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Straight outta #copolitics: Caldara on ‘consent’ — and another war of words

Author: Dan Njegomir - August 28, 2017 - Updated: August 29, 2017

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Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.


  • Yehudi Sapaticker

    August 28, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Now THAT’S entertainment!

  • jim smith

    August 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Re: “letting people die from lack of insurance”

    No one in this country dies from lack of insurance. Any hospital that takes Medicare (which is almost all of them except for some children’s hospitals and the VA) are required by law to provide life saving treatment or other emergency care regardless of immigration status or the ability to pay.

  • Jeff Northrup

    August 29, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Shock metaphors trigger blind defensiveness and not the insight of broader perspectives that non-shock metaphors can help to cause.

    I’m sure Mr. Caldara was intentionally pushing buttons in people he KNEW would act blindly to shun the broader perspective truth at the core of his comment.

    When folks focus on the word’s emotional baggage in order to ignore the meanings of the sentences in which those words are used, everyone loses with respect to the goal of communication and enlightenment.

  • Tannim

    August 29, 2017 at 8:51 am

    It may be edgy, but Caldara has a point.

    They do need consent to not live within *our* means.

    The liberals trigger on someone else using the word “rape” as if they own it. They don’t.

    Perhaps a better term might be “rob?” After all, taxation is theft.

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