There are a lot of bad ideas out there in the world, but seldom does one get a chance to peek behind the curtain and see how they are formed. Today is an exception.
A pair of TEA Party elected officials have been caught on tape this week. The officials were recorded discussing–in front of their own organization’s running audio recorder–if the room was bugged after they had a conversation about how American Indians were “not Americans.”
Below are some of the statements from the transcript of Boone Cole and Jerry Laskody of Montana’s Flathead Joint Board of Control. The pair were elected by TEA Party dark money groups to obstruct a water rights agreement with Montana tribes.
Boone Cole: “Well, they’re not Americans, first.”
Jerry Laskody: “Well they are the first Americans, right?”
Boone Cole: [audible groan], group laughter [Wayne Blevins, Ted Hein, Jerry Laskody, Boone Cole].
Ted Hein: “They were granted citizenship in 1924. That’s interesting in itself.”
Jerry Laskody: “ Well that’s the thing, they have dual citizenship. They have all the benefits of living here…and all the….I mean they don’t pay for roads in the county, they don’t ….they’re not really a government, though.”
That’s when Boone Cole started to worry that the meeting was “bugged,” making this inquiry into the Flathead Joint Board’s own recording device:
Boone Cole: “I wonder if we ought to sweep this building for bugs. I’ve often wondered if this place is bugged. [spoken into FJBC recording device].”
Jerry Laskody: “I don’t know. You can call a security outfit up and they can tell you what it would cost…it would be an easy building to sweep.”
The pair also discussed how they could employ propaganda tactics used in North Korea as a way to make their unpopular ideas seem less shocking:
Jerry Laskody: “The other issue I think you need to bring up….the two resolutions we passed…you’re going to get some flak on that one….because it says we make policy, not them….that’ll start people to thinking about how we’re going to have to operate together.”
Boone Cole: “Just look at North Korea…make a big, bold statement and then back off then they do something else behind…but that’s the thing, you get 3 people thinking about it…so it’s not such a shock the next time you hear it.”
You can download the whole transcript here, and decide for yourselves whether these two elected officials are capable of making unbiased, rational decisions.