Montana Viewpoint: The pitfalls and concerns of vigilante justice
Jim Elliott writes, "In a vigilante culture, it’s not at all clear who is on your side; there are no badges, no uniforms, no due process—in fact, no process at all—and the unwritten rules can change in the middle of the game."
Montana Viewpoint: Vaccine was good for Washington’s troops, and it’s good for America
Jim Elliott writes that Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan in a 1905 vaccination suit found that “the liberty secured by the Constitution does not import an absolute right in each person to be at all times, and in all circumstances, wholly freed from restraint.”
Montana Viewpoint: The American ‘redoubt’ and Sanders County
Jim Elliott writes, "Recently my home county of Sanders twice made national news, first for having the highest increase in Covid cases in the United States and more recently for a group of citizens pressuring a member of the Sanders County Board of Health into resigning."
Opinion: Time to put Montana’s 2020 election to rest – the one Republicans won
Jim Elliott writes, "The Montana attendees took the polled bull by its invisible horns and in a letter signed by 86 out of 98 Republican legislators have now asked their leaders to conduct an investigation of the 2020 Montana election."
Commentary: Our leaders owe us civil discourse, not civil war
Jim Elliott writes, "The people of America are caring and generous, up to a point, and that point is where self-promoting politicians begin to divide us. Hate and anger are emotions that are easy to incite."
Politics: To listen or to lecture? That is the question
Jim Elliott writes, "Politics is a pretty cynical game because it’s based on the acquisition of power. Individual politicians may have the best of motives, but the parties they belong to, no. The parties are like businesses, they want results."
Montana Viewpoint: Keeping it together required a steady hand of leadership
Jim Elliott writes, "The love fest didn’t last of course, but at least it happened because of a calm, modest, and patient man who believed in the United States as “one nation, indivisible,” and conducted his life accordingly. There’s no reason we, as individuals, cannot do the same for America."
Montana Viewpoint: Rights and responsibilities, just like ‘Typhoid Mary’
If you want to go down in history by standing up for your “rights,” do it by helping others, not hurting them, A legacy like that of a woman who became famous as “Typhoid Mary” is not a good one to aspire to.
Montana Viewpoint: My doctor, the politician
Why do so many Americans get their medical advice from politicians? They don’t take their cars to politicians to fix, they don’t take a sick cat to a politician, and I will guarantee you that politicians know as much about sick cats or broken-down cars as they do about medicine.
Montana Viewpoint: Renting out the Armed Forces and billionaire warlords
Jim Elliott writes, "The ability of an individual to essentially hire National Guard troops as mercenaries to support whatever political purpose they favor is a step towards allowing citizens with unfathomable amounts of money to become American warlords."