I’ve been thinking about this for some time now, but the spur to action was the Missoula County Democrats’ July 28 meeting.
After that I emailed Dave Kendall about becoming the precinct person for my area, which looked empty. He emailed me right back saying he’d check with the main guy.
After two days there was still no word, so I emailed that person directly. He told me the spot was full.
I went on. I continued to try and pull the party where I want it to go, but they do not care. Issues that are important to me aren’t important to the people at the top, individuals that are dependent upon large corporate donations and National’s “support.”
On top of this I’ve come to hate and despise the Democratic Party-controlled website called Montana Cowgirl. I was notified by one of their anonymous moderators that I’ve been banned for several months.
Well, I think that tells you a lot. It tells me that I’m not wanted, that Missoula Democrats do not want me as one of their number, and that Montana Democrats feel the exact same way.
So I’m not a Democrat anymore.
I’m going to explain why I’m saying this, and it’s quite easy to do because I’ve been thinking of leaving the Democratic Party for some time. I actually wrote this post, all 4,000+ words of it, on July 27.
Some other things that have bothered me about Montana Democrats, and national Democrats in general, are the following:
- Cozying up to Corporate;
- LGBT: Hey Hey, Ho Ho;
- Everyone Loves Abortion;
- Attack Sites;
- The “Party of Inclusiveness”;
- Guns are the Scourge of America.
I will warn you, this’ll be a long post, more than 4,000 words. I’m going to speak my mind via my heart and I’ll lose a lot of “friends.” I don’t feel I ever had any to begin with, so it doesn’t really matter.
Let’s just get right into it.
Cozying Up to Corporate
Yeah, most Americans are independent, at least the Americans that matter – those are the only ones the two parties go after during election season.
I think one of the main reasons is the corporate control of the political process, and the way both parties totally ignore this. It’s so obvious, like the emperor that has no clothes!
I’ve written about the problems that Montana Democrats have with corporate control many times, and this pretty much boils down to the national Democrats telling the Montana Democrats what they can and can’t do.
Go fuck yourselves, National!
But we can never say that, can we? For if we do that, the purse strings might be taken away forever.
What balderdash! We saw last November that the Missoula Democrats are pissing away all their money to corporate, er…national.
What the hell? We should be raising our own money and keeping it, and when national comes around, we ask them where the hell the carrot is to go along with that stick.
I’m tired of giving and getting nothing in return, but that’s all national Democrats expect – more, more, more, all the fucking time.
If you’re not giving them money, you’re no use to the Democratic Party.
LGBT: Hey Hey, Ho Ho!
Hey, great, you got married, you’re adopting kids, you have equal health insurance and benefits now.
So the fuck what!
My life sucks, and has for some time. Now you can have all the same sucky things I’m entitled to – good for you.
Why do LGBT folks have to shove their shit down my throat all the fucking time? I don’t care about you or your life!
Now, let’s be honest here – most of the time it’s the corporate-controlled media that’s continually bombarding us with all the LGBT social advances that are taking place.
Why do they do this?
I have no idea, and I have no idea why we continually see more and more media, movie and television attention paid to a social group that only makes up 3.6% of the country.
We know that 15.2% of Montanans live in poverty, so that’s four times the number of LGBT folks we have, and these people are really struggling. They’re struggling to eat, to find a place to live, and to survive.
LGBT folks are struggling to feel good about themselves, and while that’s a noble effort, I myself think it in no way compares to the true struggles many families are facing.
Because I’ve said that, I’ll be tarred and feathered.
If you question anything about LGBT folks in Montana and their organizations – or God forbid, question them – then you can expect to be chastised or shunned.
Many of us in Missoula saw this in 2014 when Chuck Erickson was railroaded in favor of Andrea Olsen last go-round for the legislature, even though Erickson had run in 2012 for the same seat and lost by only a handful of votes.
But he wasn’t LGBT, like Olsen, and didn’t have the support of Diane Sands. So that was that – Erickson was out, Olsen was in.
Oftentimes Democrats like to throw out the argument that you need to wait in line, but that’s just a convenient tool that upper-echelon Montana Democrats use on the lower-echelon Democrats to fool them into staying ‘in their place.’
We’ll get more to this in the inclusiveness section below.
Everyone Loves Abortion
You can read a bit of it in this post about Dr. Sadie Lindeberg in Miles City in the early 1900s. If you’d like to read more about Montana abortion history, check out this post about Gertrude Pitkanen in Butte in the 1930s through 1950s.
The point is, abortions have been going on for a long time in Montana, and they will continue to do so. I’ve always said that if you make abortion illegal again, you’re putting not just one life on the line, but two.
Democrats don’t like to hear that, however, because to them, those fetuses aren’t lives. Still, they will shamelessly discuss how they can sell those fetal organs, profiting their institutions.
We know that abortions are down 12% from 2010 abortion levels, meaning just about 673,000 are expected to be performed in 2015.
That’s a lot, but again, it represents 0.21% of the American population.
This issue affects less than 1% of us, yet Montana Democrats continually harp on it.
I feel it costs them seats in the legislature, and good candidates that say, “hey, I like all the other Democratic issues but this one. For this one, I just have a slight moral hangup.”
So what! But instead of saying ‘so what,’ Montana Democrats shun that individual, and worse, attack them.
For in Montana, if you’re not 100% in support of abortion, you cannot be a true Democrat.
This is wrong, and I won’t be a part of it.
I looked at all the posts they’d put up over the course of a month, and it was pretty clear, few of the issues affect hardworking Montanans.
Most of the issues on the site can really be boiled down to three types: attacks, spam, and fluff.
- Attacks are posts that typically go after GOP candidates in Montana or elected GOP officials. Oftentimes the arguments are good and the evidence is sound, but it’s one-sided preaching to the choir that I’m not sure is really effective at anything, and creates more long-term ill-will than benefits.
- Spam is typically pushing some tired issue, a meet-and-greet (usually paid), or some candidate’s event.
- Fluff is what we saw with the flag and fountain debates recently, or what we’ve seen with trapping and other things that don’t really affect you, except to keep you from the more pressing issues that do.
One of the reasons I hate MT Cowgirl so much is because of their hypocrisy.
They love to attack others, but if you attack them, whoa – back the fuck off!
The only debate allowed is that which is directed through a narrow funnel, and toward accepted targets. If you question anyone on the site, you’ll be damned.
I found that toward the end of July when I was threatened with a banning and then I was banned outright today, at 3:03 AM of all times.
While I am angered that MT Cowgirl can attack whomever the site chooses but I can’t offer my thoughts and opinions in a forum that labels itself as “open," this is what you should expect from Montana Democrats and their message machine.
I know they have their prized commenting policy, and I suppose opening your heart about what you see is wrong with the state violates that.
Montana Democrats have a lot of attack sites, like MT Streetfighter, which manages about a post a month. They’re not really effective anymore, as they got into some problems.
Intelligent Discontent is another, one that does the straight party-line reasoning all the time. You won’t get deviation from the norm over there.
And that’s about it. Republicans have never been able to get a website up and running on a sustained basis, showing their level of internet incompetence.
I have to say though, Republicans never attack me. I’m never blocked on Twitter by Republicans and most of the time they never reply to me. Democrats block me all the time.
Montana Democrats call me on the phone at least once a month to complain. Invariably it’s some tired politician or consultant that’s taken offense to my words but is too chicken-shit to comment directly online where I made those comments.
Unlike Democrats, Montana Republicans know the age old concept of the boot and the ant well.
Does the boot feel the ant when it steps on it?
No, why on earth would it feel something so small and inconsequential? It wouldn’t.
That’s how Montana Republicans feel about a lot of the ants that come their way. Democrats, however, love to attack endlessly, and anyone, no matter how small and insignificant they may be.
I usually just attack Democrats these days, mainly because it’s a slow time and I’m trying to push and pull the party where I feel it needs to go. Because of that, I’ve been branded a traitor.
Montana Democrats hate me!
I’ve known this for some time, that they hate me, and it’s because I say what I think. They hate that, because it’s not towing the party line. They don’t want people to think critically, or to come up with new ideas. They don’t like change.
What do you do in the face of that?
I get angry and resentful, and it makes me want to attack them further. It’s like you’ve got a family member with a drug problem and you try to do everything to help them, but they hate you more because of it.
So that’s Montana Democrats, a terrible junkie that hates anyone that tries to point out their problems in a bid to help them.
The best thing to do in that situation is just walk away.
Let them hurt themselves, over and over again. Maybe they’ll learn, you think, but the truth is, they never will.
They like things as they are, and have no intention of changing them. They have their friends and their hangouts and that’s all they need. The idea of improving or betterment…naw, doesn’t even come into it.
When you’re set in your ways and comfortable there, why change?
The “Party of Inclusiveness”
Why was that?
I think it’s because I wasn’t part of the Missoula Democratic machine.
Sure, anyone can file, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get support.
I saw this firsthand on at that July Missoula Democrats meeting when one poor woman had to stand up and talk for 5 minutes just so she could use the Missoula Democrats’ database. That’s pitiful that they have to even debate that.
I still remember the cold reception I got that day, mainly from Willis Curdy, a man that didn’t do anything in the 2015 Legislature but sit on his laurels.
But he was in line, and when it comes to Montana Democrats, how long you’ve been sitting around collecting dust is more important than what you can bring to the table now, what you have to offer, and how you can help the party win.
I say what I think, and I’ve been doing this for some time. I’ve been doing it in part to try and push and pull the Montana Democratic Party where I want it to go, but it’s happy to sit right where it is.
I’m not happy with that.
I think we’ve got some serious problems in this state and in this country, but the Montana Democrats don’t. For if they were to admit there were problems, it’d make them look bad. After all, their man Bullock has been in charge for four years, has he not?
So instead of looking at issues, we sweep them under the rug. Instead of trying to solve problems, we make them worse.
I need to stop using “we,” as I don’t want to be a Montana Democrat anymore, remember?
For many, this makes sense – I’ve attacked the party endlessly for months. Well, like I said, I’m trying to push it and pull it where I want it to go, where I feel it needs to go in order to win.
But the Montana Democratic Party thinks it is winning.
What do you do in the face of that kind of thinking? I’m not sure, but at this point, I’m throwing up my hands and walking away.
Work vs. Handouts
I think a lot of my thinking comes from the fact that I lived in China for 5 years, from 2008 to 2013. That place is hardcore capitalism, about as pure of a form as you can get these days.
Anyone can set up a shop in about one day, and anyone can lay down a mat and start selling something, anywhere. Just about everyone has a second job, doing something, making that extra bit for their family.
Why do they do this? Because they have to.
Minimum wage in Shenzhen, where I lived, was 1,360 RMB a month when I left, and that comes out to $219 a month. Most people live on that. And if you’re a professional, you’re not living on much more – doctors made about $805 to $1,000 a month, on average.
So you go into business, making some extra money.
Businessmen do the best over there, and they make bank. A large part of their success lies in their corrupt ways, and I feel some of those shady business practices have invaded America. Of course, both countries’ politics have been broken because of it, but hey, we’re making money.
I hate this corruption in politics because of business, but I recognize it well because I saw it everyday for 5 years and read about it in the papers over there.
Even the state propaganda will tell you about all the executions of businessmen and politicians because they got caught. Well, they were probably the sacrificial lambs thrown to the state media by the really corrupt coterie at the top that ran things.
In America, the system is exactly the same. Remember, China was just copying us when they did Reform and Opening in the late-1970s. So they get these ideas from us.
We’ve sent all our manufacturing jobs over to them, after all. As a consequence, most blue collar American jobs have disappeared. Many of those workers went on permanent handout status, where the state and the feds give them checks each month for food, energy assistance, and rent and mortgage help. This is the handout state.
I feel as though we should work more and hand out less, but there aren’t as many places to work anymore.
We saw how bad Montana’s manufacturing sector is when we went to Jon Tester’s Small Business Workshop. We used to have 23,000 jobs but now we have 19,000. The country is in far worse shape.
Montana Democrats, however, would rather talk about abortion and gay rights than how to get people working again.
I can’t help but think it’s because the upper crust of the party is profiting from that, or at least staying in power because of it.
Guns are the Scourge of America
To be completely honest with you, I don’t think about guns at all, other than the fact that I’d like to buy one, if they weren’t so damn expensive.
Montana Democrats, however, think that guns are evil, and that they must be taken away.
Alright, alright…maybe I’m sounding like a Republican. I did score as Right Libertarian on this political quiz awhile back, however.
- I’m not concerned about mass-shootings because they’re so few and far between;
- I’m not concerned about some lone wolf attack because I know my chances of dying in other ways are so much higher;
- I’m not worried about the NRA because I know they and the arms dealers they represent give just as much to Democrats.
Guns are so not an issue that it’s not even funny.
- Mental illness is an issue, but that might hurt the profits of Big Pharma, who give heavily to Democrats.
- Illegal drugs are a big issue, for they lead to lots of gun violence, but Democrats won’t talk about this, again, because they’re probably profiting;
- Ignorance is an issue that can lead to lots of gun violence, but we don’t discuss how poor our schools are compared to the rest of the world, and I’m not talking about funding.
So we have lots of issues that create gun violence. I think that mental health, drugs and ignorance are prime motivators as to whether someone is going to use a gun on someone else.
I don’t think guns themselves are the real issue. After all, we just had a mass-killing with knives awhile back, but the media didn’t report on that.
Why is that? Well, it doesn’t play into their narrative, the one that wants to take all guns away.
That needs to happen before the international bankers can fully take hold of this country, effectively turning it into Greece.
If you talk like that, however, Democrats will call you a conspiracy nut.
Fine, it’s to be expected from a political party that’s taking money hand over fist from those international bankers, largely through their Wall Street racket.
I’m also a firm believer that we need the right to own guns so that we can overthrow a tyrannical government, just as our Founding Fathers intended for us to do when that time came, and they knew it would.
I feel we’re really close to that time, if not living in it, and while I’m not going to tell anyone to go out and start the revolution, I will say that we need our guns, and no matter how many school shootings we have, my mind isn’t going to change on that.
My grandpa, Robert Hockett, served as a Democrat in the Montana State Senate in the late-80s and early-90s. He was from Havre, won the Rocky Boys Reservation, and believed that government helped people.
He’d lived on the Hi-Line during the Depression, so he knew that firsthand. That’s why it pains me to say I can no longer belong to that Party. I do take some consolation in knowing he’d probably question the current Montana Democratic Party as well.
My other grandpa, Hardie Strandberg in Helena, was probably a Republican.
I don’t see him not voting for John Aronson when the “Galloping Swede” was running for governor in the 1950s.
My grandpa was a carpenter that’d been trained in the shipyards of Washington during the war, so he benefited a lot from government spending. But he was a private businessman who ran a carpentry outfit with his brother, so he knew what it meant to work hard and struggle for profits.
I struggle for profits everyday, and it’s because I’m a businessman. In that regard, I have a lot more in common with Republicans. Hey, this was the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt! Unfortunately, the Grand Ol' Party has fallen far since then.
I honestly don’t know why I spend so much time on politics. I can write something on marketing and get 300 views in a day, but if I do politics, it might get half of that…if I’m lucky, and usually over two to three days.
Wouldn’t it be better to spend my time writing what sells, or even novels that don’t sell that well but at least create some income? Writing about politics does none of that for me…does it?
It’s good to think about these things. It’s important that young Montana Democrats or young Montana Republicans think a lot about the issues, and how they came to their position on them.
We get most of our political ideas from our parents, and those in turn came from their parents. So think about where you come from and what your ideas are.
Don’t be afraid to think out loud and talk these ideas through.
Maybe it’ll take you a good year and a half to come to the conclusion that the party you thought was right just isn’t. It took me about that long, although that’s not true – I knew a long time ago but just couldn’t bring myself to admit it.
I’m admitting it today – the Montana Democratic Party is not the right party for me.
It feels good saying that.
So from now on I won’t be working to help Democrats, like I have been. Many don’t think I was helping, so this won’t be seen as a loss.
For many of you, the content on this site will only get better.
Why keep that one arm tied behind my back any longer?
I mean, if the Democrats in Montana don’t care about me, and actually despise me, why don’t I give them a taste of their medicine.
I’m not convinced Steve Bullock is right for Montana in 2016, how about that? Why don’t we look into ways that the GOP could bring him down? It’s time we look at his corrupt wife as well.
This is the stuff you want to hear, because you’re tired of the one-party monopoly on the news, just like I was tired of it living in “Communist” China.
We’ll begin talking a lot about Bullock on this site, and to be completely honest, I’m not concerned about discussing how the rest of the Montana Democratic Party can destroy itself – just let it continue on as is and it’ll do that just fine in that regard.
But I would like to throw a wrench in their machine, and discussing where which corporations are funding Bullock is where we'll start.
Keeping Tim Fox in the Attorney General’s office is another something to think about.
And if I can get some of that Gianforte war chest money so I can support my family, so be it. Democrats have never even thrown me a bone in this state, after all.
Can you believe I actually woke up the other morning thinking about a post called “10 Ways to Get Rid of Tim Fox in 2016?”
Well, those days are done – Democrats can do that stuff on their own.
Whether that interferes with flags and fountains I’m not sure, but I’m sure the party will manage. They’ve done an admirable job so far.
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