No one's liberty or property?

Slated on Backbone Radio, January 13 Listen every Sunday, 5-8pm on 710 KNUS, Denver.. 1460 KZNT, Colorado Springs... and streaming live at

"The legislature is in session, and no one's liberty or property is safe." So goes the old warning. Though obviously exaggerated, it contains enough truth to make you uneasy when the Colorado General Assembly convenes for 2008, especially with Democrats in charge. I mean no disrespect to our state legislature, in which I was honored to serve, and in which many honorable persons of both parties serve now. But overreaching is inherent with political power, which is why we at Backbone Radio are so insistent on limited government.

"In questions of power," as Thomas Jefferson put it, "let no more be heard of confi­dence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution." David Harsanyi of the Denver Post provides a vivid illustration with his column Friday about the state's habit of "underestimating" its tax take from us.

What to expect from the new legislative session and Gov. Bill Ritter, along with what's next in the unpredictable presidential race, is our theme for this week's show. Former education commissioner Bill Moloney and Pam Benigno of the Independence Institute are among my guests.

** Illegal immigration, a subject Ritter and the Dems try to ignore, helped Ed Clark win an upset victory for Mayor of Greeley last fall. We'll talk about it with Clark.

** Plus Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the long war against radical Islam, and film producer Mark Mathis on "Expelled," the new movie about intelligent design theory and its academic enemies.

"Don't tread on me," the old spirit of defiance to tyrants and enemies, is good preparation for Americans facing a new year and new challenges. Here at Backbone Radio, that spirit is alive. It's on our banner as we stride into 2008. Want to march with us?

Yours for self-government, JOHN ANDREWS