COLORADO is the geographical heart of the UNITED STATES, home base for America’s air defenses and the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY (USAFA)!!!
It is also the nation’s fun-house-mirror Mini-Me, a schizophrenic state of political contradictions. Atheists fight Christian evangelical organizations in Colorado Springs, while anti-abortion evangelicals are trying to get voters to redefine embryos as persons. Two of the nation’s worst gun massacres happened here, and yet assault weapons and concealed carry are legal everywhere except Denver. But Colorado, as one political consultant puts it, is not Alabama. It is home to some of the nation’s most progressive institutions, ideas and individuals. It was the first state to legalize abortion; its post-Aurora firearms restrictions have withstood sustained attacks from the gun lobby; the nation’s top climate scientists are based here; and its citizens have been legally buying, growing, selling, eating and smoking weed since January 2014.