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By Mr. Twisted @RU_Twisted on Twitter
Because it is my own state, I felt it necessary to write on the ridiculousness that is the Colorado legislature of late. Keep in mind, this brings me no pleasure to do so for a number of reasons—not the least of which is that I live here, but also because I have personal friends who serve in both chambers.
This week, the Colorado Senate passed HB13-1224—a prohibition on “large capacity magazines,” of which anything holding more than 15 rounds qualifies. My state has, unfortunately, come to be seen as a testing ground for this type of legislation on the national level and has seen a massive influx of dollars from Washington in order to help pass laws that, at their core, violate the Constitutions of both the United States and the state of Colorado.
Even Vice President Biden—your VP working on behalf of your tax dollars—has made trips and phone calls here to lend his “support” to the Democrats pushing a bill that A) does absolutely nothing to prevent crime, and B) greatly infringes upon the rights of individuals—something that each and every person in elected office swore an oath not to do. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that it will also succeed in killing jobs by running out businesses who make the products that will now suddenly be illegal (Magpul, the largest magazine manufacturer in the country, is located here and has sworn to leave if the bill is passed).
Numerous other companies have avowed their desire to leave once this bill becomes law—and as well they should. Legislation that strips freedom from individuals should be punished, and if that means a direct blow to economic wealth, so be it.
So our taxpayer-funded representatives—at both the state and federal level—have worked diligently to both strip freedoms away from law-abiding citizens as well as hinder an already weak economy.
But never fear—in case you were thinking that stripping rights away from citizens was their coup de grace, you would be sadly mistaken. Just this last week, the House of the Colorado legislature voted to give illegal aliens lower tuition for state schools. Yes, you read that correctly; people who are technically not allowed to be here—by law—were just allowed, by law makers, to have lower tuition in our taxpayer funded schools. This coming directly on the heels of the Department of Defense announcing that Active Duty military personnel will no longer receive tuition assistance under new budgetary constraints.
Well la-dee-frickin’-da, this is quite the upside-down world we have going on here, isn’t it…
Some may think that these two stories are not necessarily related. I disagree. These are but symptoms of a much larger disease that permeates our society at multiple levels. We have become a nation of entitlement-hungry, non-contributing zeros who still pack the voting booths with their skewed sense of deservedness. It is now “common sense” to deny rights that this country was founded upon while simultaneously granting more to those who are by definition breaking the law. It is now “normal” for those who work for a living and obey the laws to have more restrictions placed on them than it is for those who do not. It is now considered “status quo” for our representatives to spend more time worrying about social issues than on those pertaining to liberty.
So what is the answer? What do we do with a country that has gone so far off the rails that we grant more privileges to illegal immigrants than we do to our own citizens who will sacrifice their own lives on behalf of the people who live here?
America’s Civil War began over a large debate about state’s rights—the states believed they had more of a right to choose what they could and could not do than did the federal government. Whether the rights they argued for were moral or not is a topic for another day. What is most pertinent here, however, is that in today’s political climate, it is the states that are arguing for more and more restrictions right alongside the federal government. It is no longer an argument of a state or states versus the national body, but rather the individuals who value freedom versus overreaching authorities at numerous levels—all of which have authority to make life miserable.
I do not for a moment insinuate that a simple magazine ban will make my life miserable, no more so than I believe that illegal aliens having cheaper tuition will ruin my day to day livelihood. These are merely indications of where we as a country are headed. We are as a nation casting aside freedom in the name of special agendas; we are setting liberty afire for the sake of social equality. And we will pay the price for it.
So, again, what is our answer? Do we sit idly by and give a “ho-hum” response while continuing to go about our business? Or do we act—and if we act, how?
Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy (R) was quoted after the law passed as saying “I’m telling you right now: I will not obey this law…I will willfully and purposefully and civilly disobey this law.” Mr. Brophy is a friendly man with a great sense of humor, but his words should not be taken lightly, as they were not spoken lightly, I can assure you. Have we come to that point, whereby elected officials so clearly see that wrong is being done that they are willing to publicly admit to civil disobedience and be justified in doing so?
The Civil War was prosecuted by a federal government intent on bringing a Union back together by squashing rogue states who wanted it their own way. What do we do when the federal government and the states are equally out of step with the principles of liberty? I am, at this moment, unsure myself as “politics” and “voting” as answers seem woefully inadequate given the problems we currently face that are, by nearly any logical account, only getting worse.
In other words, I’m all ears.