Posted on February 29th, 2008 in Colorado Politics, General, National Politics | Written by Ben | No Comments »
Two of my prolific-writing Colorado friends have pieces published today that are well worth reading. Though I’m short on time to elaborate extensively, let me just point you in their direction:
First, Jessica Corry highlights an underhanded liberal tactic to deceive voters about Ward Connerly’s Colorado Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) by placing a contradictory copycat on the ballot. Here’s a clip:
The CCRI reads: “Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning a prohibition against discrimination by the state, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting the state from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, and public contracting?”
Initiative 61 uses this exact language, but adds the following 40 words to its own version that guts the former initiative’s entire intent:
“…nothing in this section shall be interpreted as limiting the State’s authority to act consistently with the standards set under the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court, in public employment, public education, or public contracting.”
Yep, if you can’t beat them with arguments, confuse them. Straight out of the Lefty playbook.
Second, in an article for Human Events, Ross Kaminsky interviews respected Colorado conservative activists about the evolution in their thinking toward supporting John McCain. Two of the three are good acquaintances of mine: former state senate leader and interim treasurer Mark Hillman, and former state legislative candidate Kevan McNaught. None of them initially supported McCain, and all have worked or are working to overcome serious reservations about him.
It’s all worth reading, but I especially respect Hillman’s insights, as stated here:
It’s not about McCain. It’s about conservative principles: the war, taxes, and spending, and the Supreme Court. McCain has a record of moving us in the right direction on each of those issues. Obama or Clinton will move us in the wrong direction.
Of course, there still are the ultra-con Fundamentalists among us who believe McCain is insufficiently pure as a conservative, and that by extension anyone who says anything favorable about McCain is a heretic and couldn’t possibly be a conservative. This sort would read virtually everyone in Colorado out of the conservative company, including Bob Schaffer and Mark Hillman. To these hard-core purists, I say, enjoy paying higher taxes and living under an ever-more liberal judiciary from your very small tent.
There are serious concerns to work through about McCain, but to treat the decision and process like a code of religious dogma is misguided. I agree with Ross, and suspect that people like this will become part of an ever smaller minority and less significant factor as the year rolls on.
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