As with the Romney campaign, I spent some time knocking on doors in support of the Sen. Morse recall effort. As with Romney, walking through unfamiliar neighborhoods and speaking with complete strangers is an education everyone should experience. Unlike with Romney, the Morse recall campaign is a winner, driven by motivated enthusiastic volunteers.
Political observers nationwide know Colorado Senate President John Morse as a leader in passing the state’s radical anti-gun laws. Thanks to Morse, nearly every modern pistol is now illegal, parents may not lend weapons to their children, and several hundred manufacturing jobs are leaving the State. The CO AG has stated his intent not to prosecute all of these laws, but that “guidance” can be reversed or ignored at any time. Morse is a traitor to natural rights, the US Constitution, and the spirit of Colorado. His recall is well deserved.
My day of door knocking started with a drive from far-left Denver to the military dominated Colorado Springs. Denver is full of Cesar Chavez memorials (Castro communist), while The Springs is full of flags and other patriotic displays. Even in the moderate income neighborhood I walked, most homes displayed some statement of patriotism that Denverites would consider hokey.
The recall Morse office was staffed with typically cheerful Springs folks, untrained in big city aloofness. Unlike the Denver Romney campaign, these people knew the electoral landscape; the Romney folks were flown in from Utah and had no idea where they were sending me. Perhaps because The Springs leans Republican and Denver hunts conservatives down, the Morse data was much more accurate and up-to-date. Romney’s folks were burnt-out, while the Morse campaign had a winning and competent attitude.
On the streets, one of the first things I did was embarrass myself. I met a Vietnamese-American woman whose slight build, kitty t-shirt, and braces led me to believe she could not vote; she was 20. As it turns out, she had recently repelled a home intruder with a pistol. She was not aware that Morse had outlawed her pistol (it is grandfathered as long as it is in her sole possession at all times). She was not aware that Morse had compared her gun ownership to a “sickness from our souls.” She was not aware of other Colorado Democrats’ baseless advice that a gun harmed her chances of self-defense.
Later, I met a disabled veteran whose arm was missing below the elbow, and perhaps he had some slight damage to his speech systems. He was not impressed with Morse’s anti-rights votes and ties to east-coast billionaires. He said he had earned the right to his rifle collection. Of course privileges are earned and rights are gifts from God, but who was I to correct him? On issues of rights, especially those of self-defense, disabled veterans such as he should be allowed to vote twice (which is not difficult given Colorado’s new same-day voter registration without ID).
Morse is going to lose this election, the first recall in Colorado history. Even a passing mailman, a union member, asked me for information on voting times and locations; he wants Morse out. There are no public polls, but GOP early turnout exceeds Democrat. Surely most Democrats support Morse, but in a patriotic town like The Springs, fewer of these Democrats will vote for Morse than did in the last election when Morse lied about being pro-gun-rights. Likewise with independents who have no emotional attachment to the Democrat party. Further, Morse last won only because a Libertarian spoiled the close race. Morse will lose despite massive leftist and union campaign donations.
The other Colorado recall election against Angela Giron is closer. Her removal depends on whether a portion of her Democrat turnout votes against her and also independent sentiment. She represents Pueblo, an impoverished area with many dependent on welfare. These voters are generally inclined to rely on the government, and gun-rights supporters relish their independence. She has claimed victory already, which might mean she is in trouble.
As I reported in my Romney campaign report, walking around neighborhoods reaffirms faith that the US is fine, only its government is beyond redemption. Every person was friendly and polite in The Springs, and the few Morse supporters I encountered were cheerful and wished me well despite our differences. The Morse campaigner I met also wished me a fine day; of course since he was being paid, stopping a few minutes only hurt Mike Bloomberg. Do not believe the sensationalist news; Americans are honest, generally polite, and they just want to pay their bills and live in peace. If tools like Sen. Morse would stop agitating based on tragedy and division, there really would be progress.