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Gov. Schweitzer Accuses Montanans of Racism: Expects to Hear Outrageously Racist Comments in Public
The Montana Pioneer ^ | September 5, 2012 | Dustin Hurst

Posted on 09/05/2012 10:55:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Politico recently wrote that Montana Governor. Brian Schweitzer’s rhetorical prowess is a valuable asset and a dangerous liability for his future political ambitions.

Case in point: On July 28, Schweitzer delivered the keynote address at the Ohio Democratic Party’s annual dinner. In the speech, he told a gripping tale of his grandmother immi-grating to the United States to start a new life.

Riveting.

In the same address, Schweitzer dipped into darker rhetoric, casting white Montanans as racist toward American Indians.

Through his 30-minute speech to Ohio Democrats, Schweitzer repeatedly boasted of his gubernatorial achievements, putting special emphasis on the Indian Education for All project. Schweitzer spearheaded the program, which requires Montana school children to learn both American-Indian and U.S. history.

Why did Schweitzer shepherd the innovative and groundbreaking program? Well, because many Montanans are white, racist rednecks—the governor’s words.

“All over Montana, you can walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while as people talk to each other,” Schweitzer explained, shortly after noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian. “And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years.”

The video was posted at the website Plunderbund, was blocked from public viewing, but has since been restored.

Having labeled a broad swath of Montanans as irreparably racist, the governor said he delivered the educational program to sway the minds and hearts of Treasure State youngsters. “…I decided I can’t turn the heart of a 45-year-old redneck,” Schweitzer said.

Schweitzer’s speech was a stunning rhetorical reversal from his stance during an April trip to New York City, including an appearance on David Letterman, to promote Montana as a paradise for tourists.

“Best place in the world to take your family,” Schweitzer said of his home state during a stop in Times Square to hand out Montana jerky and jam.

Schweitzer visited New York to promote a new direct flight from New Jersey to Bozeman. “With this new direct flight, we’re giving our friends from the New York area convenient access to the most spectacular places and experiences they will encounter in the lower 48 states,” Schweitzer said in a news release. “And we’ll deliver it with our customary Western hospitality.”

The governor’s Ohio remarks makes one wonder, though, if he should have alerted New Yorkers about Montanans, rather than espouse Western hospitality.

Also noteworthy is Schweitzer’s dip into hot water after he discussed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s roots in a polygamous sect in Mexico. Schweitzer was talking with the Daily Beast just days before his New York City getaway.

“I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of (the) polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into (a) polygamy commune in Mexico,” Schweitzer said.

Schweitzer then sought to add fuel to the so-called Republican War on Women. He commented that women are generally uncomfortable with polygamy, and that Romney is a byproduct of the practice.

The governor never walked back his remarks, instead doubling down in a subsequent interview with CNNs Anderson Cooper.

—Watchdog.org.

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Editor’s note: Having lived in Montana for 25 years and frequented the kind of venues the governor cites (on occasion with Native Americans), and having witnessed racist attitudes elsewhere in urban areas for years, this editor rejects Gov. Schweitzer’s accusation of inevitable racism in Montana—and while racism exists, the brush with which he paints Montana is wildly broad and defamatory, the likely reason being (having heard his speech) that the governor did so to impress out-of-state political interests and further his own aspirations by presenting himself as a noble crusader for racial equality. To put it mildly, exploiting race in that way speaks poorly of Brian Schweitzer.


TOPICS: Montana; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: brianschweitzer; montana; racism; romney
Is there a Democrat anywhere who won't play the race card?
1 posted on 09/05/2012 10:55:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When is this idiot Schweitzer up for re-election?

If his Republican opponent doesn’t use this “redneck” comment in a campaign commercial, then he is foolish.


2 posted on 09/05/2012 11:08:35 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (If people don't have to show an ID to vote, why do they have to show one to purchase a firearm?.)
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To: tuckrdout; roamer_1; Bushbacker1; Unrepentant VN Vet; LucyT; BigSkyDream; elliedark; ...

Ping!!


3 posted on 09/05/2012 11:13:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It looks like Montana is almost as white as Scary Dean’s Vermont. What is it with these crazy white voters choosing race-hustling politicians?


4 posted on 09/05/2012 11:26:40 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dog Whistle Alert....I am so sick of this crap...I can’t wait until election day


5 posted on 09/05/2012 11:32:30 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

He’s term-limited out in January. This vile termite has darkened Montana’s Governor’s office for 8 years.


6 posted on 09/05/2012 11:44:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The man is a whore. Whoring himself out to his audience, a perfect democrat. No morals, no core beliefs. Just say what the audience wants to hear and stroke their ego. A whore.


7 posted on 09/06/2012 12:19:25 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“All over Montana, you can walk into a bar, a café or even a school or a courthouse and just listen for a while as people talk to each other,” Schweitzer explained, shortly after noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian. “And you will hear somebody, before very long, say something outrageously racist about the people who’ve lived in Montana for 10,000 years.”

Yeah. He should try that in Browning on a Saturday night. It'd make great YouTube, especially if he left his security detail in Havre.

8 posted on 09/06/2012 1:20:04 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe

He’ll probably need to double his security crew after this, or am I wrong?


9 posted on 09/06/2012 1:23:36 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dunno. I'm from North Dakota, and have traveled through towns in Montana where there is palpable hostility toward palefaces. "Racism" is a two-way street, and to blame whites for all of it is stupid. Then, too, there is more than one flavor of "white guilt", and more than one person has made an ass of themselves while suffering from it.

It might play well with the liberals who moved into the Western part of Montana, though, and there are a lot of votes over there.

10 posted on 09/06/2012 1:49:54 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How the heck did the Dems get a foothold in Montana?

That’s supposed to be traditionally conservative country!


11 posted on 09/06/2012 2:14:12 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative. REJECT THEN STOP SOCIALISM THIS NOV!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I am not alleging by any stretch that Romney is a polygamist and approves of (the) polygamy lifestyle, but his father was born into (a) polygamy commune in Mexico,” Schweitzer said...

Far, far worse things could be said about Obama's mother (and father), but I won't allege that any of it is true for Obama......

12 posted on 09/06/2012 2:39:51 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: sf4dubya

Democrat ran as a conservative. Dashcode use to do it and it caught up to him


13 posted on 09/06/2012 2:44:09 AM PDT by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
noting 93 percent of his state’s population is classified as Caucasian.(...)

“Best place in the world to take your family,” Schweitzer said of his home state...

Hmmmmmmm...

14 posted on 09/06/2012 2:44:59 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: sf4dubya

Rich people buying up land (e.g., Ted Turner and other rabid liberals, I guess)?

Also you have to consider the population density. For a sparsely populated state like Montana, the concentration of people in the cities has a greater effect on political outcomes.

Couple that with Democrat government efforts to hook as many people on TANF, WICs, EITC, Section 8, etc. and making it childishly easy to apply for all in a virtual one-stop-shopping deal, you end up having the leeches from all over infest the cities to get everything for nothing. The problem is that they can vote.


15 posted on 09/06/2012 2:44:59 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Is there a Democrat..."

No. When it's the only card you've got, you have to play it.

16 posted on 09/06/2012 5:08:40 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: sf4dubya
How the heck did the Dems get a foothold in Montana? Mainly organized labor and the larger population centers are far left. University of Montana in Missoula is a leftist haven...I will not hire anyone from U of M. Butte is a big-time union town.
17 posted on 09/06/2012 5:28:28 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Old Governess Swindler is just saying what he thinks his Democrat puppet masters want to hear. He’s trying to line up a nice, soft job after he skulks away from Helena. He only had one issue that he campaigned on....he was going to turn Montana’s coal into oil. Nothing. Nothing done on his one campaign issue. He’s just another snake oil salesman wearing his Indian trinket tie. And what a friend he is to the Indians. He throws them some crumbs about teaching Indian history. How much time did he spend on the reservation these past 8 years? What a big nothing.


18 posted on 09/06/2012 6:06:21 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Schweitzer has no problem with Obama's father being a polygamist with five wives, but thinks it should be an issue that Romney's grandfather was a polygamist?
19 posted on 09/06/2012 3:07:23 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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