After two months of a busy nomination period, nominations closed on Monday, March 13th.
On that last day, two republicans and another democrat entered the race, so now I do have a primary
contender. She is a liberal/progressive running as a democrat at the behest of the Gallatin Democratic Committee.
She lives southeast of Bozeman in Painted Hills on Bennett Drive, ten miles outside of SD-34.
For some reason she is not content to run for house or senate in her own district where she has in the past and lost.
This campaign probably will not start raising money until after the June primary at which time
the opposition candidate will be identified.
In 2012, I ran for SD-34 but I lost to Scott Sales. The Senate term is four years, but in 2013, the district boundaries
were redrawn, and Senator Sales is now in SD-35, leaving the SD-34 seat open again. After waiting until a week before
the nomination period closed, I decided to run for SD-34 and try again to win the election I lost in 2012.
We need a return of fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, a state surplus, and Montana sovereignty.
There's no reason these issues should be partisan or the domain of conservatives.
And they are not. Montana is full of Blue Dog traditional democrats, but few choices of candidates to back.
JFK was Reagan's inspiration for tax cuts, and he believed in a strong national defense
and a strong space program.
It was the famous JFK quote during his inaugural address on January 20, 1961 which so inspiringly asked,
"Ask not what your country can do for you; but what you can do for your country".
We've come 180 degrees about over the last 53 years and have created an unsustainable welfare/entitlement
state with tens of trillions of dollars of debt owed to foreign governments which we can never repay.
Change is needed, and it starts locally at the grass-roots level, not from the top moving down.
We live in a representative republic, and as your representative in SD-34,
I'll represent your views and concerns (your agenda) rather than pushing my own agenda,
my party agenda, or those of lobbyists, out of state groups, and special interests.
Will that be difficult to do ? I'd imagine so, but it's the way the system is supposed to work
and somebody needs to start doing the right thing and actually represent their constituents.
The power of government needs to be returned to the people, and a good start is representing
the constituents of Senate District 34 and listening to their input into the governance of Montana.
We also need to continue to demand accountability, transparency, limited government, and
fiscal responsibility from all of our state's elected leaders. That's one way that we can get back to
government by the people and for the people and put aside our partisan bickering.
Towards the goal of ending partisanship, I propose returning to the traditional representative idea of
governance. That means that if elected, I would represent the views and wishes of the people of SD-34
rather than the wishes of campaign contributors, special interests, and political parties. Towards that end, I
am not soliciting endorsements, party monies, or even campaign contributions from wealthy donors. Such
funding is what corrupts the politician and interferes in the representative process.
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And it has come to pass................
"It has been said the greatest volume of sheer brainpower in one place occurred when Jefferson dined alone...."
- John F Kennedy
Great Jefferson Quotes:
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work
and give to those who would not.
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from
wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is,
as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas
which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency,
first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around
the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless
on the continent their fathers conquered...
In the Federalist Papers James Madison wisely observed:
"the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands,
whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointive, or elective,
may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is as formidable as the
will and the moral courage of free men and women" - Ronald Reagan