Compromise? Really

September 1, 2011

I hear all the time from democrats about the need for republicans and the Tea Party to compromise with them. Really. When have the democrats ever compromised with republicans? Was there any compromising in the Obamacare bill? There was none. They forced it down our throats. They did not even ask for input from the republicans and when alternatives were offered they were rejected outright. The recent budget debate about raising the debt ceiling the republicans proposed the Ryan Plan and the House passed Cut, Cap and Balance and the democrats whined about compromise even though they proposed nothing. What were the republicans supposed to compromise with? Democrats do not want to nor will they compromise. They only seek to compromise republican support not policies.

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America is at a point in its history where every citizens must make a choice, do we continue down the current path of European style Social Democracies, a term that is deceptive because its Socialism pure and simple or do we restore our country to the principles that served us well and made us the freest and most prosperous nation the world has ever seen? For republicans to compromise with a party that has no desire to relinquish any gains they have made in the hundred years since Woodrow Wilson ushered in the Progressive Era is an exercise in futility. Where do you compromise? On one side of the debate there is a party that is hell bent on being everything to everybody no matter the cost to society and has shown their willingness to violate the provisions of the very Constitution they swore to uphold. On the other side of the debate is a party that knows government cannot be and should not be everything to everyone and believes in the limited powers as enumerated in our Constitution and understands there is a process of amending the Constitution if a change is needed you don’t ignore it. Do we accept partial socialism? Socialism and Capitalism are total opposites and there cannot be a happy medium between the two. These two forces will be as is today in a constant state of tension until one ultimately wins out over the other and since the liberals currently control government and they have force at their disposal and if nothing changes I fear the outcome will be socialism.

Compromise in policies that interfere in society and markets has given us what we have today, a perpetual battle between freedom and control, public and private where government has the use of the force of law at its disposal and the free market has only to concede or move. Businesses are not created and families are not raised to serve government, government was created by the people to protect, defend, encourage and advance the freest society possible for flawed men. What our future society under liberal socialism will be is an all powerful government that allows some free markets to fund the bureaucracy and consumer choices limited to only approved products. That society can be observed today in China if one cares to look.

Liberal socialism has proven itself a failure and what the democrats are asking of the American people is to continue to follow them to national suicide. Conservatism is the founding principles of our nation and up until the Wilson administration proved itself sound and made this the greatest nation ever.

How can one compromise their values and principles to those that are hell bent on creating a nanny state? You cannot. There is no common ground for compromise. One side must win and one side must lose. Any compromise will be to the detriment of this great nation and will continue the destructive tension that is tearing our nation apart. Choose wisely, our children’s futures hangs in the balance.

Half-marathon favored climbers Route that started at City Park saved best (hills) for last.(Sports)

Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) May 22, 2006 | Rooney, Pat Byline: Pat Rooney, Special to the News Staff writer Clay Latimer contributed to this report.

On your mark . . . get set . . . climb.

That, essentially, was the rallying cry for the participants in the half-marathon at the Colorado Colfax Marathon.

While the full marathoners enjoyed a predominantly flat course for the first two-thirds or so of the race after setting out from Aurora, the half-marathoners, who began their 13.1-mile competition at City Park, endured an intensive climb that withered tired knees and made a mockery of pace times.

“From the start to mile 2 to mile 4, it was a gradual downhill, but after that it was all uphill,” said 40-year old Monument resident Mike Wasson, who finished second in the half-marathon. go to site boulder running company

“It was nothing real steep, but it was real gradual and steady. It was a grind.” Wasson finished almost 7 minutes behind half-marathon winner David Kirui of Kenya. Fort Collins resident Alyssa Shaw won the women’s half-marathon in 1 hour, 29 minutes, 15 seconds, finishing 56 seconds ahead of runner-up Tanya Poel of Boulder.

While other runners faltered on the late incline, Shaw was happy to use it to her advantage.

“It definitely was a grind and there was a headwind, but it was kind of warm, so it balanced out nicely,” Shaw said. “I think I like the hill. I actually was in second place until about mile 11. That’s when it started getting hilly, and the hills helped me out.” FINAL TALLY: Officially, 5,081 people participated in the inaugural event, exceeding the goal initially set by event organizers.

Among that total were 385 relay teams comprised of 1,925 runners. The half-marathon featured 2,189 competitors while the full marathon drew 967 runners.

TEAM HONORS: The Colorado Colfax Marathon also hosted the USA Track and Field Club Relay Marathon Championships.

On the men’s side, the Boulder -Express A team, anchored by former University of Colorado runner Clint Wells, took the top prize, finishing in 2:13:43. A team from Raleigh, N.C., took the women’s team relay race. web site boulder running company

The top teams earned $5,000 in prize money, followed by $4,000 for the runner-ups and $3,000 for the third-place finishers.

Anchor Wells was the hero for Boulder Express.

Starting 20 meters behind Boulder Running Company, the former University of Colorado star closed the gap within two miles, then won going away.

“I was really confident I would catch up,” he said.

With $30,000 at stake, the relay attracted clubs from across the nation.

COURAGEOUS COMPETITORS: Sunday’s field included five athletes from the the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, including Joe Aukward, 45, who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at age 6.

Also running was Renn Bailey, 17, who became blind at 9 when he fell from a tree and shattered his forehead, snapping the optical nerve. He started running competitively at age 12 and currently runs for his high school team in New Mexico.

One of their guides was John Reynolds, 11, a student at Littleton Academy.

“John was painting the picture, telling us about the most important information. It’s kind of cryptic, short stuff, like ‘curb,’ ‘turn,’ ” Aukward said.

“He did a good job.” Rooney, Pat

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