What I want to write about is the aftermath of the recalls. No not the election of two Republican senators who won in an off, off year election and who, if they play extreme politics, may find themselves replaced in the next regular election by the rest of the voting public. They need to remember that while elected during the no mail-in-ballots recall by less than 11 per cent of the electorate, they may have a tougher row to hoe when the rest of the regular election voters show up in an election that has the mail-in ballots. Sorry, Republican friends, the small turn out that occurs in an off, off year election means very little in political terms. It was not some Republican resurrection, but what typically happens in a special election. Those most passionately involved turn out. The rest, no so much.
I am barely going to mention that with the two new Republican senators in the Colorado Congress that nothing changes. Nothing. No change in the control of the two houses. No change in the current agenda. No change in the gun control laws that the two were recalled for. I am not going to even spend too much time on the courage of these two senators, coming from where they do, on voting their conscience and taking a stand. A rare thing these days to find in a politician.
And yet, after the elections were called, friends were on the social sites like Facebook announcing that two were down, and the governor was next. They called the governor names. I know they were taught respect even if we disagree with someone. I am sure they even taught it to their children. They announced how they were going to take the state back, as if someone who is not Republican has no claim to any belief outside conservative circles? I am an independent. I was born in Colorado. My parents were born here too. I don't think of myself as particularly conservative or liberal. I think my voice counts. But there it was that "liberals need to watch out." The far right fears the background check because it will lead to a national database of who owns what guns. There is such a database. It is owned by the NRA,and it is not just a listing of members, but a list that tracks gun salebuyers, sporting magazine subscribers, and purchasers of tickets to sporting and gun shows of nonmembers as well. The NRA attempted to keep it a secret.
I am tired of paranoia and wing-nut knee jerk reactions. When did we become so paranoid and hateful? We need to take our country back, not go backwards to a time that never existed. I miss those guys I grew up with. I miss those old hard nosed ranchers and farmers who gave us an understanding of what it means to live with honor and decency.
I miss those guys.