil -YES
Medina - NO

Colorado Springs Ballot Issues
Ballot Issue 2A -- NO
Always beware of language that says, "Without raising taxes..." City revenue decreased largely because politicians ordered businesses to be shut down because of Covid-19.  Now they want taxpayers to make up the taxes that were lost.  Government never stops asking for more money from taxpayers. This is certainly no time to ask taxpayers to come up with more money. 

Ballot Issue 2B -- NO

Ballot Issue 2C -- NO

Ballot Issue 4A -- NO
This issue asks voters for more money for School District 11.  Always beware of language that says, "Without increasing existing tax rates..."  and/or "to level the playing field.."  With school enrolment on the decline, there should be no reason to INCREASE the budget. Also, the wording on this issue is very misleading.  

State Ballot Measures

Amendment B --  CONSTITUTIONAL Modify Property Taxes --   NO  (Amendment B passed 57/43)  This vote is unfortunate because homeowners' taxes will raise as a result.  It has long been a goal of the "ruling class" to repeal the Gallaher Amendment ever since its passage in 1962)
Increases property tax revenue by ending homeowner tax relief TABOR gave homeowners.  This Constitutional Amendment repeals the Gallagher Amendment of 1962, which limited the residential and non-residential property tax assessment rates so that residential property (including your homes)  taxes amounted to 45% of the share of state property taxes and non-residential property taxes amounted to 55% of the total share of property taxes.  The goal of the Gallagher Amendment was to balance property taxes in favor of residences.  Review Ballotpedia analysis here

Amendment C --  CONSTITUTIONAL Conduct of Charitable Gaming --NO (Passed 52/48.  Colorado continues its drift to increased use of gambling to "benefit" charities.  Unfortunately it is a "regressive tax" on the least able to afford if.)
Relaxes Colorado's constitutional requirements for Bingo in the Colorado Constitution.  This will lead to increasing gambling in Colorado. As Bingo parlors increase so will state revenues increase, and so will government.  Colorado already receives $27.27million/yr in net proceeds from existing gambling. See Ballotpedia analysis here.

Amendment 76 -- CONSTITUTIONAL Citizenship Qualification of Voters -- YES (Passed 63/37 and thus clarified the voting rules in favor of citizens only)
Amends Colorado Constitution to state that ONLY U.S. Citizens may vote. Replaces the words, "Every Citizen." See Ballotpedia analysis here

Amendment  77 -- CONSTITUTIONAL Local Voter Approval of Casino Bet Limits and Games in Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek -- NO (Unfortunately passed 60/40.  It will allow increase gambling in Colorado)
Gambling limits do NOT belong in the Colorado Constitution.  Allows voters in Central City, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek to vote to expand allowed gaming types and bet limits.  "The camel is moving into the tent."  Review Ballotpedia analysis here.

Proposition EE -- STATUTORY -- Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health and Education Programs -- NO (Passed 68/32) While citizens love a "sin tax," it will result in increased government AND a reliance on related income) 
This Proposition Increases taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products and creates a nicotine tax that would include vaping products.  Remember:  While some voters may consider this a "sin" tax, that tax will go to the state.  The more taxes paid to the state, the more government grows thru regulation and employees.  Review Ballotpedia analysis here.

Proposition 113 -- STATUTORY Adopt Agreement to Elect U.S. President by National Popular Vote Interstate Compact---ABSOLUTELY NO !!!!!!!!! (Passed 52/48.  Colorado just gave away its control over its Electoral Votes.  I believe the wording may have been misinterpreted by the majority of voters.)  The radical LEFT won on this by outspending the "NO" side 5/1.
Issue 113 repeals Senate Bill 42, passed in 2019 to put Colorado into the effort to mandate that the Electoral College votes would go to the nationwide winner of the popular vote.  So far 15 states and the District of Columbia, with a total of 196 electoral votes have signed on to this National Popular Vote effort.  As the law (SB42) now stands, Colorado will join this effort, unless Colorado citizens reverse this effort by voting NO on Proposition 113.  Should the campaign reach 270 electoral votes, the winning number of electoral votes required for a presidential contender, the law would go into effect.  Senate Bill 42 would then be affirmed and would totally undermine Colorado's citizens ability to have their voice heard in national elections.  Proposition 113 must be killed to reverse Senate Bill 42.  A NO vote repeals the law; a YES vote would confirm the General Assembly's action. I strongly suggest that you view this recent presentation at Church for All Nations on the importance of voting NO.  Click HERE .  Also, review Ballotpedia analysis here.

Proposition 114 -- STATUTORY Reintroduction and Management of gray wolves --YES  (Narrowly passed 50/50) 
 Passage will serve to again restore nature's balance.  One of the main objections to the introduction of wolves is that, because it will remove excess elk and deer population, it will reduce the state's income from the sale of deer and elk tags.  Unfortunately it is always about money.  Grey wolves were nearly hunted to extinction in the lower 48 states.  I personally favor this Proposition, but would suggest that because this is a highly-debated issue that you review the Ballotpedia analysis here.

Proposition 115 -- STATUTORY  Prohibit Abortions after 22 Weeks --YES (Defeated 41/59)  Hard to understand the majority of voters being ok with killing babies in the womb after 22 weeks gestation. What have we become?)
Tragically, our Democrat-controlled legislature passed a bill that removes any limit as to the gestational age at which an abortion can be performed.  Currently, no mother will be charged; no one will go to jail.  Tragically, CO is one of only seven states to allow late abortions for no reason.  Please review the well-written Ballotpedia analysis here.

Proposition 116 -- STATUTORY State Income Tax Rate Reduction --YES (Passed 57/43.  A minor reduction
Lowers the state income tax rate from 4.63% to $4.5%.  The only way to reduce the size and overreach of Colorado's government and to force the legislature to prioritize use of tax dollars is to reduce the amount of dollars it extracts from citizens and to allow its citizens to keep and spend more for what they believe is important.  If that is your desire, then a YES vote is necessary.  Review Ballotpedia analysis  here.

Proposition 117 --  STATUTORY Voter Approval or Certain New State Enterprises -- YES (Passed 52/48)  This vote was consistent with voters' past desire to maintain the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Proposition 117 requires all new state enterprises (funded by fees and surcharges) with revenue of $100,000,000 or more in the first 5 years to be placed on the ballot for the people to vote on.  Limits hiding taxes as fees (see #118). Whenever you see the word "Fee," think "growing state programs." It is used to get around the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) which was passed by voters to keep government growth in check.   It curbs evasion of our constitution. TABOR requires that tax hike ballot titles disclose the dollar amount of increases and enforces that sum as its maximum yearly cost.  Review Ballotpedia analysis here.

Proposition 118 -- STATUTORY Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program -- NO (Passed 57/43) Another win by the LEFT.  Sadly, an increased tax on businesses which will result in increased cost of services and products to customers.
This $billion yearly tax hike is called a "fee."  This ballot title avoids the required legal notice for tax hikes as spelled out in the Constitution via. TABOR.  It will increase expense to businesses, and will cause many to close, costing  of thousands of jobs.   Review Ballotpedia analysis here.

Year-end Letter from Dr. Dobson re: Importance of Election

Dear Friends,

This will be my final letter to 800,000 people before Americans cast our ballots on November 3rd. It is a breathtaking moment in the history of the United States. Perhaps I will be permitted to repeat a brief comment I made in my August newsletter because of its relevance to today. Many political commentators have stated that this election is the most significant since 1864, when Abraham Lincoln vied for a second term against Democratic nominee, George McClellan. The future of our beloved nation hung in the balance that year. If Lincoln had lost, the Civil War would have ended precipitously and the wretched evils of slavery would have remained legal in the Confederate States, and perhaps even in the North. Had Lincoln been defeated, the Union would have been torn asunder. Thank God Mr. Lincoln won, even though it cost him his life!

Now we are approaching another presidential election that carries enormous implications for the stability of our democratic system of government. Indeed, Newt Gingrich said that what we are facing now might bring an end to civilization as we have known it. He may have been referring to a possible revolution. Regardless, I believe his grave concern for our nation is valid. For centuries, America has stood as a shining light for liberty and freedom in our nation and around the globe. If we abandon our founding core values, the world will suffer for it. The binary choice before us is that stark.
How will Americans, and how will you, decide who to vote for as our Chief Executive Officer? I have heard from dozens of friends and acquaintances in recent weeks who tell me they will base their decision solely on a candidate’s rhetoric, tone, style, or likeability. Does that describe your thinking process?
Just now, as I was about to react to that idea, my wife, Shirley, brought in an email that she had received a few minutes before from a friend. It quoted an anonymous statement that gets to the heart of the issue, as follows:
“This is not a junior high or high school popularity/personality contest. I’m not voting for the person— I’m voting for the platform!
I’m voting for the Second Amendment. I’m voting for the next Supreme Court justice. I’m voting for the electoral college. I’m voting for the Republic in which we live. I’m voting for the police and law and order. I’m voting for the military and the veterans who fought and died for this country. I’m voting for the flag that is often missing from public events. I’m voting for the right to speak my opinion and not be censored for it. I’m voting for secure borders. I’m voting for the right to praise God without fear. I’m voting for every unborn soul that is at risk of being aborted. I’m voting for freedom and the American dream. I’m voting for good and against evil. I’m not just voting for one person.
I’m voting for the future of my country!”
(Con't from James Dobson):  I couldn’t have said it better, although I want to add to the writer’s list. I’m also voting for candidates who will exercise sound leadership internationally. I’m voting for those who will support Israel. I’m voting for those who will protect children from leftist curricula. I’m voting for the nation’s fiscal integrity. I’m voting for parental rights. I’m voting for school choice and home education. I’m voting for freedom in the suburbs. I’m voting for Little Sisters of the Poor and other Christian organizations. I’m voting for racial unity. I am voting to support “In God we trust” and school prayer. I’m voting for freedom of conscience for physicians and other professionals. I am voting for marriage. I am voting for life in all its dimensions. I am voting against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. I’m voting for wisdom in handling the pandemic. I am voting for protection for the Church from oppressive politicians.
One final thought: With all respect, this election isn’t about you. It certainly isn’t about me. It is about our kids and grandkids. It is about those who are yet to come, if they are allowed to live. This vote has awesome implications for future generations and the nation we love. It is about our Constitution and the immutable, God-given rights it protects. It is about values, and truth, and greatness, and hope. That is why the notion of choosing a president based on frivolous personality characteristics is so unfortunate.
In summary, this election is for all the marbles . . . the Presidency, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Supreme Court. Together, they set the agenda for this country.
If you love America and don’t want it to be “fundamentally transformed,” it is time to do three things:
1. Pray like never before that God will spare this great nation from tyranny and oppression of religious liberty.
2. Volunteer to help your candidates.
3. Vote for the candidates who will best uphold your values and convictions.
Also, consider forwarding this letter to your friends, family, and others whom you might influence. May God bless America!

James C. Dobson, Ph.D. 
Founder and President
James Dobson Family Institute

If you still have ANY doubt about who to vote for President, I STRONLY urge you to watch this video...The GREAT RESET.  After watching, there will be no doubt.


Monday, November 21, 2016

It Wasn't an Election, It was a Revolution, by Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

  This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution.

It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.

They were fathers who couldn’t feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn’t afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons who didn’t see a future for themselves. They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the “unaccompanied minors” flooding into their towns. They took a deep breath and they stood.   They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.

The Great Blue Wall crumbled. The impossible states fell one by one. Ohio. Wisconsin. Pennsylvania. Iowa. The white working class that had been overlooked and trampled on for so long got to its feet. It rose up against its oppressors and the rest of the nation, from coast to coast, rose up with it.

They fought back against their jobs being shipped overseas while their towns filled with migrants that got everything while they got nothing. They fought back against a system in which they could go to jail for a trifle while the elites could violate the law and still stroll through a presidential election. They fought back against being told that they had to watch what they say. They fought back against being held in contempt because they wanted to work for a living and take care of their families.

They fought and they won.

This wasn’t a vote. It was an uprising. Like the ordinary men chipping away at the Berlin Wall, they tore down an unnatural thing that had towered over them. And as they watched it fall, they marveled at how weak and fragile it had always been. And how much stronger they were than they had ever known.

Who were these people? They were leftovers and flyover country. They didn’t have bachelor degrees and had never set foot in a Starbucks. They were the white working class. They didn’t talk right or think right. They had the wrong ideas, the wrong clothes and the ridiculous idea that they still mattered.

They were wrong about everything. Illegal immigration? Everyone knew it was here to stay. Black Lives Matter? The new civil rights movement. Manufacturing? As dead as the dodo. Banning Muslims? What kind of bigot even thinks that way? Love wins. Marriage loses. The future belongs to the urban metrosexual and his dot com, not the guy who used to have a good job before it went to China or Mexico.

They couldn’t change anything. A thousand politicians and pundits had talked of getting them to adapt to the inevitable future. Instead they got in their pickup trucks and drove out to vote.   And they changed everything.

Barack Hussein Obama boasted that he had changed America. A billion regulations, a million immigrants, a hundred thousand lies and it was no longer your America. It was his.

He was JFK and FDR rolled into one. He told us that his version of history was right and inevitable.

And they voted and left him in the dust. They walked past him and they didn’t listen. He had come to campaign to where they still cling to their guns and their bibles. He came to plead for his legacy.   And America said, “No.”

Fifty millions Americans repudiated him. They repudiated the Obamas and the Clintons. They ignored the celebrities. They paid no attention to the media. They voted because they believed in the impossible. And their dedication made the impossible happen.

Americans were told that walls couldn’t be built and factories couldn’t be opened. That treaties couldn’t be unsigned and wars couldn’t be won. It was impossible to ban Muslim terrorists from coming to America or to deport the illegal aliens turning towns and cities into gangland territories.

It was all impossible. And fifty million Americans did the impossible. They turned the world upside down.

It’s midnight in America. CNN is weeping. MSNBC is wailing. ABC calls it a tantrum. NBC damns it. It wasn’t supposed to happen. The same machine that crushed the American people for two straight terms, the mass of government, corporations and non-profits that ran the country, was set to win.

Instead the people stood in front of the machine. They blocked it with their bodies. They went to vote even though the polls told them it was useless. They mailed in their absentee ballots even while Hillary Clinton was planning her fireworks victory celebration. They looked at the empty factories and barren farms. They drove through the early cold. They waited in line. They came home to their children to tell them that they had done their best for their future. They bet on America. And they won.    They won improbably. And they won amazingly.

They were tired of ObamaCare. They were tired of unemployment. They were tired of being lied to. They were tired of watching their sons come back in coffins to protect some Muslim country. They were tired of being called racists and homophobes. They were tired of seeing their America disappear.

And they stood up and fought back. This was their last hope. Their last chance to be heard.

Watch this video. See ten ways John Oliver destroyed Donald Trump. Here’s three ways Samantha Bee broke the internet by taunting Trump supporters. These three minutes of Stephen Colbert talking about how stupid Trump is on the internet. Watch Madonna curse out Trump supporters. Watch Katy Perry. Watch Miley Cyrus. Watch Robert Downey Jr. Watch Beyonce campaign with Hillary. Watch fifty million Americans take back their country.

The media had the election wrong all along. This wasn’t about personalities. It was about the impersonal. It was about fifty million people whose names no one except a server will ever know fighting back. It was about the homeless woman guarding Trump’s star. It was about the lost Democrats searching for someone to represent them in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was about the union men who nodded along when the organizers told them how to vote, but who refused to sell out their futures.

No one will ever interview all those men and women. We will never see all their faces. But they are us and we are them. They came to the aid of a nation in peril. They did what real Americans have always done. They did the impossible.  America is a nation of impossibilities. We exist because our forefathers did not take no for an answer. Not from kings or tyrants. Not from the elites who told them that it couldn’t be done.

The day when we stop being able to pull off the impossible is the day that America will cease to exist.  Today is not that day. Today fifty million Americans did the impossible.

Midnight has passed. A new day has come. And everything is about to change.

  “Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society.”   Aristotle

Monday, April 27, 2015

Coerced Oaths vs. Coerced Silence, by Whitney Galbraith

In his essay on House Bill 1425, which would compel all military oaths of allegiance to include "... So help me God," Barry Fagin laments (Gazette, April 23) that it would force military personnel "who cannot say those words in good conscience must either disobey, lie, or be drummed out of the armed forces as unfit for military service."

"Imaginary threat to religious freedom?" "Higher standards within the professional of arms?" "Freedom of conscience" for military members? The "horror of suffering, carnage and death " of co-mingling religious ends such as the "Crusades....and to ISIS?" I like to think, Barry, that you and I have read many of the same "history books that should not be ignored." But just what are those lessons?

You are no doubt correct that such legislation will not pass constitutional muster and that many of your fellow Americans will share your vision that the American military should not become an "Army of God."

But, is it fair for us to ask what motivates such a legislative initiative, even if "misbegotten." Could it be that HR 1425's sponsors share your vision of freedom of conscience and religious expression and fear for our liberties precisely as you do? Are they reacting just as you are reacting to perceived injustices?

Take, for instance, Navy Chaplain Lt. Commander Wes Modder, who was arbitrarily "fired" and physically removed from U.S. Naval Weapons Station, South Carolina, for daring to uphold his Christian beliefs regarding marriage and human sexuality.

Or, the campaign by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a “world-class human relations education” to convince military personnel that "The Bible, the Constitution and the Declaration Of Independence, All Perpetuate Sexism" and should not be referred to within the ranks.

Or, the Houston National Cemetery preventing Christian prayers from being said at military funerals and where the honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars was prohibited from referring to "God."
Or, the Chief of Staff of the U. S. Air Force issuing a service-wide memorandum "Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion" forbidding commanders to "openly support" chaplain-run events which might lead to a "unit's morale, good order and discipline."

Or, when Walter Reed Medical Center attempted to physically ban the presence of Bibles as part of its official patient and visitor policy.

Or, when deployed soldiers in Afghanistan were ordered to remove crosses and cross-shaped windows on chapels while being ordered to keep chapel "religiously neutral (!)"

Or, when Army Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a U. S. Army Band member at Fort Myer, FL, was ordered to stop reading books by Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and David Limbaugh "while in uniform" and to refrain from serving Chick-Fil-A at his home promotion party.

Or, when an Army Chaplain's assistant in Colorado Springs was forced to remove from her personal Facebook account her "hostile and antagonistic" opinions regarding homosexual behavior and "holding to orthodox Biblical instruction."

Or, when Senior Master Sergeant Phillip Monk was relieved of his duties at Lackland AFB and denied further access to base facilities, and subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for refusing to endorse same-sex marriage when ordered to by his commander, a self-proclaimed "lesbian."

Or, when a Catholic chaplain at the U. S. Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia, was threatened by the Department of Defense with arrest for celebrating Holy Mass on the base.

Or, when soldiers attending a counter-intelligence pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood were told by the command that soldiers who contributed to Christian or Tea Party organizations were "tearing the country apart" and that the soldiers would be subjected to disciplinary procedures under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Or, when two chaplains were subjected to "months of abuse and ridicule" by the director of the San Diego VA-DOD Clinical Pastoral Education Center for their Biblical beliefs, forcing the two to withdraw from the facility.
Or, the DEOMI forcing the 158th Infantry Brigade at Camp Shelby, MS, to stop using the word "Christmas" to promote a Christmas football tournament.

Or, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA, refusing a student choral group permission to sing Christmas carols to veterans.

Or, the VA Medical Center in Dallas rejecting Christmas cards for veterans because of "unacceptable" language of "Merry Christmas" and God Bless you."

Or, a cadet at USAFA forced to remove a quote from Galateans 2:20 from his personal white board because it violated the Academy's "leadership" standards.

All of which, Barry, is but a sampling of the episodes that for many Americans represents a strategic frontal assault by the Department of Defense and unhappily the Services themselves, a campaign orchestrated by the Barack Obama administration whose command five years ago to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell is reaping its bitter fruit. You refer to ISIS metaphorically to describe what excessive religion can lead to. Allow me to walk that line with you for a moment. Do we dare to imagine a shortening of the gap between what is happening to Christians in the Muslim world and what we are seeing happening to Christians in our own country, in an attempt to redesign society itself by placing people of faith defined by their time-honored convictions in a ghetto from which they can never return - at least alive?

Tell us, Barry, as a seasoned political scientist with your understandable reaction to coerced oaths, where, in as pure a cause-and-effect paradigm as either of us can imagine, we should place your vocabulary of "threats," "good conscience," "higher standards," "horror of suffering," and "drumming out of the service." Should all the above service members enjoy the same "optional" speech, as is "....So help me God?"
Let's talk!

Whitney Galbraith
Colorado Springs

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Debate on the need for the Republican Party to change

On December 10th there was a guest editorial by Robert Blaha entitled: Republican Party Needs a Makeover, which implied that a more business-like model should be used to "fix" the Party.  That piece can be found here.

I took issue with much of what was written and was fortunate enough to have the Colorado Springs Gazette print what I wrote as a rebuttal.  One can read that here.

These two articles say much about what the Party should consider as it moves ahead to the 2016 Election.  I would welcome any comments on these two somewhat divergent positions.  You can send them to .

Thursday, September 4, 2014

God Will Provide ---- Unless the Government Gets There First

During my ten years serving in the Colorado State Legislature, first as a State Representative and then as a State Senator, I was constantly faced with bills that directly usurped the traditional role of the church by providing functions that the religious community had done for two thousand years, and families before that.  

Several years ago, a friend of mine sent me this article, by W. Bradford Wilcox which highlights this continuing and troubling trend.  While I realize we will never get back to these past era, our awareness of the continual usurpation of church functions by government should be ever on our minds. -- Sen. Dave Schultheis

Secularism seems to be on the march in America. This week, a new study from the Program on Public Values at Trinity College found that the number of Americans claiming no religion now stands at 15%, up from 8% in 1990 and 2% in 1962.
The secular tide appears to be running strongest among young Americans. Religious attendance among those 21 to 45 years old is at its lowest level in decades, according to Princeton sociologist Robert Wuthnow. Only 25% of young adults now attend services regularly, compared with about one-third in the early 1970s.

The most powerful force driving religious participation down is the nation's recent retreat from marriage, Mr. Wuthnow notes. Nothing brings women and especially men into the pews like marriage and parenthood, as they seek out the religious, moral and social support provided by a congregation upon starting a family of their own. But because growing numbers of young adults are now postponing or avoiding marriage and childbearing, they are also much less likely to end up in church on any given Sunday. Mr. Wuthnow estimates that America's houses of worship would have about six million more regularly attending young adults if today's young men and women started families at the rate they did three decades ago.

Now, President Barack Obama seems poised to give secularism in America another boost, however inadvertently. This may come as a surprise to some, given Mr. Obama's outreach to religious voters last fall, his strong showing among them in the election and his eagerness to cultivate the faithful since. The White House has even been opening many of Mr. Obama's public appearances with a prayer, sometimes surpassing presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in displays of public piety.

Nevertheless, the president's audacious plans for the expansion of the government -- from the stimulus to health-care reform to a larger role in education -- are likely to spell trouble for the vitality of American religion. His $3.6 trillion budget for fiscal 2010 would bring federal, state and local spending to about 40% of the gross domestic product -- within hailing distance of Europe, where state spending runs about 46% of GDP. The European experience suggests that the growth of the welfare state goes hand in hand with declines in personal religiosity.
A recent study of 33 countries by Anthony Gill and Erik Lundsgaarde found an inverse relationship between religious observance and welfare spending. Countries with larger welfare states, such as Sweden, Norway and Denmark, had markedly lower levels of religious attendance, affiliation and trust in God than countries with a history of limited government, such as the U.S., the Philippines and Brazil. Public spending amounts to more than one half of the GDP in Sweden, where only 4% of the population regularly attends church. By contrast, public spending amounts to 18% of the Philippines' GDP, and 68% of Filipinos regularly attend church.

"For many centuries, average citizens and local communities have often relied upon the support of religious organizations to meet their various social needs, including assistance for the poor, counseling in times of crisis and education for the young," explains Mr. Gill, a political scientist at the University of Washington. "But as the welfare state has expanded, many people have found that they can get these same services from the government without having to give a time commitment to the local church."

Other research indicates that religious giving also falls when the welfare state increases its spending. MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and Notre Dame economist Daniel Hungerman found that charitable spending by churches declined 30% in the wake of the New Deal and that nearly all of the decrease can be accounted for by increases in public spending in the 1930s. They conclude that "government spending does crowd out private charity, at least through churches."

A successful Obama revolution providing cradle-to-career education and cradle-to-grave health care would reduce the odds that Americans would turn to their local religious congregations and fellow believers for economic, social, emotional and spiritual aid. Fewer Americans would also be likely to feel obliged to help their fellow citizens through local churches and charities.

This is not to say that the health of the American religious sector depends only on some level of economic or social dislocation to attract people to congregations. Many Americans are religious for reasons that have nothing to do with the mutual aid found in churches and charities, such as the desire to be in a personal relationship with God or to keep faith with important family traditions. But the reasons for going to church are not so easily separated. And many of those who initially turn to religious organizations for mutual aid end up developing a faith that is as supernatural as it is material. But first they need to enter the door.

Mr. Wilcox is a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia.