Bennett Rutledge's Positions and Responses to
Raised Questions, Issues, and Screams of Outrage
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What got you up on YOUR high horse, dude?
2021, my ballot had two “races.” Each offered the
voter the choice of voting for the anointed “candidate”
or having no say whatever in that “race.”
blank, text box, or other way to cast a write-in vote was
mark or other attempt to express a write-in choice could not be
counted as a vote.
The “election” was 100%
foreordained before the first ballot got into the hands of a
single voter. You can not rig an “election” more
And it was not a fluke, you need only remember
the Primaries in June, where there were candidates who skated in
exactly the same way!
On one side, the Primary was run by
Democrats, on the other side, Republicans...NO DIFFERENCE!
“elections” make a cruel joke
government by consent of the governed.
count the “elections” county-by-county, with only one
person, getting 100% of the vote, for yourself, go to
official Colorado Election Results,
Primary Election: See the results
(apologies to any of you
with an older edition of my handout … the URL above
you reached out to the County or City Clerks?
indeed. Both the Clerk of Centennial, Barbara Setterlind, and the
Arapahoe Clerk and Recorder, Joan Lopez, said they had to do it
that way by law.
day before the polls closed, I reached out to the Arapahoe County
Courts and filed a Protest of Election, designated
was some backing and forthing, and
the final result was Judge
Peter Michaelson “dismisses
this case with prejudice.” … which is a fancy
way of saying “I don't wanna hear it, and don't you ever
bring it up again!”
was wondering if the lack of write-in spaces was codified in
statute, or was it up to the whims of the clerk?
nCRS 1-5-407. Form of ballots, §(3)
reads “No such blank spaces shall be provided if no
eligible elector properly filed an affidavit of intent of
My impression from talking to
people is that cost and labor are factors, but the main law
preventing it is the ones pertaining to write-in
way that I will support an election denier!!!
expect you are responding to the promo where my Democratic rival
Jena Griswold and her Republican predecessor as Secretary of
State for Colorado, Wayne Williams, announce that elections in
Colorado are "safe and secure" and then warn about
election deniers challenging that certain elections are not. I
point out that the kind of election that I am protesting above,
that I am making the centerpiece of my campaign, is the kind
where the outcome of such an "election" is 100%
determined before the first ballot gets into the hands of a
single voter.Unbelievable, I know ... so don't believe me. Go to
Jena Griswold's own website, given above, and see for yourself.
Keeping in mind that both Griswold and Williams are attorneys at
law, who have spent their careers seeking that their clients win,
and all others lose, I concede that such an "election"
is indeed "safe and secure" for purposes of those
already in power.
is made virtually certain by laws such as Colorado Revised
Statutes 1-4-1101 and 1-4-1102 where one can only become a
write-in candidate by filing months ahead, and anyone wishing to
use such a write-in opportunity must vote for such a
preregistered candidate or their vote shall not be counted. I,
too, can't believe it ... so check it out in whatever reference
source for Colorado Laws you have and see for yourself.
a student of history I say the right of suffrage, the right of a
person to vote for whom they please, is under attack, and a lot
of ground has been lost already. As a Libertarian I say you are
entitled to your own opinion. You are entitled to do as much or
as little fact-checking as you wish. And finally ... Freedom
should cast YOUR vote YOUR way.
ballots are coming, the Ballots are coming!!!
various County Clerks have dropped the ballots with the USPS the
week of October 17th. If you have not received yours by Monday,
October 24, you should get in touch with your County Clerk and
Recorder, find out about canceling the ballot which has gotten
lost, and getting a replacement. One thing you should not go to
your Clerk and Recorder for is the list of “certified”
write-in candidates. For that information you need to go to:
incumbent Colorado Secretary of State's Candidates website
then click on
General Election Candidates: Candidates who filed write-in
and see the
SoS incumbent's official list of write-in candidates. If you
write in anyone else's name in a Write-In box your vote will NOT
be counted! And notice that the incumbent is still interfering
with your suffrage by restricting your vote to a list of choices
which fit the requirements of those in power.
BTW, the fourth write-in candidate for US Senator is my brother.
He first swore his oath to the Constitution a few years after I
did, in the family tradition. He served as a government employee
in the National Park Service, not the USDOT as I did. No other
warranties expressed or implied, your mileage may vary, etc. etc.
you should cast YOUR vote YOUR way.
I take it back. “You
should cast YOUR vote YOUR way” is still too authoritarian
does not leave room for answers of “Don’t vote—it
only encourages them”, “Democracy is mob rule,”
“The very act of voting is an act of tyranny,” and
other answers out to “I'll mark up this ballot by
blackening every bubble to express my outrage at you for
forgetting the very first Section in the Colorado Bill of Rights,
political power is vested in and derived from the people, that
ALL government, of right, originates from the people, is founded
upon their will only, and is instituted solely for the good of
go ahead and throw my ballot out, you oathbroken control-freak
renegades, you aint' gonna freaking listen to me anyway.”
I humbly apologize for committing the fallacy of the false
dilemma(multilemma?) by ignoring other choices you have and not
encouraging you to think like a starfish (beyond the usual habit
of humans: only going as far as “on the one hand …
and on the other hand … ”, stopping there) . Then I
added insult to injury, “shoulding” all over you.
a token of my repentance, I have taken a deeper dive into the
Official General Election Candidate List, itself an example
of how those currently in power are limiting your Section 5 right
of suffrage, and bring you, from among the races for State
Senate, two more examples of what I have been ranting about. If
you live in Pueblo, in State Senate District 3, you will see the
names of Nick Hinrichsen(D) and Stephen A. Varela(R) on the
ballot, plus a write-in blank. What you won't see is that writing
in Alex Mugatu is your only shot at creating a “spoiler”
situation as a protest, thus “stealing” a vote
(something we Libertarians love to do, stealing votes for the LP
the way Rickey Henderson stole bases for Oakland, in that
memorable July 29, 1989 game against the Mariners) from either
the Demopublican or the Republicrat. But to find out about Alex,
you have to know there IS a 2022 Official General Election
Candidate List and have the link above, or go to a Voter Service
and Polling Center to ask an election judge (they aren't allowed
to post Mr. Mugatu's name, and arguably can get in trouble for
even speaking it … It is OK for them to spell it out for
you as an act of “voter assistance” … ).
the sixth hand we see, for those in Denver, State Senate District
34, that Julie C. Gonzales has a lock on her State Senate seat.
In a textbook choiceless “election” you must either
vote for Julie, or have no say in who speaks for you in the
Colorado State Senate. The outcome was predetermined before the
ballots ever dropped. Such an election cannot be more, to quote
my incumbent rival “safe and secure,” for the Chair
of the Majority Caucus. My suggestion for you folks is to go to a
Voter Service and Polling Center and ask for an “Elections
Complaint Form,” then fill it out, putting “I was
not provided any choice but Gonzales for SD34. My right of
suffrage was interfered with, contrary to Article II, Section 5,
of the Colorado Constitution.” in the Other box. Again
thinking like a starfish, you can then hand it to the judge,
mail, fax, hand-deliver, or e-mail it as instructed, or you can
lawyer up and sue The Colorado Secretary of State. By the time it
gets to court, that will be me!
your position on abortion?
Secretary of State for Colorado has little say over that issue. I
can say that I will not issue, nor fail to issue, nor revoke any
business license, including health care services of any sort, for
reasons contrary to Section 4 of Colorado's Bill of Rights:
no person shall be denied any civil or political right,
privilege, or capacity, on account of his opinions concerning
religion, ... Nor shall any preference be given by law to any
religious denomination or mode of worship."
And in all
other duties of the Secretary of State for Colorado, I'll take
Section 25: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty,
or property without due process of law.” as thrice binding.
November 3d, I was asked for more detail:
We are a practicing Roman Catholic family
and have lived in Colorado since 1959.We would like your views on
the following and how would you approach and handle them in
1. The sanctity of human life from
conception until natural death (current issues including
abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia/assisted
suicide, cloning, etc. and their funding).
and family (current issue of codifying same-sex unions/marriage
3. Health care (protection of the conscience
rights of medical providers, transgenderism, particularly in
regards to children, and vaccine mandates).
very much, ...
replied … since you specifically ask about handling them
in public office, where I may not thump Bible as I might wish,
and as a public servant I must support the Constitution of the
United States, and of Colorado, both of which have specific
things to say about government not establishing religious
doctrine, I will confine myself to saying that my policy will be
[laying out the whole of Section 4 of Colorado's Bill of Rights]
that to your family, that means you should live your
with the adults bearing ultimate responsibility for all underage
members of the family, with the absolute minimum intervention by
government officials and forces. That would also apply to
any of you who become independent adults and enter the Health
Care professions. If your employer or patient demands you
do something against your conscience, whether stem-cell research
or compulsory vaccinations or anything else, you can and should
say "No way! I quit!" and walk right out. Conversely,
no employer should be forced to employ someone who does things
against the employer's conscience.
God guide your p
Are you a Republican or a Democrat?
Not at all. Not a bit. I do not even fall on the nineteenth
century style political spectrum.
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