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Continue to fight for our REPUBLIC!

Looks like Montana is welcoming back winter.  We were enjoying our extended Indian summer.  Wasn’t the weather just great over Christmas and New Years? Global warming is so great.  But, alas, it is not so great for the snowbound towns and fuel short towns of Alaska.  Record snows and cold up there.  We count our blessings here.


We three managers of Montana Shrugged would like to thank the recent flurry of contributions that came in over Christmas. We especially would like to thank Greg from Red Lodge for his most generous contribution of $500.  These true patriots are helping us carve our way to more activities and rallies.


We have a huge battle in front of us this year to get good Constitutional and Fiscal conservatives elected in Montana and across the US.  We are feeling real good in this fight for freedom and prosperity.  Our belief is that over 100 million citizens follow our movement and support our ideas.  With this size of a voter block we WILL change the leadership in America.  And it is all thanks to you.Please ask your friends and family to sign up and contribute as you can.


We are working on plans for a unique activity for this year’s April 15th rally.  We are planning a large event with many surprises. There will be a final Governor Showdown at the OK corral if you will.  WE plan on having a real down to earth Hoedown.  Stay tuned for details and be sure to put the date on your calendars.


We can make this a huge deal for our beliefs.  WE can show the non believers that we are here to stay and we are here for all of America.  We do not leave out any percentages as the Occupy Wallstreet radicals do.  We are America.  We are the Silent Majority.  Hear US roar.


Please read the presentation on the event below and make every attempt to attend.  Robert Brown with the John Birch Society is very knowledgeable in the ways of our Constitution.  It will be very entertaining and educational to learn about the Greatest Document ever written to rule man.  Our Republic needs all of us to educate ourselves and educate others to the wisdom of this great document.  We are not a Democracy, where simple majority rules.  A democracy is where the socialist elites would have us heading.  Well, we the people need to stand up for our Republic and fight for the Constitution.


A note from the John Birch Society –

Robert Brown is coming to town this Tuesday the 17th! It has been some time since we have had the honor of a presentation from Robert. He has agreed to pump us up with a new presentation that he is preparing for video production and national distribution. Among other things, learn about sound money and how our Constitution can keep it that way.


I know this is a short notice but you don’t want to miss Robert’s smooth and entertaining delivery of a topic that we must understand in order to save the economy. Please come and bring a friend!


– 7:00 pm Tuesday 17th

– Lexington Inn and Suites

– 3040 King Ave W.


Please plan on attending this great educational event.  I apologize now, but Jennifer and I cannot attend as we are drilling a horizontal well north of Roundup, Montana. Yes, the rumors are true, we are actually drilling a well in Montana, not Pennsylvania, not Wyoming, not North Dakota.  Can you believe that?


Oh, and Jennifer, my wife, and I would like to thank the completely misguided cowardly liberal who keeps sending the awful postcards harassing us and our family.  It is only to be expected that liberals hide behind fences, blog sites, harassing mail, op eds, etc. to try to make their point.  The problem is that they have no point that they can stand on.  They have no base or legs to stand on. They are poor misguided souls, led completely by ignorance and by the lies of the Democratic Socialist elites.  Cowards they are.


I have challenged all Democratic political legislators to discuss the important issues of the day on my television interview show and none have accepted.  I have challenged all Republican political appointees and candidates and they have all accepted in one manner or another.


I have challenged all news agencies in Billings as well as others across the State to report fair and balanced news.  They refuse. They show their ignorance and their political bent by supporting the likes of Occupy Wallstreet and their totally misguided mission statements.  They ignore the one and only grassroots movement that has come along in the past 100 years that supports Constitutional and fiscally sound issues.  Issues that are so critical to our survival as the greatest country on earth.  What are they thinking?  Oh, they are not.  I forgot that they too are completely controlled by the liberal elitists such as George Soros.


Obama is playing his fiddle while America burns and they pull the wool over their reader’s eyes.  They are complicit in the destruction of America.  We should cancel our subscriptions.  We should not purchase from their advertisers.  We should do a mass email campaign against all of them.  We have the power to make real change happen. Unified, as one of the largest tea party groups in America, we can make that change start right here in Yellowstone County, Montana.


I have personally invited Senators Baucus and Tester to come on and discuss issues to no avail.  All I get is that somewhat polite but quiet approval but always a no show.  Are these the kind of leaders that we need? I think not.


I have to take my hat off to Congressman Denny Rehberg as he has braved my show for an hour and one half in the past year.  The Patriot Chronicles IS fair and balanced.  We report you decide, just like Fox News but without their political bias.


Enough said. As you can tell there is lots of work to do.  We need your help to increase membership and increase contributions.


God Bless you all and God Bless America.


Crow Nation TEA Party to hold protest in downtown Billings

For Immediate Release:


The Crow Nation Tea Party with support of Montana Shrugged Tea Party Patriots will be holding a protest in Billings MT at the Federal Bldg in Downtown Billings MT beginning at high noon, January 26, 2011.


This protest is in regards to their concerns over the Water Rights Settlement Act which purports to deliver all water rights including those held privately by members to the Tribal government.  This is a direct violation of their rights as Native Americans and Tribal Members.


Please join them in their peaceful protest tomorrow.


We stand united with all citizens of America.



DETAILS – 1st Annual TEA party Convention – Montana

The 1st Annual TEA Party Convention in Montana will be held February 18 & 19th in Helena.


For a current agenda pleaseCLICK HERE.


For the registration form pleaseCLICK HERE.


We expect to have guests attend from all of the 50 states.  This will be very exciting  for patriot activits across Montana.  Please consider attending.


If you have questions please contact us at


Registration forms can be dropped off at our office or mailed to 208 N 29th St. Ste 230, Billings, MT 59101.


We look forward to seeing you all in Helena!



BILLS TO WATCH THIS WEEK AT THE MONTANA LEGISLATURE: The Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and the Montana County Attorneys Association (the usual suspects) opposed the bill. If we can pry SB 114 out of the Senate Judiciary committee, we can probably get it through the Senate, and we can almost certainly get it through the House.

We can overcome the opposition of MSPOA and MCAA, but it will take some work. Certain members of the Senate Judiciary Committee need to hear from you now. Some are known for us, some are known against us, and some need contact. Against us are Senators Larry Jent, Lynda Moss, Anders Blewett and Shannon Augare, all Democrats.

Certainly for the bill are sponsorGreg Hinkle and Senator Terry Murphy. Here are the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who need contact. Because they missed the public hearing: SenatorsJim Peterson (R-Senate President) and Chas Vincent (R).

Because I don’t know much about him: Senator Rowlie Hutton (R). Swing votes but can be persuaded (most important): SenatorsCliff Larsen (D-Missoula) and Jim Shockley (R-Victor). For any of these, you can leave messages at the Legislative Message Center (weekdays), at 444-4800.

The message can be as short as “Please support SB 114.” For any of these, you can use the Legislature’s Online message form: Email. Be advised that while email is easiest for us, it’s iffy for legislators. Some legislators attend to email well, and some don’t. You can certainly send messages by all three methods, to all legislators mentioned, even every day until the Committee acts on SB 114 (very soon, but not yet).

If you wish to include an email message, here are the email addresses for the Senators who need messages (in order of priority): Senator Cliff Larsen Senator Jim Shockley Senator Jim Peterson Senator Chas Vincent Senator Rowlie Hutton The Subject line of these emails should be “Please support SB 114” so they will get the message even if they don’t have time to read the email.

NOTE WELL: BE POLITE, and these Senator won’t have time to read more than about 50 words. Be concise!! If you send emails, copy SB 114 bill sponsor Senator Hinkle so he can see what you’re sending: Senator Greg Hinkle Okay, it’s now up to you.

Get messages to these critical senators. Let’s get SB 114 cranked out of Judiciary Committee!!



I submitted this to all of the newspapers across MT.  I thought that I would share it with you.


Contrary to the spin the Deomcrats are putting out that the GOP Legislature voted to raise its salary ON January 12 on the HB 1 (“feed bill” vote, it is just not true). Article V Section V of the Montana Constitution states that the Legislature cannot fix its compensation. They can vote this time to raise the pay next time. They are not going to do that.  They are focused on cutting the budget and reducing the size and scope of the state government.  With pressure from conservative activists across the state we will get a handle on the Governor’s enormous budget increase and keep the government from overreaching its thumb into our everyday lives.  Total control of the people is not what our founding fathers had in mind.

The money the State pays for ALL State employees’ health insurance rose on Jan 1st as a result of the House voting LAST SESSION. Their per diem went up about 1.5% – but the Legislature has no control over that. The State sets that.

The bill on January 12th voted in the money to fund this Legislative session and the start of the next session.

The Democrats did not vote on the bill on the floor – they voted on the actions of the Appropriations subcommittees cutting the budget yesterday. 100% of Republicans voted for the bill and 100% of the Democrats voted against it, trying to make a point.  So much for the democrats “working with” the Republicans.  The Republicans gained control of the Montana legislature because the people were upset by how the Democrats were “doing business” at the capital in the previous session.

Let them not forget why they are in Helena.  They work for the people, hence the title “public servants”.  The people want government reined in and the budget cut.  Are they listening?

Tea Party Founder take on Constitution and local politics

Columbus MT Teaparty Meet and GreetDecember 11, 2010by Eric H. OlsenTeaparty–Past and PresentIn the strong tradition of the King of England, England set out to establish anew colony in North America. As they expanded the colonization the Kingcontinually imposed higher taxes and greater authority over the people andtheir properties.Over time, the colonists had to make a tough decision as to how to proceedfor their benefit. Should they put up with the King’s excessive rule or freethemselves from the tyranny.Let me start by giving you all a brief history of the teaparty movement withthe colonists and and steps made to create this great country. Then I willfinish with where does the teaparty movement stand today.December 16th 1773, Boston TeapartyA group of settlers calling themselves “The Sons of Liberty” boarded aBritish vessel carrying crates of tea shipped over from the Mother Country.These Patriots, dressed in Indian garb, threw more than 300 crates of tea intothe Boston Harbor as a protest to excessive taxes.July 6th 1775 Declaration of Cause and Necessity of Taking Up Arms.Let me quote from this strategic document some of their concerns.“But a reverence for our Creator, principles of humanity, and the dictates ofcommon sense, must convince all those who reflect upon the subject, thatgovernment was instituted to promote the welfare of mankind, and ought tobe administered for the attainment of that end”Key points here are that governments should promote the welfare ofmankind……not rule absolutely over our welfare.“We are reduced to the alternative of choosing an unconditional submissionto the tyranny of irritated ministers, or resistance by force. -The latter is ourchoice._ We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing sodreadful as voluntary slavery. -Honour, justice, and humanity, forbid ustamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallantancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations tothat wretchedness which invariably awaits them, if we basely entailhereditary bondage upon them”I have to ask you all now, are the current actions of our governments gettingexcessive? By excessive I mean are there too many fees, fines, taxes, rules,ordinances, regulations, directives, ????Are you afraid that we may be the first generation to hand off worseeconomic conditions to our children?As you can see our forefathers were concerned about the same situation backthen.And to further quote -“Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, andif necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable……..With heartsfortified with theses animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God andthe world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, whichour beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we havebeen compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of everyhazard, with unabated firmness and perseverance, employ for thepreservation of our liberties– being with one mind resolved to die freemenrather than to live slaves. “These forefathers were very serious in their reflections and judgments at thattime. They took what was happening to them very seriously and mostcertainly not lightly. They knew there were serious consequences to pay fortheir liberties but were willing to take them to continue their freedom in thenew found land called America.I ask all of you, are you concerned about your future in America NOW?Are you ready to fight for your freedoms in this great country? I am.We must be on the offensive utilizing all legal and political means that wecan to effect real change, to restore our Republic, to humble our governmentsaggression into our lives, to lower taxes, to increase individual freedoms.Are you ready….???July 4th 1776 Declaration of IndependenceWhen the colonists lost all hope with high taxes and physical abuses imposedupon them by the King, the final decision was made to declare independencefrom the tyranny.And I quote -“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people todissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another…… Wehold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal, that theyare endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that amongthese are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…..Do you think that our forefathers had just about enough at this point? Yes isthe answer.The Declaration of Independence goes on to detail the aggressions by theKing against the new country.We are not quite to the point of being so consumed by the governments thatwe espouse armed revolt, but, everyday it seems our liberties and ourfreedoms are being diminished.November 15th 1777Articles of ConfederationRules under which the newly freed States would organize were professed inthis document.And I quote–“ Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union between the states of………I. The Stile of this Confederacy shall be “The United States ofAmerica”. II. Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence,and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which not by this Confederationexpressly delegated to the United States, in Congress Assembled.Do you see the reference to States Rights here? Do you think our forefatherswere concerned about an overzealous overreaching federal government.Absolutely right..A famous politician quoted that the governments closest to the people rulebest… Amen to that.Do we have an overreaching federal government in this country? Hell yeswe do..Do we have wimpy federal mandate gorged local governments in thiscountry? Hell Yes we do.As you can see by results of last election change is in motion. The firstgrassroots Tsunami wave hit on November 2 this year and, as you all know,the second wave of a Tsunami is much more ferocious and deadly. Our planis to work with this movement and finish our ambitions to restore theRepublic in November 2012.September 17th 1787 Constitution of the United StatesOur new country was formed under the greatest document ever written tolayout a framework to govern people fairly.And I quote–“WE the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the commondefense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty toourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for theUnited States of America.”Wow, every time I read this document I get goosebumps.Do not let anyone suggest it is old and needs to change with the times. Thisdocument can and will rule a free class of people forever in time.December 15th 1791 The Bill of Rights (Ten Amendments)This document further directed the States and Federal government wheretheir responsibilities lay. As we all know, we the people ruled the countryand next to the people the States had independent sovereign rights. Lastly thefederal government was setup with duties to protect borders and directinterstate commerce, to put it in simple terms.So what have we accomplished since those glory days….Many more amendments that limit our freedoms.Activist judges.Corrupt politicians albeit there were undoubtedly some early on.A strong move towards socialist agendas which accelerated in the early1900’s as communism was moving about the globe.We can thank Woodrow Wilson for the Federal Reserve, 16th (the tax)amendment, 17th(take senators and congressmen from state control)Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Social Security and 90% business tax ratesamong other things.Lyndon Johnson for the Great Society or should we say the Great Destructionof Federal Budgets. Welfare, Medicare and Medicaid were started adding35% burden to federal budget. Those programs now represent 55% of federalbudget.And lo and behold, President Obama who gave us Stimulus, Tarp, ARRA,Bailouts, Cash for Clunkers, Obamacare, and multi trillion dollar deficitspending..In 234 years we have managed to take the greatest country from just that to aresounding what? Socialist leaning, ever apologizing, ever criticizingexecutive branch. Excessive deficit spending. Extreme social progams,overzealous government in majority of our lives. Is this what our foundersworked so hard to create. NO.Even worse than that since we entered WWII 68 years ago, we have seen ourcountry go from being worshiped as saviors of world to being laughed andscoffed at today. What is up with that? I say shame on our legislators andPresidents for letting this happen.I can only imagine that not only our forefathers but our grandfathers andfathers who fought valiantly for our freedoms are rolling in their graves ..The teaparty movement came to life in 2009 expressing concerns over thatstate of our country. Nationwide there are thousands of teaparty groups withtens of millions of membersI, personally, thank President Obama for doing the impossible, waking upAmerica. I have been trying for over thirty years.Montana alone has over twenty teaparty groups. We as Montana Shruggedare the largest and most active.The participants in this movement are concerned citizens. We are concernedabout the future of our country. WE are concerned about the damagingpolicies of the Obama regime. We believe in :Limited GovernmentsBalanced budgets but only after cutting them firstAbsolutely no deficit spending unless warranted in times of war.Lower taxesHigher wages-Prosperity for allControl of our bordersStrong and efficient militarySo in closing, I say to all of you and all the wonderful politicians that are heretonight and heading to Helena after the first of the year.We got your back.We will support you and your efforts in addressing our nations concerns.But if we see your stray from this path, rest assured, we will have adiscussion with you.So with all that said, I bid you all adieu..No that is French ….so I bid you all a good night.God Bless America.

Rehberg coasts to sixth term

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg has ridden a wave of tea party-fueled conservative fervor and voter resentment of Democratic policies to a sixth term in Congress.

The state’s sole congressman was never in danger of losing to Democratic challenger Dennis McDonald. The incumbent spent the election cycle casting himself as an agent of change to the policies of Democrats in Washington, D.C.

Results show Rehberg leading McDonald 56 percent to 39 percent with 13 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. Libertarian Mike Fellows had 5 percent.

McDonald, a rancher from Melville, struggled to raise enough money to give his attacks on Rehberg widespread attention.

McDonald argued Rehberg helped break the budget with deficit spending under the Bush administration, and he tried to keep the spotlight on Rehberg’s foibles.  READ REST OF STORY….

Watch Rehberg’s acceptance speech

Watch McDonald’s concession speech

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