Congressional Candidate Matt Rosendale and Prominent Montana Republicans Attend Extremist Event

Shares

Jimmy Tobias in the Missoula Independent is reporting that GOP Congressional candidate Matt Rosendale, Montana GOP vice chair Jennifer Fielder, and at least three GOP members of the Legislature attended an extremist event in Kalispell called “How to Reclaim Montana’s Lands” which featured a thoroughly derranged guest speaker named Robert MacKenzie. Mackenzie, leader of an organization called Defend Rural America holds some unconventional views, as Tobias reports:

MacKenzie wants to teach citizens and politicians how to strip control of public lands away from the federal government and put it in the hands of state and local officials. He believes that rural America is under attack by an insidious cartel of leftists, bureaucrats, bankers and phony scientists who use federal lands and laws like the Endangered Species Act to enact an oppressive agenda.

MacKenzie explained that these plots are the work of what he calls “neo-environmentalists.” “What is the single biggest problem in rural America?” he asked rhetorically during his speech. “Neo-environmentalism. I am not talking about environmentalism. I am talking about a political movement that disguises itself in a green cloak … If you peel it back, you will see what I have been seeing … watermelons, green on the outside, red on the inside … In my opinion, they are domestic terrorists.”

When challenged by the media, some of those in attendance (though not Rosendale) tried to walk back their support for the event, but they went with full knowledge of the speaker’s agenda. As MT Cowgirl reported back in December, Senator Fielder promoted the event in her local newspaper. She was also quite supportive of Mr. MacKenzie, writing:

The following week, another public meeting will be offered by Kirk MacKenzie of Defend Rural America, a non-partisan grass roots coalition. This presentation will be given Monday Dec 16th at 6:30 pm in the ballroom of the Best Western Flathead Lake Inn, located at the intersection of HWY 93 & 82 just south of Kalispel. It is open to the public at no charge.

Defend Rural America highlights environmental issues of greatest national magnitude and teaches the Constitutional process state and local governments can use to increase local management of public lands and stop unwarranted Endangered Species Act listings. The public is encouraged to attend so they will know how to encourage and support their local elected officials in this process.

Surely before attending an event about Montana Lands and inviting a speaker to present the rational minds at the Montana GOP did some research. Perhaps they would have uncovered this article that traffics in Anti-Semitic theories about banking, this call for secession, his call to battle fictional Amero currency, his plan to end the income tax, or his insane fears that a decline in American agricultural production will lead America to become a “third world country.”

Or this video, which makes clear, if nothing else, that inviting Mr. Mackenzie to speak for two hours is masochism of the highest order:

It’s great that the Missoula Indy has covered this story, but where in the hell has the rest of the Montana press been on this issue? If a collection of high-ranking Democrats attended a conference that featured a speaker discussing secession, calling political enemies terrorists, and embracing fringe theories about the Constitution, it’d be front page news.

Just because the Republican leadership in Montana is crazy doesn’t mean it isn’t news when they do crazy.

If you appreciate our efforts to hold Montana Republicans accountable and the independent journalism here at The Montana Post, please consider supporting our work with a small pledge.

About the author

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.

19
Leave a Reply

avatar
7 Comment threads
11 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
9 Comment authors
Ingemar JohannsonMatthew KoehlerDon PogrebaMoorcat Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
Notify of
Norma Duffy
Guest

Yep there is no liberal agenda of the Newspapers here in Montana.
Hell I bet, they are willing to even sell story space. to the GOP nutcases at this event in Living color and stupidity…… if the cash deposit at the papers Bank is big enough.

When are our Newspapers gonna grow a spine and point out this crap???? When???

Rob Kailey
Guest

When you have the wherewithal to pay them to do it. Otherwise, quit your bitching. They owe you nothing.

James Conner
Guest

I thought about attending that meeting, but after doing some digging I concluded that Mackenzie’s true mission was selling his over-priced, and most likely over-wrought, books. If he ever returns, perhaps those who disagree with him can stage a watermelon feast in the parking lot.

Tokarski
Guest
Tokarski

No one is ever who they appear to be in these deals. Important to ignore the shells and watch the pea. The objective is not “local control” of these lands, but rather corporate control.

If you think the Democrats are watching our backs here, follow the money and think again. Only grassroots organizing stops these relentless land grabs.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
Guest
Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

LIMP RICHARD THE THE FIRST! Hey, Limp Richard the first, you’re royal, dude. A ROYAL ASS!

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/02/conservative-group-calls-to-make-obamas-lynching-a-national-holiday/

It’s all equal to a Limp Richard the First!

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
Guest
Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Get thee to Montany! They’re just waiting to welcome you with open arms, inbred dude!

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/01/02/new-jersey-neo-nazi-alleges-discrimination-after-ninth-child-taken-away/

Moorcat
Guest

Just a couple of points here since this article should come as no surprise to anyone that isn’t living under a rock. 1) The fact that this story isn’t covered in any of the major news sources in Montana is not all that surprising – it doesn’t fit in their scope of reporting. It is a blatantly contentious issue for some people (in this case, primarily progressives) and it has little real news value. Moreover, most of Montana’s newspapers are only one step above PR rags. This is usually the case when corporate financial interests are more important than fourth… Read more »

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

“It’s great that the Missoula Indy has covered this story, but where in the hell has the rest of the Montana press been on this issue?” I agree with this basic point of Don’s post, but I’d like for the Montana press to take it a step or two further and get leaders of Montana’s resource extraction/exploitation industries on record as well. Most everyone in the timber industry (including the Tester logging bill collaborators and Montana Wilderness Association’s ‘timber partners’), oil & gas/fracking, hardrock mining and coal mining industries have publicly expressed very similar sentiments supporting local management of federal… Read more »

Matthew Koehler
Guest
Matthew Koehler

Opps. I wrote the ‘anonymous’ comment above.

Matthew Koehler
Guest
Matthew Koehler

As you can read in today’s Helena IR the Ivory Sagebrush Rebellion ALEC tour of Montana included all the predictable cries for more taxpayer subsidized logging of national forests at a panel in Helena yesterday. Those cries for more logging included Tom France, the National Wildlife Federation’s recently demoted staffer who stated, “We need to do a better job moving timber off federal lands.” I know, I know. With friends like these…. Ironically, if anyone bothers to read through public participation NEPA documents dealing with the US Forest Service’s timber sale program in Montana you’ll see that Tom France and… Read more »

Ingemar Johannson
Guest
Ingemar Johannson

Here’s what I’ve been told Matt. Choose to deny or endorse.

In 2005 we as a state logged approx. 500 million board ft. of timber.

Last year less than half of that.

Matthew Koehler
Guest
Matthew Koehler

I don’t doubt it IJ. 2005 was the absolutely height of the unsustainable housing boom. A remember, while we hear a lot about the housing boom/bubble/burst, we don’t hear as much about the commercial real estate boom/bubble/burst, which is lagging a bit behind, but still coming, for a variety of reasons (ie Less office workers in a ‘remote,’ tech world. Less ‘brick and mortar’ businesses in a tech, on-line shopping world, etc). Welcome to the new normal. We can’t, and won’t go back.

Matthew Koehler
Guest
Matthew Koehler

One other thing. Remember, in 2005, during the height of the housing boom/bubble the timber industry not only benefited from all this unsustainable building and development, but they also benefited from near historic highs in terms of lumber commodity prices. Pretty much since 2008 lumber prices have been in the toilet, dropping to near historic lows around 2009/2010. They have risen a bit the past few years from that deep low, but have leveled off the past 12 months. Fact is, the timber industry went from historically high demand and historically high commodity prices, to near historic low demand and… Read more »

Ingemar Johannson
Guest
Ingemar Johannson

Yeah but oil prices fall and rise and we still drill.

Aren’t we importing lumber on a large scale from Canada? Like oil?

Bear with me, I only have a minor in economics. If timber was worthless we wouldn’t log it. And oil has no shelf life. Timber grows old and dies.

Support Our Work!

Poll

What would be the most appropriate nickname for Matt Rosendale?

Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe Via E-mail

0 /* ]]> */