Letters: Texas lawsuit embarrasses Reps. Lamborn and Buck (12/20/20) – The Denver Post
Texas lawsuit embarrasses Reps. Lamborn and Buck
Re: “Supreme Court rejects lawsuit,” Dec. 12 news story
The people of Texas voted statewide for Donald Trump. Texas was happy on Nov. 4 while watching several other states continue to count their votes. The Texas attorney general who had in fact been indicted well before the election and who is currently under investigation by the FBI had been quiet for weeks and had not complained of any harm or damage to the state of Texas.
But as the dozens of frivolous lawsuits made by the president in state and federal courts failed, a last-ditch effort was planned by the president and 17 states’ attorneys general and 126 federal congressmen. A lawsuit was filed claiming the state of Texas was harmed and damaged by the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. The suit failed to impress the Supreme Court and they were denied even the ability to argue their case based on lack of evidence that Texas was ever harmed. This was another poorly thought out decision by inept attorneys and congressmen.
It is still not clear what this case had to do with Colorado, but two of our congressmen decided to sign on. Rep. Doug Lamborn obviously has no clue what a properly prepared filing before any federal court looks like or he chose not to read the filing he signed. Lamborn has embarrassed all of Colorado but especially Colorado Springs residents.
Stephen Bast, Colorado Springs
Re: “Attempt to undermine Constitution … ,” Dec. 15 guest commentary
I submit we need to be far more alarmed about the fragility of our democracy. Our democracy is not maintained at the point of a gun; it is held together by nothing more than our common, implicit agreement to abide by the rule of law.
Any one individual can take un-democratic actions such as filing lawsuits to install himself or herself in office in contravention to the will of the voters. However, when those un-democratic actions begin to be supported en masse, our very democracy is in peril.
While President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the will of the voters was a failure this time, it is chilling that 126 members of the House Republican caucus, including the leadership, and 17 Republican state attorneys general were willing to sign their names in support of the attempt. The fact that people had to speculate, in advance, whether the Supreme Court might facilitate the president’s designs should give everyone pause. I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to envision another such attempt in the future, with the possibility of a different outcome.
Michael B. Levy, Lakewood
U.S. House Reps. Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn should be removed from office. They sought to overturn a presidential election. It was an election that Trump’s own head of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and countless other elections officials from every state declared the most secure in American history.
Buck and Lamborn, who derive their representative authority and power via the will of the voters, have chosen to completely disregard and negate the will of the voters — for their own political purposes. This is the most despicable, brazen and egregious attack on our American democracy imaginable. Any elected official who attempts to subvert the will of the people should be disqualified from holding elected office for their lifetime.
Remember that the next time Buck and Lamborn ask for your vote. I hope the voters in Buck’s and Lamborn’s districts mount a recall effort for such blatant disregard of the voters’ will.
Jeffrey Smith, Boulder
Time to cancel “cancel culture”
Jokes are now illegal due to cancel culture. You almost can’t say anything anywhere without someone (likely a Starbucks-lover) saying “that’s offensive” when all I did was say I don’t like coffee.
It’s incredible how easily people can get offended nowadays; it doesn’t even take that much. Cancel culture isn’t just someone being offended by what someone said, sometimes it’s just their existence that upsets people. Sometimes someone could just be in good shape and people would get offended just by that.
People have been upset by some of the stupidest things recently, and you guessed it, it was all over Twitter. The big YouTube gaming creator Seán “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin recently posted a tweet jokingly saying “Imagine not having a PS5” with a common laughing stock photo.
Now his joke was about how he somehow ended up with three in his house: one he bought, the other his girlfriend bought, and Sony sent him one for free. But people thought that this kind-hearted, screaming, Irish man was making fun of poor people from his joke.
While he later expressed that wasn’t what he meant by his joke, he was still very surprised by how people just jumped to thinking he would make fun of poor people.
All in all cancel culture is just annoying and while it’s easy to ignore the Karens on the internet that are offended by breathing, it still can be a problem, like what the actor and comedian Ricky Gervais said in an interview, “Everyone’s allowed to call you an (expletive), everyone’s allowed to stop watching your stuff, everyone’s allowed to burn your DVDs, but you shouldn’t have to go to court for saying a joke that someone doesn’t like. And that’s what we get dangerously close to.”
He really explains how dangerous and annoying cancel culture is.
Dylan Colby, Castle Rock
Voters should be informed of judicial discipline cases
Re: “Judge: Improper conduct is norm,” Nov. 26 news story
It has only been a few weeks since I had to plow through the information on the state judges to see if I should vote for them or not.
Then I read the article on the secrecy of the discipline of judges, and I wondered how I can make an informed decision when not ever hearing about those who were found guilty in a discipline situation. Colorado gets to and has to vote on the retention of judges. Most of the people I talk with find it tedious and feel uninformed. Isn’t it right we all get to know these things before we vote for them? That would make me feel much more confident and willing to take the time to vote.
Jane Jackson, Denver
New Zealand is not the U.S.
Re: “The extraordinary failure of the U.S. government,” Dec. 13 op-ed
Oh, the oft-times, narrow focus of blindered academia.
I know it was just an example, but the successful farmers and ranchers I had the pleasure of working with over the years all had a good quantity of a subtle and humble sort of country street smarts that Professor Seth Masket could probably use a healthy dose of.
Masket fails to incorporate into his commentary the demographic concept of cultural homogenization. New Zealand is a small island nation of about 4.89 million people. If New Zealand were a U.S. state, it would rank about 25th or so by population.
Although New Zealand is a vibrant, dynamic nation, I do not think it has anywhere near the level of cultural, ethnic, social and economic diversity as the United States. It is probably more culturally homogenized than most of the less populous, individual United states. Plus, I am sure it has nowhere near the daily numbers of international arrivals and departures, as the United States.
A greater degree of cultural homogenization lends itself to a greater percentage of the population being ready, willing and able to easily and efficiently get on the same page, in a timely manner, to deal with a domestic viral threat such as COVID-19.
Big governments should always strive to do big jobs better. The federal response certainly could have been much better. But let’s not fault a nation of 328 million, with 50 separate, independent state governments, for not doing the all-in COVID-19 response as well as a nation of 4.89 million without looking at all critical, relevant factors.
Douglass Croot, Highlands Ranch
Polis should reverse course
Re: “Prioritize those in crowded living conditions for vaccines,” Dec. 11 op-ed
I read Krista Kafer’s opinion piece almost every Sunday because I want to hear the “other” side of an issue or argument. For the very first time ever, I totally agree with her position about prioritizing individuals in jails and prisons to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. These individuals, many of whom have not even been convicted of a crime, clearly fall into a high-risk category.
Punishment does not include a potential death penalty for every person who is incarcerated. To paraphrase Kafer, the governor should not let his subjective judgment and personal values allow him to determine who “deserves” to get vaccinated, rather he should follow the science and develop a plan that ensures “the greatest harm reduction for the whole community.” This applies to those “living and working in close-quarter[s] and transmission-prone environments” like jails and prisons where many of the most severe outbreaks have occurred!
Gov. Jared Polis was elected in part because he promised to treat all Coloradans equally. This decision runs counter to this promise and exposes an anti-science bias. In this regard, he is no different from Trump. I have never voted for a Republican candidate for state office since casting my first vote for Jimmy Carter. If the governor fails to recognize the hypocrisy of his position on this issue and does not change the prioritization plan, I will actively oppose his reelection for governor or any office he chooses to run for.
Mark Perbix, Lakewood
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