Hal Bidlack, Author at Colorado Politics

Hal BidlackHal BidlackJanuary 17, 20186min1160

On May 22, 1856, a man was brutally beaten with a heavy metal-capped cane. The attacker approached his target from behind, and then repeatedly crashed his cane into the skull of the seated victim, who tried to rise, bloodied and dazed. The assault continued for a full 60 seconds, until the victim was unconscious, and was carried from the room, as the attacker walked unchallenged from the scene of the crime.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackJanuary 10, 20186min1220

It was my honor to twice, during summer academic breaks from teaching at the AF Academy in the late 1990s, work on the National Security Council staff at the White House. I never walked through the White House gate without tingling a little bit and feeling awe at both the opportunity I was being given and the responsibility I shouldered in that hallowed place.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackJanuary 3, 20186min3900

One of the few issues that seem, at least on the surface, to unite Democrats and Republicans is the need, or more correctly the duty, to care for our veterans. From the aged warriors of the World War II era to the youthful veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, there is usually a common call to properly look after these valued men and women. But I worry that a coming public health crisis will split this consensus when it comes time to actually spend the dollars needed.


Hal BidlackHal BidlackDecember 27, 20176min3370

The next time you see my old college roommate, Mr. G, be sure to thank him. For whether you know it or not, you are grateful to Mr. G for his hard work as a career bureaucrat with the Colorado state government. He has made your daily life much better – and your lives quieter and  more tranquil – by his service. You see, Mr. G is the fellow that wrote the actual legislation that created Colorado’s Do Not Call list, which has made our dinner more pacific and our evening more serene. Yup, a bureaucrat.

Hal BidlackHal BidlackDecember 13, 20176min2690

As I type these words, the good people of Alabama are going to the polls to decide who will become their next United States Senator. By the time you read these words, you will know whether the folks from Huntsville to Mobile, from Tuscaloosa to Columbus, have picked a man whom a number of women have accused of truly vile behavior, or whether a Democrat was seen as the lesser of two evils in one of the darkest red states in the nation. We are in the midst of a sweeping social change in this country, where men in high places guilty of barbaric behaviors are getting at least some degree of comeuppance. The question before the nation now is whether those men, and the countless others who are not in high places, will finally have to confront their boorish/vile/criminal behaviors committed over the course of years, or more likely, decades. I should warn you, gentle reader, that at the end of this essay I won’t have any answers. I haven’t figured out what should or shouldn’t be done

Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 29, 20176min3970

There is a great deal I could write about this week regarding national politics — such as a president thinking it witty to tell a Pocahontas joke to a group of Native American war heroes, or the increasingly interesting race to become the next governor of Colorado. I could write about the dangerous and draconian Republican tax bill, and the hogwash the GOP is spouting to support it. Yes, there are many important subjects that merit a close and insightful examination, because they may change the world. But I’m not going to do that.

Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 22, 20176min4200

Back in the mid 1990’s, I was sent by the Air Force Academy to the University of Michigan to pursue a Ph.D., after which I returned to the USAFA faculty to continue teaching. During that grad school stint, we chose to live in a small town about 45 minutes north of Ann Arbor. We enjoyed the small town atmosphere, including Fourth of July parades with lots of tractors and summer youth concerts in the town square. And thank you, kindly tax payers, for affording me that opportunity. It was great!

Hal BidlackHal BidlackNovember 15, 20176min4580

The Democratic Party has a great friend in the White House. And before I go any further on the main point, may I jump onto the rickety soapbox of the Grammarian? To my friends on the Right, please stop saying “the Democrat Party.” It’s the Democratic Party. The shorter version stems from GOP leaders attempting to turn the party name into a petty insult. Republican candidates have been urged to use such trigger words since at least the 1940s, and “Democrat Party” was a particular favorite of Joe McCarthy. (Did you see how I worked McCarthy into this? Clever!) Let’s make a deal, if I don’t say “the Republic Party,” will you agree to stop sinning against grammar for petty political reasons, and say “the Democratic Party?” Good, I’m glad we could clear that up. Now where was I..?