…Steve Daines, whose speech at the RNC lionized his ancestor as not being “Saved by Government” when that ancestor received a huge government handout in the form of a homestead under a federal program called the Homestead Act.
In his speech to the GOP faithful, Daines told a story about how his great-great-grandmother’s tombstone read “Saved by Grace” and certainly did not read “Saved by Government.” Zing! Daines became so excited by the story himself he forgot which generation a Montanan he was claiming to be. 5th? 6th? Too exciting to worry about it, I guess.
The faces of the Montana GOPers in the crowd are flush with ecstasy over Daines’ tale of government aid. As they pump their fists in the air, there is no trace of comprehension of how ridiculous they appear for missing the irony. Instead, one sees only joy and delirium.
It takes a special kind of hypocrite to trumpet government programs in a speech railing against government programs. And that’s why Steve Daines deserves such a special award. Get back out there on that yacht and celebrate Mr. Daines. As you pound down the martinis and coconut shrimp, don’t waste a thought on how today’s GOP would treat your great-great-grandmother, an impoverished, immigrant widow with seven children.