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What a wonderful country we live in. There is no better time to revel in the positive attributes of our country than during an election cycle. Thanks to the actions of five members of the U.S. Supreme Court, we get to see the results of millions of dollars being spent to influence our elections by spreading every sort of misleading, negative information you can imagine. The enjoyment of dispensing this barrage of trumped-up attack ads is not reserved for the anonymous purveyors of Super PACs, but has become the modus operandi of choice for most of the present day candidates. It is extremely rare to discover a candidate who simply extols positive aspects and offers solutions for the challenges which face constituents.

One of the wonderful things about our system is the freedom we have to be able to say most anything in a political race without providing any references whatsoever. The thing about this is, if something is repeated often enough, many people will accept it as fact.

One other great luxury we enjoy is the option to actually agree with a candidate’s views, but then go into the voting booth and vote for his opponent, who is a member of the political party our parents always supported, even though such a choice is not in our best interest.

All facetiousness aside, we really are fortunate to be able to join together with others who are being oppressed by the super rich and to work through the initiative process to bring about an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will effectively make it illegal once again for corporations to spend unlimited funds to influence elections. Enjoy this freedom, and find a Stand With Montanans Petition to sign. Let’s not let super-rich out-of-state entities tell us Montanans how to vote.

Edd Blackler

Bigfork

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