Radio, July 1: Running the country

Join us on radio every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, Denverand now also on 1460 KZNT, Colorado Springs To listen online from anywhere, click ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Off went the Senate phone lines, down went the amnesty immigration bill, out went the funding for a "fairness" push against talk radio, right went the Supreme Court, and up went the Spirit of '76. It was a good week's work as June ends and July dawns, bringing once again our great national celebration of liberty and union, Independence Day.

Talk radio is hardly (quoth Trent Lott) "running the country." But we and the blogosphere are today's version of the correspondence committees (Sam Adams), penny press (Ben Franklin), and pamphleteers (Tom Paine) that made the American Revolution possible. No wonder we're in disfavor with the elites; long live dissent.

Imagine if those elites, largely but not entirely Democrats, had the run of Independence Hall in July 1776 with their guilt trips and cloture games. The Declaration might have been stillborn. That's the nightmare explored in my latest Denver Post column, available here Saturday morning.

This Sunday on Backbone Radio, I'll analyze with Joshua Sharf and Matt Dunn the week's big doings in Congress and the Supreme Court. Topics and guests will include...

** How dangerous is our porous border? Todd Bensman of the San Antonio Express-News relates his chilling findings in a recent investigative series.

** How accurate is "Sicko," the new Michael Moore film boosting socialized medicine? Dr. Devon Herrick of the National Center for Policy Analysis gives us a reality check.

** Plus charter school entrepreneur J.C. Huizenga on the future of education, State Rep. Rob Witwer on the clueless teachers' union, and columnist Mike Littwin on the Manzanares tragedy.

Running the country is a big job, and we radio hosts can't do it alone. I'm asking for your help as we venture forth once again from 5-8pm on Sunday, July 1. Please come aboard; a jolly voyage it will be.

Yours for self-government, JOHN ANDREWS