Tuesday, February 07, 2006

 

I've Been Thinking About...

I've been thinking about...

The fact that this witch hunt in Boulder that makes the University of Colorado look like a racist institution to many people here in Colorado - and across the country, is a disservice of the highest order to many of the good folks who attend - and work for, this fine university.

I've been thinking about...

The fact that nobody cares about two things coming up in the next few weeks:

1-The Winter Olympics.

2-The Baseball World Classic.

I've been thinking about...

How many people continue to come into the state of Colorado in record numbers almost every single day...legally, of course. I believe that whomever becomes the next Governor, should seek to immediately close off all borders to our beautiful state their very first day in office. Far too many people are finding out just how good we have it out here. Go back!

I've been thinking about...

Mike Roberts upcoming feature story on yours truly that will surface later this week. I've already gone on record and said that if the tenor and tone of the column is even slightly positive, I'll walk around Invesco Field 162 times for any charity that may be interested in sponsoring the event. Fat chance! Expect Roberts to fire away with daggers and spikes.

I've been thinking about...

How much I'm always looking forward to the "Tuesday With Terry" segments I do each week with Denver Post columnist, Terry Frei. I get the sense that my audience eagerly awaits these chit chats too. Come to think of it does Terry Frei ever sound more enthused to do any other radio program? I didn't think so.

I've been thinking about...

All of this pomp and circumstance given to Coretta Scott King after she died. I'm all for paying proper respects, but my goodness! You would have thought some major world figurehead had hit the dirt with all of this fanfare. Is she even in the ground yet? God Bless the women...but please stop acting like her death is on a par with the second coming.

I've been thinking about...

The fact that isn't it just like the twisted and mentally challenged Democratic bozos, to go ahead and turn the Coretta Scott King funeral into a political opportunity? Bashing the current President was former President Jimmy Carter - and a Minister on the scene...children on a sugar rush don't get as bad as these people do.

I've been thinking about...

How I could really care less that Warren Moon is the first black quarterback in the NFL Hall Of Fame. I mean really now. Why should anyone be surprised that Warren Moon is going into the HOF?? He was an awesome quarterback in the CFL & the NFL. The fact that he is a black man - and pointing that out - is an insult to him and to his race.

I've been thinking about...

All of this talk about how to rebuild New Orleans. The amazing thing to me is in hearing the local politicians (including the "Chocolate City" Mayor) continue to talk about getting the Mardi Gras districts up and running asap. Sensational priorities! How about building a "new" New Orleans? You know, one with a moral fiber, one that is less dependent on the negative stereotypes that came to define that city in the past? How about a city with a "new respect" a new identity - less sleaze, less prostitution, a more prosperous and brighter future? How about some authentic and positive structure for New Orleans? A new city defined by new parameters - where people would enjoy going to for reasons other than to act like a jackass? Here's hoping they fumigate this treacherous habitat - give it a fresh new coat of paint - and get rid of the miscreants who pillaged and raped the town of any respect it may have had in the days following Katrina. Lastly someone tell the people in the Crescent City to stop looking for various handouts, to pull up their bootstraps, and to make something happen for themselves. Stop depending on the Government to answer your every need. Work!

I've been thinking about...

Every time I watch the PBR on OLN, I get an opportunity to listen to PBR President Tye Murray, butcher the English language with regularity. Hey Tye, I know you're a Cowboy from Texas, but please learn proper diction, will ya please? You're only the President of the toughest sport on dirt for crying out loud!

I've been thinking about...

How while there is an abundance of almost everything within the Rocky Mountain State - I feel there is a definite lack of strong, independent, fundamental, bible teaching,  bible preaching (KJV Only) church's in the state. If this doesn't change soon - then I'm simply gonna start my own church. Say I won't.

I've been thinking about...

A terrific book I am nearly done with. If you're like me and have a fascination with the "Old West", then the definitive book on the life & times of Wyatt Earp can be found in: Wyatt Earp, The Life Behind The Legend...authored by Casey Tefertiller. This is a fantastically detailed account on the life of one of the Old West's most misunderstood characters. Recommended reading for sure. Buy it here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0471283622/103-4634611-0559841?v=glance&n=283155

I've been thinking about...

How few good movies are worth going to the theater to see these days. On Super Bowl Sunday they announced that the re-make of the "Poseidon Adventure" would be coming out this summer. Is this the best that Hollywood can offer? Other flicks scheduled to be released later this year include:

>Mission Impossible 3

>Miami Vice (The movie)

>"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

>"The Da Vinci Code" Movie Preview

>Casino Royale (New James Bond)

>The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (A Western!)

>X3

>Cars

>Over The Hedge (Animation)

>World Trade Center - Flight 93

>The Shaggy Dog (ONLY for the extremely stupid & most infantile audiences)

>Basic Instinct 2 (Are they kidding?)

>My Super Ex-Girlfriend

>Superman (Again?)

Frankly I've stayed away form the movies the last several years - based upon the junk that Hollywood continues to churn out...this year it appears that the pickens are slim once again.

I've been thinking about...

How much I am looking forward to the start of Spring Training and the Rockies season...really.

I've been thinking about...

How much I was digging The Donna Starr Show on KOA Radio this past Saturday. Bright, charismatic, personable, knowledgeable...one of the better talk show hosts I've heard lately. 

I've been thinking about...

I know football season is over with (Pro Bowl aside), but I'm already looking forward to CSU-CU on September 9. If Mark Driscoll is reading this, please put the game in Ft. Collins? By placing the game at Invesco Field you put dollars ahead of sense...you also sell out the Ft. Collins & northern Colorado community that you plead with to come to your other games at Hughes Stadium.

I've been thinking about...

How it is an absolute travesty that Major League Baseball still hasn't awarded actual ownership of the Washington Nationals to anyone yet?

I've been thinking about...

The Colorado 14ers - a new CBA franchise slated to tip off this coming October at the spanking brand new Broomfield Events Center. What has me additionally intrigued, is the CBA style of "points", that gives each team an opportunity to "win" quarters. The CBA is structured with a points system very much like that of the NHL. So if a CBA team loses a ballgame - but wins two of the quarters played, they collect valuable points in the standings. Should the NBA look in this direction? For instance the Nuggets lost last night to Golden State, but by virtue of them winning the 2nd quarter (outscoring the Warriors 33-24) they would have at the very least come away with points. I actually like it. It gives each quarter played much more relevance.

I've been thinking about...

What people in the Nation of Cote D'Ivoire has been surfing this website??? Please identify yourself!

I've been thinking about...

Lastly for now - as a member of the Constitution Party, I've been thinking about my party's response to the President's recent State Of The Union address, and here it is:

President Bush's 2006 State of the Union address, while undeniably a superb piece of political gamesmanship, highlighted the fundamental disconnect between most of the President's positions and the principles of constitutionally-limited government.

This is hardly a new development, since the leadership of both major parties has treated portions of the Constitution as a dead letter for generations. Nevertheless, as the only national party whose platform is 100% constitutional, we are duty-bound to remind the American public of what is really at stake with issues like terrorism, welfare, social security, and other matters attracting attention in Washington.

We agree with President Bush that our strength as a nation flows from the freedoms that we enjoy, and that we must strive, and, if necessary, make sacrifices, in order to protect those freedoms. But love of freedom and love of country are not necessarily the same thing.

While we applaud the outpouring of genuine patriotism in the wake of 9-11 and the heartfelt desire to support the men and women serving in America's Armed Forces, we must point out that our freedoms are guaranteed in the final analysis by a United States Constitution that not only safeguards certain God-given rights but also imposes very clear restrictions on the powers of our own federal government. Love of freedom, therefore, must include a reverence for the Constitution and respect for the limits it places on power.

Unfortunately, many of our leaders in Washington have shown that they are willing to use crises to justify extra-constitutional expansion of government powers. Since 9-11, we have witnessed a significant expansion of executive powers to search without warrants, imprison without a trial, and pursue alleged criminals without accountability to due process.

We heard President Bush argue for reauthorizing the Patriot Act, a bill that was rushed through Congress without proper scrutiny by lawmakers, and which embodies the old cliche about the devil being in the details. The Bush Administration is also completely unapologetic about authorizing the CIA and NSA to conduct domestic espionage, another extremely dangerous precedent that could become a pretext for further abuse of executive power by future administrations.

We have also become involved in two major overseas wars, neither of which was authorized by a Constitutionally-mandated Congressional declaration. The fact that we have not fought a declared war since World War II is not an excuse for cavalier disregard of this critical limit on the powers of the Executive branch, which was intended, as Alexander Hamilton explained in the Federalist Papers, to ensure that the American President would not possess the power of an Old World monarch to start wars at his own discretion. Nor are the various political arguments in favor of military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan justification for ignoring the Constitution. The power to start wars is easily abused, and has been exploited throughout history by unscrupulous despots to solidify their hold on power. If we continue to grant president after president carte blanche to wage war at his personal whim, we should not be surprised to see greater and greater abuses of this power, and more and more frequent resorts to military action all over the world.

Some in Congress have protested that the Bush Administration doctored the evidence to push America into war in Iraq. But few of those Congressmen were willing to hold President Bush accountable in the first place, by insisting that a Declaration of War be debated and voted upon.

President Bush made it clear that his vision, like that of most of his recent predecessors, is for America to continue to be militarily engaged all over the world, overthrowing hostile governments and waging an open-ended war on terrorism. He derided those who oppose such a course of action as "isolationists." America has never been isolationist, but it was once very sensibly non-interventionist. The Founding Fathers themselves were keenly interested in trade and diplomacy, and many of them were well-educated in foreign languages, culture and history. But they did not want America transformed into some kind of global policeman. They understood that America neither possessed the resources nor the moral authority to impose her will on the entire world.

In 1820, for example, when Greece was fighting a valiant battle for freedom against a cruel and oppressive Ottoman regime, America was pressured to lend her support to the cause. President John Quincy Adams, on July 4th of that year, responded to those who would have involved America in an overseas quarrel by reminding his listeners that America "goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own... She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.

The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force.... She might become the dictatress of the world. She would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit....[America's] glory is not dominion, but liberty." This wise counsel is just as applicable today. Incidentally, the Greeks won their independence, fighting against one of the most powerful empires of the day, without American aid money and without American troops.

President Bush also took issue with what he and like-minded internationalists call protectionism. They accuse protectionists of building walls around America and trying to shut out world trade. We do not oppose trade as such. What we oppose are international agreements that deliberately hobble American industry. We also oppose unwise policies that not merely permit trade but throw open our borders, attempts to compromise our sovereignty under the guise of so-called "free trade" agreements like NAFTA and the WTO, and domestic laws that impose such steep taxes and regulatory penalties that American companies are given strong incentives to move their operations overseas.

President Bush rightly stated in his address that America still leads the world in talent. If that is the case, then why are so many talented American workers losing their jobs to overseas competitors? Simply put, it is because our own policies are making it prohibitively expensive to hire domestic workers for many functions. President Bush claims he wants to strengthen American workers and continue to encourage investment, research, and development. He stated "With open markets and a level playing field, no one can out-produce or out-compete the American worker." But his administration has done everything it can to give Mexicans, Indians, and Chinese a competitive advantage over American workers. The president simply cannot be given credit for sincerity in this matter.

The huge unpopularity of our government's immigration policy has forced our politicians to mouth pieties they disbelieve. The President said "Our nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection." The very reason we do not have immigration enforcement and border protection is that there has been a deliberate policy under administrations of both parties not to enforce the laws of the land. The President goes on to reject amnesty which he championed when he thought he could get away with it.

In fact, all our establishment politicians serve corporate interests who would further drive down wages for working Americans and dilute the American national character with Third World immigrants whose tragic national histories too often leave them with no ability to appreciate America's legacy of ordered liberty and the rule of law.

The President correctly pointed out that America has become addicted to foreign oil, especially oil produced in unstable parts of the world.

Yet he made no mention of the continual refusal of the federal government to authorize oil and natural gas extraction in places like the Arctic National Wildlife refuge, or of the burdensome regulations that have hamstrung domestic oil extraction for much of the last couple of decades.

President Bush, like almost everyone in Washington these days, believes that there are few problems that cannot be solved by the creative application of government power. In his address he recommended further federal involvement in education, health care, social security, and a host of other concerns. He said, for example, that "Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly." In fact, nowhere is providing health care for the poor and elderly authorized in the U.S. Constitution. That these may be noble ends does not justify using unconstitutional means to attain them. The same may be said for federal government involvement in education, social security, welfare, and so forth.

To many Americans, this may sound cruel and heartless, because we have become so accustomed to demand that government provide for us the things that, in most cases, we can and ought to provide for ourselves. Those of us who champion limited constitutional government will always be at a rhetorical disadvantage to those who, like President Bush, prefer to disregard the Constitution and promise whatever they think will sell to a prime time audience.

But our vision is optimistic. We believe that only by returning to our constitutional roots will we make progress in paying off our colossal national debt, providing for our national security, and stabilizing our economy. We believe that ballooning costs in health care and education are best solved by less government intervention, not more. We expect our elected leaders to adhere strictly to their constitutional oaths of office, and make no apologies for holding them to their obligations. We want a strong America leading the worldwide cause of freedom, but by example, not by military force, unless absolutely necessary.

We applaud the growth of marvelous new technologies like the Internet, where the absence of government oversight has allowed unprecedented innovation and wealth creation. We look forward to the day when the blight of abortion is once again illegal. Above all, we hope for a return to the moral values that made America great in the first place, and pray that Almighty God will bless our nation as we move in that direction.

Contact: Steven Bonta, Constitution Party Communications Director, sbonta@constitutionparty.com


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