Apparently, all we need to do is win an election

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

And then we’d never have another problem in our society, what with all of the know-it-alls running around.  Nirvana in a nutshell. Maybe we could skip the elections and declare everyone a winner in the same way we give out trophies for participation and every problem would then be solved. Hey, it’s a better alternative than Rimirez and the Kurgan suffered so that Russell Nash of the Clan MacLeod could know everything.

Because isn’t that where we are today? Once elected, our “representatives” now know everything; including exactly what you and I would do, and more importantly, what the right decision is?

Yes, the obvious cases and points are at the federal government level where our president and members of Congress continually tell us what we need, how to live and the “facts” on every topic ranging from health care to global warming to foreign policy to the Constitution to whatever topic you’d like to name. I guarantee you one thing, your elected representative knows better than you do about all of it. And no, they have just slightly above 0 interest in how you think about such things, unless of course your checkbook is out, in which case if you’re really lucky depending on the decimal point, they’ll personally feign interest until the check clears.

But this isn’t just some national phenomenon. This happens every day in Denver. And yes, right here in River City, as the Recall Dan Thurlow page on Facebook suggests. Yup, the man who was just recently voted into office as a Republican is now getting a lot of attention for his votes in Denver. There’s a lot of love on the left and some pretty strong feelings about being hornswoggled on the right. But as I am with such topics, only one question comes to mind: Just what did you expect from a politician who wins an election?

So the problem isn’t unique to Thurlow and the majority of it isn’t his fault, although some certainly is. First and foremost, even in Denver our representatives are voting on things that shouldn’t be under government purview in the first place. Thurlow is being chastised for voting with Democrats on banning “conversion therapy,” against a bill preventing punitive action for business owners who refuse services based on religious beliefs, against a “so-called religious freedom” bill, against a bill rolling back the state’s late-vehicle registration fees and against a bill making it easier for Coloradans to obtain machine guns and “other destructive devices.”

Okay. I guess. Whatever. And I know my reaction will receive similar dismay amongst the local know-it-all-azis who oppose Thurlow. But as I said before, most, if not all of this is none of the state’s business. On top of that, these are “die in committee” type, partisan bills designed to assuage special interests and donors. Thurlow can hardly be blamed for voting how he sees things on idiotic, partisan, waste of time bills.

Frankly, not passing laws should be job No. 1 of everyone we elect. We have too many laws and regulations because we keep piling bad law on top of bad law, making them even worse. Moreover, all of this partisan bull puckey making the rounds in Denver is no one’s business except for the smallest minority, the individual. All of the fertilizer locals are up in arms about, and Thurlow is trying to sound thoughtful on, are all covered by the Constitution, and should not  be ruled on at the state level. That’s the problem we have, and I’ll use Thurlow’s words to prove it.

Point 1. “Here’s what I’m trying to do, and I don’t know if it’s right, but everyone comes here with a philosophy,” Thurlow said. “You have to look at the philosophy in the confines of what’s real, what you can accomplish and what’s reasonable. I certainly have a philosophy of limited government, and we should have freedom of the individual. But you have to look at what’s a reasonable approach to owning and having the freedom to own guns.” Wrong. The Second Amendment states, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”There’s no addendum stating “based on what state representatives think is reasonable.” A little research will further tell Dan this right is all the way up to those arms being sufficient to throw off a tyrannical government. So the types of arms and types of ammo, or types of ammo delivery systems, make any Colorado gun or ammo law unconstitutional.

Point 2. “To me, the conservative position is to stay out of other people’s lives, and everybody should have the ability to live the life they want,” Thurlow said after casting his vote. “I’m not trying to change anybody.” Really? You mean unless you’re a therapist or baker. And while it might not be wrong to someone today because they don’t own a bakery, it might be for them tomorrow based on how Dan feels about their profession. Businesses have the same rights as individuals.

While I don’t think Thurlow deserves recall, I do think he and his ilk certainly deserve a rethink. Mostly because making laws is what lawmakers do, and most of those are bad at best. So we really need to think about what kind of “lawmakers” we elect. What Thurlow has done is prove he’s just more of the same.