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Western Colorado View, restore the balance

We can build
an alternative
to political extremism.

Thank you for your support of Restore the Balance. Over 2,600 people have joined RTB and taken action to promote seven principles to return sanity to politics. It’s time to gather again, recruit new members, share information, and listen and learn from each other.

This meeting is for interested newcomers as well as current members. Invite your friends to come along, learn about Restore the Balance and participate in civic engagement.

  • Get the results of our recent survey.

  • Learn from a panel of former law makers.

  • Provide input.

Be sure and bring a cell phone, tablet, or laptop computer to participate in a fast-paced, facilitated exercise to gather your thoughts and ideas and learn what others think!

May 24, 2023, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Colorado Mesa University Ballroom

We can build an alternative
to political extremism.

We are Republicans, Democrats and those unaffiliated with a party.  We are conservatives, moderates, and liberals.  Many of us have long been active in politics while some of us have been uninvolved – until now.  But today, we agree that we must speak out about a serious threat facing communities throughout the country.


Political extremism is that threat.  It has fueled hatred.  It has promoted false conspiracies and lies.  It has turned family, friends, and neighbors against each other.  And it must stop.


We want to be clear.  We are not against principled partisanship from any political party or interest group.  We are against any extremism whether from the left or right. 


Yes, this is political, but it is not only about politics.  Fundamentally, it is about how we treat each other.  Call it civility, respect, or plain good manners.  Democracy cannot survive without it.  Speaking up publicly against extremism right now is essential.  Silence emboldens extremists.  The last few years have shown that it will not go away just by hoping it will.  We must do more.


Extremism is an issue facing the entire country.  But our best chance of influencing change is by focusing on the local level.  If more of us become involved, we can rebuild politics in our local communities.  It is possible to return to a sane and functional government. 


We must do more than simply be against extremism.  We must embrace an alternative set of political principles.  We, agree these seven beliefs should guide us.

  • We believe that political parties should vigorously compete over values, principles, and ideas, but also find common ground to solve problems and pass needed legislation.  Gridlock is not an option.

  • We believe facts, supported by irrefutable evidence, are the basis for what to believe and how to act.  No civilization can endure when its citizens believe there is no such thing as objective facts or truths.

  • We believe that no one has a monopoly on the best public policy proposals.  That means the ability to listen to and understand both sides of a debate are a prerequisite to finding practical solutions.

  • We believe public interest must come before party interest.  This means putting what is right ahead of loyalty to a party or an individual party leader.

  • We believe that problem-solving is more important than fund-raising.  Extremists line their pockets then use the funds to amplify division instead of producing solutions.

  • We believe citizens should be free to run for office or volunteer to support the candidate of their choice without being threatened or harassed.  Extremism uses intimidation because it cannot stand up to independent, open-minded thinking.  Instead, it relies on the mentality of the mob.

  • We believe it is time to expect citizens to embrace individual responsibility.  Extremists always talk about “freedom,” but never mention the responsibility to the community that comes with it. 

We, the undersigned, endorse these beliefs and pledge:

•    To support candidates who best embody these beliefs – regardless of political party.
•    To urge family and friends to oppose political extremism as if the well-being of the nation depends on it.
•    To speak up and speak out publicly, with friends over coffee or more publicly in media.
•    To get involved, vote and volunteer. 


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Restore the Balance is a 501(C)(4) non-profit organization in Grand Junction, Colorado. We are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents working together for the purpose of building an alternative to political extremism. 

The following community members make up the volunteer Board of Directors: 

Tim Sarmo, Chairman

Bernie Buescher, Secretary

Norma West, Treasurer

Thea Chase; Dennis Kirtland; Dave Murphy; George Orbanek; and Kirk Rider.

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Restore the Balance
PO Box 1403
Grand Junction, CO 81502

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