Ladies and gentlemen, the swamp has been drained into the cabinet and we have now arrived at entropy. A threshold, if you will. In this moment we must choose what
is going to be. America
Are we going to be a republic based on ideology, exceptionalism and myth? The cultural value set of Mike Pence's ‘American Identity’ movement?
Or are we going forward stewarding a nation based on a consilience of the sciences, arts, humanities, liberty and justice for all?
Some are looking for the mythical cowboy to ride in and save
Some fancy themselves the mythical cowboy. Some are just pretending. America
Presidential Adviser-For-A-Minute and RW mule driver Steve Bannon made a heroic flight down to
intending to cinch the deal for
candidate Roy Moore, but that effort didn’t fly. Saw a picture of them together
on a stage, Bannon looking disheveled and boozy, Roy Moore dressed in his
cowboy outfit and six-gun, looking like a problematic five year old at a kid’s birthday
My paradox-absorbing faculties, working overtime, are sorely taxed and approaching tilt.
I’m sure all of you who have been awake this past year are aware there are a lot of fires burning right now, both physical and metaphorical. What’s maddening is that the conflagration is not coincidental but the result of long-planned and far-reaching cause and affect. And it’s not all about Trump. He just recently stepped into it and only reflects what’s been fed to him. You are what you eat.
The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are moving ahead with their plan to systematically deconstruct programs in place designed to combat climate change and bring us online with clean energy. Trump and the Republicans in congress are eating away at commonwealth lands and the public safety net and funneling those resources and monies toward their most powerful donors, the American oligarchs who account for 90% of their campaign donations. Again, follow the money trail and it will lead you to the truth. Regarding the new
tax overhaul, Senator Lindsey
Graham (R-South Carolina) said to his fellows: “If we can’t get this done, the
donations will stop.” Leaving me to wonder how a man who has taken an oath to
serve the people would think such a thing, much less presume to say it out
This is supposed to be an outdoor journal about tying flies and flyfishing, so, all things being connected, here are a few things congressional Republicans, Trump and his appointees are working on that will affect the outdoors, hence angling and anglers, over the long term:
The EPA is working to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the
’ leading vehicle for
reducing carbon emissions. (The EPA is now a gutted shell, headed by Trump
appointee Scott Pruitt who, prior to his appointment, speaking figuratively,
vowed to “blow up” the Environmental Protection Agency). United States
EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is calling for the elimination of tax incentives for producers of wind and solar energy, and this reflected in the new Republican tax plan (which, ironically, gives a massive tax cut to producers of coal, uranium and gas).
Pruitt bars scientists who receive EPA grants from the agency’s advisory boards, replacing them with industry-funded scientists.
In the name of “grid resiliency,” the Department of Energy (now headed by Trump appointee Rick Perry who, prior to his appointment, vowed to “get rid of” the agency he now heads, though at the time couldn’t recall the name of the agency he wanted to get rid of) wants a higher value placed on energy produced from coal and nuclear plants, a move that could cost taxpayer/consumers $10.6 billion a year.
Fish and Wildlife Service (now under
the control of dissembling Trump operatives) is denying endangered species status to 25 imperiled creatures
formerly nominated for listing. U.S.
The Interior Department has been instructed to halt a study of the public health effects of mountaintop-removal coal mining; and is also offering 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling, the largest such lease sale in the department’s history.
The National Park Service has been instructed to double the price of admission to the most popular national parks, raising it to $70. (I suspect this is designed to sour public opinion against the idea of maintaining national parks, ensuring less resistance to eventually selling them off).
Trump appointee, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, working in conjunction with Energy Fuels Resources, a uranium mining company, Utah Senator Orin Hatch and other Republicans, have vastly reduced the size of Bears Ears and
clearing these public lands for sale to extractive gas, coal and uranium
interests. Despite a poll taken in deep red Grand Staircase
National Monuments revealing 60% polled oppose the sale of
the Monuments. Utah
|Ryan Zinke attempting to cast, his right arm overextended,|
rod dropped below the loading point, his backcast
severely drooping, the line coming out of the back of his
reel indicating it is mounted backwards.
And I wonder why the rush to sell commonwealth lands when the lease system already in place presents a level opportunity for grazing and extraction while still keeping the public lands under the ownership and oversight of the American people? Are we experiencing a lack of raw materials because we have denied access to them? I’m not seeing the evidence of it. I once worked as range manager for a 3000 acre BLM range lease. At the time, the ranch I worked for paid $1.46 per year, per cow/calf unit (the fee Cliven Bundy refuses to pay), and made 900 times the fee on a season’s weight gain, per unit. Not a bad return.
Interestingly, the RW dominionist militiamen who took over the reserve were exonerated in an
court. And now a Oregon judge has declared a mistrial in the armed
standoff case against Cliven Bundy. Leaves one to wonder: why are these people
getting off so lightly? Well, I suspect it is because they, dressed in their
cowboy outfits and military gear (more paradox to absorb) serve as folk icons
supporting deeply held cultural myths, making them useful tools in the hands of
a wealthy class with whom they actually have nothing in common with. Here’s
some enlightening commentary from Nevada :
And here’s a well-written plea from
guide/writer Todd Tanner. Todd reflects the way a lot of us are feeling right
now, and I don’t think he is exaggerating the need for hunters and anglers to
get active. Montana
If you’re experiencing some indiscriminate rage, maybe it’s a good time to focus, set your sights, draw a deep breath, and let fly in a worthwhile direction. Speak to power. Write. If we don’t write the script,
K Street and the likes of Rupert Murdoch, Rush Limbaugh, Steve Bannon and Alex Jones will.
|The Lone Soft-Hackler|