Saturday, October 20, 2007

Here my letter in today's Rocky Mountain News and here is my post that was just rejected:

I emailed this letter to the Rocky Mountain News and posted it on my blog www.JohnWren.com October 4. You can see the original version there.

As you can see, I sent this speaking only for myself. The News added “GOP Chairman for House District 5.” Why? To encourage Democrats not to pay attention to what I'm saying. When speaking to the reporter for the paper I’ve made it clear I was speaking as a private individual, and as you can see on www.JohnWren.com I did not sign the letter as GOP District Chair.

Powerful forces use this divide and conquer technique to control the grassroots majority. Democrats, Republicans, and independent voters unite! Just vote no on the insanity of A thru I! And email, telephone, and write letters encouraging your friends to do the same!


I just tried to post a comment about my letter to the editor published today in the Rocky Mountain News and got this message:

Comment Submission Error
Your comment submission failed for the following reasons:

You are not allowed to post comments.


What an outrage!

This also happened when I tried to post a response to the letter to the editor in Rocky Mountain News from Doug Adams from the Colorado Symphony. I immediately emailed the newspaper asking why I was not allowed to post; there has been no answer.

So much the illusion of interactive dialog with the Rocky Mountain News Online!

The paper is using technology not to increase dialog, but to further bias the news and manipulate public opinion.

Those who are concerned about the direction of Denver are invited to join us each Friday at 4 p.m. for Ben’s TGIF Grassroots Rally at Panera Bread, 13th & Grant near the Capitol. For more info, see http://cocacop.meetup.com/2

7:27 a.m. I just called the newsroom at the Rocky Mountain News asking them to correct the letter online and run a correction in the paper. I'll let you know how they respond.

Friday, October 19, 2007

On Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 508 points, or 22.6 percent in value - its second biggest percentage drop. I was working for Merrill Lynch at the time here in Denver. We got the problem accounts: "Congratulations, your account has been assigned to me here at the National Sales Center in an attempt to give you better service."

Coincidence? On Oct. 19, 1885, Charles E. Merrill, who helped create the Merrill Lynch, at one time the largest brokerage firm in the United States, was born. Following his death on Oct. 6, 1956, his obituary appeared in The Times.

Have you noticed the “Honk if you are for A thru I” sign wavers around town? What they are saying is “Honk if you are for higher taxes.” VERY FEW ARE HONKING! We can beat this! Just vote NO on A thru I.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I just got this email from my friend Johnny:

okay, John.

In reading the exchange you had on your blog, I agree with you about A-I... This is a job for professionals, and not for mobocracy. I'll send my emails and vote "no."

Thank you for taking the time to post this, and making a difference. It's mighty alluring to fall into the illusion of control with ballot initiatives. I seem to remember that there was an initiative of this type that created the need for so many more of these initiatives... ugh.

Cheers!
Johnny
I just read Colorado Confidential's response to my report of not being able to find Jim Spencer's very interesting and informative article on A thru I. Their response in full is in the comments to my original post (see below). They seem to think an appology is necessary; if anything it seems to me they should be a bit humble about making the article next to impossible to find. Read Spencer's article now if you haven't already, here's how:

It can... be accessed via a search on Colorado Confidential by selecting "diary" and typing "Hickenlooper" as the keyword.
This is an email exchange I had last night and this morning with a friend of mine from Socrates Cafe. Maybe we can continue the discussion there this Thursday. We meet at 7 pm at Trinity Church, 18th & Broadway, it's free and open to all. RSVP at http://socratescafe.meetup.com/82

My friend had asked me why I was against the Denver Tax/Bond proposals, I'd responded that there were some worthwhile projects, but that the way they were being promoted giving the illusion of choice was deceptive. This was his response and the rest of our exchange:

Question:

Please explain, John. What's the deception? If I have the flexibility to choose which of the 8 bond issues I want passed (as opposed to it all lumped together), that sounds like a better form of self governance than putting it all in the hands of a legislature that is similarly bombarded with lobbyists and all or nothing measures full of pork barrel stuff, written in complex legislative formats.

Wren:

Here is the deception:

1. Forming a committee of the "best & brightest" to develop the plan. We elect representatives to fulfill that responsibility. This is a PR trick, why can't you see that? And the Mayor claims the recommendation of the committee was unanimous, which is a lie. Mary Smith, Denver GOP Chair, tells me she was on the committee and did not agree with the recommendations.

2. Raising $1 million for those who will receive the cash to advertise the proposals. No one is hurt enough by this to take the time to oppose it in a significant way. Newspapers in the past would have taken this on, but they are no longer the watchdogs of the public they were in the past.


Question:

I understand your critique and find some merit in it, but I don't find the legislature approach necessarily any better. Legislatures have to deal with lobbyists (your PR campaign) and campaign funding, so they are also influenced by people who have a vested interest in certain bills being passed too. At least with the Bond issues up for public vote, it's all out in the open and not just argued within the marble chambers of the capitol.

The fact, as I pointed out, that you have a kind of "line item veto" over this Bond issues makes it compelling to me. I like that flexibility as some of the proposals, like Boettcher Hall seem a bit spurious. Under the legislative approach, all 550 million dollars worth would be bundled in a bill most likely and legislators would be seduced to pass it since more of the measures seem worthy.

No, John, simply saying that's it's better to leave it in the hands of elected officials, isn't necessarily a better way. Also, since you stated you like things going from the bottom up, doesn't putting these spending issues up for a direct vote empower the little guy to make a direct statement on what he wants funded in this matter?

Wren:

Direct democracy was not at all what the founders of this country had in mind, and
with good reason. We are a republic, not a democracy. Why? Because mobocracy is just a tool for tyrants. The mob is easily manipulated, as we are seeing with the Denver tax/bond issue.

The little guy is not helped at all, except for the illusion of being a good citizen when he cast his ballot or blows hot air with his friends. The real power is with the tyrant, or the small group that backs someone like Hickenlooper, and then manipulates the mob.


Question:

I generally sympathize with the mobocracy concerns but with our representatives being swayed by big money interests, campaign funding and lobbyists, one can also be concerned about oligarchical pressures as well.

And this is what makes political philosophy and theory so interesting. There are so many double edged swords out there to the issues. I see problems both ways, John.

Wren:

Yes, I agree, there are other real concerns. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance! Are you planning on attending your precinct caucus Feb 5?

(Denver voters must be registered with the party of their choice by December 5 to vote in the wonderful Colorado caucus-assembly system for nominating to the primary ballot. The neighborhood caucus system is where the average citizen’s voice can be heard most clearly and have the most impact.)
This is why you need to email your friends in Denver to encourage them to just vote NO on A thru I:

The mayor is eluding voters
By Jessica Peck Corry
Denver Post

Where in the world is Mayor John Hickenlooper? You likely saw him on a TV commercial last night or maybe marching down the 16th Street Mall accompanied by giant red letters last week, but catching him — or any of his fellow city officials — in person these days has been about as likely as getting a World Series ticket at face value.

As Denver voters consider multiple ballot initiatives that could have an important impact on life here, Hickenlooper, members of the City Council, and high-ranking city staffers appear only willing to connect with the public through canned media appearances...


Where did Jim Spencer's column on this same topic go? Here is what Spencer wrote October 10 on Colorado Confidential, today it's no where to be seen on that website:

Jim Spencer :: Hickenlooper's Bond "Magic" Appears to be Working Judging from the TV ads, it's going to be don't ask, don't tell in the run up to the November ballot on eight bond issues and a tax increase in Denver.

All we, the voters, will get is grinning Mayor John Hickenlooper standing in front of a bunch of oversized dancing red foam letters A to I.
Numbers? We don't need no stinking numbers.

If Hizzoner says vote for A to I without telling Denver how much it will cost, we voters should do it - just like lemmings.

A few weeks ago, on the PBS television show Colorado Inside Out, I predicted that we wouldn't.

Today, I'd say the odds are, the majority of us will.

No organized opposition has arisen to oppose the lock-step, numberless approach to marketing $550 million in bond debt and a $27 million property tax increase that will add $63 a year to the bill for a $255,000 home.

The only sticking point right now is that voters will have to mark their ballots nine times, not once. This might cause some confusion, but apparently no sense of outrage or manipulation...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

From today's Rocky Mountain News, another good reason to just vote NO on A thru I, the work of the pushy righteous that would override individual dreams:

Once a pushy, righteous majority starts overriding individual dreams in the name of the greater good — in other words, communal values — you can pretty much kiss liberty as we know it goodbye. Vince Carrol

The whole state is watching this election, Denver. Just vote NO, and forward this along to your friends who live in Denver encouraging them to vote NO. Now is the time to stand up to the pushy righteous, ballots are being received in the mail now. With your help on the Internet, it can be defeated. ACT NOW!

Monday, October 15, 2007

I just sent this to the Post & News:

Just vote NO on A thru I.

What Denver is doing with this election is being watched closely across the state. If A thru I passes, you can expect to see similar efforts multiply in future elections.

I went to hear the Colorado Symphony concert recently one Sunday afternoon. It was a very exciting program, a very accessible work that had never before been performed in Denver. The hall was nearly empty. The review of the Friday night performance had praised the music and commented on the embarrassment of such a small audience.

More rehearsal space, a bigger lobby, and a new Speer entrance will not solve this problem.

As a former Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Denver Symphony Orchestra (we had more sell-outs during my tenure than ever before or since) I say that the Symphony proposal is a mistake. It would reward bad management with big money. That’s why I’ve called it Enron-style politics.

Voters should use this opportunity to wake up Denver city government and stop the Hickenlooper’s citizen study approach to government.

It has been said that the mayor likes this approach because he is a geologist, and this is how a geologist thinks.

Really? Would anyone invest in an oil project that was the result of a citizen's committee?

And how well has it worked here in Denver?

It has been used to address our crisis with the homeless. If you want to see how well that has worked, take a walk through Civic Center park.

It has been used in Denver education. The result? Denver Public schools are on the verge of collapse.

Send a clear message: A thru I is a do-over: just vote no. And use your email to encourage your friends to do the same.

For more reasons why, see www.JohnWren.com.
The Post has posted my response (see below) to their endorsement of A thru I:
http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_7153084

Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Denver Post today endorsed J-Hic’s cash grab. The so called “Better Denver” ad appears at the top of the Internet editorial page! Wow. I posted my letter to the editor the daily newspapers have refused to print as my comment, why don’t you go there now and post your thoughts on A thru I. http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_7153084

My friend Bob Cropp send me this email about my TV “interview” on A thru I, and he gave me permission to share it here with you:

John,

It appears that Hizzoner's campaign manager edited your interview on Ch. 7. I wasn't sure, from what was on the interview, if you were opposing the bond issue or not. The impression I got was that you were just objecting to the packaging of the issues without adequate understanding of what was being asked of the taxpayers. While that is likely true, it isn't the whole story.

Unfortunately, I agree with Spencer that all the issues will pass. Never overestimate the understanding of the urban voter. My daughter and her husband will vote against.

When I was a kid my Dad, an ardent Democrat, told me that ever since the Supreme Court struck down some of FDR's projects it became the policy of the Democrat party to stuff the judiciary with judges that were as Liberal as possible. Up until the Reagan administration the Republicans didn't seem to care. During the Vietnam war Lyndon Johnson gave draft exemptions to teachers. Seems innocent enough but it served to greatly accelerate the Left's penetration and dominance in education. The entertainment media was already far left for reasons that are politically incorrect to mention and the news media soon followed because the journalists were being taught by these leftist professors.

It all reminds me of the dictum of Heinrich Himmler, "tell the people something long enough and they will believe it!" Like Gore who, when presented with some inconvenient facts on Global Warming, bellowed back that this (GW) was an accepted fact by the scientific community and not subject to debate.

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