Quote for the day…
Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak. – Anonymous
Today’s independent commentary deals with these issues:
- The Western Word Poll
- Hate in Great Falls
- Second Amendment & Hunting
THE WESTERN WORD POLL:
This week’s poll question asks, “Should the Biden Administration end the policy called Title 42?” (Background)
The results will be posted later this week.
HATE IN GREAT FALLS:
Last week I wrote about City Commissioner Rick Tryon being mad at the Great Falls Tribune. It seems Tryon has been mad at the Tribune for some reason since Moby Dick was a minnow…
On Sunday, the Tribune published a story in response to Tryon’s contention that no “anti-Trans rhetoric” was contained in the flyers. In the Tribune story, they said they sent the flyer that included the misinformation regarding the gender identity of two officials from the Biden Administration, Tryon doubled down and confirmed he had seen the part of the flyer in question.
You can read the full Tribune story HERE.
On Friday, I posted this comment from the lady who found 18 of the flyers in her neighborhood:
To the absolute rotting, garbage pile of a human being who took time out of their life to deliver anti-Semitic and anti-trans literature in MY neighborhood::: You. Chose. Poorly. (Source)
The Tribune also got a statement from James Bamfield, Great Falls LGBTQ+ president:
The recent report of antisemitic/anti-trans flyer was a painful to see. It’s awful to witness in today’s world people still attempting to push down certain groups while pushing an ideology of white supremacy. These flyers are a grim reminder that those who may be different, be it creed/religion or gender identity are viewed as less than human.
It was also disheartening to see a city official such as Mr. Tryon fail to see the anti-transgender message also being carried in such despicable flyers. While yes, the flyers are simplify identifying individuals as “Jewish” and three as “Transgender” it’s incredibly easy to see the message behind the flyers as being both antisemitic and anti-trans. The flyers push the narrative that “the Jewish people caused COVID. Being Jewish is bad!”. There is no reason to mention people are trans, unless those behind this flyer also want them to be viewed as “bad” as well.
The doors at the Great Falls LGBTQ+ Center are open to all, and we hope to not only support our local LGBTQ+ community, but also dispel hatred towards any targeted communities through education.
I agree with Bamfield – it is disheartening to see a city official such as Mr. Tryon fail to see the anti-transgender message also being carried in such despicable flyers.
The more that these hate flyers are in the news, the more it hurts the image of Great Falls.
The duties of city commissioner seem to be way over Tryon’s head.
SECOND AMENDMENT & HUNTING:
One of my frequent readers alerted me about this poster at a bus stop in Great Falls, so I took a photo of it for you!
The poster was “Paid for by MRLCC, PO Box 6656, Helena, MT 59604, Treasurer T. McGillvary.”
The MRLCC stands for Montana Republican Legislative Campaign Committee.
I think it is important at this time to list the words in the Second Amendment:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Some people can argue that the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting and some can argue that it has a lot to do with hunting.
I don’t care. I support the Second Amendment, but I don’t think that it allows you to own a tank, grenade launcher, etc.
I guess maybe the “bear” part can be connected to hunting (Lol).
A short story that has little to do with this – Many years ago my dad and I were watching the news when the newscaster said the USA was arming guerillas in Central America. My dad looked at me and said, “Those gorillas must be some very smart animals!”
I imagine the members of the MRLCC believe in the message completely. There are probably many of them who believe that Trump beat Biden, too.