Colorado Republicans are the Guardians of Liberty, according to Liberty Watch, an organization holding elected officials accountable for the organization's proposed "Principles of Liberty."
Early this morning, Liberty Watch held an awards ceromony honoring ten Republicans from the Colorado Legislature, deeming each a Guardian.
Candidates were chosen for defending the aforementioned principles: "limited government, free enterprise, property rights, fiscal and personal responsibility, religious freedom and economic freedom."
Nancy Rumfelt, director of Liberty Watch Colorado, presented the awards to five representatives -- Chris Holbert, deemed the number-one House Guardian, followed by Don Beezley, David Balmer, Spencer Swalm and Jon Becker.
Five senators were recognized, too, with Kevin Lundberg designated as the number-one Senate Guardian. He was joined by Shawn Mitchell, Ted Harvey, Scott Renfroe and Bill Cadman.
Of the six principles, "limited government" was the most heavily emphasized.
"What all these legislators really embrace is the fact that life is not fair, and no amount of government solutions or interventions are ever going to change that," Rumfelt said. "Because whenever you try to legislate fairness, it is always at the expense of another's liberty. This is what these gentleman understand."
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"It's an honor to stand up here, especially in a year that we're all up here to prove that less government gets us where we want to be," Becker said.
"I think that the ten of us help show the people of Colorado that you can have a balance between sticking to the Constitution, working with businesses and moving the state forward," said Holbert as he accepted his award. "But we also know collectively that liberty is made whole when government is removed from the lives of we the people."
Although each of the award recipients were Republicans, the complete ranking list shows a number of Democratic representatives who ranked higher than Republicans.
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