Popular vote as Constitutionally intended?

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted on this blog. I suspect that my frustration with the nation being divided in every way I could imagine, and then some other ways I couldn’t imagine, has made an effect on my desire to complain or occasionally compliment.

The letter below was sent today to the Grand Junction Sentinel in response to a column praising the National Popular Vote Movement over the Electoral College – an effort to disenfranchise voters in the many states outside the most populous states. This follows most states having already disenfranchised many of their voters by forcing each Congressional District within their state to honor the state popular vote when assigning Electors to the Electoral College.

In my opinion, the only logical reason the Electoral College was formed by the founding fathers was to provide a method for each voter to cast his Presidential vote just as the voter cast his Representative vote – within the voter’s local district. If the founding fathers didn’t want it that way then why have the Electoral College?

Spending Trillion$ – Inflationary?

I heard the feds may be “asking” for $4 Trillion funds for “Liquidity.” Really??


Even though President Trump will most likely be acquitted by the US Senate in his impeachment trial, a radical religious and obsessive enthusiasm prevails throughout the Democratic Party representatives and leaders to continue to remove the President from office.

I want my representatives to spend their time working at their jobs:

They had a reason!

The founding fathers actually lived in tyrannical times. We cannot fathom that reality!

Their freedom was a dream worth dying for.

We think we can improve our freedom by twisting and turning it to serve politically motivated

tyrannical desires. The founding fathers formed our Republic for a reason!

This letter went to all the Representatives from Colorado in the US House of Representatives. Maybe they’ll think about what the chances are that they, individually, would have been elected had all their names, along with their election opponents, been put in one big state pot and all the voters of Colorado would have selected seven members from the pot. That’s fodder for another followup letter.

How’d You Do?

The last letter of 2019 – which none of the above will ever see because they are on “Break”.
One can always hope that there is a slight chance that one copy might slip through the micromesh screening process that exists in these Congressmen’s staff. That hope is the glimmer that keeps me going.

…and then, and then, a Trial!

Probably the last letter to the current Congressional session.
At least this 116th Congress is almost half over… twh


It is Thanksgiving, 2019. In my opinion, one to not be remembered. This year, being thankful for the great nation I was fortunate to be born into isn’t even near the top of my list. What a mess our government has made of itself.

Fortunately for you three as individuals because you are not directly involved, but unfortunately for your constituents and the State of Colorado, and our entire nation, our federal government Congressional leadership is failing us all – and doing it 24/7 in front of the entire literate world.

From a social/political point of view, there is little, if any for Americans to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.  Our federal government appears to be in shambles.  The never-ending, never focused, so-called “impeachment hearing” process has become such media madness that even if other actions are being performed by you and the other members of Congress, we citizens are mostly unawares. 

Why should we support you?  What are you doing to prevent this nation from becoming so completely divided that our government will become even more dysfunctional?  Is there no means among those elected to lead this nation to do just that – lead the nation?

The effects of this “Cold Civil War” are becoming disastrous.  Congress destroyed the budget process.  Our borders are in shambles.  Our debt has become so large it cannot be described or understood.  Our military and resultant national defense are in perpetual “catch up mode.”  Government intrusion into healthcare and education has become more important than actual health care or education.

As a senior citizen, veteran, caring individual it almost makes me want to sit down and cry – ignoring, and thereby exacerbating the problem.  I, for one, will not go down without a fight.  I still have a voice and a vote. 

So far, things do not look good.  Who should I vote for in 2020 to carry this fight forward?


We’re watching.

Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado

Doing Anything?

It has been a while since my senators have heard from me. I’ve been wondering what, if anything they are doing? According to the media, the only thing in Washington DC is possible impeachment of Trump – for something…

My Colorado Senators:

I have been remiss in writing to you for a number of reasons – the least of which is the apparent (at least from the mainstream media point of view) importance of the seemingly never-ending attempt by committees in the House to find some (any, actually) far-flung reason to not just threaten, but actually initiate impeachment of President Trump.  My reasons have more foundation – the lack of apparent functionality of either the House of Representatives or the Senate.  An election year is coming (it isn’t here yet) but if I was to believe the media, the 2020 election and the impending impeachment are the only things of importance to our government.  Oh, there is the occasional elected official scandal (typically sex-related) or guaranteed entertainment icon scandal (always sex-related) by some starlet or rogue actor that has ties to an elected official (probably sex-related.)  Are I and my fellow “silent generation” citizens the only ones that actually care that our nation’s government is coming apart before our eyes?

It is hard to comment, either favorably or critically, about your actions when there appears to be little if any, substantial government operational action from your respective offices.  I’m disappointed in both of you.  You ask why?

Senator Gardner:

I’ve watched you slide away from the conservative principles that won you your last election to more moderate stances on most issues, and I can understand why.  I too am watching Colorado slide away from its conservative roots to the whims and reactions of those that relocated here and then have been changing the state government/social environment into the same environment they left.  I understand “Change” is the only constant.  But, you must realize there are facets of your job representing our state that require you actually work in our nation’s capital for the overall protection of our republic and Colorado’s part therein.  Our constitutional government is crumbling and only you and your congressional cohorts have the ability to save it. 

Senator Bennet:

Really?  Running for President!  While you and I frequently disagree about our government actions, or more importantly – inactions – I still expect you to show respect for your nation, your constituents, and the State you represent by performing the job you promised to do.  Is your ego so inflated that you believe continuing to spend the time you promised representing us to chase this windmill is the way to best serve your constituents?  Show us you care.  Back out, back up, go back to DC and announce that you recognize your time is not best spent on the presidential campaign trail, but serving Colorado best by:

  • Ensuring the nation’s 2021 budget is actually prepared and approved prior to October 1, 2020 – as is required by law.  No more using “continuing resolutions” for political purposes.
  • Working towards reducing, rather than expanding, the federal government’s financial burden on the taxpayers.  Begin working within the constitutional guidlines and begin eliminating the many functions government has assumed outside the limitations of the Constitution[1]

You might be pleasantly surprised by your constituent’s reactions.

We’re watching.

Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado

[1] Amendment X of the Constitution of the United States

I’m Not the Only One…

Occasionally (or maybe I should say “rarely”) I read a letter to the editor or a column that mirrors my feelings. When I see one that says, even better than I can say, my feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions, I’m immediately taken aback! Such a letter appeared in the electronic version of today’s Grand Junction Sentinel ( the paper is in such dire financial straits they can’t afford to print a paper on Monday and Tuesday) .

What a great, concise overview of the state of our nation and the reaction of our Congress!!

Image of Barry’s letter as it appears in the Oct. 8, 2019 electronic Grand Junction Sentinel.

Barry says it all. I hope Barry is a veteran and a member of the same veterans group out of Montrose as am (a member.) If so, I will make extra effort to meet him.

Tom Howe – FlyingWBlog

More of Same, SHAME!

I’ve been remiss over the last few weeks but my Congressmen have not. Here’s my comments regarding their lack of action on things actually important!

My Colorado Congressmen:

We’ve started FY 2020 operating the federal government financing under an immediate “continuing resolution.”  Is that indicative of how the entire year is going to go…again?  You must be so proud (there is no punctuation mark for the opposite of “exclamation” – i.e., severe disappointment, for me to use here, so this is close “¡”)[1]

Continuing Resolutions – the legal scapegoat for shirking responsibility – has become the “norm” of Congress since 2008 – yes, now 12 years since Congress has passed an actual budget – as (supposedly) required by law.

Are you proud of yourselves?  It is almost as though you want to run the government this way to be able to threaten political adversaries, partisan policies, and even your constituents with government shutdowns to gain some advantage to push some agenda that is not nearly as important as our desperate need for generally responsible government.

I am not proud of you, the three of you or your fellow congressmen.  ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

Get busy and put this nation’s government back on track – responsibly operating this great nation’s business.

The best and most obvious way to start is with a responsible budget that plans to stop deficit spending over a period no longer than five years and contains provisions for a minimum 80% reduction in the national debt over the following 20 years – then regulates future debt limits to an appropriate fraction of Gross National Product (GNP).

You’ll probably say, “It can’t be done!”  I say, “Male Bovine Poop!”

You are the United States of America’s Congress. 

Do your job!!

We’re watching – and voting!

Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado

[1] I know the upside-down exclamation point is used in Spanish but seems appropriate here.