Thursday, May 29, 2014

Return to reason

Posted on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Montanans value individualism and freedom from government oversight. We believe the people who live in our state know what is best for their family, their business and their life.

Yet some politicians in our state don’t trust us—and believe it is the right and responsibility of the government to enter our homes, spy on our bodies and dictate our relationships with our children.

Independent Libertarianism has always been a dominating force in Montana—because whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, Montanans have always been able to agree on freedom from government interference in our everyday lives.

It is time for Montana to return to reason. It is confusing to see Montanans vote folks into our legislature who do not support the values upon which Montana was built: privacy, freedom and opportunity.

Ryan Zinke supported three bills that unconstitutionally regulate your family—placing government-mandated forms between a parent and their child—violating Montana minors’ right to privacy as guaranteed by Montana Code section 41-1-402. Matt Rosendale supported state bureaucratic control of local school districts, attacking evidence-based education and violating the Montana Pathway to Excellence Program (MCA 20-7-103).

Steve Daines might be the most confusing of all. He claims: “as a member of the House of Representatives, I swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” yet voted four times to violate our 14th Amendment defined by SCOTUS case 410 U.S. 113.

We can’t let folks who don’t understand the Constitution make decisions for Montanans. We must protect our right to Freedom and Privacy from prying government eyes as our undeniable right, and elect Montanans who will stand up for our Constitution.

Emily Likins


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