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Why do I say that I’m not special? Some people think it is an unusual thing for a candidate to say. I have three reasons for saying this.

First of all, I’m an ordinary person, but history is full of ordinary people, with flaws and weaknesses, who have accomplished great achievements. We don’t need our citizen legislators to be special.

Secondly, sometime when elected officials think they are special, they don’t see the need to listen to their constituents. I think elected officials always need to listen.

Thirdly, it is ideas that are special. We have some great ideas that have made our country and our state great.

With Liberty and Justice for All

Our profoundly worded Pledge of Allegiance ends with the phrase “with liberty and justice for all.” First of all, the words “for all” are a strong endorsement for the ideas of the rule of law rather than the rule of people and aversion to special interest favoritism. “Liberty” is an important word to me. If you have noticed, it appears on much of our campaign literature. I haven’t mentioned justice much, but I have mentioned safety. Justice is the tool that secures our safety. I have noticed that some people express a degree of hesitancy over the term, “liberty.” Liberty should not scare anyone if it is defined correctly. Does liberty mean we can injure others? Does it mean that we can deny others the fruit of their labor? Does it mean that we can destroy something that belongs to others? No. And it doesn’t mean we can drive a vehicle through the door of a church and set the building on fire. If we have liberty, we must have justice as well, to ensure the safety of everyone.

Please support policies that encourage liberty and justice for all.

Religious liberty

Religious liberty as protected the U.S. Bill of Rights and by the Colorado Bill of Rights is such an important right. Ask yourself why totalitarians always want to eliminate or diminish religious liberty. One reason is they want to be your God. They have more control over you that way. Look at what the world was like before we had religious liberty, or look what life is like in parts of the world that don't have religious liberty now. You can't coerce someone to your way of thinking by force, but you can protect individual rights by law.

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