Radio, Jan. 1: Constitutional government fading?

Join us on radio every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, DenverTo listen online from anywhere, click ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gift copy of West's constitutional government essay, email ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Milk carton alert: Jared Polis and Michael Bennet are missing! Details at bottom ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here comes the New Year, ready or not. One way to get ready, if you are principled and patriotic as most Backbone Radio listeners are, is to reload on Day 1 with intellectual ammunition for defending America as it was meant to be -- America as our Founders intended it. In that vein, I'm betting that if Thomas Jefferson of Monticello could recommend one political scientist we should heed right now, he would pick Thomas West of Claremont. West was my guest on the radio and on platforms several times in 2005. Now he'll be the subject of our first show in 2006.

"The Rise and Fall of Constitutional Government in America," a hard-hitting essay by Tom West and his Claremont Institute colleague Doug Jeffrey, can be heard in full on this Sunday's edition of "Backbone Radio with John Andrews."

My friends Matt Dunn and Krista Kafer, who studied under West as Lincoln Fellows at Claremont, assist me with a full-length reading (recorded earlier) of this eloquent brief for liberty.

I hope you will find time to listen in. The show airs from 5-8pm on 710 KNUS in Denver and online at If you care about restoring our country's founding principles, you couldn't spend New Year's night more profitably. That's a promise.

"This essay," says the authors' preface, "explains the principles of the American founding. It shows how those principles gave rise to constitutional government and a free society, and how freedom was extended to all Americans after the Civil War."

After the rise, however, came the fall. Enter the serpent. West and Jeffrey add that they "will also show how the Founders' principles were opposed by a new theory that arose in the Progressive Era; how that new theory finally came to dominate American politics in the 1960s; and how that theory has changed our government and our society, and threatens our liberty."

So join us this Sunday evening, January 1, for the whole gory story. And for your own free copy of "The Rise and Fall of Constitutional Government in America," email me at Matt and Krista join me in wishing you a very happy New Year.

Yours for self-government, JOHN ANDREWS -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Milk carton alert: Jared Polis and Michael Bennet are missing! Neither Bennet, the youthful and energetic superintendent of Denver Public Schools, nor Polis, the even more youthful and impressively wealthy State Board of Education member, can "find time" to come on Backbone Radio, despite weeks and months of trying on our end. Why aren't these prominent Democrats willing to do a simple phone interview? Is John that frightening? Tell me what you think is up.