Mary Stranahan And The Patriot Millionaires Who Saved Democracy!

by Travis Mateer

Am I being too hard on an old feminist by the name of Mary Stranahan? Why make an example out of someone with monetary resources who is just trying to do some good in the world for the poor? I mean, it’s not like she’s connected to some evil transnational entity that profited off the housing crisis known as Blackrock, right?

BlackRock, Inc. is an American multinational investment management corporation based in New York City. Founded in 1988, initially as a risk management and fixed income institutional asset manager, BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager, with $8.67 trillion in assets under management as of January 2021.[5] BlackRock operates globally with 70 offices in 30 countries and clients in 100 countries.[6] Along with Vanguard and State Street, BlackRock is considered one of the Big Three index funds that dominate corporate America.

I wasn’t going to write another post about this Montana do-gooder, but a commenter popped up on Monday’s post and said this:

Clearly, based on this comment, there was more Stranahan awesomeness I had yet to uncover, so I went back to the Google to see what else might emerge and I discovered Mary Stranahan is a PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRE, just like the former managing director of Blackrock Inc., Morris Pearl.

Before we get to that link, let’s take a look at a Time magazine article from last summer, where the PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRES (many of whom are billionaires) were advocating for higher taxes for themselves:

Dozens of millionaires from the U.S. and six other countries have a message for their governments: “Tax us. Tax us. Tax us.”

Calling themselves the Millionaires for Humanity, more than 80 wealthy individuals — including Walt Disney Co. heiress Abigail Disney, former BlackRock Inc. managing director Morris Pearl, and Danish-Iranian entrepreneur Djaffar Shalchi — are petitioning for higher taxes on the rich to help pay for the billions in new government programs made necessary by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Today, we, the undersigned millionaires and billionaires, ask our governments to raise taxes on people like us. Immediately. Substantially. Permanently,” according to the open letter. “We are not restocking grocery store shelves or delivering food door to door. But we do have money, lots of it. Money that is desperately needed now.”

Yes, money IS desperately needed by the NOT wealthy, who have had their asses kicked while the wealthy made BILLIONS during the pandemic. So, what is a PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRE like Mary Stranahan worried about, now that Joe Biden is Prez?

She is worried about Greg Gianforte and…wait for it…DARK MONEY. Yep, here is old Stranahan and her Blackrock buddy, Morris, opining on the DANGER of Gianforte and his dark money.

First up, Morris:

“We believe that the fundamental problem is that those with money have so much more access than everyone else, and that is even more true with Gianforte. Most politicians at least pay lip service to paying attention to constituents but he has only met with donors the entire campaign. We are concerned that he will only know the issues and point of view of the wealthy class, and not the many unique problems of the people of Montana,” said Morris Pearl, Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and former managing director at Blackrock, Inc.

Next, Mary:

“Is this the best outcome that the most expensive legislative race Montana has ever seen? Here is what 12 million dollars bought for Montana voters: a guy who is going to ‘drain the swamp’. The current swamp has the richest cabinet members this country has ever seen. This swamp has a Republican-led Congress that has a commitment to decrease medical coverage for children, seniors and people in poverty, and a commitment to endless war and yet cutting benefits for veterans. This spending has elected a bully to represent Montanans that will fit right in with the ‘drain the swamp’ crowd,” said Patriotic Millionaire Mary Stranahan, retired general practitioner.

That’s not even MY emphasis. No, these PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRES are very BOLD about their entitlement to influence the world around them.

Earlier in this post I referenced Time Magazine. To conclude this post I’d like to go back to this compromised propaganda mouthpiece for the CIA (New York Times, 1977) and highlight an extraordinary “article” that came out a few days ago, titled The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election. From the link:

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted. For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors. The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory. It was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding.

Their work touched every aspect of the election. They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding. They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction. After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result. “The untold story of the election is the thousands of people of both parties who accomplished the triumph of American democracy at its very foundation,” says Norm Eisen, a prominent lawyer and former Obama Administration official who recruited Republicans and Democrats to the board of the Voter Protection Program.

Isn’t this just fantastic? No hint of a fascist merging of business interests and government officials here, absolutely not. And definitely no election theft, no, no, no.

If I do ever get a chance to meet this amazing PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRE named Mary Stranahan, I should probably thank her for saving democracy from BAD ORANGE MAN. I’m glad the many concerning things about this past election are being so nobly suppressed by Big Tech, who run benevolent private businesses and therefore deserve their government-protected monopolies.

And, someday, thanks to some really cool legislation in Nevada, Tech companies could even bypass Uncle Sam to become THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS with cops and courts and EVERYTHING!

I’m excited to see what our benevolent wealth class has in store for us. As long as we let them keep SAVING DEMOCRACY every couple of years, I’m sure it will all work out just fine.


About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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