Court Complacency

Colorado baker and cake decorator Jack Phillips stands in front of the US congress in a composite image meant to show the peril of legislators not doing their job to protect rights.

“The courts are supposed to be the bulwarks; they are to be stalwart authorities on the American founding documents, the defensive pillars from the whims of the mob, and they are to protect our Constitution from the infringements of the legislative and executive branches,” Allen Thomas notes in his most recent Op-Ed, “Court Complacency.” Allen continues that even though there may be cause for celebration in the Supreme Court’s OSHA vaccine mandate ruling, there is also cause for concern.

Colorado Was the First Abortion State, Even Before Roe vs. Wade

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Roe vs Wade. Many think this is the ruling that made abortion legal. In her op-ed, ” Colorado was the First Abortion State, Even Before Roe vs. Wade,” author Patti Kurgan explains that six years before the passage of Rove V. Wade, state representative Dick Lamm (who went on to become Colorado’s governor) introduced an abortion bill that was eventually passed and signed by Governor John Love on April 25, 1967, the first of its kind in the nation.

Best and Worst of Colorado Politics in 2021

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Pam Long, author, West Point graduate and former Captain with the Army Medical Services Corp, pulls no punches in her Op-Ed, The Best and Worst of Colorado Politics in 2021. She notes both Jared Polis’ worst and best decisions, describes why Tri-County Health became no-county health, and explains the best and worst of school outcomes. Pam’s well-researched piece brings clarity to the chaos and confusion fomented in Colorado during 2021.

The Encouraging End to 2021

In his Op-Ed, The Encouraging End to 2021, author Allen Thomas explains that as radical progressivism seems to be invading every aspect of our lives, and as counties and school boards sought to mandate and demand wokeism, a sense of fight and camaraderie are resonating, building hope, to reclaim our American Idea. Allen notes that this hope is emerging in three key areas: the culture, the states, and the courts.

Digging for Truth

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In his Op-Ed Digging for Truth, Brad Beck draws on his college experience working at archeological sites, to explain how we can better process today’s news. Piecing together the past helps us better understand our future, Brad recommends that just as he meticulously searched and studied rock, bone, charred wood and pottery, we can use the same meticulous process when looking at today’s news. In doing so, we will more fully understand and repair the issues that we face today.

King of Kings, Lord of Lords

In her article King of King, and Lord of Lords, author and researcher Patti Kurgan explains that the word “Christmas” means Christ’s mass or the Mass of Christ, and that in a humble stable Christ was born as the Light of the World. He comes to bring us out of darkness. Patti shares excerpts from Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s (1895-1979) audio The True Meaning of Christmas that notes 465 prophecies proclaiming there will be a Savior and Redeemer have been fulfilled.

Exactly Wrong – Democrats and Crime

The media and political activists on the left handled the facts and situations of Julius Jones and Kyle Rittenhouse in a manner that shows that when it comes to crime and criminals, progressive Democrats are exactly wrong.

Mary, Holy Mother of God

In this season of Advent author and researcher Patti Kurgan explains the importance of Mary, mother of Jesus, and her desire for Christians, including fellow Catholics, to come to know Mary more intimately and her importance in our collective salvation history.

The Tragedy of Afghanistan: The US Role as the Shining Light of Freedom and Liberty

In Retired Army Lt. Col. Anthony Hartsook’s Op-Ed The Tragedy of Afghanistan: The U.S. Role as the Shining Light of Freedom and Liberty, Anthony addresses the anger and frustration that Americans are feeling because of the death of thirteen of our brave Army Soldiers and Marines. With the fluid geo-political landscape, Anthony explains that it is not in our best interest to withdraw from world affairs.

Life of Fear or Life of Peace

On this first Sunday of Advent 2021, author and researcher Patti Kurgan notes the choice that we each must make regarding living a Life of Fear or a Life of Peace. Patti addresses the eighty-eighth week of “two weeks to flatten the curve” and why looking to government for answers only creates stress, separation and sadness. Patti explains that there is light in this darkness and it is God.

The Civil War of Ideas

On the 158th anniversary of The Gettygburg Address, author Allen Thomas expounds on The Civil War of Ideas that we face in America today. Allen challenges us to take an honest look at our history. He explains that our failures occurred because we did not uphold the principles of our Founding and challenges us, like Lincoln, to reclaim our American Ideals.

Somnambulant, No More

Have we been walking around in our sleep? Are we waking up? In his Op-Ed Somnambulant No More author and speaker Brad Beck shares his perspective on the results of the 2021 election and the awakening of “We the People” to the danger to our American Republic. Brad shares strategies for our future so that we are no longer somnambulant.

Election 2022

Last Tuesday, election day, Virginians said enough is enough. Tired of being disrespected Virginians elected a Republican Governor, a Republican Lt. Governor, a Republican Attorney General and gave GOP control of the House of Delegates. In his Op-Ed Election 2022 author and blogger at toadvancefreedom.com Rick Turnquist dissects some of the big 2021 election results and shares his perspective and strategies for the 2022 mid-term elections.

Where The Heck Are “We the People?”

Is 2021 our 1776 moment? In Rick Turnquist’s Op-Ed Where the Heck Are We the People?, Rick addresses the awakening of Americans to the destruction caused by the far left radical activists that have taken over the Democrat party. Rick notes rumblings of everyday, hard-working people who are awakening to the risk to America. He calls us to no longer politely remain quiet but calls us to action to stand for America and the principles of America’s founding.

When to Call it Quits

In his most recent Op-Ed, “When to Call it Quits”, author Allen Thomas addresses the divisiveness in America today. He notes that many times arguments seem to fall on deaf ears or they seem to further entrench the other side in their beliefs. Allen explains that if we do not learn to walk away from these fruitless arguments they will win even if we are right. Why? Because these fruitless arguments win by taking our time and efforts away from those who could be persuaded.

Proposition 119: Cronyism’s LEAP For the Children

Proposition 119, LEAP, on your November ballot, is a new state retail marijuana tax “for the children.” In the fourth of her series of Op-Eds, author and researcher Patti Kurgan does a deep dive into the actual language of the fourteen page proposition. She explains that some children may partake in after school programs provided by LEAP but notes that LEAP is really a scheme for the well connected to pad their pockets for years to come, all “for the children.”

Help Wanted

Help Wanted! One of the keys to a successful business is the ability to deliver on a product or service. In the current economy, it has become difficult to find good employees who are willing to work. In his Op-Ed Help Wanted, author and speaker Brad Beck shares some solutions to finding employees in this challenging labor market.

The Difficulty of Living a Principled Life

Talk the talk but it is much more difficult to walk the walk. In his Op-Ed, “The Difficulty of Living a Principled Life”, author Allen Thomas breaks down the challenges we each face as humans trying to adhere to our higher calling.

Truth and Reconciliation

What’s in the Democratic Party’s massive 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill? Rick Turnquist gives an accounting.

The Insidious Nature of Pfizer’s Vaccine Bait and Switch

There is a social compact between We the American people and the representatives we elect. First and foremost we expect a relationship of Truth so that we can trust the actions of government representatives and those they appoint to serve us. In this eye-opening Op-Ed, West Point graduate and former Captain in the Army Service Medical Corps Pam Long explains a bait and switch narrative regarding the FDA’s “approval” of the Comirnaty vaccine.

The Issue is Private Sector Freedom

Jay Davidson notes in his Op-Ed, The Issue is Private Sector Freedom, that in the wrong hands, monetary and fiscal policy work to subvert, alter or even harm the private economy. Jay explains that it is the private economy that creates every sustainable job, every long-lasting profit, every opportunity to acquire personal wealth by providing a product or service that others want. Its’ foundational principle is freedom.

Still Unfit to Govern

Still Unfit to Govern is author and blogger Rick Turnquist’s follow up Op-Ed to last year’s Unfit to Govern. Rick painstakingly details the debacle of states and cities that have been run by Democrats for years. He dissects the policy decisions and effects of the Biden administration and how these decisions are hurting America. He shares his personal experience at the Colorado Capitol where state legislators dismissed the voices of the people and disrespected hard-working, everyday Coloradans.

A Woke Olympian Can Only be a Free Olympian

Many of us became dis-interested in the Tokyo Olympics when the media focused on U.S. athletes turning their backs on the flag or taking a knee during the national anthem. In his Op-Ed, A Woke Olympian can only be a Free Olympian, author Allen Thomas explains that “wokeness” actually shows the beauty of America.

Say “NO” to Lone Tree’s Proposed Massive 66% Sales Tax Increase

A 66% increase in your city sales tax? In her Op-Ed Say “NO” to Lone Tree’s Proposed Massive 66% Sales Tax Increase, author Kim Monson explains that because of COVID policy decisions people are hurting, businesses have suffered and kids have lost a year of learning. Now is not the time to increase the cost of school supplies, household items and the items that individuals purchase online.

Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP For Who?

What could possibly go wrong with a new marijuana tax “for the children?” In her third related Op-Ed Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP for Who?, author Patti Kurgan connects the dots regarding Tony Lewis and Amy Anderson with RESCHOOL. Patti explains that their goal is to create a parallel school system to the public school system for “eligible” children, initially funded by new marijuana taxes and governed by an unelected, unaccountable Authority Board.

LEAP Into Higher Taxes: Colorado Initiative 25

Politicians love to take money from citizens,” notes Rick Turnquist, author and blogger at toadvancefreedom.com. In addition he also explains that politicians also love so-called “sin taxes,” which are taxes levied on things that people consume for pleasure. In his Op-Ed LEAP Into Higher Taxes: Colorado Initiative 25, Rick delves into the details of the potential marijuana tax increase “for the children.”

The Right to Luxury Won’t Lead to a Life of Luxury

We are living at the pinnacle of human flourishing. Taking these Blessings for granted has caused some politicians, bureaucrats and interested parties (PBIs) to push forward a narrative that people have a “right” to luxury. In his Op-Ed, Allen Thomas explains that The Right to Luxury Won’t Lead to a Life of Luxury.

LEAP from Dot to Dot and Where Do You Land?

In her Op-Ed LEAP from Dot to Dot and Where Do You Land?, author and researcher Patti Kurgan connects the special interest dots of two men who stand to significantly benefit financially if “LEAP: Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program” is approved by Colorado voters in November, 2021. Patti painstakingly connects the special interest dots on this potential new additional retail marijuana tax “for the children.” She explains that LEAP would create a new government-run education program that would run parallel to our current public education system and LEAP would be controlled by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

Ten Reasons to Decline to Sign Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP

Petitioners are in front of your grocery store encouraging you to sign the petition for Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP. In her Op-Ed Ten Reasons to Decline to Sign Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP, radio show host, speaker and author Kim Monson delves into the real language of this initiative and explains why LEAP is a very bad idea for Colorado.

Act II

The words that many of us fear, “The good news is the company was sold. The bad news is they have no position for you going forward. I’m sorry.” Author and speaker Brad Beck recently heard those words. In his Op-Ed, ACT II, Brad recounts his thoughts about losing his job and shares his recipe for success.

The American Idea

What is the American Idea? How did it come to be? Where are we? Where are we going? In his Op-Ed The American Idea, author and blogger at www.toadvancefreedom.com. Rick Turnquist reminds and reacquaints us with our United States history. He explains the challenges that we face today and what we must do to reclaim the vision of our American Idea.

Colorado’s Proposition 119: A Blind LEAP of Faith!

In her Op-Ed, Colorado Initiative 25: A Blind LEAP of Faith, author and researcher Patti Kurgan explains the fine print of this very bad initiative. While supporters of the initiative opine that it is a step toward school choice, Patti delves into the bait and switch of this narrative. She sheds light on a new bureaucracy, funded by a new 5% tax on marijuana and money from the state land trust, that is unelected and unaccountable to every-day, hard-working Coloradans.

School Choice Is Half the Issue

=Our kids are falling behind. Instead of using the hours in the school day to make sure that our children learn reading, writing, arithmetic and critical thinking, many school districts and educators are teaching division through CRT (Critical Race Theory) and sexualizing our kids through the LGTBQ curriculum. What to do? In his Op-Ed, School Choice is Half the Issue, author Allen Thomas explains the other portion of the solution.

The Collection

We can learn so much from children. In his Op-Ed, The Collection, Brad Beck explains how his little nine-year-old daughter achieved her desired results by using the four Ps: Prepare, Practice, Pursue and Persist. These are actions that will help you move beyond the COVID 19/Wuhan China Virus disruption.

The Mistake of Banning Critical Race Theory

Milton Friedman notes, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” Our knee jerk reaction to bad public policy is to enact other public policy to thwart the bad ideas. Seems to make sense on the surface. In his Op-Ed The Mistake of Banning Critical Race Theory, Allen Thomas explains that the freedom answer lies within us as individuals, not public policy.

Minimum Wage Fail

It is truly uncompassionate; politicians, bureaucrats and interested parties instituting forced minimum wages that make it illegal to hire teenagers, minorities, the less educated and the less fortunate. In his Op-Ed Minimum Wage Fail, Rick Turnquist notes that forced minimum wages are actually reverse Robin Hood-ism, taking jobs and income from the poorest to give to those who are better off.

Comply, I don’t think so!

There is a lot of force and coercion in our society today. Instead of freedom for everyday people to make informed decisions there is tremendous pressure to comply from politicians, bureaucrats, interested parties, media, education and big business. In his Op-Ed Comply, I Don’t Think So, Brad shares his thoughtful perspective on coercion, vac shaming and coloring outside the lines.

No Freedom in Exemptions

Is it fair? Is it right? Is it “equitable?” In his Op-Ed, No Freedom in Exemptions, author Allen Thomas explains how politicians, bureaucrats and interested parties (PBIs), working together to award special treatment to individuals, businesses and non-profits, are antithetical to our American Founding and an affront to the Bill of Rights. Allen explains what we must do to fix this political problem.

Free Market Solutions to the Student Loan Crisis

Government is not the answer. Government is the problem. Government’s involvement in the student loan market has increased the cost of education and encouraged students to take on student loan debt. In his Op-Ed, Free Market Solutions to the Student Loan Crisis, Allen Thomas shares five ideas that we can implement to fix this mess.

Colorado Democrats’ War on Colorado

In his Op-Ed Colorado Democrats’ War on Colorado, author and blogger Rick Turnquist explains how Colorado Democrats are attacking free speech, our oil and gas industry, rural Colorado and our livestock producers. Colorado Democrats are not done making your life more complicated and increasing the cost of the basic items everyday Coloradans need to thrive and prosper. What can you do?

Catching Leprechauns

In his Op-Ed Catching Leprechauns, Brad Beck notes that in some hyper-sensitive enclaves, especially on college and university campuses, there are professors and students who only see people as members of groups instead of individuals. These same professors and students dictate that a person in one group cannot enjoy the food, customs and celebrations of another group. Brad explains that even though each individual is different, it is time that we push back on those who will not accept that we are all created equal as humans; no one is more human than another.

Stand in the Gap for Agriculture

If the assault on Colorado’s agriculture industry continues, we will lose the National Western Stock Show, $$$ SEVEN BILLION annually to Colorado’s economy and the rugged, individual spirit that built our state. Food will become more expensive and less abundant. In her Op-Ed, Stand in the Gap for Agriculture, assistant editor at The Fence Post Rachel Gabel introduces us to the consequences of a dangerous potential Colorado ballot initiative.

The Myth of Government Benevolence

What is the root cause of the monumental divide we see in America today? To those on the Right, they believe that the proper role of government is to protect Life, Liberty and our Pursuit of Happiness. To those on the Left, they believe that individuals are too dumb to take care of themselves and that government should step in to take care of their every need. Author and blogger Rick Turnquist explains in his Op-Ed that government benevolence is a myth.

Compassionate Student Loan Forgiveness

Student loan debt has Americans very concerned. In his Op-Ed, Compassionate Student Loan Forgiveness, author and millennial Allen Thomas explains that student loan debt is the result of a bigger problem and bigger narrative. He shares his thoughts on how kids have been encouraged to incur debt and the frustration in realizing that the promises made were not promises kept.

The Blessing of 2020 and the Promise of 2021 and Beyond

“Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the broken areas with lacquer dust mixed with powdered gold, silver and platinum,” Brad Beck notes in his Op-Ed, The Blessing of 2020 and the Promise of 2021 and Beyond. Brad writes that this concept states that breakage and repair are part of the rich history of any object and it embraces the flawed and imperfect. 2020 certainly had its flaws but there is much to embrace. Brad encourages us to seek wisdom, which is very different from knowledge, in 2021 and beyond.

The Path Forward

Rick Turnquist reflects on the need for election reform and the challenges Colorado’s Republican Party must overcome going forward.