I wanna go home, I wanna go home
Oh, how I wanna go home. (Bobby Bare lyrics, Detroit City)
I spent the first 58 years of my life in Montana. It’s a very large state with very few people, and during my time there was run by rednecks. I didn’t understand until Covid the difference between Democrats and Republicans. It is as follows:
Democrats represent nice people who think of themselves as liberals. They believe in things like kindness and justice for all. Those elected to lead these people are liars and phonies, as liberalism, such as it is, is not allowed in real politics. Consequently, to be a Democratic leader, one must be a slut. Democratic leaders are forced to live lives of lies, pretending to be one thing to their followers, only being their real selves in private. Two of the worst human beings I ever met were the essential heads of the Montana Democratic Party, Max Baucus and Jon Tester. They both became senators and lied, lied, lied for decades. They make me wanna puke.
Republicans represent people who think of themselves as “conservative,” though the word is stripped of essential meaning by politics. (It means to exercise caution, to be careful, not to make radical changes, to preserve things that work. I’m a conservative in that sense.) But Republican leaders and followers are often on the same page, believing in the same ideas, falling for the same lies. Ergo, Republican leaders have the ability to lead without lying about their true beliefs. They tend to be nicer people than Democratic leaders, who are required to be sluts. Two of their leaders I knew were Ron Marlinee (1935-2020) and Conrad Burns (1935-2016). They lied. They were politicians, but I repeat myself. But they seemed like likeable men who could both give and take jokes.
I don’t vote, as I don’t think that when it really matters, votes are not counted. I doubt that Joe Biden won the election, but then, neither did Donald Trump. But sometimes I get the sense that votes are counted, at least in a small backwash like Montana. When Covid was first released on us, Montana was run by Democrats. They went crazy, loving their new fascist powers. The Governor, Steve Bullock, instituted a two week quarantine on anyone entering the state. Later, clerks were ordered not to sell to anyone not wearing a mask. We visited after the automatic quarantine was lifted. It was an oppressive atmosphere. I could hardly bear it. I stood in the doorway of the general store in Silvergate, demanding that the clerk come to me to take my money, as I refused to wear a mask to pay for whatever it was I bought.
The mask mandate brought out people who love having power over other people … you know … assholes. The funny part here is that she said “You can come to that window” where we stood two feet apart, me outside, she inside. Over the counter, plexiglass was in place, but me with no mask … that was a no go. Outside, through an open window, two feet apart … OK. I relent. Maybe she had a sense of humor. (Russians had great jokes during the reign of the USSR. They knew they were slaves, but also that leaders were fools. They had to comply, but also laughed at them. We are now in a similar situation. Our country, USA, with all its flaws and lies, was OK. That’s over now. All that is left is to laugh at the fools in charge.)
Something interesting happened in November of 2020. In the election, Republicans won every major office, and took control of both houses of the legislature, and not by small margins. It was so bad that a Democratic blogger who blindly and always supported every Democrat, Don Pogreba, packed it up and move to Hawaii. His blog, like him, up and left! Good riddance!
I truly didn’t think it would make any difference, as I have long said that public opinion is never taken seriously by those in power. But something happened recently to make me stop and take notice: A law passed in May, and now in effect, bans mandatory vaccination as a condition of employment in Montana.
Liberals, of course, have their panties in a twist. Earlier, Governor Gianforte had eliminated the mask mandate. We have visited there twice this year, avoiding major cities (hint: there are none), but masks were a rarity, only worn by those suffering a psychotic break. Wyoming to the south also had no mask mandate, so our trips were pleasurable. The asshole clerks who used to be able to push everyone around are … not gone … but muttering under their breath “My power has left me!”
Montana is a small state, and the people behind the Covid hoax are immensely powerful. We’ll see how long this lasts. But for now,
I wanna go home, I wanna go home
Oh, how I wanna go home.
PS: I now learn that Montana Department of Health and Human Services has made masks in public schools optional. The school in this link, Target Range, is opting out of that rule, mandating masks, since they are excellent scientists and know that masks are effective in stopping a virus never proven to exist. I would imagine that most schools will do likewise due to pressure from liberal parents.