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Rocky Mountain High?

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Updated: March 12, 2013
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By Mr. Twisted     @RU_Twisted on Twitter

Oh, Colorado…

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).

MagpulNumerous 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.

That’s fantastic.

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?

coloradoAmerica’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.

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48 Comments

  1. dave fincher

    March 12, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    See what happens when you let a bunch of Californians in? They took over and are trying to turn it into another California.
    Sorry about your home state.

    • HoundOfDoom

      March 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

      Not all of us Calis are ad juju. We’re leaving for TX as soon as the house is sold. It’s all special interests and apathy here. We want to be with like minded people, not wanting to change a thing.

      • Nubbing Fingered Jake Roedel

        March 13, 2013 at 2:44 pm

        HoundOfDoom, if it is not too late to offer alternate suggestions, please seriously consider Idaho. Boise is beautiful and North Idaho is even better. We fled from Baltimore, MD a year ago as I saw the shitstorm coming. Better a year early that a day too late. I lived in Texas (Abilene & Amarillo) back in the ’90s, but today you must plan more carefully or as a La Blanca Gringo will end up on the wrong side of the line of demarcation when the Mexicans begin their quest for New, New Mexico (Aztlan) Demographics is Destiny. I have met many displaced Conservative Cali’s up where we live now – and you won’t have to fake a Texas accent. Take Care and Best of Luck where every you land.

        • Carol Campbell

          March 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

          Good friends just bought a home in Ideeho. CA is just…sad.

        • LoD

          March 28, 2013 at 1:48 pm

          Good post. I agree that there are better states than Texas. Idaho, Montana, Utah & Wyoming are at the front of the list.

      • Carol Campbell

        March 13, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        I’m headed for TX too.

      • LoD

        March 28, 2013 at 1:45 pm

        TX to be sure has many great patriots and friendly 2A business, but will they always? I know for a fact many Kalifornians are also moving there as they did CO which ultimately screwed it up for us here. Then also throw in the growing illegal immigrants who the Dems always encourage to “vote early/vote often” and their bent on Reconquista, is Texas really immune from turning into another CA?

        I hope liberty-minded Texans everywhere are vigilant about their freedoms and don’t just assume it can’t happen here. It did in Kolorado.

    • Carol Campbell

      March 13, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      Oh, I am totally with you. We just cannot have another Civil War though…. My husband owns ammo and arms and grew up in Colorado Springs. He frowns upon our daughter even going to college there. We have many relatives there on both sides, even. I was born in California and it is a MESS –we live here now. My brother owns his own company and it’s getting to be piss-nasty with the government. BUT: The people are crying for change and the politicians are trying to answer. The problem is that our government doesn’t have balls like Reagan did. I’m going to the shooting range on Friday.

    • Steve Hart

      March 13, 2013 at 9:56 pm

      Believe it or not, there are still a few of us “Americans” left in the Peoples Republic of Kalifornia. I am a Marine Veteran and just did a year in Afghanistan supporting our troops. I have a good collection of firearms including those scary ugly black ones. I will NOT obey any further restrictions to my liberty. I KNOW what that means when backed against the proverbial wall. When this thing does “Go Hot”, I’m in…..100%.

      I do agree that Kalifornia has slipped into the “Marxist Shit Hole” it is, but many of the Californians that are leaving is because of the bullshit. Let’s place the blame where it belongs…the Marxist left that is now running D.C. with the help of the coward RINO’s along with many of the states.

      • Carol Campbell

        March 14, 2013 at 2:42 pm

        Steve Hart, I am so with you. My son is an Army Ranger and I cannot believe the audacity of manipulation Congress decides to do. We decent Californians are
        the in a shit hole and I’m headed for Texas and I intend to be a good citizen there. You know, a lot of Californians just become mesmerized with the weather and such, but the enclave of idiots has ruined us.

      • Carol Campbell

        March 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        Evil people in the White House.

      • Michael Hess

        March 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        Is it just me or are the gay rights and legalizing marijuana just a way to pull the wool over the people’s eyes. Seems to be working.

    • Gunship Load

      March 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

      I remember in in high school, when my family joked about the new “California Springs”.

      I probably saw more license plates from kali than i did the green and white of Colorado.

      I had hoped that “focus on the family” based out of what was then northern COS would keep the conservative front going, but Boulder has overpowered those with rational reasonable thoughts.

      On the other hand, with the Sheriff of Weld county saying he will not enforce the new pinko-commie laws, the voice of reason might have some survivability left…

      Also, thanks for the pics of home, sure beats the hell out of the scenery here!

  2. Terry

    March 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Every day it sounds like we are closer to the time to fertilize the tree.

    • Uncle Buster

      March 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Agreed. I also find that the ACW is coming up more and more often in discussions…and a lot of people are talking like I’ve never heard before.

  3. Bayonet3

    March 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    While the Civil War WAS about the States’ right to choose it’s laws, what they were choosing was to maintain the ownership of slavery. Don’t fall in to the history revisionist’s spin.

    • Doc Neaves

      March 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Technically, they were maintaining State’s sovereignty over property, something the Feds didn’t disagree with.

      Before you get off on the old “South wanted slavery!!!” meme, slavery was everywhere in the world, and was newly abolished only in the north, and even then, there were still slaveholders in the north that weren’t persecuted like those in the south were.

      There were thousands of slaves who fought for their homeland, and over four thousand registered BLACK slaveowners. The war, it’s origins and causes, and all that really happened, just before and since, is shrouded in a mystery that will never be untangled.

      But I can tell you this for certain. The seeds were directly laid over one hundred years earlier, amongst our Founding Fathers and the Philadelphia Constitution Convention. Not all forces that work together are conspiring, like so many boats on the bay. Some will often sail the same way just because the conditions warrant tacking left or right, and some number will go with one choice and some with the other. There were many forces, not the least of which was the Central Bankers, who wanted the South to win so they could set up independent countries with their own Central Banks, constantly putting them at war with each other the way they did in Europe.

      • Carol Campbell

        March 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        Right on, Doc.

        • Lineman

          March 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm

          The war was about wealth which is what nearly every war is fought about…If the south seceded the government would not of had enough money to run itself…

    • Mr. Twisted

      March 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Bayonet3,

      I completely agree; the right they were concerned with was maintaining the “right” to own people as property. The point I’m trying to make here is that, unlike the Civil War, we have no “sides” as there were then, i.e. it is not “state versus federal” or something similar. *All* levels of government are permeated with these nonsensical notions.

      It is unfortunate that the states in the Civil War chose such an abhorrent cause to fight for, as the principle of limited government is indeed solid. In no way did this intend to lessen the evils of the former simply to push the latter.

    • ET1(SS) Princess

      March 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Don’t “nuke” this out. There is no place for a football bat in here.

      Mr. Twisted is right.

    • Nubbing Fingered Jake Roedel

      March 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      Not to worry, Bayonet3. The next civil war will be, partially, about undoing the evils of Slavery and fulfilling Lincoln’s and others’ dream of sending the non-whites within our borders BACK to their native lands. As our Forefather John Jay noted, this nation was founded with the intent that it devolve into the Multi-Culty hellhole Amerika has become:
      “Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people — a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who, by their joint counsels, arms, and efforts, fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established general liberty and independence.” ~John Jay

      Would anyone think it unreasonable if patriots just rounded up, say, 5 Marxists each, had them do their first honest day’s work by digging a sizable slit trench out in the forest, brought some quicklime, and just went “Kätyn” on these Efer’s before they do it to us? I promised my father I’d leave my mark on this world – in the end, that mark may just be a 30 foot long, shallow slit trench filled with retribution!

    • Carol Campbell

      March 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      Bayonet3, the Civil War was largely about maintaining their income and avoiding taxes from the North. Slavery was a part of it and unfortunately it came to a bloody level.

  4. Jeff

    March 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Great job Colorado, legalize drugs and gay marriage and start down the road to making guns illegal.
    I’m so proud of my home state right now.

    • Sgt Awesome

      March 12, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      So you’re about personal freedom as long as it follows your personal rules and values? You should be an elected official!

      • Mr Smith

        March 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        We should just make laws based on what Jeff wants. Makes sense to me.

    • NHPatriot

      March 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      I have to agree with SGT Awesome. Either you are for personal freedom or against it, regardless if you agree with the specific instances, you cannot pick and choose. If people want to smoke pot without getting harrased or going to jail let them, it is their body and they can do as they wish. If a gay couple want to get married let them, it is their right and affects only them, not you.

      • Mr. Twisted

        March 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        I’m not sure if this was Jeff’s point or not, but for me, the issue with gay marriage is that it’s entirely the wrong argument. While I agree that you are for personal freedom or against it, arguing for gay marriage is starting from a flawed premise because it assumes that the government *should* be involved in marriage to begin with. It shouldn’t.

        • Chris "Diddy" Perreault

          June 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm

          I agree entirely. If you read Locke and all of the other philosophers of the time that our Founding Fathers used as their basis for the role of government, the primary role of government is to protect people and their property. An individual in the “wild” joins a government/society and sacrifices his right to exact punishment, granting that power to the government, when he becomes part of the society. He does not give away his right to defend himself, his property, or his loved ones – ever.

          Now somehow the government’s role has expanded to social engineering, determining who you can marry, giving free things to people who come here illegally, ensuring that a business owner hires proportionate percentage of each race (if not more weighted toward minorities), ensuring that nothing Christian is displayed mentioned in public which might offend someone, telling business owners what they have to pay their employees, making sure everyone has health care, auditing political groups who disagree with them, making sure predators’ and criminals’ rights are protected over their victims’, feeding and aiding countries who actively work against us, and going green.

      • Carol Campbell

        March 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

        I only care about issues that affect our children’s views. We’re becoming warped. Gay marriage, okay…but I think the kids are becoming confused. Our social issues are out of control. It’s almost manic. But don’t take away our rights and if we want to do something about this epidemic of domestic terrorism, then channel the politicians into mental health: FREE for them. It could pay off.

    • Gunship Load

      March 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

      I can only hope that your drivel here is an attempt at sarcasm….

      I for one am ashamed of where I call home.

  5. Jake

    March 12, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    what bothers me the most, is for years our individual liberties and states’ rights have been chipped away at, slowly, by those in power. While the pun of “Rocky Mountain High” is not lost on me, I wonder why the (re-)legalization of Marijuana is seen to be at odds with the personal right to keep and bear arms. While ingesting certain products is never specified in the constitution, the promise of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness certainly is. Marijuana was first made truly illegal in the 1960′s. That’s right; for almost 200 years Americans were allowed to ingest any intoxicant they wanted, with the notable exception of the short-lived alcohol prohibition, while laws were put in place to ensure if anyone, sober or not, infringed upon the rights of others they would face the penalty. As far as firearms are concerned, the AWB is only the newest attack on our 2nd amendment freedoms. The National Firearms Act of the 1920′s/30′s placed a tax and an unreasonable search requirement for anyone purchasing a fully automatic weapon. The SCOTUS ruled against poll taxes because constitutionally protected rights cannot be taxed. We’ve allowed the NFA to stand for almost 100 years now, despite it being a blatant attempt to keep weapons out of the hands of the citizenry. During the early part of our nation’s history there were no automatic weapons, this is true. However, they did have cannons. They had warships. They had Gatling Guns. All of these weapons the average citizen could purchase, free and clear. Why is that no longer accepted as ok?

    • Cold War Gunner

      March 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Those who are in powerful positions, think they are the “chosen” citizens, and should be treated as royalty. To allow us, the unwashed, and unenlightened to have the ability to toss them out on their collective arses. is unacceptable, and we must never be allowed to have the tools necessary to rid the country of the Elites. By gutting the A2 serves their evil purposes.

      CWG

  6. Sahal

    March 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    At the rate these assholes keep infringing on our rights, the constitution will be made irrelevant. It’s just fucking disgusting.

  7. GI Joey

    March 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    The rest of the state may go to shit, but hey… They’ve got weed… Happy to be in Wyoming, all of the debauchery in CO is readily available on a day trip, but I can still have my high cap mags :D But still… At least they’ve got weed

    • GI Joey

      March 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Just saw how that looked, gotta add, that’s only in reference to heterosexual debauchery of the snow bunny variety, lol.

  8. 61Mechanised

    March 13, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Having seen my home country being sold out to Socialist Marxist scum of the Earth by equally greater scum the Liberal Lefty enemy to all mankind, I speak of the scumbags in Europe namely so called Great Britain, your so called elected officials appear hell bent on following the diabolical policies that have turned the whole of Western Europe into a Socialist Marxist Lefty Liberal lunatics assylum. I currently reside in England and I can tell you beyond all reasonable doubt I no longer live in a democracy. This country has the sickle and hammer fully reinforced in its heart with the Union Jack masking its true evil. We are forbidden form having the right to defend ourselves. In fact we get arrested if we beat up or kill an intruder in our very homes, not the garden, but actually IN our homes, can you believe it! I had more freedom of speech under Robert Mugabe than I do here. Your great country, of whom I have admired my entire life, is busy being flushed down the toilet whilst the socialist marxist scum in the Obama Regime are hell bent on forcing America down the Europe model…..By the way the European Union hierarcy are all former Eastern Block hardline communists. Great huh?
    You ordinary hard working Americans had better….as we used to say in South Africa…..Catch a wake up Manne!!!!!! Otherwise the hammer and sickle will be flying in your own country. The son will sell out the father, the daughter will betray the mother and you will be at the point where the state tells you how to wipe your own backside!!!
    Any elected official that cannot honour the oath they took should be run out of office, arrested, tried and jailed for derelection of duty and crimes against the people of the United States. This IS treason last time I looked and the punishment should fit the crime.

    • Carol Campbell

      March 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Well said. We are worried sick.

    • Uncle Buster

      March 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Goed gepraat, Boet!

  9. Eric

    March 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Liberalism is a disease, period. The 2nd amendment is about nothing other than the right to control tyranny.

    So… where to draw the line is soon going to be the question…

    • Uncle Buster

      March 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Eric, you are correct: Liberalism is a disease, and unfortunately it’s incurable in nearly all cases. If we were to start this moment, it would still be at least a generation before we could purge its influence from our broken educational system through “normal” means. Look at the current crew in government. Most, if not all, were directly educated and influenced by the Socialists/Marxists that were produced by the 60′s.

      Like you, I think the question of where to draw the line will become self-evident in the VERY near future. This has been coming for a good while. I don’t think it’s going to be pretty.

    • 61 Mechanised

      March 15, 2013 at 3:28 am

      In my humble opinion Eric, I’d say the line has already been crossed!!! Like all politician scum they have lied their asses off. To be fair its not just the Obama regime that have done this, previous administrations have all used your wonderful constitution as toilet paper, this current scum regime just aren’t even shy about using it as toilet paper anymore. They have broken their oaths of upholding and defending the US Constitution so many times now I lose count. The big question is when is this scum going to be held to account for their crimes. Because thats what it is right? Criminal to abuse the constitution infact thats TREASON!!!!!! Americans you have to arrest these people and have them brought to true Justice and the time is now otherwise you’ll enjoy the one party socialist Stalin Paradise.

      The psychos are in charge and they cannot be reasoned with. You all know this, its time to act, and act NOW, no more talking. Your once great country is going to be sold out to the Maoists if it has not been done so already. Act now its not to late!

  10. Jon1911

    March 13, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    And don’t forget that Colorado state lawmakers have basically put out an ultimatum to the Sheriff’s Association that if they don’t get in line and stop publicly opposing the gun legislation, they will suffer financially.

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_22774322/el-paso-sheriff-releases-gun-e-mails

  11. JoeKing

    March 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I have said for years, that the political system in this country is broken beyond repair.
    When elected representatives ignore the wants and wishes of their constituents, and vote in line with their personal beliefs, and along their party lines, you have in fact nullified the ideals behind a democracy…

    There needs to be change!!! Drastic and radical change!! But as “Mr. Twisted” said at the end of his blog, the electoral/political processes are not the way to do it.

    I am not advocating an armed revolution against the government… (Because of my position as a Defense Contractor with a Security Clearance… it would bad to even “Think” these things some days…)
    But I am also not saying I wouldn’t gladly join a revolution and put my 21 years of military experience to use Defending the Constitution against the greatest enemy it has ever faced… The Government of the United States its self.

    The slate needs to be wiped clean in Washington… Purged of the corruption and selfish politics that have taken root…

    Impose Term Limits… Remove Lifetime Benefits… Set Salaries of elected officials to MAX out at “GS-1 Step 1″… (Being an elected official should not be a career…) Require full disclosure of funding contributions and lobbyist. Make Congress subject to the same laws it passes on the people of the United States…

    The list goes on and on… And the only way to put these laws in place is to remove those sitting in office now…

    • Carol Campbell

      March 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      JoeKing, you put I feel into words. And unfortunately I don’t see a rainbow. So many citizens are too ignorant or busy to bother to get involved. My son is an Army Ranger fighting for our rights–but he fights because he’s just told to do so, for us.

  12. Joe

    March 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Lots of people are going to die. War is coming. Are you ready?

  13. roger

    March 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Hey MAGPUL, come on over to Idaho, we could use the jobs.

  14. James

    March 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The law for immigrants states that they had to have graduated from a Colorado high school and they dont get lower rates, they just pay in state tuition. The idea is to take illegals who are already here, find the best and brightest, and use them to better our country. Also, these kids who get these rates are brought over by their parents. Something about the sins of the father….

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