by Dr. Ed Berry
… Or why conservative Montana has two Democrat US Senators and a Democrat Governor.
Ele added comment @8 on PolyMontana article Chuck Baldwin is wrong about Ryan Zinke:
I spoke with Zinke earlier this year about the CSKT water rights compact and how it would affect MT water rights. He had no clue as to what I was talking about.
BTW Those who ARE in the know regarding our water rights are voting Libertarian.
@8 Dear Ele,
Thank you. You just made my case. Unless you have included in your “in the know” group about 245,000 voters to assure the Libertarian will win, you will be wasting your vote. And if you did have 245,000 voters, the national polling agencies would have you on their radar.
Therefore, how can such an enlightened “in the know” group think they are solving their water rights problem by voting for the Libertarian?
If you really want to elect Lewis why don’t you and your group simply vote for him?
These are two “IQ” questions and I don’t think voting for the Libertarian will get a very high score.
This polite exchange of ideas, typical on PolyMontana.com deserves discussion because Ele’s comment represents the way many tea party Libertarian voters think. What’s wrong with this kind of thinking?
By the way, Ele is one of the few who have the courage to read and reply to my posts on PolyMontana.com. For that I give Ele a lot of credit and a big gold star.
Most tea party Libertarian folks can’t stand truth that conflicts with their preconceived ideas or takes them out of their political comfort zone. For that reason, few tea party Libertarian voters forwarded my post “Chuck Baldwin is wrong about Ryan Zinke” to their email lists as they always do with other people’s softball articles. That’s because my article is hardball and they can’t play hardball.
To my knowledge, I am the only conservative writer in Montana who teaches people how to think and how to vote to best achieve their own political goals. Indeed, I may be the only one qualified to teach this because I have walked the walk to learn how to think and solve problems. I was fortunate to attend Caltech where they break every stupid bone in your head teaching you how to think and solve problems. You don’t learn this by being an activist.
Other so-called conservative writers blather doomsday news after doomsday news, and tea party Libertarians lap it up like a cat lapping warm milk because they think more news solves their problems. It doesn’t and it never will.
If you can’t summarize and translate your doomsday news into how to vote for the candidate who will do the greater good, for you and for America, you will never solve your political problems.
Sorry for the digression.
What’s wrong with Ele’s statement?
First, it incorrectly assumes a Libertarian vote will solve a problem. It can’t because a Montana Libertarian candidate will always lack some 200,000 votes necessary to win.
Second, it makes “Water” the ONLY issue to decide how to vote. There are many important issues in addition to water that should be considered in our voting choice.
Third, we all know about the information on the Western Montana Water Rights and Elaine Willman’s presentation on how the CSKT Water Compact is a foot in the door for the feds to take over Montana’s water. There is no special “in the know” group that has an exclusive on critical information about water.
Fourth, it “zings” Zinke on the basis of his answers to questions about the CSKT water contract “earlier this year” with no attempt to update its information to October 2014. I dare anyone to run for statewide public office and to be an expert on all issues of interest to all voters.
Fifth, it ignores the fact that Ryan Zinke is the only candidate who has pledged to defend Montana’s right to own and control its water.
The only way you can predict how Lewis will vote is to look at how Democrats stand on key issues. Unlike Republicans, Democrats always vote as a block on key issues, and Lewis will join them.
Either Ryan Zinke or John Lewis will be our next representative in US Congress and with the election only a few weeks away, this is the ONLY solution we should be thinking about.
Tea party Libertarians like to think of themselves as enlightened “freedom fighters.” But if you vote for a Democrat or Libertarian you are NEITHER enlightened NOR a “freedom fighter.”
The only US Congress candidate who is a “freedom fighter” is Ryan Zinke. If the Libertarian were a “freedom fighter” he would have run as a Republican … like Ron Paul did.