The Monday Memo

Quote for the day…

I don’t really get upset over much nowadays. I observe, I listen and then treat your ass accordingly. – Unknown

Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:

  • The Western Word Poll
  • Donald Trump Jr
  • Trump/Zinke
  • Reading Assignments


In case you missed it, a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was removed by officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend.

The Associated Press (AP) also reported:

Also removed Saturday was a statue depicting Sacagawea, and explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, which has been criticized for a depiction of the Native American guide and interpreter some view as subservient and weak.

This week’s poll question asks, “Do you favor removing Sacagawea, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark statues?”

Results will be posted later this week.


The Hill and others are reporting that Donald Trump Jr. is calling on voters to urge moderate lawmakers such as Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) to oppose President Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

I doubt Junior scares Tester. The Trump family spent millions to try and beat him during his last election (2018) and failed miserably. They traveled to this state many times.

2018 was the first election that Tester received over 50% of the vote. He beat Matt Rosendale 50.3% to 46.8%.

Read the complete story from The Hill by clicking HERE.


On Thursday Ryan Zinke announced that former President Donald Trump had endorsed him for Montana’s new congressional seat saying, “Ryan has my Complete and Total Endorsement for Congress.”

Zinke served as Trump’s Secretary of the Interior.

I think Zinke must be considered the front-runner for the new seat. His opponents will need to bring up over and over his rocky time as head of the Department of Interior. That may not be enough to defeat him.


Here are some articles that I think you will find interesting…

Redistricting commission adopts congressional criteria

Politics came from the pulpit in 2020

Trump easily wins CPAC 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw poll

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week


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    • Yet another tough rugged self-reliant anti-big-government take-responsibility-for-yourself conservative Republican governor begging for help from Uncle Sam just the second anything goes wrong.

  4. I think it’s atrocious to remove the Lewis and Clark statue. As a LC fanatic, I have read tons of stuff about their journey. In none of that reading was Sacajawea portrayed as subservient. In fact, she was very much portrayed as a vital part of the mission’s success. One of my favorite books for those who haven’t read it is called The Way to the Western Sea.

    And regarding Zinke, his republican challengers are going to need a catchy slogan, kinda like the old Burma Shave ones. I can help.

    Before you vote
    Stop and think
    I’ll steal less
    Than Zinkadink!

    Like it? Me too.

    • Sacajawea is almost always portrayed as a valued partner, and there are plenty of statues with her standing tall or even leading the way. But this particular statue was just, “What were you thinking?”, and it’s apparent why some people saw it as demeaning even if it wasn’t intended that way. Sorta the same way some people get lathered up about unusual representations of Jesus.

      • Yeah, I get that. But when you get right down to it, what offends me more is that Clark appears to have Lewis on a leash! Seriously, the woman gets top billing over all the others in the party. That ought to be worth something even if she appears to be either searching for edible plants or looking for a trail. I really found this controversy to be silly.

      • I thought it deserved to go simply because she appears to be kneeling on a big rough milled board, out in the middle of the wilderness of 1804. Historical inaccuracy, very offensive. But the poll question was “statues”, not this particular statue.

      • Terry – Thanks. It was hard to word this poll question so I went with “statues” as there are many across the west that may be impacted by what they did in Virginia. -JmB

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