One has to wonder how many members of the Republican Party in the Montana Legislature have to express support for the Oregon militia before the Montana press takes note and begins to ask some difficult questions for these supporters of armed mobs and wannabe militias. The latest Republican in the Legislature to give rhetorical support to the Bundy Gang should come as no surprise, as she has long been associated with the fringe that is taking over the Montana Republican Party.
From Theresa Manzella (HD 85) on Facebook today:
Her reference to the “three percent” is especially troubling, as The Nation describes the three percent movement as the armed wing of the TEA Party lunacy:
A fair assessment of this strategy is that the Threepers intend to be the armed wing of a larger movement of Tea Partiers and patriots, in a manner not unlike the way armed movements of a revolutionary left once swam in a sea of like-minded supporters.
A growing movement within the Republican Party in this state is endorsing an armed insurrection against the country, offering support for a movement whose aim is nothing less than overthrowing the federal government. Surely the press should be asking Montana Republicans like Senator Fielder and Representative Manzella if they truly believe that actions like those of the Bundy militia are justified, and for some answers about their affiliation with groups like the Three Percent crowd.