Monthly Archives: September 2010

How can we get America back on course?

How can we get America back on course?

By returning to the timeless principles and practical wisdom that have been the source of America’s monumental success.

By knowing and believing in ten core principles that define us as a nation and inspire us as a people-liberty and equality, natural rights and the consent of the governed, private property and religious freedom, the rule of law and constitutionalism, all culminating in self-government at home and independence in the world.

Welcome to We Still Hold These Truths.

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Everyday Americans on a journey to reclaim our future.

We were lucky enough to spark the interest of the Heritage Foundation and were able to get our story out there to thousands of Americans across this great Nation in this documentary.

Please take a moment to watch the video.

Many thanks to the Heritage Foundation as well as the camera crew who spent two days following us around and learning about our lives in Billings, MT!


Watch out for wolf in sheep’s clothing

As you are already aware, the upcoming election here in Montana provides us numerous opportunities to help send people to our state legislature and the US Congress who will fight for our freedoms.  What may be off your radar screen is the race to elect a new Montana Supreme Court Justice. But the impact that the courts can have on those freedoms is just as important.  That’s why we must maintain vigilance in our mission to protect liberty and ensure that the right candidate is elected to this position.

Many of us know quite a bit about one of the candidates, Nels Swandal, because of his record as a District Judge (see his dissent in Wallace v. State of Montana where he fights to protect private property rights with a reference to Ayn Rand, http://courts.mt.gov).  But the other candidate in the race is a lawyer from Helena that we heard little from except for her backing from extreme environmental groups and left-wing unions.  That is until I saw a letter that a friend of mine received from our former Republican(?) Governor Marc Racicot in support of Beth Baker’s candidacy.

Apparently, Baker and Racicot became good friends when she worked for him in the Justice Department.  So instead of standing on any kind of principal to ensure that Montana gets a strong, freedom-oriented Justice on the court, Racicot decided to work to elect his good friend, liberal lawyer Beth Baker.  That’s absolutely the kind of good old boy cronyism that we have been fighting daily from the politicians in Washington, D.C.  I guess from Racicot, I shouldn’t be surprised.  You see, since he left Montana after the deregulation debacle, our former Governor has been spending his days roaming Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist with a high-powered client list filled with names like Enron and the insurance industry.

The people of Montana deserve better than the Washington, D.C. cronyism that Marc Racicot is showing in his endorsement of liberal lawyer Beth Baker and her extreme environmentalist friends.  While our mothers always warned us to be wary of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”, remember before you vote in this election to also be prepared for the “Republican in name only”, Marc Racicot.  The Supreme Court is too important for us to fall for those tricks.  They may work for Racicot’s lobbyist friends, but we must remain diligent to keep another liberal lawyer off of the bench.


A Tale of Two Candidates

Incumbent Republican Senator Roy Brown v Democratic Challenger Kendall Van Dyk

In an otherwise slow election year, the Montana Senate District 25 race between incumbent Republican Roy Brown and Democratic challenger Kendall Van Dyk, who is currently representing HD 49 in Montana’s state legislature, will no doubt be one of the most competitive as well as the most expensive. Senator Brown, who is semi-retired from the real estate business, promotes smaller government, tax cuts, economic growth, and development of our state’s natural resources, while protecting family values and the sanctity of life.  His opponent, a career environmental activist/community organizer (radical hothead),  Kendall Van Dyk in contrast, favors the conservation of native birds, promoting the use of political muscle to achieve economic and social justice, protecting a woman’s right to end the life of her baby and challenging intolerance and bigotry.

Despite being widely lauded by the left as a warrior of sportsmen’s rights, Van Dyk was only able to secure a ‘C’ rating with the Montana Shooting Sports Association (Senator Roy Brown received an “A”grade). Campaigning primarily on the passage of the streams access bill he sponsored, Van Dyk’s boasting suggests that if not for his involvement, Montanans may have never had the opportunity to fish again.   Although he deserves credit for his work involved with the bill, his version of it was deeply flawed and passed only after  Republican Senators Essmann, Shockley, and Story, Chairman of Fish & Game Committee Barkus,  and representatives from various ag/sportsmen/landowner groups were able to reach a compromise. According to Senator Story:

” Van Dyk’s contribution to this process was to threaten, bully and attack some of those who were working to fix his flawed bill. Even though he was assured that we were not going to kill his bill, he still persisted in this juvenile behavior”.

Van Dyk’s voting record asserts that he is no fan of developing our state’s national resources.  He frequentlycomplains about tax loopholes for “big oil”, even sponsoring a bill to fund education on the backs of the oil industry with an additional one dollar tax on every single barrel of oil produced in our state- during a recession.  Although Montana possesses a wealth of natural resources, our tax policies are already decidedly unfavorable to the oil industry as well as Main Street small businesses.   Instead of  promoting a business friendly atmosphere in our state, Representative Van Dyk chose to focus his votes on protecting the following important interests:

  • NARAL Pro Choice Montana….100% Roy Brown’s score: 10%
  • Montana Conservation Voters….100% Roy Brown’s score: 8%
  • Montana Environmental Information Center….100% Roy Brown’s score:  0%
  • Northern Plains Resource Council….100% Roy Brown’s score:  27%
  • Teamsters Local 190….100% Roy Brown’s score:  34%
  • Montana AFL-CIO…. 100% Roy Brown’s score:    25%

Considering Montana’s projected economic woes, it is concerning that Representative Van Dyk wasn’t able to achieve such high ratings with the following pro-business interest groups:

  • Montana Chamber of Commerce….8% Roy Brown’s score:  100%
  • Montana National Federation of Independent Business….33% Roy Brown’s score:   89%
  • Montana Business Leadership Council…. D- Roy Brown’s grade:  A+

Kendall  “Tax Hike” Van Dyke may be a rising star within his party of young progressives, but being a loyal supporter of Obama in a state where his approval rating is hovering around 38% isn’t likely to assist him in this race. So, thanks solely to Van Dyk,  sportsmen are able to access streams and the relieved parents of autistic children can now obtain insurance.  If, however, the government continues to prevent development of our natural resources, many of us will be unemployed.  If we aren’t able to buy food, we won’t be buying that autism insurance either.  Thank Van Dyk for the streams access law- we may have no choice but to utilize it once we are unemployed and suddenly faced with fishing for our dinner.

 

Would you trust either one of these guys with your vote?

 

Will Roy “Big Oil” Brown (yes, he worked in the oil industry 14 years ago but if he’s “Big Oil” then I must be “Gargantuan Oil”…or “BigFoot Oil”?) fall victim to his opponent’soutrageous accusations of theft:

“By contrast, when Roy Brown and Judy Martz were in charge, they had to steal $30 million from the workers compensation fund to cover their deficit” Kendall Van Dyk

 

Taking individual freedoms away one Montanan at a time.

 

Or worse yet, will the lingering rumors about Senator Brown’s covert vegetarianism cost him the election?  In just over a month, Montanans in Senate District 25 will be choosing between an energetic, progressive community organizer and a mature, successful, conservative business man.


Spendocrats ready to vote on DREAM act September 21

Big government Democrats are working hard to shove yet another unpopular, unwanted piece of legislation down the throats of taxpayers… this time in the form of the DREAM ACT. The Defense Authorization Bill will be voted on at 2:15 PM Eastern time on Tuesday, September 21.
The DREAM ACT will dramatically push up spending and increase the cost of higher education for every state. The increase is even more extreme for states with large illegal immigrant populations.
The bill forces states to give taxpayer fueled financial aid to illegal immigrants, forces states to allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of in-state tuition, and worst of all, there is virtually no accountability for the funding involved in the bill.
This is yet another outrageous bill pushed forth by Democrats and it must be stopped.

You can call each of these elected officials toll-free at 866-220-0044:

DEMOCRATS ON THE FENCE WHO ARE GOOD PROSPECTS
Sen. Pryor of Arkansas 202-224-2353
Sen. Landrieu of Louisiana 202-224-5824
Sen. Stabenow of Michigan 202-224-4822
Sen. McCaskill of Missouri 202-224-6154
Sen. Baucus of Montana 202-224-2651
Sen. Tester of Montana 202-224-2644
Sen. Conrad of North Dakota 202-224-2043
Sen. Dorgan of North Dakota 202-224-2551

REPUBLICANS ON THE FENCE WHO ARE GOOD PROSPECTS
Sen. LeMeiux of Florida 202-224-3041
Sen. Collins of Maine 202-224-2523
Sen. Snowe of Maine 202-224-5344
Sen. Brown of Massachusetts 202-224-4543
Sen. Johanns of Nebraska 202-224-4224
Sen. Gregg of New Hampshire 202-224-3324
Sen. Hutchison of Texas 202-224-5922

TOUGHER UNCOMMITTED TARGETS — CAN YOU PERSUADE THEM?

Your first and most important phone calls are to the Senators above.
ACTION: The following list is of Senators who have shown a real proclivity toward amnesty but seem to have remained uncommitted. Under the pressure of the impending November elections, some of these Senators could be persuaded to vote NO.

I would emphasize with them that a controversial bill like this has no business being put inside a Defense bill, regardless of how they may feel about the amnesty itself.

REPUBLICANS
Sen. Murkowski of Alaska 202-224-6665
Sen. Lugar of Indiana 202-224-4814
Sen. Brownback of Kansas 202-224-6521
Sen. Voinovich of Ohio 202-224-3353

DEMOCRATS
Sen. Begich of Alaska 202-224-3004
Sen. Shaheen of New Hampshire 202-224-2841
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico 202-224-6621
Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio 202-224-2315
Sen. Wyden of Oregon 202-224-5244
Sen. Casey of Pennsylvania 202-224-6324
Sen. Johnson of South Dakota 202-224-5842
Sen. Warner of Virginia 202-224-2023
Sen. Webb of Virginia 202-224-4024
Sen. Goodwin of West Virginia 202-224-3954
Sen. Rockefeller of West Virginia 202-224-6472

ONLY YOU CAN STOP THE SENATE FROM PASSING THE DREAM ACT!


Q: What do you call a lawyer up to his neck in cement?

A: Not enough cement.

That pretty much sums up my feelings towards attorneys and the legal system today.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that we have the following: Company A, Company B, Attorney Group A, Judge A, and Company C.

Company C consulted for Company A on a project years ago.  Company A decided to terminate the project prematurely and abandon ship.  Company A also decided not to pay Company C or Company B for the work they had performed on the job while it was still being constructed.  So that’s where Attorney Group A comes in.  Company B hires Attorney Group A and somehow decides to sue Company A but that’s not all…they also sue Company C as they assumed Company C was guilty by association.  What?  Is that even possible?  Possible YES, ethical and the right was to conduct business?  NO.

So years go by and Company C who is ethical and honest hardworking small business comprised by only a very small number of (as the governor would like to put it) ‘hardworking Montanans’ get screwed (for lack of better words).

Company C can’t afford to hire an attorney so ultimately they lose the court battle as Company B is multi-million dollar company.

The Attorney Group A hired by Company B apparently sees nothing wrong with personally suing an individual consulting for Company C and sees no problem that they chose to sue the only woman and left two consultants who were men out of the lawsuit.  I wonder if this could be a case for sexual harassment.

Now is where I get to argue where the common sense is at.  How in the world do you get to pick and choose who you sue?  Three different consultants signed field tickets for Company B and they pick only the female to sue?  I see something very strange going on here.  The two other men should be just as responsible for the alleged money owed and that argument had been presented by female consultant with Company C on multiple occasions.  Where’s the justice in our “justice system”?

Enough with the scenario…I think you get the gist.

This country has gotten into this dog eat dog arena and the only one who can ever win in a situation like this is the attorney.  Where is the justice in a multi-million dollar company suing a single small business owner because the wacko billionaires with Company A decided to not pay their bills?  I suppose that is exactly why they are billionaires, right?  They pick up some small business across the way, pay them for a couple years of work and then leave them hanging with a year’s worth of unpaid bills totaling in the millions?

We have got to change something in the system.  The system just does not work for those who are honest and hardworking.  What does this company expect to do to this small business owner?  Clearly small business in Montana understands that you barely make payroll or your own personal bills at this point.  There is no economy and an attorney firm feels that it’s just to drive you to bankruptcy so that they can bill 4 clients for same hour of the day?

We all know there are too many lawyers out there.  Why do we continue to allow them to run the system then?  Is it because the people have given up and decided that it is impossible to have common sense injected into the system?  This scenario happens to small business and individuals every day across this country.  One bankruptcy after another and one small business closing its door after another we wonder how we got to this place.

The little guy just can’t make it anymore.  And of course we see that getting worse and worse and worse.

Most politicians are or have been practicing attorneys including our current president.  Obama, being the good lawyer that he is, says the legal system in America is strong?  Excuse me?  That’s just another bold faced lie. The legal system is broke.  We need to start over again. System is built by attorneys for attorneys.  Ought to be law, even though I hate laws, to disallow attorneys from running for Congress.

Obama is still in denial.  I bet he is going to deny someday that he ever was President…what a nut!

There is not a good in department of justice in this country. There is no justice in our legal system in America. We need to put the lawyers on the street and remodel the law.  Here’s an idea – how about we make it work FOR THE PEOPLE.  Not for corporate America and attorneys!  Legal system is only thing our fore fathers did not fix.  The Kings system was picked as it was familiar.   But it only benefits the elite…common folk suffer.

Some attorneys show no shame.   Lawyers do not care about their clients…only their pocketbooks. Lawyers do not care about the people…only their pocketbooks.  They are elitist thieves and let me remind you that Obama is one of them.

And in closing, you know there are too many lawyers when you see the mess they have created.  Take a good look around. We need to axe the federal courts NOW.  We need to get activist judges off the Supreme Court Bench.  We need to leave legal decisions to the local courts that are closest to people. Lawyers need to be made accountable to their clients….They are far from it now…..


2010 Economic Summit a HUGE Economic Flop?

Day 2 of Max Baucus Economic Summit…..

First of all I will start by saying that I’m upset with myself for forgetting my tinfoil hat.  I can’t stand thinking that these socialist green energy folks have a run at getting into my head.  I also forgot my 3d glasses and my picket sign that read “welcome to the freak show”…..sound familiar?  See Palin Protestors in Missoula ….

That pretty much sums up the Max Baucus Economic Summit in Butte:  Freak Show.  Government handout show.   Gimme gimme some more of those deficit dollars…Give me some more of your grandchildren’s fortunes….

This was not to promote jobs in Montana.  This was merely a political stunt by our not so sincere Senator – Max Baucus.  Even in his opening statement he said “there is 1 rule – check your politics at the door – or I will cut you off at the knees”…..Giddyup giddyup giddy up…….

You can view the direct quote by watching the following video from Max’s opening statement:

By checking politics at the door he actually meant conservative politics.  Liberal politics were rampant.  Every booth was green ‘sustainable’ energy, government bureaucrats, or those companies who thrive off of government money, tax payer monies that is..

I sat through one panel during the conference.  The title was “TRANSPORTATION, ECONOMIC GROWTH, AND JOBS”.  Unbeknownst to me Yellowstone County Commissioner – Bill Kennedy – is an expert in this field?!?

As there was a local official from Billings at this summit I had to sit through that meeting and it was almost as boring as my college English class.  All I saw were these panelists arguing that they needed more government money, more government assistance…..more, more, more.  Nanny state at it’s finest.

Back up on campus this morning for our exhibit and I have had one person walk through the exhibit….oh wait… that makes two.

First was the director of Career Services department on the Montana Tech Campus.  Happens to also be somebody I know as I attended this college.  The second was a woman from the Department of Commerce.  I’m pretty sure we will tear down earlier than planned.

All in all I believe that this summit was the largest waste of my time ever.  WHOA Max – stop the spending!  Or giddyup on out of your DC office and resign.


“Giddyup” Montana!

We, as constituents, know that Max Baucus is a disgrace and an embarrassment to us…..but is it necessary to show that to ambassadors from across the world?

I am an exhibitor and attendee at the 2010 Economic Summit this year for the first time.  It seems to me that the purpose is supposed to be about promoting additional jobs in Montana via Montana small business and entrepreneurs from across the state.

But in his opening statements this morning it appears that Max Baucus has pushed us back 100 years by a comment he made which ended up with the attendees in the crowd yelling “Giddy up!”.  Excuse me?

Isn’t this summit full of billionaire CEO’s from across the nation and world wide ambassadors?  Is it necessary for Max Baucus to make his constituents out to be a bunch of ignorant hillbillies?

Baucus was pretty clever with his “In times like these we don’t say WOAH, we say GIDDYUP”.  Click ahead in the video below to 4:35 to witness this yourself.

Baucus had one real specific rule this morning and while he was telling about this rule – would you believe it – he was staring right as us in the second row.

His rule is “check your politics at the door”.  I wonder how this is even possible.  Let me tell you a couple event sponsors and see if you think it’s possible to check politics at the door, or even necessary.  SEIU, GE, BIO BIOTECHNOLOGY, BIOSCIENCE, ADVAMED, YELLOWSTONE CLUB, PHRMA, UNITED HEALTH GROUP…..and the list goes on and on and on.  I notice a slight connection between green energy, healthcare, and Max.  Do you?

Let me tell you know a couple of the exhibitors who we are surrounded by.  MT DOT, Ameresco – Green, Clean, Sustainable, Environmental Educator, Missoula Children’s Theater, MT Wind Resources, LLC, US Small Business Administration, and on and on and on.

What I notice is a large number of those who are “green, clean, and sustainable” and a government bureaucracy.  There is a huge problem here if we are actually trying to create and save jobs as we keep hearing being spewed by those in Washington DC.

Government cannot fix the problems…..Government is the problem.  And if it’s green and clean right now (or so they say) it is not economically feasible.

The truth is:  We NEED OIL, GAS AND COAL.

There’s my morning thus far at the 2010 Economic Summit in Butte.  I am now at my Exhibitor booth surround by green environmental wackos and I’m going to atleast enjoy myself until they kick me out.

WE understand that Max stopped in Billings to promote more minimum wage jobs at the GE processing center.   Given that Montana rates number 47 for average wage…I say Max, why is this good for Montana?  35 years and this is the best you can do for US…….We need you to Giddyup on out of our State and let We the people take charge of our destiny.

Cheers.


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