"When they allow a talk show host to play them like a two-dollar banjo, they demonstrate what kind of backbone they'll bring to the job later on, if we elect them. After they get elected will they continue to allow Jeff Crank to put a nickel in them and wind them up every Saturday morning?"
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
Barry Noreen, former columnist, Colorado Springs Gazette
"There's a lot of talent there" - Shannon Fowler
"For a guy named Crank he's pretty affable" - Russ Latino
Sunday, November 7, 2010
“Dawn, a New Beginning”
by John Alexander Madison
November 8, 2010
The sun slowly and calmly emerges from the darkness as hues of light blue, purple, red, yellow and orange paint a colorful palate on layers of puffy white clouds as soft as a feathered pillow.
Inevitably, night turns to day and along with it comes a certain calmness and assurance for some (anger and anxiety for others), hope for some (despair for others), happiness for some (depression for others), optimism for some (pessimism for others), joy for some (torment and suffering for others), love for some (contempt for others), and opportunity for some (rejection for others).
Such is everyday life, even following a November general election, including a sunrise of opportunities with a range of emotions as diverse as the colors of a rainbow.
You win some, you lose some. But I propose that all Americans were winners last Tuesday. It’s just that they all may not realize it quite yet. The perpetrators of America’s most ambitious experiment in socialism in its 234 year history were stopped cold in their tracks in the most dramatic reversal of the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1948…60 seats and counting.
The good news continues…adding insult to injury as Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank were reelected to Congress with great ignominy and relegated to minority party status. How embarrassing. Yet Pelosi immediately announced her candidacy for House minority leader saying ‘our work in not complete’...how arrogant and how true. Our work, the people’s work, is only half done, Nancy. Bye, bye private jet fleet. In 2012, Americans will complete the job and return sanity to our nation’s capitol.
We can thank the T.E.A. party, a movement, an uprising if you will, of the silent majority of Americans who have said “enough.” An estimated eighty percent of Americans, regardless of party affiliation, are in the middle of the political philosophy spectrum, or somewhat to the right or left. The others are either far left or far right “wing nuts” whose entire agenda hinges on a few narrow-minded and often divisive issues.
Our President’s extremist agenda was soundly rejected by an overwhelming majority of voters on November 2, 2010. Obamacare, a failed stimulus package nearing one trillion dollars, government takeovers and overregulation of major segments of our economy, higher and higher taxes, a secular progressive agenda and desire for a one world order each in their own right are destructive and ill-advised and, collectively, they spell doom for America.
But now, over the next two years, with great pleasure we get to watch the dismantling of the change few of us believe in…and just in time. Nancy and Barney will have second row seats, yet they remain hopeful this is a short term setback due to the President’s veto pen. Mr. President, please advise if your pen utilizes blue or black ink and I will send you all the ink you need for your veto pen. If you veto legislation to repeal Obamacare, if you veto legislation which will extend the Bush tax cuts, if you veto spending cuts throughout our federal government you will seal your own fate.
Go ahead, I dare you. Veto, veto, veto. The thought of the first totally rational one-term presidency since inept James Earl Carter will be like music to my ears, like hot fudge atop a bowl of homemade vanilla bean ice cream, like the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series.
President Obama’s newly found idea of a bi-partisan approach to governing is no more sincere than what was offered on the western frontier by snake oil salesmen. It’s just rhetoric. But that, now that I think of it, is not fair to snake oil salesmen. They actually had something used to relieve joint pain in China for centuries. Obama’s remedies for America will do nothing but create pain for millions of Americans for generations to come. Any bipartisanship which evolves from last week’s election cannot be credited to our President’s new-found wisdom but to every American who soundly rejected the president’s agenda. Responsible Americans have stopped the madness…for now.
Some criticized Obama’s hasty, post-election ten day departure to Asia…I say “Mr. President, stay ten months.”
On the political front closer to home have Colorado citizens have finally tired of former commissioner, former legislator, and snake oil salesman Douglas Bruce? It seems so. The resounding statewide defeat of Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101 convinces me that that while Colorado voters understand the benefits of Bruce’s T.A.B.O.R. initiative (Taxpayers Bill of Rights) they disagree with his most recent efforts to shut down the government’s ability to provide even the most basic services.
Contrary to Mr. Bruce’s claim that voters were tricked by the measurers’ opponents (Coloradans for Responsible Reform), it is quite clear that the voters were not tricked by Bruce’s latest antics. Mr. Bruce’s tax-exempt non profit is under attack for failing to disclose contributions and expenditures related to these ballot questions. In Bruce’s own words “The voters signaled that they don’t care if the government pulls out an Uzi and mows down people collecting signatures. They’re going to shrug and step over the bleeding bodies and go get their groceries.”
He continued, “Voters of Colorado were fooled into believing that the three ballot measures would have closed schools and libraries, put teachers out of work and ‘hurt little children,’ among other claims that were a campaign of lies.”
Mr. Bruce, voters were not fooled at all; they defeated Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101. Who are you kidding?