In Denver an 11 year-old Cub Scout
has been kicked out of his den
after he questioned a state lawmaker
about her position on gun control and
comments she had previously made about
African-Americans eating fried chicken.
I thought scouting was about learning
to be prepared for anything in life.
The lesson here for young Cub Scouts
is don’t question Republican politicians.
If you do, be prepared to be punished for it.
Montana Congressional Republican candidate Greg Gianforte,
attacked and injured a reporter who was asking him a question.
Why would a public figure think a reporter asking questions
at a public event press conference was “harassment”?
Perhaps, Gianforte considers questions a threat,
because if he actually answered them honestly,
it just might put his “political life” in jeopardy.
Gianforte, the pro-life, anti-evolution, anti-gay rights,
anti-retirement, anti-minimum wage, anti-climate change,
anti-Affordable Care Act, anti-immigrant candidate
went on to win despite his assault on the reporter.
The lesson here is don’t question Republicans politicians,
and if it is in your job description, prepare to be assaulted for it.
Karen Marshall, the vice president of programs
for the Montana Gallatin County Republican Women,
said in a radio interview that if the reporter for the Guardian
had questioned her like he did Gianforte, she would have shot him.
Gianforte had been found guilty of assault, fined and sentenced.
Marshall made her comment with full knowledge of that.
Her advocacy of murder against those who dare question politicians
came just a few days after an investigative journalist was killed in Malta.
These are members of the GOP that is after all, the party led by a president
who said he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th avenue and get away with it.
House Republicans voted for an NRA approved bill
to let mentally ill people be allowed to buy guns.
That bill allowed Karen Marshall to be first in line at the gun store.
She is now a gun hugger anxious to use her firearm.
The lesson here is don’t question Republican political women,
as the GOP and brutal dictators have always feared the truth,
so journalists are the enemy and real and news are four letter words.
Journalists be prepared for violence directed at you because
these political cretins believe their lies are worth killing for.
These conservative politicians label themselves,
“Traditional Family Values” Christians.
They don’t follow the peace and love Jesus of the New Testament.
They believe in Old Testament biblical-style flaying and stoning.
These are the kind of violent Christians who tell us
we need to fear Muslims because they are terrorists.
Republican politicians expect journalists to report
just exactly what they tell them to report.
You know, like their toadies over at FOX NEWS.
Conservatives like to zoom right past the 1st Amendment,
on their way to worshipping the 2nd Amendment.
The historic lesson conservatives need to learn is that
journalism is the only profession specifically mentioned
by our Founding Fathers as vital to the functioning of a free democracy.
Are voters going to keep electing people that feel
they can beat journalists or shoot someone
in the middle of 5th avenue and get away with it?
If so, be prepared to live in a very dangerous world.
Bill Bragg: “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward”
“Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.” ~ Murray Edelman