Tuesday, July 2, 2013
|Historian Phil Goodstein|
In the early 1770s, the British government was sick and tired of the American colonies. All those living in them did was complain. Rather than promptly and cheerfully paying new taxes and readily accepting any and all assertions of royal power, residents protested the king’s actions. They submitted a variety of petitions, spelling out their grievances. In response, the British administration became ever more abrupt with the colonies, chastising those who submitted the remonstrances and denouncing their messengers. Having no other alternative, those living in the
If Denver did not have a completely dead political culture, a recall effort would be underway against clerk and recorder Debra Johnson. Recently, she rejected a citizen petition to force a referendum about a city council vote giving away much of
The Denver Post featured the tales of Nichols and Henry. It has paid far more attention to the inside workings of
Of course, a discussion of labor and poverty is missing from the New Yorker. Traditional liberal slants that all of the populace should benefit from a rising economy is beyond it and the Hickenlooper crowd. At no time since the Democratic resurgence in 2004 has that party used its power in the statehouse to reverse the longtime Republican record of reaction. Particularly missing has been any effort at restoring the progressive income tax destroyed by the Republicans. Instead, all the New Yorker and other trendy liberals see are a few social issues. Far from changing a system of exploitation designed to enhance those with wealth and power, New Yorker establishment liberalism is nothing but the opportunity for a few select women, Hispanos, blacks, gays, and others to rise to the top of the exploitive system, so assuring more misery, hypocrisy, censorship, and the arrogant insecurity which has been the hallmark of the triumph of “reform” in
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