We, our nation’s veterans, are good enough to defend Colorado State Senator Mary Hodge’s First Amendment right to speak like an idiot. We are not however to be trusted with firearms because in her view we suffer from mental illness.
During the debate Friday at the Colorado State Capitol over limitations on high capacity gun magazines (HB1224), an amendment was offered by Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs) that would exempt honorably discharged veterans and members of the National Guard from the bill’s unconstitutional gun grab.
Exemptions already were in the bill for police officers and active duty military personal so exempting those who have fought for our freedom was a logical extension.
Senator Hodge (D-Brighton) instead sought to dismiss the amendment by stereotyping veterans as suffering from mental illness.
Hodge began her comments offering the usual disingenuous platitudes calling veterans “great and wonderful people” but then like all of her ilk, disgustingly turned on them to justify her gun grab. She said that those who have served our nation should not be trusted because they “come back with significant mental health problems.”
- Watch: Video of the exchange below
Absolutely stunning. Hodge chose to take the same tact that Senator Dianne Feinstein did in recent days and perpetuate the same, wrong-headed and disgusting stereotype of veterans.
Senator Lambert rightly rebutted Hodge saying, “Let’s have a little more enlightened viewpoint about our veterans.”
As a veteran who served honorably and that is a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and someone who is actively involved in veterans affairs I am offended by Hodge’s comments. The senator owes Colorado’s veterans a very public apology for her reprehensible slandering of those who protect her right to say such stupid things.
Do Hodge’s votes and views truly represent the rural areas of Adams County that are in her district or the independent, Western heritage of our communities? Of course not and she is ignoring her constituents’ wishes and instead pandering to her liberal overseers.
With our without an apology, Hodge simply added to the body of evidence against the group of Adams County Democrats known as the Adams Family. These people have embarrassed and taken advantage of the good citizens of our community for decades.
Whose side exactly are Colorado Democrats on? Hodge dismissed our veterans much like her fellow senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) dismissed a rape victim’s testimony earlier this week. Let us also not forget Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) who said that women were too emotional to handle a gun when they are threatened with rape.
What we have is a real war waged by the left not only on veterans and women but a war against We the People.
On the net:
- Spotlight On Corruption: CO Senator Evie Hudak Really Does Not Care
Taxes in any form are unpopular but when coupled with a new bureaucracy ushered in by disgraced county officials under the auspices of a ‘fee’ they are sure to raise residents’ hackles. Such is the case with the new Adams County “Stormwater Utility” that is raising taxes on county residents and, adding insult to injury, poor management will cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
The new utility is ostensibly to, “improve water quality and flood protection by increasing public awareness of stormwater issues and implementing stormwater drainage system maintenance and improvements.”
That sounds great in theory but as with everything having to do with Adams County government, it has been far less so in practice.
As one final act to stick it to residents before being run out of office, county commissioners Alice Nichol and Skip Fischer ramrodded through the new scheme to raise millions of dollars in new revenue for the county. Commissioner Erik Hansen was, as usual, the only member of the board to stand up for residents and oppose the tax.
President Barack Obama signed the order Friday kicking in the cuts mandated by his sequestration plan. While the cuts will hit areas best left alone, it is hard to feel sympathetic for a government that has long been spending outside its means.
The blame game is of course in full swing in Washington DC but the reality is there is but one man that bears the burden.
Obama was for sequestration before he was against it and in fact the entire idea originated from him and his economic team. Further, when offered wide latitude to implement the cuts and ease the pain this past week, the president refused.
Never have we seen a president so set on ‘fundamentally transforming’ the nation steadfastly refuse to negotiate and give ground. Ideological opposites have historically always been able to find common ground for the greater good.
Saw this on Facebook and had to share. Very motivating and powerful. Almost makes me want to reenlist. Almost. ;-)
Ernest Borgnine narrates “I Am The American Sailor” with the United States Navy Band at the U.S. Navy’s 231st birthday concert, held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14, 2006. The music was written by Master Chief Musician Jeffrey Taylor and the poem was written by Master Chief Musician Jere Wallace.
Protecting the absolute most vulnerable among us should be the highest priority of all citizens no matter their political stripes. Sadly Colorado Democrats chose to side with predators and molesters instead of children and once again killed Jessica’s Law.
45 of 50 states now have a Jessica’s Law on their books. Named after Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old Florida girl that was held captive, raped and beaten by a repeat child sexual offender, the law provides stiff penalties for those found guilty of these most heinous crimes.
Passing the law should require little thought and it should breeze through any state legislature. With Democrats firmly in control at the capitol though, Colorado’s version of the law (HB13-1149) was sent to its death by the party’s leadership.
Dropped to the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee by Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D – Denver), there was no doubt of the outcome. The bill saw little discussion and heart wrenching testimony by Jessica’s father, Mark, was summarily dismissed by the leftists in charge of the committee.
I’m not one to watch the Oscars or any other award show – Hollywood, actors and musical “artists” hold no particular fascination for me. I could not however help but be drawn to a photo from the White House of First Lady Michelle Obama’s appearance last night.
The image is interesting in that standing behind FLOTUS are a number of active duty military members who apparently served as props for what was nothing more than a PR appearance. In her commentary announcing the winner of Best Picture, Obama failed to acknowledge the men and women behind her or even the military as a whole.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the disgraceful use of our military as a prop. President Barack Obama used children as props in recent weeks to appeal for gun control measures. Clearly this White House has no problem taking advantage of others to put a pretty face on the disastrous administration.
As the assault on our Second Amendment rights continues, liberals have been quick to try to assuage the anger of the American people by offering a wide variety of asinine alternatives to protect ourselves. In recent days we have heard that urinating, claiming you have a disease, whistles, and a host of other measures are better for self-defense than guns.
On Friday, Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) said that he was concerned an emotional woman might shoot the wrong person in an attempt to protect herself from being raped. On the floor of the House he said whistles and safe zones were adequate defenses.
Not to be outdone, Representative Paul Rosenthal (D-Denver) similarly said there are certainly alternatives. He offered the buddy system and judo as ways for women to protect themselves on college campuses.
Vice President Joe Biden who has been putting the pressure on his fellow Democrats at Colorado’s capitol offered his own alternatives. Biden said a double-barreled shotgun would suffice for home defense. Best of all, you don’t even have to shoot at an intruder – just “fire two blasts outside the house.”
Colorado Democrats have pulled out all the stops to take away our Second Amendment rights. In one of the most asinine arguments in favor of one measure, Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) suggested women might wrongly shoot someone if they “feel like” they are going to be raped.
Leftist lawmakers have waged their war against law-abiding citizens with punitive measures that take aware our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Four measures moved through the Colorado House of Representatives in recent days, all of which of course passed thanks to Democrats having a majority.
Residents of the north Denver metro area watched with great interest as KDVR FOX 31 conducted an ‘investigation’ into Adams 12 Five Star Schools’ finances and superintendent Chris Gdowski. On the surface it appears to be damning but it seems more likely this was gotcha journalism fed by union hate and disinformation.
Investigative reporter Josh Bernstein, a recent transplant to the state that can’t seem to hold a job for more than a couple of years, claims in a heart-wrenching piece that Adams 12 is cooking the books and parents are suffering as a result.
Tipped off by Gina Holub, a former internal auditor for the district, the report claims that the district’s budget misstated costs for salaries and benefits. She further claims that she was fired when she tried to bring the alleged accounting problems to her supervisors’ attention.
Backing up her claims is Professor James Sorensen of the University of Denver, an expert in accounting that has spent his professional career in academia. Fed part of the district’s books from Bernstein, Sorensen says that those working the books have questionable ethics.
Adams 12 Five Star School Board member Fred Schaefer and union president Dorian DeLong express outrage at the revelations.
In part two of the report, Bernstein hits Gdowski hard for having allowed his wife Carolyn to post ads for her real estate business on the district’s ‘Employee Marketplace.’ The online bulletin board is routinely used by employees to buy and sell products and merchandise and Bernstein thinks that Gdowski may have unfairly profited from the messages about his wife’s business.
That is a brief summary of the stories as presented by Bernstein on KDVR. You can watch the videos below.
So what does this mean? Do we have a bunch of crooks running our school district much like have run county government in recent decades?
Politicians are always quick to seize on a tragedy and liberals even more so. Their ongoing assault against our constitutional right to keep and bear arms is being played out very publically and at each turn they are being slapped down.
From local TV to the national media, the leftist outlets are all too willing to do their part to further an agenda that would disarm our nation’s citizens. This however is not going as well as they would like.
Three videos recently highlight the public debate on the issue and are very worth your time watching and studying. They provide case studies on how to push back against those that would take away your rights.