Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Monument by Dictatorship
Monument by Dictatorship
By Stephen L. Wilmeth
There was a lonely place where the trail ran
up to the sky. It turned sharply left on the very point of a lofty promontory
overlooking the long sweep of the valley below. Here the trail offered to the
passerby a vision of this hour. Rosy-tipped peaks and distant purple mountains
could be seen, beyond the far reach of the tall grass range.
Upon the very lip of the rocky shelf
sat a solitary horseman. He was a man tall in the saddle, astride a strangely
marked horse. Its head was held high; its ears were pricked forward with
attention riveted upon the valley, as though in tune with the thoughts of its
rider- thoughts that said there lay a new country, with new dangers, new
rewards, and new trails.
try this for impact.
There was a
lonely place where the vestige of an ancient trail must have carried painted
warriors of the windswept plains. Here the trail offered a lofty promontory
overlooking the long sweep of a plain where the spirit of ancients intermingled
with the like minded dreamers of the modern world.
very lip of the rocky shelf stood a solitary hiker. He was a man covered with
sunscreen, his left shoelace undone from his Eddie Bauer sports boot, but the redundancy
of its closures would assure ankle protection if it was called for. His
hydrating pack was nearly empty as he took another, boost charged draft of
scientifically formulated energy and electrolyte drink. He was now alone with
his thoughts. This wilderness, with all its imagined dangers, self awarded
benefits, and a blazed trail was all a caring citizen of this earth could
possibly imagine, and, of course, protest for.
question arises. Which of the foregoing is political make believe and which isn’t?
As we watch
with utter fascination the proprietary meltdown of the uber-liberalistas, we
are beyond trying to speculate why we still read their newsprint. It is always
couched in mission double speak, and it denigrates anything aside from its
socialistic footnotes. There are no longer any boundaries or standards. The
more bizarre the issue becomes the greater the fascination. Only the cause
counts and only members of the cause are welcome.
the exactly the case of the visit to the Las
Cruces community by border congressman, Raul Grijalva
(D-AZ) last week. He arrived on the representation of a national tour of
protected sites on behalf of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. The
stage was set complete with agenda and press coverage. The invited citizenry
selected to speak of the glowing success of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks
National Monument had also been part of the similar chance visit of the
outgoing Secretary of Interior when she dashed into town to give the loyal
operatives a refresher on fifth column tactics to derail any alteration of the
monstrosity for the public good.
residents were posed to speak about the wonders for Grijalva. According to the
paper, they represented “outdoor enthusiasts, tourism entities, and some
businesses”. Staff representatives of New
Mexico’s senatorial duo were also there.
paper didn’t question, however, was the absence of a single person who had an
investment, duty, or responsibility on the lands. It didn’t mention that the
congressman whose district the monument spanned, Steve Pearce (R-NM) was
uninvited and that Congressman Grijalva was not only out of his district but
out of his state.
only dealt with the superlative benefits as related by the invited, selected
guests. There was not a single invitation to the 44 ranches and the 90 families
that stand directly in the approaching avalanche of threatened losses. Neither
were there welcomes to the influential off road affiliations, law enforcement,
border patrol, utility providers, chamber of commerce, conservation districts,
and local government that are charged with the economic well being
of the community. If the latter were informed at all, they found out about the “educational
event” within the hours before the event was staged.
wouldn’t a newspaper emphasize that in its coverage?
A no borders, congressional
far-leftist was in another colleague’s state and district, without his knowledge
or input, and was leading a concealed protest refresher for the agendized
promotion of monument’s special interest status. The whole event was a façade. It
was an embarrassment even to the gathered partisan, biased leadership. It was
blatant lapse of good manners (and probable misuse of federal funding) and the
local newspaper supported the cause without challenge.
them and shame on their perpetuation of fake news!
Monument by Dictatorship
It has come to light that Thomas Jefferson
added 530 million acres to United
States territory. It wasn’t without conflict
or objection. There was a fairly brisk dustup in congress in the approval of
the action. Many in congress believed it was unconstitutional to obligate the
nation to more debt.
Not to be
outdone the fellow that just vacated the White House added a whopping 553 million
acres to the nation’s maritime and land based national monuments. The status of
a surface mass the size of the Louisiana Purchase
plus twenty three million more acres was changed without a single congressional
vote being taken or a floor debate scheduled! There is something dreadfully
wrong with that extra legal perversion and it must be fixed. The action to take
is to dramatically role back the oppressive overreach. Two places to start are here
in southern New Mexico
where the border is most vulnerable and in Utah where representation actually cares for
the well being of its productive citizenry. The combination will serve as a comprehensive modification of administrative overreach.
dictatorship must end.
Stephen L. Wilmeth is a rancher from southern New Mexico. “I want to
know who on the National Resources Committee approved Grijalva’s community
outreach on the monument issue.”
Just to reiterate Wilmeth's point, in my column in March of last year I wrote:
"Everybody is coming to me with their wish list," says
Interior Secretary Sally Jewel.
You take your wish list to
one person, who then takes it to one other person, who can grant you your
wish. Under this model, three people can determine how 640 million acres
are managed. No public hearings, no debate, no involvement of Congress.
And this model is being heavily used by the current administration.
Is this model acceptable to anybody? We'll be watching the Republicans to see.