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Montana’s TEA Party legislators have realized that the word “legislator” relates somehow to the word “law”, but so far have not been able to figure out that they don’t have the power to change federal laws and the federal constitution. They have also been unable to determine that they don’t have the ability to change the laws of nature.
The latest TEA Party Republican to garner national attention is Rep. Joe Read (R-Ronan) who has been busy touting his claims that Montana can legislate away science and for his inability to figure out the difference between climate and weather
“As a citizen legislature, we are inclined to believe with the sun on our hands and our face,” he said, “and we’re not seeing the global warming.”
I have spent 12 years in the South and have seen racism in all its ugliness.
In light of my exposure, I must contend that when a few people in certain minorities view the world with the filter of race, difference and haves versus have-nots permeating their every perception, they see it in everything anyone else does. It is tragic and dangerous to assert it where it does not reside, and will only work to continue to fan the race-based hate flames that so many of us are trying to quell.
Eighteen months ago the country was despondent over the worst President in history, a Republican, not to mention 16 years of a Republican Congress. Now the geniuses in the White House have done such a splendid job that if you are running for office this fall and you are a Republican, all you have to do is say the word “Obama” in conjunction with your opponent, and you will do no worse than a dead heat in the polling, and will probably win your race.
Even in Montana’s state legislature it seems the national climate has poisoned the debate. For example, career politician, oil man and out-of-stater Roy Brown is up on TV with a new ad (see below), in which he smiles and says that he has been going door-to-door and that voters are telling him they are concerned about “out of control spending” and “taxes.”
The national climate gives him an opportunity to say this and get away with it. In reality, Roy is a compulsive liar.
Finally, there is this unfortunate fact: Roy lost his own district to Schweitzer by a mega-landslide. It was 66-32 I believe, with libertarian Stan Jones getting the balance. That’s right: Roy got roughly 1/3 of his own district’s voters in his run for governor. And Roy has represented this area for over a decade.
Not only that, but two big Billings Republicans–Denny Rehberg and state senator Ken Peterson–have been in the press lately saying that Schweitzer has done a great job in keeping spending down and managing state finances. (You can even watch him say so on this Youtube clip from an October 25, 2009 TEA Party gathering.)
So who, exactly, are these voters Roy mentions in his TV advertisement, the ones supposedly telling him that they are concerned with “spending”? I think this guy Roy Brown, who has a face shaped like a penis unfortunately, is a compulsive liar. Here’s this week’s worst political ad.
UPDATE: One reason there is so much attention on this race is that it is one of a few chances Dems have to pick up a seat in the Senate. May be the only chance, anybody know? Help Kendall Van Dyk with a donation here.
When the national League of Conservation Voters, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced their list of the dirtiest state legislators in America, why are we not surprised that State Sen. Roy Brown (R-Billings) was on it.
This means he’s one of the worst state legislators out of the thousands around the country.
For several years, the league has had a “Dirty Dozen” list mainly made up of members of Congress, and its smart that they are now tracking local legislators, as this is where so many of these decisions are made. Local conservation supporters say Brown is on the list because he consistently votes with Big Oil interests and corporate polluters and against clean energy legislation.
In short, he’s completely out of touch with the issues facing the modern world.
Montana Conservation voters details a selection of his worst votes here. The full list of state-level Dirty Dozen candidates can be found at www.lcv.org/statedirtydozen.