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Some Overheated Rhetoric from the Right Here in Montana

It’s hard to know what’s the worst element of this delightful piece of fiction by Montana novelist and right wing blogger M.L. Busman—its assassination fantasy, overwrought prose,or its Fox News endorsement—but it certainly seems to capture the prevailing spirit of the demographically and educationally challenged right wing in this country.

A few excerpts can’t really capture its magic, but I’ll give you a little taste before you get this title for stocking stuffers next Christmas.

Fantasizing about Dead Presidents!:

The bureau chief pressed play and listened one last time to the most incriminating Presidential whisper in the history of America.

"Allahu Akbar."

Purple Prose!:

A glance about the room at all the right-wing propaganda, pictures on the walls, brought a smirk to his lips. How stupid were the American People anyway?

He stuffed his weapon in the oversize pocket of the camouflage jacket and locked the door of the house behind him. Twenty minutes from D.C. Thirty minutes from destiny.

Fox News Love!:

"Anyone new, young, inexperienced. Someone tough enough to keep Garrett from getting too close."

"Major Garrett?"

"Can’t have Fox getting even a whiff of the truth. All they do is stir up trouble." He paused, then added, "Martial law would’ve been so much easier."

Now, some might say that I am overreacting to a piece of fiction. That’s just it, though; the entirety of the modern American conservative movement is built on stories so improbable that a good science fiction author would reject them. When a majority of Republicans believe that Obama is a foreign-born socialist in favor of terrorism, that drilling in Alaska will make America energy independent, that climate change is a liberal conspiracy and that 9/11 was the work of Iraqis, it becomes pretty difficult to separate their fantasy from their reality, and that’s the danger.

When Republican leaders stoke the fears of those already in the grasp of paranoid delusions and insane fears, something dreadful could certainly happen. It’s time for Republican leaders to stop using targets on posters, waving on mobs, and questioning the President’s birth certificate. Reasonable people can disagree and have heated debates, but that can’t happen in an environment where this kind of rhetoric takes the fore.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a 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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