“extremists are extremists and I don’t really care.”

So said Big Jon Tester to the Missoulian editorial board on Monday, January 3.  http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_92008e86-17be-11e0-b1d0-001cc4c002e0.html

Sen. Jon Tester plans to reintroduce his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act this year with no changes, but hopes to bring more Montanans to its support.

“The work doesn’t get done on the far left and it doesn’t get done on the far right,” Tester said during a meeting with the Missoulian editorial board on Monday. “It gets done in the middle. If you look at the folks opposing this bill, they’re the extremes. Quite frankly, extremists are extremists and I don’t really care. If they’re willing to become less ideologues and more realists, then come on board.”

Quite a lively discussion went on at “Left in the West”. http://leftinthewest.com/diary/4534/sen-tester-extremists-are-extremists-and-i-dont-really-care

I’m now getting used to but also tired of the constant name calling by our elected representatives instead of a discussions of the actual policy differences.  It so high school.  But calling people who disagree with you “extremists” is dangerous.  My previous post on Montana’s dark time during WW I was a reminder to Montana’s leaders to not go down the road of Councils for Defense or Loyalty Councils who labeled their neighbors seditious traitors when they disagreed with government policy.  People who resort to this kind of language are quite simply bullies and that too is so high school.