In more news you won’t see reported in the Montana press, Representative Zinke has recently continued his troubling associating with Paul Vallely, a retired right-wing general who has called for an armed revolution against the United States, this time going as far as to host a reception for him in Washington, D.C.
Zinke’s reception was part of what appears to have been a full day,with meetings in Congressional offices and drinks enjoyed by all, as they no doubt discussed the need to overthrow the Obama Administration to save the Constitution.
Zinke has a long association with Vallely, as I reported on back in May 2014. Vallely was one of the founding board members of Zinke’s Special Operations for America Super PAC, and Zinke’s PAC entered into a “strategic partnership” with Vallely’s anti-Obama Super PAC back in 2012.
And that association is troubling. In addition to offering to lead a revolution to overthrow the federal government, Vallely helped organized an “American Spring” movement he believed would let to a violent conflict to save America, called for a citizens’ arrest of President Obama or replacing his administration with some vague group that might hold elections in a few months, and endorsed idiotic “birther” theories about President Obama.
Just last month, Vallely called for arresting President Obama for treason for “bringing the Muslim Brotherhood into the White House,” among fourteen lunatic charges. If you can stomach it, at 6:20 in this video you can hear Vallely claim that Congress won’t arrrest President Obama because of a “fear of a black uprising.”
Last September, Vallely hoped for a massive terrorist attack against the United States, which he believed would “wake up” the American people to see Obama’s tyranny:
Vallely, who once pledged to lead an anti-Obama coup, hoped that either “divine intervention” or a “cataclysmic event” like a terrorist attack will “wake the American people up” to rise up against Obama’s “tyrannical government” and demand his administration resign en masse.
Also in attendance was retired general Tom McInerney, who told Fox News that a coming 9/11 would help reverse the “demographic” changes that are destroying America from within:
“We have a crisis not only in our economy and in our national security, but also in the demographics that is being changed at such a dramatic pace that we have not previously seen in our history,” he said. “To answer your question, when do people come up and say ‘enough is enough,’ that’s a very good question but I think this coming 9/11 is going to demonstrate, is now the time.”
That’s awfully subtle racist coding for the average Fox News viewer.
I don’t believe that the delusions of grandeur, massive though they are, shared by Mr. Vallely and Congressman Zinke pose an actual threat to democracy, but a state without a functioning political press just might. The Montana press, either out of indolence, incompetence, or fear, has given Congressman Zinke’s association with fringe anti-government groups a free pass during his entire paid rise from “moderate” Republican state senator to Fox News superstar. There’s ample evidence that Zinke has endorsed their dangerous worldview and associated with these groups, but the press has responded with silence.
A plagiarized college paper was a bombshell that required article after article, because the New York Times did most of the “reporting,” but a sitting Congressman hosting a reception for an anti-government lunatic? Just not important enough to bump printing arrest records and slideshows from the web page, I guess.
Represenative Zinke thinks it’s perfectly appropriate for a member of Congress to impugn the patriotism of the President of the United States, and by that logic, there’s no doubt that it’s approproate for me to do the same to a member of Congress.
Congressman Zinke needs to be called to account for his association with this general. That’s what a functioning press would do.
And Congressman Zinke need to both apologize for this meeting and repudiate Vallely’s views. That’s what a patriot would do.