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Presidential DeBree

The DeBree Field
July 9, 2017

by Sam DeBree

For those who cling onto the "He's your president and he deserves your respect" mantra, please keep in mind that it is
possible to have full respect of the office and the position of the President without automatically transferring said sentiment to the person currently holding that position.
The man who we elected this past year has proven to be mentally, intellectually, psychologically and emotionally unfit to be the leader of this country. He is not a president. Heck, one could argue that he qualifies as an adult solely on chronology. At the maturity level, Donald J. Trump is a petulant child. He attacks anyone who slights him with the meanest most base insult his reactionary brain can tweet. He doesn't engage in grown up civil discourse. He rants and spews verbal venom like he is at his first rap battle against an ex-wife.

A few days ago, he tweet-punched the hosts of MSNBC's show "Morning Joe". The first two tweet below are recent.  The following tweets are from last year posted to establish the mindset of Donald and how he regards people.

Actual Tweets from Donald J. Trump. June 29,2017:

I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.. ...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no! June 3, 2016 I don't watch or do @Morning_Joe anymore. Small audience, low ratings! I hear Mika has gone wild with hate. Joe is Joe. They lost their way! August 22, 2016 Tried watching low-rated @Morning_Joe this morning, unwatchable! @morningmika is off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess! Some day, when things calm down, I'll tell the real story of @JoeNBC and his very insecure long-time girlfriend, @morningmika. Two clowns August 26, 2016 Wonderful @pastormarkburns was attacked viciously and unfairly on @MSNBC by crazy @morningmika on low ratings @Morning_Joe. Apologize! September 2, 2016 Just heard that crazy and very dumb @morningmika had a mental breakdown while talking about me on the low ratings @Morning_Joe. Joe a mess! Regardless how you feel about the hosts of "Morning Joe", it is important to understand that these are not tweets from a random blogger or angry viewer.

These are tweets from the man who is currently holding or was actively running for the Presidency of the United States. Reread the tweets above and ask yourself if you would ever allow anyone to refer to you in such a manner. Then try to justify it by saying that "He's my president and your president too". The sitting president should receive the respect that is due to the position. If and only if the man has the same respect for the position and for the people he represents. Donald J. Trump, by his own actions and words, does not respect the Presidency and he most certainly does not respect the American people. America deserves better than him. America is better than this.

Dems need to make an effort in Montana

DeBree Field

April 13, 2017
by Sam DeBree
For ButteNews.net

The Democratic Party in Montana is finding itself in an unusual position. In a special election coming up later in May, the state has a rare opportunity to move the needle on the U.S. House of Representatives political meter a nudge to the left.

Ryan Zinke’s appointment as Interior Secretary has left his House seat open and therefore paved the way for this special election to fill. The Montana Democratic Party can, with a win here, minutely change the political landscape but significantly change their presence in The U.S. Congress. In Washington D.C., Montana’s voice could very well take on a much bluer tone.

Unfortunately, I see a misstep in their political strategy. In a massively red state, the Democrats seem to be more interested in protecting what blue presence they have in Montana, than actually changing overall hue. In this Quist vs. Gianforte race for the House seat, the Democrat’s campaign seems largely lackluster. They are running a candidate with limited political experience while keeping the campaign’s financial and media involvement to a minimum. At the national level, the chair for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was, at one point, unaware of this upcoming special election at all. Because of the small population of the State, The DCCC sees Montana as insignificant, thus reinforcing the notion that being blue has no impact at a national level. And that is a mistake.

The Democratic Party in Montana must recognize a need and an opportunity to change their strategy. The Republican Party in this country is in disarray. As Republican power players and their corporate interests speedboat their message further and further to the right, they are leaving long trail of moderates churning in their wake behind them.

Tax reforms that only benefit the wealthy, along with budget cuts in a myriad of departments, most likely will adversely impact small and agricultural business owners. Many of whom pledge themselves as Republicans. In Montana, small business and agriculture makes up a vast majority of the state. A lot of Republicans are poised to be hurt by far right policies that do not actually represent the Republicans in Montana. And therein lies an opportunity.

If the Democrats shift away from protecting what they have and more towards an address and recruit model, they may find support from moderate Republicans that are being left behind by their own party. This is the time to go to the Red areas of Montana, shake off the idea of partisan identity and sit and discuss the issues and the policy changes in Montana, person to person.  Town hall meetings that present well thought out analyses of issues and their impact on Montanans, in general, can steer the conversation away from the divisiveness between political parties and more toward the collective ideals of the state as a whole.

The Electoral College has made Montana fairly insignificant on the national stage. The three electoral votes Montana has will most likely not sway a presidential election. Therefore little effort is made to address or even acknowledge Montana when it comes to certain elections. But as the cry to change the voting system from an electoral to a popular vote grows louder, Montana can start having a real impact on national elections, resulting in influencing policies that affect us. But the effort is going to require bipartisan cooperation and should be initiated by the Democrats. In my opinion, it is important for the Democrats shift the focus from protecting themselves to protecting the others.

In protection, we find alliance. In alliance we find unity. In unity we find strength.  And in the coming years, we need all the strength, alliance and unity we can find.

 

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