Clear The Bench Colorado honors our veterans on Memorial Day weekend – parades, cookouts, and “skateboarding for CTBC”

Clear The Bench Colorado Director Matt Arnold is taking a break from the normal run of Colorado Politics this Memorial Day weekend to honor those who serve (or have served) in our nation’s armed forces.  As a military veteran and proud “Citizen Soldier” I strongly believe in the importance of saluting the service of all who have honorably worn the uniform.

(A great song and stirring video tribute to our National Guard Soldiers by the rock band 3 Doors Down)

After attending Saturday’s Memorial Day parade in Denver, which drew a small but dedicated crowd, handing out about a hundred small American flags rescued from an event earlier this month (just what is it with people throwing these away?), I spent Sunday with family and friends at the obligatory cookouts and volleyball at the park.  On Memorial Day itself, it’s off to another parade in the morning, and then off to the finish line (Mississippi and Parker) as former state House candidate Arthur Carlson wraps up his “”Skateboarding for Clear The Bench Colorado” event (starting off from Mississippi and Chambers at around 9:30 AM).

What does all of this have to do with holding our Colorado Supreme Court justices accountable to the rule of law and the Colorado Constitution?  Quite a lot, actually…

As a proud veteran of the U.S. military (including service in the Colorado Army National Guard), I take my oath of enlistment – “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Colorado [emphasis added] against all enemies, foreign and domestic”  - seriously; very seriously.

Many of our elected (and unelected) officials seem to have a much more cavalier attitude towards their own oath of office.

Our Colorado Supreme Court justices also swear an oath on taking office, which begins:  “I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Colorado.”

Note that the oath of office does not state that ”I will support only those parts of the Constitution I like or with which I personally agree or empathize.”

Yet the Mullarkey Court has consistently ruled against the Colorado Constitution’s Article X, Section 20 (TABOR) in every case it has heard – despite the clear intent and letter of the law that “[i]ts preferred interpretation shall reasonably restrain most the growth of government.”

The Mullarkey Majority (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) are oathbreakers – and dishonor the service of the men and women of the United States military and law enforcement agencies who put their lives on the line to support and defend our Constitution.  They have proven themselves unworthy of the high office they occupy, and must NOT be retained in that office following the November 2010 elections.  Yes, you can vote “NO” on these unjust justices!

Freedom isn’t Free – Defend YOUR Constitution, and exercise YOUR right to vote “NO” on retaining the four unjust justices of the Mullarkey Majority (Justices Michael Bender, Alex Martinez, Nancy Rice, and Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey) who need YOUR approval to continue taking away your constitutional rights: your right to vote on tax increases, your right to defend your homes and business from seizure via abuse of eminent domain, your right to be fairly represented in the legislature and Congress, and your right to enjoy the benefits of the rule of law, not be ruled by activist, agenda-driven “justices.”  Support Clear The Bench Colorado with your comments (Sound Off!), your contributions, and exercise your right to vote “NO” on retaining these unjust justices in office for another 10-year term!

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