The Wednesday Read: Protests, Jerusalem, and #MeToo

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official. ― Theodore Roosevelt

Today’s commentary deals with:

  • Great Falls Rising Protest
  • Jerusalem & Trump
  • Time Person of the Year 2017

Great Falls Rising:

I happened to catch a report on the local MTN News station about a group calling themselves “Great Falls Rising.” The group, numbering about two dozen, were protesting outside of the district office of U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte (R) in Great Falls.

The report said that the group was protesting “against the tax reform bill that was recently approved by the U.S. Senate.”

Funny thing is that Gianforte did not vote on the Senate tax bill.

This is just a big guess, but probably most of the two dozen or so people protesting were Democrats. They are good at protesting. I’ve dealt with them over the years and some of them actually knew what they were protesting about. Some could actually string a couple of coherent sentences together to get their point across.

I guess this is a good time to insert the joke about there being no Republicans protesting because they have jobs.

It is really all about the next U.S. House election in 2018. If the Democrats would have had a stronger candidate in the special election, they might have won the open seat that Gianforte won. Will they field a strong enough candidate this time while the assault conviction against Gianforte is fresh in the voters’ minds? As for me, I really don’t think it matters who is elected to Montana’s only House seat.

For right now they must do a little protesting and hope that someone in the media will be gullible enough to cover their little stunt. Bingo!


The New York Times and several other media outlets are reporting that President Donald Trump will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there upending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and potentially destroying his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

It was a campaign promise.

I’m not too sure that the average “Joe and Jane” American care or understand much about the Middle East.

According to the Times, Trump will become the first American president to give formal recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital since the founding of Israel in 1948.

With the recognition, Trump might ignite a powder keg. It could be dangerous for Americans in the Middle East.

Basically, this is all about a campaign promise and laying the groundwork for the next election with supporters and donors.

The New York Times explains, “Why Jerusalem is so contested” in this short video.

Time Person of the Year 2017:

From Time Magazine…

The people who have broken their silence on sexual assault and harassment span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe. Their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results. For their influence on 2017, they are TIME’s Person of the Year.

Read the story from Time HERE.