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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 09:53 AM

Freedom as the Muzzle of a Glock

In western Colorado, the election is about “not having the government think for us, the right to protect ourselves.”

By Roger Cohen

RIFLE, Colo. — At the Shooters Grill, whose waitresses pack heat, I found Gary Nichols enjoying a burger. A man with bright blue eyes and a shock of gray hair, he got right to the point.

“Trump has my vote,” he told me. “I’ll go with whoever supports my beliefs and my freedom.”

For Nichols, an investigator in the sheriff’s office in nearby Moffat County, where he’s worked for more than 35 years, the Second Amendment is “probably top of the lot.” The right to carry a gun “is just a basic freedom,” he argued. “It’s about individual choice, self-thinking, not having the government think for us, the right to protect ourselves.”

Look, Nichols said, “this is how we started. People came here, out to the West. They worked hard, helped their neighbor. America was not about government interference. It was about doing the right thing. Biden and Harris are way to the left of what I consider good for America. They’re always putting America down. I believe in this country.”

There you have it. The soul of America is on the ballot Tuesday, any way you look at it. For Joe Biden and the Democrats, the election is about rescuing American democracy and restoring decency in a nation dragged into the mire by President Trump’s lies, self-obsession, racism and creeping autocracy. It’s about firing a corrupt charlatan who has sullied the Oval Office and sown the violence that could well erupt after the vote.

For the Trump Party, still known for some reason as the Republican Party, it’s about preserving American self-reliance — the God-fearing, straight-talking and gun-toting heart of the frontier — against Biden’s politically correct socialist takeover. It’s about the unbridled spirit of the land of the free, where no pandemic should shutter business.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/30/opinion/trump-voters-colorado.html

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 09:57 AM

1. interesting that thugs and bullies insist that

they would take other's freedoms away to preserve theirs. And that only their idea of freedom is important. I guess you are free to think what you want, as long as it is what I want you t think.

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Response to getagrip_already (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 31, 2020, 10:14 AM

2. You hit the nail on the head

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Sat Oct 31, 2020, 04:12 PM

3. And they do it with loaded guns

as if 'Freedom' means holding others hostage.

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