Jim Bopp and associates Anita Milanovich and Justin Mcadam along with The James Madison Center for Free Speech and Montanans for Community Development (“MCD”) are standing up for freedom in Montana. Please see the press release and the brief historical perspective below.
Regardless of one’s political views, freedom of speech and association are tantamount in public debate and discourse. Without it, there is tyranny. Montana has an acute cancer that threatens some of the most basic human freedoms- freedom of speech and association. The Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) led by Commissioner Jonathan Motl with the support of less than honorable men and women in Montana government, has consistently attempted to silence political opposition. (click here to see a previous post about the COPP and Motl)
In 2010, two Big Timber citizens held an elected official accountable for his votes and deeds in the Montana legislature. Things haven’t been the same since. That event produced many consequences. Among them was the creation of this website, two Big Timber citizens attending the entire 2011 legislative session and the involvement by some local citizens with American Tradition Partnership (ATP) and other groups. Commissioner Motl has used the COPP to attack, vilify and persecute Big Timber citizens, conservative candidates and office holders, ATP, and many other entities that disagree with the politics of entitlement thinking.
Some Montanans became emboldened and involved in the political process during 2010 and 2011 which is absolutely necessary if good leaders are to be elected to public office. Corrupt public officials from both parties subsequently grabbed the Office of of Political Practices and wielded it as a weapon against their political opponents. They used vague and unconstitutional Montana laws to silence citizens and groups who were exercising their civic duties and responsibilities. The resulting battles have been largely misrepresented by the press. The political establishment and media shouted out the chorus that certain groups (like ATP) and individuals (like some citizens of Big Timber) were “dark” and secretive, the greedy and rich 1% who conspire against everyone. They have been harassed and demonized by the press, public officials and corrupt state courts. Freedoms were lost, speech and activity chilled, while the cancer of corruption continued to grow unchecked in state government.
Montana citizens need to think clearly on this: It has become painfully clear that in the past four years that government disdain for the will of the American people has grown. In Montana this same disdain and “above the law” attitude is deeply entrenched in many of our politicians and government bureaucrats. Our state is joined at the hip to Washington, D.C. It has fallen deep into this trap because nearly half of Montana’s state budget comes from the Federal Government. One need look no further than the John Walsh/Amanda Curtis debacle or the federal bribe to set up Obamacare Health care exchanges in Montana. Corruption is rampant in Montana politics and many citizens use this excuse to avoid getting involved. Some say we get the government we deserve. The fault is that there is a shortage of informed voters. Too many have been brainwashed by the pc notion that religion and politics are taboo subjects unless you are a progressive or an atheist. Ignorance of our spiritual and civic duties and responsibilities has put us, very predictably, in a huge mess.
Jim Bopp and Montanans for Community Development (“MCD”) are suing Montana’s corrupt Office of Political Practices. As the late Senator Ted Kennedy said: “In the entire history of the Constitution we have never amended the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments) and now is not the time to start. It would be wrong to carve an exception in the First Amendment. Campaign finance is a serious problem, but it does not require that we twist the meaning of the Constitution.” Montana citizens of all political persuasions are indebted to Jim Bopp for standing up and marching forward where others fear to tread. Shouldn’t we join him?
The James Madison Center for Free Speech