Colorado Recalls & Sheriffs: Has Glenn Beck gone mainstream media?

The Blaze gets Colorado horribly wrong. Photo: S.E. Cupp, Will Cain, Amy Holmes, Buck Sexton

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, May 29, 2013—Yesterday on The Blaze,  Glenn Beck’s five person roundtable panel discussed the opposition to the gun bills rammed through the Colorado legislature in March, showing their almost complete ignorance of the situation here.

Worse, they slammed the very ideas of recall elections and constitutional sheriffs. Truth lives here? This time, not so much.


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Buck Sexton moderated the discussion and opened with the thought that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment crusade was mostly being fought in the east, except for Colorado. He spoke about the recalls of four Democrat legislators as a result of these bills, apparently not knowing that two of the recalls were already over, having failed to achieve the required number of signatures.

Then both he and S.E. Cupp took the position that legislators shouldn’t be recalled merely because “people don’t like their politics.” Buck pointed out that recalls were on the rise, although he seemed unsure as to whether his numbers were Colorado-based or nationwide. (Since there were not 168 recalls in Colorado in 2012, he must have had national numbers.)

He also threw out the idea that recalls were as bad as jury nullification—which by implication is also bad.

He also mentioned the lawsuit filed by the Independence Institute—wrongly identifying it as belonging to the sheriffs—and wondered why sheriffs were involved with the law anyway.


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Because they’re elected by the people, just like legislators: that’s why.

Amy Holmes was of the opinion that the sheriffs should have gotten involved in the legislative process before the laws were passed and now that they were law, the sheriffs should basically sit down, shut up and enforce them.

Obviously, none of the five has read anything written about the gun bill fiasco in The Washington Times Communities or elsewhere. They did have Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) on the phone and he did straighten them out on a few facts—but not enough.

Worse than the missing facts were the attitudes.


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The worst was that recalls should be a last resort and should be reserved for misconduct. Will Cain did say that state constitutions define the reasons for recall and that misconduct can be dealt with in ways other than recall, but he was overpowered.

Cupp and Sexton assumed that this was not a case of “the last resort.” Both they and Holmes seemed totally unaware of the massive protests as these bills were rammed through, of the limited time citizens were allowed to speak in opposition, of the fact that although 26 sheriffs showed up to testify, only one was allowed to speak for all. No amendments were allowed. “Where were the people? Where were the sheriffs?” asked Amy.

Shut out of the process. These recalls are the last resort, short of armed revolution or the sort of union-sponsored violence seen in Madison, Wisconsin.

It wasn’t just the gun bills that made Morse a recall target, nor is he being made an example of, as Buck Sexton suggested. This is the John Morse who said the constitution is a living document and means whatever we say it means. This is the John Morse who said on national television that senators should ignore their constituents. That remark alone caused a lot of people to sign the recall petition, according to organizers.

Nor is it just that we don’t like their politics that more legislators are being recalled. We don’t like their policies. Rep. Mike McLaughlin ran as a pro-gun candidate and voted for all the anti-gun bills. People notice. People are holding their elected officials accountable as they have not done in a very long time.

Will Cain seemed to be the lone voice of reason. While S.E. and others complained about the cost to taxpayers of holding recall elections—a number that seems to increase with each telling—he said that it was a small price to pay for democracy.

Matt McCall didn’t say much but he did break in to agree that recalls were a bad idea. “It’s like playing a ball game,” he said, “and you don’t do well so you ask for a do-over. You can’t ask for do-overs.”

Yes you can, Matt. That’s what elections are all about.

In December 1800 Thomas Jefferson wrote to Sam Adams “A government by representatives, elected by the people at short periods, was our object; and our maxim at that day was, ‘where annual election ends, tyranny begins.’”

John Morse presided over the most radical and tyrannical session in Colorado history in 2013 and a lot of people do not want to give him a second chance in 2014.

Now that these unconstitutional bills have been made law, are Coloradans expected to fall in line like good little sheep? The Bloomberg crowd seems to think so. The Blaze crowd seems to think so too.

What Eastern liberals and Blaze talking heads apparently don’t know is that Colorado isn’t sheep country. It’s cattle country. Cattle have horns. My neighbor raises Texas Longhorns.

Somebody might be run out of office in Colorado if they don’t straighten up. A new network in Texas might find itself a lot less popular if they start going the way of the establishment networks.

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