That’s the number of views I got on yesterday’s article What are Bullock’s Options?
I think that’s pretty good. It’s much better than I usually do on political articles. Usually they’ll take a couple days to get that high in the rankings, if they do at all. Here’s a look at what I’m talking about, the analytics:
It’s because Montanans are sick of the corporate-dominated, Back East-controlled Montana Democratic Party. They’re sick of it and they want a change.
Steve Bullock represents the fore of that usurpation of the Montana Democratic Party by the corporations and moneylenders, and that’s why many people were happy to see him as a target yesterday.
They’re sick of the inevitability of it all, the fact that Bullock is the chosen one and there will be no opposition. They’re sick of this because Bullock’s policies are shit, as we pointed out yesterday.
Many, many Democrats are not happy with him right now, his cozying up to Corporate and the bankers. That might enrich Bullock’s family after his service is done, as well as make that war chest swell, but it doesn’t do one damn thing for me and my family. It doesn’t do much for most Montana families.
That’s not really the function of the Montana Democratic Party anymore, however, to look after you or your family. There’s just no money in it.
Now looking after corporations and banks, my oh my, that’s a goldmine! Montana Democrats have figured that out – at least the upper crust of the party – and they’re milking it for all it’s worth.
Who am I talking about? I’m talking about these people:
- Dayna Swanson is only there because Tester sent her;
- Adam Scheiffer is only there because Bullock sent him;
- Emily Samhammer is only there because Lindeen sent her;
- Terry Kenderick is only there because Juneau sent her;
So right there, we have four party hacks that are handpicked to do what the top dogs of the party want, effectively giving them a vote on the leadership team.
Why is this done? I don’t know, but it doesn’t help me. It helps those four elected officials, however, it helps them a helluva lot. Is that good? I still don’t know how much Lindeen is going to steal from you so she has something to give the insurance companies, but she will. I’m sure Samhammer will help her with that.
Jim Larson is one of the main problems with the leadership team now. First, he’s not an elected official, and I saw him groveling for an appointed position a few weeks ago. Right now Louise Bruce is challenging him, and I hope she wins – the Party is in tatters, and there’s only one to blame for that – Jim Larson and Tester and Bullock. Max Baucus is another sorry excuse for a man that we’ll throw in there too.
What have those men done for you lately?
So that’s who “leads” the Montana Democratic Party, that’s whose feet you can lay the insurmountable pile of fuck-ups that have accumulated over the years.
These people have no idea what they’re doing.
This is clear from the abysmal turnout rates, the policies that benefit corporations more than families, and the complete disregard for anything that might make your family move up on the ladder of success.
I don’t think they know how to succeed, to be completely honest, and they’ve gotten to the point where they realize this. They’re scared more than anything, scared that others will find this out, kick them out of their plum positions, force them back to some real job for a sensible salary.
That scares the shit out of them, not being “important,” and they’ll fight tooth and nail to keep their positions, even if that hurts Montana immeasurably. That’s the Montana Democratic Party today.
If we had money it might be different. That’s all Montana Democrats want anymore, is money. Even when they say they want to hear your opinion on how they did last session, you have to pay to tell them:
Can a challenge be given? Can we take back the Party?
I doubt it, but let’s look at the 2014 Montana Democratic Party platform to see what we can see. After all, that’s where political coups happen.
The document is 74 pages, so that tells you a lot – there’s a lot of fluff. The most common words in the platform are “whereas,” “therefore” and “resolved.”
My, that’s quite a lot to get excited about. If that didn’t do it, you’ll get categories like “Agricultural Antitrust Enforcement,” “Wetlands and Riparian Areas,” and “Resolution on Public Funding of Judicial Races.”
There’s a lot more than that, however, and some of the issues are important. You get things like “Early Childhood Education,” “Electrical Deregulation,” and “Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide.”
All in all, not a lot to get excited about. I mean, even the medical marijuana plank is about as dry as can be:
WHEREAS, the voters of Montana approved by initiative the compassionate use of medical marijuana
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Democratic Party supports the right of qualified patients, with a medical condition where marijuana is appropriate, to have safe access to medical marijuana.
What should they say?
“Yeah, we fully support medical marijuana, and that’s known. Really, though, times have changed. Montana is an agricultural state and we’re not going to let our neighbors take the largest cash crop to come along. That’s marijuana, and we’ll fight tooth and nail for legalization in 2016, as well as the tax structure that puts those revenues into schools and treatment, and only schools and treatment. Your increasing property taxes demand nothing less.”
That’s leadership, but…Montana Democrats don’t want that. They don’t want ideas either.
That’s the thing, Montana Democrats do not want a lot of people coming in and mucking things up, jumping in line, or overturning the apple cart. They want order and control. They want voters, but that’s it – please don’t try and get into the party hierarchy…that’s full-up.
I’ve said it many times in the state newspapers and on this website – there’s nothing to get excited about. There’s nothing to get excited about when it comes to the Montana Democratic Party…either in 2016 or any year!
These people look out for themselves, that “leadership team” we saw earlier. They don’t care about you, they just care about staying in power as long as they can. Voter turnout doesn’t matter, and if it’s lower, that’s good – fewer challengers to their hegemony.
If more people got involved in Montana Democratic Party politics, many of these hacks would be pushed to the wayside. They have no ideas, not a single one of ‘em! If so…where are they?
I put ideas on this website everyday. I see three other websites in this state do that on a regular basis, but I never see any elected officials or “leadership” members do that.
Why is that?
Because they’re not leaders, they’re followers, and it’s time we put them in their place.