We’ve waxed poetic before about the good old days – that time in the not-too-distant past when Colorado Democrats criticized Republicans for their never-ending obsession with ideological wedge issues like gay marriage.
Back then, the top talking point for Democrat politicians and their media allies was that Republicans were pursuing a divisive social agenda at the expense of the kitchen table issues people really cared about.
It was a compelling argument, and a key reason that Democrats first swept to power midway through the last decade.
Ten years on, it is Democrats who hold the levers of power in the General Assembly– and Democrats who now seem obsessed with sex-related legislation.
Every time we turn around, it seems as though the Democrat-controlled legislature is debating same-sex unions, sex education, sexual immorality, or adultery.
It has gotten so bad we are beginning to think The Colorado Channel ought to have an NC-17 rating.
Of course, with all this sex-related legislating going on, you would think that Democrats would make time for an up-or-down vote on Rep. Libby Szabo’s bill to enact Jessica’s Law in Colorado — a proposal designed to protect potential victims of sexual abuse and to make it more difficult for sexual predators to re-offend. But you would be wrong.
Now, we realize that by mentioning same-sex unions and Jessica’s Law in the same column space, we are risking the ire of those like Curtis Hubbard of the Denver Post, who have shown they are willing to sink to McCarthy-like depths to defend the naked hypocrisy of Democratic leaders. Yes, those Democratic leaders, the ones who carped so bitterly about being denied a floor vote on same-sex unions legislation last year, only to deny Republicans that same opportunity on Rep. Szabo’s bill this year.
Kill Committee is offensive for thee, but not for me, seems to be the credo of Mr. Hubbard and folks like House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver), for whom Hubbard and The Post so slavishly and shamelessly shill.
With the passage of legislation this month legalizing same-sex unions, in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, and a spate of far-reaching, Bloomberg-inspired gun control measures, perhaps Democratic lawmakers’ appetites for divisive, left-wing social engineering has been sated, and they will finally focus on issues like protecting the public from criminals and job creation.
But we aren’t holding our breath.