While I was travelling from Los Angeles to Corpus Christi in and through the black hole of the Federal prison system, a mercifully short trip for me compared to what most people face who are arrested by the U.S. Marshals or F.B.I., one man was there for me every single day—including Christmas and New Years Day. That man was was Montana State Senator Jerry O’Neil of Kalispell and Columbia Falls, Montana. He accepted my collect calls every day (sometimes 2-3 times a day, and collect calls from jail aren’t cheap!) and thereby supplied more psychological support than anyone could ever possibly imagine or calculate. He hasn’t told me how much he paid but it wouldn’t surprise me too much if he paid over $1,200 for as many collect calls as he accepted. Jerry is an amazing guy. He has been fighting the legal establishment in Montana for twenty years now and has served two terms, eight years, in the Montana Senate. The deadline for registering for the U.S. House of Representatives is about a month from now according to the Montana Secretary of State’s website, and I want to see Jerry run for the U.S. House. He is a unique individual, one of the most brilliant insightful legal minds I have known in my life, and I’ve spent a good deal of time around the Harvard and Yale Law Schools, as well as around the University of Chicago where I got my own J.D., and several others around the country as well. Jerry knows what very few people recognize—that the practice of law is governed by an illegitimate monopoly which needs to be brought down—and Jerry is the only person I know who has fought effectively against that monopoly for two decades. I have spent some time with Jerry while he was serving in the Montana Senate (in the winter session 2005) and during a special session last summer. Moreover, I’ve worked with Jerry on his own legal battles on and off for the past three years. I honestly believe that there is NOTHING more important that I could do than encourage others to support him for U.S. House of Representatives, but a statewide campaign, even in Montana, will cost thousands, probably hundreds of thousands, of dollars if it’s to be serious. I want to support Jerry O’Neil and I intend to do so, but he needs the support of every Patriotic American to take the fight against the unconstitutional legal monopoly to Washington. Jerry O’Neil is a man of unparallelled honor and integrity. People in EVERY state would benefit from having a Second Ron Paul in the U.S. House—and Ron Paul may not run for reelection this year since he’s running for President. Jerry O’Neil is, if anything, better qualified than Ron Paul. Everyone who supports the Libertarian/Barry Goldwater brand of Republicanism needs to send money to Jerry O’Neil for U.S. House. Jerry has not yet filed. I will accept contributions earmarked for Jerry O’Neil’s candidacy at the Tierra Limpia Foundation and every penny will go towards the cost of electing this personal and professional hero of mine to office.
Addendum, April 10, 2008: Well, it’s now obvious that Jerry will NOT be running in 2008, missed the filing deadline in spite of all my efforts (apparently Jeannie has her reservations about this project) but I continue personally to hope that Jerry will start campaigning for 2010 as soon as the new Congress is sworn in, in late January 2009. So Please call Jerry and encourage him and promise support as much as you can—it is the best possible investment you can make in the future of this country….Senator Jerry O’Neil, 985 Walsh Road, Columbia Falls, Montana 59912.