What am I going to do about it? It’s the never-ending question

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

I don’t know what to say any more when I’m asked this question. I honestly don’t. But the question is posed more and more.

It happens when I don’t back avowed socialists for president. It happens when I say one of the folks running  for the office is basically a career criminal who’s escaped prosecution because her husband was president — all while it’s obvious she broke a federal law in destroying documents and records that were the property of the government, making her ineligible to hold federal office in any capacity. I hear it when I refuse to support a misogynistic narcissist I believe would be a disaster as president. And I also hear it when I don’t blindly support a candidate who’s supposedly anointed by God.

Truth be told, it can’t be avoided.

The answer is simple to me, and it comes in the form of this question: Why should I have to do anything about any presidential candidate or anything regarding the federal government when they and it should have little to no control over, or interference in, my life according to the Constitution of the United States?

Now some might call that naïve, and I understand that. But it is really naïve to believe things were much better for the citizens of this country the less the federal government (and yes, state and local governments) interfered in our lives and made decisions for us?

But what can I do about it? Well, I won’t run for office — which always seems to be one of the answers upon which these questioners insist. Here’s why. I have no desire to make decisions for others just as I have no desire to have decisions made for me by others. I realize that on state and local levels (the only thing I suppose I could run for?) we have to do some things and operate a government to serve the people’s needs, like courts, cops and firemen. But I’ll also state for the record lots of the folks “who think just like me” (as I’ve been assured by these same questioners) have done things and made laws I simply could not oppose more — special tax credits for natural gas vehicle purchases, downtown theater boondoggles, gun magazine restrictions, cable company agreements and tax breaks for new companies while existing companies are going out of business because of taxes and overregulation.

This list could go on and on and on because right now, someone in Grand Junction or Denver is approaching a lawmaker looking to get their idea turned into law. Worse, some politician has come up with his or her own idea and will propose legislation based on that idea to create a law that could not possibly agree less with how you or I think. And it happens daily. Governments make laws. It’s what they do. It’s also what they should do the least because the vast majority of the laws they make now aren’t improvements to criminal or civil laws, they’re mainly laws based on someone’s agenda or “ideas.”

As I’ve said a thousand times. No one’s idea can be what’s best for me, let alone everyone in our state, because if we don’t agree 100 percent, someone loses their rights. Unless the new law regulates that we get rid of all the old laws the new one affects — I could almost agree with that. But I’d bet the new law would still be bad.

It’s worse on the federal level, where I would never consider “serving” (although I dig their retirement and health plans that, oddly, are outside the laws they create for us). See, for the little people, every law the federal government makes has the opposite effect of its intention. Think of how our education has fallen; how we’re still dependent on foreign oil; how the debt keeps rising; how Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security fall further and further into insolvency; and how we still have the same poverty rate we had back when LBJ announced the war on it back in the 1960s.

It’s almost like they make laws that don’t work so they can continue to “solve” the problems they created to begin with. I believe they do, and I want no part of it. I also believe that 99 percent of all laws passed are unconstitutional and that if the Supreme Court did its job, we wouldn’t have so many of these problems. We need to take away the unconstitutional power that Congress, the president and our courts have been wielding over us, if only for the past 100 years or so as a start.

And we don’t do that by electing a president who wants to rule over us and take away property as our Democrat candidates desire. Socialism in any form has never worked. Nor do we achieve this by electing megalomaniacs or religious zealots who are gonna shove their agendas down the Democrats’ throats. How does it work with the agenda-shoving president we have now?

We achieve this by stopping the arguments against one another that our politicians create and love.  We do this by respecting the unalienable rights our Constitution guarantees every one of us. And we put government back in its main role, protecting those rights for each and every one of us.

Not sure how the next election does that.