Radio, Mar. 19 * Lost Constitution?

Join us on radio every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, DenverTo listen online from anywhere, click ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Self-deception is not a pretty thing. The White House talking big on border security, for example, or Cherry Creek Schools pretending they stood up to Jay Bennish. And historically, Imperial Rome cloaked itself in republican forms long after abandoning the reality.

So likewise the American Republic, now well into its third century, needs a frequent look in the mirror to check our constitutional fidelity. It's under constant threat. "Backbone Radio with John Andrews" will hold up the mirror with several of our guests this Sunday.

** Marsha Looper, head of the citizens petition drive to protect Colorado property rights after last year's Kelo court decision gutted the 5th Amendment, joins me in studio.

** Pat Toomey, the former congressman who now heads the Club for Growth, reports on his group's national drive to help true constitutional conservatives, not RINOs, win elections.

** Matthew Spalding, former Claremont Institute scholar now at the Heritage Foundation, talks about a new manual for originalists that he's helped Ed Meese edit, "The Heritage Guide to the Constitution."

** Plus the ugly truth about Fidel Castro from Humberto Fontava, author of a new book on the Cuban Stalin... and a state-level update on health care policy from small businessman (and legislative candidate) Spencer Swalm.

That's our lineup from 5-8pm this Sunday, March 19, on 710 KNUS in Denver and around the world. Call in with your two-cents at 303-696-1971. Or comment by email, during the show or right now, at

There's nothing else quite like Backbone Radio, the most principled, most patriotic, most faith-based, most Colorado-proud spot on the dial. I invite you to join us for another lively Sunday evening of fact, opinion, and insight.

Yours for self-government, JOHN ANDREWS ------------------------------------------------------------------ What's with all those legislators (83 of 100) who won't go public with details of their personal holdings in PERA, the state pension plan, before the upcoming vote on bills to fix PERA's huge deficit? Claremont raised the question this week. We'll see if the local media keep asking it. -------------------------------------------------------------------- Tax-paid services in Colorado should only benefit law-abiding citizens. So argues the citizens group called Defend Colorado Now, seeking an initiative to that effect for the 2006 ballot. I recently joined Tom Tancredo and Dick Lamm as co-chair of the group. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Our upcoming petition drive for judicial term limits in Colorado has'em talking. Two judges and a well-connected attorney recently contacted me with concerns. But another judge sent me the new Cramton-Carrington book favoring term limits on the US Supreme Court. We're getting their attention. Stay tuned.