Here in the US, we have a system where there are public lands held in trust for the American people by our government. It keeps some of our environment relatively untouched so we won’t lose everything to the greedy and ignorant, who will trash one piece of land and simply move onto another one.
Some of this land is leased out to farmers to use as pasturage for their herds, with the assumption that herds can’t do much damage to the land. The fees for this pasturage go to the government which uses them to pay for all of the things that the American people enjoy, like infrastructure, law enforcement, the military, etc.
Of course, there are some people who want something for nothing, to have the benefits of a thing and not pay for it. Now, the political right in this country usually claims that these people are those on the public dole, that they don’t deserve anything for “free”. But when their gods and guns minority insist that they can have something for nothing, they insist that this is perfectly fine. This is what has happened when a family has decided that they can use something that belongs to all Americans for free and reap a profit from its use. The Bundys, and their supporters, have decided that they are “free” to do what they want and take what they want. They have used mob mentality and the threat of violence to get their way, at least for now. They are thieves and bullies, nothing more, deciding that they can take but having a fit if anyone else dares to do the same thing. Such lovely and expected hypocrisy.
Bets on if the Bundys have applied for government assistance for their farm? I wonder if a Freedom of Information act request could dig that out.
Speaking of bullies and hypocrites, we also have Mike Huckabee being “shocked, shocked” that anyone would ask him to prove who he is.
“My gosh, I’m beginning to think that there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States. When I go to the airport, I have to get in the surrender position, people put hands all over me, and I have to provide photo ID and a couple of different forms and prove that I really am not going to terrorize the airplane – but if I want to go vote I don’t need a thing.”
Aw, poor Mike, I’ll pay for you to have a one way ticket to North Korea. You can then show us how free they are there. Or how about Saudia Arabia, a nice theocracy? Surely you’d like that since you want one here….?
It’s hilarious to see him whine about having to do exactly what he supported to have done in the aftermath of 9/11. It’s even better to see him whine that people don’t have to show anything to vote. So, what do you want, Mike? No security checks for upper class white men like you, but make anyone who wants to vote have to prove who they are? Isn’t it great that *those* efforts are concentrated in areas that are not predominantly white and upper class?
Why, let’s see what Mike Huckabee says about how a great “security” is:
I guess it’s okay unless poor Mike finds himself inconvenienced.
Just another day for tea and hypocrisy.