Thank you Representative Howard for requesting my Facebook friendship. I am curious why you would seek a connection to something you consider a “scourge” and a “cartel”, however; and would appreciate an explanation. I am an active local Republican who happens to be extremely disappointed in those I helped elect to represent us in Montana’s 62nd legislature.
Are you seeking an avenue to offer an apology, not only to me; but to the thousands of hard-working Montana taxpayers you insulted by calling derogatory names or did you simply make a mistake in requesting my friendship? Considering the number of letters I wrote begging each of you to consider science instead of the tired, fear-based rhetoric you continued to utilize, I find it hard to believe that you aren’t aware of my stance on the issue- unless, of course; you didn’t read any of my letters. You also must have missed my letter to the editor printed in the Billings Gazette and Missoulian…. don’t worry though, Representative, I didn’t miss yours.
Perhaps you are reaching out to explain why you eliminated jobs for thousands of Montanans. Perhaps you’ve realized the error of your ways and would like forgiveness. Most likely, however; you noticed that we have scores of mutual conservative friends, live in the same area, and are Christian Republicans. It certainly couldn’t be that we both hold dear the conservative principles of adherence to the constitution, liberty and limited governmental interference in individual lives, could it?
I apologize if I seem a bit snarky, Representative Howard, but sudden, forced unemployment will do that to a girl. You see, while you were busy dreaming up Valium and Arsenic analogies and recalling stories from nearly half a century ago, I was comforting patients and business owners who were anxious that this “jobs” session, was anything but. And what could I say? The writing was on the wall.
I’ve lived in Montana my entire life, Mr. Howard. Republican or Democrat, we are all Montanans and most of us aren’t appreciative of federal intervention on any level. I’d be hesitant to entirely discount the previously expendable voting bloc of cannabis patients, users, and business owners. You see, in 2004; many of them didn’t vote to allow medical use of cannabis. Why? Because they didn’t vote at all. In 2012, however; we may have a very different situation. Across the state, those people are registering to vote in droves. As a Republican, I cannot understand why our party would desire to mobilize the liberal voter in that way, especially when we otherwise had a great opportunity to capture the governor’s seat. But what do I know?
I know that the war on drugs funds illegal terrorism. I know that nobody has ever died from overdosing on cannabis- EVER. I know our party is failing to attract my generation of voters. I know that regardless of religious rhetoric, gay people are not going away and allowing their sexuality to remain a felony is bigoted, hateful, and a dreadfully wasted opportunity for Republicans to appear compassionate and cerebral.
Ben Franklin once said that anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither. What a shame it is that we’ve gutted the US Constitution in terms of civil liberties, privacy, and property rights as well as allowed bureaucrats to dictate health policy that should remain between a physician and patient… all in favor of a myth.
That said, let me know if you are still interested in my friendship. Should you reconsider, I’m understanding of your reluctance to associate with someone in the “wrong crowd” and will harbor no ill will. I also pray, Mr. Howard; for your sake, that never are you faced with a debilitating condition unresponsive to traditional pharmaceutical treatments.