Joe Meglen: Protect citizen's rights


Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush kicked off her 2014 election campaign with a self-serving “op-ed” filled with feel good platitudes, professing a desire to work across the aisle during this year’s legislative session to develop “common sense” public policy.

Rep. Mitsch Bush, along with too many politicians like her, doesn’t understand that government’s fundamental reason for existing is to protect the rights of the citizens, not to develop “public policy” or tell citizens which rights they may exercise. Rep. Mitsch Bush’s article did not address her voting record during her first term, so as we approach mid-term elections in 2014, it is important to review our “representative’s” not-so-bipartisan track record to date

She voted for SB 13-252, raising renewable mandates on rural electric cooperatives. The impact of SB 252 will be especially devastating to rural Colorado residents who already have experienced electric rate increases that are double the national average since 2004. Tri-State G&T studies estimate that SB 13-252 will result in rate increases of at least 64 percent and the loss of 29,000 jobs.

She supported and promoted Amendment 66, which if it had passed, would have resulted in the largest tax increase in Colorado history. Fortunately, informed voters overwhelmingly rejected this big government collectivist money grab.

She was a co-sponsor for SB 33 authorizing in state tuition for illegal aliens.

She was co-sponsor for HB 13-1303 allowing same-day voter registration, which assures rampant voter fraud.

She was rated 10 percent by the Colorado Union of Taxpayers.

A special highlight, in spite of giving her sacred oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, she betrayed her oath by voting for the unconstitutional HB-1224, HB-1226 along with HB-1229 gun control laws. This was a direct attack on the Second Amendment, the Constitution and the principles upon which the United States were founded. Those that enact unconstitutional gun control laws are attempting to overthrow the Constitution.

It is time for Colorado residents to focus on the 2014 mid-term elections and make the commitment to replace any elected official, no matter the party affiliation, that has been involved in destroying America in the name of money, power and control.

Just look at what 100-plus years of big government, anti-Constitutional collectivism has done to our country. It is time to resurrect freedom and restore the Constitutional Republic envisioned by the founders.

Democrats, Republicans and Independents together can make a great start locally by only voting for candidates that are socially tolerant, fiscally conservative and support smaller constitutional government. When they swear a sacred oath to uphold the Constitution, they must mean it. Our current “representative” does not qualify.

Joe Meglen

Steamboat Springs


Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

Yep, and thus she has generally followed the wishes of her constituents and looks to be the strong favorite to be reelected.

Unfortunately for Joe Meglen, his opinions were not in the majoring in 2012 and are unlikely to be in the majority in the 2014 election.

BTW, "... the unconstitutional HB-1224" is not a factually accurate statement. HB 1224 has not been ruled unconstitutional.


Michael Bird 3 years, 3 months ago

I do not understand those who want our Constitution followed do not do it themselves. Our Constitution is clear. No individual posses the power to declare a law unconstitutional. Period. No debate.One only has the right and ability to express an opinion. When a law is found to be constitutional by our Court system, including the CO or US Supreme Courts, it is final until or if it is subsequently overturned. Our Constitution guarantees the right of interpretation by our Court system. That is the function established by our founding fathers.


Sam Jones 3 years, 3 months ago

Joe, I understand and respect your rights to your opinions. They are clearly your own form of religion and none are likely to persuade you otherwise. However, you should know that when you post a letter to the editor that is full of misinformation, your credibility simply evaporates - whether or not "we" agree with your perspective.

Here are a few (more) corrections to your letter regarding comments on electricity:

CO electricity rates are 23% lower than the national average. read all about it!

Rates in rural Colorado have not changed for many, many years *yes still .079 cents/watt from YVEA. And finally, locally produced (and used) renewable energy whether from hydro, solar or wind, helps diversify and smooth our cost of power, especially during peak load hours and provides a level of independence that even the most hardened conservatives can appreciate (wink). Currently, most rural electric coops are bound to buy power from the likes of XCEL with demand based pricing and very long term contracts. HB 252 is a great step in the right direction and I was very pleased to see Daine support this piece of legislation.

Joe, again, I don't expect you to accept any of this at is doesn't fit your personal doctrine. I just think its important that the more objectives readers in Steamboat get some unbiased info.


Sam Jones


John Weibel 3 years, 3 months ago

Unfortunately, there probably will not be a sensible alternative in the election.

I am not going to fact check wether or not the rest of rural Colorado has seen higher rate increases than the rest of the country. I am sure that Sam's statement that YVEA's rates have not increased is correct. However, that does not count every other rural power district. I can foresee that to meet "sustainable" power goals, those rates will go up to meet them.

What is sustainable though, mining for all the materials that are required for the production of solar panels? Allowing the use of coal, with scrubbers, etc., while we actually develop a renewable source might be good. Even though the sun shines every day, those panels have a finite life span, take lots of resources to mfg., etc..

Algaeoil, which is on the horizon recently licensed, could essentially make power abundant and very reasonably priced and all the emissions are needed to regrow the stuff.

Unfortunately, Mitsch Busch and most other career politicians simply listen to staffers to formulate their opinions. Many times that can lead to a system which errors in the system take a very long time to fix and there is very little that an individual can do to fix it. Many errors, help to justify the staffers positions. Unfortunately, Mitsch-Busch as well as others in government, fail to adequately listen to all sides of a situation when an issue is brought forth.


Fred Duckels 3 years, 3 months ago

Good article Joe, Sam, regardless of your numbers which you seem to be proud of, voting to increase renewables makes products more expensive in this country. The result is that we can import cheaper than we can produce. This leaves production in the hands of China and others that could care less about greenhouse gasses. Production in this country may use carbon but it is under much tighter restrictions and in the end we are the winner. You seem to be the religious one, but that ideology seems to be waning as countries that went big green and are finding that common sense is starting to gain traction. China brings a coal fired plant on line every week and this has to be considered in any equation concerning our decisions.


Joe Meglen 3 years, 3 months ago


There is a lawful remedy to enact gun control laws. This is an amendment to the Constitution. Any enactment of gun control laws, short of the amendment process, is unconstitutional. The 2nd Amendment codified the fact that people have the inherent right to protect themselves, primarily against a tyrannical government. Without the 2nd Amendment there would be no 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, et al. It is absurd to believe that it is lawful for government to pass gun control legislation when the very purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to keep government in check.


Michael Bird 3 years, 3 months ago

Joe, According to the American Constitution, only the US Supreme Court can determine what is constitutional. Not you and certainly not me. This applies to the entire Constitution and not just the 2nd Amendment. Again, your statement is not correct and it is only your opinion. Opinion is not fact. US Supreme Court decisions are fact as they are the law of this land as per our Constitution. Many have and do disagree with decisions made by this Court but that doesn't change the constitutionality as that authority rests solely with , guess who ? , our US Supreme Court. Again not me nor you.


Eric Morris 3 years, 3 months ago

Sorry, Mr. Bird, but the constitution (whatever the parchment upon it was written is now worth), does not state that only the Supreme Court can determine constitutionality. That power was first used by the court itself in the case of Marbury v. Madidon.


Michael Bird 3 years, 3 months ago

Exactly. Constitutionality was determined by this Court and still is and not by any individual citizen. Thank you for upholding my point. BTW, I do appreciate your comments.


Bob Smith 3 years, 2 months ago

"...are attempting to overthrow the Constitution..." -- something tells me that Diane Mitsch-Bush is not attempting to overthrow the constitution....just sayin'


Joe Meglen 3 years, 2 months ago


This is not to suggest that DMB is meeting in a dark room with co-conspirators to overthrow what is left of the Constitution*. She is a captive of the system herself. Her entire life has been spent working for, or being part of, the state which lives off of the private sector. It is all she knows. When Rep. Bush votes for gun control laws she attacks a fundamental right and is a useful “tool” for her superiors which do have an agenda to dismantle the Constitution. These things happen through incrementalism, gradualism – Mao Tse Tung’s Boiling Frog analogy. Therefore, when a politician votes for gun control laws, even if done unwittingly with good intentions, they are attempting to overthrow the Constitution.

*Democrats did conspire to pass unconstitutional gun control legislation. The outcome of the Democrat vote was predetermined and no opposing views supporting the 2nd Amendment from Colorado sheriffs or residents were considered.


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