Second-Class Citizenship Stimulates
Rise, Again, of the Rebellious West
by Tim Findley
Hatch [N. M.] Courier
|The season is rising again, driven on a storm of resentment of federal arrogance, political corruption, and a manipulation of public rights and opinion unprecedented in American history.|
| Some have called it a desperate last struggle against
one-world domination, others darkly war of a surrender to socialism, and still others
suggest the foe is nothing more than gangster greed that has seized control of government.
But the sense of it, the spirit for it, can be found simply in the American experience, something poet Carl Sandburg described as, "The marvelous rebellion of man at all signs reading 'Keep Off.'"
"I am less a citizen of my country than is a man from Connecticut," says Nevada rancher Cliff Gardner. "When I may make decisions about 87 percent of his state, as he does of mine, then we will be equal. Until then, I am a second class citizen."
Gardner is not alone in his feeling. All over the West, common people and wealthy capitalists, angry malcontents and ensconced political leaders share that same sense of disenfranchisement
-- the helpless notion that what they thought was their
birthright has been sacrificed to second class citizenship.
confrontation. It's not just the arrogance with which
they are ignored by politicians who declare their lands and their livelihoods to be
expendable [insert graphic of Harry Reid].
arrest and jail any BLM agent who dares to believe he
has law enforcement powers beyond clear federal property.
But BLM Staff
Ranger Blaine Heald sits before them in a tedious posture of bureaucratic indifference.
The horses are on federal land, he says. Endangered species are Fish and Wildlife's
problem, and as for the controversial proposed new authority for the BLM, "There's
nothing in the new regulations that we can't do now."
only meets every two years. Between sessions, the
state's business is up to its full-time administrators.
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