As most Coloradans know, our state is quickly changing and many argue it is for the worse. The cost of living and housing prices are skyrocketing, crime is rising, and the increased population is putting a strain on Colorado’s natural beauty. John Denver complained about the destruction of Colorado’s landscape in his famous song, “Rocky Mountain High.” Yet, something is hiding beneath the cloak of change draped across Colorado: the large swath of liberal Marxists moving to our state is also changing the political landscape. Here are the top 5 examples of how liberal politics are destroying what many appreciate about Colorado the most.
1. Cost of Living and Housing Prices
California is the most populous state in the country, with over 39 million residents. It is one of the most expensive states to live in for this reason alone. The high cost of living and burdensome tax structure, which will only get worse as Trump’s tax plan punishes high tax states, has forced many to leave, which I highlighted in my previous article, California Exodus: The Great Migration 3.0. This actually puts many Californians at a huge advantage when they move to Colorado. With California’s expensive housing dilemma, it leaves sellers with a strong amount of equity to take with them to their new state. As more people flee to Colorado from California and other states that are experiencing similar circumstances (think of Chicago, IL), they hold stronger purchasing power than Colorado natives. This is why many Coloradans are being forced to leave; the Denver Post reported “traffic headaches and high home prices” as the main factors for leaving.
2. Destruction of Colorado’s Trails and Mountains, Increased Litter & Graffiti
One simply needs to pay attention to the nightly news in Colorado to see that Colorado’s natural treasures are being destroyed. Without a doubt, the best example is the abuse endured at Hanging Lake. Transplants ignore the signage, walking across the historic log that extends across the lake, or they decide it is their right to bathe and swim in a protected landmark. The Forest Service has also implemented restrictions on the number of visitors due to this type of abuse, and they even considered shutting down the site permanently. And if you travel to Denver, you will also find that many residents are complaining that Denver is no longer a clean or safe city that it once was.
3. Traffic Headaches, Rude Drivers
The Denver-Metro area now has some of the worst traffic in the country, ranking 21st out of 420 U.S. cities for terrible traffic. With terrible traffic, road rage follows. The Colorado State Patrol says road rage is on the rise and is getting nastier. Denver actually made it in the top ten for road rage across the country, as highlighted in the news report below. Many of those interviewed, is probably the cause of the problem. Looking at you–girl from Las Vegas and the hippie from California!
4. Insulting Colorado Natives, Spitting on Colorado Culture
In a conversation with a transplant from California, the gentlemen proclaimed “I’m tired of seeing all of those ‘NATIVE’ bumper stickers on the road. The only natives are Native Americans, you guys are so arrogant.” This is a typical response from a leftist who does not understand their own history. Thousands of families traveled on the infamous Oregon Trail, heading west in the mid 19th century, many settling in Colorado. They helped found the state in 1876, and contributed to the Colorado culture we know and love today. They did not come to Colorado for their fancy tech job, or because it was trendy to do so. They came here looking for a better life, where freedom was respected. More importantly, native Coloradans understood and respected the natural beauty of the state. Those “No Vacancy” stickers do not just reflect Coloradan’s dismay for the infringement on their daily lives with increased population—they reflect the respect natives have for the natural environment.
Overall, transplants do not assimilate to Colorado culture, they are fine with replacing it. One only needs to attend a Chicago Cubs-Colorado Rockies matchup, or bout between the Nuggets and Lakers, to realize this fact. Colorado is now a state where “natives” are about as rare as a diamond in the rough, which is why you see “Pioneer Plates” (Natives whose families moved here before the state’s founding in 1876) and “NATIVE” bumper stickers. Liberals moving to Colorado and joining the legislature were so annoyed by this that they no longer require proof of residency prior to 1876 in order to obtain a “Pioneer” license plate.
5. Like Cockroaches, Californians do not change their voting behavior.
Voting for higher taxes, welfare for illegal immigrants, and excessive regulation will surely raise the cost of living in your state. But hey, if it doesn’t work the first time, try, try, try again, right? Wrong. Since Democrats have taken over the Colorado House legislature in 2007, it is undeniable that Colorado has become one of the most expensive places to live in the country. The state budget increases year after year under Governor John Hickenlooper. The Democrats’ solution? Increase welfare spending for affordable housing, and raise taxes. Of course, this only pours more fuel on the fire.
As Denver-metro area cities incentivize apartment building instead of condos and small single-family homes, they are also incentivizing affordable housing units. All this does is force people to be permanent renters, never having access to equity gains in the market. The best example is Denver’s affordable housing Ponzi scheme that left many homeowners out to dry—the city mandated that certain units could only have equity increases of 1-3%, instead of the 20-50% gains that most Colorado homeowners are currently enjoying. In other words, Denver made it harder for residents to find affordable housing through the functions of the free market.
All of these reasons, among others, is why Colorado’s economy is becoming unsustainable for many, mostly Colorado natives. Crimes like theft and murder are rising as affordability decreases, with a homicide increase of 10% every year since 2008.
Democrat transplants are also now putting TABOR in their crosshairs. Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights mandates that Colorado voters should always have direct input through the ballot for tax increases and decreases. Ironically, Colorado democrats are attacking one of the most democratic institutions in Colorado. What is next, going after Colorado’s direct ballot initiative, that only a few states have, which helped libertarians (not liberals) legalize marijuana?
This is only the beginning. Transplants are voting for unconstitutional gun control mandates far and wide, first in 2013 with a 15 round magazine ban which resulted in the recall of two Democrat state senators, and now in 2018 with Boulder County’s ban on “assault weapons.” The democrats moving here glorify the Columbine and Aurora shootings to push their agenda further, often raising campaign donations off of Colorado’s local tragedies. None of the solutions they provide are real solutions at all—they are a control freak’s idea of a utopia that will never be realized due to its utter denial of common sense, and the natural right to self-defense. The culture war has extended beyond welfare and tax reform by threatening the Colorado Constitution that Colorado natives’ ancestors enacted 150 years ago.
Overall, Coloradans need to wake up to the reality that our state has been hijacked. With the help of George Soros and other local Colorado Billionaires, the “Rocky Mountain Heist” is almost complete. 2018 Midterm elections will prove to be the ultimate litmus test for Colorado’s political future. As more Californians move here, it is necessary to hold discussions about accountability and respect with your new neighbors.
Be sure to watch the “Rocky Mountain Heist” documentary, which highlights Colorado’s transition from red, to purple, to blue. It was not an accident!
Did you enjoy this article? If so, you will definitely enjoy Joseph Pendleton’s new book, Californication: The Rise of the American Technocracy!