Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you. – Proverbs 9:8
Welcome to another exciting edition of Caught My Eye (CME).
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:
- Republican National Convention
- MTSEN Poll
- Ed Buttrey
- One More Thing
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION:
The fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) is in the books with President Donald Trump talking viewers to death for about 71 minutes. The tone of the speakers Thursday night was just as dark as the other three nights.
It was so long that I tweeted; “Children who could not walk before Trump’s speech are now driving.”
First of all, I am pissed at the Hatch Act violations that took place during the whole convention. As a former member of the military and on the professional staff of a U.S. Senator, I was trained over and over not to campaign on official time. I was paid by the taxpayers when working for the Senator and could not ask people to vote for him or campaign for him on official time.
I also could not campaign in government (taxpayer-funded) offices. The Senator could not go to Malmstrom Air Force Base and host a campaign event.
But Thursday night President Trump and several people employed by the Federal government campaigned on White House grounds. There were Trump/Pence campaign signs. The night before, the Vice President did the same thing only on other government property. The night before that, the First Lady gave her convention speech from the Rose Garden. This is terrible precedence and one that Republicans would scream to the high heavens if a Democrat was doing it.
The speech was attended by 1,500-2,000 people. Most were not wearing masks and there was not any social distancing. One would think that Team Trump would want to keep supporters healthy and alive for the November 3 election.
Trump’s speech was more of the same from his rallies. He said that Joe Biden would take your guns. It’s funny, I have heard that Democrats want to take my guns but over the years the Democrats have controlled the House and Senate and the White House and I still have the same number of guns.
The Trump campaign seems to want to put the coronavirus in the past, but people won’t let them.
As for the Biden campaign, they stated that “Since the beginning of the Republican convention, at least 3,525 Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus.”
Click HERE for a report about the fourth night of the convention from the Associated Press.
Click HERE for a report about the fourth night of the convention from Reuters.
Earlier this week I wrote that there are a couple of cute campaign commercials running for U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Governor Steve Bullock (D-MT) which features all or part of their families. I asked readers to watch the commercials and pick the best one.
Here are the results:
- Steve Bullock: 87%
- Steve Daines: 13%
I do not vote in my polls, but I liked the Bullock commercial better because the children seemed more genuine.
Thanks for participating!
Before I get started, I like Ed Buttrey. I’ve known him for years and he is one of the good people involved in politics. I wish he was running in my district because he would get my vote. I hope he runs for statewide office in the future.
Earlier this week MTN News reported that Jaime Horn, a Democratic candidate to represent Montana’s 21st House District in the Montana Legislature, sent a photo to MTN News this week of his Republican challenger Ed Buttrey sitting in a room that has a Nazi swastika framed on the wall.
To give some credit to MTN News, they investigated and found out that Buttrey was attending a meeting at the local VFW where the VFW displayed the Nazi flag because it was captured in WWII. Someone took the photo in hopes to harm Buttrey. I think it’s because he is a moderate Republican and not a kook like so many other Montana Republicans.
This all could have been avoided if Horn would have called Buttrey and asked him about the photo. I remember a time where candidates did things like that.
Sadly we live in the day and age of gotcha politics. This attempt backfired.
I had an ultraconservative friend post THIS ARTICLE about Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director speaking at the Republican National Convention. Reminder – the article is from a website called “Life Site.”
I mentioned her speech earlier this week and also mentioned that there were some holes in her recollection.
I found the comments fascinating from both sides. The comments were mostly from women, but not all. I did not comment. One person claims she had an abortion. Others were just touched by Johnson’s story. The debate spiraled into fetuses, pain, embryos, and adoption. As far as I can tell, no minds were changed.
Abortion has always been a hot political topic. The Trump team wants people to think that Biden will allow abortions up to the time the kid enters first grade. The Biden team wants people to believe that Trump will take away a woman’s right to choose.
As for me, my mind has changed over time. I once was a very strong pro-life person. I see both sides now. Today I hope that a woman will think it through and consider all options, but it is ultimately up to her. I pray that there are fewer abortions, but they are legal.
ONE MORE THING:
From the believe it or not files…
Melania Trump ‘refused to move to White House until the Obamas’ toilet had been ripped out & a new one installed’
Full story HERE.
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