Conservative commentary: Just the facts, ma'am


— I don't care what network you turn on or what set of talking heads you are listening to - left, right or the imaginary center - these comments apply to all. Wouldn't it be refreshing for the host to say and enforce, "To appear on this program, you have to submit, in advance, any facts or allegations you intend to present for us to verify before you appear on our program. If you start to espouse unsubstantiated claims or other 'talking points,' no matter how fast you speak, you will be summarily cut off and never appear on this program again!" Perhaps these "experts" would refuse to appear on our "gutsy" host's program. At least that would spare us from having our intelligence insulted further.

Unfortunately, facts have given way to fiction. We are truly a "sound byte" society. Our newspapers have lost all credibility. Most of them, the New York Times (once respected as the Old Gray Lady), the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post are all going broke : thank God. Our three national networks, CBS, NBC and CBS, together with CNN, have all become no more than a fountainhead of mis-information to support their liberal agendas. And, by the way, I will not give FOX a free pass, either. In their attempt to be fair and balanced, they have subjected us to a long litany of inane Democrats. They are not forced to answer the question at hand, interrupt and talk over the guests with opposing views, apparently believing the audience will confuse loud and rapid speech with veracity.

What is the take-home message? Thoughtful analysis has given way to pandering and the inane TV antics I have described. We are left, on the one hand, with a candidate who has voted to destroy free speech with "McCain-Feingold," destroyed the "advise and consent" clause of our Constitution with the "gang of 14," and generally epitomizes the term RINO (Republican in Name Only). All of this to appeal to the "center," who are, of course, unlikely to actually think anything through. However, McCain has the chutzpah to tell me and my conservative friends that we have no other choice but to vote for him as his opponent epitomizes everything that will destroy America and stop the 232 years of economic growth, stability and total opportunity for all its citizens.

On the other hand, Obama has promised to raise our taxes, leave Iraq with our tails between our legs and to fight the terrorists in Los Angeles and New York City, and, in the spirit of Neville Chamberlain, negotiate, without precondition, with a variety of madmen, including Iran's Ahmadinejad, a man who has denied the Holocaust and vows to destroy Israel. "Peace in Our Time" must be right around the corner.

On the domestic front, in the minds of Michelle and Barack, the Rev. Wright's racist rhetoric trumps the fact that they are where they are (Harvard grads) because of the so-called egregious system that they very successfully exploited. Obama is a leftist. He would, in fact, stop 232 years of economic growth, stability and total opportunity for all of our citizens, but heaven forbid that folks stop to analyze the obvious effects of his proposals. To quote Patrick Henry, "It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth - and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts."

And there, my friends, you have it. Until we are prepared to insist on thoughtful discussion and spurn this foolishness, this is the kind of choice to which we are condemned.

To quote Mrs. Peller of the Wendy's ads, "Where's the beef?"

Paul Epley is a longtime Routt County conservative activist, holds a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Southern California, and is a director of the Conservative Leadership Council of Northwest Colorado.


stmbtprof 8 years, 9 months ago

oh please...obama's tax raise are for those making over 200,00 a year and more have some pity on those of us who dont even make a quarter of that and also hold a ph.d from a reputable school....and it doesnt take a ph.d to see the state of economy...stock market in a bear market, 5.00 a gallon prices in the very distant future and over 100,000 lives lost in a war that was absolutely NONE of our business..all because Junior wanted to prove something to big Daddy..i am surprised you would sign your name to such elitist propaganda...


rsssco 8 years, 9 months ago

did i see a sbvor? i did i did i did see a sbvor!

sufferin succotash.


Matthew Stoddard 8 years, 9 months ago

LOL!! First, he was trying to bring back, "Who's your daddy?" Now, he'd diving further back to, "Where's the beef?" LMAO! Way to show how to get down and be funky!


Murray Tucker 8 years, 9 months ago

Raise OUR taxes??? It must be nice to have gross income over $250,000- the amount where Obama's tax program hits. As to FOX, give me a break. They have more "inane" Republicans than Democrats at any one time. But most of what Paul says about the media is right on! Chamberlain at Munich was a grave error. Preston Bush and Herbert Walker financing Hitler was an even graver mistake. I guess the grandson got his mistake genes somewhere!


Murray Tucker 8 years, 9 months ago

Whoops! It should be Prescott Bush and George Herbert Walker.


seabirth 8 years, 9 months ago

once again, CONservatives will state a lie until most people believe it. bringing up neville chamberlain and appeasement and equating it to TALKING to our enemies is a LIE.

appeasement was giving up part of czechoslovakia, not talking to hitler. but the soundbite sounds much better than the truth. a debate on talking to our enemies is one thing, but refering it to appeasement is a lie, not debate.

thanks for the joke about fox news though... trying to be fair and balanced... lol

since you won't substantiate your allegations.. does that mean that the pilot shouldn't print your comedy column?


id04sp 8 years, 9 months ago

What a bunch of ignorant, shallow and idealistic bozos you are to think that raising taxes on people who make over $200k is going to HELP ROUTT COUNTY.

Those of you who depend on local business for your own income need to stop short and realize that your income is the disposable income that other people spend on skiing and vacations.

If you've got a Ph.D. and you're only making $50k, holy $#!+, you wasted your time getting THAT degree, and you're wasting your time trying to make a living around here.

Dare I suggest that wage earners and people with degrees in things like history and philosophy who haven't taken the math to understand the non-linear effects which are required to study economics are incapable of comprehending how CUTTING TAX RATES increases tax revenue? Dare I suggest that raising taxes to help the economy is like speeding to save money on gasoline? It's very simply the fact that when you raise taxes on the rich, you take money out of the retail economy, and that causes wage earners to lose jobs.

People do not understand that the magnitude of the deficit has to be considered as a fraction of the Gross Domestic Product. If cutting taxes puts more money in people's pockets which they can spend on goods and services that turn into dollars paid to American workers, it's a GOOD thing. Taxes are assessed on a percentage of what people make. More people having jobs and making more money means more tax revenue. Every time we cut taxes, revenue increases, because taxes are collected on a percentage of the GDP. Every tax cut causes the GDP to go up, and automatically raises tax revenue because we collect tax on a percentage of the growth. It's like taking 10% of every corn crop. If you plant more corn every year, and still take 10%, you still get more corn each year than the year before.

It's really very simple; how can your boss afford to pay you MORE when the government increases taxes on his income?

The election of Bill Clinton led to the gutting of the U. S. military's ability to respond to external threats, and all that money he saved by not buying new equipment and not repairing the old equipment is the way he balanced the budget. Failing to go after terrorists during his administration led directly to the 9/11/2001 attacks. Environmental stone-walling on domestic energy production put us another 8 years behind, and now we're seeing it at the pumps.

So, yeah, let's elect Obama. I can't wait. The higher interest rates will be great for my retirement planning.


billinboat 8 years, 9 months ago

Since Espey calls for substantiated facts and then proceeds to run off a series of distortions and personal views, I feel free to respond with my own observations, substantiated or not.

Obama will raise your taxes-I am not a fan of tax increases and I agree with id04sp, but I would like to point out that the policies of the Bush administration have levied what can easily be seen as a monstrous tax increase on the middle and lower classes in the form of runaway oil and food costs. The only difference is that it still allows the consumer to spend his money, albeit more for basic necessities and less for things like the education of their children.

Re no free pass for Fox (faux) news but that try to be fair and balanced by calling in token Democrats. Fox is the voice of the Republican party, and judging from their declining viewership, a less believed voice.

McCain-Feingold: destroying free speech? Yes, if you believe that speech is to be bought by massive amounts of money from those who wish their views to be the dominant positions in the information marketplace. Free speech is not free if you want your voice heard.

Where's the beef?-Feeding on grain and antibiotics in the feedyards, creating the by-product excrement that has become the tired, bankrupt screed of the faltering conservative movement.


housepoor 8 years, 9 months ago

the #1 spokesperson for right in the past 10 years has been Rush Limbaugh................need I say more


Fred Duckels 8 years, 9 months ago

You lefties are missing a great opportunity. The market is wide open. Conservatives are making millions selling their views in the media, surely your superior programs will sell and you will reap billions. Al Franken could be your agent.


JazzSlave 8 years, 9 months ago


I'm no fan of W - "compassionate conservatism" is nothing more than liberalism lite - but how exactly is he responsible for "runaway oil and food costs"?


housepoor 8 years, 9 months ago

Jazz, sinking dollar because of a huge deficit thanks to a unwarranted war might have a little to do with it?


suckerfreeforlife 8 years, 9 months ago

If "thinkers" like Paul are leaders in the Conservative movement, then its no wonder the GOP is wallowing. This op-ed is so full of demonstrably false spin, fear mongering, and outright hypocrisy I don't know where to begin. To be honest, i find it hard to believe an adult wrote it.

We can't, for instance, "summarily cut off" Paul for asserting that Obama wants to fight terrorists on the streets of LA and NYC, yet its clearly an unsubstantiated claim of the sort he rails against. His other adolescent attempts to smear Obama and his wife are equally baseless. The only thing he left out was the word "Elitest", which, much to the chagrin of the Rovian spin machine, simply won't stick to Obama.

As for Faux News, the official network of the "Terrorist Fist Jab", does anyone take them seriously? The Army uses an image of two soldiers "terrorist fist jabbing" in their new commercial. Does Fox know this secret terrorist communication method has infiltrated our military? Better let em know Paul, could be quite a scoop.

Under W's watch, Iran policy has been, big surprise, an unmitigated bungle. They are more relevant and more powerful than ever before, and W's arrogance and ineptitude have left the world thinking that Ahmadinajad is the reasonable one. You've got to be some kind of bungler to make a loud-mouth, kooky, ego-tripper like Mahmoud seem reasonable, but W has done it.

As for the Patrick Henry quote, is there any more apt phrase to describe W's approach to governing. Perhaps if he hadn't relied on wishful thinking, illusions, and shutting out the painful truth, he could've prevented 9/11 in the first place. Its not as if he wasn't warned.


JazzSlave 8 years, 9 months ago


Supply & demand. It's that simple. Worldwide demand for crude exceeds global supply. Afghanistan, Iraq, & the deficit have nothing to do with the fact that the economies of China & India are snowballing. The combined populations of both countries are 8x that of ours.

I surfed thru ABC News this week yesterday - Ted Koppel was plugging an energy program he's doing for PBS. Even a lefty like Koppel is able to boil it down to supply & demand - he says that in 10 years, China will have more cars on the road than we do.

But it's all Bush's fault.

Obama's "solution" is to soak the oil companies. I'd love to have someone explain to me how taxing Exxon & the rest is going to increase supply and suppress the price of crude.


SilverSpoon 8 years, 9 months ago

Have you seen the new commercial where the CEO of exxon explains why we need to keep pursuing oil and natural gas as a part of the solution. Of course we NEED oil and gas, because it is their business. Bush's business, Cheney's business, Shells business. Unfortunately for them, bill ritter doesn't see it quite like the oil mongers, so they get regulated heavily in CO.


simplysaid 8 years, 9 months ago

We have no choice in a good leader. For those of us that know factually prayer changes things ,get out the knee pads.

Concerning Fox News it "was" the only complete news. Anything that tells the truth about God is erased on other stations and hidden. It uptil a few months ago was the only one on Sky Angel . When a miracle happens, a baseball player thanks God or prayer is mentioned Fox News simply tells the truth. Comparing facts of what is broadcast on Fox to the others is like watching cartoons. But must agree even Fox is starting to leave out info.


colowoodsman 8 years, 9 months ago

JS- the"deficit" is 'how' the economy of China is "snowballing". We went into Iraq because China was about to do an oil deal with Saddam. Just ask Dick or Jr. Oil is up because the dollar is down.


thecondoguy1 8 years, 9 months ago

Jazz, I love the beanie, but I am afraid colowood is correct about the dollar, do yourself a favor and get your savings out of dollars....................... maybe aluminium.


424now 8 years, 9 months ago

Those dishevled guys walking around talking to them selves are ex loan officers who have not run out of minutes on their bluetooth ear piece cell phones yet.


knee_dropper 8 years, 9 months ago

Jazz, yes it is Bush's fault to a large part. He was the first president to cut taxes in a war and where is that money to fund it coming from? Through uncontrolled borrowing, the national debt is about to break $10,000,000,000,000! That's a lot of friggin zeros, and you know who we owe most of that money to, 1st - Japan at $546 billion, then China at $400 billion, followed by Britain and the Sauds. So even if China didn't get their oil contract they're still laughing all the way to the bank, literally. I thought the Republicans that have been running this country were supposed to be the fiscally responsible party, ha! The tremendous amount of debt that our country owes to Japan, China, etc is what is making our currency fall, especially compared to the relative strength of the euro. So yeah I blame our commander in chief "W", he's got us stuck in a unwarranted war and borrowing huge sums from a potential future adversary to pay for it. Those Chinese have our balls in a vice and the debt we owe them is going to take decades to pay off, it we get started now.


realfeel 8 years, 9 months ago

I am so sick of the Pilot continuously printing these conservative commentary. There not based on reality. If you think Obama will stop 232 years of growth "were did you pull this out of" then you should have gotten your degree in history and not biology.

By the way,stick to what you know.


justathought 8 years, 9 months ago

First, I want to thank all of the big companies for taking the loss and NOT passing it on to us little people when Obama punishes you for making too much money and raises your taxes. Second, I want to thank all of you business owners for paying for my health care, I know Obama will force you into it but those of you that don't go out of business and are willing to take the loss and NOT pass it on to us little people, thanks.

All of you that believe Obama can create bigger and better socialist programs to support the poor by over taxing businesses and the "rich" without affecting those of us in the middle need to take the blinders off and do some thinking for yourselves. Everyone will end up paying for his kind of change.

Some of you have said (in the past) that Obama's social programs can be paid for without raising taxes by using the money that's being spent on the war in Iraq. HOW is redirecting spending going to get the US out of debt and fix our economy? By the way realfree, by your moniker I would think you wouldn't be trying to tell the paper what to print or others how to think or is "real free" just for those of your way of thinking?


JazzSlave 8 years, 9 months ago

We already have a mechanism to limit terms. It's called "get off your a$$, get involved, and vote."

Citizens of a representative republic who won't measure up to mimimum civic responsibilities deserve everything they get, and less.

We conservatives are particularly culpable - Newt & company gained some ground in 94, running on solid conservative principles. We allowed them to get fat, dumb, and happy & virtually indistiguishable from the Dems. We've run RINOs for Pres since 1992, and are doing it again. We're about to get our heads handed to us this fall, & it's our own fault for not holding our standard bearers accountable.

After November, let the post-mortems commence, and hopefully the GOP beat itself with a clue-by-four.


tsegler 8 years, 9 months ago

The last two "Conservative commentaries" have been useless drivel. Why on earth is our newspaper printing these rantings of an angry old white man? It's embarrassing.


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