The Coward Greg Gianforte Did Attend the Republican Debate in Helena Last Night

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Perhaps mistaking it for one of his sham virtual town halls or the software he developed to let American businesses outsource their employees, Greg Gianforte did—virtually—attend the scheduled Republican gubernatorial debate last night.

As a spectator. On Facebook.

While watching the debate last night on Facebook, I noticed that Gianforte appeared as a spectator on the Facebook feed. So, it appeared, did observers on Twitter, who posted this image after the debate. (I’ve redacted the names of people not running cowardly campaigns for governor from the image.)gregcoward

Gianforte, who could not be troubled to attend the debate himself and who claimed the event was scheduled over time with his family, somehow found the time to watch his two GOP rivals square off in front of an audience of actual Montanans.

Quite a few days for Congressman Gianforte, who has still not held a real town hall in his tenure as our Representative. He began with another of his scripted, pre-screened town halls citing a bigot’s advice that one should listen to people with opposing views. He followed that up by slinking into an event for fat cats with an out-of-state adulterer rather than meeting with the people of Helena. And he closed it by virtually watching a debate between two candidates at least brave enough to hold a public event.

If you’re not brave enough to face us, you’re not brave enough to lead us, Mr. Gianforte. It’s that simple.

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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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  • Sometimes…it seems hard to understand the worldview’s of ultra conservatives like Mr. Gianforte. Where is the morality in helping those who already enjoy power in getting more power and more breaks? I looked around and found this piece on the Conservative Moral Hierarchy put together by George Lakoff.

    Lakoff starts by noting that ALL politics is MORAL.

    No candidate says, “support me and my political stances,” because they are IMMORAL. So the question becomes…what is the conservative moral hierarchy of values that can be used to establish a “moral reasoning” for the many positions that conservatives take on a variety of issues?

    • God has made us a moral people, therefore God is above man…and we’re talking the vengeful “do what I say, or I’ll smite you” Old Testament “fire and brimstone” conservative version of God!

    • Similarly, man is above nature (which means nature exists to be exploited for profit),

    • Adults above children (”father knows best”),

    • Western culture above non-western culture,

    • America above all other nations,

    • Man above woman (again,” father knows best”),

    • Wealthy above poor (this is a meritocracy, so the wealthy must be more deserving),

    • Employers above employees (employers are “job creators” and deserve more respect),

    • Whites above non-whites,

    • Straight people above gay people, &

    • Conservative Christians above liberal Christians and, of course, ALL non-Christians.

    It seems to run counter to the nation’s founding credo that we are ALL born equal and with inalienable rights. It also messes with the idea that we, as a country, should keep moving toward the idea that ours is a nation with liberty and justice for ALL

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