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Best and Worst of Colorado Politics in 2021

Pam Long, author, West Point graduate and former Captain with the Army Medical Services Corp, pulls no punches in her Op-Ed, The Best and Worst of Colorado Politics in 2021. She notes both Jared Polis’ worst and best decisions, describes why Tri-County Health became no-county health, and explains the best and worst of school outcomes. Pam’s well-researched piece brings clarity to the chaos and confusion fomented in Colorado during 2021.

The Encouraging End to 2021

In his Op-Ed, The Encouraging End to 2021, author Allen Thomas explains that as radical progressivism seems to be invading every aspect of our lives, and as counties and school boards sought to mandate and demand wokeism, a sense of fight and camaraderie are resonating, building hope, to reclaim our American Idea. Allen notes that this hope is emerging in three key areas: the culture, the states, and the courts.

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Digging for Truth

In his Op-Ed Digging for Truth, Brad Beck draws on his college experience working at archeological sites, to explain how we can better process today’s news. Piecing together the past helps us better understand our future, Brad recommends that just as he meticulously searched and studied rock, bone, charred wood and pottery, we can use the same meticulous process when looking at today’s news. In doing so, we will more fully understand and repair the issues that we face today.

King of Kings, Lord of Lords

In her article King of King, and Lord of Lords, author and researcher Patti Kurgan explains that the word “Christmas” means Christ’s mass or the Mass of Christ, and that in a humble stable Christ was born as the Light of the World. He comes to bring us out of darkness. Patti shares excerpts from Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s (1895-1979) audio The True Meaning of Christmas that notes 465 prophecies proclaiming there will be a Savior and Redeemer have been fulfilled.

Exactly Wrong – Democrats and Crime

The media and political activists on the left handled the facts and situations of Julius Jones and Kyle Rittenhouse in a manner that shows that when it comes to crime and criminals, progressive Democrats are exactly wrong.

Mary, Holy Mother of God

In this season of Advent author and researcher Patti Kurgan explains the importance of Mary, mother of Jesus, and her desire for Christians, including fellow Catholics, to come to know Mary more intimately and her importance in our collective salvation history.

The Tragedy of Afghanistan: The US Role as the Shining Light of Freedom and Liberty

In Retired Army Lt. Col. Anthony Hartsook’s Op-Ed The Tragedy of Afghanistan: The U.S. Role as the Shining Light of Freedom and Liberty, Anthony addresses the anger and frustration that Americans are feeling because of the death of thirteen of our brave Army Soldiers and Marines. With the fluid geo-political landscape, Anthony explains that it is not in our best interest to withdraw from world affairs.

Life of Fear or Life of Peace

On this first Sunday of Advent 2021, author and researcher Patti Kurgan notes the choice that we each must make regarding living a Life of Fear or a Life of Peace. Patti addresses the eighty-eighth week of “two weeks to flatten the curve” and why looking to government for answers only creates stress, separation and sadness. Patti explains that there is light in this darkness and it is God.

The Civil War of Ideas

On the 158th anniversary of The Gettygburg Address, author Allen Thomas expounds on The Civil War of Ideas that we face in America today. Allen challenges us to take an honest look at our history. He explains that our failures occurred because we did not uphold the principles of our Founding and challenges us, like Lincoln, to reclaim our American Ideals.

Somnambulant, No More

Have we been walking around in our sleep? Are we waking up? In his Op-Ed Somnambulant No More author and speaker Brad Beck shares his perspective on the results of the 2021 election and the awakening of “We the People” to the danger to our American Republic. Brad shares strategies for our future so that we are no longer somnambulant.

Election 2022

Last Tuesday, election day, Virginians said enough is enough. Tired of being disrespected Virginians elected a Republican Governor, a Republican Lt. Governor, a Republican Attorney General and gave GOP control of the House of Delegates. In his Op-Ed Election 2022 author and blogger at toadvancefreedom.com Rick Turnquist dissects some of the big 2021 election results and shares his perspective and strategies for the 2022 mid-term elections.

Where The Heck Are “We the People?”

Is 2021 our 1776 moment? In Rick Turnquist’s Op-Ed Where the Heck Are We the People?, Rick addresses the awakening of Americans to the destruction caused by the far left radical activists that have taken over the Democrat party. Rick notes rumblings of everyday, hard-working people who are awakening to the risk to America. He calls us to no longer politely remain quiet but calls us to action to stand for America and the principles of America’s founding.

When to Call it Quits

In his most recent Op-Ed, “When to Call it Quits”, author Allen Thomas addresses the divisiveness in America today. He notes that many times arguments seem to fall on deaf ears or they seem to further entrench the other side in their beliefs. Allen explains that if we do not learn to walk away from these fruitless arguments they will win even if we are right. Why? Because these fruitless arguments win by taking our time and efforts away from those who could be persuaded.

Proposition 119: Cronyism’s LEAP For the Children

Proposition 119, LEAP, on your November ballot, is a new state retail marijuana tax “for the children.” In the fourth of her series of Op-Eds, author and researcher Patti Kurgan does a deep dive into the actual language of the fourteen page proposition. She explains that some children may partake in after school programs provided by LEAP but notes that LEAP is really a scheme for the well connected to pad their pockets for years to come, all “for the children.”

Help Wanted

Help Wanted! One of the keys to a successful business is the ability to deliver on a product or service. In the current economy, it has become difficult to find good employees who are willing to work. In his Op-Ed Help Wanted, author and speaker Brad Beck shares some solutions to finding employees in this challenging labor market.

The Difficulty of Living a Principled Life

Talk the talk but it is much more difficult to walk the walk. In his Op-Ed, “The Difficulty of Living a Principled Life”, author Allen Thomas breaks down the challenges we each face as humans trying to adhere to our higher calling.

Truth and Reconciliation

What’s in the Democratic Party’s massive 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill? Rick Turnquist gives an accounting.

The Insidious Nature of Pfizer’s Vaccine Bait and Switch

There is a social compact between We the American people and the representatives we elect. First and foremost we expect a relationship of Truth so that we can trust the actions of government representatives and those they appoint to serve us. In this eye-opening Op-Ed, West Point graduate and former Captain in the Army Service Medical Corps Pam Long explains a bait and switch narrative regarding the FDA’s “approval” of the Comirnaty vaccine.

The Issue is Private Sector Freedom

Jay Davidson notes in his Op-Ed, The Issue is Private Sector Freedom, that in the wrong hands, monetary and fiscal policy work to subvert, alter or even harm the private economy. Jay explains that it is the private economy that creates every sustainable job, every long-lasting profit, every opportunity to acquire personal wealth by providing a product or service that others want. Its’ foundational principle is freedom.

Still Unfit to Govern

Still Unfit to Govern is author and blogger Rick Turnquist’s follow up Op-Ed to last year’s Unfit to Govern. Rick painstakingly details the debacle of states and cities that have been run by Democrats for years. He dissects the policy decisions and effects of the Biden administration and how these decisions are hurting America. He shares his personal experience at the Colorado Capitol where state legislators dismissed the voices of the people and disrespected hard-working, everyday Coloradans.

A Woke Olympian Can Only be a Free Olympian

Many of us became dis-interested in the Tokyo Olympics when the media focused on U.S. athletes turning their backs on the flag or taking a knee during the national anthem. In his Op-Ed, A Woke Olympian can only be a Free Olympian, author Allen Thomas explains that “wokeness” actually shows the beauty of America.

Say “NO” to Lone Tree’s Proposed Massive 66% Sales Tax Increase

A 66% increase in your city sales tax? In her Op-Ed Say “NO” to Lone Tree’s Proposed Massive 66% Sales Tax Increase, author Kim Monson explains that because of COVID policy decisions people are hurting, businesses have suffered and kids have lost a year of learning. Now is not the time to increase the cost of school supplies, household items and the items that individuals purchase online.

Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP For Who?

What could possibly go wrong with a new marijuana tax “for the children?” In her third related Op-Ed Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP for Who?, author Patti Kurgan connects the dots regarding Tony Lewis and Amy Anderson with RESCHOOL. Patti explains that their goal is to create a parallel school system to the public school system for “eligible” children, initially funded by new marijuana taxes and governed by an unelected, unaccountable Authority Board.

LEAP Into Higher Taxes: Colorado Initiative 25

Politicians love to take money from citizens,” notes Rick Turnquist, author and blogger at toadvancefreedom.com. In addition he also explains that politicians also love so-called “sin taxes,” which are taxes levied on things that people consume for pleasure. In his Op-Ed LEAP Into Higher Taxes: Colorado Initiative 25, Rick delves into the details of the potential marijuana tax increase “for the children.”

The Right to Luxury Won’t Lead to a Life of Luxury

We are living at the pinnacle of human flourishing. Taking these Blessings for granted has caused some politicians, bureaucrats and interested parties (PBIs) to push forward a narrative that people have a “right” to luxury. In his Op-Ed, Allen Thomas explains that The Right to Luxury Won’t Lead to a Life of Luxury.

LEAP from Dot to Dot and Where Do You Land?

In her Op-Ed LEAP from Dot to Dot and Where Do You Land?, author and researcher Patti Kurgan connects the special interest dots of two men who stand to significantly benefit financially if “LEAP: Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress Program” is approved by Colorado voters in November, 2021. Patti painstakingly connects the special interest dots on this potential new additional retail marijuana tax “for the children.” She explains that LEAP would create a new government-run education program that would run parallel to our current public education system and LEAP would be controlled by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

Ten Reasons to Decline to Sign Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP

Petitioners are in front of your grocery store encouraging you to sign the petition for Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP. In her Op-Ed Ten Reasons to Decline to Sign Colorado Initiative 25: LEAP, radio show host, speaker and author Kim Monson delves into the real language of this initiative and explains why LEAP is a very bad idea for Colorado.

Act II

The words that many of us fear, “The good news is the company was sold. The bad news is they have no position for you going forward. I’m sorry.” Author and speaker Brad Beck recently heard those words. In his Op-Ed, ACT II, Brad recounts his thoughts about losing his job and shares his recipe for success.

The American Idea

What is the American Idea? How did it come to be? Where are we? Where are we going? In his Op-Ed The American Idea, author and blogger at www.toadvancefreedom.com. Rick Turnquist reminds and reacquaints us with our United States history. He explains the challenges that we face today and what we must do to reclaim the vision of our American Idea.

Colorado’s Proposition 119: A Blind LEAP of Faith!

In her Op-Ed, Colorado Initiative 25: A Blind LEAP of Faith, author and researcher Patti Kurgan explains the fine print of this very bad initiative. While supporters of the initiative opine that it is a step toward school choice, Patti delves into the bait and switch of this narrative. She sheds light on a new bureaucracy, funded by a new 5% tax on marijuana and money from the state land trust, that is unelected and unaccountable to every-day, hard-working Coloradans.

School Choice Is Half the Issue

=Our kids are falling behind. Instead of using the hours in the school day to make sure that our children learn reading, writing, arithmetic and critical thinking, many school districts and educators are teaching division through CRT (Critical Race Theory) and sexualizing our kids through the LGTBQ curriculum. What to do? In his Op-Ed, School Choice is Half the Issue, author Allen Thomas explains the other portion of the solution.

The Collection

We can learn so much from children. In his Op-Ed, The Collection, Brad Beck explains how his little nine-year-old daughter achieved her desired results by using the four Ps: Prepare, Practice, Pursue and Persist. These are actions that will help you move beyond the COVID 19/Wuhan China Virus disruption.

The Mistake of Banning Critical Race Theory

Milton Friedman notes, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” Our knee jerk reaction to bad public policy is to enact other public policy to thwart the bad ideas. Seems to make sense on the surface. In his Op-Ed The Mistake of Banning Critical Race Theory, Allen Thomas explains that the freedom answer lies within us as individuals, not public policy.

Minimum Wage Fail

It is truly uncompassionate; politicians, bureaucrats and interested parties instituting forced minimum wages that make it illegal to hire teenagers, minorities, the less educated and the less fortunate. In his Op-Ed Minimum Wage Fail, Rick Turnquist notes that forced minimum wages are actually reverse Robin Hood-ism, taking jobs and income from the poorest to give to those who are better off.

Comply, I don’t think so!

There is a lot of force and coercion in our society today. Instead of freedom for everyday people to make informed decisions there is tremendous pressure to comply from politicians, bureaucrats, interested parties, media, education and big business. In his Op-Ed Comply, I Don’t Think So, Brad shares his thoughtful perspective on coercion, vac shaming and coloring outside the lines.

No Freedom in Exemptions

Is it fair? Is it right? Is it “equitable?” In his Op-Ed, No Freedom in Exemptions, author Allen Thomas explains how politicians, bureaucrats and interested parties (PBIs), working together to award special treatment to individuals, businesses and non-profits, are antithetical to our American Founding and an affront to the Bill of Rights. Allen explains what we must do to fix this political problem.

Free Market Solutions to the Student Loan Crisis

Government is not the answer. Government is the problem. Government’s involvement in the student loan market has increased the cost of education and encouraged students to take on student loan debt. In his Op-Ed, Free Market Solutions to the Student Loan Crisis, Allen Thomas shares five ideas that we can implement to fix this mess.

Colorado Democrats’ War on Colorado

In his Op-Ed Colorado Democrats’ War on Colorado, author and blogger Rick Turnquist explains how Colorado Democrats are attacking free speech, our oil and gas industry, rural Colorado and our livestock producers. Colorado Democrats are not done making your life more complicated and increasing the cost of the basic items everyday Coloradans need to thrive and prosper. What can you do?

Catching Leprechauns

In his Op-Ed Catching Leprechauns, Brad Beck notes that in some hyper-sensitive enclaves, especially on college and university campuses, there are professors and students who only see people as members of groups instead of individuals. These same professors and students dictate that a person in one group cannot enjoy the food, customs and celebrations of another group. Brad explains that even though each individual is different, it is time that we push back on those who will not accept that we are all created equal as humans; no one is more human than another.

Stand in the Gap for Agriculture

If the assault on Colorado’s agriculture industry continues, we will lose the National Western Stock Show, $$$ SEVEN BILLION annually to Colorado’s economy and the rugged, individual spirit that built our state. Food will become more expensive and less abundant. In her Op-Ed, Stand in the Gap for Agriculture, assistant editor at The Fence Post Rachel Gabel introduces us to the consequences of a dangerous potential Colorado ballot initiative.

The Myth of Government Benevolence

What is the root cause of the monumental divide we see in America today? To those on the Right, they believe that the proper role of government is to protect Life, Liberty and our Pursuit of Happiness. To those on the Left, they believe that individuals are too dumb to take care of themselves and that government should step in to take care of their every need. Author and blogger Rick Turnquist explains in his Op-Ed that government benevolence is a myth.

Compassionate Student Loan Forgiveness

Student loan debt has Americans very concerned. In his Op-Ed, Compassionate Student Loan Forgiveness, author and millennial Allen Thomas explains that student loan debt is the result of a bigger problem and bigger narrative. He shares his thoughts on how kids have been encouraged to incur debt and the frustration in realizing that the promises made were not promises kept.

The Blessing of 2020 and the Promise of 2021 and Beyond

“Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the broken areas with lacquer dust mixed with powdered gold, silver and platinum,” Brad Beck notes in his Op-Ed, The Blessing of 2020 and the Promise of 2021 and Beyond. Brad writes that this concept states that breakage and repair are part of the rich history of any object and it embraces the flawed and imperfect. 2020 certainly had its flaws but there is much to embrace. Brad encourages us to seek wisdom, which is very different from knowledge, in 2021 and beyond.

The Path Forward

Rick Turnquist reflects on the need for election reform and the challenges Colorado’s Republican Party must overcome going forward.

Free to Be

“There is a growing trend across the country to turn to the government and trust regulators, politicians, and bureaucrats before trusting our neighbor, and honestly, even before trusting ourselves.” In this Op-Ed Free to Be, millennial author Allen Thomas challenges us to have a healthy skepticism of government and to rely on ourselves to make the decisions for our lives.

Hotel California: Colorado’s 5 Star State Certification Program

In Kim Monson’s Op-Ed, Hotel California: Colorado’s 5 Star Certification Program, Kim explains that you can check in, but you can’t check out! Colorado’s 5 Star State Certification Program, ostensibly to get our restaurants, bars, taverns and gyms open, is terrible. It has no sunset, creates a powerful new government bureaucracy that will need to be funded and is based on flawed COVID modeling instead of real data. Kim dissects the program and recommends steps you can take to push back.

Tyranny and Bankruptcy

Rick Turnquist explains that the radical activists that have taken over the Democrat party now have absolute power in Colorado. He notes that individuals and businesses are fleeing the state that Colorado Democrats seem to want to emulate: California.

Sheep or Shepherd?

Are we becoming sheep? In his Op-Ed Sheep or Shepherd, author Brad Beck relates his experience in visiting his father in Southern California recently. The initial trepidation about his trip from warnings by “experts, leaders and authorities” that only essential workers should fly caused Brad to ask, “Who should decide who is essential?”

Time for Colorado’s $100-Million-Plus COVID-19 “Insurance Policy” to Pay Up

In her Op-Ed, Time for Colorado’s $100-million-plus COVID-19 “Insurance Policy” to Pay Up, former Rocky Mountain News columnist Dahlia Weinstein sheds light on the enormous amount of our money that has and is spent on empty or closed facilities. She suggests that these funds can be better utilized to fill staffing gaps at our hospitals.

A Proposition To End Ballot Propositions

There is a saying that when two wolves and sheep vote on what to have for dinner, the sheep is going to be disappointed that lamb chops are on order. Have Colorado voters put ourselves on the menu? In his Op-Ed, A Proposition to End Ballot Propositions, millennial author and commentator Allen Thomas challenges Coloradans to rethink our romance with ballot propositions.

A Wise Old Owl…

Have you ever missed the opportunity to listen to a friend, a significant other, or a co-worker? In this Op-Ed Brad Beck, author, speaker and Liberty Toastmaster, explains that our challenge is to listen respectfully to those voices who might have something important to share even if we disagree with what they have to say. Listening will help sharpen our own position and make our ideas stronger.

Just As Important As How We Vote Is That We Vote

“Just as important as how we vote is that we vote,” Ronald Reagan famously said. In this Op-Ed, author and researcher Patti Kurgan explains that the biggest take-away from the last Presidential Debate is that you must vote and not sit on the sidelines. Patti explains that our country is depending on your vote. Similarities between the two candidates are non-existent. Stand united and preserve the American Idea of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The other choice will abolish private property and you will be controlled by elite politicians.

Monsters – Real or Imagined

Our minds see monsters all over the place especially when we have just viewed or read something disturbing and our subconscious plays it back in the form of a bad dream. In this Op-Ed, Brad Beck explains that there are many imagined monsters that lurk in our local, state, and national government, service organizations, schools, and businesses which are being molded into golems. Brad explains that if we are to address the real monsters of today, we must have clarity on what they are.

You Can’t and Shouldn’t Legislate Morality

Morality has been a topic of discussion for several millennia from the Bible to Aristotle, Kant, utilitarianism and most recently moral relativism and multiculturalism. In his Op-Ed, You Can’t and Shouldn’t Legislate Morality, millennial author, frequent radio show guest and Christian, Allen Thomas, explains that we individually must take more responsibility for ourselves and our culture.

Free to Choose

2020. The year we hope will be over soon. But what if a temporal solution doesn’t exist? Are we stuck with this level of civil unrest, destruction, and disease? It isn’t one thing that offends our sense of right, justice or freedom. It is many. In this Op-Ed, Founder and CEO of First American State Bank Jay Davidson gets to the core of the matter: what offends us most are the lies that so many citizens buy into and we have the freedom of choice to believe or not believe.

We Must Change or We’ll Burn

We must change or we’ll burn. The wildfires Colorado is experiencing today were predictable and preventable. In this Op-Ed, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish Wildlife and Parks Lyle Laverty explains what is causing these intense fires in the west. Lyle encourages us to create a conservation vision to keep our forests, watersheds and communities healthy.

When Politics Become Follow the Leader

During election season, current political rhetoric encourages us to think about who we want to “lead” us and our country. In his Op-Ed, When Politics Becomes Follow the Leader, millennial Allen Thomas makes the case that independent, free-thinking citizens do not need a “leader.” We should elect representatives that will protect our natural rights.

Important Speeches and Documents in the Formation of America: Ratification of The US Constitution

Ben Martin outlines the process of the ratification of the United States Constitution. Because of his work not only on the composition of the document but ensuring its’ ratification, James Madison is known as “The Father of our Constitution.” George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton developed a strategy to “win big, win early and gain momentum” to gain the necessary number of states approval for ratification.


Under the principle of self-ownership, which is intrinsic to us as human beings, we own the product of our minds and our productive labor. Using the force of government to deprive us of what we earn is immoral and wrong. Saying your “need” gives you the right to my earnings and property is not just immoral, it’s evil.

Not My Capitalism!

Media, scholars and politicians have conflated cronyism with capitalism. The two are very different. In this Op-Ed, Allen Thomas explains that it is cronyism not capitalism that has eroded and destroyed the trust of all involved in a transaction. Allen notes that cronyism is the corrupt, immoral and money centric beast that has been touted and promulgated as an example of capitalism all the while it stinks of communism

Bringing Home the Bacon is Getting More Expensive

The COVID-19/Wuhan Virus Reaction Disruption created meat processing slow downs and closures that left distribution channels tangled, cattle in feedyards past their endpoint and hogs backed up on farms to the point some were euthanized. How will this play out when urbanites and suburbanites go to the grocery store? In this Op-Ed Rachel Gabel, assistant editor with The Fence Post, explains that consumers must recognize the importance of agriculture production and vote like their next meal depends on it.

I Have Questions

The foundation for critical thinking is asking questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? and Why? In this introspective Op-Ed, Brad Beck shares a variety of “whys” that he ruminates upon. Brad notes that the need for asking why is foundational to understanding a cause, a purpose or a reason for something even if we are not ready for the answer.

A Time for Choosing

We are at a time for choosing. Jay Davidson, Founder, CEO and President of First American State Bank, explains that this upcoming election is a decision about individual freedom vs state-control over your life. The Democrat party of 2020 is no longer the party of JFK. It has been hijacked by avowed Socialists and Communists who only care about power. This election is only one battle in a protracted war for individual freedom.

Are Deaths of Despair Surpassing Covid19 Deaths?

Are deaths of despair surpassing COVID-19 deaths? In this Op-Ed Pam Long, graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Army Veteran and former Medical Intelligence Officer, analyzes the data regarding deaths of despair which are fatalities that increase with the rise in unemployment.

Standing Up for Rural Colorado

It’s been said that some of the finest people and places just can’t be seen from the paved road. In this Op-Ed Rachel Gabel, longtime agriculture writer and assistant editor of The Fence Post magazine, questions why the current Colorado legislature and governor are waging a thinly veiled assault on Colorado’s fourth largest industry, agriculture.

No One Should Die Alone

No One Should Die Alone. Heather Lahdenpera explains that the COVID-19/Wuhan Virus Reaction Disruption has created countless stories of suffering across the world. In reaction to the heart-breaking story of Elizabeth Reiter who died alone without her husband, children nor mother able to visit her, Colorado Legislators passed HB20-1425 to assure that “No One Would Die Alone.” Astonishingly 17 Colorado House Democrats voted against this compassionate piece of legislation.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

“Should I Stay, or Should I Go” is a song that was released by the punk rock band The Clash in 1982 as a double A-sided single with “Straight to Hell.” Brad Beck explains that persuasion and education skills are what we need to avoid ending up in that forsaken place.

Fomenting the Mob

Is Nancy Pelosi’s talking point accurate when she states that federal agents and officers who are protecting federal property are “stormtroopers?” Jane Chaney, Gunnision County GOP Chairwoman, asks why mayors and governors who are allowing violence and destruction of property in their cities and states are not accountable for their lack of action. Are they acquiescing to the mobs?

When the Mob Joins the Party

In this Op-Ed Allen Thomas explores the extreme dangers of mob mentality which have been on display lately. We merely need to look downtown to see what happens when a peaceful assembly gets taken over. Many philosophers and brilliant thinkers have spent copious amounts of time learning and discussing the effects of mob rule in human nature. The founders spent diligent time debating the dangerous enticement of mobs. They knew that mobs were a by-product of democracy which is why they decided on a Constitutional Republic, but, centuries later, how do we as conservatives keep free of the mob mentality?

Unfit to Govern

Governments are created by people and granted limited powers. The primary purpose of government is to protect life, liberty and property. By their recent actions and inactions, Colorado Democrats have proven that they are incapable of governing.

Important Speeches and Documents in the Formation of America: Three Key Figures in Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

If we don’t understand the vision of the American Idea, we cannot love the American Idea. In this Op-Ed patriotic historian, former Army Ranger and Westpoint Grad Ben Martin talks about the uniqueness of the United States Constitution. Ben Martin expounds on the Importance of the Speeches and Writings of America’s Founding and focuses on the U.S. Constitution.

A Book, a Bourbon, and a Belvedere

In this Op-Ed Brad Beck explains how A Book, A Bourbon and A Belvedere engages neighbors and social media contacts in thoughtful, civil conversations. Brad notes that you will never know how strong your position is if you are not open to hearing other ideas, even if those ideas may be wrong.

The Scary History of Qualified Immunity

In this Op-Ed, Allen Thomas explains The Scary History of Qualified Immunity. It’s not what you think. In theory Allen notes that qualified immunity sounds like a good idea; however, as Allen tugged on the string of its past, Allen became horrified regarding principled ignorance on the issue. You’ll be surprised at what Allen unveils.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – A Look at the 2020 General Assembly Session

What is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Colorado’s 2020 Legislative Session? Rick Turnquist notes the good; because of the shortened session from 120 days to 84 days, several very bad bills that would (1) dilute your vote (16-year-olds Voting in School District Elections), to (2) the youth unemployment act (Eliminate Sub-minimum Wage Employment Act) or the (3) let the bad guys break into your home legislation (Secure Storage of Firearms), were killed or died on the calendar. Rick notes three bad bills that slipped through and three downright ugly pieces of legislation that were voted upon. 

Have We Lost Our Minds?

It’s official. We have lost our minds. If we don’t bring some common sense to this madness, we will lose our country. The COVID-19/Wuhan Virus Reaction Disruption is wreaking havoc on our lives, our fortunes and our Sacred Honor. Radio Show Host and author, Kim Monson, notes that we are moving to a tyrannical state, where neighbors snitch on neighbors, where we must have permission to move about and work, and where we are forbidden to go to Church to worship. It is time to engage in this Battle of Ideas raging in American today. Put on your thinking caps. Ask: What? Why? When? How? Where? and Who?

Universal Basic Income Won’t Work

Is the $1,200 sent to most Americans under the CARES Act plus the $600 per week federal unemployment payments actually the proverbial mice’s nose under the tent for an Universal Based Income? Author and researcher, Patti Kurgan, explains how American’s are currently in a grand experiment to push forward pay without work and the consequences of this proposed public policy.

Vaccination Bill Still on the Table?

The Colorado Legislature returned to the Capitol to resume business on Tuesday, May 26, in this unprecedented legislative session. Author, active citizen and mother, Heather Lahdenpera explains, “According to Joint Rule 44, only “mission critical bills” are to move forward. In addition, Colorado faces a $3.3 billion shortfall due to COVID-19. The state will have 25% less money than it had to work with last year. This means that any bill with a fiscal note should be tabled.” Despite these critical guidelines and issues, Representative Kyle Mullica has been out doing PR for his vaccination bill, SB 163. Heather Lahdenpera point out that SB 163 is NOT mission critical and has a fiscal note which the state cannot afford.

The Perfect Storm

The only way to mitigate the impact of the coming fiscal storm is to Reopen Colorado. Now.

Nope, Nope, and Nope

No, No and No! Steve Reiter’s wife has spent more than seventeen days in a hospital room alone. She has been allowed no visitors. No exceptions. Both Steve and his wife, Elizabeth, test negative for COVID-19. Steve wants to be with his wife, to encourage her and to hold her hand. The answer is “NO.” He is beyond frustrated because no one is listening. No one should be isolated in a hospital without a loved one. And no one should risk dying alone.

The Cost of Colorado Wildfires

On the afternoon of May 18, 1996, nearly a quarter of a century ago, an unattended campfire driven by high winds ripped through eleven miles of the Pike National Forest in Buffalo Creek. Since 1996 Colorado has lost approximately 500,000 acres to wildfires with suppression costs reaching $4.5 Billion in 2019. Lyle Laverty, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, explains that these tragic losses and costs can be prevented. Remember, “Only you can prevent forest fires!”

The Danger of Freedom Creep

The principles and freedoms we let go out of convenience then allow government entities, big and small, to creep up their power against us. In this culture of convenience, it is incredibly difficult to stay principled and cling to our freedoms when decisions are based on personal emotions and desires.

Why Work?

Unfortunately millions have become unemployed during the COVID 19/Wuhan Virus reaction disruption. The government has stepped in with the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. It was intended to help small business owners keep their employees but a caveat in the legislation actually pays some people more to be unemployed than to work. Author and researcher, Patti Kurgan, compares the outcomes of two brothers in answering the question on people’s minds, “Why Work?”

Colorado COVID-19 Data & Lessons Learned from 1918 Influenza Pandemic

In order to save lives, social distancing should stop now. Pam Long, West Point graduate and former Army Captain who served in the US Army Medical Service Corps and worked in medical intelligence for SFOR Task Force Med Eagle, has studied the data. After reflecting on Governor Polis’ recent press conferences, Pam has five recommendations for the governor which will save lives if we have a second wave of COVID 19 this coming September.

The Good of the Neighbor is Greater Than The Good of the Government

The response of neighbors and communities to the hardships of the Coronavirus pandemic are far more effective and and helpful than that of the government. What happens when the crisis ends? Will we continue to work together as communities and neighbors or will we revert back to a culture that relies on government?

Righty Tighty, Never Loosey!

The Ratchet Effect is a concept applied to the growth in government intrusion. Prior to a crisis, government grows at its usual pace then accelerates during the crisis.  After the problems abate some governmental powers are relinquished, but not all.  Post-crisis, government continues to function at its higher level and grows from there. What sort of government encroachment can we expect after The Pandemic passes?

From My Front Porch

Front porches allow for connectivity and community that people are desperately looking for. A front porch is part of the fabric of a neighborhood that encourages building relationships, fosters conversations and allows for people to interact in ways that are no longer common, yet should be.

The Skip of a Heartbeat

In the words of Winston Churchill: “All will be well. We have, I believe, within us the life-strength and guiding light by which the tormented world around us may find the harbour of safety, after a storm-beaten voyage.”

Are “Public” Things Good?

Don’t be fooled by the allure and simplicity of “public” solutions or by the politicians making those pitches. In fact, when a politician speaks of all things “public”, make sure your skeptical antenna shoots up.  They sell us the virtue but in the end they take near monopolistic control, certain people are enriched at everyone else’s expense and the problems remain.

Punishing Success

In accordance with the principle that there’s never enough money to fund the progressive fantasy world, the Vision2020 group that I wrote about in my

Ok Boomer, Truce?

Allen Thomas asks if Boomers and Millennials can call a truce. The constant name-calling and fighting is unproductive. Let’s try having an honest conversation instead.

I Am Not an Anti-Vaxxer

Colorado Senate Bill 20-163 will very likely be introduced into the House Health and Insurance Committee this Tuesday (3.10.2020) or Wednesday (3.11.2020). If you are against this bill, you must act now before it becomes law. I am for vaccinations, but I am against this bill.

A Couple of Americans In Australia

Roger Bianco takes a trip down under and discovers that Australia and America have much in common, including cultures built on capitalism. But immigration policies and the signs that political correctness is taking root in Australian politics are two shared traits that have the potential to become major problems.

Iceberg, Right Ahead! Due to Student Loan Asset Backed Securities

With 70% of millennials extremely likely to vote for a socialist candidate if it releases them from student loan debt imposed on them by a corrupt system, Republicans who want to see capitalism succeed must provide measurable relief in a way that agrees with conservative values.

Edward Snowden’s Permanent Record

In the Age of Information, data is power. Susan Kochevar reviews National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s book, Permanent Record.

Winning the Race for a Second Term

Susan Kochevar takes a look at President Trump’s record on reducing regulations and how this might impact his chances at a second term in office.

Taxation and Wealth

Rick Turnquist looks at the moral basis for acquiring wealth and how taxation impacts individuals and state economies.

You Promised You Would Be There

The Air Quality and Control Commission promised the public a chance to comment at the hearing for Colorado Low Emission Automobile Regulation (CLEAR). They did not keep that promise. Kim Monson shares her view on CLEAR after being denied the chance to do so at the hearing.

The Proper Role of Government

With Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) under legislative attack, Rick Turnquist examines the proper role of government and Colorado’s use of taxpayer dollars.

The Moral Problem With Socialism

The results of socialism are incidental to the central problem of socialism: The fundamental problem with socialism is that it’s intrinsically immoral, inherently unjust.

Why TABOR Matters

For over almost three decades Colorado’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights has protected taxpayers and the state’s economy. Proposition CC is an attack on those protections.

Blood Reparations for Slavery

Congress has recently raised the specter of reparations for slavery, but what about the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who paid in blood to end that most wicked institution?

Who Are We?

The Pro-Choice Viable Life Initiative/Act does not stop or prohibit abortions. It redirects the federal focus of promoting and funding death to funding and promoting life. Life of the mother and life of the baby are priority one.

Recall Tom Sullivan

To support the effort to recall Tom Sullivan, go to www.recallcolorado.org, or sign the recall petition at the HD 37 Recall office at 7308 S Alton Way, Unit G, Centennial 80112.

Staving Off the Tyranny of the Majority

The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact threatens to undo the protections of the Electoral College and take away the will of smaller states in presidential elections.

What’s in a Name?

Featured guest contributor, Jay Davidson, explains the depth in the name of these United States, and the importance of the Electoral College.

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