by Dr. Ed Berry
If Montana had elected Denny Rehberg in 2012 and 2018, Republicans would control the US Senate by one vote in 2021. (Added March 1, 2021)
Tea party extremists who voted Libertarian rather than Republican in 2012, helped send Democrat Obamacare supporter Jon Tester to the US Senate until at least 2024.
These same “tea party” folks also helped elect Democrat Steve Bullock as Governor of Montana in 2012.
“By their works we shall know them.”
The works of these Libertarian voters helped liberals and irrational environmentalists gain control of Montana’s economy, freedom, and education.
In 1969, MIT Professor Jay Forrester wrote a book, Urban Dynamics, about how seemingly correct votes to achieve a goal can have the exact opposite result as intended. His analysis, based upon systems theory which incorporates feedbacks, has proven to be correct in politics. There are many examples of this effect.
One example of irrational decision-making was California’s vote in the 1960s to raise inventory taxes on businesses.
California’s decision-makers thought this would increase California’s income but the affected businesses simply built warehouses in Nevada and began trucking their goods to California as needed. This trucking continues today.
Even California’s eco-freaks haven’t figured out that if they reduced their inventory tax they would increase tax revenues and reduce CO2 emissions and road maintenance.
Montana’s Libertarians, whom Michael Medved correctly calls “Losertarians”, should read Forrester’s book to understand feedback.
The two most notorious pied pipers among Montana’s tea party “purists” are Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes and Pastor Chuck Baldwin.
Stewart Rhodes singlehandedly caused the election of Montana Democrat Jon Tester to 12 years in the US Senate.
Just before the 2012 election, Stewart Rhodes wrote to his significant number of Oath Keepers and Tea Party follers:
Today, on election day, Denny Rehberg deserves to go down in flames just like Conrad Burns did in 2006. Conrad Burns lost to Tester precisely because he lost the liberty vote in Montana. And Burns lost the liberty vote because he had abandoned the Constitution and violated his oath by voting for unconstitutional laws, such as the Patriot Act.
Rhodes has turned his Oath Keepers into a cult whose actions backfire to help elect Democrats and destroy our freedoms.
In my rebuttal to Pastor Chuck Baldwin’s article “A look at how Republicans and Democrats differ” I wrote:
This subject is at the heart of the true battle for America’s freedom. If a sufficient number of voters adopt the erroneous belief that there is no significant difference between Republicans and Democrats, or between Romney and Obama, then their votes can truly cause the loss of freedom in America.
The best way to preserve America’s freedom is to vote for the candidates who will best promote freedom and who can win. These criteria will almost always lead to the Republican candidate.
The real great awakening that must occur is for freedomists to realize the errors in their hypotheses, reject them, and to join Republicans in voting for America’s best choice for freedom.
I summarized my position in my article “Suicide Politics does not work“ as follows:
Many Montana Libertarian voters were tea party folks who have not figured out how to achieve their own political goals. Of the 3 tea parties in Flathead County, Montana, none endorsed our Republican candidates.
After years of talking about freedom, many tea party folks did not vote for freedom. Their John Birch Society was of no help in the elections because its leaders would not endorse Republicans.
It’s time for tea party conservatives to wake up and realize the best way to accomplish their own political goals is to work with the Republican Party.
I wrote in my article “Don’t play Assassination Politics” the following:
When John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln, he thought he was going to be a hero. He was wrong. He became the most despised man of his era. America rounded up Booth’s accomplices and hung them. Assassination politics gains similar public despise. No one likes an assassinator.
When some 18,000 Libertarian voters, led by the likes of Oath Keepers’ Stewart Rhodes, Liberty Fellowship’s Chuck Baldwin, Libertarian candidate Dan Cox, tea party leader Rick Breckenridge and others whom I will not yet mention, politically assassinated Republican candidates Rick Hill for governor and Denny Rehberg for US Senate in the 2012 Montana election, they trashed the hopes and dreams, the money and work of 220,000 conservative voters who needed only 7600 additional votes to win.
The collateral damage of their political assassination of Hill and Rehberg helped take out Republicans Brad Johnson for Secretary of State, Sandy Welch for Superintendent of Public Schools, and Derek Skees for State Auditor. Had these political assassinators been positive rather than negative, all conservatives could have won.
On the flip side, some liberal Republicans who played assassination politics almost took out Roger Koopman for PSC. It cuts both ways and both sides must stop their assassination politics.
Pat Buchanan supported Mitt Romney:
For if America is to endure as a nation, her peoples are going to need the freedom to live differently and the space to live apart, according to their irreconcilable beliefs. Yet should Barack Obama win, the centralization of power and control will continue beyond the point of no return.
Level-headed Pastor Roger Anghis supported Mitt Romney in his “Elections do have Consequences“:
What will we see in the coming years because of the results of this election? It will be frightening at best.
The re-elected president is a man who was raised to believe that Marxism is the answer to all the world’s problems and America’s capitalistic free market system is the cause of all the world’s problems. He has exhibited total disdain for what has made America the greatest nation the world has ever seen.
President Eisenhower stated: “Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who did not vote.” This election was one of those. So many evangelicals didn’t vote and that helped Obama to win re-election. Will we continue to elect people who have no regard for our Constitution and our Christian values? If we do, America is over.
Ron Paul, the idol of Stewart Rhodes and Chuck Baldwin, supported Republican Denny Rehberg over incumbent Democrat Tester for US Senate. Ron and Rand Paul are quoted in “Rand Paul joins Ron Paul to support Denny Rehberg” as follows:
America is at a crossroads. That’s why I, along with my father, Ron Paul, have endorsed Denny Rehberg for Senate. Because we know if you help Denny defeat liberal Senator Jon Tester, then Harry Reid and his liberal allies will no longer control the Senate.
Denny Rehberg will vote to audit the fed. Denny Rehberg will help me eliminate wasteful foreign aid spending, repeal Obamacare, and prevent trillion-dollar deficits… I support Denny Rehberg and encourage you to do the same because a vote for anyone other than Denny Rehberg is a vote to keep Harry Reid and his liberal allies in control of the US Senate.
If Stewart Rhodes and Chuck Baldwin had the common sense of their idol, Ron Paul, they too would have supported Denny Rehberg for US Senate.
By contrast, Chuck Baldwin wrote:
But the problem is a Romney-Ryan administration will do nothing to change the downward spiral of the nation. They will continue the fanatical interventionist, preemptive war policies of Obama and Bush. They will also continue to build and construct the Orwellian domestic Police State–and as Sonny and Cher sang, “The Beat Goes On.”
And Stewart Rhodes wrote:
Anyone who thinks we have time to play politics for another election cycle, or two or three, is delusional. And even if that were not so, folding and supporting the “lesser of two evils” is still supporting evil. Romney is an oath breaking traitor. You vote for him, or support him, you become one too.
Rhodes and Baldwin called Ron Paul an “oath breaker” and a supporter of the Orwellian domestic Police State. This is fanatical.
I concluded my “Don’t play Assassination Politics” article as follows:
I am going to get a little Biblical here to help make my point.
I in no way profess to be a Bible scholar. (I am a physicist and what do physicists know about the Bible?) Yet, this message is well-known, very clear, and powerful. From Answers.com: Matthew 7:15-20:
- Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
- Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
- Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
- A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
- Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
- Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.