Sen. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud, like a lot of Republicans these days, wants to have it both ways. Very little government, unless big government suits their needs.
The latest example came when Lundberg spent some time at the end of the legislature’s recent special session complaining about the University of Colorado Boulder’s new policy on “canvassing,” which he said prevents people from handing out materials on campus unless they get permission in advance and do it in specific locations.
Lundberg called on CU to end the practice, calling it “censorship” and a suppression of First Amendment rights in a press release.
“Our state’s flagship institution of higher education should be a place where ideas are freely exchanged, not a place of censorship,” he snorted.
Hey, where was this guy in 2005 when former CU Professor Ward Churchill was being strung up for exercising his free speech rights?
Oh, that’s right. He was on Hardball With Chris Matthews attempting to suppress those rights back when he was a state representative.
Make up your mind there, Kevin. Do you want limited government, or do you want a government that steps in to control women’s bodies when it comes to abortion? Do you believe in small government, or do you want a government that prohibits two people of the same sex from entering civil unions?
You change your mind when it suits your out-of-touch morals, pal. Yes, this is the guy who tried to get his fellow Republican, Rep. B.J. Nikkel of Loveland, kicked off the House Judiciary Committee because she had the gall to vote for the most recent civil union bill.
A real charmer. And, hooray, he’s running for Congress.
WATCHING FOX MAKES YOU STUPIDER
Yes, we know that you already knew this, but now it’s official, as in new research has actually proven it to be true.
In a recent article for The Nation, Ben Adler points out that while “people who work at Fox News might like to think that they are despised by real journalists only because they are conservative and most journalists are liberal,” that isn’t the case. They are despised because Fox “fails the fundamental test of journalism: Are you informing your audience?” The Nation further reports that, “according to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all.” Fox-watching respondents to the study’s survey were able to answer correctly “an average of 1.8 of 4 questions about international news and 1.6 out of 5 questions about domestic affairs.”
If that sounds like a pretty high percentage to you, you probably watch Fox News.
But Fox newsers aren’t wrong about everything. At least they know that Saddam Hussein paid the ultimate price for his role in 9/ll and that Barack Hussein Obama is really a Muslim born in a foreign country.
Take that, liberal lamestream media.
A FITTING TRIBUTE
Speaking of Republicans, CU President Bruce Benson was honored by the Denver Zoo this week for his contributions while on the zoo’s board.
The punch line? Wait for it … The zoo named its predator exhibit after him.