The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

Some stranger somewhere still remembers you because you were kind to them when no one else was. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Turning Point USA
  • Feds, Guns, & Montana
  • One More Thing


This week (Wednesday) President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress. Friday will mark the first 100 days of his Presidency.

This week’s poll asks, “What Grade Will You Give President Joe Biden for His First 100 Days?”

The results will be posted later this week.


Over the weekend, Lee Newspapers reported about a Turning Point USA Montana Freedom Action event at the Kleffner Ranch near East Helena. They also reported that those in attendance included U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont.; state Rep. Derek Skees, R-Kalispell; and, from Turning Point, Alex Clark, Isabel Brown, and Vince Dao.

Lee Newspapers also reported that the organization has come under criticism in recent years for participation in “Stop the Steal” events contesting the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6 “March to Save America,” which resulted in a riot at the U.S. Capitol. The organization reportedly sent seven buses carrying 350 students to the Jan. 6 rally.

Out of the 400 or so attending the East Helena event, I wonder how many were felons or soon will be?

One of the more interesting things about the event was probably contained in the last paragraph:

Earlier in the evening, Skees had approached a reporter and freelance photographer for the Independent Record and asked them to leave the rally, saying some believed the newspaper’s coverage would not be fair. He also called law enforcement but later said the media representatives could stay.

The coverage seemed fair to me…

Read the full report from Lee Newspapers HERE.

Read a report from Lee Newspapers about the Montana Human Rights Network and Turning Point USA HERE.


It was embarrassing to read the headline on the USA Today website that told readers, “Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signs bill nullifying federal gun restrictions.”

He can sign all the bills he wants like this; it does not mean he can nullify federal gun laws.

The gun lobbyists in Montana have the Republicans and Gianforte by the balls. They are more scared of the gun lobbyists than they are of those who are against guns.

It’s being reported that the Montana law would prohibit law enforcement officials and other state employees from enforcing, implementing or spending state funds to uphold federal bans on particular kinds of firearms, ammunition, and magazines.

I predict this bill will quickly be thrown out by the courts.

The federal government also has the power of the purse. If there’s a law being enforced in a state that the feds disagree with, they can just withhold funding for things like disasters, highways, move military units, close bases, etc., until the state changes its tune.

I support the Second Amendment and own guns. I don’t need a tank or a machine gun and neither do you. Nobody is doing away with the Second Amendment. It’s a campaign gimmick for people to get elected and to obtain campaign donations. Those who post stuff saying people want to do away with the Second Amendment should quit being so gullible.

Read the article in USA Today HERE.


Everyone should read the editorial from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle titled, “We all have a stake in Montana’s new campus carry law.”

I predict if this new law is implemented it’s going to be a disaster and the blood will be on the hands of Republicans in the State Legislature and Governor Gianforte.

Read the editorial HERE.


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  4. As has been mentioned elsewhere, the refusal to enforce federal gun laws is exactly the same type of action the RWNJ’s decry about so-called “sanctuary cities.” What level of cognitive dissonance does it take to enact legislation on opposite sides of the same concept? Is demonstrating this level of incoherence classified as “owning the libs?”

    • So much for Gianforte’s reverence for this “nation of laws” that he cited when he signed the anti-sanctuary cities bill.

      I had hoped he would govern as a centrist but it doesn’t seem to be turning out that way.

      • Terry – Gianforte is a far right Governor. I doubt he changes. Thanks, JmB

    • I agree, a nice incisive short blog. I had to think about RWNJ Why anonymous ?

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