Montanan’s Beware: Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci is here to help ‘Truth seekers understand how the world really works.”

Over the last decade, extremists have infiltrated Montana’s political scene, and much of their “ideology” is supplied verbatim from the conspiratorial ramblings of the John Birch Society. The John Birch Society is a cold war remnant that has been obsessed since its inception with obstructing the civil rights movement and protecting the uninformed from the threat of a “one world government.”

A rising star in the Montana extremist movement is Public Service Commissioner Randy Pinocci. Randy served one, mostly ignominious, term in the 2015 Montana legislature before losing his 2017 reelection bid and later winning his present seat on the PSC. His sole legislative stint was punctuated with scandal, and as one would expect from a John Birch acolyte, the introduction of senseless legislation.

Randy Pinocci’s first dance with scandal occurred when he was caught playing video games instead of working during a MT House floor session. It seems that he had forgotten to turn off the Facebook auto posts his game of choice use to notify the social media world that a particular gamer is active. Unbeknownst to Randy, his Facebook account was being monitored by an enterprising individual who captured screen shots of his transgressions – complete with time stamp showing that the game play did in fact occur while voting in a House floor session. In the face of this evidence, Randy has gone to extensive lengths to deny that the gaming ever occurred. Ask him about it yourself, and let the breadth of his lie entertain you!

Randy’s next transgression involves HB489 in the 2015 legislative session. In this bill, Randy attempted to pass legislation that would, by his own admission, pad his own wallet! In case you find this hard to believe, here is an excerpt from the committee hearing: Rep Casey Schriner: “One follow up, Mr. Chair. Mr. Chair, Representative Pinocci – I guess the question (for you), if this legislation were to pass, would you directly benefit from it?” Rep Randy Pinocci: “Well, I’m trying to put in a system that would cover my needs.” Again, ask Randy about this bill yourself. His time tested, exquisitely crafted prevarication should amuse you – even if it doesn’t convince you.

Now we learn that Randy has spent a good portion of his first year on the Montana PSC traveling the country to speak at “Red Pill” events. Red Pill Expos are nationally organized events that attract speakers from the distant reaches of the far right of the political spectrum. Their slogan for these events gravely hints at their importance, “Helping Truth Seekers understand how the world really works.”

The subjects covered at the latest Red Pill Expo attended by Randy centered on the anti-vaccine movement, the illusion of racism, ‘5G Internet: A Network of Death Towers’, the police state, and a headline appearance by a member of the family of far right grifters – Ammon Bundy. While it is not clear how these topics relate to Randy’s job as a Public Service Commissioner, he has attempted to draw a connection and alleviate our confusion by requesting that our state employee PSC staff investigate the health risks of moving to 5G. Somehow it seems just a little bit wasteful that the staff should shortchange an investigation of the recent Northwestern Energy purchase at Colstrip, and instead, apply their efforts chasing down a Pinocci backed science fiction conspiracy. But maybe that’s just me…

Randy’s penchant for lying and his attraction to conspiracies might be more amusing if we weren’t providing him with a six-figure tax payer funded government salary. But, alas, we are. Rather ironically, Randy might have summarized our predicament best when he recently lamented that the political process sometimes puts “knuckleheads” in office. Why yes, Randy, it certainly seems that way!

-Rooster Cogburn

Welcome to Extremist Chronicles

Montana is a purple state well known for the independence of its voters, where ticket-splitting is an accepted phenomenon. In 2016, Montanan’s voted for a Republican President Trump, a Democrat Governor Bullock, and an overwhelmingly Republican controlled state legislature. In a study conducted by the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics: Montana has split its presidential and senatorial votes in 10 out of the last 18 relevant elections spanning from 1908-2012.  While the hyper-partisan political chaos so prevalent in Washington, D.C. has yet to control centrist Montana, political extremists are gaining ground in both parties here.  

A political extremist is someone whose beliefs and values are sourced from the fringes of the ideological spectrum. Natural conspiracists, extremists are motivated by anger, fear, hatred, and self-righteousness — usually directed at government by the right or at business by the left, but can also be found directed at different races, ethnicities, and nationalities. Frequently a single issue like immigration, bonding, climate change, healthcare, or animal rights is the seed of their discontent.

Extremists are by nature highly motivated authoritarians. The core principles of liberty, democracy, and human rights only have meaning when these concepts apply to them. When these principles impede their ideological mission, they are cast aside to ensure that their radical extremism prevails.  The tactics they are willing to engage in in pursuit of their mission are often egregious. Censorship, intimidation, manipulation, and alternate facts are their tools of choice. 

What Do Some Political Extremists Believe?

On the Left:
Environmentalists: Targets include: Extraction industries like oil and gas production, logging, mining, and construction industries that support extraction.

Tactics include: Lawsuits, tree spiking, pipeline sabotage, arson, monkeywrenching, and trespass.
Socialists: Targets include: Corporations, the successful, the wealthy, and our nation’s capitalistic origins.

Beliefs include: The ‘Green New Deal’ which, at its core, is a ten year plan for the elimination of fossil fuels and complete government control of our energy sector. Promoting debt free college tuition and living expenses at an estimated annual cost of $50B. Abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), promoting sanctuary cities, and allowing open borders. Increasing the top marginal tax rate from 37% to 70%. And replacing the Electoral College with direct democracy.
Antifa: Targets include: Any free speech that they disagree with, whether it be spoken or otherwise expressed, is their most common target.

Tactics include: Fear, intimidation, and destruction. As the most violent faction of the extreme left, Antifa has made it their mission to stifle political expression with violence. Their claim to be anti-facist provides cover for their senseless violence.
On the Right:
John Birch Conspiracists: Targets Include: Communists, Expanded Government, and all perceived socialism.

Beliefs Include: Abolishing the United Nations to protect against the New World Order and its corresponding “one world government” that they believe would overturn our Second Amendment to confiscate firearms. Oppose all foreign trade agreements. Creating legislative protections to prevent the government’s alleged plan for mass depopulation of rural areas. Preventing the government from deploying airborne mind control agents or other chemicals via methods like “chem-trails” to sterilize us.  Abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning the US monetary system to a gold standard.
Fundamentalists: Targets Include: Obtaining complete control of our evolving social dialogue.

Beliefs Include: Prohibiting all abortion and relegating women to chattel status, without exception for cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is at risk. Firmly oppose most all government investment (even in infrastructure), all social safety nets, the public education system, and public health initiatives. Aligned with anti-vaxxer claims that vaccines cause autism or other brain disorders despite the lack of scientific evidence to support these theories. 
White Supremacists: Targets Include: Secession from federal and state governments to establish a “white” homeland. 

Beliefs Include: Strong anti-government sentiments such as transferring all public lands to private hands. Their “white” race is superior to all other races, entitling them to rule over or have privileges over other races. Effectively eliminate all federal rights followed by secession.

What Can We Do About It?

Extremist Chronicles exists to shine a light on the extremism sabotaging Montana from both the right and the left by making public the radical views and behaviors of those in elected or leadership positions. If you are deeply committed to Montana and have a story of extremism to share, please send it to ExtremistChronicles@gmail.com so that citizens all over our state can make more informed choices about our leaders. 

Thank you for joining us. Together we will build a better Montana.