Posts tagged Wyoming
Posts tagged Wyoming
Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, drop some serious truth on Liz Cheney via Facebook.
Liz is running for the U.S. Senate in Wyoming, despite living there for about five minutes, and is trying to seal the deal by out-cowboying one of Wyoming’s longtime senators, Mike Enzi. Her campaign ads are basically, “I’M MORE OF A RIGHT-WING WESTERNER THAN YOU! SO THERE! (oh BTW fuck Obama, here’s a sunset on the mountains).”
I love that Cheney and Poe are calling Liz out on this particular bullshit, and publicly. Enzi has the same stance regarding marriage equality, and god forbid a GOP candidate appear to be more *gasp* MODERATE than an opponent.
Hey DC folks! Check this out, you won’t regret it. I went to this event in Cheyenne, and it’s a terrifying, yet vindicating, recreation of a very dark chapter in LGBTQ and American history.
Take a gander at the book here. Here’s the summary:
“‘Joe McCarthy’s Cold War witch-hunts targeted people with same-sex attractions as much, maybe more than those with Communist sympathies.’ This introduction to Rodger McDaniel’s book sets the stage for a story of the most wretched political blackmail in American history. Lester Hunt was the kind of person we’d all want to be a part of our national government. Kind and empathetic, honest and hardworking, he was as one of his eulogists said, ‘ill prepared for the cruel, brutal, rough aspect of national partisan politics.’
Hunt committed suicide in his Senate office in 1954. His death was tragic enough. Yet readers will find even more about which to lament reading of his extraordinary life. Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins is not only Lester Hunt’s story. It’s the story of America during the virulent years of the early Cold War, of McCarthyism, and the way the voluntary death of a Wyoming senator helped to bring the curtain down on Joe McCarthy.”
From “Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident” by Prof. Bill Ayers
Excellent read. And #Wyoming, you’re immortalized in print, beginning on p. 155.
They didn’t think he would come.
He was a Ku Klux Klan organizer, after all, and they were local leaders of the NAACP, historic enemies. They spent months negotiating the terms of his visit to Casper. There were ground rules, topics to be discussed and guarantees of a security team.
They wait in a small, low-ceiling conference room in the Parkway Plaza hotel. Four NAACP leaders. Ten mints, striped red and white, sit clustered on the table. The pitchers of ice water on the table drip sweat.
“Showtime,” a security man says. He’s here.
A security check, swipes with a metal-detecting wand, and he steps into the room.
Here is John Abarr, an organizer for the United Klans of America, carrying a brown briefcase, shaking hands, settling into a high-backed swivel chair, leaning in, ready to talk. This could be the first time representatives of the two groups purposely met in peace.
Keisha Simmons, the secretary of the Casper branch of the NAACP, pours the Klansman a plastic foam cup of water.
A security man locks the wooden conference room door.
This article is an incredible read; however, the comments on this article are sadly predictable.
Wyoming Rep. Michael Madden’s reply to a constituent advocating for marijuana policy change.
Madden, a Republican, also called same-sex marriage an “amenity” and suggested that those who favor who gun restrictions, equal rights for LGBTQ people, and legal use of marijuana should just move. This is a man elected to represent all people in his district, and he’s telling them that he’d rather they leave the state than represent them.
Drop him a line and educate him about the responsible, legal use of marijuana: Mike.Madden@wyoleg.gov
Also, let him know Wyoming is not his birthright, a la Hans Hunt. You’re a representative for your district, not just Republicans. You’re not a feudal lord, choosing peasants to banish. Do your job. There’s already too many elected officials in Wyoming who believe this claptrap — if you have a life in Wyoming, but want to change the policies of the state, don’t get involved in politics, just leave.
That’s not the position of a democratic republic, and it’s not a policy any government official should be comfortable endorsing — especially ones who are elected. Take five minutes and email him. Hell, tell him to move. I’m sure he can find somewhere backwards enough for his tastes with the “amenities” he seeks.