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No matter for whom any Montanan has voted to represent us in the U.S. House or Senate, we all were voting for a person we believed when they said they would represent us. We were not voting for someone who would avoid their obligation to work diligently in the system of checks and balances our founders established. That balance was established to keep us from sliding or being led from democracy into fascism, oligarchy or a totalitarian state. If Texas or another border state had a declared state of emergency, as Virginia did did after the Charlottesville marches, our representatives would bear no direct responsibility to act. But in this latest attempt to undermine our three branches of government with the declaration of a national state of emergency, every Montanan should be able to rely on all three of our elected representatives to Washington, D.C., to stand up, protect the protections established in our Constitution, and act to forbid this type of action. Each of them will stand for re-election and every Montanan needs to hold them accountable for their actions in this situation.

Russell Lord

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