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Democrats and the Art of Visceral Desk Thumping
To the Editor,
After watching Montana Democrats pounding on desks and shrieking during proceedings at the Montana Legislature, I must agree with Steve Bullock. I wouldn’t want my kids watching this on TV news, either.
This episode is not the only cause for concern I have regarding the democrat party in Montana.
A website appeared on the very public internet which began: “Welcome to Precinct5, the web site of the Democratic precinct committee person (Bert Kraft - firstname.lastname@example.org) for rural Bridger.”
This introduction leads me to believe the site is written by Kraft and for the Democrat party in Carbon County, since Kraft represents himself as a Democrat official.
Here are some timely excerpts from precinct5.org.
“A government cannot do great things without great taxes”.
Kraft writes that American government should fund the fight against global warming, He says China and Europe are leading this battle and America’s not, apparently, doing her part.
Kraft thinks our government should pay for - among other things: healthcare, free markets, the arts, the ACLU and NRA.
In his article “ Whither the GOP”, Kraft says he is...."beginning to become more optimistic about my changes(sic) of witnessing the demise of a major political party within my lifetime.”
I can only infer that one- party rule, a single choice ballot, is Democrat Kraft’s goal.
One party rule is more a feature of Cuba, Russia, North Korea and Nazi Germany - than America.
Montanans beware - if you have no choice, you have no voice.
I say, viva the American two party system!
Kraft continues: “The intransigence and extremism ruling the current Republican party elicits in me a visceral feeling of revulsion.” He also writes that he cannot trust any Republican candidate regardless of their “qualifications and arguments”.
How’s that for reaching across the aisle? Sure makes it easy to work with someone when you know they harbor crude and unreasoning (visceral) feelings of violent disgust or hatred toward you. Kraft boldly states that he would never trust me regardless of my arguments or qualifications.
Reaching across the aisle toward Kraft could be compared to putting one’s hand into a vat of acid.
What can I, or any conservative Republican, possibly do to communicate with Kraft? How can we have civil discourse with someone in such an emotionally charged condition?
Can reason and intelligent debate gain a foothold in this toxic atmosphere of revulsion and distrust?
Which brings us back to the Democrat tantrum in the Legislature.
If Mr. Kraft and the desk pounders in the Montana Senate represent the face of the Democrat in Carbon County - then all people of good will, regardless of political affiliation, should be afraid.
They should be very afraid.
They should be very afraid for the future of Montana and America.