Printed letters, Sept. 3, 2010
I don’t take lightly a decision not to support the Republican nominee. Indeed, I have always supported the Republican for high office. But there are some things more important than political party: honesty, credibility, readiness for the job.
On all these character issues, Dan Maes is utterly unprepared to be our next governor. Dan is an accidental nominee and he is a fraud. I realize those are harsh words. I will vote for Tom Tancredo.
During my time as an elected official, I have had to make some pretty tough decisions. And this decision is at the top of that list. But like all those other decisions, I made them based on principle, not politics. And this decision demands the same.
Today, I am encouraging Republicans to stand with me on principle. To continue to support Dan Maes out of blind allegiance to a political party is to support what is wrong with politics.
Conservative can’t support Tancredo’s latest effort
Here is my response to Tom Tancredo asking for my support for his third-party run for governor:
Yes, Tom, I supported you in your fight to stop amnesty for illegal immigrants and I supported it with what I could afford. Yes, Tom, I supported you with your run for the presidency and I sent money to your campaign that I really could not afford.
Yes, Tom, a lot of Colorado conservatives supported you in a lot of your efforts with time and money, but how did you repay us after you lost the primary and got ready to vacate your congressional office? You decided to abandon all conservatives in this country by voting for the first of a string of so-called bailouts. Not what I call much of a thank you! How much money or power did you get for stabbing us in the back?
Yes, Tom, you have decided to thank all of your Colorado conservative supporters again by taking votes from the Republican candidate for governor, causing the Democrats to retain that office because you don’t feel the nominee is conservative enough for you. What a joke that is, coming from a backstabber like you.
Yes, Tom, I know you think we are too stupid to figure out what is best for us, including the decision of who will represent us in Colorado. I know I am unable to stop you from making another liberal decision for us Tom, but will I support you again?
No, Tom, no, no, no. I will not support you in your vain effort to show us how stupid we are in our choice for representation. Simple as that.
Beck rally was about restoring America
My wife, our four kids and I were among the few hundred thousand who attended the Restoring Honor Rally in Washington, D.C. We were near the reflecting pool, halfway down on the south side. That is the spot I found at 5:15 a.m. When I arrived there were 50,000 plus from the night before.
The morning was filled with song and chant. We sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the national anthem and more. Right on the dot at 10 a.m., the start of the rally, a formation of 12 geese flew down the center of the reflecting pool. They started over the World War II Memorial and peeled off toward the Vietnam Memorial.
Emotions were high and the crowd respectful as we watched the event unfold over the next three hours.
My favorite and most chilling memory is the playing of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” video. The sound echoed down the reflecting pool from one jumbo-tron to the next all the way down to the Washington Monument. For a moment it felt like 1963.
Many who attended the rally did not know how this event would unfold. Hundreds of thousands of Americans traveled from around the country in faith that they would be invigorated in God and country. The rally delivered.
It gave me hope that there are many like me, who have seen our country lose its core values and principles. It’s partly our fault. We were busy working and building our lives, distracted from maintaining our country while big government slowly took over.
I have observed the media reaction since the rally’s end. They seem confused because they cannot put it into some neat little box. They cannot understand why a half-million Americans showed up for a non-political rally in the most political city in America on a hot, humid August day.
It’s quite simple: We discovered some cracks in the American foundation. We were there to start the restoration process.
DETLEF HOFFMANN Grand Junction
Current political system is designed for failure
When George W. Bush was president, the Democrats feverishly worked and schemed to ensure that he and his administration failed. Now that Barack Obama is president, Republicans are doing the same thing.
The current political climate is headed for more of the same. A third political party won’t help because it will be two losers against the winner.
No wonder the United States is falling behind the rest of the world.