Thursday, December 11, 2008

CU Students File Lawsuit to Overturn Gun Ban

Two University of Colorado students and one CU alumnus are firing the first shot in the legal battle over licensed concealed carry on campus. The trio, represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, filed a lawsuit in El Paso County District Court today. The lawsuit is the first by students to ask a court to strike down a university's ban on licensed concealed carry on campus. More at: concealedcampus.org and RMGO.org.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Colorado Amendment 59: Tax Increase in a School Uniform

The suggestion that Independent voters want higher taxes is absurd. (“Education-account supporters see shift,” http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/oct/17/education-account-supporters-see-shift/).

Amendment 59 is a permanent tax increase. Politicians supporting Amendment 59 would have us believe that the tax increase benefits education, but Amendment 59 merely gives politicians more of our money to spend on entitlement programs and other boondoggles. Voting “no” on Amendment 59 does not hurt public schools, because the constitution already guarantees government school funding. 
But Amendment 59 will hurt Colorado. 

Instead of allowing Coloradoans to invest our TABOR tax rebates as we see fit—in schools, local communities, charities, or personal endeavors—Amendment 59 permanently confiscates even more of our money and gives it to the special interests with the most pull at the capitol. 

Voting “no” on Amendment 59 is not a partisan choice. Voting “no” on Amendment 59 is an affirmation that individuals, working within local communities, have the ability, the dignity and the right to decide how to spend their hard-earned money. You cannot get much more Independent than that.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Heard around town

"I am surprised they're not killing politicians. I mean, at 50% approval ratings people should be voting incumbents out of office; at 30% I would expect state assemblies to be convened to discuss the conditions of secession; but at 9%? You'd think people would be so pissed that they would storm the capitol and start taking down the thugs one by one." - paraphrased from a conversation with a local man, who is considering becoming a pirate.

The fact that a potential pirate said this might not be all that surprising. But it could just as easily have been Thomas Jefferson speaking: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

Have we forgotten the freedoms intended for us by the founding fathers? Perhaps it is for the best that we have not had an armed revolution in over 100 years. But Jefferson certainly would not approve.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Incompetence of Mark Udall

Colorado Democrat candidate for United States Senate, Mark Udall, proposes legislation ... that already exists. Oops. [via THE BITCH GIRLS]

Monday, July 07, 2008

No More D.C. Gun Ban? No Big Deal

From the NYT Freakanomics blog: "My view is that we should not be making policies about gun ownership, because they simply don’t work. What seems to work is harshly punishing people who use guns illegally."

Friday, July 04, 2008

"WALL-E is an assault on modern civilization"


"The Disney-Pixar film WALL-E has been adoringly received by the majority of the theatergoing public. This adoration is unjustified. The film blatantly conveys environmentalist, anticapitalist, and antitechnological propaganda — and aims it at an audience of children, who still lack the critical faculties and intellectual sophistication to evaluate all relevant aspects of the issues presented."

Thursday, June 26, 2008

D.C. v. Heller

On the eve of the Forth of July, the Supreme Court affirmed that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of the free men and women of this country to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

The majority opinion does not rule on the constitutionality of various federal firearms regulations. It does not even strike down D.C.'s licensing requirement. Nor should it have. The Constitution gives the Court the authority to judge only the controversy before it, in the way that controversy is presented by the parties. Federal gun laws were not at issue here. The plaintiff, Dick Heller, challenged the arbitrary application of the licensing requirement, not its facial validity. These issues were properly left for future cases, such as this one: http://www.chicagoguncase.com/

The good news is that the Court laid a strong foundation for future court challenges to gun control. The Court cloaked the Second Amendment with the same protection it has recognized for the other rights protected by the Bill of Rights. While this level of protection allows some regulation to contextualize the exercise of rights, it is the highest level of protection accorded rights in the U.S. legal system. This is the foundation upon which future cases will be built:

"JUSTICE BREYER correctly notes that this law, like almost all laws, would pass rational-basis scrutiny. ... But rational-basis scrutiny is a mode of analysis we have used when evaluating laws under constitutional commands that are themselves prohibitions on irrational laws. ... In those cases, “rational basis” is not just the standard of scrutiny, but the very substance of the constitutional guarantee. Obviously, the same test could not be used to evaluate the extent to which a legislature may regulate a specific, enumerated right, be it the freedom of speech, the guarantee against double jeopardy, the right to counsel, or the right to keep and bear arms. ... If all that was required to overcome the right to keep and bear arms was a rational basis, the Second Amendment would be redundant with the separate constitutional prohibitions on irrational laws, and would have no effect. "


This is a good day for liberty, but it is far from the end of the fight. Securing the full measure of liberty will require years of litigation funded by regular people who care about liberty and a good Supreme Court going forward. On that latter point, notice that all the Justices appointed by Democrat Bill Clinton voted against the majority's expansive view of American liberty. Keep that in mind this November.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

D.C. v. Heller

JUSTICE KENNEDY: ... in my view ... there's a general right to bear arms quite without reference to the militia either way.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

"The American Dream" is a misnomer. It is not a dream. It is a reality.

Having been told that it was extremely difficult for poor people to advance up the economic ladder in America, college graduate Adam Shepard conducted an interesting experiment.

He decided to start from the very bottom of the economic ladder, with "a gym bag, $25, and little else." [via NoodleFood]

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hillary and Hayek

"Central to Hayek’s teaching is the unyielding fact that human ingenuity is limited, that the elasticity of freedom requires the agency of forces beyond our supervision, that, finally, the ambitions of socialism are an expression of rationalistic hubris. A spontaneous order generated by market forces may be as beneficial to humanity as you like; it may have greatly extended life and produced wealth so staggering that, only a few generations ago, it was unimaginable. Still, it is not perfect. The poor are still with us. Not every social problem has been solved. In the end, though, the really galling thing about the spontaneous order that free markets produce is not its imperfection but its spontaneity: the fact that it is a creation not our own. It transcends the conscious direction of human will and is therefore an affront to human pride."

http://pajamasmedia.com/xpress/rogerkimball/2008/01/22/hillary_and_hayek_redux.php