Michael Schaus
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Much to the dismay of New York City’s Mayor, the National Democrat Party, and Colorado’s increasingly partisan Democrat Governor, the historic Colorado recalls resulted in the ousting of two gun-control advocating state legislators. But, don’t expect that to stop the ruling political class from rolling their eyes at the common citizen’s “pointless” attempt at representative self-governance.

Governor John Hickenlooper, of New-New-York, gave a brief comment to reporters on the topic of the State’s first ever recall election after both Democrat legislators lost their bid to remain in office. Standing on crutches (not because of his obvious beating in the polls, but because of un-related medical issues) the Governor attempted some verbal gymnastics that quickly morphed into elitist condescension.

“Often times the perceived reality is more emotionally powerful than, than the facts,” said Hickenlooper in response to his two fellow gun-control advocates being all but tarred and feathered by a bipartisan majority of voters. The comments are drenched in irony given the emotional appeal anti-gun organizations like Mayors Against Illegal Guns employed when they promoted legislation that would limit Second Amendment rights. After all, it’s clearly a “fact” that the 16th bullet in a magazine is the dangerous one. Such trivial legislation is obviously not driven by emotional reactions to tragic events.

Somehow, in the fashion of a true elitist, the Governor managed to let his comments devolve further into a paternalistic sense of superiority. “Obviously I’ll have to do a better job of getting the facts out there.” Hickenlooper continued. Right. . . That’s the issue.

Rather than complimenting ordinary citizens in exercising their constitutional and republican rights, he intimated the masses’ ignorance on the issue. The problem, according to the Denver-based liberal who coasted into the Governor’s mansion, is that the average voters are too dumb to realize government’s benevolence – even though that benevolence is exercised at the expense of Constitutional rights. His remarks are more fitting of a big city Mayor who wants to ban high-capacity sodas. . . Not a Rocky Mountain moderate.  

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist. Having worked in fields ranging from construction to financial investment, his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.