As you might know, I and many others have been banned from commenting on Montana Post.
I found this out again today after lunch when I tried to comment on their Medicaid work requirements article.
This sort of limitation on free speech by the left in Montana is nothing new.
- I and others were banned from commenting on MT Cowgirl years and years ago.
- I was personally responsible for the disabling of comments on Missoula Current two years ago.
Because of comments like this:
“What about the 2 in 3 that aren’t ill or disabled and aren’t working, but are still on the program? I’d be interested to learn more about them, and hopefully the legislature asks questions so we can learn more.”
Um...what’s wrong with that comment? I even used my real name.
I think the problem is that Democrats and those on the left in Montana just don’t want free discussion, or at least any kind of discussion that’s going to go against their agenda.
It could also be that they identify certain people and exclude them based on some kind of bias of their own.
Whatever the reason for the bias, it’s clear that it’s there and has been for some time.
I find it interesting that it’s only the left in Montana that engages in this limitation on free speech.
Kind of hypocritical.
Make sure you don’t point that out, however (and definitely don’t use your real name when doing so).
After all, you might be banned.
I expect to see this limitation on the discussion more and more from the left as we enter the 2020 cycle. They’re really feeling the sting of the 2016 loss and the 2018 ‘not-as-good-as-they-could-have-been’ races. Here in Montana, the elections of 2016, 2017, and 2018 weren’t that good for the left.
They’ll lash out and try to exclude reasonable voices - or at least those that they don’t agree with - with the hope that this will spell victory for them electorally.
I think they’re moving in the wrong direction, but that’s just me.
I don’t expect much to change on either the national or the statewide stage, and I don’t see any exciting individuals coming out of nowhere to save us from the boring and mundane.
It’d be nice if the left allowed more dialogue and didn't just talk to themselves, because then maybe people would get excited and we could see some real change.
Alas, that’s not on the agenda.