Where I Stand
I believe it is vital to know exactly where our leaders stand. This is where I stand.
The family is the litmus test for the strength of the United States. All laws, government budgets, and regulations must be measured for their impacts on families. Governments have a vested interest in protecting this fundamental unit of society. Laws that weaken the family directly weaken the sustainability of Colorado.
In the last 100 years, the most horrific mass murders resulted from governments disarming their own citizens. Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Cambodia under the leadership of the Khmer Rouge all murdered their own defenseless citizens. These mass murders were into the millions. An armed citizenry stands in the defense of freedom. "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
The one-size-fits-all nature of our public education system is not satisfying all stakeholders even though Washington mandates it. We have the technological capability to individualize education, but we have chosen not to adopt this model. Market competition usually improves everything over time, but public school policy is driven by politics more than solutions. Colorado yielded control to the state many years ago, yet the state hides behind the theory of “Local Control”. We must restore local control in reality. Then if communities find market solutions to educational problems, everyone benefits.
At the very least, we need school choice.
We must stand against the tsunami of socialism in our state. We see its toxic effects in many places in our country today. Socialist politicians attempt to bribe voters with their own money by offering free college, free healthcare, free whatever. "There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch".
Today in Colorado, Campaign Finance laws heavily favor the Democratic party. This is one of the reasons in the 2018 election Democrats had a 6 to 1 fundraising advantage. The current law promotes a one-party system. We must stop outside money dominating our elections.
Yes, taxes are inevitable but that does not mean we needlessly throw taxpayers money away. Nor does it mean that every idealistic whim of politicians needs to be promoted. Legislators have a duty to be judicious with taxpayers’ money and too rarely do they honor that responsibility.
ObamaCare intended to destroy the health insurance industry. It very nearly succeeded. My own daughter fell victim to one of the exchange companies that went belly-up. Single-payer healthcare is a socialist dream that will destroy the hope of affordable care for all.
When a woman makes a choice to become pregnant the choice is made. When a woman does not have a choice in becoming pregnant such as in the case of rape, she deserves the right to choose to continue the pregnancy. Of course, this choice is not open-ended with an unlimited time frame. The choice must be made in a reasonable period of time.
Colorado essentially has no abortion laws leaving babies at risk of abortion all the way till their first breath. And with recent legislative action, even that is not guaranteed.
Conservatives find solutions. Liberals pass more laws. Socialists bribe people with their own money.