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cannabis in Montana

Imagine trying to run a grocery store, auto shop or dentist office where legislation limited you to serving THREE customers. That is what the legislature and governor did to medical cannabis in Montana. Mind you, this is a substance used by humans for over a thousand years with zero deaths, quite unlike legal pharmaceuticals with very short histories and thousands of deaths every year. In Montana, possession of even a single joint for non-medical purposes can land a person in jail for six months, while possession of 60 grams or more (a little over two ounces) can result in a sentence of up to five years. These stiff marijuana penalties cause related negative consequences. In 2012, there were 1,502 arrests […]

Irate in drug war … again … still

The drug war profits organized crime in both public and private sectors, along with the trillion-dollar big pharmaceutical industry. Which, in turn, is a major perverter of our political system. The campaign finance reports are published, available to any and all, but widely ignored. Big Pharma buys our politicians. We have the best politicians money can buy – Will Rogers The costs of all this profiteering are obviously borne by the peasant and trade classes, us. This iteration of prohibition is no more popular among the people than the one a century ago, but the bread and circuses are more successful this time at keeping us from threatening our masters enough to repeal their profiteering. Two news articles jumped in […]

governor campaign inquiry – response

E-mail to Ted Dunlap for Montana Governor with response below. Greetings Mr. Dunlap, (received 8/28/2016) I suppose I need a little information which you should be able to provide. 1. How many Montanans are Libertarians in the Montana Libertarian party? 2. Who is your running mate as the Lt. Governor? 3. Who is your campaign manager? 4. How many counties have you covered in the state? 5. When was the Montana Libertarian party convention and where was it held and how many attended? 6. What bills are you proposing for the state of Montana? 7. What do you think about Universal Military Training? 8. What do you think about Montana National Guard? 9. Did you serve in the Military Ted? […]

democracy – I hate that word

Those who know me well, know I don’t use the word “hate” lightly. It is a powerful emotion reserved for special cases. What the power brokers and ruling elite have done to our constitutional republic is bad; awful perhaps. But planting that word on the lips of every government school employee, every politician and every talking head on the state media has been outright devious. “A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.“– Aristotle(384-322 BC) — Greek philosopher “Liberty has never lasted long in a democracy, nor has it ever ended in anything better than despotism.“– Fisher Ames — (1758-1808), American statesman, orator and political writer “Democracies have ever been […]

small business

A small business association was interested in how I felt about their constituency. I have created, grown and sold a couple of them myself, in addition to raising my three daughters almost exclusively via my small business. Probably the best way to explain my sentiments for this group of creative entrepreneurs is to share the brochure I single-handedly created years ago… that is I took the photos, interviewed the business people, wrote the text, designed the brochure and printed a bunch of them. As you can probably tell, I designed it to be a tri-fold handout printed on both sides to promote the Libertarian Party of Idaho and my election campaign of 2006. Here is a .pdf of that document […]

Uncelebrating the Fourth

by Harry Browne July 4, 2003 Unfortunately, July 4th has become a day of deceit. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declared its independence from Great Britain. Thirteen years later, after a difficult war to secure that independence, the new country was open for business. It was truly unique — the first nation in all of history in which the individual was considered more important than the government, and the government was tied down by a written Constitution. It was the one nation where you could live your life secure in the knowledge that no one would ask for your papers, where you weren’t identified by a number, and where the government wouldn’t extort a percentage of your […]

Linked in + Twitter

The Internet and social media are great equalizers in politics, among other information fields. Today I got around to reviewing and updating my Linked in profile information. It is a whole lot more relevant than it was, and I think gives a good overview of what I am trying to accomplish by running for Montana Governor. Linked-In summary of Ted Dunlap I am looking up at our Big Skies and seeing environmental “engineering” that needs to be researched, vetted or condemned by Montana agencies. I see a pharmaceutical-prison industrial complex being fed by prohibition that has long-past proven worse than counter-productive. My campaign focuses on those two issues. Montanans who want to say those are important to them merely need […]

beyond Poly-Sci 101

College political science courses are a good starting point for learning about the process. But as anyone with 10 years or more in any field will tell you, what they learned in the real world turned out quite differently from what they learned in school. In politics, the academics still explain election results while the voting public still believes those to be irrefutable facts. My experience has been different from theirs. First, their view of, for a relevant example, Montana’s 2012 gubernatorial race. The Democrat received 236,450 votes The Republican received 228,879 votes The Libertarian received 18,160 votes. The fascinating, to me, academic conclusion is that the Libertarian gave the election to the Democrats. That had it not been for […]