It’s hard to vote Republican anymore, but I’d never vote Democrat

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

It’s that time of year again — because we seem to have elections EVERY year now — when “we the people” are given the illusion we select our “leaders” and have a voice in government. Hint: We don’t.

We get to vote yes or no on someone else’s proposals that garnered enough signatures to get on the ballot. We get to vote for candidates a certain party selected for a certain position (many times because the party selected the person in one position to run for another, bigger position up ballot). Or we can vote “independent” — which means someone who realized affiliating with a party wouldn’t help them win or it was the only way to get on a ballot to do their thing in government.

Cynical enough for you? Just be glad as you read this I only have 900 words or so to scratch the surface of the evil that permeates and perpetuates in our lives known as government.

One of my favorite quotes about government comes from P. J. O’Rourke: “The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”

It’s amazing how year after year the Republicans prove this true, although they admittedly have a harder time with the current president, who seems to want to make government work for the people. But wanna know what scares me more? Democrats are abandoning their normal “we’ll give you everything” status at the federal level (although we have own little Napoleon in Colorado promising the world to everyone for everything, but it’s easy to do that when you’re already rich and need nothing) and taking things down an evil turn for the worse.

Which means it’s time for some election musings since I have a deadline to make. Warning to the reader: Take this with a grain of salt and with some humor. Never, ever take this as advice on how you must vote. These are my thought, but it’s YOUR vote. As with any form of good humor there’s a bit of truth in it. Perhaps it will spark some research on your part. And, finally, only vote once.

I’m gonna take the easy way out on all the ballot proposals and do what I always do: vote no. Whenever I read these, all I ever see is someone’s ideas on how things should run or how others should act or think. My problems with ballot proposals are many: 1. If the laws we have in place don’t work, then what good will it do to enact more laws on top of bad laws? Never has, never will. 2. No amount of tax money will ever be enough for our schools or roads or the children or government in general. Never has, never will. 3. Initiatives give legislators a way out of doing their jobs — like fixing roads or improving schools. Once a proposal goes down, the countdown to when someone in Denver says, “Well, the people voted down funding” begins. 4. Not one of these proposals helps me in any way no matter how much local authorities say “It’s the tax you don’t pay” or “This will bring business to our area.” I mean, if we’re gonna pass something to help every business in the area, let’s forego property and income taxes and give every business a million bucks and their own “business campus.” 5. All these ballot initiatives are basically crony capitalism — proven since I never got my street renamed Business Times Boulevard and I’m still waiting for my government mandated advertising contracts. 6. Most important, ballot initiatives are mob rule. And while one side is without question a better mob, both sides use this to get their way. So it’s ALWAYS a “no” vote for me.

As for candidates, let’s keep it even more simple. In Colorado, it seems every Democrat is still about taking from some and giving to others (which IS more refreshing than the violence nationally) and Jared Polis is looking to take Colorado to new heights with free everything, so they must be defeated to prevent our state from becoming East California.                                      

Even though I don’t feel all that great about many of our Republican candidates, that’s the way most of my levers will be pulled. It sure isn’t because Scott Tipton just voted to increase our debt and deficit  once again or that Ray Scott likes tax breaks for preferred businesses. If there were more freedom based candidates on the ballot, I’d vote against them both. As for local independents, I know one of the candidates pretty well because she’s helped me on a personal level and with my business before she ran for office, and that’s enough for me. While Thea Chase worked in a government capacity some of that time, she continued after.

Sorry Democrats, until you clean up the violence and platforms of your party at every (especially national) level and curb your desire to rule, you should be defeated soundly.

So perhaps I’m wrong just a bit, and this column should be taken more seriously.