Your Republican Legislature’s Important Priorities: Greg Hinkle (R-Marbut)

After spending a little time today perusing some of the bill draft requests that have been presented for the 2011 Legislative session, I thought it might be interesting to take a tour of some of the small government activists in the Republican Party. Today, we’ll take a look at Greg Hinkle, Senator from Thompson Falls.

Hinkle has already requested 29 bills for the session, which read like they come from the Michigan Militia’s Official Handbook. Among the critical issues that Hinkle thinks the Montana Legislature must face in 2011 are the following:

  • Sheriff must authorize federal employee arrest, search, or seizure
  • Hand-thrown spear lawful means of hunting
  • Exempt county from medical & dental expense for inmates with preexist conditions
  • Revise carrying concealed weapon in prohibited places
  • Provide protection of constitutional rights, establish crime of official oppress
  • Clarify and specify role of Home Guard
  • Award attorney fees and costs for person found not guilty for self defense
  • Limit police firearm seizure

Hinkle was apparently elected to serve Gary Marbut’s agenda, as he is proposing his Home Guard legislation that discredits the men and women who serve in the National Guard as potential armies for a tyrannical federal government and Marbut’s more insane “Sheriffs First” legislation that would make it a crime for a federal law enforcement officer to work in Montana without getting WRITTEN PERMISSION from a county sheriff.

It certainly seems like we should hamstring federal law enforcement officers from doing their jobs in order to satisfy the lunatic fringe of the far right.

Perhaps more important in the limited 90 days available to the legislature is Hinkle’s crusade for the rights of hunters wearing makeshift furs and loincloths. I, for one, welcome the day that that I hurl a spear at an elk without the tyrannical hand of SOCIALISM denying me my God-given rights to maim large land mammals. I’m simply not satisfied with the right to throw spears at weasels and coyotes.

One only hopes that the legislature will have time to consider a budget when faced with these weighty, rational concerns.

27 thoughts on “Your Republican Legislature’s Important Priorities: Greg Hinkle (R-Marbut)

    • Apparently Mr. Pogreba has forgotten the past. He labels Mr Hinkle's legislation as right-wing extremism. He should read the first platform of the Democratic Party in 1840. That would show how far to the left this country has gone. It talks about fiscal responsibity, it mentions the Constitution, limited government, etc… http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=2

      But then again, the Constitution was written only 53 years before the Democrat party was formed. Of course they knew the proper role of government…..they actually read the document.

      • Sigh. Are you really using the 1840s Democratic Platform as an argument? The one that says this:

        Resolved, That congress has no power, under the constitution, to interfere with or control the domestic institutions of the several states, and that such states are the sole and proper judges of everything appertaining to their own affairs, not prohibited by the constitution; that all efforts by abolitionists or others, made to induce congress to interfere with questions of slavery?

        That rhetoric sounds awfully familiar, doesn't it?

  1. Clearly you have never used a spear in combat. You would not so blithely mock Mr. Hinkle if you had experienced the glorious gloriousness.

  2. No bill to limit seizure of spears?

    If you aren't worried about The Man taking it away, it probably isn't dangerous enough for a clean kill of game.

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  4. Why is it a bad idea to want the federal govt. to not have authority over me as a citizen of a state?

    I signed on to take care of myself and my state and i give my citizen arresst authority to someone (sheriff) to enforce my rights and if i dont like the job he is doing i can elect another sheriff, if the Federal govt. has this authority i cannot stop them from continuing there enforcement.

  5. It does look as though Hinkle has given up on LC0705, which would have established a born in Montana hunting license, a necessary first step for establishing a hereditary hunting aristocracy in Montana.

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