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Joe Meglen: Restoring Republic

A seismic event occurred in Virginia on Tuesday when grassroots, outsider economics Professor Dave Brat soundly defeated the GOP House Majority leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia 7th District Republican primary.

Dave Brat is a supporter of the Second, Fourth and 10th amendments and opposes illegal immigration. He ran on a principled platform of free markets and a return to smaller constitutional government.

This is a staggering blow to the GOP and Democrat party establishment, both being separate wings of the Big Government party. What does this have to do with residents of District 26 and the people of Colorado?

This is a victory not only for the people in Virginia. It is a victory for all of the people in every state that yearn to return to a Constitutional Republic that once again honors the rule of law and protects individual liberty. This earth-shaking win is proof that the lawless, overreaching, self-serving big government establishment can be defeated. The people are awakening, and there is a glimmer of hope.

As we approach the November elections, it is important that we don't get bogged down with the "Democrat versus Republican, "left versus right" paradigm. It is the left versus right distraction that keeps the two political parties that have a monopoly on politics in power. This is a fight, a war, between leviathan government and the individual liberty guaranteed in the Constitution.

As government grows, freedom dies. Every new law, regulation, ordinance or government "job" created is done so at the direct expense of freedom and opportunity. We have tried socialized big government solutions developed by an "enlightened" ruling class for more than 100 years. Only the most naïve fail to see the destruction this has wrought.

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The government has bankrupted the country, destroyed what was once the American dream and the freedom of choice that was the fundamental reason our ancestors came to this country. It is time to change course and do what we can to restore the Republic.

The tectonic event in Virginia proves that a committed and informed electorate can throw out ideologue self-serving politicians that lose sight of the fact they are our agents, not our rulers. It is the duty of the people to understand who they are voting for.

Examine the politician's voting record. Those that have demonstrated a disregard for the constitutional restraints they took an oath to uphold, must be removed for cause. They can't be trusted. We must work and vote for, without regard to party affiliation, a candidate who is grounded in the fundamental principles that protect individual liberty.

It is preferable that we elect citizen legislators who come from the private sector so that they will have a real-world understanding of what it takes to survive in that segment of society that pays taxes rather than lives off the taxes. This is not to disparage all public employees for there is a lawful role for government in providing essential services and protecting the rule of law.

For those that stayed home during the last election cycle because you didn't think your vote counted, look what happened. It is important to understand that "one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors." — Plato

Joe Meglen

Steamboat Springs

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