[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ear Senator: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there will no longer be The Best Idea Ever
Please tell me the truth; is there going to be the Best Idea still?
No, Virginia, the White House, and too many legislators seem to have been born constitutionally incapable of being honest with the Ameican people. They have, thus far, failed to link America’s greatness with public lands.
They remain affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age, poisoned by ideological backwardness, and resentment of past presidents’ environmental accomplishments.
Virginia, Washington does not believe in the “The Best Idea Ever.” And yet they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. And thus, it must be torn down, ripped apart and shredded for their little minds to feel exalted.
Like the poacher, the legacy of “little minds” is already written. They stole public lands for their friends who trashed them and then, they left office
In this great country of ours, the little minds feel measured if they can take away the public’s lands. Steal from you, Virginia, places where you hunt and fish like your forbearers did. Wide open spaces of wildness where you can remove yourself from the human saturation of life – introduce your children to it so they can introduce theirs, and theirs, theirs.
Alas! How dreary will America become if we only have these little minds to govern. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginia’s.
NOTE: Featured Image Kristen with mom – way ahead of the trout fishing learning curve. Photo credit ColoradoFlyFisherBlog Spot.
Story Source: “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus.”
A thimble full of the organizations and businesses opposed to Public Land sale/transfer:
Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Simms, Patagonia, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Wildlife Federation, Outdoor Alliance, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sportsmen’s Alliance, Outdoor Industry Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Quail Forever, Sitka, Old Milwaukee, Kimber, Pheasants Forever, National Wild Turkey Federation, Remington, Powderhook, Wilderness Society, Center for Western Priorities, National Bowhunters Association, Sierra Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, High Country News, Defenders of Wildlife President, American Rivers, League of Conservation Voters, Sportsmen’s Access, Mule Deer Foundation, Oregon Outdoor Council, Middle Rogue Steelheaders . . .
Almost all of the cash-rich organizations willing to break the laws protecting Public Land sale/transfer are paid for by foreign and domestic gas/oil/coal/mineral extraction companies, logging interests and developers both domestic and foreign:
American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), American Lands Council (ALC), Americans For Prosperity, Environmental Policy Alliance, Western Energy Alliance, Center for Organizational Research and Education . . .