Montana Republicans Reach Out to Young People

by Cowgirl

NPR is reporting this week that the GOP is trying up it’s digital game.  Republicans are taking heat because their anti-science platform and failure to embrace technology is repelling young voters.

But Montana Republicans could change the game this week at a Holiday Inn in Bozeman.

First, local repubs announced by modern email technology  that former State Senator Joe Balyeat “will deliver a powerful power point presentation” this week on “Economic Freedom.”  This is exciting stuff, and a major leap forward for the Montana GOP.  Sure, the first emails were sent in the 1960’s, but PowerPoint first came into being as recently as 1987–and will certainly appeal to the many GOP’s who are young enough to have qualified for AARP cards in the last decade.

TEA Party Republican Joe BalyeatSenator Balyeat (pictured), though not a young person himself, was once a college student and is a “former editor of The Montana Companion,” which sounds like something a lot of young people have surely heard of.  The GOP email states that Balyeat’s “list of accomplishments and awards is too long to catalogue here”–but we can at least try.  He looks like a confederate general and wrote a book about how gays, the UN, and non-christians are leading America toward an armageddon.

With such an exciting, relevant speaker, a hip venue and a fascinating topic you can see that this event will be packed with youths, and not just with older men, angry and on the fringe-of society, conspiracy-theory minded, gun-wearing, Sasquatch hunters.

In all seriousness, technology isn’t the only roadblock preventing the Montana GOP from attracting young people and women.  Who can forget the famous incident in Whitefish in 2010, when a burly guy with long white hair, tattoos and a mullet showed up at a female voter’s house with a gun on his belt and holding a clipboard.  The woman called the police. The guy left.  It was later discovered that the guy meant no harm.  He was simply a canvasser, canvassing for the GOP.

That small incident in Whitefish has also played out on a much bigger stage in Montana. The Koch brothers have repeatedly failed to find a normal person, an organizer, to lead the Montana chapter of their national group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), to go around keynoting GOP events in Montana.  The current guy is the Colonel Sanders wannabe.  The previous leader of AFP is worse.  He had been a senior member of a cult that built a $30 million underground bunker to prepare for the end of the world, which they believed would occur on April 23, 1990.

The state Tea Party hasn’t done much better than the Kochs.    One of the many leaders they’ve cycled through was showing up to legislative hearings dressed in a pirate hat, jeans and a leather jacket, and posted violent rhetoric against gays on his Facebook page.  And Republican lawmakers haven’t done much better than the TEA Party. Montana legislative leader Jason Priest was forced to apologize for anti-gay remarks he made on his Facebook page too, the Billings Gazette reported.

Ultimately, even embracing advanced 1990s technology isn’t going to help Republicans. They need to realize that their party is packed with lawmakers whose vision is morally bankrupt and that bigotry isn’t a viable ideology.  If they can’t do this, they’re going to continue to repulse young people, women, and minorities and they will continue to shrivel and shrink.

The first step of course is getting rid of Montana’s law that makes being gay an imprisonable crime. Tom Facey has a bill that would to strike the offensive language from our statutes finally passed the senate.  by passing  SB 107 has yet to be voted on in the House, though it will be any day now.

It’s time to contact the lawmakers in the House of Representatives, which you can do via this online form. FYI, you can always use the back button after submitting your message, which allows you to skip retyping all your info when you contact multiple legislators. Or you can cut and paste this list of House GOP legislators.

Only four states in the U.S. have a law this ridiculous, and Montana is still one of them.  The others are Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  That’s right, even Mississippi and Alabama don’t have this garbage in state law.


24 Comments on "Montana Republicans Reach Out to Young People"

  1. Loved your blog today. I will save it on a floppy disk to share with friends later.

  2. Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | March 28, 2013 1:55 AM at 1:55 AM |

    I was thinking of having a few Monks transcribe it myself.

  3. Wish I’d seen old Joe on his two wheeler…..I always wondered what a road flattened Joe would look like:)

  4. Your condescending tone here is off putting, for sure. As a long-time observer of all partisans, Democrats in particular, I would find it refreshing if you could spend one minute looking in the mirror. Your leaders have you bamboozled. You have less self-awareness than any Republican who you so haughtily ridicule. I find most Repulcians to be kindly but dumb. I find your words here to be arrogant and stupid.

    • Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | March 28, 2013 9:55 AM at 9:55 AM |

      Mark, you need to hang around funny, witty people; read funny, witty books; and watch funny, witty shows and movies so you can develop your own funny, witty personality…. right now you kinda suck at it, and you cant stay on topic!

      • Which reminds me – the very fact that someone is stupid, by definition, means that person does not know and cannot possibly know that fact, and so cannot self-reflect or be reasoned out of That state of being. If such a thing were possible, then that person would not be considered stupid. It’s the Catch 22 of politics.

        • You pretty well just described yourself, Mark.

          Shouldn’t you be earnestly trying to learn physics? You know, to defend us all against the Illuminati/Shadow Government’s evil beam weapons?

          • Good god, Dr. Kailey, though your photo was not by that comment, I did imagine it there. You are a poster child. Imagine this (if you can imagine at all): According to you, if one car is traveling 60mph and hits another that is not moving, the standing vehicle is not damaged, because you have changed Newton’s third law

            Don’t you ever infer that I am stupid, you moronic jackass.

            • Mark, I just all wish that your blog would get so busy that you would just disappear form here

            • Mark, I calls ’em like I sees ’em, and you still don’t understand shit about physics or what I wrote about it. You’re kinda stupid, by definition, that way.

              But I’d rather light a candle than curse your darkness. This is for you, Tokarski:

              Passe news

              • Dr. Kailey, you have adjusted your mind, as blind followers do, to conformyour perceptions to those of authority figures. It’s the common human condition, and as you are common, is no surprise. What you have said is that Newton indeed has a third law which states that when two bodies collide, energy is paid back in the same manner as it is paid out, and that it does not matter which, or if either, body is stationary. You now introduce a “v” factor, or velocity. You are completely and without reservation out of your mind, and full of shit.

                And, like, yeah, I’m going to go look at a stupid link. Offer it to Swede. He’s in your league, of your caliber.

                Lynn, why don’t you just leave? Or could it be that you want to be in a place where you are stroked at all times?

        • Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | March 28, 2013 7:35 PM at 7:35 PM |

          Somewhere out there in Colorado is a tree…. Tirelessly producing oxygen so Mark can continue to breathe.

          Mark I think you owe that evergreen an apology.

          • please. you’re embarrassing yourself.

            • Norma Duffy @Ilikewoods | March 28, 2013 9:07 PM at 9:07 PM |

              How so, Pray tell? How would anyone like you, without the faintest stature at this blog even know what embarrassment means….

              Hell you didn’t even know what tinsel strength meant a month ago. Give it a rest Mark after all there’s a lot to be said for breathing. Now thank that poor tree!

  5. As usual Mark has changed the subject of this blog to himself

    • Doesn’t mark have his own blog? He should go and do his rants about himself over there. It’s getting rather dull here.

    • Quite the opposite – I bring policy and factual matter, and the inherent contradictions of Democrats to the table, and quickly come under personal attack by the usual suspects. Find, for example, anywhere where Norma or Lynn have done anything but offer up diversionary personal attacks. Neither have any policy chops.

      Ben, I appreciate that you come here, like Norma, Lynn and the others, so as not to be troubled or confronted by your own internal inconsistencies (as being a Democrat requires). I also appreciate that we are polarized, with various groups, even those in agreement (R’s and D’s), cloister at various sites and talk about the other with the luxury of not being confronted. This allows any garbled nonsense to be put out without a sane voice interfering.

      I come here to disrupt the insanity. You don’t like it? You go away. Bite me, Ben.

  6. You see how you kids behave when Larry isn’t around?

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