Joe Meglen

Joe Meglen 5 months, 2 weeks ago on Murphy Roberts: Make America change again

Murphy,

Your letter is a testimony to the compulsory State factory school system. It displays a complete misunderstanding of the Constitution and its foundation. Progressives, who have controlled academia for generations, claim that the Constitution is a “living document” and the Supreme Court is the sole or final arbiter of what is constitutional. This is wrong on both counts. First, a “living document” usurps both the 9th and 10th Amendments. Second, although John Marshall’s opinion in Marbury v. Madison implies that the Supreme Court gave itself final judicial review on what is constitutional, the Supreme Court lacks the authority to alter the meaning the Constitution. Language changes with time but the Natural Rights codified in the Constitution do not. Acknowledging The Laws of Nature, the Framers memorialized the fact that people are born free, own themselves and are endowed with certain unalienable rights that may not be usurped by government. The Constitution and Bill of Rights codify these rights and create a framework for a strictly limited federal government that preserves individual liberty while providing for the defense of the confederated states. Power originates from the people and with their consent the federal government was created then granted specific, limited powers. Any laws, rules, agencies and their regulations created that do not fall within the strictly enumerated powers granted in the Constitution are unlawful for these are an attack on the people’s liberty.

The 2nd Amendment follows the 1st Amendment to ensure that We the People have the right to criticize the government and then retain the ability to defend ourselves if the State doesn’t like the content of our free speech. It is not by accident that the Framers made it clear that the right to bear arms “…shall not be infringed.” The limited enumerated powers granted to the government do not include the authority to dismantle the 2nd Amendment. To do so is an attack on the Constitution and therefore individual freedom.

Congratulations on your graduation. Don't let your schooling get in the way of your education.

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Joe Meglen 6 months ago on City Councilman proposes new taxes on marijuana, lift ticket sales

Yes, Let’s look for ways to grow government with more taxes and social engineering. Here is an idea: how about downsizing government, limit it to protecting individual liberty and only providing the essential services that can not be better provided by the private sector.

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Joe Meglen 7 months, 3 weeks ago on Lift ticket tax for public transit raised at City Council meeting

Transportation should be private not public. Of course that ship sailed a long time ago. If there is to be yet another tax (which there shouldn't be) it should be paid for directly by the Ski Corp. and the merchants since they are the greatest beneficiaries.

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Joe Meglen 8 months, 2 weeks ago on Pay to Play: Working group poised to recommend city ask voters to create new parks and rec district

Those that live off taxes always claim that there is a lack of “funding”. There is never enough. Tax on property is an attack on property rights. It is pure and simple theft.

Routt County residents are not under taxed.

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Joe Meglen 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Air service board seeks tax renewal flight plan from city of Steamboat Springs

How is it that Intrawest found $50 million to do a stock buy back producing no tangible benefit to the ski mountain yet the people are asked to subsidize the Ski Corp’s business? The price of a season ski pass went up again for the 2016/2017 season. Maybe the free market should also be allowed to determine what it costs to vacation in Steamboat Springs.

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Joe Meglen 9 months, 1 week ago on Gary Cogswell: Resident-driven solution

Excuse the following for my experience is in the private sector:

Why is there a need for a new $12 million police station? Granted, the design as it now exists requires a GPS to navigate the maze but there doesn’t appear to be any lack of space. How about saving $10 million for a rainy day and just do a redesign?

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Joe Meglen 9 months, 2 weeks ago on Jeff Peters: Elections have consequences

Eric,

With the exception of local elections, we agree about the uselessness of voting. Presidents are nothing more than bought-and-paid-for middle managers. They are completely controlled by large international moneyed interests who have no concern for national or individual sovereignty. If the president makes the mistake of thinking he is in charge and departs from the agenda of those that actually control government he will be removed. Ultimately, no matter which candidate from either political party is elected the result will be bigger government, more unconstitutional wars, more debt, more taxes, more plundering of the people and less individual freedom – right up until this socialist empire, like all others before it, collapses.

As a slight digression, it is entertaining to watch the outright panic within the GOP, and Democrat Big Government Establishment over Trump’s juggernaut. The Establishment will wage total war.

Voting at the national level is a waste of time and legitimizes the illegitimate.

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Joe Meglen 9 months, 3 weeks ago on Ken Collins: People need voice

Ken,

You are misinformed; a testimony to compulsory state factory schools and government propaganda. Language changes with time. The meaning of the Constitution does not. The Constitution memorializes the Natural and therefore unalienable rights of the individual. The Constitution established a strictly limited federal government which sole purpose for existing is to protect individual rights and provide for the defense of the United States. That is all. When government expands beyond the enumerated powers granted its actions are unconstitutional and therefore unlawful.

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