Sorry Indy… But Dave Strohmaier Ain’t Missoula’s Nanny
In the current edition of the Missoula Independent the local paper takes aim at Missoula City Councilman Dave Strohmaier over his Social Host Ordinance and many of the policy positions he has taken in his six years in office. Three times in the article – once in the headline, once in a quote, and once in the second to last paragraph – the Indy emasculates and attempts to make Dave appear effete through his desire to clean up after an infantilized Missoula populace. In my opinion, the use of such language turns a pretty solid article into a hack job.
I would expect such language from a right-wing rag but from an independent newspaper based out of Missoula? There is a long history of Liberalism’s opponents painting liberals as soft, elitists, and effeminate. I don’t understand why the Indy is playing into such lazy stereotypes other than to set the tone of how the paper will handle Strohmaier in any eventual run for Montana’s open Congressional House seat.
The Tea People now holding sway in Helena proposed plenty of legislation to clean up after messy voters including:
- Multiple attempts to “Purge the Scourge” of Medical Marijuana and correct the choice Montana voters made in 2004
- Numerous attempts to baby-sit women’s uteri
- An attempt to tell counties that they know what is best
- Wanting to play marriage counselor via HB 438
But in conducting a search of the Indy’s news stories I never once came across language labeling Tea Party policies or politicians as people espousing a nanny-state.
I can understand why the Social Host Ordinance is the definition of government overreach to some people; the sanctity of one’s home and personal privacy are issues that people care deeply about and the image of Dave poking his fedora clad head into your house to check IDs probably isn’t a pleasant one. But at the same time, bar tenders are held responsible for serving minors alcohol… maybe people throwing house parties should be held responsible as well.