I know some other former Gazette employees, dedicated professionals, who have left the paper. None that I have run into regret their decisions.
I'm sure your decision to leave the Gazette was a difficult one, but your contributions to the Independent and to journalism in this city justifies the change. We benefit weekly from your writing; I doubt you would have been able to do the same at the Gazette.
So...thanks. Your work is much appreciated.
" Why must SCOTUS be right? If they understood the Constitution, why would the justices disagree with each other so often? Why would they ever have 5-4 decisions? "
Seriously...you're embarrassing yourself. SCOTUS is the final arbiter of what is and what is not Constitutional. If you don't accept that (and it's been that way since 1803), you are a traitor your own country and its Constitution. When SCOTUS rules, it is by definition the LAW OF THE LAND.
When you say "think for yourself," what you mean is "reject the government." Sorry. I won't do that.
I disagree with a lot of SCOTUS decisions, particularly as they apply to the 2nd Amendment and campaign financing. While I disagree, I still accept those rulings as the law of the land. That's the country we live in...a nation of laws, not a fantasy nation stuck in the 18th century.
Incidentally, you constantly bring up 5-4 decisions. Those split decisions have EXACTLY the same legal effect as any 9-0 decision. Your assertion that a close decision is suspect on its face is indefensible.
Dissent is routine and protected by the First Amendment. But for those who think we are living under a runaway unconstitutional rogue government, I have one piece of advice. Find a country...any country...that is better.
"So why put your trust in them? Try thinking for yourself instead."
Why put your trust in them? How about because SCOTUS is a co-equal branch of the government created by the Founding Fathers in the CONSTITUTION.
Your eagerness to dismiss SCOTUS reveals your contempt for everything in the Constitution that doesn't make you happy. It's not a buffet where you can pick and choose. It's the CONSTITUTION, and you don't get to reject SCOTUS and then say you're just following the Constitution.
"Bill, you don't need a law degree to understand the basics of the Constitution. "
Actually, it appears that the law degree would be very useful for you, since you think your opinion is right and SCOTUS is wrong. You got that backwards.
I'm going with Mr. K's characterization...paid troll or bot sounds about right.
Even so, I will give you the opportunity to clarify where exactly you got your law degree. Your post is so full of debunked legal fantasies that you might want to ask your alma mater for a refund.
"So the feds have no legal power over these issues, and when they make laws here it's an "usurpation of power" and is totally unconstitutional."
You do realize, of course, that the Supreme Court disagrees with you. SCOTUS IS in the Constitution, so I'm going with their reading of it. Not yours.
"At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly."
High praise indeed. Is that the best defense you can muster for the Gazette?
"sounds like a personal thing?" Your hostility to the LGBTQ community is the "personal thing" in your post.
The Gazette is only concerned with part of the community. 40.31%, to be precise. Thus the disinterest in accuracy and journalistic ethics. Those items are not valued by their readers.
Registered Voters in El Paso County as of 3/20/2017
Colorado Democratic Party 94,289 21.54% Major Party
Colorado Republican Party 176,476 40.31% Major Party
Unaffiliated 157,349 35.94%
Not that there's anything wrong about that...the First Amendment applies here. But for those looking for balance and accuracy...the Gazette is not going to be your source of news.
As for me, I just don't read it because it's a) not a reliable source, and b) it aggravates my chronic blood pressure issues.
Put a $100 bill in an envelope and send it Lamborn. I'm sure that will get you in the door for a meeting with him. Another $100 might help him listen to you as well.
Sorry, but cynicism is a form of realism. In this case, the reality is that he doesn't give a whit about anyone but his donors.
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