Primary Concern

June 12, 2014
I Voted?

I Voted? (Photo credit: Kenn Wilson)

From my perspective the Republican Primary in Montana was pretty brutal this year. Steve Daines won the nomination for U.S. Senate with an encouraging 83.15% of Republican votes. On the other hand, the very close 3 way split between Ryan Zinke 33.09%, Corey Stapleton 29.26%, and Matt Rosendale 28.81%, for our sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, may be cause for concern.

Now of course, I don’t mean to imply that the primary election should, or even really can be taken as a preview of the general election. A lot of things are going to happen between now and November, but for some of us, the decision we have to make now is going to be hard. In a way you might say that I’m lucky. These past few months I’ve been hard pressed for time, so I dedicated virtually all of my efforts, out in the community anyway, to Steve Daines.

Although I’m only out the effort of a few supportive conversations, and the 5 minuets it took me to hang one sign, I’m still disappointed that my candidate for U.S. House didn’t make it. Unlike some of my fellow voters, I made my decision based on a considerable amount of personal research. I voted for the candidate that most accurately reflected my perspective on the various issues, plain and simple.

The fact of the matter is, I’m not necessarily a party line voter. I vote Republican because I am yet to find a Democrat that could stand up to my research. In fact, the more research I do, the more I realize just how important it is for me to put my vote in the right place. The way things are going right now, I’m not just looking for somebody to represent me in congress, I actually need somebody to defend me.

The country I was born into just 27 short years ago, in many ways doesn’t even exist anymore. When I was in elementary school, first or second grade probably, I went through a little phase where I wanted to be a minister like my dad. On more than one occasion I gathered my little group of friends together and pretended I was holding a church service right there on the playground. Nobody cared, in fact I got the impression the playground aids were happy to see me do something that didn’t involve death defying stunts off the swing set, or whatever else the high spirited young boy that I was, could think of to do, which frequently ended with a trip to the nurses office. I don’t even want to imagine what would happen to one of my kids if they tried something like that now.

If the staff at a public school, not only has the nerve, but presumably unchallengeable authority to severely ridicule my wife, for quietly reading a study guide, not the actual bible, to herself in the hallway while waiting for our child to get out of class, you can’t tell me that a young and emotionally undeveloped child who can’t choose to leave, would fair better.

This isn’t the country I was born into. To my knowledge there isn’t any act of law that actually calls for this unprovoked assault on the free expression of my faith, but you can be certain that it isn’t the Republican party, or a Republican ideal, that is giving motivation to this perverse interpretation of the separation of church and state.

This sword they call political correctness, that they wield under the banner of tolerance in our public schools, is hypocrisy at best. At worst it’s a calculated deception. Whether or not these incidents that we are seeing all over our country are nothing more than the effects of wide spread, well intended, but misguided ambitions, or an organized effort with undeclared sinister purpose, there is one indisputable fact that demands consideration. Those that are motivated to do so, will have a harder task of indoctrinating our children with their liberal progressive alternative morality, if our children have frequent reminders of the faith oriented morality they live by at home.

If Senate Democrats have the nerve to propose an amendment to our constitution to redefine free speech, to further inhibit resistance to their plans for a radical transformation of our country, it’s fair to assume that any of our rights they see as a problem, could very well end up on the chopping block. We already know they’ve had the 2nd amendment in their sights for decades, and it doesn’t take much to recognize, the concepts of privacy and the protection against unwarranted search and seizure, don’t exactly coexist so well with totalitarian socialism.

My primary concern is putting people in office that see individual liberty as an advantage to be protected and encouraged, not an obstacle to be eliminated. When Steve Daines introduced the Balanced Budget Accountability Act, he proved that he fully understands our freedom and individual liberty not only depend on the rights our constitution is intended to protect, but on the sincere dedication and considerate forethought, of those we elect to manage the intricacies of governing the greatest nation in the world. He knows that the burden of repayment of out of control government spending, will dramatically restrict the average individuals ability to even see to their own basic needs, let alone actually engage in the pursuit of happiness.

Ryan Zinke has yet to prove himself in Washington DC, but nothing I discovered during the countless hours I spent doing my own research, has indicated to me that he will do any less than stand shoulder to shoulder with freedom loving patriots. If we work together, an end to this death march to oppression is in sight.

On the other hand, I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever, that Walsh and Lewis will stand rank and file with theirs, and the agenda that is bringing this great nation to it’s knees. If we do not consolidate the vote in November, one or both of them will go to Washington, and the dream of restoring the free and prosperous United States we once knew, will again be reduced to a desperate, but unrelenting hope. Just a flicker of light in our hearts, and in our minds, that only just keeps us from being consumed by despair, as our own freedoms are whittled down to nothing, and the very possibility of prosperity for our children and grandchildren, is buried and suffocated in a debt they neither asked for, nor will benefit from.


Glenn W. Uncles Jr.

Helena Montana



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