Montana, Land of the Angry Hat-People
Members of the Lewis and Clark Tea Party Movement hold “Pirates and Cowboys Dress-Up Day” at the State Capitol in Helena. (AP/Billings Gazette)
I knew that Montana is nicknamed “The Last Best Place,” but I always thought that was just a cabin-realtor come-on to the Mad Bomber community. Now that the Tea Party is firmly ensconced in the state’s already-freewheeling legislature, however, I’m sure of it.
Here’s a sampling of recent products from the Montana House of Representatives:
02/07/11 — House endorses “faith-based” health care services.
02/10/11 — House passes bill to permit silencers on hunting guns.
02/19/11 — House votes to nullify Endangered Species Act.
02/21/11 — House backs concealed carry without a permit.
02/22/11 — House votes to override Missoula’s municipal ordinance banning LGBT discrimination.
02/22/11 — House passes bill to ignore EPA regulations on “greenhouse gases” and curtail state regulation of mercury.
02/23/11 — House backs bill to prevent “coerced” abortions.
03/04/11 — House rejects safety warnings on medical marijuana packaging.
Meanwhile, the Montana Senate is considering a pair of bills that seek to nullify Federal Health Care Reform — a particularly ironic initiative in a state that wants to let you drink heavy metals and get beaten-up for being gay…and where you’ll never know who’s got a gun and won’t be able to hear them shooting at you, anyway.
In defense of America’s Japan-sized 6th-Least-Inhabited State, however, I should point out the House has so far stalled a floor vote on a a bill that would have embraced Global Warming as a naturally-occurring phenomenon that’s “beneficial” to business development. Even in “The Last Best Place,” that one may be A Bridge Too Far.