The constitutional and economic illiteracy among Montana legislative candidates is astounding. It crosses all ideological lines. It is detrimental to our freedoms, both personal and economic. It needs to come to an end.
Being a Republican does not mean a legislator is a constitutional or fiscal conservative. Quite the contrary. There are 26 Republican legislators who are either running for re-election, or are still in office, who failed the Montanans for Limited Government Scorecard.
Even with Republicans holding a majority in the legislature for the past two sessions, Montanans have been hit with increased taxes due to Republican support of bills such as Medicaid expansion (SB405), non-voted school levies (SB307), and an enhanced gas tax (HB473). This pattern of imprudent governance will continue unabated until we demand a more economically informed and constitutionally loyal group of representatives, regardless of party affiliation.
In a sincere effort to correct this sorrowful behavior, Montanans for Limited Government is putting out an educational challenge to all legislative candidates, be they Republican, Libertarian, Conservative, or Democrat. We are asking you, the voters, to share this challenge with the candidates in your districts. (You may even want to participate in the challenge yourself!)
* Complete these FREE on-line courses and publish certificates of completion:
* Read this short classic: The Law by Frederic Bastiat (FREE copy available via email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
* Watch this brief video: I, Pencil
Individuals elected to the legislature take an oath of office which states:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect and defend the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the state of Montana, and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity (so help me God).
How can one support, protect, and defend that with which they are not intimately familiar? They cannot.
The blame for ongoing harm to our liberty will lie solely at our feet if we repeatedly give a nod of assent to the people who are wont to act contrary to the very governing instruments to which they’ve sworn their allegiance. Will we tolerate this, or are we ready to reverse the trend?
The answer will become apparent in November.