montanafesto was created as an alternative to the pervasive progressive political blogs in Montana. Never did I dream that I would upset so many conservatives and make so many political enemies. Never did I imagine being a voice of the medical marijuana industry. Never did I consider that eventually I would be attacking my own party.
I was so excited by the success of the GOP in the 2010 elections. I had high hopes for the new legislators who would be working with healthy majorities in each house. Prior to elections, I helped them campaign, I made phone calls, I attended fundraisers. I donated time, money, supplies, I knocked on doors. I listened to each and every candidate promise to fix our budget, cut government spending, and most importantly to create jobs.
I heard rumors early on of potential problems with leadership in the house and senate. According to several sources within the GOP as well as legislative staffers, leaders tried to dissuade legislators from submitting bills to repeal Obamacare. As I read the text of each bill proposed by Republicans, I noticed the frightening pattern. It was becoming obvious that we were ignoring our conservative principles in favor of legislating morality. The proposed legislation wasn’t about job creation at all, the sponsors instead sought control…. the same criticism we often make of the left. This session certainly suggests our GOP is content to campaign on the popular and trendy issues of the moment, while legislating like the leader of an obscure religious cult.
And so the hypocrisy reigns in the 2011 legislative session. The GOP is determined to repeal medical marijuana, ensuring thousands of Montanans will suffer needlessly- in fact, they are so certain patients should suffer, that they also want to be sure they can’t end the suffering prematurely by participating in a physician-assisted suicide. Perhaps marijuana patients will have to become serial killers in order to achieve a dignified end to their suffering. After all, the GOP loves killing criminals. I guess I just don’t understand. We seek to protect the unborn, but after we are born, nobody cares unless we are psychopathic murderers, then we are allowed to die?
I was, at one time, a fan of the death penalty. I have little regard for a person’s life if they choose to cut another’s short. I have no compassion for sexual predators. Maybe it is my Catholic conscience or maybe my hormonal surges are to blame (damned Oxytocin anyway) but I imagine myself taking part in someone else’s death- even a monster- and I absolutely cringe. It is also truly unbearable to think of anyone suffering through a debilitating illness or living with chronic pain.