Monthly Archives: November 2015

What is the alternative?

November 16, 2015

By Bob Cox

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

 

I have allowed Coxnotes to become some sort of obligation on my part. If I am late getting it out I find myself fretting a little. Frankly, what I put on this page is as much for me as it is for my readers. Sometimes I just need to get a few things off my chest and I need to feel like someone is listening. Thank you all for being the listeners.

Those damned Islamic terrorists did it again. This time they terrorized Paris. Now I hear that they have another attack in mind for the U.S. Sometimes I feel that we are in a hopeless situation.

France has certainly not been one of our best allies over the years, but they are certainly closer on all levels than the likes of Al Qaeda, and ISIS. What happened to the innocent people in Paris should not happen to anyone, and certainly not for the reasons adopted by the sub-human Islamist that perpetrated the attacks.

I do not want to see any more of our young people killed on foreign soils and I do not think they have much of a chance of succeeding in any endeavor while serving under the current Commander-In-Chief. I came to the conclusion long ago that Barack Hussein Obama is one of the worst, if not the worst, thing that has happened to this country in a long time. Everything he does is in direct conflict with everything this country has long stood for. He is systematically tearing apart our constitution and putting us further and further behind in nearly every aspect of our very existence. The problem is that he still has several months to continue on his pathway to U.S. destruction.

No, I do not want to see more lives lost, but I cannot see the alternative. We can fight using trained men and women or we can surrender our innocent citizens in another 9-11-style attack. We can turn more terrorist loose to return to the planning rooms of ISIS or we can bring them onto American soil and treat them like they are U.S. citizens, protected with our constitutional rights while our real constitutional rights are being taken away. What kind of choice is that?

I am lucky enough to live in an area that is probably a relatively low priority on the attack list of the Islamic Extremists. For that I am thankful, but I think back to that day the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked and I realize that we all knew people who were directly impacted by that day. We live in a very mobile and connected society. These threats are not threats against just anyone; they are threats against our children and loved ones. The threats are not some imagined theoretical plot, they are real and likely to happen at any given time. I can only wish we had leaders that could stand up to their responsibilities.

I long for the days of Ronald Reagan when this country was strong. Being strong prevents so many problems. The radical goofballs did not need to be bombed, they only needed to know that we could bomb them and that, given the right provocation we would do just that. It is a simple concept called deterrence. We no longer have that, thanks to a series of leaders who have not kept us where we should be. Building back is going to be difficult and I am afraid we are going to suffer along the way.

God bless those French people who have now suffered the barbaric actions of the radical Islamic nut cases. And God help us (U.S.) get through this.

Remember, I only send out these missives 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 2015

 

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United States Department of Extortion

By Bob Cox

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

 

Okay, here we go again. Last week we learned that the Palatine 211 School near Chicago was going to lose federal funding if it did not comply with the Title IX requirements of sex-based discrimination.

This action was not being threatened because the school would not let girls participate in sports programs or because they were excluding trans-gender students from biology classes. They were being threatened because they wanted to maintain some privacy in the locker room and encouraged those girls with a package, and anyone else with a little modesty to dress and undress in the provided stalls.

Based on the reports I saw, it looks like this school is going all-out to comply with the ridiculous interpretations of Title IX, but that is not good enough for the extreme advocates. They want to be sure that every child is subjected to whatever deviate or non-typical actions might be present in the locker rooms. The school has gender-identified locker rooms, but they do not prevent students from using the locker room that they “identify” with. It is absurd. And to have the federal government threaten to take away funding amounts to nothing more than extortion.

I will admit that, say under Colorado law; the act may not rise to the Criminal Extortion level in Title 18 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. I have had that one thrown at me before, but it certainly is the very definition of extortion as provided in most dictionaries: The practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.

If ever we have had a good reason for the complete abolishment of the U.S. Department of Education, this is it. It is through that agency that our tax money is channeled so the government can make these outrageous demands. Similar practices are common in almost every federal agency. The Highway Users Fund is another that regularly says, “do it our way on the highway or lose your funding.” These funds should never go to Washington D. C. in the first place. These department should not exist above the state and local levels, and until the American people wake up and take some of the power away from the bureaucrats, we will continue to be make to look at things (literally) and build things that we do not want to look at or build. We will continue to allow the federal government to get bigger and less responsive to the people. We will continue to lose the sovereignty of the states and the voices of the people.

 

Remember, I only send out these missives 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 2015

 

Trancredo a loss for Republicans

November 2,2015

By Bob Cox

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

 

 

Well, I just turned another page on my calendar. One more month gone by; one more month closer, I hope, to some real changes. Funny that I would use “hope” and “change” in the same sentence, given what those promises have given us over the past seven years.

Before I get going too far, I must say that I am not a total, undying fan of former Colorado Representative Tom Trancredo. He and I have disagreed on a number of issues over the years, but we have agreed on great number more. I disagree with his latest decision and I really hope he reconsiders. He has already backed off to some degree.

After the so-called debate in Boulder last week Trancredo told some members of the press that he was going to cut ties with the Republican Party. Actually, I think he already has, but I want to talk a little about his reasoning.

Trancredo was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1976 at a time when I was working for a very conservative sheriff and living in a very conservative county. I liked Trancredo’s shoot-from-the-shoulder brand of politics. He seemed to understand the problems of rural law enforcement and he voiced sincere concern over some of the policies of Governor Dick Lamm. He was a history teacher, which gave him another point on my scorecard and served two terms in the Colorado House.

I thought then, and I still think now, that Trancredo had some very good instincts. He cut the Department of Education staff in Denver by a significant number when he served as the regional representative under both President Reagan and President George H. W. Bush. While he and I disagreed on his marijuana legalization opinions, and initially on his term limit advocacy, we certainly agreed on most other of his policy issues.

Trancredo was elected to the United States Congress and served five terms. He decided not to seek re-election in 2008, not because of his term limit beliefs, but because he wanted to run for president. Here, again, we disagreed. I did not think he had a chance in that 2008 battle. Again, we agreed on a lot of things and, not unlike today’s “outsiders,” Trancredo brought some important topics to the top of the barrel.

After he dropped out of the race, Trancredo openly endorsed Mitt Romney. When Romney lost, I began to see the bitterness in Trancredo and I can certainly understand most of his frustrations. I think he would have been a great governor for Colorado. I think the fact that he ended up running on the Constitution Party ticket was a sad turn of events. The Republicans needed to get behind him. He outperformed Bob Beauprez by more than 25 percent of the vote, making Beauprez the spoiler rather than the third-party guy. The Republicans need to think about that hard and long. We ended up with a governor that endorses everything Barack Obama does.

Back to my point: Last week Trancredo said it was time for him to end his affiliation with the Republican Party. He listed a myriad of reasons for doing so, and he was not off base on any of them. The Republicans have failed to perform. They are all quick to tell us how many promises Barack Obama has broken, but the sad fact is that they have broken at least one for every one they point out in Obama’s failed administration. But, I hate to see Trancredo go. I think he is just what we need in the party. I still think we have a chance of turning things around, but we need to do it by replacing the idiots in charge. We need to hold them accountable and we need to put a stop to the professional politician movement that has increased by leaps and bounds over the past few decades.

On the positive side, as soon as Trancredo announced his departure from the Republican Party, he announced his support for one of the Republican candidates, Ted Cruz. He said he wanted to help organize Independents in support of Cruz. I am not endorsing Cruz by any means, at least not yet, but I like the fact that Trancredo is willing to say he agrees with Cruz on most issues. It gets more and more interesting.

Remember, I only send out these missives 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 2015