County reverses stance on TABOR

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You’ve gotta love it: another Mesa County political soap opera. So who is the biggest liar?
Always remember, “politics” = person or group A trying to persuade person or group B to obey the will of A, most frequently for the personal financial benefit of A and to the personal financial detriment (higher taxes) of B. That is why deception = the so-called “art” of politics. That is also why “politician” = professional deceiver, and why “political” = deception-based, or having to do with deception. Everybody is competing for political power to steal labor and money out of the “other guy’s” pocket and put it in their own. Politicians get votes by promising to be all things to all people. Because fulfilling that promise is a physical impossibility, most of their promises of necessity get broken. Because all politicians know this in advance, they are ALL liars and/or manipulators to one degree or another.
What gets lost in America’s “progressive” police-state culture is the obvious fact that when “the people” amend their constitution, that amendment becomes the constitution. That amendment IS the constitution. The only jurisdiction a supreme court has is to determine if the constitutional procedures for amendments was properly followed. The judiciary has no jurisdiction over the substance of such amendments. That substance is the will of the people, which is legally binding on the people’s judiciaries.
Of course, games can be played with these principles. For example, a state court could argue that the substance of an amendment to a state constitution is subject to the federal constitution. Fine. And cutesy. The bottom line principle remains the same. If “the people” of the United States, per Article V, amend the federal constitution, the substance of that amendment IS the Constitution, and is beyond the jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court to unilaterally amend via strategic misinterpretation. The Supremes would have jurisdiction only over the issue of whether or not the provisions of Article V were properly followed.
Any other cutesy-pie view makes a lie of Article II, Section 1 of the Colorado Constitution: “That all political power is vested in and derived from the people; that all government, of right, originates from the people, is founded upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of the whole.”
The criminally insane notion that it somehow violates the “republican” form of government if state legislatures are not permitted to ignore state constitutions and simply tax the people at will is anathema to intellectual honesty, traditional moral values and individual freedom.

I would take my defense of individual freedom and the U.S. and Colorado constitutions one step farther. In the preambles of both founding documents is the language “ordain and establish”. Logically implicit in the words, “We the People of the United States ... do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” and “We, the people of Colorado ... do ordain and establish this Constitution for the ‘State of Colorado” is the principle that if we the people can “ordain and establish” state and federal constitutions, we can darn well understand what’s in them, what they mean, and what their authors intended without having a self-anointed government-granted-monopoly group of elitist political manipulators and deceivers (aka the so-called “legal profession”) strategically, routinely, and unilaterally misinterpret them for us.
I would like to publicly thank John Crouch for the fine work he has done in exposing the anti-TABOR shenanigans in good-old-boy-corrupted Mesa County.
I find the “statements” of Steve Acquafresca, Craig Meis and Janet Rowland amusing at best. If Rowland is telling the truth, where is her outrage at being so seriously lied about? Meanwhile, cutesy Meis, in the politicians’ best time-honored wannabe-clever style doesn’t “recall” what the truth is. (Everybody who believes that whopper, please raise your hand. I’ve got some oceanfront property in Mack I want to sell you real cheap!) And the clueless Acquafresca somehow thinks it is more honest to “fess up” to his dishonest anti-TABOR manipulations than to deny or “forget” them. Meanwhile, by “unanimously agreeing” to the 2007 manipulation at the time, and then “unanimously” voting against it in 2013, he appears to not know right from wrong, and to be just another finger-in-the-wind manipulator who, for good measure, is proud that he has maintained his “integrity”. You can’t make this kind of stuff up, folks!
While we’re at it, let’s dispose of the idiocy that some hired-gun lawyer’s opinion is somehow magically a “legal opinion” for the purposes of a county commission’s formal governmental actions (or remotely honest journalism, for that matter). Chief Justice Warren Burger said over 90% of the lawyers who argued cases in front of him were incompetent. A court’s formal written decision or that of a state attorney general would constitute a “legal opinion”.
Hopefully, Mesa County’s duopoly voters will never consider any of the aforementioned three stooges for any government job again. Ever.

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