Rebecca Mapston | Advocacy
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Advocacy

Issue #1 – Education

As a parent, I understand firsthand the blessing of raising children. We are given great responsibility as the stewards of our children. This is a sacred role with great responsibility and is never that of the government. Today’s education system has the opposite philosophy and often is affront to basic parental rights in knowing and deciding what our children are taught. We are in a battle with our systematic social education system. What once was a place for children to foster creativity and free thinking has now become a place of social reform and indoctrination.  We must stand up for our children and be the advocate I encourage parents as I did with my children, be overly engaged in what they are learning, be overly engaged in what is happening around their schools.  Morality is to be taught in the home. I am running to ensure that we keep our schools free of the Critical Race Theory and other political agendas that do not align with the words of Martin Luther King, “that we judge a person based on content of character, not the color of their skin.” Our children should never be taught to be victims nor oppressors based on their skin color. Our leaders of tomorrow are those who sit in the classrooms today. We must begin to see our country from a generational lens.  I believe parents and students should have more control over the education they desire. I will support legislation that will give parents more options on how they choose to educate their children.

 

‘The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.’ – Abraham Lincoln

Issue #2 – Economy

Rising gas prices, cost for food, and snarled shipping at our country’s ports are causing our once booming national economy to slowly collapse before our eyes. Montana has been fortunate in that it has had an increase in 2021 for small businesses and entrepreneurship. However, with the current administration goal that ‘everyone just needs to pay their fair share” we could be in troubled waters. They want to accomplish their goal to increase taxes. This is not sustainable, as 35% of small business owners are in that $400,000 or more category that large, major corporations are in. This is not about helping the middle class, this is about moving their socialist agenda forward by finding a way to tax us to pay for their frivolous spending and social programs. I am a 1099 independent contractor, and my husband and son are business owners. I see first-hand how these burdensome tax increases do not ‘find those who are not paying their fair share of taxes’. Rather, it increases the amount they are already paying, putting the burden on the middle class in the name of taxing the rich. In Montana we have a legislature that is about protecting small businesses and creating new business ownership. I want to ensure as your representative that we do not create unfair taxation from a state level that will only hinder economic growth.

 

‘Doing well is the result of doing good. That’s what capitalism is all about.’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Issue 3 –   Heritage

Montana didn’t get the motto “The Last Best Place” because of our tall buildings and busy rush of life. No, we garnered this name because of nature, and the working class people that reside here. Those working-class people are descendants of the Montana Native American Tribes, The Pioneers, Prospectors, and Homesteaders who settled here and found refuge in mining, ranching, and farming.  Hard working people who built an economy in this state rooted in agriculture and now with a dash of tourism. How do we continue to keep Montana this way? We honor our heritage by preserving it and passing it on to our children and their children. Sharing it with the people in our communities and state.  That is only accomplished by Leadership that supports, understands, and reveres Montana’s environmental, cultural, and historical heritage. Then they work to preserve it.

 

‘Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.’ – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Issue 4 – Freedoms

Year after year we are seeing a subtle attack on our moral and personal freedoms. Ones given to us by our forefathers because they believed in our “Inalienable Rights” under God. They understood God first then the government. We cannot have freedom without liberties and liberties come from our Creator. Our religious freedoms are being attacked, our medical freedoms are under attack, our right to bear arms and free speech are under attack. As of late even our political beliefs are under attack. This is a National Progressive agenda that has indeed found its way into Montana. It is now up to us. As Montana residents and voters, we must ensure they do not get a grip and hold in this state. We want to always honor what the forefathers established and stand up to protect those rights given first to us by God, then by the Constitution. We are in dangerous territory, and I will do everything humanly possible to protect those rights for my constituents in our district at a local and state level.

 

‘If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent, we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.’ – George Washington