A month into the session, I find myself increasingly confused by the Republican majority. It’s almost as if they say one thing, but govern entirely differently. While there are many examples, a few really exemplify how little the Republican majority represents Montana:
- They are patriots who love their country, but believe in 19th century doctrines of nullification promoted by secessionists.
- They are opposed to government-run health care, but take it for themselves.
- They are constitutionalists, but oppose the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law and have never heard of the supremacy clause.
- They are for popular sovereignty, but want to overturn the will of the voters.
- They are for democracy, but oppose increased turnout and same day registration.
- They oppose government intrusion into health care, but believe that they have the right to dictate how dying people spend their last days and how doctors must treat women.
- They want stronger enforcement of immigration, but want to hamstring federal immigration officials.
- They are opposed to taxes, but want to increase local property taxes for the sake of large businesses.
- They are for local control of schools, but want to eliminate local districts and mandate instruction from the statehouse.
- They are Christians, but think that guns and the Bible have the same value.
Principles? Patriotism? Hardly. A radical agenda that Montanans do not support. A dangerous agenda that we can’t afford.
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