Montana County Encourages Snitching On Neighbors Who Don’t Comply with Lock-Down

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Montana is 46th out of 50 states in coronavirus deaths as of yesterday, with only North Dakota, Alaska, and Wyoming with fewer casualties. With the United States at what is likely its peak deaths, Montanans will fare better than most states. Our hospitals are not overcrowded or overrun. Our state healthcare industry is not overwhelmed. And yet, for some inexplicable reason, some counties are employing incredibly harsh measures that aren’t even seen in more densely populated urban coronavirus hotspots.

Carter County has been what many people would consider draconian in recent weeks, threatening to close Ekalaka’s only grocery store, demanding to know who is visiting local homes, and telling people to report to the health department if they leave the county.

Bozeman has fielded numerous complaints from residents snitching on their neighbors for drinking too closely with one another and having their stores still open (see below).

However, in Bozeman, the snitching seems to be citizen-on-citizen. But in Powder River County (Broadus), the health department is actually providing a form for neighbors to complain about their fellow citizens.

In conjunction with the municipality of Broadus, Power River County has placed the form outside the Broadus town hall with lines provided to put the infractor’s name, location, infraction, and contact information.

Photo credit: Jay Randall

For some, the idea of encouraging citizens to complain about each other’s activities anonymously sounds dystopian. The Gestapo of Nazi Germany incentivized and encouraged citizens to tattle on each other, even if their hunches were speculative. The Hitler Youth were particularly valuable in expanding the snitching network far beyond the Gestapo’s one-thousand uniformed officers, as the society was trained to live in fear of the lurking eyes of neighbors who were convinced it was their patriotic duty to tell on others.

Paid for by Schillinger HD 37. Jerry Schillinger, Treasurer. Box 394 Circle, MT 59215



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5 COMMENTS

  1. To be clear one of the reasons we haven’t been as hard hit as others is that Governor Bullock closed airports and etc early. Look at Bozeman and Billings. Many more cases most of which came with people fleeing their home state. Sorry but your cavalier attitude toward my health is unacceptable. You do not know you have it until you are tested and most people are tested because they are showing symptoms. They are infecting people long before they are showing symptoms. Stay home. Stop bitching about a situation none of us created but which all of us have to live with. If you were in compromised health or just elderly you would likely be fearful as well.

  2. Communism thrived on such ” Tactics ” . We should be – way past the book ‘ 1984 ‘ timeline . Actually however , ‘tattling ‘ ( like some kid in kindergarten who hasn’t had his nose adjusted properly ) , is intrinsically Immoral . If one has a heart , they know this without being told . Certainly of all folks , Believers should – how many of these twits including ” Holy only on Sundays ” – have a heart ?

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