Radio, Sept. 25: Brainwashed Kids

BULLETIN FROM JOHN ANDREWSChairman, Backbone America Colorado Fellow, Claremont Institute ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Join us on radio every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, Denver To listen online from anywhere, click ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Most American kids, at age 12, have been helped to understand that they live in a pretty darn good country, governed by an admirable if imperfect constitution, led by decent if fallible grownups. Not so with a young boy and girl who stormed me at a suburban junior high the other day.

Michael Moore Jr. and Cindy Sheehan Jr., as I have dubbed these two 7th-graders, tag-teamed ol' John after my Constitution Day speech on Sept. 16. They had all the marks of little leftist clones -- the sneering slogans, the arrogant demeanor, even the anger-flushed faces and the voices trembling with emotion.

Wow, what an onslaught. Bottom line: I realized that Bush-hating adults, presumably starting with their parents, have convinced these kids they live in a bad country, under a bad system, headed by a bad man. Little Cindy and little Mike, not yet in their teens, are zealous converts to anti-Americanism. How very sad, and more than that, disturbing.

Now, to be fair, I must add that courteous, well-balanced students, respectful of me and the subject matter, eager to learn, were the norm among the 100 or so youngsters I addressed that day. The four teachers accompanying them were professional and gracious.

I enjoyed the time there at Cherry Creek West Middle School, and a couple of pre-adolescent brainwash cases didn't spoil it. But let me tell you -- the Mike & Cindy episode deepened my resolve as host of "Backbone Radio with John Andrews."

I came away determined to do even more for the show's unwavering message of America without apologies, America as it was meant to be. While the "anti" attitude is anyone's prerogative, even a child's, our program will keep hammering at its fallacies and countering them with the truth.

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Our September 25 lineup of guests and topics will include...

** John Marini, Claremont Institute political scientist, who argues that the classic John Wayne movies by John Ford are a key to understanding ourselves as Americans today.

** Mike Beasley, Cabinet director for local affairs under Gov. Bill Owens, with a report on our state's preparedness for any kind of homeland security emergency.

** Mark Paschall, Jefferson County Treasurer, who wants to succeed Bob Beauprez in Congress.

** Tim Ewing, Colorado businessman turned Montana publisher, who thinks you will like his Rare Jewel magazine if you like "under God" in the Pledge.

** Mark Hillman, Colorado State Treasurer, with an update on the pension tension over state retirement benefits, and on the smelly side of state payoffs from tobacco companies.

Concerned about a future where those brainwashed kids may outnumber the clear-thinking ones, leading to an America with no spine? Then liven up your Sunday evening with some backbone -- the most principled, most patriotic, most faith-based, most Colorado-proud conversation on the weekend radio dial.

We're the talk show that believes in America without apologies, that puts principle into politics, that's quietly recruiting citizen soldiers to help restore this Republic. Want to be one?


When: September 25 and every Sunday, 5-8pm MDT / 7 Eastern / 4 Pacific Where: 710-KNUS in Denver Listen on the web: Studio line: 303-696-1971 Direct email:

Yours for self-government, JOHN ANDREWS --------------------------------------------------------------------------- LUNCH WITH ARMEY & ANDREWS, also Treasurer Mark Hillman and Senator Shawn Mitchell, is on tap Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12 noon at Doug Kershaw's Bayou House in Greeley.

Featured speaker will be former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, campaigning across the state again that day to keep taxes down and TABOR strong as the guest of Colorado FreedomWorks.

You're invited to join me and Dick Armey down on the (Platte River) bayou, no charge, donations welcome to "No on Ref C." RSVP by email from this site, or by calling 303-887-1883. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- TAXPAYER'S TOOL KIT is a good way to describe the online resources you can use to fight the nearly $6 billion in higher taxes and deeper debt called for in Referendum C & D. Sites to check out include... --------------------------------------------------------------------------- COUNT US OUT was the message from 60 of 64 Republican county chairmen across Colorado when Backbone America invited them to join the few prominent GOP figures endorsing Referendum C & D. Answering our survey, only four county chairs said voters should pass the tax hike. The rest were negative (21) or neutral (39). Why board a sinking ship? --------------------------------------------------------------------------- NOW BLOGGING FOR BACKBONE are Owens alumnus Sean Duffy, former CU Republican activist Brad Jones, Claremont Lincoln Fellow Krista Kafer, theology wonk Jeremy Schupbach, and several other suspicious characters. Plus of course Dr. Matt, Skinny Beth, Cate Corry's mom, and me. Check in with us dailyright here at


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