More Respect for the Voter from the Montana GOP: Will Deschamps


When he’s not posting inflammatory lies on Twitter personally attacking Missoula’s legislative delegation, it seems that Will Deschamps, chairman of the Montana Republican Party, is spending his time writing entirely unhinged letters to the editor. His last missive, published on Friday in the Missoulian, truly has to be read in its entirety to be appreciated, but one excerpt best exemplifies the values of the current Montana Republican Party better than any sentence I have read in the past year. Descamps writes:

They may well represent the majority of the folks who vote, but certainly do not represent the majority of citizens who want safe neighborhoods, pay taxes, create jobs and can vote.

And there it is: the majority of voters don’t matter. Whether it’s cyanide in our water, medicine for our neighbors or funding for our schools, the Republican Party believes it can overturn the will of the voters because they know better than the humble peons who vote. They believe that they are the only ones who pay taxes and contribute to our society, and that the interests of big business matter more than the interests of the working men and women, the majority  who truly built this country.

It’s appropriate that Deschamps wrote about Snow White; it’s just too bad that he apparently doesn’t own a mirror that tells him the truth.

Update: Pete Talbot’s take on the letter is not to be missed.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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