Well, the Western Governors Association and all those political groups our rancher-dominated legislatures go to participate in groupthink being as they are, the apple don't fall from the tree. Now the Western Watersheds Project and a few other groups are suing Wyoming and its governor and attorney general, a few counties and you know, the kitchen sink over some very similar laws that group of good ole boys passed into law this year.
I'm as American as apple pie and there is this part of me that gets overly excited when I see American ideals being defended in the proper manner in which they are being defended here in this lawsuit I have shared with you below. Now, if you ask people to describe an American, many would probably still identify with the cowboy or the rancher. And there are some very great cowboys and ranchers in this country, do not misunderstand my zeal to thwart overreach wherever I see it as some broad brush disapproval of any set of people, ranchers included. My beef is that they hold too much power in Idaho and Wyoming and elsewhere. And it is very evident that our rancher legislators and executives have crossed well beyond the lines of legality and have crossed the principles that founded this nation and continue to sustain this nation to this day.
My beef (get it) lies with their overreach, their being corrupted greatly by the power they were given and their corruption which defines just how much power they wrongfully believe they have. These "lawmakers" feel they are entitled to ignore the First and Fourteenth amendments to the Constitution and several federal laws because they think you won't care because these laws are clearly aimed at the granola munching crowd who are known to hug trees. Make no mistake about it, these lawmakers who passed these illegal and unAmerican laws hate environmentalists so much that they would sell (and have sold) short the founding principles of this nation just to put a speed bump in the path of an environmentalist. It's that whole no one stood up when they came for the environmentalist and pretty soon you look outside the window and they are now coming for you for whatever perceived wrong you are doing. And they, the Wyoming cabal, are about to find out yet again in another federal court just how wrong they are.
If you consider yourself a patriot, and many of you do and there is nothing wrong with that, I challenge you to read the first 13 parts of this lawsuit, don't worry my little attention span challenged people, it's only about 6 pages. I challenge you to read those first 13 facts by the plaintiffs in this case and not start humming the national anthem or hear Lee Greenwood somewhere in the background. I'm dead serious. I know this represents cognitive dissonance in many of you but Western Watersheds Project and the groups bringing this lawsuit and the one they won against Idaho recently are the best defenders of our republic right now and you cannot deny what I just said there if you are brave enough to read the 13 facts in the beginning of this complaint. What Wyoming is trying to do here will make any red-blooded American angry if they are honest and don't have a comfort level for cognitive dissonance in place. For those of you who did read that lawsuit complaint I included below, here is a link to Lee Greenwood so you can let it play now that you hear him in the background. You should go ahead and read the entire complaint.
Western Watersheds Project, Natural Resources Defense Council (the ones who send the Robert Redford letters), PETA, Center for Food Safety and the National Press Photographers Association are standing up and defending the Constitution of the United States and several statutes or laws of the land. They are confronting the "lawmakers" in these states and in doing so they are ultimately going to strengthen the very founding principles upon which this nation came to be and upon which this nation continues to stand and every American should thank them for defending the very fabric of our liberty by standing up to gross overreach in the states of Idaho and Wyoming and anywhere else it should rear its ugly head again.
I, for one, am glad that those organizations still know that America is better than that and pretty soon Gov. Matt Mead and the cabal in Wyoming politics is going to know just how great this country really is when they ultimately lose this lawsuit and their short-sighted, illegal laws are struck down. My only wish is that more people who vote actually paid attention to the gross overreach and the blatant unAmerican activities of the people they put in office no matter what party they identify with. Bad governance is bad governance and you can do something about it and it is YOUR responsibility in a republic to do something about it, i.e. vote. Lucky for everyone we get to vote, now actually use that right in the correct manner.
Vote for people who actually respect the Constitution and who respect this republic. It does not matter what party they come from, they just have to actually respect the Constitution. Perhaps you could ask them if they have read it and if they say yes then you should ask them if they understand the document because clearly the cabals controlling Idaho and Wyoming do not have any understanding of the Constitution of the United States of America and several federal statutes. That is crystal clear on just about every occasion someone takes them to court. Their actions clearly represent a dereliction of duty. Yes, I mean these legislators and governors and to the extent the attorneys general in these states who don't mention just how illegal these laws are when they are being debated in chambers are demonstrating a shameful failure in fulfilling one's obligations of their positions in government--dereliction of duty.
How many cases has Idaho lost in court recently, how many times are they dumb enough to appeal it to the Ninth Circuit only to lose again? Wyoming is doing the same thing, the language in the laws are different, but they are being challenged on the same premise and they are going to be struck down. How many states are going to keep passing various versions of these ag gag laws until they figure it out that it doesn't work, these laws are not legal? When you realize Idaho's laws were struck down and you realize Wyoming passed its laws a year later and did know of the lawsuit against Idaho, you cannot stray far from the charge of a dereliction of duty, numerous counts, one for each and every yay vote, one for the governor's signatures on the laws and so on and so forth. How many shameful failures in the fulfillment of the offices of governor, representatives and state senators can the voting public stomach before it actually does something about it at the polls?
This is America, land of the free, home of the brave. I am thankful that these organizations and their attorneys have been brave enough to stand up and say these laws aren't OK in the United States of America. It doesn't surprise me that they are defending our Constitution and our federal laws, they and other environmentalists have been doing that since they started. You don't get very far in court if you don't have the law on your side, and environmentalists win a lot in our courts. The only thing that ever escaped me was how these patriotic Americans ever got branded "pinko commies" and "terrorists" depending on what bogeyman the era demanded. That's the puzzling part for me, an American who knows civics and history, I never could understand how those misnomers stuck and how pervasive they are in the vernacular of the day. That's the cognitive dissonance I experience.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret about those ag gag laws and Wyoming's data censorship statutes, the day those types of laws are OK in the United States of America is the day we stop being the United States of America, it's the day when we no longer are the land of the free, home of the brave. That is what is at stake here and you can thank the tree hugging, granola munching crowd for doing the republic a couple of solids here and earlier in Idaho.
Now, go on, thank them.