Montana Viewpoint: The Arizona fraudit takes hiding in Bigfork
Jim Elliott writes, "The recount was initiated by the Arizona Senate—the Republican part—and they used $150,000 of their taxpayers’ money to hire a firm out of Florida named Cyber Ninjas. I must say they do spread their taxpayers’ money around the country."
Montana Viewpoint: Could political distrust be the downfall of democracy?
Jim Elliott writes, "Early in my legislative service, Francis Bardanouve, my seatmate and mentor, told me, “A lobbyist will show you only one side of a coin. It is up to you to turn it over.”
Montana Viewpoint: The Federal Bureau of Cyber Ninjas
If you erode confidence in the honest work that governments do for the American people you create a path for anarchy where no government is trusted. If you erode confidence in the integrity of the American press, you pave the way for unscrupulous people to dictate their version of the truth.
Montana Viewpoint: Just say no to thugs and politics born in fear
Jim Elliott writes, "There are two ways to bring people together, hope and fear, and of the two, fear is by far the easiest. You don’t have to dig very deep to find something that enough people worry about that can be exploited for personal or political advantage."
Montana Viewpoint: Turkeys in the straw and those fancy feathers
Jim Elliott writes, "When the turkeys reach critical mass the newcomers call to ask for my sage advice on how to get rid of them. “First thing you do, “I tell them, “Is you stop feeding them.” '
Montana Viewpoint: Covid research and the division between science and opinion
Jim Elliott writes, "All this philosophical rambling is inspired by the ongoing attempts to counter statements that some of us don’t believe or don’t want to believe by calling them biased, or lying, or fake."
Montana Viewpoint: A rainy night in Georgia
Jim Elliott writes, "The voter turnout surpassed that of all previous elections, and Republicans won because of the quantity of voters, not just the quality. Perhaps the quality of the candidate matters more than the quality of the voter."
Montana Viewpoint: Rule 22 meets Catch 22 – filibuster that is
The filibuster is almost exclusively the tool of the minority and also almost exclusively used to stop legislation that the minority does not have the votes to otherwise defeat. It serves only the supposed purpose of “protecting” the minority from the “tyranny” of the majority.
Montana Viewpoint: Defend our right to vote with same muster as right to bear arms
Jim Elliott writes, "The main threat to the integrity of the vote is an overzealous reaction of lawmakers to combat perceived fraud rather than actual fraud, and in doing so unwittingly (or purposely) discourage citizens from voting."
Montana Viewpoint: ‘Bout the same
Jim Elliott writes, "Eddie Mulick was the first person I met when I moved to Trout Creek, and that was largely because he owned, what his matchbooks proclaimed was, “The Wayside Bar - finest bar in Trout Creek”. It was also the only bar."