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Posted on October 15, 2010 by

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At this point in the campaign season it is imperative to have a name on the ballot that people recognize. That is why rallies are being organized and yard signs are being planted in abundance. When driving down Speer the sides of streets are littered with Ken Buck and Mike Fallon signs. In less affluent neighborhoods there are Bennett signs and a growing number of Doc Miller. Who is this Doc Miller? I first noticed his signs in neighborhoods near Federal but they were not limited to that area. Last night I saw three new signs for him right off of Broadway.

Upon further investigation I discovered that Doc Miller is no ordinary man. He has several degrees from institutions both local and international. He is a defense attorney, a father, a husband and a local. He has been an activist against gun control and is, in large part, responsible for preserving the right to carry a concealed weapon for self defense. His experience as a teacher in minority neighborhoods makes him seem like a more “down-to –earth” privileged white man.

Doc Miller is the Republican candidate running for Denver’s House District 2. He is a small government man and his hands off approach is intended to restore trust in Americans. I will be responding to some of his platform in the rest of this blog.

This section of Miller’s campaign site is titled “Jobs Jobs Jobs

Governor Ritter and Colorado’s legislature killed 100,000 jobs, nearly 40,000 of them in Denver since 2008. Over-regulation of oil and gas kills jobs. The Western Slope lies idle. Now, the trickle down effect of Big Government crashes over auto sales, construction, restaurants and every other small business owner on Alameda Ave., S. Federal and Sheridan Blvds., Athmar Park, Historic Baker and South Broadway.

ALL of Colorado’s economy is sacrificed to the “green” economy. the politicians in Denver gambled our economy and mortgaged our future for unproven answers, political double talk and promises global warming.  There’s no need to commit economic suicide. We are Americans. We don’t need the government’s permission, or social engineering, to be free.”

Now, I am not an expert in politics but I do pay attention. I have always been under the impression that the trickle down effect is a republican tactic that was intended to limit the reach of the government by investing in the wealthy business owners. I thought that it was based on the whole idea that people make jobs, not the government. Furthermore, I also thought that this was the strategy before 2008. Am I wrong?

As for the comment on Colorado’s “green” economy, we are a perfect trial state for solar energy panels and windmills. Both of these create jobs on the labor and technical side. Moreover, neither deface the beautiful Rocky Mountains in such permanent ways as drilling and mining have and will do. We have pillaged our sacred mountains enough. As a native that can’t sit still in the city and makes a point to appreciate the magnificent mountains on a weekly basis, I am a little offended by this “green” comment. One of my favorite shooting spots is surrounded by anything but green. It is because of all of the toxic waste that mining companies never cleaned up. I would much rather look at an old windmill than a collapsed and dangerous mine when enjoying the outdoors.


The next part of his platform that I want to address is war. No, it is not the war you are thinking of. The war Miller wants to stop is the war on drugs. He takes a different stance than I would have anticipated from a Republican candidate. He is in favor of legalizing drugs. Here is his position as stated on his home page and titled “Stop the Violence”:

War, by definition, requires violence. It requires armed forces prepared to kill people in the name of the United States of America.
The war on drugs kills Mexicans, Americans, Columbians. You name it. It kills men, women and children, just like prohibition caused murder for profit. Prohibition began in 1919. Prohibition ended in 1932. This stupid drug war continues, lost, and lost again over the last 50 years.
It’s time to have faith in Americans. We can run our own lives without a bureaucrat stamping some requests approved, but most requests denied. We can drink. We’ve roven that. We can smoke cigarettes. We can even eat fatty foods (for now). We can exercise or smoke marijuana. Nothing the government has done has stopped Americans from being free. Stop big government.
Go ahead. Take drugs. Stick a needle in your arm. But, without a drug war, doctors will handle your drugs legally, not street pushers feeding their habits. Go ahead, rip the profit from black market drugs. End the border violence. Go ahead, tax marijuana. Regulate it if you must, but get the government’s grubby hands off us.
Go ahead, reduce the cost of law enforcement, prisons, courthouses and lawyers by 50 percent. Go ahead, teach our children to obey the laws on the  books, not to smoke dope because “everyone” does, even though it’s illegal.
Go ahead, end the war on drugs.

I would like to take this opportunity to point out that he has a M.A. in English. I was expecting more from someone with a degree. Back to the platform, how is it that Miller wants to limit government intervention but legalize and taxing drugs that are used for recreation? He is clearly not speaking of marijuana alone but drugs that use needles and have a long history of destruction within the person using them, their family and their community. This just doesn’t seem well thought out. The other side of his argument for legalizing drugs is the plain fact that our jails are overcrowded with people convicted of possession charges. This is a problem that is slowly being solved through the legislative process. The more recent legalization of marijuana as a viable means of medication does mean that there will be less arrests due to possession of that drug. However, personally I am not opposed to crack and meth dealers or users being put in jail. If anything, it helps them to come off of drugs in a supervised situation. On that note, drugs like crack and meth are not drugs I want my doctor to even consider prescribing me. This part of his platform is just a lot off the map.

There was an interesting interview that I heard the other day about the drug problems surrounding Mexico and marijuana. The man interviewed pointed out that if the United States legalized marijuana that it would take over $40 billion from Mexican drug Lords and decrease their power. I think that this argument would have been a more concrete one for Miller.

After searching for Doc Miller’s strategies for the changes he proposed I was left empty handed. He advocates better education systems but never explains how he plans to improve them. Surely, it is not through cutting taxes that go to support the public school system… right? Well, maybe it is. For the closest thing to an answer, you can visit his web page http://www.electdocmiller.com/broadsides_2010

I would like to end this with a video of his closing argument in the September debate. Anyone who says “fuck” in a situation like this is not who I want representing me. Legislation and holding political office deserves more respect and poise than that. Also, did you catch the yard sign rant? Sound familiar?

http://www.youtube.com/v/46Emxg8YmjI?fs=1&hl=en_US

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