Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. – Unknown
Welcome to the big column to end the week, “Caught My Eye” (CME)!
If you are a first-time visitor, welcome! CME is the once a week column that is posted here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. There may be some sarcasm and pointed independent commentary so be warned!
Here are the topics that “Caught My Eye” this week:
* Daines the Sycophant
* Democratic Primary Debate
* Send Her Back
* Gianforte & Malmstrom AFB
* One More Thing
DAINES THE SYCOPHANT:
The Billings Gazette editorial board joined in the conversation about U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ (R-MT) tweet in which Daines said he stands with President Trump after Trump’s racist tweets about four congresswomen.
As for Daines being a sycophant, that fits him very well, as do other names like a leech, puppet, brown-nose, suck-up, yes man, and even arse-licker.
My gosh Senator, be your own man and a grown-up once in a while.
The Gazette also singled out Daines chief of staff for his “America” Love It or Leave It” tweet after Daines tweet:
To make matters worse, Daines’ chief of staff (Jason Thielman) decided to applaud his boss by commenting, “America: Love It Or Leave It.”
Well, we love America enough to question it. And we’re not going anywhere.
I believe that a chief of staff should be in the background and not heard from very often. They should be professional and have some leadership qualities – at least the best ones do.
It’s too bad we have a Senator who is too entrenched in party politics that he can’t see blatant racism. Daines has a little power for probably the first time in his life and he is blowing it.
The editorial board closes with this:
We think Daines should be careful about backing Trump too much. If Daines really believes that people should go back to where they came from, then that means Daines should start packing for California where he was born.
And we bet he’d take exception to that statement.
Yet, if Daines thinks Trump’s leadership is really good enough to follow, we’ll gladly loan him to the Golden State.
I’m fine with that. Maybe he can take Thielman with him.
DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE:
The line-ups for the two night CNN Democratic primary debate are set. Montana Governor Steve Bullock will participate in the debate on July 30.
Bullock will face off with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, author Marianne Williamson, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
More information can be found HERE.
SEND HER BACK:
The Associated Press (AP) reported that President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted “send her back” when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd’s cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene.
Trump even lied about that.
The AP also reported that Trump claimed he had tried to stop the chant at a reelection event Wednesday night in North Carolina — though video shows otherwise. The crowd’s “send her back” shouts resounded for 13 seconds as Trump made no attempt to interrupt them. He paused in his speech and surveyed the scene, taking in the uproar.
In other words, Trump liked it. Racists are like that. It sort of reminds me of seeing an old video of Adolf Hitler giving a speech.
Then we have Trump’s shadow here in Montana, U.S. Senator Steve Daines. Daines got the message from Trump and wanting to be like Trump, Daines told Lee Newspapers that the chant “Send her back!” went too far – at least that is what his spokesperson said.
I’m seriously worried that somebody is going to get hurt if these attacks on people who don’t agree with Trump or the people Trump attacks don’t stop. If that happens, Trump and, in part, Daines will have blood on their hands for not standing up for free speech and making sure it is protected.
When the late Senator John McCain was running for President he stopped people from talking nonsense and spreading hatred about Barack Obama. Trump and Daines are not close to being the patriot McCain was, but it would be nice if they tried.
GIANFORTE & MALMSTROM AFB:
Last Friday the Great Falls Tribune published a story about U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte saying he had gotten language included in the new defense bill that calls on the Secretary of the Air Force to consider improvements at existing facilities, such as fixing the runway at Malmstrom Air Force Base, rather than build new ones.
That was a smart move on Gianforte’s part. It’s that type of thinking that could possibly lead to the opening of the runway at Malmstrom. The base has a nice long runway and open airspace that could be used by the military or by a defense company.
It’s a long shot, but it is good to see someone trying new angles to open the runway.
ONE MORE THING:
CBS in Sacramento, California, reported this week that in the near future there will be no more manholes in the city of Berkeley, California. There will also be no chairmen, no manpower, no policemen or policewomen.
The city voted Tuesday night to replace gendered terms in its municipal codes, like “manhole” and “manpower,” with gender-neutral ones like “maintenance hole” and “human effort.”
Beam me up, Scotty!