This is the MT GOP: Sen. Greg Hinkle Compares Undocumented Immigrants to Livestock

by jhwygirl

Sen. Greg Hinkle, who resides in Thompson Falls and represents state senate district 7, writes a column pretty regularly for The Clark Fork Chronicle. He’s one of those tea party types who hates government, but is more than happy to run for office and collect his senator’s pay and per diem that they all get when they are in session.

Gotta love that irony, huh?

In his latest column he gets to comparing undocumented immigrants to livestock as he rants on about a proposal by the USDA to require documentation for livestock that crosses state lines.

Whoa! The thought just occurred to me; I wonder if these same officials are drafting regulations requiring the USFWS to track diseased wolves (or deer and elk for that matter) crossing state lines? In the same vein, it does not appear that there is the same concern for diseases brought across our southern border by illegal aliens.

So not only is he a xenophobic disgusting piece of a human being, he supports big government Again – got to love that irony.

You know what’s even more amazing to me? That Sen. Greg Hinkle is so comfortable in his own skin that he writes a piece of garbage like this and sends it to a newspaper knowing that it is going to be printed and published and read by 1,000’s of readers in at least 3 counties. The twisted sick word that he lives in has him thinking that it is OK to contemplate the need for the USDA to regulate border crossings – southern border crossings – of human beings.

As an aside from this topic, Sen. Greg Hinkle clearly has no respect for the Montana Constitution. He’s proposing a bill to ban physician assisted suicide.

So here is a state legislator – a state senator at that – that doesn’t even have a basic understanding of the court case to which he is trying to overturn with a law. The right in Montana for a terminally ill person to seek physician-assisted suicide is found in our state’s constitution.

Putting it another way – no legislator can write laws to forbid those rights that are granted to us by our constitution.

He takes two separate oaths as a state senator – one to uphold the United States Constitution, and another to uphold the Montana Constitution. I guess those oaths don’t mean crap to him.

For me, this is another example of tea baggery gone mad – not only does Hinkle want more laws to regulate that which can’t be regulated away, he wants to take away constitutional rights of Montana’s citizens AND have Montana citizens rack up the legal tab defending a law that would be unconstitutional from its inception.

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  1. carfreestupidity

    Maybe he simply knows his audience well enough to know that hypocrisy doesn’t matter to his base when it is politically expedient , bigotry sells, and something as lofty as constitutional protections mean little to the average person.

  2. Big Swede

    “Whoa! The thought just occurred to me; I wonder if these same officials are drafting regulations requiring the USFWS to track diseased wolves (or deer and elk for that matter) crossing state lines? In the same vein, it does not appear that there is the same concern for diseases brought across our southern border by illegal aliens.”

    Is that what you got out this quote? Comparing illegals to cattle? Are you turning the racist radar up to 11?

    I think its a fair question. Much concern about livestock/game wandering around, no concern for carriers of TB, Hep A, Leprosy, Dengue walking around in our malls, schools and hospitals.

    • Pilot

      “That big Swede” used to be a pejorative, signifying someone who was dumb as dirt.

      It fits the commenter.

      It is extremely difficult to get leprosy. It’s hard to get TB, usually transmitted to you by someone you’re living with. So, “Big Swede,” maybe you can explain to us why you’re getting hysterical here?

      Similarly, Hepatitis A is a bothersome but not a deadly disease, outside of the condition of alcoholism, or a similar disease that compromises the liver. It is usually transmitted
      food handlers don’t wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom.

      • Big Swede

        On November 6, 2003, at a local restaurant chain, Chi-Chi’s in Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania, unscreened employees ‘served’ up plates of infectious hepatitis A to their patrons. Over 3,000 had to receive the painful gammaglobulin shots while two Americans died. Health officials reported, “Workers may have contaminated food by failure to follow basic hygiene in cleaning hands after using the bathroom.” The employees were not health screened by the restaurant chain.

        Dirt rules.

        • carfreestupidity

          I’ve worked in a lot of restaurant kitchens and never received a “health screening.”. In fact… In most cases it was frowned upon to take a day off from work if you were sick unless you were so sick you couldn’t stand up for the 8-10 hr shifts.

  3. mr benson

    Analogies aren’t equivalencies. And I’m certain that health screenings were done on Ellis Island.

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