Most Revealing Republican Interview

A fine reporting job by Richard Hanners of the Whitefish Pilot, who had the good sense to let TEA Party Republican Derek Skees’ own, unfiltered words tell the story. One item of particular interest, Skees says the Civil War wasn’t fought over slavery:

He also explained his position on the “War of Secession,” which he said was “an unconstitutional war declared by Congress and President Lincoln” and involved “Yankee Trader greed and Southern honor.”

Revisionist historians with an agenda have convinced the public otherwise, Skees explained, but “the war was not fought over slavery but rather states rights.” He also pointed out that he “abhors all types of slavery” and is glad it has been abolished, but the loss of states rights was also a big blow to the country.

The problem is that the Confederate government, which failed after like four years, “rest[ed] upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery–subordination to the superior race–is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth,” according to Alexander Stephens, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America. Attempting to honor the Confederacy saying you abhor slavery is like trying to honor Santa Claus while abhorring Christmas.

Skees’ Democratic opponent Will Hammerquist said the war was indeed fought over slavery, and indeed, the historical documents of states that seceded tell us, yes, slavery is why they did so. James Conner at the Flathead Memo has a great take on the story that you’ll want to read as well if you’ve been following this, one of the hottest legislative races in the state.

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20 Comments on "Most Revealing Republican Interview"

  1. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers! | October 25, 2010 7:34 AM at 7:34 AM |

    It’s extremely important to understand that the Skeester’s nuttiness is NOT designed for local consumption! He could care less what Montanans think. His hatefilled statements are intended for a broader audience, a national audience. He is sending a very clear, concise message to ALL the haters, racists, bigots, militias, inbreds, and halfwits out there that. He is saying that “hey, look at me! Look what I can say in Montana and not be roundly condemned! In fact, many accept what I say as legitimate! Look what I can wear in Montana, a Confederidiot Flag, and I’m quite comfortable doing so! Look at what I can DO in Montana! I can run for office by advocating the biggest, racist positions around and STILL be treated as a real candidate”!

    THAT is the message the Skeester is broadcasting! He considers himself to be a one man advanced unit of a Montana Free State Project! He’s a pioneer in creating the mythical White Homeland! And it just might work UNLESS he meets vigorous resistance.

  2. When in the hell did the civil war become relavant in modern day Montana politics? It was in the 1860’s we have issues that need to be addressed today. Skees is not addressing the issues of today when he spends his time talking about the civil war, this is much to do about nothing. Same as the Helena sex education program that the teabaggers and Republicans spned their time talking about, sex ed is not controvisial and doesnt and just needs to be teached in our public schools period. The civil war has nothing to do with modern day Montana or modern day US politics. Lets talk issues cause on issues Democrats win

  3. Kralj is right-this is part of the whole Stevene Baldwin moves to the Flathead, Lynx and Lamb and their mother April Gaddis, “Vanilla Valley” concept of putting out the call for a white Mecca. The confederate flag is considered to be the Swastika by blacks and who can blame them. You can see from this article that he knows his ideas are outside of the mainstream and that he doesn’t care!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers! | October 25, 2010 3:11 PM at 3:11 PM |

      Maybe the Skeester can start a constitutional ammendment to PLACE the Confederidiot Flag up in the corner of the MONTANA flag, just like S. Carolina did! I remember the controversy surrounding the effort to remove that small flag from the S. C. flag. One BIG supporter of retaining the Confederidiot Flag was Montana’s own Sen. Corndog Buns! Buns was vigorous in his defense of the awful flag. And it played well to a certain element here in Montana. Sen. Bums was the FIRST unofficial ambassador for hatred from Montana. He became infamous because of his well-placed “gaffes”. There have been many in the state legislature since. This kind of crap with the Skeester is only the latest. They honestly believe that they can attract enough racists to purify Montana! They are NOT nice people! In fact, many of them are very scary people. It would not be the first time that imports tried to effect the outcome of elections. Montanans need to become aware of this movement. We don’t NEED this type of crap or the resultant publicity. We ain’t Northen Idaho just yet!

  4. This was a well-written piece by Hanners, so much more even-handed than the stuff you get from the Interlake, yet more in-depth than the IR.

  5. I guess, Jennifer McKee, that you would know something about reporting now wouldnt you.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers! | October 25, 2010 7:58 PM at 7:58 PM |

      Julie, are you implying that Cowgirl is Jennifer McKee? I seriously doubt that. What in the world makes you think that? That’s really interesting.

  6. Skees is the only candidate who stand up to the facist liberal and defend our FREEDOM. VOTE FOR DEREK SKKESS!!

  7. Skees is becoming a ROCKSTAR- you keep the smears and lies out there to draw attention to how much you fear his message.

    • Why is Skees a “rockstar”? Because he believes that the civil war wasn’t fought over slavery? Is that what makes him your hero Eve. You scare me.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers! | October 25, 2010 8:20 PM at 8:20 PM |

      BIG difference between fear and laughter, Eve! BTW, HOW’S ADAM?? Skeester is a comic figure. And a darned pathetic one! Do you SERIOUSLY think that we haven’t had wierdos move to Montana before? Well, we have. LOT’S of them! But they don’t last long. They’re eventuall outed for what they are. The Skeester will have his fifteen minutes of fame, and then, turn tail and run back down to his little Confederidiot Homeland. You just watch.

    • @ Eve;

      Go ahead and vote for that Chickenhawk carpetbagger. You two deserve each other.

  8. obviously, she is now a state employee working for Steve Bullock, who has higher aspirations than AG and has access to inside information as a former reporter.

    • julio – There is no information that says Cowgirl is a state employee. The free public internet on hte state campus is widely available in the neighborhood. Somebody did a snow job on the AP with that “logged in all day at times” bit. Here’s why – just as my home computuer is logged into our wireless all day whether I’m using it or not, so could any computer in the vicinity of free unsecured wireless. I thought you were a computer guy.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers! | October 25, 2010 8:16 PM at 8:16 PM |

      Julie, NOW I’m convinced that you’re really ARE James Knox! I mean, that is the DUMBEST thing I’ve heard all day. Good God, Knox. Only YOU could come up with a conspiracy theory like that! What DO you use for a brain, dude? And using “julio” for a handle. Thought that would fool anyone, huh? Sheesh. You’re an amatuer, dude. And not a very good one. Nor very bright one either!

      • Larry Enivromental rump ranger why do you bring James Knox into this, he good patriot and small buisiniss man. He has been to my door much more then dems James is smart man and computer expert.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers! | October 25, 2010 9:08 PM at 9:08 PM |

          I like you. You’re funny. But tell me, what is your first language? Obviously it’s not English. I SUSPECT that with the lack of appropriate articles, it may be Russian. Am I right?

  9. I mean computer.

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