Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Help Me Understand

The Constitution allows the central government to own and control lands within several states only for “erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dock-yards and other needful buildings,” and then only when “purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be.”
So, why are those in the cattle industry routinely kicked off of deserted desert landscape, where only livestock and cowboys can exist? I'm talking about the only people who even want to maintain this land? These men and women, pay their usage fees to the federal government, maintain their allotments and can still be kicked off at any time because someone who has never set foot on the land might want to see it one day. Well, we don't mind you visiting these public lands- but we're also the public and we plan to use the public lands too. In case you were wondering, the improvements on public lands are possible only through the pockets of ranchers themselves. Please consider this next time you dip your water bottle into a water trough full of cold refreshment.
And, furthermore, what are these cattle (who have been using this same land for hundreds of years) doing to this land - You ask? Nothing, they are not damaging the land, they are not bulldozing cactus, they are not stepping on turtles, they are only existing as our government intended.
It is funny to me, that a government who once gave western lands to anyone who would homestead...Now wants that land back. In the court of law, can you have back a gift you gave to an ex-girlfriend? NO! Same here guys...You can't just take it back! You wanted the cattlemen and the ranchers on these lands...Here they are! Prepared to stay!
After all, who settled the west and made this land what it is today?
Thanks to Vin Suprynowicz for supporting Americans and their rights. Please google his name if you would like to read a few articles of his.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Preserving Our Heritage

The heritage of the Great American West is slipping out from underneath us. Someone is tugging on the rug and trying to make America's public lands become government lands. I am dedicating a few minutes of my time, each day, to the research of this subject.

I am a mother, rancher's wife, ranch manager, ranch owner, cowgirl in training and taxi cab driver. I am also a veteran, who proudly volunteered to serve for this great country.

I have sometimes been referred to as a 'greenie' by my family. I believe in preserving mother nature, using our lands, but not abusing them. I feel a strong urge to pull two groups of people together; cattle ranchers and endangered species activist. Let us sit down together, as grown adults and devise a pros and cons list using only factual information. Once this list has been compiled, lets agree together on a strategy for saving our lands, animals and cowboys. We should make these decisions together, as citizens of a proud free country. Remember the dreams of our founding fathers and preserve our heritage.

The American Cowboy should be placed on the endangered species list and cattle need to be listed with them. Please share with me any experiences you might have regarding the cattle industry, ranching, farming, raising livestock, the endangered species list, the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. I invite your input.