What kind of America
will we have?
Re: Results of midterm elections
As columnist Laura Hollis so accurately pointed out in her recent column, the left (which appears to be the new “mainstream” of the Democrat Party) is ratcheting up their “resistance” to President Trump to slander, threats, violence, and outright riots. Leading Democrat office holders (most notably Maxine Waters and Cory Booker) are calling for their supporters to “get in the faces” of their political adversaries.
On cue, that paragon of the rule of law, staunch defender of all women who accuse men of sexual assaults (except the ones abused by her husband), and eternal opponent of the “politics of personal destruction” Hillary Clinton recently described the Republicans as “…. an ideological party that is driven by the lust for power.” She again proved that if you want to know what the Democrats are doing just listen to what they accuse their opponents of.
The upcoming midterm election offers the clearest, most unambiguous choice between the two parties in many, many years. The Democrats of yesteryear used to at least pay lip service to the constitution, the rule of law, and other bedrock principles of our republic. Now they have pulled aside the veil of normalcy and are resorting to tactics reminiscent of Nazi German storm troopers and pre-revolutionary Marxist lunatics in Russia. Sen. Rand Paul, himself a victim of a violent, politically-motivated assault, has stated that if this escalates further, we should not be surprised to see more people being physically injured and even, God forbid, assassination attempts.
It’s been a long time since my college days (1960s), but I vividly remember the left’s tactics. “Occupying” college administration buildings, shouting down any dissenting opinions, and even the murder of policemen and bombing their facilities. Escalation of the violence we’re now seeing from the left could well lead to such things again.
As noted anti-Nazi German philosopher Karl Jaspers eerily prophesied after the horrors of the WWII Nazi death camps became known, “That which has happened is a warning ….It was possible for this to happen, and it remains possible for it to happen again at any minute.”
I believe the results of this midterm election will answer the question of what America wishes to be moving forward. As Charles Montesquieu noted long ago, “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not as dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of citizens in a democracy.”
Don’t look at the ‘D’ or ‘R’
Re: General elections
Bo Biteman and Hollis Hackman are squaring off to fill Bruce Burns’ seat. Mr. Biteman has a short but revealing record as a representative in the state Legislature.
He has sponsored lobbyist-written, cookie cutter legislation repeatedly in his short tenure. These bills are shopped by national organizations with deep-pocketed sponsors to legislatures in all 50 states. But it takes the legislator to say yes to sponsoring bills written by the shady dark-money machine. Mr. Biteman has said yes. A lot.
He is a self-proclaimed constitutional conservative who pledges repeatedly to protect individual liberties, while simultaneously sponsoring legislation that limits free speech and undermines Wyoming’s Home Rule Doctrine, guaranteeing local control. For a guy who touts limited government, that’s… a lot of government.
It seems Biteman will protect your individual liberties as long as you agree with him. Thankfully most of his bills have died in committee, but with election to the senate,
Mr. Biteman’s legislative influence would grow considerably, along with the influence of out-of-state lobbyists.
So as Election Day nears, it is important for those of us who were fortunate enough to have Bruce Burns for a senator to ask ourselves which of the candidates is more likely to represent us as faithfully as he did. Don’t look at the letter next to their names; look at the record.
Hollis Hackman is a veteran with a record of public service. He worked supporting veterans for 27 years, and continues to support our SCSD2 children.
The tribalism currently infecting our public discourse will condemn him because he is a Democrat, but if you look at the records, Bo Biteman has not represented his constituents. Hollis Hackman will. He is the candidate that will represent the values of Senate District 21 like Bruce Burns did.