Tuesday was a nationally recognized anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution.
To honor the day, the Daughters of the American Revolution (many of whom have ancestors who came to America on the Mayflower) held a celebratory service in the Capitol Rotunda. There was music, and there were readings and many speakers including politicians of all political parties, teachers and ministers. And there were about a hundred elementary school children in attendance too. They were there to learn about the importance of the Constitution.
According to someone who was in attendance and related to story to me, all was going well until a man named Jim Buterbaugh, from Whitehall, got up to speak. Somehow, he had been put on the speaking program, under a section called “Comments from a Citizen.” He was the citizen.
Except he didn’t last long. He got up and started complaining about the teaching of civics in public schools. He seemed to believe it was a liberal plot. This was his way of commemorating the signing of the Constitution on Constitution Day.
But he didn’t get a chance to go on for long. After speaking for about 20 seconds, he was yanked. The master of ceremonies, Jane Lee Hamman of DAR, walked up to the podium, pushed the blathering imbecile aside, apologized to the audience, and noted that many of the children in attendance had been getting civics education in school, and seemed to be doing just fine as young citizens. She thanked him, told him to leave, and moved on to the next speaker, to applause.
Who was this man? He is apparently the TEA Party Leader in Whitehall, Montana who has called for the president to be impeached. A website of his has entries such as “Shamefully Saluting the Flag of ObamaNation” and other such literary content.
Good for Ms. Hamman for kicking this ass’s ass.