Monthly Archives: January 2014

Misusing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

By Bob Cox

January 20, 2014

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

Today we will hear over and over again that part of Martin Luther King’s speech in which he proclaimed, “I have a dream.” We have heard that small portion of his speech so many times that most of us, especially those of us who remember Dr. King’s efforts, have it memorized.

 

It has always bothered me that too many people think that all Martin Luther King Jr. was about was civil rights for black people. Nothing could be further from the truth, but with the exception of the Heritage Foundation and similar truth-based organizations, few people will say it. What Dr. King was really about was faith. His so-called dream speech was much more a sermon than a speech and his goals of equality and forgiveness fly in the face of many of those who will stand up today and quote him.

 

The very freedoms of religion and of assembly that allowed Dr. King to stand to stand on the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial are being trashed beyond belief today and they are being trashed by those who will today use Dr. King’s words to make them feel better about what they do.

 

The Heritage Foundation points out that some of our esteemed leaders should go beyond the “I have a dream” quote and reach into some of the other things that Dr. King promoted: “If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong.” He followed with, “If we are wrong God Almighty is wrong.”

 

My problem is that some of the people that hold positions of power now seem to think that both the Constitution and God is wrong and they want to bring on “change” that will take the influence of both from our lives.

 

I have never supported making a holiday that promotes the birthday celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., but that is because I always thought the day would be used for the wrong reasons. Now, I know I am right. I certainly did not agree with everything said by Dr. King and I despised his anti-war efforts, but had I been given the task of picking quotes from his various sermons and writings to memorialize him on a huge statue in Washington D.C., I certainly would have picked some of them that demonstrated his faith. But then I forget that we are not allowed to bring God into the public square, even if it is on the statue of a preacher.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives via email to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2014

 

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Colorado makes headlines again

 

By Bob Cox

December 13, 2014

Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.

 

I openly admit some bias in the words that follow. I spent a significant part of my adult life fighting the “war on drugs.” While I have a problem with calling the law enforcement activities a war, I cannot help but think that we did a lot of good things while trying to discourage the use of controlled substances. I also think the “war” concept is a failure, largely because there are too many people and entities trying to do their own thing and we have a judiciary that has tended to lean in the wrong direction.

 

I have always had a problem with the way the DUI laws in Colorado were manipulated by organizations like MADD. In many instances grant money channeled through these organizations resulted in policies within various law enforcement agencies that I think tarnished their images and, in many cases made things worse instead of better.

 

The type of influence forced into law by MADD and other organizations is now being used in an exact opposite way with the new liberalization of marijuana laws. We watched as successful intervention of law enforcement into the DUI problem only resulted in more strict laws. “We are making fewer arrests, therefore we must need to lower the limits. A drunk driver twenty years ago had to have a breath-alcohol content of .10. Now it is half that amount.

 

Conversely, the state passes the recreational marijuana law and actually uses a higher threshold than most other states without the legal possession laws require. The Colorado law prohibiting driving under the influence of marijuana provides that, if the driver’s blood contains 5 nanograms of delta THC per milliliter of blood, the driver is presumed to be driving under the influence. That is more than practically every other state allows, except Washington, which also has a new possession law, and Montana, which recently raised their limit. So, if a driver in Nevada has 2 ng/ml, he goes directly to jail for driving under the influence. In Colorado he only half high – go figure.

 

My point in all this is that these new marijuana laws in Colorado are going to cause us some big and embarrassing problems. Once again this last week, Colorado hit the national headlines because a suspected stoned driver plowed into two Colorado State Patrol vehicles. Luckily, nobody was injured, but we have to ask ourselves, “Would Keith Kilbey (the 23-year-old driver) have been wasted in the first place if it were not for the relaxed possession and use law?”

 

And, I also find it somewhat interesting that one of Colorado’s largest newspapers saw it fit to report the incident in their on-line version and on the same page provide a link to “See a map of Colorado’s recreational marijuana shops.” Given the fact that just two weeks prior to this incident, there was another very similar one, maybe the website should consider a link to a map showing where driving while stoned accidents occur within the state.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives via email to those who have asked for them. I do not share your email addresses with anyone and I use the Reagan email precisely because they don’t share or sell the addresses either. If you are getting this because someone forwarded it to you and you don’t want it, tell him or her not to forward any more. On the other hand, if you received a copy and would like to see more of my ranting, simply drop me a line at coxnotes@Reagan.com I will put you on my exclusive, but growing list.

 

Bob

 

© Robert R. Cox 2014