by Dr. Ed Berry
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes told his followers to not vote for Montana Republican Denny Rehberg for US Senate or for Rick Hill for Governor, while knowing full well that this would send Democrat Jon Tester back to the US Senate for another six years and put Democrats in control of Montana for another four years.
Rhodes wrote in his “Why Denny Rehberg deserves to be “Conrad Burned” today” on the morning of November 6, 2012:
Here in Montana, we need to clean house and sweep our own porch clean by rooting out the oath breaking neoconservatives who are so deeply entrenched in power. Let’s start with Rehberg. Let’s root him out. But wouldn’t that mean that Tester wins again? Yes, it does. Just like back in 2007, when we rooted out Conrad Burns. After that defeat, the Montana GOP should have caught a clue. To guarantee a win this time around, all they had to do is field someone who didn’t vote for the same crap that Conrad Burns had voted for. Duh! As Ed Berry acknowledges, over on Polymontana, if the liberty movement votes for the GOP candidates, they have the election in the bag. Rehberg, Hill, etc. will win if all liberty movement people vote for them. But if the liberty movement doesn’t support them, then they will lose.
Rhodes is is a flaming loose cannon when it comes to politics. How can anyone who supports gun rights also support electing Democrats to the US Senate and Montana Governor?
Fact: Mitt Romney would have supported our gun rights. See Romney’s Summary Plan for Guns in the Appendix 1 below.
Fact: The Republican Party supports our Second Amendment rights. See the Republican Platform statement in Appendix 2 below.
But Rhodes, a former Ron Paul staffer, guns down Republicans and helps elect Democrats, who will not support our gun rights. He wrote:
I don’t give a flying *&@#% if Rehberg is supposedly “not as bad as Tester.” He supports the destruction of the Bill of Rights in the name of fighting terrorism. Both of them are my enemy. Both are enemies of the American Revolution and all that came from it.
The man is an unrepentant oath breaker who has, so far, gotten away with it. And the reason he has gotten away with it has been the “lesser of two evils” con game. Being told that you have “no choice” but to vote for oath breaker A or oath breaker B is like being given a false choice between voting for Joseph Stalin or Adolph Hitler, with so-called conservatives urging you to vote for the fascist to keep the communist out of office. “Vote for Hitler or Stalin will win!” I won’t do it. No sir. I will fight them both, or either one.
Rhodes falls for the “lesser of two evils” myth. He cannot see the significant difference between Rehberg and Tester, between Hill and Bullock, and between Romney and Obama. The most important part of politics is when we vote. Rhodes tells people to vote the wrong way.
Rhodes’ argument argument fails from every logical perspective. Gunning down the best of two or more options is not logical in business, science, engineering, or common-sense. Real life is made of choosing among grey scales. Rhodes’ method destroys progress (which lawyers are prone to do). The common-sense, business, engineering, and scientific method creates progress.
Rhodes does not understand that life is not perfect, people are not perfect, and politics is a compromise. In real life, if we want to move life or politics in our desired direction, we must always vote for the best of our options even though none will be perfect.
Sheriff Richard Mack disagrees with Rhodes. Mack wrote:
Be that as it may, in any fight, in the military or Law Enforcement, you are trained to take out the worst and most immediate threat first. The enemy that is the greatest threat must be neutralized first. That just happens to be Obama! He cannot stay, he must be removed. He cannot stay as our leader or President.
If I were to write in Ron Paul or vote for a third party this time, I could not live with that. Why would I do that? So I could brag that I voted my conscience? What good is that going to do anyone?
The Montana race for US Senate is the tipping point – it will likely determine the balance of power in the Senate. Any vote that helps Jon Tester get elected is a vote for Harry Reid – Obama’s enabler – to continue as Senate Majority leader.
Congressman Rehberg was a member of Ron Paul’s Liberty Caucus in the House. He was an original co-sponsor to the Federal Reserve Accountability (Audit the Fed) Act. But more importantly, in this election, he is a vote against Harry Reid in the Senate.
Rhodes is now fighting the problems he hypocritically helped create. While his oath-keeping fight is commendable, some common sense, as suggested by Sheriff Mack, before the election would have done Montana and America much better.
Watch Rhodes speak to a small crowd in Idaho on January 19. This crowd is likely unaware that Rhodes helped create the problem he is talking about.
Rhodes has made Oath Keepers a religion and it is not a big tent. If you do not agree 100 percent with Rhodes’ catechism, he will excommunicate you from his religion, as he did with Rehberg and Hill. Then, he will help elect criminal Democrats to “teach you a lesson.” America does not benefit from Rhodes’ politics.
Whether by design or not, helping elect Democrats makes business sense for Rhodes. He and his Libertarian followers helped create our present gun situation and this gives Rhodes more opportunity to enroll more people in his Oath Keepers.
More Oath Keepers subscribers means more money for Rhodes, which he will use to help defeat Republican candidates just as he has done in the past. Rhodes is an opportunist like the unethical politicians he has helped: First, he helps create a crisis and then he offers a solution which includes sending him money.
It’s time to prepare for the 2014 elections. If you are concerned about your guns and your freedom, then you must help replace Democrats with Republicans. In Montana, we need to replace Democrat US Senator Max Baucus with a Republican. If newly elected Montana Congressman Steve Daines runs for US Senate then we will also need to elect a Republican replacement for Daines. Other states will have similar options.
Conservatives will make their choices in the 2014 primary elections. If Stewart Rhodes has a candidate, then he can run his preferred candidate in the Republican primary. He has plenty of time to prepare. But if his candidate does not win, as is likely, then he should not trash the winning Republican. All true conservatives will support the vote of the people and back the candidates who win the Republican primary election.
Politics is about compromise. None of us can get everything we want. People are not all the same. The best way for any of us to promote conservative politics is to promote our views to the Republican Party. But if we expect the majority to work with us, we must also work with them. We must join with the majority of conservatives to win an election.
Don’t go off on a third party tangent because it will never work … OK, if you have more money to spend than Ross Perot then go out and try to build your third party. Otherwise, forget about it. If you think you can succeed in politics by separating yourself into a small fraction of like-minded voters then you don’t know how politics works. You don’t win anything in politics by going off in your little extremist group.
The biggest challenge for the Republican Party is to get all conservatives to join the Republican Party. They must mount a campaign that shows their party is the best way for conservatives to work toward their political goals.
On the flip side, if you did not vote for Romney and other Republicans, then you helped put the gun-grabbing Democrats in power. You blew away your own freedom because you wanted to “make a statement.” You must realize the best way to achieve your political goals is to work with the Republican Party. That means you attend Pachyderm meetings and other Republican events. Get to know the people and let them get to know you.
Stewart Rhodes, Esq, and Pastor Chuck Baldwin and a few other anti-Republican leaders will likely never change their message. But if you are their follower, you must wake up. You can best achieve your political goals by joining with other conservatives in the Republican Party. Help make the Republican Party a better party.
Keep your oath to our Constitution but, if you want to save America, don’t send Rhodes your money and don’t follow his extremist politics.
Mitt Romney’s Summary Statement on Gun Rights
As the Supreme Court recently reaffirmed, the Second Amendment protects one of the American people’s most basic and fundamental individual rights: “the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.” The Second Amendment is essential to the functioning of our free society. Mitt strongly supports the right of all law-abiding Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to own firearms and to use them for lawful purposes, including hunting, recreational shooting, self-defense, and the protection of family and property.
Like the majority of Americans, Mitt does not believe that the United States needs additional laws that restrict the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. He believes in the safe and responsible ownership and use of firearms and the right to lawfully manufacture and sell firearms and ammunition. He also recognizes the extraordinary number of jobs and other economic benefits that are produced by hunting, recreational shooting, and the firearms and ammunition industry, not the least of which is to fund wildlife and habitat conservation.
Mitt will enforce the laws already on the books and punish, to the fullest extent of the law, criminals who misuse firearms to commit crimes. But he does not support adding more laws and regulations that do nothing more than burden law-abiding citizens while being ignored by criminals. Mitt will also provide law enforcement with the proper and effective resources they need to deter, apprehend, and punish criminals.
As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt was proud to support legislation that expanded the rights of gun owners. He worked hard to advance the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase and own firearms, while opposing liberal desires to create bureaucracy intended to burden gun owners and sportsmen. As governor, he also designated May 7th as “The Right to Bear Arms Day” in Massachusetts to honor law-abiding citizens and their right to “use firearms in defense of their families, persons, and property for all lawful purposes, including common defense.”
As president, Mitt will work to expand and enhance access and opportunities for Americans to hunt and shoot. He also will defend the right of individuals to protect their families, homes, and property, and he will fight the battle on all fronts to protect and promote the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment: Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms
We uphold the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, a right which antedated the Constitution and was solemnly confirmed by the Second Amendment. We acknowledge, support, and defend the lawabiding citizen’s God-given right of self-defense.
We call for the protection of such fundamental individual rights recognized in the Supreme Court’s decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago affirming that right, and we recognize the individual responsibility to safely use and store firearms. This also includes the right to obtain and store ammunition without registration.
We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a lawabiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents.
Gun ownership is responsible citizenship, enabling Americans to defend their homes and communities. We condemn frivolous lawsuits against gun manufacturers and oppose federal licensing or registration of law-abiding gun owners. We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the illconsidered Clinton gun ban.
We condemn the reckless actions associated with the operation known as “Fast and Furious,” conducted by the Department of Justice, which resulted in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and others on both sides of the border. We applaud the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in holding the current Administration’s Attorney General in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with their investigation into that debacle.
We oppose the improper collection of firearms sales information in the four southern border states, which was imposed without congressional authority.