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The Issue of Drones

by Tim Baldwin published by FlatheadBeacon   Drones are machines. There is nothing inherently good or bad in them. However, people are rightly concerned about how government, police and military can use them for bad purposes. Rand Paul recently said in Iowa, “[Republicans have] to run somebody who says…[we’re] the party of the Fourth Amendment…that respects your right to privacy.” Unfortunately, Paul’s message falls on deaf ears for many Republicans. Add to this, many police assume your guilt unless you consent to all their requests. It is the conservative &ldquo...
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Systemic Police Problems Go Beyond 'Bad Apples'

by Tim Baldwin With technology, the public is becoming increasingly aware of problems with police abuse, brutality and corruption. Everyone has a cell phone and thus a camera. In a real sense, America is filled with millions of independent daily reporters who show everyone what is happening in their local areas. This tool is tremendous to protect liberty, and it is increasingly revealing problems with law enforcement agencies and offices. Despite the common excuse, you can't judge them all by a few bad apples, evidence reveals that our problems with police go beyond a "few bad apples." A recen...
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New 'Separate But Equal'?

by Tim Baldwin The Flathead Beacon published the following article of mine it its latest weekly column: Years ago in America, the majority discriminated against people based on sex, religion and race. Until 1920 (19th amendment, USC) women could not vote. Until the 13th and 14th amendments, black people were property. Until 1967, states criminalized white and black people marrying each other. Those who supported these discriminations used either religion or natural law for justification. Liberal thinking people fought these discriminations successfully, and most conservatives today praise this fact. With...
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Follow the Dark Money

by Tim Baldwin published in Flathead Beacon, April 3, 2015   Money has always corrupted politics. America is no different, and it will continue to until we pass better laws (whether through statute or constitutional amendment) to protect our political system. Not all corruption can be eliminated, but there are rules that can be implemented to mitigate and punish the tendencies of corruption. The Citizens United decision may have ruled that corporate spending for political advocacy is free speech (and thus protected by the First Amendment), but it did not rule that states cannot require politicians to...
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ISIS and Interpreting Holy Books

by Tim Baldwin published in Flathead Beacon, 02/25/15 Many people will reject truth that comes from their enemy. This was seen when many conservatives harshly criticized Obama for noting, at the National Prayer Breakfast, the oppressive acts committed centuries ago under Christianity. Perhaps their criticism came because they refuse to acknowledge what distorts religion, including Christianity. Many conservatives have turned the conflicts in the Middle East into a religious issue. They promote America’s fight against “ISIS” as a way to kill infidels. But Obama sees the terrorism as a dist...
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Judge Roy Moore v. Gay Marriage

by Tim Baldwin The Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice, Roy Moore, has a reputation for standing firm on his beliefs—though some despise him for it. Years ago, he was removed by Alabama's executive branch from chief justice because he refused to remove the rather large Ten Commandments monument after a federal court ruled that it violated the “separation of church state." It was extremely controversial at the time. Ironically, in 2003, he ran for chief justice again and won. Now, Justice Moore is again defying a federal court ruling that struck down Alabama’s law that prevents the st...
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Vaccinations: Choice or Mandate?

by Tim Baldwin(published in Flathead Beacon, Opinion Section, 2/11/15)In Montana, approximately 35% of the parents have not vaccinated their children. Are they all ignorant or making informed decisions?The recent “measles outbreak” at Disney is noteworthy, because of those infected some were vaccinated for measles. Yet, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said, “90% of the people close to that [infected] person who are not immune will also become infected.” So, what percentage of those vaccinated will be infected? Curiously, CDC states nothing about this. Too, look at China. Vaccinations ...
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Conservatives Can Promote Big Government Too

by Tim Baldwin For the past eleven years I have been practicing law as a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney. I have closely seen how the “War on Drugs” has ruined people’s lives and given tremendous, over-reaching police power to government. If you want to reduce police power and reduce taxes, there is a tremendous place to start. However, some Republicans only want to grow this police power. The latest example of this is Gov. Scott Walker’s intended policy of mandatory drug testing of welfare and unemployment recipients without even a suspicion of illegal drug use. Some politi...
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Prosecutor Cover Up

by Tim Baldwin Montana defense attorneys, Tim Baldwin and Phyllis and Jack Quatman, of the Quatman and Quatman, PC law firm in Flathead County, have revealed serious unethical and perhaps unlawful actions of prosecutors and Northwest Drug Task Force Agent in Flathead County, Montana and their attempt to cover it up. The seriousness of their actions caused these defense attorneys to request an investigation to the Montana Attorney General. To date, the Attorney General’s Office has not responded to this request. Click here to read the story.
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JBS Employee Robert Brown’s Response to Tim Baldwin’s Open Letter Ignores State Rights Quandary

by Tim Baldwin After my open letter to the John Birch Society (JBS) was released, Robert Brown (employee of JBS who is stationed in Montana) responded to my letter through his Facebook page. He stated, "Tim Baldwin has been attacking the JBS lately for not supporting HIS view of an Article V convention. What is his goal?" Robert's response is nonsense and ignores the State Rights quandary JBS faces by its opposition to Article V. In case Robert may still be confused, I’ll try to explain my point better, which is this: JBS' opposition to Article V internally contradicts its posi...
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Open Letter to John Birch Society re: Article V

John Birch Society, You are confused and determined to spread your propaganda more than teaching truth. Foolishly, you would rather the States take the same course of action that led our union to Civil War; namely, nullification and unilateral secession. Any student of American history can see that your preferred and proposed course of action will lead us to that kind of war. This begs the question: do you WANT to see the destruction of the States as we saw in the 1860s? You claim that you advance the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Yet, when it comes to the safest and most practical method (...
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John Birch Society Denies Declaration of Independence Principles

by Tim Baldwin On August 12, 2014, Voices of Montana, which is Montana’s only statewide radio show, had John Birch Society employee, Robert Brown, on the show as a guest to denounce the use of Article V, United States Constitution. Article V is the provision wherein the States may convene for the purpose of proposing amendments, which if any are proposed by the delegates, the States would deliberate on the proposals in special sessions and then vote on whether to ratify the amendments or not. The host of the radio show and Brown had one goal in mind: STOP Article V! In addition to much misinformation Bro...
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Writing for the Flathead Beacon

by Tim Baldwin Raising three young children, managing a busy law practice (www.flatheadlegal.com) and fostering a good marriage with my wife have hampered my ability to write political articles for the past several months. However, you may be interested to know that I write political articles for the Flathead Beacon, a weekly paper in Flathead County, Montana. You can visit www.flatheadbeacon.com and search for “Tim Baldwin” to find and read my articles. I intend to write more as my circumstances allow. For now, my weekly column in the Flathead Beacon will be my main political outlet.
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Matt Rosendale and The Truth About Shooting Drones

by Tim Baldwin Matt Rosendale (R), candidate for United States House of Representatives, quickly created a public image as a Tea Party conservative when he broadcasted a commercial where he shoots down a “government drone.” Looking at Rosendale’s state legislative record, however, evidence reveals that Rosendale really does not believe in “shooting drones” through legislation and did nothing to limit the use of drones in criminal prosecutions in Montana. In 2013, Rosendale sponsored Senate Bill 196 (which was passed and signed into law), and it supposedly qualifies the governme...
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Revolutionists, Not Constitutionalists

by Tim Baldwin I am convinced that most advocates of state nullification who oppose Article V (hereinafter referred to as “nullification purists”) are effectively revolutionists, not constitutionalists. An article that demonstrates my point is entitled Tool for Liberty: Nullifying for the Sake of Nullification, which was written by Tate Fegley and posted by the Tenth Amendment Center. In this article I will show how: (1) nullification purists do not promote real nullification but give only lip service to the idea; (2) nullification purists invoke Natural Law, not Constitutional law, as the...
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Michigan Proves Article V is a Red, White and Blue Movement

by Tim Baldwin Michigan just passed an application to call an amendment convention under Article V of the Constitution for the explicit purpose of requiring a balanced federal budget.  The Washington Times reports, “Michigan lawmakers last week voted to demand a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” This report highlights that this application may be the 34th application on the subject, thus triggering Congress’ duty to call a convention for that purpose.   However, some States have rescinded their balanced budget applications. Citing Prof. Rob Natelson as authorit...
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Get Real About Amendments

by Tim Baldwin I have shown before (here, here, here, and here)  how a so-called “runaway” Article V convention is, in fact, a secession act of the States that propose and/or ratify a new constitution. Despite the hollow echoes of those who oppose Article V for fear of such a runaway/secession movement, they ignore the reality that, first, no State is going to try to secede from the union and second, no sufficient number of States would propose and ratify a new constitution to secede from the Constitution of the United States. The evidence shows, the only amendments that are popular enough to ...
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Common Sense Challenge to JBS' Rob Brown on Article V

by Tim Baldwin Polymontana reposted Prof. Rob Natelson's article on why Amendments will work (note: I reposted this article too). Someone self-named as "fredh" posted in the comment section an article by John Birch Society coordinator, Rob Brown, on why we can't use or trust Article V; namely, because Congress will control the convention and the States will be left with worse than what they wanted or nothing at all. Rob Brown's article follows, and after this, I reposted my comment to Brown's article below. Congressional report validates JBS convention concerns https://www.fas...
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My Response to Tom DeWeese on Article V (Part 1)

by Tim Baldwin “Caution and investigation are a necessary armor against error and imposition. But this untractableness may be carried too far, and may degenerate into obstinacy, perverseness, or disingenuity.” Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper 31. Tom DeWeese expressed his opposition to using Article V in an article entitled, Some Thoughts on the Article V Issue. I respect Tom and what he has done regarding liberty issues, but I believe his logic and approach to Article V is flawed. I believe Hamilton’s description (above) of the Constitution’s opponents in 1787 applies to Articl...
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Madison, Jefferson and Henry Supported Article V

by Tim Baldwin One of the usual weapons Article V opponents will use to oppose an amendment convention is a quote from James Madison when he opposed the Anti-Federalists’ plan for an amendment convention in 1789. Madison said, “I should tremble for the result of a Second [convention].” However, Article V opponents mistakenly rely on Madison’s statement and misapply the politics of 1789. Madison’s true position on Article V actually proves that an amendment convention is necessary today—and not only Madison’s position, but also Thomas Jefferson’s and Patrick Henry...
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