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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.

No More FAMLI

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.

The Homelessness Industrial Complex

The homeless suffer while a network of politicians, bureaucrats, and interested parties profit off of tax increases and other programs that seem to enrich various parties and organizations while doing little to nothing to mitigate Colorado’s homeless problem.

A Ban on Bags is Bad Bio-Policy

Denver’s plastic bag ban isn’t about protecting the environment, it’s just another tax being levied on Denverites who are already struggling with the rising costs of housing, transportation, healthcare, and other necessities.

Forced Minimum Wage Leads to Economic Disaster

A policy of forced minimum wage will have disastrous consequences for small business owners, employees, and future jobs. Government has no business leading Colorado into an economic policy disaster.

The Case Against FAMLI

Colorado can’t afford to pay for the wants and needs of those not prepared to provide for their own situations. It’s not an issue of morality or denying those who claim to be in need. It’s an issue of not letting progressive politicians rob hard-working small business owners and other employers to bankroll a socialist fantasy.

The Battles Ahead

As the year wanes and Coloradans are preparing for the Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s and other holidays, the day everyone should be dreading is drawing

Freedom to Fuel versus Forced to Enrich China

In trying to force winners and losers, the government has created an incentive that keeps the most polluting vehicles on the road and leaves the biggest fuel savings on the table. The real winner in the push for electric vehicles is not the environment, it’s China.

By Any Means Necessary

Rick Turnquist writes about how progressives have leveraged and weaponized the American nonprofit sector to advance their agenda. With a look at how this works in the state of Colorado and nationally, Rick reviews how this enables their Power Grab, with a review of the book by the same name by Congressman Jason Chaffetz.

Corporate Welfare in Colorado Recap

Proposition CC was defeated at the polls, but taxpayer dollars are still being wasted via corporate welfare. Patti Kurgan summarizes her earlier reporting on the rampant corporate welfare abuse in Colorado.

Tax Incremental Financing and Corporate Welfare

Corporate welfare comes in many forms from the state or local government: grants, investment tax credits, job training tax credits, new employee tax credits, early-stage capital and retention grant, and tax incremental financing.

Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde. Who Should Govern?

Since government is made up of human beings who are flawed, the Founders tried to minimize the harm government can do to humanity by limiting its scope and power. Roger Bianco explains in his latest essay.

The Pillars of Modern Life

Fossil fuels, free-market capitalism, and limited government are the pillars of modern life. These pillars rest on the foundation of reason. Progressives want to tear it down.

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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