for Montana House District 7
Life, Liberty, Property
The minimum responsibility of government should be to help protect the inalienable rights of the citizens – those being life, liberty
Some political questions allow for compromise. Others require a firm and unwavering (but polite) stand. On moral questions, Robert will not compromise with immorality. But on questions like highway districts, sure, politics is the art of negotiation and compromise between competing interests.
Legislators bind themselves with an oath to uphold those documents in all decision making. Because the government is made up of people, it can be led astray from the Constitutions, and the legislators need to drive government back to Constitutional limits.
Balance of Power
Sometimes the executive gets it wrong, and the legislature opposes him (or vice versa). But a constitutional balance of powers also includes the legislature and the executive branch ignoring or defying the occasional unconstitutional opinions of the judiciary. Montana is not a judicial oligarchy.
Montana should be governed by the people of Montana and not by Washington DC, or by what other states are doing. Representative government works best when it is local, and the 9th and 10th amendments of the US Constitution were written to particularly acknowledge the rights retained by the people and the sovereign power of the states in contrast to the federal government's LIMITED power and authority. The exercise of constitutional state sovereignty, little understood, is the key to achieving limited, constitutional, smaller, republican government.
"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite…
The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State."
– James Madison, The Federalist Papers: No. 45
Why have our “100% Pro-life” Montana Representatives (and senators) merely regulated abortion as healthcare rather than banning the barbaric practice altogether? Regulation murder never works; it’s time for leadership in our legislature who recognizes that we must protect the defenseless. Every motivation that someone would use for killing a citizen in the womb can be used to justify killing an older, infirm citizen towards the end of their life. The issue is whether we value life or not. If we do, we must protect all people from conception to natural death.
Financial, Constitutional and Business Auditing
As a state House Representative, Robert Welzel will encourage and support efforts that ensure that every government agency and program continue to be thoroughly financially audited and begin to be constitutionally and statutorily justified so that every resident of district 7 and Montana can be confident that every dollar taken in taxes is properly spent. Constitutional validation, best private industry business practices, and fiscal responsibility will be a lens through which Robert evaluates proposed legislation and approval of executive branch budget proposals.
When we ask government to do too much, to mitigate all risks to us (which is impossible), to provide all things for us and maintain all things, we exchange personal responsibility, initiative, and liberty for governmental intrusion into our business and private lives. At times, government that is too big, that lacks competition, becomes the very entity that robs us of our liberty, our property and even our very lives.
Robert Welzel will consistently challenge the status quo of more government in our lives. When Robert speaks of limited government, he speaks not of arbitrary limits, but rather he adheres to the Jeffersonian principle of the following quote:
“In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”
– Thomas Jefferson: Draft, Kentucky Res., 1798.
The people of Montana benefit from choices in education and from local accountability. At no time should we put all Montana students in a one-size-fits-all education box, especially one designed in Washington DC.
Every student is different and learns at a different rate. Robert supports flexibility in public education with transparency and local accountability.
There are many homeschooling families who are willingly bearing the financial burden of educating their own children with no financial assistance from the state. While these parents don’t want financial assistance from the state for their own children, they are at the same time bearing the financial costs of educating everyone else’s children in the public schools through state and local taxes. Robert would sponsor or support legislation to provide tax credits or tax relief for homeschooling families for this reason.
A free market economy is the best means by which individual Montanans prosper. Robert believes government produces nothing that’s why he fully supports reducing taxes and regulations while shifting away from government sector to private sectors that can reach global markets.
Regulatory government does not necessarily improve the results for the consumer, but big government does add costs and the burdens of paperwork and time. Certainly, when we have a constitutionally adhered government, the state should return excess budget surpluses to the people of Montana in the form of lower taxes.
Taxes, fees, grants and debt are currently the means by which government is funded, and it is necessary to fund a constitutional government. But, Robert will always support a government budget that restrains itself to only constitutionally necessary services and that returns excess funds to the people so that they can increase their prosperity.
Robert favors a tax and fee system that is simple, easy to use and transparent. He also supports all efforts of Montana state government to use technology to to facilitate the payment of taxes and the notifications to taxpayers.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” – US Constitution, 2nd amendment.
After certain horrific national events, when the political discourse of fear makes demands for “gun control”, Robert will assert his basic premise that it is not the ownership of guns that creates a problem for society. Rather, it is a cultural disrespect for life that helps to create an atmosphere of violence. Violence is a matter of the heart not solved by regulating one weapon type versus another. Montana certainly does not elevate the value of human life and the respect for it when it has allowed in statute the killing of tens of thousands of the most innocent among its citizens through abortion. Further, it devalues human life when in public education it limits or leaves off any allowance for God as Creator or for education in the Christian scriptures.