Entirely mainstream candidate for State Auditor gave a media-ignored speech to the radical John Birch Society last summer. While I certainly don’t suggest (for fear of irreparable harm being done) that you watch the entire speech, it’s worth noting that Skees:
- asserted that the Supreme Court wrongly decided the Marbury v. Madison decision which gave the Court judicial review;
- argued that states, counties, and cities have the right to nullify federal laws;
- endorsed John Calhoun’s threat to secede in the 1832;
- defended his idiotic House Bill 382, which would have created an “11 man” panel in Montana to nullify federal laws.
To be clear, the Republican candidate for State Auditor repeatedly asserted the right to nullify federal laws, something voters ought to know.
Skees defended his ideas in the context of something he called the “Lesser Magistrate” theory. What Skees presents as English law doctrine is rooted in radical Christian groups who argue like this:
For example, if Congress or the President makes an unjust or immoral edict, a state legislature or the governor could stand in defiance of their unjust edict and refuse to obey or implement it. They could in fact actively oppose it. Or for that matter, a city council or mayor could act in defiance or opposition of an unjust edict by a higher authority.
If ever this nation needs to understand the lesser-magistrate doctrine, it is now. Immoral and unjust edicts are commonplace. The preborn are being murdered, and sodomy is being proliferated. The assault upon our freedom and liberties is a daily undertaking by those in high office. The attacks upon the law of God are ferocious and relentless.
Skees acknowledges in this video that endorses a view of the Constitution which would permit any form of government below the federal government to resist any law they decide is immoral. A governor could refuse to follow a federal law because he though it conflicted with his moral vision.
This is not only entirely unworkable, but a recipe for disaster. If personal morality gives governors the power to ignore the rule of law, the decisions of the Supreme Court, and the decisions of the federal government, liberty will most certainly not be the result. It’s a recipe for disunion, chaos, and government control resting in the hands of those who believe their morality trumps the law.
Just as I said this June, Montana voters should be told that Mr. Skees not only spoke at a meeting of a hate group, but that he endorses a radical view of government not seen since 1865 in this country.
Since they are his own words, wouldn’t that justify the media covering them?
(Written overnight on 10/3; posted automatically on 10/4)