Supreme Judge of the World

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

Imagine a Congress with no party labels, no limos, no spin, the courage to risk the gallows, and the humility to submit their work to judgment by Almighty God. Such were the men who met at Philadelphia in defiance of the strongest empire on earth and enacted the Declaration of Independence, 233 years ago this week. By that action, and with Americans' representatives "appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of [their] intentions," the crown colonies of June 1776 became the "free and independent states" of July. All that then remained was for George Washington's army to make it stick and for the signers to face paying the ultimate price. Some did, rest their souls.

** This Sunday on Backbone Radio, we'll talk about what July 4 really means with Bill Armstrong, President of Colorado Christian University... and Brian Kennedy, President of the Claremont Institute.

** With deadly enemies still seeking America's downfall, Matt Mayer of the Heritage Foundation, formerly of Gov. Owens' staff, will describe his new book on homeland security and federalism.

** And proving the Spirit of '76 isn't gone, we'll hear from a darkhorse Republican candidate for Governor, Dan Maes, and from a couple of citizen activists out to repeal the recently imposed car tax, Lou Schroeder and Freda Poundstone.

Oh, by the way, imagine state legislators unafraid to anger the executive by "opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people" - another line from the Declaration. The present Colorado General Assembly specializes in such invasions and would tolerate no reference to "manly" anything. The times that try men's souls are still with us.

Yours for the self-evident truths, JOHN ANDREWS