Sen. Cory Gard­ner vs. con­stituents at Du­rango town hall

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Jeff Cole, Bill Turner,

“Cory Gard­ner faces an­gry crowd at Gold King Mine town hall that fo­cused on any­thing but Gold King,” Aug. 5 news story.

Sen. Cory Gard­ner faced a hos­tile crowd in Du­rango that was not happy with his stance on health care. When con­fronted as to why he voted for the Repub­li­can health care bill even though the vast ma­jor­ity of his con­stituents op­posed it, Gard­ner replied that when he ran for Congress seven years ago, he vowed to re­peal and re­place Oba­macare. His re­sponse is ab­surd.

First of all, Gard­ner now rep­re­sents all of Colorado as a se­na­tor. Sec­ond of all, where’s the re­place­ment? I re­cently re­ceived an email from Gard­ner that stated it was now time to work on a bi­par­ti­san plan for health care. So? Where is it, Se­na­tor? Oh, you must be wait­ing for Mitch McCon­nell to tell you what to do, be­cause you sure don’t lis­ten to your con­stituents.

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It used to be that Amer­i­cans prided them­selves on be­ing self-re­liant, tak­ing care of their own, and hav­ing per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Now, for many, it’s all a scrum to get as many gov­ern­ment sub­sides as pos­si­ble for health care, etc.

These ac­tivists seem to have for­got­ten JFK fa­mous chal­lenge 56 years ago: “Ask not what your coun­try can do for you — ask what you can do for your coun­try.” I can only be thank­ful that there is still a num­ber of peo­ple who are hes­i­tant to take gov­ern­ment hand­outs and work hard so as to not bur­den their fel­low cit­i­zens.

Se­condly, many who at­tended Sen. Cory Gard­ner’s meet­ing were not in­ter­ested in hear­ing dif­fer­ent opin­ions. Rather, they were there to shout down any who dis­agreed with them. In­cred­i­bly, these same peo­ple want more pub­lic meet­ings so they can not lis­ten again (go fig­ure).

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