Colorado Democrats reject recall elections
Which, they have that in common with Rick Moran. So congrats!
But here’s the kicker. The reason some progressive supporters give for their anger over citizens’ attempts to recall a pair of state reps? Is that such a procedure unfairly allows constituents to intimidate representative into serving the interests of those constituents..
I shit thee not [my emphasis]:
As in New York and Connecticut — which both limited debate and passed their measures in a manner usually reserved for emergency legislation — many Coloradans felt unreasonably shut out of the process: Law-enforcement officers went to the capital, Denver, to testify against the legislation but were turned away at the door; floor debate was shut down on a seemingly capricious basis; and the rules were changed midstream. Rape victims who testified were, Kerns recalls, “treated with disdain and disrespect.” So frustrated were many citizens at how they were silenced that they drove around the capitol building honking their horns.
“John Morse saw an opportunity to become a national star,” Kerns observes, submitting that he has fallen in with “the Bloomberg set, which has not sat well in Colorado — an independent-minded state.” Governor Hickenlooper, too, once a reliable friend of the right to bear arms, appears to have turned toward New York for his inspiration. Contra his desperate insistence that neither “the White House [nor] New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s group was controlling the agenda,” Todd Shephard, an investigative reporter at CompleteColorado.com, used an inspired freedom-of-information request to demonstrate that Bloomberg was in fact involved in the passage of the law:
Phone records obtained by CompleteColorado.com show that Mayor Bloomberg personally called Governor Hickenlooper at two critical moments of the gun-bill debate. While the calls may not exhibit a direct “controlling” of the process by Mayor Bloomberg, at the very least they likely show Bloomberg taking a hands-on, executive-level approach to the events in Colorado.
Kerns believes that Colorado is serving as a test case for progressives nationwide. If pro-gun-control forces can win there, she predicts, they will try to emulate their success elsewhere. If not, in the words of Paula Noonan of the left-leaning website Colorado Capitol Watch, gun restrictionists will have to “tuck away any initiatives for 20 years.” “This has struck a nerve with national Democrats,” Kerns confirms.
It certainly seems that way. Senator Angela Giron, one of the two recall targets, has hired Chris Shallow, a staff member from President Obama’s reelection campaign, to join her fight in Pueblo. “It’s amusing to see all of these signs in Giron’s window decrying ‘outside influence,’” Kerns laughs, “and then see a car with Illinois license plates parked just five feet away.”
“This is a truly grassroots campaign, and we’re reaching demographics that the GOP seemingly can’t,” Kerns says, noting that the campaign is popular with unions and steelworkers. (The former president of AFSCME 123 signed the petition to recall Giron, calling the senator’s vote for gun control “the final straw.”) Five of the six founders of the BFDF have never been involved in politics before, she tells me. Two of them are “plumbers in their twenties,” and another is Hispanic. “Not typical conservatives,” Kerns notes. The group is also popular among women. “In fact,” she adds, “this isn’t a partisan thing: Combined, the number of Democrats and independents that signed the recall petition outnumbered the Republicans.”
In a rather flustered post yesterday, the Daily Kos’s Markos Moulitsas indulged himself with the typical and peculiar insinuation that if elected politicians do something that people don’t like and then are recalled because of it, democracy is dead, arguing witlessly that the recallers wish to “intimidate elected officials into subservience.” He also suggested that pro-right-to-bear-arms groups are somehow overstepping the legitimate bounds of advocacy in a free society by backing the recall effort. Ultimately, though, Moulitsas has seen what is happening in a state that is increasingly important to Democrats, and he’s worried. Senators Morse and Giron, he warned, are “in real danger of being ousted.”
This idea that those of us in Colorado who watched dumbfounded as a lockstep Democrat majority, funded by out of state monied interests tied to one of the country’s biggest nannystatist hypocrites, openly and defiantly infringed on one of their natural rights — passing ludicrous and onerous gun-control legislation that was then signed into law by a Governor who ran in part on being pro-gun rights just months earlier — are harming democracy by insisting that our representatives represent us, and in the case of gross violations, will meet with an effort to remove them from office, is as absurd as one expects from would-be authoritarian progressives, who themselves will circumvent elections by using bureaucracies and courts to impose on a supposedly free people regulations and laws that cannot gain legislative passage.
That they’d give voice to this rejection publicly after the campaign they launched against Scott Walker — who didn’t violate the Constitution — makes it even more laughable.
We had — and have — every right to insist that legislators who showed a willful ignorance about guns, and who mouthed pre-written, focus-group tested propaganda in direct defiance of experts whom they refused to allow testify in the run up to the votes, be stripped of their ability to pass further laws that frustrate our constitutional protections. And no, we don’t have to sit and wait patiently to do so, as both Moulitsas and Moran would have us do, lest we befoul the democratic process with our Visigothic vulgarity.
When you have a lawmaker who believes magazines are disposable and that somehow the ability to adjust the stock makes a rifle into an “assault weapon”, you have a lawmaker who doesn’t have any business voting on gun restrictions. When you have a lawmaker who would refuse to allow women on college campuses to keep a firearm for personal protection — and would have that woman pee or vomit or group around for a rape whistle while some brute is violently plunging a strange cock into her, the poor dear having no business to protect herself with equalizing force — you have a lawmaker who should, if had any degree of self respect, remove himself from public life voluntarily.
And when you have a Senate President who made no mention during his campaign of gun restrictions, then introduced legislation to hold gun manufactures liable for gun crime, and in an interview noted that he’d stopped listening to constituents because they were just distracting him from doing what was right and just, then you have a narcissistic fraud and would-be king who needs to be shown that no, he is not our better. He is our employee.
And that we have recourse to fire his ass on the spot, not wait for some arbitrary date to reclaim our rights.
Hickenlooper, sensing the writing on the wall, has backtracked like the fraud he’s always been an noted that perhaps the Democrat controlled state government should legislate more as centrists. Too late.
Colorado is undertaking an outlaw movement that transcends party affiliation, just as I surmised would be the case when I first introduced the outlaw idea nearly 4 and a half years ago. And we eagerly await the rest of the country joining us. Because even if we fail, that just means we’ll try harder next time.
Imagine. You turn free people into subjects under your beneficent and enlightened care, and this is thanks you get! Ungrateful rubes.