The Big Sky State’s economy is being crippled, perhaps beyond repair, by orders from Governor Steve Bullock that, from all accounts, seems similar to most (but not all) other states in the union. While states like South Dakota have avoided most draconian measures (and has, in fact, better coronavirus infection and death rates than most other states), Montana’s policies closer reflect those of California and New York. Even South Carolina, with a far greater population, hasn’t issued the same kind of shelter-in-place policies as Montana.
Montana is 46th out of 50 states in coronavirus deaths, with only North Dakota, Alaska, and Wyoming with fewer casualties. With the United States is likely its peak deaths, and our hospitals are not overcrowded or overrun. Our state healthcare industry is not overwhelmed. And some Montanans are insisting we be let back to work.
On Sunday, a group of Montanans plan to descend on the state’s capitol grounds in Helena and march peacefully with flags in protest of the lockdown and in defiance of regulations forbidding such peaceable assembly. Entitled Montana Rally for Future and Freedom, the event is scheduled for Sunday at 1PM.
One person with the event, Kelly Remior, stated on Facebook, “We have been advised that the Montana Highway Patrol has been advised of this gathering and have issued a warning. It appears that even though the Governor is using Title 50 and Title 10 to justify his emergency order, there is a threat of fines and or jail to attend this rally.”
The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law [abridging the] right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
A video was posted to the video about the plans to gather for protesting and prayer (watch below).
It will certainly be interesting to see if Montana officials fine or arrest Montanans for exercising their first amendment rights this Sunday.