Skip to comments.Colorado Governor Goes Far Left in Nationwide Appeal to Gun-Grabbers
Posted on 09/02/2013 4:05:36 AM PDT by Kaslin
It never fails. Paint a Democrat into a corner (or let him do it to himself) and his true colors will start to show. The moderate and reasonable Democrat Governor of New-New-York (AKA: Colorado) has finally come out forcefully against the recall elections of some anti-gun members of the State Legislature. The two Democrat State Senators are facing recall attempts after they supported the recent slew of gun-control measures that were ultimately signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper.
These recall elections cost a small fortune and do nothing to improve democracy or representative government, Hickenlooper wrote in a letter distributed by the Democrat National Committee. Nothing like preaching to the choir: Democrats have long complained about the cost of running government unless that cost is accrued as a consequence of Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, social security, food stamps, TANF, unemployment, Public Sector Labor Unions, etc.. Heaven forbid government be forced to fund legitimate functions of representative governance.
The assertion seemed to be that we should be outraged government is expected to fund an electoral process requested by a petition of the people. Those pesky citizens: Demanding that their representatives actually represent their interests. Such concerns are obviously trivial, and not worthy of political action. After all, its not as if concerns over citizen representation was responsible for 13 colonies demanding independence back in the 1770s. . . Right?
The Colorado Governor went on to suggest that the elections are merely attempts by a radical few to intimidate and punish a select number of Democratic legislators for daring to vote their conscience. Well. . . I guess facing the discord of a gun owning public certainly could be intimidating. Oh, and lets not forget that more people signed the petition to recall John Morse (one of the two State Senators who are currently facing recall) than originally voted him into office. Is the Colorado Governor really suggesting that legislators should be free from reprimand as long as they feel that they voted their conscience?
The former Brewery owner then had the audacity to say that the legislation was truly inconsequential in the long run, given that it only places modest restrictions on future sales of high capacity gun magazines. Apparently, to Democrats, the outright ban of any transfer, sale, or future possession of any high capacity magazine is merely a modest restriction. By that logic, the petitioners who are trying to recall the Democrat State Senators are merely trying to modestly restrict the remainder of their terms.
But then, Hickenlooper became accidently comical: We were only able to pass the law because Democratic legislators had the courage to stand up to outside special interests. I dont suppose the Democrat Governor, and former member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, considers Bloombergs $350,000 gift to the Colorado Democrats any sort of outside special interest. He must be referring to groups like Independence Institute (located in Denver, Colorado) which has decided to sue against some of the laws.
In addition to insulting concerned voters and decrying a legitimate political process, the Governor also recycled the tired case for his gun control bills. He mentioned how safe the world will be after placing the above-mentioned restrictions on high-capacity magazines. (Because, its pretty obvious that banning the 16th bullet in a high capacity magazine would somehow create a blissful land of security and safety.) He mentioned howexpanding background checks to cover all gun sales [will] prevent violent criminals from acquiring guns. I assume this gem is based off of the widely understood fact that criminals are notorious for following the laws, regulations, and modest restrictions that are placed on everyone else.
At one point the Governor even suggested that last years 5,000 denied gun applications prove background checks work. Having worked at gun dealerships, I can tell you that number includes false denials and mistaken denials. For those who have doubts about that claim, consider this: Out of the 76,000 denied applications nationwide in 2010, only 13 ended up being prosecuted. . . But, yeah: Making me run a background check on my best friend when I give them a gun for their birthday will completely stop criminals from obtaining illegal firearms.
The Governors Bloomberg-style understanding of gun issues aside, his national appeal via the Democrat party illustrates his liberal and authoritarian bent. Had the gun groups been abortion groups recalling Texas legislators, or labor groups recalling Wisconsin legislators, Democrats would be praising the courage of the citizens. Hickenloopers letter is merely an appeal to the Statists within the Democrat party.
Most egregious is the Governors decision to decry the recall efforts in a letter distributed by the National Democrat Party. Hickenlooper has shown that his interest in representing all Coloradoans is not nearly as important as accumulating support and respect among the increasingly left wing Democrat machine. His remarks were not crafted as an attempt to reach out to the discouraged voters who feel disenfranchised by their representatives. Instead, he crafted a letter to outside interests in an effort to inject national powers into the Colorado recall.
Hardly the actions of a moderate party member. If hes not careful, the voters of Colorado may decide to place upon his future political plans modest restrictions.
If Background Checks were around at the time of the founding of this nation, the Founding Fathers would have been rounded up and executed.
Coloradn’s missed the boat and should have included the good “gubner” on the re-call list.
>>The Colorado Governor went on to suggest that the elections are merely attempts by a radical few to intimidate and punish a select number of Democratic legislators for daring to vote their conscience<<
Therein lies the problem. They are NOT elected to “vote their conscience”. They are elected to represent the people.
And yes Governor Chickenpooper, actions DO have consequences.
Where was he during the WI recall elections?
Edmund Burke believed that after one was elected he must vote according to conscience, not the opinions of those who elected him and ofcourse, then be willing to lose his office in the next election.
Reload for recall round two.
Amen to that Brother.
That is the face of a cornered animal.
I remember when California was a western state. Sad to see Colorado go east coast also. I hope they fix it.
Folks get the government they deserve, good and hard.
Amen! And we are getting a bellyful. But the problem is that the ones who brought it on do not have the intelligence to realize what they done. Even as he has them killed, their last conscious thought will be, “This is all Bush’s fault”.
“That is the face of a cornered animal.”
Not to mention the face of a hateful totalitarian who wants to get rid of the opposition but hasn’t the necessary power.....yet.
The vote will go forward, and from your squealing, it sounds like you will lose your two gungrabbin' friends.
Remember the phrase "Elections have consequences"?
Well, try this one on, Sparky: "Votes have consequences".
Exactly what I was thinking. No Hickenblooper whining when the many recall elections were forced by liberals in Wisconsin.
My vote is for Colorado to succeed form the commies in Denver, Boulder, Vail....
I think chickenpooper is losing and is in a panic.
In America there are untitled Counts, Earls, and Dukes who’s familys go back to FDR days and even back to Wilson. Hickenlooper is one of them.
If hes not careful, the voters of Colorado may decide to place upon his future political plans modest restrictions.
He was mentioned as a national Democratic [sic] party political possibility by more than one or two prominent leftist extremist editorialists. I'm sure his name has been crossed off all the lists: he should have had sense enough to tell the legislature not to go miles out of its way to pick a fight with people who stand up and fight back.
President You Didn't Build That made the exact same mistake this past winter by jumping on the outpouring of leftist extremist NRA hatred in the wake of the Connecticut shooting. If he'd been smart, he'd have sent Joey "the Genius" Biden out to rant, rave, and spew vitriol; instead, he blew all his political capital leading the charge himselfand fell flat on his ugly face in the House of Reprsentatives.
My father put it this way: "Some people learn from other people's mistakes; some people learn from their own mistakes, and some people never learn." If Marxists were smart enough to learn from the obvious misakes of Marxists who preceded them, they'd grow up and abandon Marxism.
“These recall elections cost a small fortune and do nothing to improve democracy or representative government,..”
Government that has run amok costs a pretty penny and the liberty it destroys is priceless.
Sadly, most Republicans are barely worth two thimbles of spit, but I’m working within the party to change that.
Regardless of what it may cost, ridding a legislature, any legislature, of Constitution- and freedom-hating toadies is priceless.
Just blood boiling. Walker recall and every other Wisconsin recall, good. Colorado recalls, bad.
I don't recall any Leftists making that argument when they mounted a nationwide attempt to recall Scott Walker in Wisconsin.
Exhibit “A” in the case of “liberals creating crapholes of their own states and bringing their twisted thinking and voting patterns to crap up formerly reasonable states”.
Colorado did not go east coast, the east coast came here. Denver built lofts so New Yorkers would feel at home. All those northeast states that depopulated out of a congressional seat filled us with commies. Just like California 30 years ago.
and Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)
Is the Colorado Governor really suggesting that legislators should be free from reprimand as long as they feel that they voted their conscience?Ya gotta understand, Mr. Schaus,
This is a guy who kicked the can down the road like a little wimp by delaying the execution of a violent criminal to the next governor just so he didn’t have to do it.
CO was stupid for electing this guy in the first place. Big mistake. Helping to solidify the transition from red to blue that’s been going on for a decade.
Fortunately, though a lot of people in CO aren’t sitting back and are fighting it.
That was different.
I did not know this.
No wonder the Dems are in full panic mode.
(This is why Dems simply HATE free and fair elections.
There is a small but real chance of returning colorado to the red column again. However, if amnesty goes through, that will never happen and this state is lost forever. The illegal influx is one of the big reasons we went blue in the first place....
The movie "1776" had some great lines. (A must see movie, IMHO)
[During the vote on independence]:
Dr. Lyman Hall: Mr. President, Georgia seems to be split right down the middle on this issue - the people are against it, and I'm for it.
Dr. Lyman Hall: However, I'm afraid I'm not quite certain whether representing the people means relying on their judgment or on my own. In all fairness, until I can figure that out, I'd better lean a little on their side. Georgia says nay.
Later in the film, he finds John Adams alone in Congress:
Dr. Lyman Hall: I'm sorry if I startled you. I couldn't sleep. In trying to resolve my dilemma I remembered something I'd once read, "that a representative owes the People not only his industry, but his judgment, and he betrays them if he sacrifices it to their opinion."
[He smiles] It was written by Edmund Burke, a member of the British Parliament.
[He walks to the tally board and changes his 'nay' vote to 'yea' on Independence]
There's plenty more HERE, including these gems, which always got a roar of approval from the audience:
John Adams: I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace; that two are called a law firm, and that three or more become a Congress! And by God, I have had this Congress!
John Adams (complaining to God): A second flood, a simple famine, plagues of locusts everywhere, or a cataclysmic earthquake, I'd accept with some despair. But no, You sent us Congress! Good God, Sir, was that fair?
The Colorado governor might do well to take a day trip to visit Ludlow. On a previous attempt of the “elite” in Denver to “take care of the little people” those same “little people” let the folks in Denver know, “We are now armed and any further BS will result in coffins being returned to Denver.” I doubt the descendants of those “little people” have changed much. God Bless them.
Gov. chickenlooper was always far left. low info voters and a leghumping media saw to his election (and the ‘pubs blowing it by not getting behind Tancredo, even though the ‘pubs would have become a minority party)