Budget Crises All Around

Montana’s budget crisis is $437 million. California’s is $20 billion. The U.S.’s is $1.4 trillion, at least for one year.

Montana’s population is 974,000. California’s is 37 million. The U.S.’s is 307 million.

The per capita crisis is $448 in Montana, $540 in California, and $3,783 in the U.S.

California hogs the headlines. It’s not fair.

COEXIST, Indeed.

I’m a candidate. I’m a Republican. I knock on doors. Most people are cordial, even liberal Democrats. But the harshest treatment I received this week was from a guy who had a COEXIST bumper sticker. (Full text of someone else’s blog post on this subject is below.)

Other absurdities from the week’s trampings:

One liberal Democrat, bearded and walking his bassett, asked if I would have voted for the minimum wage increase. I said, “No.” He said, “That’s why we have a meth problem in Montana. If people had more money, they could afford the better drugs.”

People are angry with anger. They blame Republicans for standing int he way of the good work of government expansion in Congress. Their opinions seem tailored by CNN, ABC, NBC and CBS. They hate bickering, blaming mostly Republicans. Of course, their loathing and vituperation would disappear were they elected. They are angrier than the Mitch McConnell they blame.

An eleven year-old boy approached as I was tying my campaign sign on the Lewis lawn to a green ash tree. He inquired if I was campaigning. I said yes, for myself. “I’m Tom Burnett.” He seemed pleased. He expressed disapproval of the president. He hadn’t heard of the suntan tax. He was shaken by it. He was sure that, to pay for national health, Congress would be tempted to tax video games. That alarmed him. His name was Uno.

As I approached one door, a bulldog lumbered toward me, seeming friendly. He began gnawing on me, getting closer to  ripping my pants and lacerating my left hand as a got to the door. The woman restrained him, without remarking on the dog’s affections . We had a nice chat. She let me put a lawn sign up.

From this point on, I have pasted a blog post authored by someone else:

coexist

You’ve seen these, right? They make me mad. Why? Because they don’t really mean what they say.

Let’s break it down. We’ll call each worldview by the letter it’s supposed to represent. So:

  • C = Islam
  • O = Pacifism
  • E = “Gender equality” (=the LGBT agenda) 
  • X = Judaism
  • I = Wicca / Pagan / Bah’ai
  • S =Taoism / Confucianism
  • T = Christianity

And let’s assume a very broad definition of “coexist”: living together without calling for the destruction of each other. Here are the problems with that:

  • C wants to kill E, X, T, and (by implication) O. If they achieved the world they wanted, I and S would also no longer exist.
  • O doesn’t allow for effective resistance or defeat of C.
  • E stands in direct opposition to C, X, and T, and accuses those who speak against them of hate speech. Also, they’re trying to edge X and T out of public schools in favor of their own agenda. (They’re afraid C will be offended, so they get less trouble.) E is actually very, very intolerant.
  • X’s existence is threatened not only by C but also by O, who invariably supports C over X.
  • I and S are statistically insignificant and are mainly on there to complete the bumper sticker.
  • T is who the bumper sticker is really arguing against, but poses no physical threat to any of the others.

Historically, T has brought about more tolerance– “coexistence” if you will– than any other movement. But the kind of “coexistence” the people who make this sticker envision is one where at least X and T are completely marginalized.

UPDATE: My wife reminded me that I was supposed to mention this: Worldview issues aside, on a purely graphics basis, this bumper sticker is awesome.

FINAL UPDATE: Comments are now closed, because I feel like all the negative ones have sufficiently reinforced my point. Plus, being cursed at and called a terrorist just stops being fun after a while.