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What the Republican Party Must Do To Return to Power

We all know the results of Tuesday’s election. No question. But why were so many more Republicans losers in this economy with such an unpopular president?

Social conservatives. Mourdock, Akin, Romney and Ryan just weren’t the right guys for the job. They believed the president was unpopular for the whole-politician-concept. He’s not. And he was vulnerable, so were the Democrats, so what happened?

Dim bulbs listened to Fox News and Limbaugh, thinking because they’re popular, that’s what a majority of the Electoral College voters would be thinking. They’re not.

The average voter doesn’t realize how bad things are economically and that the key sources of the economic troubles, namely politicians of both parties, the banks, corporations and Federal Reserve, were presenting themselves as solutions.

Far be it from me to go “Wreck It Ralph” on this one, but how exactly are the people who caused the issues going to solve them and why would I trust them to do so without unstoppable repercussions that are much worse?

My bet is they can’t. Regardless of how bad things really are, the average voter has been told their whole life the government can stimulate economies in any circumstance by both politicians who use these arguments to promise government money to make life better for everyone and a press that tends to go along with government narratives rather than get along but still question and report everything.

It’s collusion-in-effect, that or they’re all really stupid and even they don’t realize how bad things are. I say this with the assumption my readers actually do comprehend how bad things are economically for the nation, I don’t believe I have a monopoly on the information, not by any means.

What happened to cause the GOP to lose was they assumed the unpopularity of the Democrats leading up to the election was social issues. It wasn’t, but they were played by the Democrat politicians into the arena of social issues. I have to give it to the Democrats, they played this one perfectly.

Most of America still cares about social issues, I assume most have views similar to mine, namely:

Late-term voluntary non-triage abortion is the only form of abortion that should be criminalized, science supports this and the right can live with the fact only potential life is protected, not valid life. The point at which a fetus could survive without gestation.

Gay marriage and civil unions aren’t anything the federal government should be involved with, period. The states are gradually coming around on this issue, and I realize that’s not fast enough for the politically-active, but so what? Civil rights for blacks took decades and you want it immediately from the feds? Why not just keep pushing to educate people, recognizing that the government changes to reflect the people, not vice versa?

Gun control is a bad idea for the federal government to get involved with, just based on their complete inability to do nearly anything else right, federal prohibitions on anything have a tendency to empower organized crime. The states can handle it. I live in Colorado, despite Aurora and Columbine, I still don’t want D.C. making things worse. The more educated and responsible gun owners we have amongst us, the less problematic the firearms will be for the society.

Foreign Policy and Economics are the areas in which the Republican Party must differ from Democrats. The Democrats are the pro-war party historically. We forget, but Democrats put us into everything before Reagan, with the exception of Lincoln, anyway. Take a look through history, Wilson in WWI, FDR in WWII, Truman in Korea and Kennedy gets the call for Vietnam.

So why not let them keep the pro-war agenda and at least pull back the troops from Europe and Asia (except South Korea anyway, though that situation could benefit from some analysis also) and reopen the bases they closed as Reserve or Guard bases? There’s no reason not to at least outspend the rest of the world combined on defense spending in our own country, is there?

I wouldn’t feel any less safe on a global scale if the boys and girls in Europe came home, would you? We have 11 Aircraft Carrier groups, Italy and Spain each have 2, they’re tied globally for 2nd in total carriers.

And on Economics, I seriously think the Independent, Third Party and Unaffiliated voters would be inclined to lean to the right on Economics. They want a fiscal conservative to vote for, maybe not Ron Paul’s call for sound money so much, since so few understand that, but a fiscally responsible candidate would appeal to them very much, as long as he didn’t come with the “legitimate rape” stigma.

On the issue of the drug war, I seriously think most people would be fine with allowing the states to decide which drugs are safe and which aren’t. There’s so little justification for federal involvement on this issue, particularly when compared to how well they’ve executed every other war.

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Trayvon Martin and Joseph Kony Demonstrate Impotence of Misguided American Rage

Trayvon Martin as most, if not all, of you know was murdered a month ago while walking home through a gated community. His offense? Purchasing a bag of skittles, an iced tea and wearing a hoodie while being born the wrong color. Whether George Zimmerman is Caucasian or Hispanic is irrelevant, what he is and always will be, is a murderer, an idiot and an asshole.

The log of 911 calls Zimmerman made prior to that night indicates the shooting was, in a manner of speaking, premeditated. However, as the saying goes, there are three sides to every story. Yours, mine and the truth. This case is no different. By at least one witness account, the only shot fired was what ended a fight between the two men. That Trayvon was only 17-years-old does not subtract from the fact he was a pretty good sized kid.

I cannot and will not guess what happened that night and odds are the truth will never be known, but I can tell you Zimmerman had no business confronting anyone who wasn’t directly on his property, not even as part of his perceived duties under neighborhood watch.

However, the sensationalism of this story has officially gone viral. The Miami Heat donned hoodies and LeBron James tweeted this picture as an attempt to increase awareness. Conservative writers are of course attacking the New Black Panthers and Al Sharpton for making this a race issue while the NBB and Sharpton are calling for immediate justice.

Keep in mind, Al Sharpton once marched in North Carolina on behalf of a black woman who had been raped by affluent young white males; when it turned out the story in the media didn’t match the facts and there was massive corruption taking place by the prosecutor, Sharpton didn’t offer an apology to those young men. What makes people think this case is any more or less straight-forward?

I’ve done my best to highlight how useless the mainstream press and education systems have become, the actual effort that has followed the viral video Kony 2012 and now Trayvon’s case have highlighted how utterly impotent we’ve become as a nation. Kony’s video received so much attention, apparently the director lost his mind and decided he’d commit a public spermicide and wound up in jail.

Why is the case in Florida getting so much attention? A young black man was shot and killed before the age of 18. According to multiple government and private agencies, the leading cause of unnatural death for young black men in America is violence at the hands of young black men in America. The rates of homicide within that group are astounding. Ages 15-34, a black male in the US is most likely to die in a violent act committed by another black male of the same age category.

What’s remarkable about the online uproar is the total disconnect with the black communities who are saying stop making this a bigger issue than black-on-black crime. This search, indicates Trayvon’s death is having exactly the wrong effect for those who are seeking to stop interracial violence in the black community. One writer goes so far as to say this needs to be a racial issue of black Americans showing solidarity.

Between the meaningless sharing of Kony 2012 and the vocal but mostly ignorant outcry for Trayvon, Americans have demonstrated their total support for events they do not completely understand. The bottom line in all of this is social media is making a footprint in activism, this is good; but the people participating lack the motivation, understanding, knowledge and means to actually accomplish anything.

Let me pose a question for those who are unequivocally on the side of Trayvon and are demanding justice, what if Zimmerman is charged, prosecuted and found not guilty by a jury of his peers? What then? Because the last time people without all of the information demanded justice in such huge numbers and didn’t receive the outcome they desired, this was the result:

So for those who are alleging this was a hate crime, as opposed to an act of violence no different from the very same acts of violence taking place between young black men, I hope you have better reasons for the outcry than George Zimmerman’s race. Trayvon is gone, and that’s a tragedy, but it’s no more of a tragedy than any other time any person loses their life.

If we want true unity, we have to get away from this philosophy of ranking tragedies. Hate crimes are only different because of their motive. It is decidedly a violation of justice to tell one family their son’s death was less tragic than another. Murder is murder, assault is assault, vandalism is vandalism, we support hate speech as Constitutional because preservation of liberty and equality are vital to our views. But we have the gall to suggest one murder is less tragic than another because of motive.

If I kill a black man for his wallet, why is that less offensive than a black man killing me because I’m white? This idea has absolutely no merit. This was the product of emotional legislation. If we want equality, punish crimes, not motives.

Instead of constantly reacting from the heart, what we need as a country is to focus on critical thinking, analysis and non-emotional solutions to complicated problems. Lynch mobs were hell on crime as a deterrent, but they were emotionally triggered and many innocents died.

Laws need to come from the mind, not the heart. Activism should start at the heart, but should proceed from the mind. Emotional arguments will lose to logic every time.

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Colorado Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Concealed Carry on Public Campuses

Monday March 5, the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed the right of permitted individuals to carry concealed firearms on public universities. The decision confirmed the Court of Appeals ruling that the Colorado University Board of Regents (BOR) policy banning licensed concealed carry on campus since 1994, violated the Concealed Carry Act of 2003.

The original lawsuit was filed in December of 2008 by CU students on all three campuses (Denver, Colorado Springs & Boulder, aka The People’s Republic). El Paso County’s district court initially dismissed the lawsuit which resulted in Colorado State University’s Public Safety Team recommending a ban on campus CCW to the Board of Governors (BOG).

CSU’s chapter of Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) gathered thousands of signatures on a petition against the ban before the BOG issued their ruling. CSU’s student body government, Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) voted 21-3 against the ban. The BOG directed the presidents of the Pueblo and Fort Collins campuses to generate a police reflecting the ban and then things became interesting.

The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a brilliant young woman by the name of CJ Huffaker and an aspiring writer bearing a remarkable similarity to myself (it was me) filed a class-action lawsuit against the BOG for violating the Concealed Carry Act of 2003 as well as violating the state constitution.

Just before the case went to court, the court of appeals overturned the district court ruling and found the CU ban violated the CCA. The BOG rescinded their ban before it was to take effect and the RMGO eventually dropped the lawsuit.

Monday’s ruling settled the law – for now – regarding CCW on public campuses. Colorado School of Mines amended their campus policy Thursday morning in accordance with the ruling but CU still seems to be struggling with the repercussions.

I disagree with most of the political views on the left, but I understand the rationale behind most of their policies. They’re primarily based on unfounded fantasies with utterly no fathomable chance of success. But on the gun control issue I am admittedly lost.

Prohibitions don’t work unless the item being prohibited is in extremely limited quantity, nuclear weapons, for example. During the Cold War nuclear weapons were decidedly difficult to get a hold of; unfortunately, once the Soviet Union collapsed they became a bit easier to attain.

But the leftist view of firearms is just bizarre to me. People who are completely rational otherwise, on the subject of firearms, just fall apart at the seams. In the libertarian view, anything that doesn’t directly harm anyone else, or create a significant direct risk (DUIs, for instance, might be considered acceptable as crimes in a libertarian utopia) is acceptable.

Thus, I really don’t care about every individual in the country who owns any form of firearm until they commit or decide to commit a crime. At which point, I honestly don’t see the value in disarming everyone else. And that’s the dilemma, because the left simply does not seem capable of recognizing the fact that the gun laws mean nothing to those who use them for harm.

In which case, you want law abiding and competent citizens surrounding these individuals carrying their own firearms as a matter of day-to-day life. But the gun control crowd in all their fervor, wants to see a world with no firearms whatsoever. They claim they only want to eliminate gun violence and so they intend to leave sportsmen and hunters alone. Bullshit.

Their agenda is the eradication of firearms completely, including military and police. And this is what happens in a society that doesn’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, we started looking for causes to support, no matter how delusional and bound for failure they might be.

Thus, PETA now advocates 14th Amendment rights for Shamu and the Brady Campaign to End Self Defense want to ban the existence of firearms. You can’t convince me this world doesn’t need a biblical plague or flood. There’s simply too much silliness going on and the gun control debate is front and center proof that we are collectively off our rocker.

As proof, here’s the CU Independent’s take on the Supreme Court ruling from Monday. Note the second paragraph’s first sentence. This is a higher education institution’s newspaper folks, and she thinks the Supreme Court passed a law.

Say what you want about the Motor City Madman, but the Nuge knocks it out of the park with this one.

Pacifists say violence never solves anything, but it is all too often the only effective response to violence. All humans have the right to defend their lives as they see fit. In Colorado, that officially extends now to college campuses. (Except private schools and the Air Force Academy which is on federal land)

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Ron Paul Upsets Fox News’ Foolish Five & Real Time Gets Real Stupid

This past weekend Ron Paul talked to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. Paul, as usual, was quite candid with his answers and explained in several areas why he doesn’t support the present design of the federal government, particularly the bureaucracy. Wallace was mostly respectful and gave Paul the change to answer his questions without taking on much of the nauseating Bill O’Reilly tactic of belligerent interruptions and flippant disregard for any explanation of context.

Now, you wouldn’t think this would be a major issue. Paul, after all, is the voice of consistency in D.C. for the last 30 years, in fact, he resigned at the height of the Reagan administration because the rhetoric didn’t match the results.

But, apparently the GOP leadership got in touch with personalities or Rupert Murdoch himself, or producers for the atrocious Fox News show, The Five. Parroting the general sentiments of Fox News as the propaganda arm of the GOP, The Five absolutely tore into Paul for saying in essence his principles and the Constitution are more important to him than the party.

You all consider yourselves the voice of reason? Andrea Tantaros, a model with a hosting gig on The Five, espoused her brilliant opinion (heavy sarcasm lest you think I support this crap) that if Ron Paul wasn’t going to support the nominee, the Republican Party should pull him from the debates. Please, GOP, by all means do this. The exposure that move would generate for Ron Paul’s message would absolutely detonate the internet.

The GOP and by proxy Fox News, need to recognize the fact the primary system is broken. Primaries are badly designed in general, Republicans and Democrats voting for the nominee they would most likely vote for; but that concept makes no sense when the general election results come into the picture.

Republican and Democrat voters do not decide general elections. Independents, voters from other parties and undecided voters determine the election. Roughly equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats vote for their nominee regardless. Thus, the Republican Party is running a real risk of losing this election because of their total disregard for Ron Paul and his supporters.

Roughly 13 percent of the GOP are dedicated strongly to Paul, his numbers have only climbed. Meaning no matter what quote the media takes out of context to attempt to portray him as a kook, his followers recognize the tactic and give the finger right back to the media by generating content for the internet to demonstrate their fallacious claims.

For instance:

Chris Matthews is about as unreasonable a personality you would find on the street, but at MSNBC he’s considered a moderate. In this clip he claims Paul’s views don’t hold up to scrutiny and runs through the litany of federal services that would fall apart without present tax rates. He identifies the FAA, now, this falling under “infrastructure” this is technically within the purview of government, however, there’s no reason the airlines couldn’t operate a functional replacement that would be significantly more efficient and would cost nothing.

Roads/Highways/Interstates, Chris wants libertarianism to be the death knell of society, but he’s flat wrong. Ron Paul wants to reduce the federal government’s spending and focus, there is no conceivable reason the states couldn’t do just as good, if not a significantly better job, than the feds.

Food safety. The FDA/USDA didn’t prevent the listeria outbreak last month and are universally behind the chain of events when something bad happens. If the FDA/USDA went away, would the product decrease in quality or safety? Of course not, but just in case, the courts are there to allow lawsuits to settle these issues, but without the cost and inefficiency of bureaucracy. It’s pure silliness.

Then we have Bill Maher. Outspoken liberal, mostly delusional and completely irrational when it comes to firearms ownership, Bill asked for suggestions to Constitutional changes his panel would like to see.  Ugh.

Alex Wagner has roughly the Constitutional IQ of a grape nut. Issa gives a mostly accurate response, but when Bill Maher responds saying its a fantasy to think modern firearms would ever be protection against tyranny because the federal military has nuclear weapons, etc., Issa doesn’t take the opportunity to point out the absurdity of the idea of a US president deploying nuclear weapons inside the US.

I trust the federal government short of the distance from my eye to the end of my nose, but to think any president in any situation would use nukes is absurd. Conventional bombs in conventional aircraft, yes, in another civil war this would definitely happen. But nukes? Give me a break Bill. You do best when you stick to comedy. Leave the Constitution to Ron Paul.

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Future Boards of Governors should learn from concealed carry debate of 2009-2010

While most of western civilization celebrated Cinco de Mayo consuming vast amounts of alcohol, the CSU Board of Governors – appropriately acronymed BOG – voted unanimously to overturn their prior incomprehensible decision to ban concealed carry on campus.

Far be it from me to criticize a decision I agree with, but I have to say their initial decision to pass a policy based on unreasonable fears, talking points and a desire to make CSU more like other universities was appalling.

My hope is the BOG recognizes the outrage and consternation demonstrated by the CSU students as undeniable evidence we did not come to Fort Collins to be sheep; we came here to be Rams.

The BOG claimed their policy would put CSU more in line with other institutions of higher learning. Well, maybe I’m in the minority here but I doubt it, but CSU students seem mostly proud of the fact we’re not like CU, UNC or most of the other institutions of higher learning. We dig the fact we’ve got competent and armed protectors among the herd.

Despite the faculty and public safety team apparently feeling they were making decisions that would be accepted by a student populace that had clearly drifted to the left for the 2008 election, the student body recognized the threat presented by a gun free zone and made their collective anger known.

What gun control advocates do not seem to comprehend about gun free zones is active shooters simply do not care about the ban on firearms.

As a result, if a licensed concealed permit holder were in a classroom  or building attacked by an active shooter, there might be a chance of terminating the incident without even needing to fire a shot.

Professor Richard Eykholt responded to a similar claim made by students during the fall semester, “If you have a classroom situation where somebody starts shooting and other people are shooting back, there is a real opportunity there for more bystanders to be injured,” he said.

Well professor, since we obviously can’t use your superior intellect to help us off Gilligan’s Island; perhaps you can tell me, approximately how many students will be injured or killed when an active shooter enters a gun free zone?

My guess is, a lot.

Here’s a theoretical difference for you. An active shooter enters CU Boulder, a gun-free zone by all accounts, how many of the Buffalo die? The only hope for the students is one among them has declined to acquiesce to the gun-free policy. Thanks to the BOG – a group of bullies by all accounts – with concealed carry once again allowed at CSU maybe the active shooter is deterred, maybe he or she isn’t, but if they happen to pick the wrong room to start attacking, the game changes.

Something to consider for those of you who were trepidatious about concealed weapons being on campus in the first place. The majority of permit holders I know are combat veterans and are closer to 30 than 21. Just food for thought.

What we really need to take from this as a student body is the administration, the Board of Governors, the Public Safety Team and the faculty have zero interest in what the student body has to say about pretty much anything.

They ignored the 21-3 vote by the student senate to uphold the concealed carry policy, they ignored the protests, they ignored the petitions. When it came down to it, they only cared they were going to lose a very public lawsuit on a completely unnecessary policy.

Clearly the BOG is simply a group of bullies, and like all bullies, they backed down when they new they were being confronted.

So where do we go from here? Well, sadly it appears if the law doesn’t specifically prohibit a policy of theirs, they are going to move forward on the policy despite the concerns of the students or students’ parents.

This means this bureaucracy potentially threatens all student freedoms. My fear is the only reconciliation available to students moving forward on any of these issues is to immediately seek legal counsel and if appropriate, file a lawsuit.

The student outcry against this policy was overwhelmingly in support of allowing concealed carry on campus. We had the facts, we had the arguments, we had the history and we had the popular support.

Ultimately, the student body should make decisions affecting the student body; not a geographically separated group of adults unconcerned with the desires of the student body.

This little experience was a demonstration of politics at its worst and demonstrated conclusively the inherent dangers of a Republican Democracy.

At the end of the fight, the system worked. We didn’t turn the other cheek and forget this was happening. We galvanized, we played the game and we came out on top.

Enjoy your summer CSU, when we come back next fall, we will still have some line of defense between us and an active shooter. Well played. Today I’m proud to be a CSU Ram.

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