It's an interesting state. Incredibly beautiful. I find the people well educated, culturally inclined and about as down to earth as you can get. It is truly home to rugged individualists. That's the reason I often use it as a guide to the real pulse of the people.
We went to see the largest collection of Charlie Russel water colors ever gathered at the Russell Museum in Great Falls. It's a mid sized city, for Montana, stretched out along the Missouri and rich in Lewis and Clark history as well as, of course, Russell. It is the home of Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to those who man the missile sites dotting the rolling prairies and highly visible in that part of the state. It gives you a sense of security, knowing they are there, silent, vigilant.
We stopped in the home town for some business and lamented the state of the economy and what it has done to such towns. They're there. That's about it. Service centers for the surrounding ranches. Yet they survive. In some sense you can go home again for little ever changes.
Politics, as in everything, plays a large part. They're having a heated Senatorial race with all the 'he did this' and 'he did that' moments that happen everywhere. Ho hum. I've set it aside for a few days. There's just so much of it going on I'm suffering from brain freeze. I just don't want to hear it.
One other thing I'd like not to hear or see and I hadn't before our little jaunt. It's the number of signs we saw posted in yards and fields that implored 'Impeach Obama'. That isn't politics as usual. That's serious anger. Publicly on display.
A lot? Enough to have noticed and commented on it. What does that tell you? It tells me a whole lot of people who aren't included in the fancy polls are fed up, frustrated and angry. Whether it's a better indicator of the mood of the people or not remains to be seen. It is, however, an indicator!