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Hypocrisy

by pete on October 27, 2010

                                                                        Hypocrisy

     Webster’s dictionary defines hypocrisy as:  a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not.  As election time draws nearer I think it is extremely important for voters to examine the candidates in regard to this extremely important measure of a candidate’s character, in regard to honor, honesty and integrity.

     According to the Montana Code Annotated, 1 0-1-202 oath of office, (1) except when a comparable oath is subscribed to under federal law or regulation, every officer shall take and subscribe to the following oath of office:

          “I,                  do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of State of Montana against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of the State of Montana; that I make this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office of             in the          upon which I am about to enter, so help me God.”  (2)  If an officer refuses or neglects to take the oath, the officer is considered to have resigned the office and a new appointment must be made.

     I ask you to consider the actions of the triad of tyranny (Murdock, Skinner and Lambert).  Since Joe Skinner is up for re-election let us take a look at HIS record to evaluate his moral character on the hypocrisy scale.  When Joe ran 6 years ago he promised to protect property rights.  I voted for him because of that promise.  Did he keep his promise?  At first glance the answer would have to be “no”.  But let us give him the benefit of the doubt.  Did he say he would protect everyone’s property rights?  I do not remember that, so maybe he was being honest because he certainly did protect his own property rights; to the tune of 1 million dollars of taxpayer open space money!

     When Skinner did get elected, by suckers like me, he took the above described oath of office.  Read that oath a time or two and let it sink in; “support and defend the Constitution”?  We got “whims of men”, Ruler’s Law and top-down zoning.  “Against all enemies foreign and domestic”?  We got Joe as a domestic enemy and the formation of the “triad of tyranny”.  “That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same”?  We got the ultimate hypocrisy –they start every commissioners meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.  They then sit down and proceed to undermine the Constitution and the principles of freedom that they swore an oath to support and defend and just freshly pledged allegiance to??  “I make this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion”?  The Pledge of Allegiance is just that; a re-affirmation of the oath they took freely … without purpose of evasion!  “that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter, SO HELP ME GOD.”

     When Joe ran the first time he said he would protect property rights.  That statement was dishonest.  When he did NOT protect property rights his actions were dishonorable.  He freely swore an oath “without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion” meaning he knew what he was swearing to do.  He swore this oath “So help me God.”  Ronald Reagan once said, “Without God there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience… without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure… If we ever forge that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

     Ask yourself this before you vote:  If hypocrisy is a feigning to be what one is not or feigning to believe what one does not, does Joe Skinner fit the definition of a hypocrite? Do you want to vote for a hypocrite? Do hypocrites have the character we need or want in our leaders? If you believe in the Constitution and the principles of freedom for which it stands and you still vote for Joe Skinner can you look in the mirror and not see a hypocrite? If you are not part of the solution then you are a part of the problem. Your vote matters. When all is said and done—-did you do more or say more?    

 Pete Rothing

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