District 54 candidates square off

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How depressing.
The GOP candidate, Jared Wright, thinks citizens need to be restricted from being able to change the Colorado Constitution by referendum. I disagree. Moreover, I am surprised that the Bjorklands would be supporting a candidate who held such a belief. (Full disclosure: I share their disgust for the local power brokers.)
On the other hand, the Libertarian candidate believes “the Constitution has to be somewhat rubber.” Arghhh! That sounds too similar to the liberals’ “living breathing document” theory of judicial interpretation. In my view, both candidates demonstrate unacceptable ignorance of the relationship between individual freedom, rule of law, and theories of governance.
The state and federal constitutions were intended by their authors to be specific-performance two-party contracts, limiting and enumerating the powers which government can exercise over/against its citizens. Such a contract (aka “social compact”) may not simply be unilaterally changed at the whims of one of the parties (government). There are express procedures for amending constitutions. Furthermore, the notion that a supreme court can declare ipse dixit an amendment by the people to be “unconstitutional” is absurd. The only question in such a case is whether or not due process was followed in making the amendment. If due process has been properly satisfied, then an amendment by the people IS the constitution, and is not subject to being simply overruled by some court acting in arrogant excess of its constitutional authority. Why can’t some candidate just say that out loud?
The notion that somehow “gridlock” must be avoided at all costs, even at the cost of individual freedom, is sheer suicide. Avoiding gridlock is not remotely as important as representatives voting their consciences according to the moral principles they hold dear.
Although less than thrilled with the two candidates, I was considering voting for Jared White simply because 1) the GOP establishment doesn’t like him, 2) the Sentinel has been relentlessly hatcheting away at him, and 3) the Libertarian has been less than scintillating.
However when White, who pretends that he knows something about a republican form of government, expresses the tyranny-and-corruption-friendly opinion that the people’s access to amending the state constitution needs to be restricted, that alone, a glaringly “establishment” opinion,  disqualifies him from serious consideration in my book.



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