Have any of you read the US Constitution which puts the power of the purse firmly in the hands of the House? Have any of you read Federalist Paper #58? This pretty much explains what the House is doing currently and how they have both the right and the obligation to provide funding only to those things their constituents want. And the majority do not want ACA. It is the Senate which is responsible for the Federal government shutdown since all the House did was fund all portions of the bloated government except ACA which is totally within their purview.
From Federalist Paper #58
The House of Representatives cannot only refuse, but they alone can propose, the supplies requisite for the support of government. They, in a word, hold the purse -- that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the people gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the government. This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.
“Don’t read any more of these [constituents’ emails] than you absolutely have to.” is precisely what Morse stated on the Rachel Maddow show. Feel free to view the video yourself to see the quote and the reference to what he was talking about Bill Guman.
The author states that guns continue to get more deadly, but a .44 magnum today is not much different than a .44 magnum 100 years ago except for the smokeless powder. But that is not something that is changing continuously. And a .44 slug is a .44 slug.
What has changed is the moral fiber of society along with increasing gun control. In general, in the US, it has been shown that more lax gun laws and allowing more law abiding citizens to have guns decreases crime and gun violence. But let's not confuse people's emotional response with facts.
Morse is arrogant even in defeat. As least he is consistent. What he fails to realize is that this was not started by the NRA. It was started by common people like me who he shut out of the legislative process.
He also doesn't realize that this was not a left vs right issue. He also shut out the liberal left from the legislative process. You don't earn the label as the #1 WORST legislator in the COUNTRY from a liberal organization by being inclusive.
We had many who support freedom like we do on the left as well as the right who supported removing Morse from office. They signed our petitions and they voted him out.
Morse has paid the political price for his arrogance, but he is even too arrogant to realize it.
Gina, you actually represent the number one reason why Senator Morse is being recalled. He refused to listen to his constituents. For me, it was during this past legislative session. For you, it was another time. But the same thing happened to both of us, Senator Morse was deaf to us, his constituents.
The reason that 20% of the petitions signatures were Democrats and 30% were Unaffiliated voters is this very reason. Senator Morse DID NOT LISTEN.
The media makes this recall election to be all about guns. It is about much more than guns. And you hit the nail on the head, Morse does not listen to his constituents.
What do Aurora, Sandy Hook, Ft Hood, Columbine, and Virginia Tech all have in common? They are Gun Free Zones. I feel sorry for those who lost loved ones in these senseless murders. But law abiding citizens did not commit those murders.
Mere days after Sandy Hook occurred, at a theater in San Antonio, TX, a mass murder did not happen because an off-duty police officer with a gun was able to stop the murderer who had started shooting at that theater. Just like at New Life Church here in Colorado Springs when a concealed carry holder who was serving as a security guard was able to stop a mass murder from occurring when a murderer was stopped. What do these two incidents have in common? A good guy with a gun stopped a bad buy with a gun.
Morse and Giron and others like to say that guns kill people, but they don't say that guns also help protect people. What they really should say is that EVIL people kill people. NONE of the laws that were passed this legislative session would have changed ONE SINGLE THING at Columbine. That occurred during the 1994 magazine limit (10-round limits) and those guys had lots of 10-round magazines plus propane bombs and shotguns. And they were not legally allowed to own guns anyway. That did not stop them.
Emotions are not a reason to create laws. One of the least reported statistics is that gun crime has actually decreased over the last 20 years. The CDC study that Obama ordered did not provide the data he expected. Don't believe me, go look it up yourself.
Recalls are democracy in action and are part of the political process. The author fails to mention that this is the first time in the history of the state of Colorado that a state senator has successfully been put on the ballot for a recall election. That is hardly over-using the recall option.
As one of the 3 persons who live in Senate District 11 who submitted the petition to recall Senator Morse, I can assure you have it completely backwards. As Senator Morse's constituent, I sought outside help to navigate the treacherous legal and political waters that a political novice like myself could never do alone.
It is a sad statement that the average citizen can no longer step into the political process without lots of outside help. But that is indeed the case. I have learned about a labyrinth of laws and rules designed to keep the average citizen out of politics while keeping the ruling class firmly ensconced in power.
It should not matter if you lean left or right in your viewpoints. That is a terrible state of affairs for our republic and our citizenry. The recall process helps return some power to the people.
But don't kid yourselves, recalls are not going to be a dime a dozen. It has taken hundreds, if not thousands of volunteer man-hours plus paid petitioners to even get this thing to the ballot. That does not happen everyday. The fact that the recall law has been on the books for over 100 years and this is the first senate recall election is proof of that.
You may disagree with the reason for the recall, which is about a lot more than gun control. But the sky is not falling and they will not happen all the time. They just take too much work and people are not willing to make the effort unless extremely motivated.
Morse motivated people by ignoring us and blocking us from participating in the legislative process. That was worse that the legislation which was eventually passed.
From what I have read, Magpul is still evaluating their options on the move. But other companies like HiViz are also moving out of state, so it is not just Magpul. But it is not only the gun control legislation which has caused economic problems. The SB 252 will cause rural energy costs for Colorado businesses to increase. That increases their cost of doing business which means they can't hire more workers or may even not be able to stay in business. Even Morse has stated the economy is the number one issue facing Coloradoans today, but he has done nothing to help and lots of things to hurt them.
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