The law fails us all


Watching the recent Democratic debate had no major effect on me, but the aftermath and commentary have.
I can say one thing for certain: Each person participating can be certain of one vote — his or her own.
The cacophony that is today’s political discourse does bring reaction. However. I feel fear, the same fear and then sorrow I felt when realizing a lamb I thought was a pet ended upon the dinner table.
That lamb is still being figuratively offered up, along with the beliefs many of us hold dear and the rule of the laws that were established when the nation revolted and broke away from foreign rule.
To quote Colin Powell, “We, The People” are not “Me, the president.”
Depending upon which party one has been registered with, one is good and the other evil, the speaker is the judge.
The days running up to local elections are quiet, save for well-moderated town halls. Passion is not visible.
Next month is Nov. 6, not THE November, but time for some people to be placed in office and taxes to be levied. Each city, town and county has serious needs.
There’s an aura of desperation at the federal level as persons who have served in Congress for decades realize they may no longer have their “jobs” after November 2020.
“De-Brucing” is again in the air and I’m not sure anyone has greatly benefited from TABOR -- The Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights -- in the rural areas, where gradual erosion of the infrastructure is a daily problem.
The state wasn’t able to levy some taxes and use them for the public good, while TABOR says excess must be returned to the public.
I, personally, have not received a specific refund of my tax dollars. I likely never have earned enough.
I watched when Douglas Bruce, father of TABOR, kicked a news photographer, was cited and charged with crimes as a “slumlord.” He is a poster man for hypocrisy.
No one is a poster child except a child whose needs are extreme. People over age 18 must decide who offers the truth.
They vote -- or should vote -- and the whirling image of “bad” and “good” makes it difficult as we are bombarded with information, misinformation and disinformation by candidates who won’t know their fate until 2020.
The problem is, many of us don’t know fact from fiction as each speaker takes the microphone.
Disgust wells up in me when information piles up about governmental corruption and I realize it’s nothing new; it took place in the 1920s and laws were passed to prevent it.
Prevent it? Obeying the law should be mandatory, subpoenas should be honored and the family should be sacred.
We are at the mercy of those who view the Constitution through the tunnel vision that declares, “laws were made to be broken.”
Then why have them?
The Bill of Rights? Today’s parties cherry pick them and decide which to honor and which to toss away in the winds of the desires of the “leaders.”
I grew up believing that no one was above the law.
Today, I watch as the law fails us all.

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