Fighting Back as Free Americans

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I began writing
everyday online about five years ago. Before that, I was a reader
and never paid a whole lot of attention to what I was reading. I
have to admit that like millions of other readers, I assumed that
what was being presented in the mass media must be the truth. Wow!
Was I wrong.

Once I began
writing and doing my own research, putting together articles and
educational pieces for readers interested in the meat and potatoes
of the hunting, fishing and outdoor world, I soon realized that
it was "monkey see, monkey do," all over the media world.

An example
of this comes from the Associated Press, a world-wide news organization
that sells and distributes its stories. Whatever they write, thousands
of other outlets simply copy and paste their information into the
columns of their papers and online sites. The world reads them and
believes the information to be accurate.

Without getting
into whether or not the AP knowingly prints false information, we
must be reminded that a lot of what is printed was handed them by
public relations personnel within businesses and organizations all
across this planet, each with an agenda and no one interested in
verifying information.

Some of us
are fighting back. For too long, hunters, fishermen, outdoor nuts,
etc. have spent so much time enjoying what we love to do outdoors,
those who dislike what we do have had their way for too long, working
through various channels, many of which are lawsuits, to put a stop
to such things as hunting, trapping, access to public lands, etc.

One of the
tools that has become a handy instrument for these special interest
groups, is the manipulation and outright abuse of the Endangered
Species Act. In the early 1970s, Congress signed into law this act
that was intended as a means of assuring that no longer would we
as a species be allowed to stand idly by while we watched another
species run extinct. Great were the intentions.

Like with most
laws, people found ways of taking advantage of this Act and began
to use it to gain an upper hand in the promotion of their personal
agendas. Now, things have gotten out of control. No longer is there
much common sense in our courts. Special interests and judges are
willing and seemingly quite eager to watch Americans suffer personal
loss and be stripped of their property rights, all under the guise
of saving the environment.

Anyone would
have had to be living in complete isolation to not know of some
of which I speak – spotted owls, wolves, polar and grizzly
bears, only to name a few. It has gotten so bad that it seems we
are willing to kill one species while attempting to save another.

A perfect example
of this is the reintroduction of the gray wolf into portions of
Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Aside from the fact that the act itself
may well have been illegal (introduction of a non-native species),
what was sold to the American people 15 years ago and what has transpired
are worlds apart.

Wolf recovery
has been emotional and political. We had to believe that our scientists
used the best available science to determine at what point recovery
of the wolf would be deemed successful. Now that we have exceeded
the goals set forth for full recovery, some animal rights groups
don't agree with that science and are suing to stop the delisting.
In the meantime, in the name of saving the wolf, the human species
stands idly by watching as other species are destroyed. In places
the elk population has dwindled to near extinction as well as mule
deer and moose. Wolves are running unchecked and unmanaged, bringing
with them destruction and the spread of disease.

These are only
the obvious species being negatively affected by politics and personal
agendas, while disregarding what science is telling us.

In this seemingly
sick love affair of promoting a Disney-like wilderness, untouched
by human hands, thousands of Americans are being affected each and
every day. Property destroyed and people put in danger because activist
judges love wolves too and will do anything to make sure they are
not harmed.

Recently, a
Montana judge granted a temporary injunction putting the gray wolf
back under protection of the Endangered Species Act. It is clear,
reading the judge's ruling, that he selected aspects of science
and the Endangered Species Act to fit a decision we wanted for an
outcome.

Our priorities
are skewed. Animals have more rights than humans, ignorance abounds,
rights are ignored and the American people's dreams are being snatched
from them.

Some see this
movement toward a "natural" form of wildlife management
as good and a result of a progressive society in which it sees killing
of animals as a bad thing, that society has no place for hunting.
Our biased and ignorant media have taken the bait, hook line and
sinker and eagerly passes on to unknowing readers information riddled
with lies and not backed by science, much due to the failure of
them to do their jobs well. Then when science is presented, the
people have already been brainwashed by the well-fed media.

It's time to
fight back. I have watched over the past five years as more and
more Americans are beginning to speak up to protect their way of
life, their heritage of hunting, trapping and fishing as taught
them by their fathers and saying, enough is enough. Let's hope it's
not too late. No longer should we sit and watch while small but
very vocal and well-funded organizations dictate to us how we will
live.

This is America,
land of the free and home of the brave. Isn't it time we began acting
like that again?

August
18, 2008

Thomas
K. Remington [send him mail]
is Vice President of Skinny Moose Media, LLC, Managing Editor of
U.S. Hunting Today and author of the Black
Bear Blog
.

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