Essential Principles Of Government

History Lesson On Elections

By Michael Bolden

On Mar. 4, 1801, Thomas Jefferson gave his first inaugural address after winning a bitter campaign for President of these United States.

During the campaign, he noted that the nation’s newspapers were “teaming with every falsehood they can invent for defamation.” John Adams, who was seeking re-election on the Federalist ticket, was labeled a monarchist; Vice President Jefferson was called an atheist; both candidates were declared enemies of the Constitution.

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

After a tie in the Electoral College and 36 votes in the House of Representatives to break that tie with his former running-mate Aaron Burr, Jefferson knew he had his work cut out for him.

So he started his Inaugural with a great deal of humility – noting that he would do his best to fulfill the duties of the monumental task at hand, but find all his guidance in the Constitution, which he would rely on “under all difficulties.”

From there, he said, “it is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our government, and consequently those which ought to shape its administration.”

There are 13 of them, which you can read below with the text copied from Jefferson’s draft wherever possible. I covered this all in more detail to commemorate the anniversary of his speech on March 4 – Wednesday’s edition of the Path to Liberty (click here)

  1. Equal and exact justice to all – whatever state of persuasion, religious or political
  2. Peace commerce and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none
  3. Support of state governments as the most competent administration for domestic concerns – and surest bulwarks against anti-republican tendencies
  4. preservation of the General government in its whole constitutional vigor, as the sheet anchor of our peace at home, and safety abroad
  5. Republican majoritarianism instead of an appeal to force
  6. a well disciplined militia, our best reliance in peace, and for the first moments of war, till regulars may relieve them
  7. the supremacy of the civil over the military authority
  8. economy in the public expence
  9. honest payment of our debts and sacred preservation of the public faith
  10. encouragement of agriculture, and of commerce as its handmaid
  11. the diffusion of information
  12. freedom of religion; freedom of the press; and freedom of person
  13. trial by juries impartially selected

On top of this great list – he mentioned the word “PEACE” seven times in his short speech, and even suggested that government should exist only to enforce the non-aggression principle.

At this link you can find the audio and video versions of the show, and some important reference links for you to check out:

If you’re like me, you probably realize it’s almost impossible to imagine any politician in modern times making a presentation like Jefferson did. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore it – in fact, I believe this should be our standard.

I hope you find all this interesting and educational – of course, learning something is the most important. Thank you so much for being a part of this with us! We couldn’t be more grateful for your support – large or small – it all helps us make a difference:

-Michael Boldin, TAC

Political Fallout

Letter To Editor

Sorry…. Not sorry. Let me start off with this it did not just start three years ago. It’s been going on for years without any consequences for corrupt politicians. I don’t give a crap who this offends but I stand by it.

War is coming! You the Government!! You are all a bunch of cowards! You raised the cost of living so high that both parents are always at work, rather than spending time with their children (single parents stand no chance)😥.

You took God out of schools. Parents were told ‘No you can’t discipline your kids’. Well, now most of those kids are rude and out of control. You shall reap what you sow! We have taken a whole generation and turned them into selfish, entitled brats who have no respect for people, property or authority!

You deem people with terminal illnesses and some with only a few months to live…fit for work!!! You allow our veterans of war to go homeless and hungry but give out millions to foreign aid!!! You save drug addicts over and over again but refuse to give free diabetic supplies to those who need them to stay alive.

You bend over backwards to be politically correct, too scared to say enough is enough, in case you offend someone. You put the retirement age up so people must work until they drop.

You take care of prisoners and give them everything under the sun (food, medical, education, representation, money, rehabilitation) yet you charge the elderly, those that have paid their debt to society and their families, to go broke caring for them either at home or in a nursing home…THINGS NEED TO CHANGE!

Written by Marcy Fortner here in Montana

Constitutional Carry

By Tim Ravndal

Many Candidates across Montana will claim without exception that they support the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. They will Also undeniably claim to fully support Article II Section 12 of the Constitution of Montana.

When campaigning, many will put their hunting vests on or pull up a picture of themselves with a harvest of a deer or elk from a previous hunting season.

Also many elected officials even those not up for re-election will claim they support the right to keep and bear arms. But….they have concerns over the permission slip process.

So what we often see is candidates that use a score card from NRA or GOA or SAF or MSSA or…or…et al. In that proclamation, the public is advised that that individual will stand at all costs to protect your rights.

Is that where we are today in Montana? Do we believe that it is proper to ask our elected officials for permission to wear a coat in the winter if we wish to carry a firearm?

Several legislative sessions ago this issue came front and center as it does at every legislative session as far back as the formation of the first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Montana Legislature passed the following law to enhance the awareness of our rights here in Montana.

Observance Of Right To Keep And Bear Arms

1-1-224MCA ”Observance of right to keep and bear arms. The week beginning the first Monday in March is an official week of observance to commemorate Montana’s valued heritage of the right of each person to keep and bear arms in the defense of the person’s home, person, or property or in aid of civil power. During this week, all Montanans are urged to reflect on their right to keep and bear arms and to celebrate this right in lawful ways.

Many citizens including elected officials do not seem to understand the purpose of how and why laws are written. The above stated Montana Code Annotated 1-1-224 sets in law the premise that there are no exceptions to the right to keep and bear arms. Designating this week to recognize this is in law for the purpose of acknowledging the rights of the people.

If we take a look at the most important part of the Constitution of Montana under Article II Section 12 we find the foundation of our right to keep and bear arms and the above mentioned Montana Statute.

Article II Section 12 of the Constitution of Montana The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question

Montana Shooting Sports Association with Gary Marbut will be holding their annual meeting where they will discuss the upcoming 2021 Legislative Session. The organization will bring forward potential legislation that they will promote and work to get passed.

The meeting is tomorrow at the Delta Hotel in Helena. The meting will start at 10:00AM and run till about 4:00PM.

Will the Constitutionally provided protections to keep and bear arms be at the top of the list?

History Lesson For Today

By Tim Ravndal


In 1691 there was a preacher from Ipswich named John Wise who said these things. This happened when the leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony violently opposed democracy.

“It needs must be a democracy…this is the form of government which the light of nature does highly value…Also the natural equality of man amongst men must be duly favoured; in that government was never established by God or nature, to give one man a prerogative to insult over another. The end of all good government is to cultivate humanity, and promote the happiness of all, and the good of every man in his rights, his life, liberty, estate, honor…without injury or abuse to any.”

“…Brethren, ye have been called unto Liberty, therefore Hold your hold, brethren!…Pull well upon the oar, you have a rich cargo, and I hop we shall escape shipwreck…Daylight and good piloting will secure all.”

The above history lesson is documented in the book pictured above. It is relevant information that was gathered dating back to the 17th Century up to the start of World War II.

Stay tuned for more facts that we see were lessons of the past that affect us today and our future.

Wolves Have No Mercy

By Tim Ravndal

It has been now nearly a quarter century since the Federal Government brought to Montana an invasive species known as the wolf.

Animal Rights Activists took to the streets from New York to Los Angeles with a cry to save the wolves. In that quest, the National Park regulators looked the other way and rubber stamped the plan to re-introduce wolves into Yellowstone National Park

As the plan moved forward, ranchers, farmers, hunters and families across Montana looked at history and called foul to the federal government officials. The quest for responsible wildlife management then came home to rest with Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. (MFWP)

In the next several years, MFWP took the ostrich in the sand approach claiming they had no jurisdiction to intervene in the introduction. In communities across Montana the truth continued to rise in what was being done with still no response from Montana elected officials.

Here we are in 2020 where the species that was introduced into Yellowstone has migrated many miles from the park. They are multiplying at rates that exceed the prey base available and still MFWP sits idly by only looking at selling licenses.

The failure to take an aggressive approach to wolf management has resulted in a catastrophic impact to the economy and the future of wildlife in Montana.

Looking at the species in question, there is documented historical records that show the re-introduction is not the species that existed in the United States when Montana became a territory and later a state. The species now here is a hybrid that has no biological connection to the management of wildlife in Montana.

We now are looking at a new Governor of Montana along with multiple other high level offices that will be filled in November. Will these elected officials protect the rights of the people or will they continue to march down the road of political and social correctness?

If you like deer and elk hunting in Montana and love to stand with ranchers to protect Livestock and private property rights, do not help promote a political agenda that is destined to ruin Montana. In November remember who is going to stand for the people and those who only stand for the system that is working the system for the system.

Mining Rights Challenged

By Tim Ravndal

Back in the early 1800’s a push to the west was charged with yellow fever. The dream of striking it rich brought thousands of prospectors out west to hit the mother Lode.

When Gold was discovered in Confederate Gulch, a craze began with thousands of propsectors and suppliers stampeding for what was then Meagher County. In those days, the early prospector got the nugget and the rest fought for the crumbs.

Within a few years, it was realized that controls had to be put in place to protect the miners from not only each other but to ensure that their rights were not infringed by the government of the Territory or the Federal Government.

In 1866, the Mining Act was passed into law. In that act, provisions of protection of patented rights along with access to those claims could not be inhibited. The new law also provided for a must needed protection for the conveyance of water to facilitate the mining and ranching needs of the area.

Further protections were needed so in 1872, the Mining Act was revised giving further protection to the citizens of this country. In this process many of the disputes were resolved through the new amended law and the search for beneficial resources continued.

As of 2020, the 1866 Act as revised in 1872 still stands. The law has never been amended or repealed but the federal and state government officials predominantly ignore the law in the name of environmentalism.

Corruption Takes Hold With Elected Officials

By Tim Ravndal

Many citizens here in Montana have been working hard to maintain transparency in government.  With Elected officials bound by the Constitution of Montana, they take an oath promising that they will defend the rights of the people while abiding by the delineated powers listed therein.

The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) currently chaired by Brad Johnson is center stage regarding public duty and responsibilities of elected officials.  The Montana PSC consists of 5 elected commissioners in an office that employs 35 people.

Recently, Northwest Liberty News broke a story regarding publicly released email exchanges from within PSC.  The story opened up with claims of improper use of government email.

Commissioner Roger Koopman  who served in the Montana Legislature for 2 terms, is at the heart of this story.  Mr. Koopman has a history of taking on government when he sees failure in the duty of elected and appointed officials to the people.

Not long ago, Mr. Koopman challenged elected officials of Bozeman Montana for illegally working out of the city office to manipulate a bond election.  In that dispute, Mr. Koopman made a connection to electioneering laws in Montana.  Mr. Koopman and city officials ended that civil action in a plea agreement.  In that agreement, city officials promised not to violate the law again.

The current issue on the table is questions of accountability within PSC, brought forward by Commissioner Koopman.  Substantial discussions were held in an email exchange with those working within the PSC circle.

In that exchange, expenditures amounting to thousands of dollars by Chairman Johnson were questioned by Commissioner Koopman.  In addition, some of the emails publicly released contain personal correspondence which is not illegal, but highly recommended against by policy.

Mr. Koopman in his quest for answers within the PSC as an elected official appear to be in proper order.  The integrity of any office depends on the ability to have internal discussions between officials and those working within the government system.

Certainly all these exchanges are public information as this is a government entity.  Under the Constitution of Montana Article II Sections 8 & 9, provide for the citizens the right to know and the right to participate in all actions by elected officials of the state.

Also in many cases, one must consider Article II Section 10 of the Constitution of Montana that provides for the right to privacy.  Provisions of transparency cannot outweigh the right to privacy.

An undisclosed employee or acquaintance of PSC officials delivered a cash of emails that were drawn from Mr. Koopman’s official email account to Northwest Liberty News.

In the email exchange that is posted on Northwest Liberty News, Commissioner Koopman questions the performance of the duty by the PSC to the people of Montana.  In the email exchanges there are several unknown or unidentified recipients included in that exchange that raise concerns of privacy.

Within PSC the commissioners recently hired a communications director to oversee the commissions public communication program.  Communications Director Drew Zinecker, serving as an employee of the commission, is responsible for the integrity of PSC and to accommodate the public participation process guaranteed under the constitution.

According to Commissioner Koopman, he and others raised questions regarding the decision to hire Mr. Zinecker.  Details to why Mr. Zinecker’s hiring was questioned but unanswered, remain with little or no information publicly available.

Mr. Zinecker working with Commissioner Pinocci have stepped up their opposition to Commissioner Koopman’s inquiry making claims that Commissioner Koopman has exited the realm of reality.  We have heard many horror stories regarding the new trend of “Red Flag Laws” that are being implemented across the country.  Mr. Zinecker is now claiming his position with PSC and his personal safety is now being compromised by Commissioner Koopman.

Commissioner Pinocci sent a letter to the PSC Chairman Brad Johnson and Vice Chairman Bob Lake raising concerns regarding the actions of Commissioner Koopman.  The letter submitted by Commissioner Pinocci was tabled by Chairman Johnson.  Mr. Johnson cites concerns over taking any further action outlined in the letter against Commissioner Koopman will escalate, harming internal administrative harmony.  A copy of the letter is not available publicly.

Mr. Zinecker making claims of threats and intimidation went to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practice seeking help to put an end to Commissioner Koopman’s inquiry.  Commissioner Jeff Mangan assured Mr. Zinecker that his office would take his complaint to the front of the line.  Mr. Mangan is an appointed official by current Governor Steve Bullock.

With Brad Johnson gearing up to run for the office of Montana Secretary of State, he is not wanting to have a corruption anchor tied to him. Randy Pinocci is placing himself in position to take the Chairman of PSC if Mr. Johnson moves to Secretary. Either way, both will retain power in politics with the deals made and promoted by Mr. Zinecker.