I’ll keep it short. And no, I’m not pro-Hillary.
Today is a dark day for us public land sportsmen. Despite what leanings you have, we are in it together. The avalanche is about to begin, and sportsmen are right in the middle of the chute.
I’m not talking about your guns (which Obama still has yet to take away ya idiots).
I’m talking about public lands. I’m talking about the wildlife and wildland protections that sportsmen have helped create and foster for the last 80 years. I’m talking about a cabinet and an interior department that will be headed by oil tycoons, billionaires, and maybe even Sarah fucking Palin. I’m talking about a republican controlled house and senate.
Do you remember what happened to environmental protections the last time we had a republican trifecta circa 2000-2006? The Dick Cheney days? You know, with the exemptions for fracking to not follow the Clean Water Act? The EPA loopholes built into the whole process? Not to mention the two wars that are still going on? Now let’s relive it but put this deranged Manhattanite in place of the Bush Child, with the added pressure to free public lands to the states or better yet just sell them off wholesale, and all of his friends are oil and gas execs, tea party loons, billionaires, and the Hamburgler from New Jersey.
Ask yourself, does the scene above paint a pretty picture for the American outdoor enthusiast?
I know a few of you voted for that demagogue. I still love you and will be your friend. I know you wanted a large shake up the system, some palpable change in the way things work. I know the feeling. I’ve craved it many times and agree that there needs to be a shake up.
But not like this. This psychotic orange faced egomaniac is going to give the short end to you and I. You think he gives a shit about anything but making money and inflating his ego? I dare you to name one empathetic thing the man has ever done for the common man.
I know his sons are hunters, and might have his ear on some things from that perspective, but I am not counting on it.
I hope I’m wrong and he does a great job. I really do. But when you have the talent to contradict yourself in the same sentence multiple times I don’t hold a lot of faith in your frontal lobes ability.
Stay vigilant, this is just a speculative fiction.. for now.
Off to the bar.