“The fix was in,” has become the rallying cry of Montana’s extremists and, as such, it represents their efforts to engage and energize the small minority of Montanans who believe they share the same nihilistic views. As rhetoric and sound bites go, it is an interesting choice.
First, it implies that the forces arrayed against them were so powerful and nefarious that they should be lauded for their failed efforts to “hold the line” and excused for their preordained defeat at the hands of such an overpowering and malignant opposition.
Second, it conveniently characterizes those legislators who were responsible for the defeat of their extreme agenda as treacherous, self-serving, and even treasonous.
There is a certain amount of irony, and a generous portion of duplicity, in this attempt to explain the failure of the extremists’ cause. The phrase brings several questions to mind.
By what measure of personal responsibility did it become acceptable to blame others for failure? Perhaps the extremists should reexamine the story they are trying to sell in light of their supposed affection for this cornerstone of their idealism? [Read more…]