Montana Politicians love talking about how their ancestors homesteaded here during frontier days. It provides great biographical color.
But it looks like the frontier days may have lasted much longer than I previously thought. A Montana legislator has just released an autobiography detailing his boyhood days on the Montana frontier–in the 1960s.
Tom Burnett, the right wing lunatic legislator from Bozeman who’s favorite activity is gay-bashing, has published his much awaited boyhood memoirs, entitled “A Thin Slice of Sky.”
In this bizarre, laughingly awful book, Burnett talks about his experience growing up in a “frontier family” on the “family homestead”. But the homestead was a house in the 1960s, in Bozeman.
“Like mica in granite,” Burnett says of the homestead, “it was part of us, and we were part of it”.
Like all frontier homesteaders, life was tough. His parents, he says, homesteaded in the Gallatin valley because
“like Indians following buffalo, we knew we had to go where a livelihood could be had.”
Burnett is a modern day Willa Cather.
“Frontier families have no access to symphonies, sonnets or galleries,” Burnett reminds us. “But the little creek on our property partly supplied the lack. It gave us music to the other-world of poetry, and the perpetually variable visual feast.”
Some of the stories he relates are a little creepy, like the one about his father breaking a hole in the ice in the river so Burnett and his eight siblings could take a bath. Of course, I suppose when a poor family has nine children, the children often end up bathing in the river.
But never mind that. Do you realize what this publication signifies? Tom Burnett is aiming at higher office. He’s taken a page from other politicians. Like Barack Obama, who, in preparation for a big move, published memoirs a few years before announcing his candidacy for president.
Burnett must have big ambitions. For this book is an ambitious literary work.
A Thin Slice of Sky
By Tom Burnett