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America’s Elites: Saving Democracy . . . By Destroying Democracy

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Who needs elections when we have elites who know better than us and are already making those decisions for us? Consider:

Colorado Supreme Court Removes Leading Candidate From 2024 Ballot

Yesterday the Colorado Supreme Court decided that former President Donald Trump’s name cannot appear on the Colorado ballot for president in 2024 (or presumably in any future year). The court accepted a finding of fact by one single Colorado District Court judge who, without providing Trump any due process, unilaterally decided that Trump was guilty of having participated in an “insurrection” on January 6, 2021, and that he is therefore ineligible to be on the Colorado ballot for President.

Trump has never been convicted of – or even charged with – participating in an insurrection in any court anywhere in the country, including in Colorado. He was, however, accused of doing so in articles of impeachment by a partisan Democrat House of Representatives in 2021 – and then found not guilty in a trial in the Senate. But the Colorado Supreme Court nevertheless, on the basis of a “finding of fact” by one single District Court judge – without a trial on the merits, found that a former president who wasn’t even present at the events that constituted the alleged “insurrection” and who had told that crowd before they arrived there to go there “peacefully” was so guilty of “insurrection” that he is ineligible to serve as president.

The decision of the Colorado Supreme Court was made by a margin of 4-3, which means that each one of those 4 justices was personally and individually responsible for deciding that the people of Colorado – including me – will have no opportunity to decide for ourselves whether Trump is deserving of re-election. Each of those individual justices decided that they know better than the people what is in our interests and that it was their place to use their judicial power to substitute their individual political judgment for that of the people of Colorado.

Fortunately, this case will be immediately appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, which even the Colorado Supreme Court acknowledged in its ruling, and the SCOTUS will almost certainly overturn this decision, probably unanimously in order to avoid the appearance of partisanship that now tarnishes the Supreme Court of Colorado.

Colorado Republican State Central Committee Seeks to Anoint Trump As Nominee Without Primary

Meanwhile, even as the Colorado Republican Party condemns the state supreme court for its decision to deny Coloradans an opportunity to vote for Donald Trump, their State Central Committee is preparing to vote for a resolution to deny Coloradans the opportunity to vote for anyone other than Trump.

You can’t make this stuff up. The governing committee of the Colorado Republican Party is going to meet in January and likely approve a resolution officially endorsing Donald Trump as the state party’s choice to be the Republican nominee for President before the primary election is held. Once again, the elites know so much better than the hundreds of thousands of Republican voters in Colorado what is best for them that they are relieving these citizens of the burden of deciding for themselves who ought to be their nominee.

Now, if both the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Republican Party get their way, in the name of “saving democracy” I’ll be getting a Republican primary ballot next March with no names on it at all . . . .

Partisan Elites Join Together to Prevent Third-Party Candidate

Now we learn that a broad coalition of Democrat and Republican anti-Trumpers has banded together to “save democracy” by stopping a group called “No Labels” from running an independent ticket in 2024. Again, you can’t make this stuff up.

This coalition includes left-wing groups Move On, End Citizens United, American Bridge, Public Citizen, and Reproductive Freedom for All as well as nominal Republicans the Lincoln Project and Bill Kristol. In the name of “saving democracy,” this coalition threatens anyone thinking of running as an independent candidate in 2024 that, “If you have one fingernail clipping of a skeleton in your closet, we will find it. If you think you were vetted when you ran for governor, you’re insane. That was nothing. We are going to come at you with every gun we can possibly find.”

The group also plans to challenge No Labels in the courts, has filed an IRS complaint, plans a blast email threatening potential donors, and is undertaking massive opposition research to prepare “dossiers” on prospective candidates.

The purpose of this campaign is to prevent Donald Trump from being reelected due to an independent candidate siphoning votes from Joe Biden or whoever the Democrat candidate might be. So, here again, a coalition of elites is working relieve the American people of the burden of choosing who we want to govern us as President for the next four year by making that decision for us.

All in the name of “saving democracy.”

Author: Ken Falkenstein

Ken Falkenstein is the Managing Editor of Committed Conservative and brings a wealth of experience and expertise in public affairs to the job. Ken served in the U.S. Army in the last years of the Cold War as a Russian linguist for military intelligence and the NSA. After leaving the Army, he earned his degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, where he also wrote a popular column in the student newspaper. Upon graduation, Ken worked as a Legislative Aide to two Republican members of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ken also served as Corresponding Secretary of the Young Republican Federation of Virginia, managed several successful political campaigns, and managed governmental affairs operations for a local Realtor association. In 1995, Ken moved to Washington, DC to serve as a Legislative Assistant to Sen. John Warner (R-VA). While working for Sen. Warner, Ken attended law school at night, earning his J.D. with honors from the George Mason University School of Law (n/k/a The Antonin Scalia Law School). Since that time, Ken has practiced as a civil litigation attorney, including serving for three years as an Associate City Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ken previously was a contributor to the highly-regarded political blog Bearing Drift and was a weekly co-host of The Steve Batton Radio Program. In 2016, Ken ran unsuccessfully for the Virginia Beach School Board. Ken is also a former President of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads. Ken now lives outside of Denver, Colorado with his wife, Kim, and three sons, Adam, Dylan, and Joshua, who has Down syndrome. Ken’s writing is motivated and informed primarily by his concern for his kids’ future.