Golden’s Goose Eggs

Jared Golden has gone from stealing elections to co-sponsoring legislation with Rep. Pingree which would force taxpayers to fund his campaign.

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A Red Flag on Red Flag

 

A reasonable request is the wrapping that always gleams around the package of anti-gun legislation. A temptation for the modern Pandora to unwrap in a quest to prove a worthy proponent of reasonable acquiescence. In the pattern of the wrapping’s past lies the folly of lifting that fabled lid.

The aftermath of tragedy usually finds “we-must-do-something” politicians careening about with all the precision of a pinball machine directing the Nation to pay little heed that laws were not enforced, but instead, add one more. In the case of Red Flag gun laws, government is endeavoring to do what it has utterly failed to do in the past; solve a problem. Trying to solve one problem usually finds the government inventing a whole list of new ones.

Red Flag laws vary in their form but are all packaged as a way to keep guns away from those who may give evidence, show a tendency, give that icky feeling, or in rare versions been accused of domestic violence. Remember, fifty states have civil commitment procedures already in place. Still, there are a couple of reasons to raise a red flag on Red Flag laws.

Domestic situations are of the most complicated and confusing that law enforcement have to deal with. To take a citizen’s weapons away based upon accusation without conviction encourages revenge attacks so prevalent in these domestic tangled webs. The criteria for a “Red Flag” accusation tends to be too broad in most of these legislation lending credence to the suspicion of a “Trojan” motive.

This is the fundamental reason for opposing these laws, the end game. Anti-gun legislation always has the ultimate goal of gun confiscation. This pattern is forever consistent with government and no reasonable citizen should open the door to that.

To Us, The Republic

 

Disappointment is the understated term of choice at the news that Bruce Poliquin will not continue his challenge to the travesty of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). If need be, the voters of the 2nd Congressional District (CD2), who voted in a strong majority against the RCV, were keen to have their interests represented, to it’s fruition, at the highest levels of court in our Nation. This is not to be.

This voter expected my Representative to adhere to the oaths he has taken. This writer expressed publicly the duty ascribed to a public servant within a Republic to do so. But here we are, expectations still pining.

The counter to these arguments is that it is the dime and the reputation of the aforementioned servant that is spent and sullied in the public eye. It is his choice. To this, there can be no argument.

The legal expenses are burdensome. The media bias is insurmountable. The solution must come from a grassroots reckoning.

For now, the 1st Congressional District enjoys two Representatives at the expense of CD2. Yet, this is not the time for rural Maine to withdraw towards the temptation of apathy and sullen indifference at the repeated political slights from the elitist south. It is time for rural Maine to regroup, unite, and win back our vote.

An adage this writer has rejected on principle becomes a truth, in earnest, for the days to come. Until Jared Golden can win a “one person-one vote” election, instead of a manipulated, discordant violation of voter’s rights, he is quite literally not our Representative. It falls now to us, the citizens of this great Republic in the Sovereign State of Maine, to repeal Ranked Choice Voting!

-Andy Torbett