by Travis Mateer
Darrel Ehrlick, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, has crapped out a piece-of-shit article he describes as “commentary” about our dire situation in Montana. This condescending fucker has the audacity to lecture readers about “history” without realizing the historical correlative he is reaching for more closely resembles a mustached dictator with short-man’s complex than the Spanish Influenza pandemic.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here’s Ehrlick pumping up his home state before lamenting over its Republican leadership:
Like many states, Montana is tearing itself apart debating masks, vaccines, mandates and public health measures. With absolutely no help from leaders like Gov. Greg Gianforte who, instead of finding middle ground or being a peacemaker, has stoked the division by issuing a needless and pointless proclamation about parents having the choice to opt out of public schools, a right and choice they’ve always had. That alone would have been sound and fury signifying nothing and adding to the discord. But, Gianforte went a step farther to cause confusion and sow mistrust of masking in schools even though the vaccine hasn’t been approved for young children, and despite the rise in COVID-19-related illness in youth. Face coverings are among the only defenses available to that age group during these times of kamikaze politics.
While there is a lot of bullshit in this paragraph, I added the emphasis at the end because of what IS NOT referenced, which is a healthy immune system and ALL THE THINGS that can be done to ensure kids have healthy immune systems, like eating right, playing outside in the dirt, and getting plenty of sleep.
No, Darrel Ehrlick doesn’t mention anything about a healthy, natural immune defense because his “commentary” isn’t about the health of my kids, it’s about using Covid as a blunt instrument to hit Montana Republicans with, which is why he says shit like this:
I am shocked and angered by the callous attitude of my home state – a place that I have always prided for having a common-sense community ethos. Other states may go off the rails, but we’re happy to do our own thing. Now, our own thing seems to have transformed into a selfish ethic of my freedom at all costs, even at the expense of life or the lives of those around me. Forgive me if the next time I hear someone tearfully talking about the sanctity of life I roll my eyes.
I would LOVE for Darrel Ehrlick to call me selfish to my face, but this fucking coward isn’t about to engage, in-person, with people like me because he’s already made up his mind about the kind of “ethos” I represent.
Unlike Darrel Ehrlick, I’m not going to preemptively ask for forgiveness (the disingenuous prick) for any future eye-rolling the next time I hear the liberal inclusivity mantra about minority populations. Instead I’ll just keep reminding these hollow virtue-signalers about the death of Sean Stevenson and the unanswered questions his family still has about what happened to him at the Poverello Center.
Since one of Ehrlick’s many hats he claims is as a “historian”, the following is a pathetic attempt to graft the legacy of east coast resource exploiters onto our current batch of Republicans, all while minimizing the concern people have over Big Pharma’s latest product-line, and the continued push to approve MORE AND MORE shots for YOUNGER AND YOUNGER consumers, something that not everyone at the FDA is happy about.
Here is Ehrlick’s selective histrionics:
The leaders and people who came to Montana from the East sought fortunes and meant to take what they could for their own benefit, regardless of the Natives who were here. In history and mythology, Montana has always represented the epitome of rugged individualism and the apotheosis of freedom. If you don’t believe that, just look at the murals in the Capitol depicting White men seeking material fortune, a sentiment enshrined in oil paintings in the epicenter of our state. They don’t often show what happened next.
So, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the craven political ambitions of leaders who would make something as simple as a vaccine and a mask the next instruments of battle in a cultural war dressed up as freedom’s last stand, when, in reality, it’s nothing more than staying healthy and getting through a pandemic the likes of which hasn’t been seen in several generations.
As simple as a vaccine and a mask? What the fuck is “simple” about requiring health interventions that someone like me refuses to take?
I’ll wrap this post up with a big THANK YOU to Darrel Ehrlick. Why? Because it’s “commentaries” like his that reinforces the need to fight back with the legal processes still available to us.
And to do that money needs to be raised, like this effort, which is closing in on $12,000.
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