I’m disappointed to admit that I’ve only recently started paying attention to Matt Rosendale. In fact I’ve neglected Montana’s U.S. House race in general, at least over the last few weeks anyway.
As one might say, I’m not all talk. I haven’t written an article in a while because I’ve been out in my community working with fellow conservatives. I went out and helped bring in more volunteers, I’ve been going door to door talking to voters, and I even spent a few hours stuffing envelopes this past Wednesday.
Of course this article isn’t about what I’ve been doing. It’s about what I forgot to do.
You see, while I was stuffing envelopes, a guy I was visiting with mentioned Matt Rosendale. I was only momentarily embarrassed, but I did actually say “who?”
Anyway, I’ve since looked him up. From my perspective he’s a pretty good candidate.
From what I’ve read he isn’t a Montana native, but he does seem to have a really good understanding of the people of Montana.
Matt Rosendale moved to Montana in 2002. He served as a state Representative during the 2011 session, and as a state senator in the 2013 session. This of course is the first place I looked to start putting together my opinion of this candidate.
One thing I found from the 2013 session that I really like, is SB 196. This bill actually made it into law, which is saying a lot considering it came from a Republican.
2013 SB 196 is a relatively short piece of legislation, but it effectively protects Montanans from yet another way our constitutional protection from unlawful search and seizure could be circumvented.
2013 SB 196 prohibits the use of information collected by unmanned drones, without a warrant, in criminal proceedings. It also specifies that information collected by unmanned drones, without a warrant, cannot be used to go get a warrant.
Now I chose to lead off with this bill because it actually made it past the Governor, but more importantly, it relates to a particular character quality that I find to be consistent.
Matt Rosendale cares about property rights. This is one issue that far too many people have failed to recognize for it’s true value. The fact is, if everything you own doesn’t actually belong to you at all, are you really free?
There is no better place for an individual that really understands this concept, than in the United States House of Representatives. A full 33% of all the land in Montana belongs to the federal government, and they make sure we know it.
The Grey Wolf is free to come and go as it pleases, and kill anything it wants. In the past this included people, but if you think you can go after them because one day they take an interest in somebody you know, like maybe your 10 year old that wandered too far, think again.
Of course Wolves are only one problem Montanans would not have, if the federal government actually knew how to manage wild lands with the people who actually live here in mind.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering just how I figure one Congressman from Montana is going to change the methods of federal agencies like the EPA, that don’t even listen to congress anyway. Well I don’t think that’s going to happen. I have reason to believe that Matt Rosendale has considered a more effective approach to this problem.
At some point in my research just in the last couple days, I came across an article that indicates Matt Rosendale would much rather see to it, that a fair portion of Montana’s federal lands were turned over to the state government.
This is a really good idea. The only better one I can think of would be to sell the same lands to private citizens. Unfortunately, that’s probably far less likely to occur.
Anyway, this issue is just one I found of particular interest. There’s a lot more to Matt Rosendale, but as always I encourage you to do your own research, and make up your own mind.
Glenn W. Uncles Jr.