Monday’s Quick Hits: Fighter & Winner, Happiest States, & 57 Days

Whenever you feel like giving up, think of all the people that would love to see you fail. – Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these issues:

  • Fighter & Winner
  • Happiest States
  • 57 Days

A Fighter and Winner?

It was nice to see Billings Gazette Editor Darrell Ehrlick write about President Donald J. Trump’s visit to Billings during which Trump talked about Congressman Greg Gianforte saying, “This man has fought in more ways than one” and that “He is a fighter and winner.”

There was some laughter in the MetraPark when Trump said this because Gianforte assaulted a reporter during his last campaign – and he got off pretty easy – Montana justice!

Ehrlick has this to say:

Joking about assault doesn’t just represent a coarsening of our civil discourse, it sends a powerfully dangerous message when it comes from Trump. When it comes from the commander in chief, it amounts to approval. Coupled with the amped up rhetoric about the press being the enemy of the people, we’re moving away from verbal attacks on the press and closer to endorsing real violence.

Why was it nice to see Ehrlick write about this? I noticed several cable news shows lead off their coverage with these remarks from Trump. It made Montana look bad.

It was also nice to see Ehrlick write about it because the editorials from Montana newspapers have mostly gone away and blogs and a few places like the Billings Gazette routinely write opinions.

The sad part about Trump’s remarks is what a conservative friend told me a few weeks after the Gianforte assault on the reporter. My friend said that deep down many conservatives were quietly cheering the assault and hoped there would be more assaults to teach the liberal media a lesson. My friend said the assault probably gained a few votes for Gianforte.

Trump has fueled the flames of hatred toward the media. I know a few conservative people who are friends of mine on Facebook who in one post decries the leftist media and comes close to the line of wishing them harm and then in the next post tells their followers that “Jesus Loves You” and to “Have a Blessed Day.”

It’s becoming the norm and something is wrong with that.

Read Ehrlick’s full opinion HERE.

The Happiest States:

WalletHub released a report about “The Happiest States” and sadly Montana did not make the top 20.

Montana came in at 28. Our neighbors to the east, North and South Dakota, came in fourth and ninth, respectively, in the report. Over in Idaho, they were the sixth happiness.

Down south of Montana, Wyoming is a Scrooge at 35th happiest.

According to their report:

In this study, WalletHub drew upon the findings of “happiness” research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life. To determine where Americans exhibit the best combination of these factors, we examined the 50 states across 31 key metrics, ranging from depression rate to sports participation rate to income growth.

Although the song says, “Almost Heaven, West Virginia” they ranked dead last in the happiest study.

You can read the full report HERE.

57 Days:

There are just 57 days left until the November 6 General Election. If you need to register to vote in Montana, click HERE. To register to vote in other states, click HERE.

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