After their grammatically-challenged and hate-filled gathering in Missoula a few weeks ago, a group of loud-mouthed bigots are planning to gather in Helena to air their grievances about all of the problems they see in American security. At the moment, according to their Facebook page, 31 patriots plan to abandon the comfort of their La-Z-Boy chairs, Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh to bash Syrian refugees under the guise of discussing security issues.
It’s quite a list of concerns. Echoing the noble language of Jefferson in the Declaration, these patriots plan to speak about random capitalization and hope to ensure that the information they offer is factual, complete with “proof.” If attendees follow that advice, bemused visitors to the capitol that day will see, in addition to illegible signs, pages of printouts from conspiracy web sites about the UN’s plan to rule America.
While the event is listed as being under the direction of the same “American Security Rally of Montana” that led the Missoula gathering, the Helena version seems to be under the steady hand of Tim Ravndal, who locals might remember as the man who is so bigoted he was kicked out of a local TEA Party organization. And while the event is billed as one that will discuss a wide variety of security issues, its Facebook page is loaded with anti-Muslim hysteria from the crowd that needs to hold rallies of like-minded bigots lest they spent the day cowering in bedwetting fear at the prospect of a few dozen desperate children being relocated to Montana.
For some reason, this pack of patriot-cowards is really upset with Attorney General Tim Fox, who is apparently refusing to answer their polite requests to attend the rally. Perhaps they agree with Representative Art Wittich that the Attorney General is little more than a Democrat in Republican clothing.
Were I not working, I might attend the event to register my concern: the decline in grammar skills across the United States. Or the fact that so many of these self-styled patriots seem to have the time to gather for rallies during the middle of the work week. I’d hate to think that any of these champions of Randian self-reliance are relying on government benefits to make a living instead of boldly riding across the plains like John Wayne, making their own racist destiny.
One can only hope that if the media choose to cover this ethnocentric circus that they provide context about how limited the following for this worldview really is.